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. 

Senators Collins And King Announce Maine Nominees To The United States Military Service Academies

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced their nominees to the United States Military Academies. To be considered for an appointment to a service academy, applicants must be nominated by an authorized nominating source, which includes Members of Congress.  Admission to the United States Coast Guard Academy, also a federal service academy, does not require a congressional nomination.

 

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Collins, King, Poliquin Celebrate New Defense Contract at New Balance Supporting 900 Maine Jobs

Norridgewock, ME – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representative Bruce Poliquin visited the New Balance plant in Norridgewock in celebration of New Balance’s new contract with the U.S. military to produce athletic footwear for our military recruits domestically.  The Senators and Representative toured the production line and delivered remarks congratulating New Balance employees and leadership.

 

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Senators Collins, King Announce Nearly $55 Million Contract for New Crane at PNSY

 Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that the Navy awarded a $54,928,445 contract to Konecranes Nuclear Equipment and Services to provide a 140-ton portal crane to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) in Kittery. 

 

This year, the Navy announced that it would refuel and extend the life of up to seven Los Angeles-class submarines, and that all of those availabilities will be performed at PNSY.  The crane will allow PNSY to safely refuel the submarines with new reactor cores. 

 

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Senators Collins, Van Hollen, and Cardin Introduce Protect Our Elections Act

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) introduced the Protect Our Elections Act, which would prohibit foreign adversaries from owning and controlling the companies supporting American elections. Our intelligence chiefs have made it clear that hostile foreign actors continue to work to disrupt our democratic process by any means possible.

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Bill Funding Three Important Infrastructure Projects at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Heads to President’s Desk to be Signed into Law

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced that the Senate passed the fiscal year 2019 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, which included more than $162 million for three projects at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) that she championed.  The bill passed by a vote of 92-5 and now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law.  Senator Collins is a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee.

 

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Legislation to Strengthen National Defense Heads to President’s Desk with Provisions Championed by Senator Collins

Washington, D.C. — By an overwhelming bipartisan majority of 87-10, the Senate passed legislation today that will strengthen our national defense and support our men and women in uniform.  U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, voted in favor of the bill.  The bill now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law. 

 

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Collins, King Cosponsor Bipartisan Resolution to Honor Intelligence Community

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine), both members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, joined a bipartisan group of their colleagues to introduce a resolution honoring the courage and dedication of the men and women of the U.S. intelligence community by designating July 26, 2018 as “United States Intelligence Professionals Day.” The resolution was cosponsored by every member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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Senate Intel Committee Unanimously Passes 2019 Intelligence Authorization Act with Collins, King Provisions Included

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine), both members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, applauded the Committee’s passage of the Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019 by a unanimous bipartisan vote of 15-0. The bill, which includes key provisions authored by both Senators Collins and King, authorizes funding, provides appropriate legal authorities and enhances Congressional oversight for the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC).

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Senate Advances Funding Bills That Make Important Investments in Veterans Health Care, National Security, and Infrastructure

Washington, D.C. — By a vote of 86-5, the Senate passed a bipartisan appropriations “minibus” today that includes the fiscal year 2019 Energy and Water, Veterans Affairs, and Legislative Branch funding bills.  U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, successfully pushed for a number of provisions that were incorporated into the final bill.  The legislation now awaits further consideration by the House of Representatives.

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Senate Passes Legislation to Strengthen National Defense with Provisions Championed by Senator Collins

Washington, D.C. - By an overwhelming bipartisan majority of 85-10, the Senate passed legislation today that will strengthen our national defense and support our men and women in uniform.  U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, voted in favor of the bill.  The Senate and the House of Representatives must now reconcile their two versions of the bill before being sent to the President’s desk to be signed into law. 

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Collins, Heinrich Unveil Bipartisan Legislation to Protect U.S. Election Systems from Foreign Interference

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, introduced bipartisan legislation to protect American election systems from foreign interference. The Securing America's Voting Equipment (SAVE) Act would help safeguard voting systems, registration data, and ballots from theft, manipulation, and malicious computer hackers. 

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Maine Delegation Welcomes Secretary of the Navy to Bath Iron Works

Bath, ME — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin welcomed the Secretary of the Navy to Bath Iron Works (BIW) today. Senators Collins and King invited Secretary Spencer to Maine so that he could see firsthand the excellent work performed by the highly skilled employees at BIW to build and maintain the Navy fleet.

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