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. 

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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Identifying, Stopping Terrorists Seeking to Enter U.S. is Aim of Collins, Cantwell Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) today announced introduction of the Travel Facilitation and Safety Act of 2015—a bipartisan bill that aims to identify and stop terrorists seeking to enter the United States. The legislation would expand U.S. pre-clearance operations in foreign countries and foreign airports—enabling U.S. government personnel to conduct immigration, customs, and agriculture inspections before travelers depart for the United States.

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Senators Collins, King Announce Approval of $1 billion Toward Additional Destroyer Likely to be built at BIW

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins, a senior member of the Defense Appropriations Committee, and Angus King, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced today that the final omnibus bill includes $1 billion toward the construction of an additional DDG-51 destroyer. This destroyer would likely be built at Bath Iron Works. This destroyer would be in addition to those already included in the current multi-year procurement contract. The omnibus bill will be considered by Congress later this week.
 

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Collins, King Statement in response to Bath Iron Works Labor Contract Approval

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King issued the following statement today following approval of the new labor contract between Bath Iron Works and the Local S6 Machinists Union:​
 
“The ratification of the labor contract required collaboration, hard work, and compromise by all parties.  This represents a significant achievement and will put BIW on a viable track moving forward as they work as a team to fulfill critical Navy requirements.”   
 

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A Cherished American Tradition

At this special time of year, we are especially grateful to the brave men and women in our nation’s armed forces and to our veterans.  We are grateful for their courage, devotion to duty, and sacrifice.  And we give thanks to their families and loved ones, for they too sacrifice

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Senator Collins Speaks from the Senate Floor: Senate Approves Critical Funding for Veterans’ Programs and Military Construction Projects

The bill contains nearly $80 billion in funding, which represents an increase of more than $1 billion above the President’s FY 2016 budget request.  It also reflects bipartisan compromise and a commitment, on the eve of Veterans’ Day, to ensure that Congress funds programs and priorities that support veterans, our troops, and their families.

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Senators Collins, King Announce that the 133rd Engineer Battalion Will Remain in Maine

“During my discussions with Lieutenant General Kadavy, the Director of the Army National Guard, in October 2015, and my recent travel to U.S. European Command, it could not be clearer how important the National Guard is to Maine and to enabling national security missions overseas.  I look forward to continuing to work to ensure that our National Guard, and their important missions and programs, are adequately resourced and ready to respond when called upon to do so.” 

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Senator Collins Meets with Lieutenant General Timothy Kadavy, the 20th director of the Army National Guard

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, recently met with Lieutenant General Timothy Kadavy, the 20th Director of the Army National Guard, in her Washington office this week.

“It was a pleasure to meet with General Kadavy and discuss the great work being done by members of Maine’s Army National Guard, both in our state and around the world,” Senator Collins stated.

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