TRANSCRIPT: Female Senators Sit Down With Diane Sawyer

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And just last week when we were doing the armed services authorization I had an amendment about children with disabilities and-- and Patty Murray made that bill better to make sure it covered all children with disabilities so that children with autism and other disabilities could get basic treatment. Every woman in-- woman in the Senate voted for that amendment, it winded up to be 69 votes, but every woman agreed on that. So it's-- it's-- yes-- as Susan says we don't agree on everything, but we can more easily find common core values that we share and then we build around there.

So on your question about immigration there will be something that has commonality in that that we will find to support and bring together. And so if we're ever gonna fix Washington I believe it's women who are going to lead the way. And in fact, when I saw President Obama a few weeks ago I told him about our quarterly dinners and I said, "Mr. President, if you want to see bipartisanship in Washington invite the women senators to help you get it done." And he loved the idea and he plans to invite us to the White House.

DIANE SAWYER: Are you all going? (LAUGHTER)

(OVERTALK)

DIANE SAWYER: Okay, another question then on this highly polarized and as we saw certainly during primaries and during the campaign question of reproductive issues and choice and rights, without arguing those. Do you feel as a group that it is time for women in particular to be the people speaking out about these-- I saw, couldn't retrieve the exact statistics, but the percentage of time these issues were being addressed by your male colleagues as-- as opposed to the female, is it time-- let me just go around the room, Senator-elect Fischer-- anyone weigh in please. Is it time for the women to be the ones speaking most often and prominently about these issues?

SENATOR JEANNE SHAHEEN: You know, I think most women believe that those are very personal decisions that should be made by women and their families. And we may disagree on whether we think-- what we think about abortion, about reproductive health decisions, but I think most of us would agree that the government doesn't have a place in that. It's really individual families who should make those decisions.

DIANE SAWYER: Anyone want to bring a different point of view or--

SENATOR SUSAN COLLINS: I'm pro choice, so I don't disagree with what my friend, Jeanne, just said. But I think those issues should be settled and should not be the main focus of debate. To me those issues, Roe v. Wade, is settled law and I don't know why we would want to keep bringing those issues up. I think we should be focusing like a laser on job creation, the economy, health care, education, foreign policy, national security. Those issues to me are settled.

(OVERTALK)

SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN: --Senator Collins, I-- I don't think they are entirely settled, I mean, that's the problem is that there were amendments introduced to say that women wouldn't have-- access to health insurance coverage for birth control. There was a question raised about whether or not-- we'll really have enforcement of equal pay for equal work laws.

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