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. 

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

Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Senate passed the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a vote of 86 to 8.  This legislation 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 House of Representatives. 

 

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. – 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 Damon Paul Nelson and Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) for Fiscal Years 2018, 2019, and 2020 on a unanimous and bipartisan 15-0 vote.  The bill, which includes key provisions authored by both Senators Collins and King, authorizes funding and enables comprehensive, congressional oversight for the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC).

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Senator Collins Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Deter Foreign Interference in American Elections

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), a member of the Intelligence Committee, cosponsored the Defending Elections from Threats by Establishing Redlines (DETER) Act. The bipartisan legislation sends a powerful message to any foreign nation seeking to disrupt our elections that if it attacks American candidates, campaigns, or voting infrastructure, it will face severe consequences.

 

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Collins, Klobuchar Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Support Children in National Guard and Reserve Families

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced bipartisan legislation today to support children in National Guard and Reserve families. Currently, children of National Guard and Reserve members are excluded from the Military Student Identifier program, part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which requires states to identify students from military families in school records to ensure that schools and teachers know which students have parents in the military to help accommodate any additional needs.

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Senator Collins Joins Bipartisan Group in Introducing Legislation to Strengthen Cybersecurity Risk Management at Publicly Traded Companies

 

Washington, D.C. - In an effort to better protect customers, increase transparency for investors, and ensure public companies are prioritizing cybersecurity and data privacy, U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) joined Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Mark Warner (D-VA), John Kennedy (R-LA), and Doug Jones (D-AL) in introducing the Cybersecurity Disclosure Act of 2019.  Senator Collins is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. 

 

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As Deadline for Administration’s Khashoggi Investigation Nears, Senator Collins Joins Bipartisan Group in Introducing Saudi Arabia Accountability and Yemen Bill

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Todd Young (R-IN) Jack Reed (D-RI), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Chris Murphy (D-CT)—today introduced the Saudi Arabia Accountability and Yemen Act of 2019, comprehensive legislation to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the murder of U.S. resident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and the Saudi-led coalition for its role in the devastating conflict in Yemen.

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Coast Guard Payment Issue Resolved Following Senator Collins’ Advocacy

Washington, D.C.—Following reports of a payroll system issue that would prevent 42,000 Coast Guard members from being paid for pre-shutdown work until the government shutdown ends, U.S. Senator Susan Collins called the White House this afternoon to urge an immediate fix.  

 

This evening, the White House called Senator Collins to inform her that the issue has been resolved and that members of the Coast Guard will now be paid for their pre-shutdown work.

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Senator Collins Joins Bipartisan Group in Introducing Amendment to Prohibit Resumption of Refueling of Saudi Coalition Aircraft in Yemen Civil War

Washington, D.C. - Today, coinciding with votes related to Senate Joint Resolution 54 (S.J.Res.54), U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Todd Young (R-IN), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced a bipartisan amendment to prohibit the resumption of U.S. air refueling of Saudi coalition aircraft engaged in the civil war in Yemen. In response to the argument that the U.S.

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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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