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 CollinsSenate GOP poised to go 'nuclear' on Trump picks Overnight Health Care: CDC pushes for expanding HIV testing, treatment | Dem group launches ads attacking Trump on Medicare, Medicaid cuts | Hospitals, insurers spar over surprise bills | O'Rourke under pressure from left on Medicare for all Dem group launches ads attacking Trump's 'hypocrisy on Medicare and Medicaid cuts' 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 McConnellTrump: Green New Deal 'the most preposterous thing' and 'easy to beat' 2020 Dems avoid this year's AIPAC conference GOP eager to exploit Dem court-packing 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 PortmanTrump faces political risks in fight over GM plant GOP moves to rein in president's emergency powers The 25 Republicans who defied Trump on emergency declaration 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 FlakeTrump's attacks on McCain exacerbate tensions with Senate GOP Schumer to introduce bill naming Senate office building after McCain amid Trump uproar Trump keeps tight grip on GOP 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.