Minority News Releases

04.17.24

Senator Collins Questions U.S. Attorney General on Efforts to Shut Down Illegal Chinese Marijuana Operations in Maine

  Click HERE to watch and HERE to download.   Washington, D.C. - At a hearing to review the Fiscal Year 2025 budget request for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Vice Chair of the Appropriations Committee, questioned U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland on what federal law enforcement is doing to help shut down illegal Chinese marijuana growing operations in Maine and support the efforts of state, county, and local law enforcement.   During Q&A with Atto… Continue Reading


04.17.24

Collins: “The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery is the gold standard.”

  Senator Collins stresses need to maintain readiness of submarines and support public shipyards   Click HERE to watch and HERE to download.   Washington, D.C. - At a hearing to review the Fiscal Year 2025 budget request for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Vice Chair of the Appropriations Committee and Subcommittee on Defense, questioned Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Lisa Franchetti on efforts to reduce the submarine maintenance backlog and highlighted the r… Continue Reading


04.09.24

Senator Collins Calls for Action on National Security Supplemental, Questions Secretary Kendall on Risks to the Air Force in Budget Request

  Opening Remarks: Click HERE to watch and HERE to download.   Q&A with Secretary of the Air Force Kendall: Click HERE to watch and HERE to download.   Washington, D.C. - At a hearing to review the Fiscal Year 2025 budget request for the U.S. Air Force and Space Force, U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Vice Chair of the Appropriations Committee and Subcommittee on Defense, highlighted the risks the Administration’s request would impose on our national defense.  Senator Collins also highlighte… Continue Reading


03.23.24

Congress Passes Final Six FY24 Appropriations Bills

  Senator Collins was a lead negotiator of the bipartisan legislation.   Washington, D.C. - Today, by a vote of 74-24, the U.S. Senate passed the second six-bill Fiscal Year (FY24) appropriations package.  U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Subcommittee on Defense, was a lead negotiator of the bipartisan legislation, which now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law.   The legislation provides FY24 appropriations for: Defense; Finan… Continue Reading


03.22.24

Senator Collins Urges Colleagues to Support FY24 Six-Bill Appropriations Package, Avert Shutdown

  Click HERE to watch and HERE to download.   Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Subcommittee on Defense, delivered remarks on the U.S. Senate floor today to urge her colleagues to support the second six-bill Fiscal Year 2024 appropriations package.  Senator Collins helped lead negotiations on the legislation, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a 286-134 vote earlier today.   A transcript of Senator Collins’ re… Continue Reading


03.21.24

Senators Murray and Collins Statement on Release of Final FY24 Funding Bills

  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 after releasing the second and final bipartisan package of fiscal year 2024 appropriations bills.   “These final six bills represent a bipartisan and bicameral compromise—they will invest in the American people, build a stronger economy, help keep our communities safe, and strengthen our nat… Continue Reading


03.08.24

Congress Passes Six FY24 Government Funding Bills

  Senator Collins was a lead negotiator of the bipartisan legislation.   Washington, D.C. - Today, by a vote of 75-22, the U.S. Senate passed the six-bill Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) appropriations package.  U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, was a lead negotiator of the bipartisan legislation, which now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law.   The legislation includes FY24 funding for: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Ad… Continue Reading


03.08.24

Senator Collins Calls on Colleagues to Support FY24 Six-Bill Appropriations Package, Avert Shutdown

  Collins: “Why in the world would we want to shut down government and stop serving the American people?”   Click HERE to watch and HERE to download.   Washington, D.C. - Ahead of the U.S. Senate’s procedural vote today to advance the six-bill Fiscal Year 2024 appropriations package, U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, delivered remarks on the Senate floor to urge her colleagues to pass the bipartisan legislative package without delay. Following… Continue Reading


03.06.24

Senator Collins Urges Colleagues to Support FY24 Six-Bill Appropriations Package

  Click HERE to watch and HERE to download.   Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, delivered remarks on the U.S. Senate floor tonight to urge her colleagues to support the six-bill Fiscal Year 2024 appropriations package.  Senator Collins helped lead negotiations on the legislation, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives by an overwhelming 339-85 vote on Wednesday afternoon.   A transcript of Senator Collins’ remarks ar… Continue Reading


03.03.24

Senate Appropriations Committee Releases Text of Six FY24 Appropriations Bills

  Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, released a statement on the legislation unveiled today containing bill text for six Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) appropriations divisions.  The legislation will be voted on by the U.S. House of Representatives and then the U.S. Senate.   The legislation includes bill text for FY24: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies; Commerce, Justice, Science, and … Continue Reading


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

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