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. 

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


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.


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.” 


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.


Senator Collins Statement Following Final Passage of the Defense Authorization

 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.


Senator Collins’ Statement in Remembrance of 9/11

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.


Inspiring a Nation

This August, Captain Kristen Griest and First Lieutenant Shaye Hayer made history when they became the first two women soldiers to complete the notoriou


Senator Collins Meets With Secretary Of Defense Nominee Dr. Ash Carter

      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:



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