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WASHINGTON – Would the nation still be sliding toward the edge of the “fiscal cliff” if women ran Washington?

Sen. Susan Collins and other women senators don’t believe so.

“I think if we were in charge of the Senate and of the administration that we would have a budget deal by now,” a smiling Collins, R-Maine, told ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer during a segment on women in the Senate.

Sawyer then turned to the nearly 20 other women senators or senators-elect gathered in the room and asked if they agreed. Seemingly all of them nodded or said yes, with several adding “absolutely.”

“What I find is, with all due deference to our male colleagues, that women’s styles tend to be more collaborative,” Collins said.

Next year’s Senate will include 20 women, more than at any other time in history. Sawyer’s full segment on women in the Senate is slated to air in January after the new Senate is sworn in, however a short clip is posted on the ABC News website.


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