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Player of the Week: Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)

Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Health care a top policy message in fall campaigns McConnell says deficits 'not a Republican problem' Medicare for All is disastrous for American seniors and taxpayers MORE has a lot on his plate this week.

The New York Democrat is trying to forge major compromises on two high-profile pieces of President Obama’s domestic agenda: immigration reform and gun control.

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Schumer and Sen. Tom CoburnThomas (Tom) Allen CoburnAmerican patients face too many hurdles in regard to health-care access Live coverage: Donnelly, Braun clash in Indiana debate The Hill's Morning Report — How will the Kavanaugh saga impact the midterms? MORE (R-Okla.) were close to a deal on background checks earlier this year, but they couldn’t agree on the details. Now, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), who is up for reelection in 2016, is emerging as a possible GOP partner.

Schumer, who helped pass the 1994 assault weapons ban in the House, has long known that reinstating that ban is not going to pass during this Congress. But he has called background checks the “sweet spot” of gun-control efforts.

Meanwhile, the “Gang of Eight,” which includes Schumer, is close to an agreement on immigration reform. Schumer, the No. 3-ranked Senate Democrat, said bill language could emerge this week.

Passing both gun control and immigration reform will be extraordinarily difficult, but Schumer has gained the trust of key Republicans such as Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioO'Rourke's rise raises hopes for Texas Dems down ballot Meghan McCain calls Russian attacks against her father the 'highest compliment' to her family The Memo: Saudi storm darkens for Trump MORE (Fla.) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain calls Russian attacks against her father the 'highest compliment' to her family Arizona Dems hope higher Latino turnout will help turn the state blue McConnell: GOP could try to repeal ObamaCare again after midterms MORE (Ariz.).

Over the weekend, McCain criticized some of his fellow Republicans who are vowing to filibuster gun-control legislation, saying, “I don’t understand it. What are we afraid of?”

Schumer was instrumental in getting the AFL-CIO and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to reach a deal on an immigration plan for low-skilled workers, which had been a major obstacle to a deal.

Still, there is no agreement until all eight senators have signed off on bill language.

Like any dealmaker, Schumer has taken some friendly fire from his base. Immigration activists are worried that he and the other seven senators are focusing too much on border security.

Gun-control groups are concerned that gun legislation is being watered down to attract GOP support.

To have a successful 2013, Obama needs the Senate to act soon on gun-control and immigration legislation. That means he needs Schumer to broker deals that have so far been elusive.