How Schumer’s kept his Democrats in array — so far

Chuck Schumer got his progressives to swallow a bipartisan deal that tasted about as good to them as wilted spinach. Now he’ll need to bring his leery moderates along for the whole meal.
The Senate majority leader is not known for putting a hard whip on his members, yet Schumer’s willingness to dish tough truths to the likes of Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin — not to mention Bernie Sanders — amounts to his recipe for delivery on President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda.
It started a few weeks ago, when Democrats’ strategy was in jeopardy. Progressives were hammering the bipartisan infrastructure framework as too meager, while moderates hemmed and hawed over forcing any of Biden’s priorities via party-line votes. The affable majority leader was in a jam.
Behind the scenes, Schumer began to nudge harder than his genial nature suggests. He recalled telling Sanders, the Senate Budget Committee chair and the firmest

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