Susan Collins is Susan-Collins-ing Again

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When Susan Collins is trending on Twitter in D.C., it’s a good bet blood pressures are spiking across town, and it’s even odds whether her fellow Republicans or her occasional Democratic collaborators will see their dial rise more.

Well, late Thursday afternoon, it was once again Democrats’ turn to feel some tightness in the chest and maybe even clean up a nosebleed. The Maine Republican told HuffPost that while she personally was still supporting an effort to codify the rights of same-sex couples to wed, she also believed doing so became much more difficult after Democrats cobbled together an unrelated climate and tax package that her party loathes.
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“I just think the timing could not have been worse and it came totally out of the blue,” Collins said of the spending proposal. Asked about the timing of that other bill, the one intended to protect the rights of millions of Americans, she was frank: “I don’t know.”

The House has already passed a bill that would repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and enshrine into law the decision in Obergefell allowing the right of all couples to wed. The Respect for Marriage Act even snagged the support of 47 House Republicans.

Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin needs to round up 10 Republican Senators to join a unified Democratic caucus to protect marriage rights. She’s halfway there, and Collins has been helping her find the rest.

Collins says she’s still a supporter of the effort but, as is the case so often with her, the back and forth can be maddening. “After we just had worked together successfully on gun safety legislation, on the …read more

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