Munich Security Conference

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy welcomes members of the U.S. Senate delegation before their meeting at the Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, Germany February 17, 2024. 

One Senate leader exited the long negotiations on border and global security with a bitterly divided caucus, as some rank-and-file clamored for his resignation. The other Senate leader ended those talks with an almost perfectly unified caucus, believing he had scored both a policy and political win.

But now, after four months of working about as closely as they have in their seven years overseeing the Senate together, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) are moving into the season in which they’ll return to the more familiar posture of hand-to-hand political combat.