TRANSCRIPT: Female Senators Sit Down With Diane Sawyer

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In this institution if they can delay a problem, pick an argument-- and wait till next year they'll do it. Us, we want to get it done. And I think that's the impact when women are chairing these committees to involve, to listen, mutual respect, mutual trust and get the job done.

DIANE SAWYER: Let me try to be a little specific though. What difference can you concede to tell us it will make say on immigration reform to have this number? Will it change anything practical on immigration reform? Senator--

(OVERTALK)

SENATOR MAZIE HIRONO: I-- I-- I think numbers matter. And-- when you did a program a number of years ago when there were 16 senators and there was a lot of talk about collaboration, it's not just talking about it. We had-- the opportunity to-- campaign jointly with many of the people who are sitting here. And the synergy of all of us being together-- being problem solvers-- because that's what you have to be to get elected as a woman in this country--

DIANE SAWYER: But Senator Gillibrand--

SENATOR MAZIE HIRONO: --(UNINTEL) the immigration-- I am an immigrant myself, so that's one of the big issues facing our country, comprehensive immigration reform. And I'm looking forward to working collaboratively with everyone here on that issue that affects millions of people in this country.

DIANE SAWYER: But is it going to change because--

SENATOR MARY LANDRIEU: I'll give you a specific on immigration reform. And I think this could come (NOISE) naturally to us. There's a big issue right now about stem, about science, technology, engineering and math and extending immigration visas for doctoral candidates. The f-- when I first heard that I thought it was a great idea. But my thought was, "I wonder about their spouses. Are they gonna get visas as well?"

I mean, I don't know if a man would have thought of that. I mean, I think a perspective-- when we're doing immigration reform we're thinking of not just the individuals (THROAT CLEARING) (UNINTEL) the visa but the family, their relationships with children or with-- you know, I think that's just one example. There could be many more. But without a woman at the table that might not come up. It could, but it may not. I think it comes up more quickly--

DIANE SAWYER: Okay, let me try to--

SENATOR MARY LANDRIEU: Now, whether we can solve that problem, I don't know. But I think we bring a little bit--

SENATOR KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND: Diane--

SENATOR MARY LANDRIEU: --a broader perspective to some of those debates.

SENATOR KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND: I-- I agree completely with-- with Mary. I think what women bring to the table is often their different life experience. And we are often very good at finding core common values that we share. In my own personal experience I've only been successful in the Senate because of women Republican-- Republicans who have helped me be successful.

So when working on the (UNINTEL) Act it was Susan Collins who led the charge, the same with the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. When I was desperately trying to get health care for our first responders it was Lisa Murkowski who was helping me navigate through the Republican Caucus about how to create a bill that ultimately was passed unanimously.

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