Sen. Susan Collins

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The budget deal signed into law last week by President Trump set overall caps on spending. Two members of Maine’s Congressional delegation will be working on filling in the details of the plan over the next six weeks.

Senator Susan Collins and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree sit on the Appropriations Committees of their respective chambers. With the overall spending caps now in place, they will have to determine the spending levels for each program within those overall caps.

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Maine's two U.S. senators say the two-year budget deal reached Wednesday is a big step in the right direction.

Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican, says the deal struck by Senate leaders and President Trump will increase both defense spending and funding for domestic programs over two years.

She says the agreement sets spending caps while avoiding the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration.  “It’s a significant agreement because it would do away with the threat of sequestration, that arbitrary across-the-board cuts of federal programs."

In a rare show of congressional cooperation, Republican and Democratic leaders in the Senate announced a two-year budget deal Wednesday that would increase federal spending for defense as well as key domestic priorities, including many health programs.

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PORTLAND, Maine - Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins is calling media coverage of her support for a tax overhaul "unbelievably sexist."

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Speaking Sunday on the CBS's Face The Nation, Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins discussed the GOP tax bill, saying Republican leaders have assured her that changes she is seeking will be included in the bill as a committee hammers out a final version. 

She said she has no reason not to believe those promises. One of them is that Medicare won't be slashed to pay for the $1.4 trillion tax cut.

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PORTLAND, Maine - Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says she may change her vote on the GOP tax overhaul if her amendments are not included in the final version.
 
She tells WABI-TV that she won't make a final decision until she sees what comes out of a conference committee.  
 
Collins joined the majority in a 51-49 vote after her amendments on property tax and medical expense deductions were included. She also says she secured a promise from House and Senate leaders to remove the threat of a 4 percent cut to Medicare.
 

WASHINGTON - The bipartisan group No Labels is getting a boost from Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
 
The senators were selected honorary co-chairs of the group this week.
 
Former Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, who's a national co-chairman, says the goal of No Labels is to counter "rising political extremism with an aggressive bipartisan push to solve problems.''
 

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Maine Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins is taking to the airwaves to criticize President Trump on a variety of issues, from health care to presidential decorum.

On MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program Monday, Collins took issue with Trump's "Twitter war" with Sen. Bob Corker, saying it isn't "productive."

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ROCKPORT, Maine — The pull of legacy and a chance to take the reins of state government were not enough to convince Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins to run for governor.

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ROCKPORT, Maine - Republican Sen. Susan Collins is set to announce whether she will stay in the U.S. Senate or run for governor of her home state of Maine.
 
The 64-year-old Collins plans to announce her decision on Friday at an event in Rockport.
 
The moderate Republican was first elected in 1996 and has played a pivotal role in the Senate in recent debates about health care policy.
 

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PORTLAND, Maine - Sen. Susan Collins' office says she'll make an announcement on Friday about whether she'll run for governor of Maine.
 
The moderate Republican was first elected in 1996 and has played a pivotal role in the Senate in recent debates about health care policy. She said previously that she would decide during the Senate's weeklong Columbus Day recess whether to stay in Washington or run for governor.
 
Collins' office did not say where the senator would make the much-anticipated announcement.
 

The question of whether Republican Sen. Susan Collins is going to stay in Washington or return to Maine to run for governor will soon be answered.

Vice President Mike Pence spoke to radio station WGAN in Portland this morning about Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins’ decision to vote against the latest GOP attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

“We’re certainly disappointed that Sen. Collins has chosen to vote against the Graham-Cassidy bill,” he said. “We think this is the best opportunity that we’ve had to give the people of Maine, the people of America, a fresh start on the failing policies of Obamacare.”

Alex Brandon / Associated Press

Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins said Thursday that she has many reservations about the Cassidy-Graham bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but she hasn't yet decided whether to support or reject the legislation.

Collins said first she wants to see the Congressional Budget Office's analysis, due out early next week. “I‘ve been reluctant to take a final position on this bill because I have been given numbers that are widely divergent,” Collins said Thursday morning, at an event in Augusta.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

Maine Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins outlined the two factors she's weighing before making a decision about a run for a governor during a question-and-answer session at York County Community College Friday.

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