Schumer's (Laughing) Advice: 'Turn Left, Republicans! Or at Least, Don't Turn Hard Right'

Susan Jones | December 7, 2022 | 11:04am EST
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is partially obscured by a microphone in this photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is partially obscured by a microphone in this photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images.

(CNSNews.com) - An "exuberant" Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) celebrated the new 51-49 Senate on Wednesday, after congratulating Democrat Raphael Warnock on his victory in the Georgia Senate runoff.

The 51-seat majority will give Democrats much more power in committee matters, such as confirmations, investigations, and regulations.

Schumer spoke about bipartisanship, making it clear that means Republicans must go along with the Democrat agenda: "Turn left, Republicans! Or at least, don't turn hard right," Schumer said, as he and his fellow Democrats laughed.

Here are Schumer's remarks on "bipartisanship."

“One of the things I hope to do as leader is, even in this new electoral climate, is reach out to Republicans. There are a good number of Republicans in the Senate and the House who are not MAGA Republicans -- who know that if the Republican Party follows the hard right and the extreme members in their caucuses, that they'll continue to lose ground as they lost ground in 2020 and they lost ground in 2022, and in 2018 in the House."

“And it is my intention to reach out to them and see how can we work in a bipartisan way. And you say, oh that will never happen. Well, look at what happened this summer with a50-50. Of the six major bills we passed, five were bipartisan. And it wasn't that every Republican went along with us. But, most did. Enough did. We are going to keep doing that.

“Turn left, Republicans! Or at least, don't turn hard right, would be a more appropriate -- a more appropriate thing to do.

“But that's very, very -- (still laughing) -- that's very, very important to us to get things done. We want to get things done. And if we can get some bipartisan things done, it will of course be better for the country.

“But it will be better for the Republican Party, but we'll have a strong, healthy Republican Party that believes in democracy and is willing to get things done as well."

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