The Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, will likely be the first to know if a new report indicates that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has “bought” his party’s majority.
The new report, released Monday by the nonpartisan Legislative Research Service, comes amid reports of a growing rift between Schumer and other GOP leaders.
According to the report, Schumer has raised questions about Senate Majority Whip Steve Scalise and other members of his caucus.
The report, which is based on “a wide range of interviews and internal documents,” says that Schumer asked Scalise if he could “take the blame” for the party’s defeat in the 2018 midterm elections and said he had “a bad attitude” about his role in the party losing.
Schumer also suggested that the GOP was a party that “is going to be divided” and said Republicans “couldn’t be united” if they tried to pass legislation.
Schumer has also said that he thinks Republicans should try to avoid a shutdown over the next few months.
“It’s a matter of how do we keep the American people from feeling as if their health care is at risk, and if we can do that through a bipartisan budget process,” Schumer said at a Monday press conference.
The Senate’s Budget Committee is expected to begin work on legislation to avert a shutdown on Tuesday.
Schumer’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.