Senator Collins’ Statement on Members of Coast Guard Affected by Partial Government Shutdown

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins issued this statement today regarding a separate payroll system that will prevent active-duty members of the Coast Guard from receiving pay for pre-shutdown work unless action is taken:


“Most federal employees will receive their scheduled paychecks today, but that is not the case for 42,000 Coast Guard members, who will not be paid for pre-shutdown work because they are under a different pay system.  This is not fair. I called the White House to urge an immediate fix.”


Coast Guard Payment Issue Resolved Following Senator Collins’ Advocacy

Washington, D.C.—Following reports of a payroll system issue that would prevent 42,000 Coast Guard members from being paid for pre-shutdown work until the government shutdown ends, U.S. Senator Susan Collins called the White House this afternoon to urge an immediate fix.  


This evening, the White House called Senator Collins to inform her that the issue has been resolved and that members of the Coast Guard will now be paid for their pre-shutdown work.


Collins, Heitkamp Bipartisan Bill to Help Identify, Protect Human Trafficking Victims to be Signed into Law

Nearly 1/3 of Trafficked Women Saw a Health Care Professional While in Captivity


Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) today announced that their bipartisan legislation to help combat human trafficking passed unanimously in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House. The Stop, Observe, Ask and Respond (SOAR) to Health and Wellness Act now heads to the President’s desk for signature.



Provisions Authored by Senators Collins, Brown to Support Local Farming Programs Signed into Law

Washington, D.C. – In a win for our nation’s farmers and local food production, several provisions authored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) from the Local Farms and Regional Market Supply (FARMS) Act were included in the 2018 Farm Bill.  The bill, which passed both the Senate and the House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support, was signed into law today.