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Collins: Media coverage of my tax vote 'unbelievably sexist'

Collins: Media coverage of my tax vote 'unbelievably sexist'
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Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsMcConnell tees up Barrett nomination, setting up rare weekend session Collins says running as Independent 'crossed my mind' Republicans advance Barrett's Supreme Court nomination after Democrats boycott committee vote MORE (R-Maine) on Tuesday complained that the coverage of her role in the GOP tax plan has been “unbelievably sexist,” Politico reported Tuesday.

Collins, who has been a key vote in the bill’s passage, said the coverage has been “extremely discouraging.”

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“I believe that the coverage has been unbelievably sexist, and I cannot believe that the press would have treated another senator with 20 years of experience as they have treated me,” she told reporters.

“They’ve ignored everything that I’ve gotten and written story after story about how I’m duped. How am I duped when all your amendments get accepted?”

Critics of the tax bill had hoped that Collins would vote against it, given that she opposed legislation earlier this year to repeal ObamaCare.

But Collins agreed to back the tax plan after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care: Following debate, Biden hammers Trump on coronavirus | Study: Universal mask-wearing could save 130,000 lives | Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight On The Money: Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight | Landlords, housing industry sue CDC to overturn eviction ban Finger-pointing picks up in COVID-19 relief fight MORE (R-Ky.) promised that the Senate would pass two bills to stabilize ObamaCare, among other things.

The senator criticized reporters for speculating about whether GOP leaders will actually be able to pass the ObamaCare legislation, and noted that she was able to have several amendments added to the tax bill.

“[Ohio Sen.] Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanGraham wants to review ActBlue's source of small-dollar contributions GOP blocks Schumer effort to adjourn Senate until after election Candymakers meet virtually with lawmakers for annual fly-in, discuss Halloween safety MORE would tell you that I’ve had more impact than anybody who was not a conferee,” she said.

She also ripped a report that said Collins “didn’t cry” while meeting with protestors suffering from medical conditions. The line was removed after the senator objected.

“I can’t imagine a reporter writing that about a male senator meeting with the same group, and in fact I have proof because they met with Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeOne of life's great mysteries: Why would any conservative vote for Biden? Trump excoriates Sasse over leaked audio Biden holds 8-point lead over Trump in Arizona: poll MORE,” Collins said.

“So it’s been extremely discouraging to see the press coverage on this given the significant impact that I’ve had on this bill.”

The House passed the tax bill on Tuesday, and the Senate is expected to make some minor tweaks and approve the legislation later in the evening.

A final vote will be held in the House on Wednesday.