Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Paraphrase of the Day

Okay then.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins said she wouldn't have personally written the Republican budget, but it does balance the budget over time.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Revolving Door Watch

The Hill:

Senate GOP veteran Rob Epplin has launched his own lobbying and consulting firm.

[...]

The firm Epplin Strategic Planning was born, Epplin says, mostly "to answer the question: ‘Can I do this on my own?'"

In his first weeks, he registered the Human Rights Campaign and the National Association of Broadcasters--two clients he worked with at Gephardt Government Affairs.

After retiring from Capitol Hill in 2012, Epplin faced a “cooling off” period--required by ethics laws--in which he could not lobby his former colleagues. During this time, he and Gephardt traveled and met potential clients.

[...]

Epplin served as a legislative director for Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) for three years and worked in several policy areas including appropriations, defense, tax and financial issues.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Quote of the Day

Sen. Susan Collins:

"It did not seem to me to be appropriate for us to be writing the ayatollah at this critical time during the negotiations."

Monday, March 9, 2015

Quote of the Day

Sen. Susan Collins on the prospects for immigration reform in the current session of Congress:

At this point, we have a lot of other issues to do.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Collins Feared Sexual Assault In Senate

A stunning anecdote from Sen. Susan Collins via Politico:

So notoriously predatory was [Former Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-SC] that when Susan Collins came to the Senate in 1997, she was warned to avoid getting on an elevator alone with him.

A Republican from Maine, Collins describes publicly for the first time being headed for the senators-only elevator and seeing Thurmond walking in the same direction. She did a U-turn and took the stairs. "The reason I remember the incident so well is because it was observed by one of my Republican male colleagues," recalls Collins. He "started laughing because he knew exactly why I was turning around and not getting on the elevator."

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Home Team

Sen. Susan Collins didn't just oppose the Vivek Murthy nomination this week. She also voted against confirming an Obama judicial nominee, a deputy secretary and an assistant secretary.

And that's in addition to a bunch of nominees she voted against earlier in the month, including a Consumer Product Safety Commission commissioner and the General Counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

All were confirmed.

It could be that all of the above nominees were unqualified or ideologically extreme--based on standards that Collins has applied consistently throughout her tenure in the Senate.

It could be, in other words, that Maine's senior senator, who boasted of her non-ideological approach throughout the her recent campaign, voted the merits without regard to party, her views of the President or her desire to thwart his administration.

But when you consider Collins's past willingness to back even the most extreme and least competent of President Bush's nominees...let's just say it seems unlikely.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mum on Murthy?

So far no statement from Sen. Susan Collins on her vote against the nomination of Vivek Murthy for Surgeon General.

Prior to announcing her decision, Collins spoke to Politico about Murthy, a Harvard and Yale-trained physician who had been endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, and the American Cancer Society. But nothing since.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Collins Roll-Back Makes Budget Bill

Insurance Journal:

Congress is poised to roll back safety rules aimed at ensuring truck drivers get enough rest, ignoring the pleas of consumer activists and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

The provision, added to budget legislation to fund the U.S. government through the fiscal year, would temporarily suspend rules that took effect last year while a study is conducted about the number of trucks driven on congested roads. Under the change, truckers would be able to work as many as 82 hours a week.

Streetsblog has a good roundup here.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Quote of the Day

Joan Claybrook:

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is playing Santa Claus for the trucking industry this Christmas, but the American driving public will be paying the bill with lives forever lost and horrific injuries.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Smackdown Watch

Huffington Post:

Some senators didn't want to talk about the issue at all. Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) stared blankly at HuffPost when asked if he wanted to keep filibuster reform, before slipping into an elevator and disappearing. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said she had thoughts on the matter, but didn't want to share them.

"Who do you work for?" Collins asked, as this HuffPost reporter identified herself. "That's what I thought," she replied, turning and walking away.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Collins Has NSA's Back

Splitting with her colleague Angus King, Sen. Susan Collins voted yesterday to block a bill that would have ended the National Security Agency's indiscriminate, bulk collection of the phone records of Americans.

Collins's remarks begin at 20:50.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Quote of the Day

Sen. Susan Collins:

Why would we weaken the ability of our intelligence community at a time when the threats against this country have never been greater?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Collins Wins. Again.

A fourth term for Sen. Susan Collins.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

More Debates

The second Bellows-Collins debate. The third debate. The fourth and fifth debates.