As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Senator Collins holds a key position in Congress and has the important responsibility of overseeing and shaping national security issues of importance to both Maine and the United States. Senator Collins has fought for, and secured, provisions in annual defense authorization and funding bills that support work at Bath Iron Works, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, the University of Maine, Saco Defense, Pratt & Whitney, and other companies important to the Maine economy. 

Collins Joins Bipartisan Group in Advocating for National Guard Serving on COVID-19 Front Lines

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins joined a bipartisan, bicameral group of 125 Members of Congress in a letter to President Donald Trump, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor calling on the administration to ensure National Guard personnel who are serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 response efforts receive the federal benefits they have earned.

 

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King, Collins Lead Bipartisan Push to Provide Flexibility in Defense Industrial Base Support, Including Bath Iron Works

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) led a bipartisan group of Senators in a letter urging Senate Leadership and top appropriators to include funding in the next coronavirus relief package to allow the Department of Defense to appropriately adjust contracts for projects suffering schedule days or production inefficiency as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Senate Intel Releases Bipartisan Report on Obama Administration’s Response to Russian Election Interference

Washington, D.C. – The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, on which U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) serve, today released the third volume in the Committee’s bipartisan investigation into Russian election interference, “U.S. Government Response to Russian Activities.” The report examines the Obama Administration’s reaction to initial reports of election interference and the steps officials took or did not take to deter Russia’s activities.

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Senators Collins, Shaheen Announce Nearly $158 Million Contract Awarded to Modernize Dry Dock #1 at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Jeanne Shaheen announced that a $157,949,610 contract was awarded to Cianbro Corp. of Pittsfield, Maine, for construction of a super flood basin and extending portal crane rails for Dry Dock #1 at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery.  As members of the Appropriations Committee, Senators Collins and Shaheen secured this funding in the fiscal year 2019 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

 

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Senator Collins’ Statement on Death of ISIS Leader

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a member of the Intelligence Committee, released this statement following President Trump’s announcement of a U.S. Special Forces operation in northwestern Syria that led to the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi:

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Senator Collins’ Statement on Turkey’s Military Offensive in Syria

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins issued this statement following reports that Turkey has begun a military offensive in Syria:

 

“On Monday, I said that President Trump's decision to abandon the Kurds, our major ally in the fight against ISIS, was terribly unwise.  Today, we are seeing the consequences of that terrible decision.  If the reports of Turkish strikes in Syria are accurate, I fear our allies the Kurds could be slaughtered.”

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Senator Collins’ Statement on Plans for Syria Withdrawal

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins issued this statement following the announcement of President Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops out of northeastern Syria:

 

“This is a terribly unwise decision by the President to abandon our Kurdish allies, who have been our major partner in the fight against the Islamic State.”

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Senator Collins Announces Nearly $60 Million Contract Awarded for New Facility at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced today that a $59,397,989 contract was awarded to Methuen Construction Company to build a paint, blast, and rubber consolidation facility at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY).  As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and the Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee, Senator Collins secured this funding in the fiscal year 2018 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

 

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Senator Collins, Bipartisan Group Call On United Arab Emirates to Fulfill Funding Commitment to Prevent Thousands of Deaths in Yemen

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins joined a bipartisan group of seven Senators in calling on Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates to fulfill his country’s $750 million commitment to the United Nations to help fund critical programs aimed at alleviating the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.  In the letter, the members warn that critical programs that provide vaccinations, food, fuel, and medicine are at risk, jeopardizing hundreds of thousands more lives in Yemen.

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