BANGOR – Longevity in the U.S. Senate matters.
Incumbent Republican Senator Susan Collins said recently her 23 years in the U.S. Senate has helped Mainers.
She made the statement during an interview with ABC 7 and FOX 22 news anchors JR Mitchell and Kayla Fish discussing her re-election campaign.
Collins is in the midst of a battle with the Democratic Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives Sara Gideon who wants to replace Collins.
The senator said being a member of the Appropriations Committee is a positive thing for the state. Collins is chairperson of the Transportation Appropriations Sub-committee.
“That has allowed me to advocate and bring into the state of Maine $740 million dollars for our bridges, for our roads, for our seaports, for our airports. That’s a way I’ve made a real difference.”
Among the other campaign issues discussed during the 30-minute included the supreme court nomination process, COVID-19, and race relations.
The Caribou native said she was the lead author of the Payroll Protection Program, which is a loan program for small businesses with the possibility of the loa.f certain criteria are met.
The PPP has brought $2.3 billion of forgivable loans into our state. That’s equal to approximately half of the state budget. And most important, it’s helped to sustain two hundred fifty-thousand jobs in our state,”
“So, the precedent is that we do not confirm a supreme court justice prior to the election in a presidential election year. I’m just trying to be fair. consistent, and apply the same rules. That to me is important. So this is not a judgment on Amy Coney Barrett’s qualifications for the court. This is to me about the process,” Collins said.
As far as race relations, Collins said When asked about why she has decided not to vote in favor of Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination she said it was not a reflection on the judge
She said there’s no doubt the federal government can do more to improve race relations. She said she strongly opposes efforts to defund the police. “And let me go on to other areas where we could help our communities of color. We need to do more about schools”