Women Would Have Fixed It By Now — Senate’s Female Class of ’12 Says

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In a private Senator's Only room in the Capitol, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), center, is surrounded by her fellow women Senators, Senators Lisa Murkowski (I-AK), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Claire McCaskill (D-MS), in celebration of her record years of service as the longest serving female lawmaker in Congress, on March 20, 2012.

If the women of the House were in charge, this cliff business would be taken care of already.

That’s the message from the women of the Senate — with a record-setting 20 ready to take office in January — who sat down for an interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer.

“I think if we were in charge of the Senate and of the administration that we would have a budget deal by now,” Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, said in the interview airing Jan. 3, the first day of the new session of Congress, on “World News with Diane Sawyer.”

Sawyer met today with the historic class of female senators of the 113th Congress – 16 Democrats, four Republicans.

They understand the difference between confrontation and compromise, Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, says in the interview.  Women are “less confrontational and more collaborative” – both traits necessary to avert the so-called fiscal cliff, she says.  “Having us in the room – and I think – you know, all of us, not only do we want to work in a bipartisan way, we do it.”

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