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 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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Senators Collins, King Introduce the Buy American Act of 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) introduced bipartisan legislation today that would require the Department of Defense to provide initial entry service members with American-made athletic shoes upon arrival at basic training.  This bill is part of a years-long effort focused on ensuring that our troops are equipped and outfitted with high-quality uniform items made in the United States.  It also supports domestic manufacturing and protects hundreds of jobs for hardworking and dedicated American workers. 

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Collins, King Recognize 100th Convention of the National Association of Superintendents of the U.S. Naval Shore Establishments in Congressional Record

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In statements submitted to the Congressional Record this week, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King recognized the 100th Convention of the National Association of Superintendents of the U.S. Naval Shore Establishments (NAS NSE) and thanked its members, including Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, for their continued work to support the effectiveness of America’s naval shipyards.

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Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Nearly $75 Million for Three Projects at PNSY in Kittery

 WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee, announced today that the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs spending bill included $74.9 million for three projects at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) in Kittery, Maine.  Senator Collins is a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee.

 

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Maine, NH Senators Applaud Shipyard on 5th Consecutive Year of Environmental Achievement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Angus King (I-ME) congratulated the workers at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) on receiving environmental awards for the fifth year in a row. PNSY received two Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Environmental Awards for Natural Resources Conservation and Environmental Restoration for fiscal year 2015 on February 22, 2016.

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Collins, King Cosponsor Bipartisan Legislation to Establish National Commission on Digital Security

U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME), members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, cosponsored bipartisan legislation that would establish an independent National Commission on Security and Technology Challenges. The digital security Commission will bring together all stakeholders, including tech leaders, law enforcement, the intelligence community, privacy and civil liberties advocates, computer science researchers, and global commerce leaders, who will be charged with developing recommendations for maintaining privacy and digital security while also finding ways to keep criminals and terrorists from exploiting these technologies to escape justice.

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Collins, Shaheen Lead Letter Calling for Accountability in UN Peacekeeping Forces Following Multiple Reports of Sexual Abuse

(Washington, DC)—Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) led a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Samantha Power calling for action and accountability following multiple reports of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeeping forces in the Central African Republic.

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From the Days of Sail to the Age of the Atom, PNSY Works to Keep our Navy Strong

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard was established by the United States government in 1800 and its first new product, the 74-gun ship of the line USS Washington, was launched in 1814.  Today, our Navy’s oldest continuously operating public shipyard is tasked with the overhaul, repair, and modernization of America’s nuclear submarine fleet.   PNSY truly has gone from the days of sail to the age of the atom.
 

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A Year in Review

As we turn the page on 2015 and look to the future, I welcome this opportunity to share some of the accomplishments of the past year.  Although much work remains to be done, I was able to achieve progress on issues that matter to the people of Maine, whom I am honored to represent in the United States Senate.

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