Senator Chuck Schumer may feel more at home riding his bike around Prospect Park and chilling with Jay-Z at the Pool Parties, but when it comes to the people's business, he's ready to grab a gun and kill some pheasants. This photo was taken during a recent hunting trip with Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska, who ended up as the Senate's last holdout on the health care bill. Of course, both men swear they didn't talk business during their male bonding weekend, but that's exactly what Dick Cheney and Antonin Scalia claimed about their little hunting trip in 2004, weeks after the Supreme Court decided to hear the Sierra Club's lawsuit against Cheney.

"There wasn’t any lobbying effort, just two guys having fun and going hunting and watching football," Nelson told Politico. But the collegial relationship between the two senators didn't hurt the negotiations, and at times last Thursday Schumer was calling Nelson every 15 minutes. The next day, Schumer spent twelve hours working on securing Nelson's vote. "Schumer “was extremely important," said Nelson. "The thing about Chuck Schumer is he is very innovative, he doesn’t get ideological about something. …We may be an odd couple in a lot of respects, but we share some of the same qualities in trying to solve things."

Speaking of solving things, Schumer is now under attack from New Yorkers who just realized the Senate health care bill is full of goodies for states who provide weak care for the poor, but little for New York. Mayor Bloomberg blasted the bill on Monday, claiming it will cost the city $540 million. "It would require us to close all of the 100 health clinics and a bunch of the ambulatory care things that we provide, overnight, cause the money would disappear." Yesterday, Schumer promised to "fight as hard as we can" to undo the deep cuts in Medicaid for New York when a final bill is negotiated with the House.

But Baruch College political scientist Doug Muzzio tells the Daily News, "He's being uncharacteristically quiet in part because the numbers don't look that good." Schumer says he's not getting enough credit for adding a special provision to stop cuts in Medicare Advantage to 800,000 New Yorkers. "I stopped it all," he said, and "used the influence I had" to stymie a "$30 billion assault" by Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) on funds for tens of thousands of employees at New York teaching hospitals. Schumer also claimed that he saved $700 million for children's health care in New York, and bagged three pheasants.