Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerJuan Williams: The politics of impeachment Texas Republicans slam White House over disaster relief request Dem rep: Trump disaster aid request is 'how you let America down again' MORE (D-N.Y.) said that while Democrats failed in blocking two of President Trump’s Cabinet nominees, the confirmation uproar will ensure that the public watches them "like a hawk." 
 
In an appearance on MSNBC’s “Maddow” Wednesday night after the confirmation of Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsFederal judge rules Trump defunding sanctuary cities 'unconstitutional on its face' FBI informant gathered years of evidence on Russian push for US nuclear fuel deals, including Uranium One, memos show Alabama election has GOP racing against the clock MORE (R-Ala.) as attorney general, Schumer said Democrats’ opposition brought his record — and that of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos — into the public spotlight. 
 
“We didn’t win with Betsy DeVos, because only two Republicans would cross over, but everyone now is going to watch her like a hawk when she tries to mess with public education,” Schumer said. “We didn’t win with Jeff Sessions, but he’s going to be watched like a hawk when he deals with immigration and voting rights and civil rights because his record has been made so clear.”
 
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Schumer said the spotlight may mitigate some of the damage Democrats think the two could cause. 

“That will probably limit them in some of the bad things they can do. It certainly will encourage us to go after them in every way when they do those things,” he said. 
 
Schumer said Sessions’s confirmation “churned my stomach.” 
 
“He’s probably almost certainly the most anti-immigrant senator of the hundred. On civil rights and voting rights he’s probably one of the top three or four against these sacred rights,” Schumer said. “He doesn’t belong there, and I think a lot of Republicans know it.”