"I'm going to do everything that I can to make sure that the budget that leaves the United States Congress is a budget that represents the needs of working families and a shrinking middle class and not billionaires", he said.
The Senator from New York, Schumer won his election and will be the new Democratic Senate minority leader.
The New Yorker's ascension from his No. 3 spot has been a virtual lock since previous year, when he quickly nailed down votes for the top job after current Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced he'd retire. "I look forward to seeing our Republican majorities in both chambers work with President-elect Donald Trump to bring the change Americans voted for last week".
Senate Democrats and Republicans are meeting separately to pick their leaders for the Congress that convenes in January. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to the Dems' leadership team: as outreach chairman.
Republicans will control the White House, House and Senate, but their Achilles' heel likely is the Senate, which they will dominate 52-48. He promises to work closely with his colleagues on the other side of the aisle and the president-elect but says he won't hesitate to fight back. Chuck Schumer, who will serve as minority leader, told Time, "and we needed to let the American people know we understand what they all believe: that the system isn't working for them, and we're going to change it".
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who like Sanders is popular among the Democrats' progressive wing, has been appointed vice chair of the conference.
Drone in near-miss with plane over London's Shard skyscraper
It was one of 58 near-misses involving drones which have featured in UKAB reports over the past 12 months. A drone almost hit a passenger jet near the Shard in July, a new official report has found.
Since the election last week, political observers are watching closely to see if Republicans will move to curtail Democrats' use of the filibuster to block Trump's agenda, much like the GOP did for President Barack Obama when Democrats had the majority.
The 65-year-old Brooklynite vaulted over No. 2 Senate Democratic leader Richard Durbin of IL, who will remain in that slot. Sen.
On Tuesday, House Republicans re-elected Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as speaker of the House. House Democrats delayed their vote until after the Thanksgiving holiday.
At a press conference following his election today, Mr Schumer insisted he was not afraid to condemn Mr Trump. "I respect him. I think he's very smart".
Democratic leaders are grappling with the party's future and have made a decision to try to expand the party's populist appeal.
Pelosi, who may face a challenger, agreed this week to delay leadership elections until November 30 after her fellow Democrats called for more time to reassess why they fell short of their goals in the November 8 election.