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Senate Democrats name Schumer as minority leader

Senate Democrats made it official Wednesday:  Charles E. Schumer of New York will serve as their minority leader beginning Jan. 1.

Schumer appeared outside the Senate to accept the role voted earlier Wednesday by his colleagues and announce the Democratic leadership team.

“I am going to wake up every single day focused on how Senate Democrats can effectively fight for America’s middle class, and those struggling to make it," he said. "This team is ideologically and geographically diverse, it mixes the wisdom of experience with the vigor of youth, at least in Senate years, but from the top to bottom, each of these senators has devoted their lives to fighting for the middle class and those struggling to get there.

“As Democrats determine our way forward, I can tell the American people this: We are ready to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Republicans – working with soon-to-be President Trump on issues where we agree -- but we will go toe-to-toe against the president-elect whenever our values or the progress we’ve made is under assault.”

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