PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine says he went to Washington expecting a poisonous atmosphere, but he says it's not bad so far. He says the partisanship tends to exist at an institutional level, not a personal level.
The former two-term governor campaigned for the seat vacated by former Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe on the theme that the Senate is broken and needs repair. He hopes to serves a bridge between the parties.
On Wednesday, he lectured colleagues about overcoming partisanship and the need to get a conference committee established to work out differences between the House and Senate budget. Speaking on the Senate floor, he said lawmakers negotiating in good faith "could solve this in an afternoon if they left their ideological blinders at the door."
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