Tuesday, December 10, 2013
WASHINGTON – Senator-elect Angus King was the subject of a CBS News report on Sunday during which the independent talked about his willingness to compromise and his hopes of becoming a “bridge” between the two parties.
A former two-term governor, King announced earlier this month that he would caucus with the Democrats but insisted he will remain independent.
“The people are absolutely fed up with this nonsense,” King said in the interview, filmed in his hometown of Brunswick. “They have had it with Washington not being able to get anything done. If you get people in a room, if you share a common understanding of the facts, you can generally find common ground. And that’s exactly the role that I hope I can play.”
King also said he would support changing the filibuster, which allows an individual member or the minority party to block or slow work on legislation by requiring 60 votes to proceed.
And he might get that chance. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has indicated that he may bring up filibuster reform at the beginning of the session that begins in January. Some Republicans are already threatening to fight tooth and nail to block any changes to the filibuster, however.Tweet
Kevin Miller is Washington bureau chief for the Portland Press Herald and MaineToday Media. He has worked as a journalist in Maine for 6 ½ years, covering the environment, politics and the State House. Before arriving in Maine, he wrote about politics, government and education for newspapers in Virginia and Maryland.
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