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Schumer and McConnell trade places, but icy relationship holds | TheHill

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The leaders in the Senate are switching places amid questions over whether their tepid relationship will change as Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) becomes majority leader and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) becomes minority leader.
The leaders in the Senate are switching places amid questions over whether their tepid relationship will change as Sen. Charles Schumer Chuck SchumerSchumer becomes new Senate majority leader US Chamber of Commerce to Biden, Congress: Business community 'ready to help' Why pretend senators can 'do impartial justice'? MORE (D-N.Y.) becomes majority leader and Sen. Mitch McConnell Addison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Biden's inauguration marked by conflict of hope and fear McConnell faces conservative backlash over Trump criticism MORE (R-Ky.) becomes minority leader.

The two have as icy a relationship as there is in Washington, and few observers would predict a warming trend. Asked about the relationship, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin Dick DurbinSchumer becomes new Senate majority leader McConnell keeps GOP guessing on Trump impeachment Officials brace for second Trump impeachment trial MORE (D-Ill.) said Wednesday it has nowhere to go but up.

"It will go up," he quipped.

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Other senators are expressing hope that the Senate will become more functional under President Biden, who served 36 years in the upper chamber before becoming Barack Obama Barack Hussein ObamaClinton, Bush, Obama reflect on peaceful transition of power on Biden's Inauguration Day Biden's inauguration marked by conflict of hope and fear Why aren't more Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Biden's Cabinet? MORE's vice president.

"Everything is possible. You know, we have, we have administrations come and go, sometimes every four years, sometimes every eight years, and we can work with Democratic administrations and vice versa," Sen. Lisa Murkowski Lisa Ann MurkowskiMcConnell faces conservative backlash over Trump criticism GOP senators praise Biden's inauguration speech Biden urges Americans to join together in appeal for unity MORE (R-Alaska), a key centrist, said Wednesday.

McConnell regularly shut Schumer out…
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