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. 

Senator Collins Joins Group of Senators Urging Administration to Pursue a Tough Russia Policy

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), along with Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Todd Young (R-IN), Rob Portman (R-OH), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), today sent a letter to President Trump urging his Administration to pursue a principled and tough-minded Russia policy, highlighting Russia's aggressive behavior in Ukraine, Syria, and cyberspace. 

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Collins, King Join Bipartisan Congressional Letter Calling for Exemption of Federal Hiring Freeze for Portsmouth Naval Shipyard & Navy Shipyards Around the Country

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) signed onto a letter led by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and sent to Secretary of Defense James Mattis calling for Department of Navy shipyard civilian employees to be exempt from the recent executive order that freezes federal hiring.

 

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Countering Boko Haram: Senator Collins’ Legislation to Combat This Ruthless Terrorist Organization Becomes Law

In 2014, the terrorist group Boko Haram shocked the world by kidnapping 276 Nigerian schoolgirls, sending them into lives of sexual slavery and forced “marriages.” That horrific act was part of a nearly decade-long campaign of brutal violence by the extremist organization against the people of Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, and Niger in West and Central Africa.

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U.S. Senators Collins & King Welcome Navy’s New Fleet Plan

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King released the following statement after the Navy announced a new fleet plan calling for a goal of 355 battle force ships. This includes an increase of 16 large surface combatant ships compared to the Navy’s current goal. These ships include the DDG-1000 and Arleigh Burke guided-missile destroyers produced by Bath Iron Works.

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Signaling a Renewed Commitment to Pursuing Terrorist Organizations Worldwide, Senator Collins’ Legislation to Combat Boko Haram is Signed into Law

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced today that the President has signed into law bipartisan legislation she authored aimed at stopping the spread of the terrorist organization Boko Haram. The new law will strengthen the United States’ response to Boko Haram’s brazen and vicious acts of terrorism. Senator Collins’ legislation unanimously passed the Senate in September of 2015 and unanimously passed the House last week. 

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President Signs Bipartisan Bill Cosponsored by Collins, King to Protect Northern Border into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that the President has signed the Northern Border Security Review Act, a bipartisan bill to assess and strengthen American security at the Northern Border, into law. Both Senators Collins and King are cosponsors of the legislation, which will help to make sure that Maine communities remain strong and safe.

 

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Collins, King Announce Nearly $11 Million Award for Bath Iron Works

U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that Bath Iron Works has been awarded a $10,965,890 order against an existing Navy basic ordering agreement related to the testing and evaluation of the USS Rafael Peralta. More specifically, the award will support planning, management, engineering services, and emergent availability and repairs.

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Senators Fight for Shipyard Workers and Servicemembers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Susan Collins (R-ME), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Angus King (I-ME) sent a letter to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees urging them to incorporate language in the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would ensure servicemembers and Department of Defense (DoD) civilians, including public shipyard workers, receive full reimbursement when traveling on long-term temporary duty (TDY).     

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U.S. Senators Collins, Shaheen, Ayotte, King Announce $32.9 million in Dry Dock Repairs and Upgrades for Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following their leadership and advocacy on the Senate Appropriations and Armed Services Committees, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Angus King (I-ME) announced today that the U.S. Navy plans to provide funding for two critical projects at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY). The funding includes $25.7 million to conduct critical repairs and improvements to dry dock #3, as well as $7.2 million for engineering and design work related to the construction of a super flood basin for dry dock #1.

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Senator Collins’ Statement on Terrorist Attack in Nice, France

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) released this statement today regarding the terrorist attack in Nice, France:

"I am appalled by the horrific terrorist attack in Nice that claimed more than 80 lives, including at least two Americans.  This news is particularly troubling since France is still reeling from the terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more last November as well as the Charlie Hebdo shooting last year.

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Senate Honors Intelligence Professionals for Service to Nation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate is honoring the courage and sacrifice of the men and women of the U.S. intelligence community by designating July 26, 2016 as “United States Intelligence Professionals Day.” U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, who both serve on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, cosponsored the resolution that was unanimously approved by the Senate to acknowledge intelligence officers, past and present, for their service and professionalism in protecting the United States from those who wish to do us harm.

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Senators Collins, Nelson Lead Bipartisan Letter Urging Administration to Preserve Maximum Strength of Sanctions Until Iran Abandons Its Illicit, Non-Nuclear Activities

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) led a bipartisan letter to President Barack Obama urging his Administration to ensure that sanctions imposed on Iran for illicit, non-nuclear activities, such as its material support for terrorism, development of ballistic missiles, and human rights abuses are rigorously enforced.  The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) does not require these sanctions to be waived.  The letter was signed by 35 Senators.

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Senator Collins’ Statement on Orlando Attack

Washington, D.C—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, made the following statement on the attack this morning in Orlando:

"This is the worst attack on our country since 9-11-01 and the worst mass shooting in our history.  I am heartbroken for the loved ones of the victims of this horrifying act of terrorism. 

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Senator Collins Urges Armed Services Committee to Restore Long-Term Temporary Duty Reimbursement for Shipyard Workers

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins sent a letter to Senators John McCain and Jack Reed, the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, to express her support for permanently changing a Department of Defense (DoD) policy that significantly reduced the per diem allowance for public shipyard workers who volunteer for long-term temporary duty (TDY).

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Senators Collins & King Announce that Bath Iron Works will Build the Navy’s First Flight III Destroyer

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that Bath Iron Works will build the Navy’s first Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyer (DDG-51).  This DDG-51 Flight III guided missile destroyer will incorporate new technologies, including a powerful new radar called the SPY-6, also referred to as the Air and Missile Defense Radar, which significantly enhances a ship’s ability to detect air and surface targets as well as ever-proliferating ballistic missile threats.

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Made in the USA: Supporting Domestic Manufacturing and Outfitting our Soldiers with American-Made Footwear

When consumers see the words “Made in America” emblazoned on a product, they know that this phrase denotes more than simply where the product originated.  “Made in America” signifies that the product is high quality and that it was manufactured by skilled American workers.  This is especially true of products made by Mainers, who are well known for their strong work ethic and high quality work.  Given a level playing field, American workers can successfully compete in the 21st century global economy. 

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