Reidís 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 partyís 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. Schumerís pitch in October went squarely against Durbinís gang of six framework, and he argued that the construct they were operating under would not result in a net increase in tax revenue.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.