Sen. Collins: 'Imperative' Petraeus testify on Benghazi
November 13th, 2012
01:35 PM ET
1 year ago

Sen. Collins: 'Imperative' Petraeus testify on Benghazi

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Susan Collins, the ranking Republican on the Homeland Security Committee, joined other lawmakers Tuesday in expressing concern about how much time had passed before the FBI got word out that former CIA Director David Petraeus was associated with an FBI investigation.

Meeting with reporters after a private meeting with Maine's senator-elect Angus King, Collins said "It does seem like there was an inordinate amount of time that passed. But we really don't have facts yet to reach any kind of conclusion."

Filed under: David Petraeus • Susan Collins
Maine senator's vote streak nears 5000
July 12th, 2012
11:53 AM ET
2 years ago

Maine senator's vote streak nears 5000

Washington, DC (CNN) - As one of a shrinking number of moderate Senate Republicans willing to vote across party lines, Susan Collins is accustomed to enormous attention being paid to many of the votes she casts. After all, her yeas or nays often determine whether key legislation lives or dies.

On Thursday, senators are expected to once again turn their attention to a vote by the junior senator from Maine. This time, though, it's not because the outcome of a bill is in question, but because Collins will cast her 5,000th consecutive vote, a streak she's kept alive since taking office in 1997.


Filed under: Susan Collins
Secret Service needs more women, two lawmakers say
April 22nd, 2012
02:04 PM ET
2 years ago

Secret Service needs more women, two lawmakers say

(CNN) – Two members of Congress on Sunday questioned the gender makeup of the Secret Service, speculating whether the recent scandal in Colombia could have been avoided if the agency had more women on its payroll.

“I can't help but wonder if there'd been more women as part of that detail, if this ever would have happened,” Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Filed under: Carolyn Maloney • House • Senate • Susan Collins
GOP: We need a ‘time out’ from regulations
September 24th, 2011
06:01 AM ET
3 years ago

GOP: We need a ‘time out’ from regulations

(CNN) – For the second week in a row, Republicans called for the downsizing of federal regulations in the private sector.

“We Republicans say, enough is enough,” said Sen. Susan Collins of Maine in the GOP weekly address Saturday. “America needs a ‘time out’ from the regulations that discourage job creation and hurt our economy.”

Filed under: Jobs • Republicans • Susan Collins
Key GOP Senators Oppose Idea to Arm Opposition in Libya
February 28th, 2011
08:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Key GOP Senators Oppose Idea to Arm Opposition in Libya

(CNN) – Three key Republican senators said Monday they oppose a proposal by Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Connecticut, to arm rebels in Libya fighting Moammar Gadhafi. They had mixed thoughts on whether the United States should be involved in imposing a no-fly zone in that country to protect protestors from attacks by Libyan war planes.

“I would not suggest either of those courses for the moment,” said Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, the top Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee who indicated U.S. involvement could lead to war.

Filed under: Lindsey Graham • Richard Lugar • Susan Collins
September 21st, 2010
12:22 PM ET
4 years ago

Dana Bash: Sen. Collins' not so secret phone call

A couple of sources gave me a heads up that moderate Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins is considered such a crucial vote on the Defense bill, Vice President Joe Biden called her this morning to lobby her. Collins supports repealing the military's "don't ask don't tell" policy. She was the only Republican to vote with Democrats in committee to approve the language in the bill that allows the repeal, after a Pentagon review is complete and military leaders sign off. But she is signaling that Tuesday's procedural vote, she is sticking with her party.

CNN Congressional Producer Ted Barrett caught up with Collins outside the Senate chamber just now and asked her about the call, and she was really surprised we knew about it.

Here's how the conversation went:


June 11th, 2010
06:57 AM ET
4 years ago

Cyber-security legislation seeks emergency powers

Washington (CNN) - A new Congressional cyber security proposal would give the president emergency powers to protect critical private networks under attack, but the bill's sponsors insisted it does not allow the government to take control of any private cyber-network.

Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Joseph Lieberman, I-Connecticut, who helped create the legislation, said the president could order a patch or tell a cyber network to stop receiving incoming data from a particular country when critical infrastructure in the private sector such as the electrical grid or financial grid is threatened or attacked. A company that complies with the order would be given immunity from any liability for any consequences of the action.

Sen. Susan Collins, the ranking Republican on the Homeland Security Committee, emphasized the proposal does not allow for any new surveillance authority.

"This isn't a case of the federal government increasing its surveillance of private sector computers nor would it permit the government to take over private networks," said Collins. "It enables the government in concert with the private sector to better protect our nation's cyber assets."

The bipartisan bill announced by Lieberman, Collins and Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, creates a cyber security center at the Department of Homeland Security and would make the cyber security coordinator at the White House a permanent position, confirmed by the Senate. The position is currently appointed by the president.

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Filed under: Homeland Security • Joe Lieberman • Susan Collins
May 13th, 2010
12:55 PM ET
4 years ago

Moderate Republicans back Kagan on hot-button issues

ALT TEXT Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan meets Thursday with Sen. Arlen Specter. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)
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(Updated at 5:16 p.m. ET)

Washington (CNN) - Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan received critical cover from moderate Republicans on Thursday on two issues likely to dominate her upcoming confirmation hearings: gays in the military and judicial experience.

Kagan has been strongly criticized by GOP leaders for her efforts to block military recruiters from Harvard University during her time as the school's law school dean because of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy. The policy, opposed by President Barack Obama, prevents gays and lesbians from serving openly in the armed forces.

Top Republicans have also highlighted the fact that Kagan has never served as a federal judge, something that distinguishes her from all nine current members of the high court.

If party moderates break from the GOP leadership on these issues, it dramatically increases Kagan's chances of overcoming a possible filibuster and winning confirmation as the country's 112th Supreme Court justice.

Massachusetts GOP Sen. Scott Brown - who broke the Democrats' 60-member filibuster-proof majority by winning the late Ted Kennedy's seat in January - said after meeting with Kagan that he is satisfied she supports members of the military.

"It was the first question I actually asked her because, having been in the military, I had concerns about [her] position at Harvard," Brown said.

"It was very clear to me, after we spoke about it at length, that she is supportive of the men and women who are fighting to protect us and very supportive of the military as a whole. I do not feel that her judicial philosophy will not hurt the men and women who are serving."


Filed under: Arlen Specter • Elena Kagan • Popular Posts • Scott Brown • Supreme Court • Susan Collins
April 27th, 2010
02:23 PM ET
4 years ago

Government offers compromise on Fort Hood documents

Sen. Joe Lieberman and Sen. Susan Collins have been investigating the Fort Hood shootings.
Sen. Joe Lieberman and Sen. Susan Collins have been investigating the Fort Hood shootings.

Washington (CNN) – As a deadline loomed, the Departments of Defense and Justice Tuesday offered partial cooperation to Congressional requests and subpoenas to get more information for the investigation of the Fort Hood shooting that left 13 people dead last November.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has been investigating the Fort Hood shootings since a week after the incident. Chairman Joe Lieberman, I-Connecticut, and the committee's top Republican, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, sought a number of documents and witnesses as part of their investigation but were "stonewalled" with "foot-dragging" by the Obama administration, Lieberman said earlier this month.

On April 19, Lieberman and Collins issued subpoenas to Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Attorney General Eric Holder, demanding that they provide the materials the committee wanted by Monday, or respond by Tuesday explaining why they would not grant the request.

"The purpose of the Committee's investigation of the Fort Hood attack is to answer questions that are critical to our government's ability to counter homegrown terrorism," Lieberman and Collins wrote in a letter accompanying the subpoenas.


Filed under: Fort Hood • Joe Lieberman • Susan Collins
April 15th, 2010
08:02 PM ET
4 years ago

GOP Senator threatens Obama administration with subpoenas

Sen. Susan Collins is leading an investigation into last November's mass shooting at Fort Hood.
Sen. Susan Collins is leading an investigation into last November's mass shooting at Fort Hood.

Washington (CNN) – A top GOP Senator promised Thursday to subpoena the Obama administration if they fail to provide information sought in a Congressional investigation into last November's mass shooting at Fort Hood.

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, the ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said the Obama administration is "stonewalling" their investigation.

Both Collins and Sen. Joe Lieberman, the chairman of the committee, have been trying since November to obtain information from the Justice and Defense Departments about the shooting rampage, in which Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan killed 13 people.

"It makes you wonder if the White House doesn't want to hear what we're going to find about inadequate information sharing between the FBI and DoD, information that had it been shared might have prevented this tragedy," Collins said on CNN's "John King USA."

Though the administration has provided some details about the shooting, officials have said that turning over more information could compromise their case against Hasan.


Filed under: Fort Hood • JKUSA • Joe Lieberman • President Obama • Susan Collins
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