The Washington Times - November 15, 2010, 11:31PM

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has tasked Sen. Charles E. Schumer to head a streamlined effort by Senate Democrats to develop policies and tout their accomplishments in the upcoming 112th Congress.

In a Monday letter to this Senate Democratic colleagues, Mr. Reid said he was merging the Democratic Policy Committee and Senate Democratic Communications Center into a joint operation, and has asked Mr. Schumer to head the new entity.

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Mr. Reid praised the New York senator for his “communication abilities and tactical skills.”

The Nevada Democrat also tapped Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow to serve as Mr. Schumer’s vice chairman, and Alaska Sen. Mark Begich to lead the Steering Outreach Committee.