Angus King: Schumer is in a 'difficult place'

Angus King: Schumer is in a 'difficult place'
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Sen. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingSenator takes spontaneous roadtrip with strangers after canceled flight On The Money: Economy adds 75K jobs in May | GOP senator warns tariffs will wipe out tax cuts | Trump says 'good chance' of deal with Mexico Trump administration appeals ruling that blocked offshore Arctic drilling MORE (I-Maine) said Sunday that Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerMcConnell-backed Super PAC says nominating Roy Moore would be 'gift wrapping' seat to Dems McConnell vows to 'vigorously' oppose Moore's Senate bid Pelosi: Trump delay on Harriet Tubman is 'an insult to the hopes of millions' 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 SchumerMcConnell-backed Super PAC says nominating Roy Moore would be 'gift wrapping' seat to Dems McConnell vows to 'vigorously' oppose Moore's Senate bid Pelosi: Trump delay on Harriet Tubman is 'an insult to the hopes of millions' MORE’s in a difficult place.”

Appearing alongside fellow Maine Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - In exclusive interview, Trump talks Biden, Iran, SCOTUS and reparations Hillicon Valley: Senate bill would force companies to disclose value of user data | Waters to hold hearing on Facebook cryptocurrency | GOP divided on election security bills | US tracking Russian, Iranian social media campaigns Stephen King: 'It's time for Susan Collins to go' 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.