U.S. Collins leads Senate sisters in shaping deal


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Published on Thursday, 17 October 2013 12:10

Written by Catalina Camia, USA TODAY

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WASHINGTON — The male Senate leaders may have tied the bow on a deal aimed at ending the government shutdown, but credit for shaping the package is being given to a group of women, led by Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.


Collins, a moderate Republican in her third term, was the leader of a bipartisan group of 14 senators — six of them women — who developed a compromise to end the 16-day partial federal shutdown and temporarily raise the debt ceiling so the nation isn’t on the brink of default.


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While the group’s proposal was not left intact, Collins and other senators who participated say elements have been incorporated and helped provide the framework for the final deal hammered out by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.


“It’s a good outcome,” said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., part of the 14-member group. “Leadership, I must fully admit, was provided primarily by women in the Senate.”


Collins said Wednesday it was a “truly collaborative effort,” adding that all in the group deserved “kudos” for working on the …

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