Minority News Releases

02.28.24

Schumer, McConnell, Johnson, Jeffries, Murray, Collins, Granger, DeLauro Joint Statement On FY24 Appropriations Agreement

  Washington, D.C. - Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), and Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) along with Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) and Vice Chair Susan Collins (R-ME) and House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Kay Granger (R-TX) and Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) released the following statement:   “We are in agreement that Congress must work in a bipartisan manner to fund our government.… Continue Reading


02.13.24

Senator Collins’ Statement on Senate Passage of National Security Supplemental

  Washington, D.C. - Today, by a vote of 70-29, the U.S. Senate passed the national security supplemental package.  U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Subcommittee on Defense, was a lead negotiator of the bipartisan legislation, which now heads to the U.S. House of Representatives for consideration.   Following the vote this morning, Senator Collins issued this statement:   “The national security bill passed by the Senate is of profound impo… Continue Reading


02.12.24

Senator Collins Calls for Passage of Legislation Critical to National Security

  “The world is watching to see if the United States is still the leader of the free world.”   Click HERE to watch and HERE to download.   Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Subcommittee on Defense, delivered remarks on the Senate floor this evening to call for passage of the national security supplemental package.  Senator Collins is managing the legislation on the Senate floor.   A transcript of Senator Collins’ remark… Continue Reading


02.11.24

Senator Collins Makes Case for National Security Supplemental

  Click HERE to watch and HERE to download.   Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Subcommittee on Defense, delivered remarks on the Senate floor today to combat the misrepresentation being spread about the national security supplemental package.   A transcript of Senator Collins’ remarks are as follows:   “Mr. President, the national security supplemental before us is of profound importance to America’s security.  It will… Continue Reading


02.09.24

Senator Collins Delivers Remarks in Support of National Security Supplemental

  Click HERE to watch and HERE to download.   Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Subcommittee on Defense, delivered remarks on the Senate floor today ahead of the Senate’s 64-19 procedural vote on the motion to proceed to the national security supplemental package.   A transcript of Senator Collins’ remarks are as follows:   “Mr. President, I rise to urge strong support for the national security supplemental appropriatio… Continue Reading


02.08.24

Senator Collins Urges Colleagues to Support National Security Supplemental

  Click HERE to watch and HERE to download.   Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Subcommittee on Defense, delivered remarks on the Senate floor today following the Senate’s 67-32 procedural vote to advance the national security supplemental package.   A transcript of Senator Collins’ remarks are as follows:   “Mr. President, there are pivotal times in our nation’s history when what we do in this chamber really matters.  … Continue Reading


02.04.24

Senator Collins’ Statement on National Security Supplemental

  Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Subcommittee on Defense, released the following statement on the Senate’s national security supplemental package:   “This supplemental funding package is comprised of four pillars: securing our border, helping Ukraine counter Russian aggression, assisting Israel in its fight against terrorism, and deterring a rising China.   “I appreciate the efforts of Senators Lankford, Murphy, and S… Continue Reading


12.19.23

Senator Collins Urges Actions to Address Out-of-Control Border Security Crisis

  “In the State of Maine, encounters have increased over 450 percent since fiscal year 2021.”   Click HERE to watch and HERE to download.   Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, there were a record 12,381 encounters with foreign nationals entering the U.S. along the southwest border without authorization.    In response to this ongoing—and worsening crisis—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, delivered remarks on the Senate floor today to call for bipa… Continue Reading


12.14.23

NEW: Secretary of Defense, Top Pentagon Leadership Sound Alarm That a Year-long CR Would Jeopardize Our National Defense

  In new letters to top Senate Appropriations leaders, the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Army, Navy, and Air Force service secretaries detail the harm of a full-year continuing resolution for DoD   ICYMI: Chair Murray Warns of Devastating Implications of a Full-Year CR - MORE HERE   ICYMI: Vice Chair Collins Calls for Action on Appropriations, Full-Year Defense Funding Bills - MORE HERE   Washington, D.C. — In new letters to Senate Appropriations… Continue Reading


11.29.23

Senator Collins Calls for Action on Appropriations, Defense Funding Bills

  Click HERE to watch.   Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Subcommittee on Defense, delivered remarks on the Senate floor today to urge action on the Fiscal Year 2024 appropriations bills and warn against the dangers of a year-long continuing resolution.   A transcript of Senator Collins’ remarks are as follows:   Madam President, I come to the floor to urge action on the Fiscal Year 2024 appropriations bills that fund … Continue Reading


11.08.23

Senator Collins’ Opening Remarks at Hearing on Supplemental Funding Request for HHS, DHS

  Click HERE to watch and HERE to download.   Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, delivered the following opening remarks at a full Committee hearing with Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas on the President’s supplemental funding requests for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS):   “Thank you very much, … Continue Reading


11.01.23

Senate Passes Three FY24 Appropriations Bills

  Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, announced today that the U.S. Senate has passed three Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) appropriations bills by a vote of 82-15.  The bills must now be conferenced with the U.S. House of Representatives.   The three bills are: the Fiscal Year 2024 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (MilCon-VA); Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies; and … Continue Reading


10.31.23

Senator Collins Questions Secretary of State Blinken on Administration’s Position on an Israel Ceasefire

  Click HERE to watch Senator Collins’ Q&A with Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken.  Click HERE to download.   Washington, D.C. - At an Appropriations Committee hearing today on the President’s national security funding request, U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Vice Chair of the Appropriations Committee and Subcommittee on Defense, asked Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken to clarify the Administration’s position on an Israel ceasefire.   Senator Collins said:   Israel has every right t… Continue Reading


10.31.23

Senator Collins Opening Remarks at Hearing on National Security Supplemental Request

  Click HERE to watch and HERE to download.   Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Vice Chair of the Appropriations Committee and Subcommittee on Defense, delivered the following opening remarks at a full Committee hearing with Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on the President’s national security supplemental funding request:   “Let me begin by expressing my appreciation to Secretary Blinken and Secretary Austin for joining us today … Continue Reading


10.04.23

Senators Murray and Collins Statement Following Senate Appropriations Committee Briefing on Ukraine

  Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Chair and Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee respectively, issued the below statement following a classified Senate Appropriations Committee briefing on U.S. Assistance to Ukrainian Air Defenses.   “This morning, we received an update on Ukrainian Air Defenses and the role of U.S. assistance—and it is clear as day that continued American military and economic support for Ukraine … Continue Reading


09.30.23

Schumer, McConnell, Murray, Collins, Coons, Graham Joint Statement On The Senate’s Commitment To Supporting Ukraine

Washington, D.C. - Today, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) released the following joint statement with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Appropriations Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA), Appropriations Committee Vice Chair Susan Collins (R-ME), Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Chair Chris Coons (D-DE), and Subcommittee Ranking Member Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on the Senate’s bipartisan commitment to supporting Ukraine:   “We we… Continue Reading


09.30.23

Senator Collins’ Statement on Passage of Continuing Resolution, Avoiding Government Shutdown

  Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, released the below statement following the Senate’s passage of a continuing resolution by a vote of 88-9:   “Today’s passage of a continuing resolution averts a shutdown and is a victory for common sense.   “Government shutdowns are harmful and should be avoided at all costs.  They deprive our military, border patrol agents, air traffic controllers, and airport security personnel (TSA) of their p… Continue Reading


09.12.23

Murray and Collins Kick Off Consideration of First Appropriations Bills on the Senate Floor

  Senate voted 85-12 this afternoon to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to first three appropriations bills on the Senate floor, commencing debate on the package ***WATCH SENATOR MURRAY’S FLOOR REMARKS HERE*** ***WATCH SENATOR COLLINS’ FLOOR REMARKS HERE***   Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Chair and Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee respectively, spoke on the Senate floor, kicking off consideration of … Continue Reading


09.06.23

Senators Murray and Collins Issue Statement on Plans to Proceed with First Package of Appropriations Bills on Senate Floor

  Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Chair and Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee respectively, issued the following statement on plans to proceed with consideration of the first set of appropriations bills on the Senate floor.   The first three bills set to be considered by the full Senate include: the Fiscal Year 2024 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies; Transportation, Housing and Urban … Continue Reading


08.11.23

Senators Murray and Collins Issue Statement on Biden Administration Supplemental Funding Request

  Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Chair and Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee respectively, issued the following statement in response to the Biden administration’s supplemental funding request: “We look forward to reviewing the administration’s supplemental funding request carefully. Whether it’s supplemental funding to defend against Russian aggression in Ukraine, to strengthen our global competitiveness, to provide d… Continue Reading

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