Senate Dems select new leadership lineup

New York's Chuck Schumer will be minority leader, and Illinois' Dick Durbin will be the No. 2 Democrat as minority whip

FILE - In this July 22, 2015, file photo Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., left, and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah., arrive for a classified briefing by Secretary of State John Kerry on Iran, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Schumer is breaking with President Barack Obama and will oppose the Iran nuclear deal. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
FILE - In this July 22, 2015, file photo Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., left, and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah., arrive for a classified briefing by Secretary of State John Kerry on Iran, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) –¬†Democrats have a new leadership lineup for next year and the all-Republican government.

New York’s Chuck Schumer will be minority leader, Illinois’ Dick Durbin will be the No. 2 Democrat as minority whip and Washington’s Patty Murray will be the assistant leader.

Schumer told reporters Wednesday that they will work with Donald Trump on issues where they agree but challenge him when values or progress is under assault.

Schumer said that “when you lose an election like this you can’t flinch.”

In other changes, Sen. Patrick Leahy will be the top Democrat on the Appropriations Committee and Sen. Dianne Feinstein will fill that post on Judiciary as the Senate considers a Supreme Court nominee.

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