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Senator Collins To Host First Bipartisan Senate Lunch Of New Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tomorrow, U.S. Senator Susan Collins will host the Senate’s first bipartisan lunch of the 114th Congress with the hope of building better and more productive working relationships among all members in the Senate.

“As we work to address the many challenges facing our nation both at home and abroad, it is important that we work together to identify areas of common ground from which we can advance our nation,” said Senator Collins. “I’m honored to host this Senate’s bipartisan lunch and am hopeful that this is just the beginning of a very productive 114th Congress.”

Senator Collins chose her home-state foods to feature at Wednesday’s lunch including, Maine lobster salad featuring a special recipe from the University of Maine; chips made from Maine potatoes; Maine wild blueberry pie served with vanilla or Maine wild blueberry ice cream produced by Gifford’s Ice Cream – a family-owned business based in Skowhegan, Maine.

In addition, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) will bring Virginia ham and biscuits to share with the bipartisan group.

In November, Senator Collins and Senator Angus King (I-ME) joined a bipartisan group of 30 Senators in calling on their party leaders to schedule monthly lunches between their caucuses. Both the Republican and Democratic leaders agreed to the request for a monthly bipartisan lunch.