Angus King: Schumer is in a 'difficult place'

Angus King: Schumer is in a 'difficult place'
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Sen. Angus KingAngus Stanley KingHillicon Valley: Washington preps for Mueller report | Barr to hold Thursday presser | Lawmakers dive into AI ethics | FCC chair moves to block China Mobile | Dem bill targets 'digital divide' | Microsoft denies request for facial recognition tech Dems introduce bill to tackle 'digital divide' Collins receives more donations from Texas fossil fuel industry than from Maine residents MORE (I-Maine) said Sunday that Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer slams Justice Dept over 'pre-damage control' on Mueller report Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Sanders welcomes fight with Trump over 'Medicare for all' | DOJ attorney in ObamaCare case leaving | NYC mayor defends vaccination mandate | Ohio gov signs 'heartbeat' abortion bill Dems see room for Abrams in crowded presidential field 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 SchumerSchumer slams Justice Dept over 'pre-damage control' on Mueller report Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Sanders welcomes fight with Trump over 'Medicare for all' | DOJ attorney in ObamaCare case leaving | NYC mayor defends vaccination mandate | Ohio gov signs 'heartbeat' abortion bill Dems see room for Abrams in crowded presidential field MORE’s in a difficult place.”

Appearing alongside fellow Maine Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Energy: Collins receives more donations from Texas oil, gas industry than from Maine residents | Interior chief left meetings off schedule | Omar controversy jeopardizes Ocasio-Cortez trip to coal mine Embattled senators fill coffers ahead of 2020 Collins receives more donations from Texas fossil fuel industry than from Maine residents 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.