Sen. Susan Collins

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Maine’s two U.S. senators have said security officials aren’t giving adequate attention to attempts by Russia and other nations to influence elections. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King expressed those concerns during an unusual open meeting of the Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday.

King said he spent an hour reading the still-classified Senate Intelligence Committee report on efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election. He said the findings, which he would not detail publicly, are “horrifying.”

Maine Senator Susan Collins is among a group of republicans urging colleagues in Washington to include several measures to lower health insurance costs in the budget bill up for consideration this week.

Collins says the package of bills she has crafted with Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander would lower insurance premiums by 40 percent. She is also downplaying opposition to language banning the use of federal funds for abortions, saying the so-called Hyde language has been in use since 1976.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins is one of the co-sponsors of a bill that would require state authorities to be alerted when prohibited individuals fail a national background check.

The Republican Senator said that Maine and 36 other states aren't automatically alerted when someone who's prohibited from buying a gun because of a felony conviction or domestic abuse tries to make a purchase. The bill would require a notification within 24 hours.

Maine Sen. Susan Collins is leading an effort to force the U.S. Department of Transportation to require that  airline fares be clear and understandable to consumers.

“I’m not trying to dictate what airlines can charge, or what services they can charge for," she said, in an interview with Maine Public. "But I do believe there should be complete transparency.”

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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."

Brian Bechard / Maine Public

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.
 

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

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.
 

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