Angus King: Schumer is in a 'difficult place'

Angus King: Schumer is in a 'difficult place'
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Sen. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingDrama hits Senate Intel panel’s Russia inquiry Warner, Burr split on committee findings on collusion Overnight Defense: Top general wasn't consulted on Syria withdrawal | Senate passes bill breaking with Trump on Syria | What to watch for in State of the Union | US, South Korea reach deal on troop costs MORE (I-Maine) said Sunday that Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' House passes border deal, setting up Trump to declare emergency Christie: Trump doesn’t give nicknames to people he respects MORE (D-N.Y.) is in a difficult position as lawmakers work to navigate the increasing partisanship in Washington.

“The pressures on the leaders to be partisans first is very intense,” King told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' House passes border deal, setting up Trump to declare emergency Christie: Trump doesn’t give nicknames to people he respects MORE’s in a difficult place.”

Appearing alongside fellow Maine Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGOP braces for Trump's emergency declaration DOJ warns White House that national emergency will likely be blocked: report On The Money: Trump to sign border deal, declare emergency to build wall | Senate passes funding bill, House to follow | Dems promise challenge to emergency declaration MORE (R), the two lawmakers discussed the difficulty for lawmakers in Washington to work together.

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Collins argued that one of the hurdles for lawmakers is the ideology on both sides of the political spectrum.

“One is the rise of the ideological groups on both the left and the right who are requiring 100 percent of compliance with 100 percent of their views 100 percent of the time,” said Collins. 

King, an independent who often votes with Democrats, said the Senate schedule is another obstacle.

“No one lives here anymore,” King said. “People literally don’t get to know each other, and that’s a problem.”

Collins said that while reaching bipartisan consensus has always been difficult, it has recently become even more challenging.

“People were much more willing to sit down, negotiate and try to find common ground,” she said.