As the minority party in the 114th Congress, Senate Democrats are staking out specific policy areas to direct most of their focus.
Now that they no longer have a majority in either chamber, they're stuck with either blocking the Republican agenda or staking out positions of their own. Several key lawmakers have begun doing that.
"It's a smart way to bring new voices to the leadership table," Doug Thornell, a former top advisor to Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and former deputy political director at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee told TPM. "It also helps with accountability. It also helps people feel like they do have a role and that they're part of the team, rather than a top down leadership structure."
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Here are five policy areas and the Democrats who are going to have a laser focus on them going forward:
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