Listen: McConnell, Schumer re-elected as Senate party leaders
"After the hour the house and Senate elect new leadership, but not without both sides staking their claim on familiar ground. Correspondent Linda Kenyon has the latest from Capitol Hill I want to thank all of my colleagues for the support. They have shown me the confidence. They've shown me. Senate majority leader Charles Schumer reelected by his caucus by acclamation grateful to his membership majority leader Mitch McConnell, also reelected by acclamation to serve in the same position in the new congress. But things will be a little different this time with the house in democratic control. We have divided government often in this country. We've had divided government more often than not since World War Two. So I'll be talking to speaker Pelosi and House Democrats about what we can do together. Senator John thune. It becomes the new Senate majority whip says he hopes Democrats will remain focused on getting some real work done. We hope that they will decide that they want to play a constructive role. Then put up a record of legislative accomplishment rather than spending. All their time launching investigations, minority leader Chuck Schumer says real accomplishment could come soon if congress passes a number of appropriations bills before current government funding runs out the Republicans are in charge. And if the government shuts down it's on their back Schumer says here's another way to avoid a government shutdown. We believe the President Trump stays out of the appropriations process. We can have a good bipartisan agreement in the government can move smoothly forward, but a dispute with majority leader Mitch McConnell over a Bill to protect special counsel, Robert Muller has already derailed that goal Republican. Jeff flake is the co-sponsor the justification given in April for not bringing it to a floor vote was nobody was being fired nothing to see here special counsel Muller was cut in any danger. That clearly is not the case. Now majority leader McConnell who sets the floor agenda blocked an effort to"