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Snowe exits in frustration over Senate gridlock
Dysfunctional Senate frustrates departing moderate Republican Olympia Snowe
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' Maine Republican Olympia Snowe says the Senate spends too much time in political battle and not enough on solving problems.

Snowe, the Senate's most liberal Republican, found herself in a familiar spot Thursday as the only member of her party to join with Democrats on a politically freighted vote. This time it was a vote to affirm an Obama administration directive requiring employers to provide contraception coverage to their workers regardless of religious or ethical concerns.

The vote provided ample fodder for political ads but had nothing to do with an underlying highway bill.

The 65-year-old Snowe is leaving Congress at the end of the year after three terms, voicing frustration that the Senate is too polarized.

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