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Senate Democrats reelect Schumer as leader by acclamation 

Senate Democrats on Tuesday morning reelected Sen. Charles SchumerChuck SchumerFive takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision Senate confirms Chris Inglis as first White House cyber czar Schumer vows to only pass infrastructure package that is 'a strong, bold climate bill' MORE (D-N.Y.) as Senate minority leader along with the rest of his leadership team, including Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinOvernight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 COVID-19 long-haulers press Congress for paid family leave Joe Manchin keeps Democrats guessing on sweeping election bill MORE (D-Ill.), who will serve another term as Senate minority whip, and Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurraySenate GOP blocks bill to combat gender pay gap OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden suspends Arctic oil leases issued under Trump |  Experts warn US needs to better prepare for hurricane season | Progressives set sights on Civilian Climate Corps Progressives set sights on Civilian Climate Corps program: exclusive MORE (D-Wash.) as assistant Democratic leader.

The meeting was focused on the business of reelecting the Democratic leadership slate instead of discussing what went right and wrong for Senate Democrats on Election Day, when they fell short of winning back the majority. Democrats still have a chance to win two runoff races in Georgia on Jan. 5, which could make Schumer the Senate majority leader.

In addition to reelecting Schumer as Democratic leader, Durbin as whip and Murray as conference chair, the conference reelected Sen. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowSenate crafts Pelosi alternative on drug prices Lobbying world Schumer tactics on China bill reveal broader trade strategy MORE (D-Mich.) to serve as chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee and Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenOvernight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 Democratic senators press PhRMA over COVID-19 lobbying efforts  Schumer vows to only pass infrastructure package that is 'a strong, bold climate bill' MORE (D-Mass.) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSanders: Democrats considering trillion spending package Cyber concerns dominate Biden-Putin summit Senate on collision course over Trump DOJ subpoenas MORE (D-Va.) as vice chairs of the Senate Democratic Conference.

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The new additions to the leadership team are Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerZombie Tax punishes farmers to fill DC coffers Rand Paul does not support a national minimum wage increase — and it's important to understand why Absences force Senate to punt vote on Biden nominee MORE (D-N.J.), who will serve as vice chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, and Sen. Catherine Cortez MastoCatherine Marie Cortez MastoPast criticism of Trump becomes potent weapon in GOP primaries Infighting grips Nevada Democrats ahead of midterms Top union unveils national town hall strategy to push Biden's jobs plan MORE (D-Nev.), who will serve as vice chair of outreach, adding African American and Latina representation to the leadership team.

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Big Tech critic Lina Khan named chair of the FTC | Lawmakers urge Biden to be tough on cyber during summit with Putin | TSA working on additional security regulations following Colonial Pipeline hack Big Tech critic Lina Khan named chair of the FTC Senate confirms Lina Khan to the FTC MORE (D-Minn.) was reelected as chair of the Senate Democratic Steering Committee, Sen. Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne BaldwinOvernight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 Democratic senators press PhRMA over COVID-19 lobbying efforts  To reverse the teaching shortage in low-income communities, give educators incentive to stay MORE (D-Wis.) was reelected as secretary of the conference and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOVERNIGHT ENERGY:  EPA announces new clean air advisors after firing Trump appointees |  Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior | Watchdog: Bureau of Land Management saw messaging failures, understaffing during pandemic Overnight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 Democratic senators press PhRMA over COVID-19 lobbying efforts  MORE (I-Vt.) will serve another term as chair of outreach.

Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinDelaware set to raise minimum wage to by 2025 Overnight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 Manchin calls on Biden to nominate permanent FDA commissioner MORE (D-W.Va.) will serve another term as vice chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.

“There’s nobody who works harder than Chuck, there’s nobody who tries to listen to more people than Chuck,” Manchin said after the meeting, adding that there was no dissent expressed to Schumer leading the Democratic conference another two more years.

Schumer still has to make a decision on who to appoint as chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and one option is newly elected Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), who previously chaired the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in the House.

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Democratic senators described their first meeting back at the Capitol after the election as smooth, despite some disappointment at not winning more seats on Nov. 3.

“Nothing was really discussed,” said Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinYouth climate activists march outside California homes of Pelosi and Feinstein Cosmetic chemicals need a makeover Progressives want to tighten screws beyond Manchin and Sinema MORE (D-Calif.) after the meeting. “We’ll have more discussion later.”

She said the session “was kind of getting everybody together for the first time.”

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyBipartisan infrastructure deal takes fire from left and right Democrats mull overhaul of sweeping election bill Rising crime rejuvenates gun control debate on campaign trail MORE (D-Conn.) described the meeting as “good” and noted Booker and Cortez Masto joining the leadership team.