Sen. Susan Collins

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Maine Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins outlined the two factors she's weighing before making a decision about a run for a governor during a question-and-answer session at York County Community College Friday.

President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Phoenix Convention Center, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Phoenix.
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At his campaign rally in Phoenix, President Donald Trump vowed to block passage of the federal budget for the next year if Congress fails to pay for his proposed wall to keep illegal immigrants out of the country. Members of Maine’s Congressional delegation say they’re concerned by those comments.

Trump was playing to a supportive crowd when he made his threat against a federal budget that Congress has been working on for months.

BANGOR, Maine - Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine didn't vote for President Donald Trump and she says she's not sure if he'll be the GOP nominee in 2020.

She tells MSNBC that there's "a long ways between now and that point.''

Collins wrote in House Speaker Paul Ryan's name in November instead of voting for any of the presidential candidates on the ballot. She said, "That was very hard for me to do as a lifelong Republican.''

Both of Maine’s senators were on MSNBC today and were asked about President Trump’s on going response to the violence in Charlottesville.

Senator Angus King said the President must come to understand that his words become policy, and he must choose them more carefully.

“You can’t do that when your President, you are setting the moral tone for the country, you can move markets, you can start a war,” says King. “I mean you have to be really careful about every word you say and I don’t think he gets that.”

LEWISTON, Maine - Sen. Susan Collins says GOP President Donald Trump should've spoken forcefully against racism, bigotry and anti-Semitism "from the very beginning.''
The Maine Republican also said she's surprised that the president suggested both sides were responsible for violence surrounding a rally featuring white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Collins spoke to reporters Thursday in Lewiston, Maine, where she was attending an L.L. Bean event.

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Maine Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins is defending Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  Earlier this week, President Donald Trump criticized Sessions for recusing himself from the investigation into Russian meddling in last year's election. 

"I've served for 20 years with Jeff Sessions, and he's a person of integrity," Collins said Friday at an event at the Maine Medical Research Institute in Scarborough. "So he absolutely did the right thing."

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Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says she will oppose efforts by Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell to repeal Obamacare before a replacement for the health care law is developed.

“I will vote 'no' on the motion to proceed to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement," she says. "I voted against this same proposal in 2015 and I do not think that it’s going to be constructive.”

And - as she did before - Collins says repealing without replacing will cause turmoil in the insurance industry and put many at risk of no coverage. 

FILE - Republican Sen. Susan Collins and  independent Sen. Angus King speak to reporters after King announced his endorsement in her bid for a fourth term, Friday, May 16, 2014, at the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan, Maine.
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The latest attempt by the U.S. Senate to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has failed to garner support from Maine’s senators.

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Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says the health care bill but together by her party's leadership needs significant changes to get her support.

Appearing on MSNBC’s MTP Daily with Chuck Todd, the Republican senator says the initial proposal cuts Medicaid far too deeply and puts too much of a burden on rural hospitals to provide care.

“Even under the ACA [Affordable Care Act] we have 28 million Americans without coverage," Collins said, "so I actually think our goal ought to be in the other direction.”

Maine U.S. Sen. Susan Collins said Wednesday that it may be time for the Justice Department to look at the possibility of appointing an independent counsel to investigate questions surrounding President Trump's dealings with former FBI chief James Comey.

But Collins, a Republican, told NPR's Morning Edition, "we may have it backwards. Perhaps it would be more effective if the congressional hearings and investigation were completed.  Because that would be a far broader inquiry and more evidence will come out."

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WASHINGTON - As the contentious debate over overhauling the nation's health care system shifts to the Senate, moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins, of Maine, says the Senate will not take up the House bill and will instead start from scratch.

PORTLAND, Maine - U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says she's weighing a run for governor and that it's a "hard decision.''
The Maine Republican told WGAN-AM on Tuesday that she's looking at where she "can do the most good for the people of Maine.''
There has been speculation about the four-term senator's political future, and she was asked on WGAN about her future plans.

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U.S. Sen. Susan Collins on Thursday joined 51 other Republicans to change a rule designed encourage bipartisan agreement on high court nominations.

Senate GOP Needs Pence to Break Tie on Family Planning Funds

Mar 30, 2017

WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans needed Vice President Mike Pence to break a tie on legislation to reverse an Obama-era rule protecting funds for Planned Parenthood and other family planning providers.
The GOP on Thursday was forced to keep a procedural vote open for just over an hour after two Republicans senators, Alaska's Lisa Murkowski and Maine's Susan Collins, voted against moving ahead on the measure. During that time, the GOP got Pence to the Senate to break a 50-50 tie and cast the deciding vote.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins reiterated her concerns with a House Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act during an appearance on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday.


Collins also said President Donald Trump owes Americans an explanation for his still unverified claim that President Obama ordered a wiretap of his phones at Trump Tower.