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Gillibrand: 'If we're not helping people, we should go the f--k home'

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandABC names new deputy political director, weekend White House correspondent The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Lawmakers face Capitol threat as senators line up votes for relief bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate Dems face unity test; Tanden nomination falls MORE (D-N.Y.) believes lawmakers should "go the f--k home" if they are not helping the American people.

In an interview with New York magazine published Tuesday, Gillibrand said that her perspective is similar to that of Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate rejects Sanders minimum wage hike Murkowski votes with Senate panel to advance Haaland nomination OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Interior reverses Trump policy that it says restricted science | Collins to back Haaland's Interior nomination | Republicans press Biden environment nominee on Obama-era policy MORE (R-Maine), which is that lawmakers are in office "to help people."

“I know Susan’s worldview is similar to my worldview. Which is that we’re here to help people, and if we’re not helping people, we should go the f--k home,” she said.

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Gillibrand praised the Women's March, which mobilized millions of women around the country, calling it "the most inspiring moment of my life — because I believed five years ago that the women’s movement was dead.”

Gillibrand, who has cast the most "no" votes on President Trump's Cabinet nominees, defended her approach, saying she is judging each nomination on its own merits and not based on how she feels about Trump.

“I look at each nominee. If they suck, I vote against them. If they’re worthy, I vote for them," she maintained.

In the piece, Collins praises Gillibrand's ability and work ethic, adding that she would not be surprised to see her run for president.

“It would not surprise me if Kirsten were a candidate for higher office some day,” Collins said.  

“She has enormous ability, she works extremely hard, she’s engaging, she’s young. And don’t take that as an endorsement, or I’ll be in even more trouble than I am now.”