Senate women trust each other, parties aside

Senate women have lead the charge to cut a bipartisan deal to reopen the government and Minnesota Democrat Sen. Amy Klobuchar says it’s no surprise.

“The 20 women in the Senate have formed such strong friendships of trust, even though we come from different places, that I’m very hopeful as we go forward with Patty Murray, head of the Budget Committee, Barbara Mikulski, head of Approprations,” Klobuchar said. “Those relationships are going to make a difference as we get into what matters, which is the long-term budget.”

“They might save the country,” former President George W. Bush spokesman Nicolle Wallace said.

Klobuchar said the barbs that many senators are throwing around in the media are hurting negotiations and pushing Congress into a further legislative standstill.

“One of the best things about this group, lead by Sen. [Susan] Collins, Republican in Maine, is we were able to come together and find common ground without those kinds of insults,” Klobuchar said. “When you have that kind of day in day out attacks it’s really hard to get things done when people are negotiating on TV as much as you’d like us to do that.”

Monday, on Morning Joe, the panel discussed an story on how women would have handled the shutdown showdown.


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Senate women trust each other, parties aside