Forget political risk, these moderate senators just want a deal

Sen. Susan Collins, R-ME, is leading the group of moderate Senate Republicans trying to strike a deal. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)


In the past few days, a bipartisan group of 12 senators has come together to push both parties toward a compromise, hoping to reopen the government and raise the national debt ceiling all at once.These 12, led by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., are not the Senate's usual impact players.Five of them are in their first term in office. Three of them are in their first year in office — in a chamber where, traditionally, time …

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