- Associated Press - Sunday, December 23, 2018

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - Maine Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins is condemning the partial shutdown of the federal government.

Collins said there was “absolutely no excuse” for the partial shutdown in a statement issued Saturday night.

Collins says she is staying in touch with her colleagues and that congressional leaders from both parties are working with the White House to find a way to end the shutdown. She says she hopes all sides will come together to reach a compromise.

Separately, Maine’s independent U.S. Sen. Angus King on Friday blamed the shutdown on Republican President Donald Trump. King says Congress has worked on a bipartisan basis to craft spending bills that would attract support from both parties, including money for border security.

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