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. 

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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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.

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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.

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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

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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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SENATOR COLLINS LEADS EFFORT TO REPEAL DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins today released this statement following a vote in the U.S. Senate to repeal the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, which was implemented under President Clinton in 1993.

 

            “This is an historic day.  It is important that the United States will now join at least 28 of our closest allies in welcoming the service of any qualified individual who is willing and capable of serving our country. 

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SENATOR COLLINS’ STATEMENT ON ‘DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL’

            WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following the conclusion of today’s Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, Senator Susan Collins released this statement:

 

          “Like our closest allies, the United States’ Armed Forces should welcome the service of any qualified individual who is willing and capable of serving our country.

 

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SENATOR COLLINS QUESTIONS MILITARY LEADERS OVER ‘DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL’ POLICY

            WASHINGTON, D.C.--During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing today, Senator Susan Collins questioned Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen and the co-chairmen of the Department of Defense Working Group that conducted a comprehensive review of the issues associated with repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

 

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SENATOR COLLINS SPEAKS ON SENATE FLOOR REGARDING DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, spoke on the Senate floor regarding today’s cloture vote on the Fiscal Year 2011 Defense Authorization bill, which includes a provision to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. 

 

            The full text of her remarks follows as delivered:

 

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