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End to Shutdown Boosts Influence of Senate Moderates

End to Shutdown Boosts Influence of Senate Moderates
A bipartisan group of senators credited with helping to end the governemnt shutdown used the office of moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins, dubbed "little Switzerland," as the venue for their negotiations. (AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 23 January 2018 10:22 AM

A bipartisan group of senators are being credited with breaking the three-day impasse over government spending that led to a deal ending the shutdown, The Hill reported on Tuesday.

The bipartisan group was seen as especially critical to a resolution to the crisis due to the clear lack of leadership from President Donald Trump and the fact that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Charles Schumer did not speak with each other most of the weekend, according to CNN.

The group used the office of moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins, dubbed "little Switzerland," as the venue for their negotiations.

To help prevent talking at the same time, senators in the meeting used a stick, and later a ball, to help determine who had the floor, which reportedly helped ease the tensions during the tough talks.

The bipartisan group swelled to as many as 25 senators at times, which Collins said to The Hill "is a powerful voting bloc in the Senate," making up approximately a fourth of the upper chamber.

Republican Sen. Bob Corker said "I’ve been to [bipartisan] meetings with pieces and smaller groups, but this was the first one that I’ve attended that was of this scope," emphasizing that "I think it was necessary to build the trust for Democrats to be willing to go along with what has occurred."

Schumer said that "the bipartisan group, in a very fine way, filled the glaring absence of the president in these talks."

One key moment, CNN reported, was when Collins urged McConnell to be clearer about his commitment to the Democrats. The majority leader’s more plainspoken and direct manner, even if he did not make any substantive changes to his previous statements, helped convince enough Democrats that they could trust his word.

Some of the senators in the bipartisan group were optimistic that they have a blueprint for how to reach constructive compromises and hope to use similar tactics to resolve disagreements over other issues such as DACA and the budget.

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A bipartisan group of senators are being credited with breaking the three-day impasse over government spending that led to a deal ending the shutdown, The Hill reported on Tuesday.
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