"Today, 22 million veterans live among us, including more than 127,000 in Maine. These numbers are not just statistics; each one tells a story of courage, sacrifice, and devotion to duty, and today we honor them and thank them for their courage, sacrifice, and service."
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.
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.
"This important bipartisan legislation is vital to ensuring that our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines have the critical resources needed to accomplish their national security missions around the world."
The FY 2016 NDAA would authorize $599.2 billion in spending for our national defense.
“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.”
“Supporting an individual appropriations bill in no way suggests that the Senate is giving up on passing the other 11 subcommittee appropriations bills, whether they are brought to the floor individually or as an Omnibus package."
“The Peralta family forged Sgt Peralta’s character, courage, and dedication. My hope is that this family, who suffered such a terrible loss, will find comfort in the prayers of a grateful nation,”
Hearing explored the need for additional safety measures as the Federal Aviation Administration proceeds with its plans to integrate this innovative technology into the national airspace.
WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) of 2015, which passed the Senate this afternoon with strong bipartisan support (74-21), included an important amendment authored by U.S. Senator Susan Collins.
“The cyber attack at OPM exposed the glaring vulnerabilities of our federal cybersecurity system and is a reminder that we are in the midst of a cyber-war."
“…does it make sense that we require one case of the measles to be reported to the government, but not a cyber attack that could result in the death of more than 2,500 people?”
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.
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, Major Lisa Jastor became the first female Army Reserve Officer and third woman ever to complete the elite United States Army Ranger School and earn the highly coveted Ranger tab.
U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, recently met with Admiral John Richardson in her Washington office.
WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Senator Susan Collins voted this afternoon in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report for fiscal year 2016, which passed the Senate with a strong bipartisan majority this afternoon (70-27). The Conference Report would authorize $515 billion in spending for national defense and an additional $89.2 billion for the Overseas Contingency Fund (OCO) for a total of $604.2 billion and sets policy for the Department of Defense on a host of issues.
“Through their skill, grit, and determination, Captain Griest and Lieutenant Haver have demonstrated that character, courage, physical fitness, and tenacity are the hallmarks of extraordinary service members and leaders, and that both men and women possess these qualities.”
Each year, Americans set aside National POW/MIA Recognition Day to honor those who fought for freedom and who experienced the worst of war.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins released the following statement in remembrance of September 11, 2001:
“Fourteen years ago, our nation was stunned by the terrorist attacks that took the lives of nearly 3,000 people in our country. We will never forget those who perished that day, nor will we waver in our defense of the American way of life.
Senator Collins spoke from the floor yesterday in
support of the bipartisan Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015
“We must not forget the girls of Nigeria, who were
targeted for violence simply because they chose to pursue an education.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins met with Secretary of Defense Nominee Dr. Ash Carter for 45 minutes today in Washington, D.C. The meeting follows Dr. Carter’s nomination in December to replace the current Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel. After their meeting, Senator Collins released the following statement: