A key figure in the ongoing debate in Washington over the partial government shutdown and the approaching debt ceiling, is Sen. Susan Collins of Maine. Over the weekend, Collins proposed a compromise plan to re-open government that includes the repeal of a tax on medical devices - a tax which is key part of Obamacare. Under her plan, the $30 billion financial hole that this measure would leave over 10 years, would be offset by a proposal which would, among other things, allow private businesses to postpone pension payments. In a talk with Maine Things Considered host Tom Porter today, Collins said her plan seems to be evolving to include a measure that would also address the debt ceiling issue.
Maine Things Considered host Tom Porter talks with Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins about her compromise plan to end the government shutdown, and what she thinks of plans being offered by U.S House leaders.