PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Independent Sen. Angus King calls his cohort from Maine the leader of the bipartisan "Gang of 14" that helped forge a compromise that ended the partial government shutdown. That woman, Republican Susan Collins, prefers to call it the "common-sense caucus."

During the lead-up to a congressional compromise, more than a dozen senators were coming and going from Collins' office, which became the hub for the "gang" seeking to reopen government and avert a Treasury default.

Key elements agreed upon by the seven Republicans, six Democrats and one independent were part of the proposal by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican leader Mitch McConnell that ended the stalemate.

Collins said she's grateful that some of her colleagues are willing to take risks to come up with bipartisan solutions.

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