The Washington Times - October 15, 2013, 03:14PM

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire said Tuesday that a bipartisan mix of female lawmakers — credited with driving Senate talks to end the government shutdown and raise the debt limit — have forged the connections necessary to get things done.

“We’ve built a relationship, we trust each other,” Ms. Shaheen, a Democrat, told CNN.

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News outlets are taking notice of the increasingly significant role women have played in the dealmaking on Capitol Hill, with Sen. Susan Collins, Maine Republican, attracting kudos for starting talks that bridged the political divide.

“We’ve had very good bipartisan negotiations going on,” Ms. Shaheen said.

However, the Senate is only half of the equation.

Ms. Shaheen told CNN she was “disappointed today to hear the House is not following suit, that they are coming up with new demands.”

House Republican leaders looked for votes on Tuesday to support a new plan that would open the government and extend the nation’s borrowing authority while extracting more significant concessions on Obamacare.