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Senate Foursome Jockeys For Position

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Reid’s trusted allies have been giving high-profile speeches on fiscal issues in the past few months.

Though Schumer serves on Finance, he has largely been caught up as the party’s top messenger. His speech struck some aides as an attempt to move away from the role of partisan attack dog at a time when such rhetoric may be less useful in sensitive bipartisan talks. Schumer’s pitch in October went squarely against Durbin’s gang of six framework, and he argued that the construct they were operating under would not result in a net increase in tax revenue.

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