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Maine Sen. Collins' Role Closely Watched in Shutdown Debate
09/30/2013   Reported By: Tom Porter

As the clock ticks towards midnight tonight, Republican unity is showing unmistakable signs of fraying. Democrats and the White House, meanwhile, have vowed to reject tea party-driven demands to delay the nation's health care overhaul as the price for averting a partial government shutdown at midnight - something that's not happened in 17 years. A key figure in all this is Maine GOP Sen. Susan Collins, who yesterday put out a statement "urging congressional leaders and the President to agree to at least a stopgap funding measure to avoid a government shutdown," and not to link the funding of ObamaCare with the continuing functioning of government. Helping us delve through the debate is University of Southern Maine Political Science Professor Ron Schmidt, who speaks with Maine Things Considered host Tom Porter.

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University of Southern Maine Political Science Professor Ron Schmidt (left) speaks with Maine Things Considered host Tom Porter about the showdown that threatens to lead to a government shutdown and the role Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins is playing in the debate.


Photo:  Tom Porter

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