Collins: Rejected plan ‘sparked a dialogue'

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGOP senators introduce Trump's plan to claw back billion in spending Hillicon Valley: Sweeping new data rules take effect | Facebook, Google already hit with complaints | Schumer slams reported ZTE deal | Senators look to save cyber post | Dem wants answers about Trump's phone security Senators express concern over Trump's decision to scrap top cyber post MORE (R-Maine) said on Sunday that her plan to raise the federal debt ceiling in exchange for repealing a tax on medical devices that is included in the controversial 2010 healthcare law helped thaw relations between Democrats and Republicans, though Democrats have rejected the suggestion thus far.


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The discarding of Collins’s plan to hike the debt ceiling followed the collapse of talks between the Obama administration and Republican leaders in the House. Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidMcConnell not yet ready to change rules for Trump nominees The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by CVS Health — Trump’s love-hate relationship with the Senate Trump to press GOP on changing Senate rules MORE (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell sees Ohio in play as confidence about midterms grows   Giuliani: White House wants briefing on classified meeting over Russia probe GOP senators introduce Trump's plan to claw back billion in spending MORE (R-Ky.) are seeking to hash out a deal themselves now, but Collins expressed confidence that elements in her plan would make it into the final deal.

“We have a responsibility to govern,” Collins said during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“At least we sparked a dialogue that didn’t not exist before we put out a plan,” she continued. “I think that made a real contribution that way, and I think that elements of the plan…will end up in the final compromise.”

Collins said she was surprised that her plan was so quickly rejected by Reid, who said on Saturday afternoon that the Maine senator’s effort was not going anywhere.

“I was very surprised that he said it,” Collins said. “I don’t know why he said it, I don’t think it was very constructive.”

However, Collins expressed optimism that a deal would eventually be reached, even if the contours are not from her proposal.

“It’s taken far too long, we never should’ve been in this situation but I do think we’re going to get a resolution this week,” she said.