Its. Susan collinsSusan Margaret Collins Funding for ‘Havana Syndrome’ Victims to Be Included in Pentagon Bill The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Uber – Biden Makes Speech As Tax Questions Rise Emanuel Defends Handling of Shooting of Chicago police amid opposition to MORE nomination (R-Maine) cast its 8,000 consecutive roll call vote in Congress on Thursday, prompting praise from both sides of the political aisle.
Collins, who was first elected to the Senate in 1996, voted to confirm Elizabeth Prelogar as Attorney General.
Sense. Lisa murkowskiLisa Ann Murkowski Anti-Trump Republicans Target McCarthy, Scalise and Other High-Profile Conservatives Trump-Backed Candidate Leading the Republican Field to Replace Crist in Florida: House of Polling Passes Bill to Expand Protections in Place of work for breastfeeding mothers MORE (R-Alaska), Kirsten gillibrandKirsten Gillibrand Democrats try to back Manchin in eliminating paid family leave proposal Crucial talks on Biden’s agenda enter home stretch Democrats cut paid leave from spending deal amid Manchin’s opposition MORE (DN.Y.) and Roger wickerRoger Frederick Wicker Legislators split on next steps to protect transportation sectors from hackers Infrastructure bill gives impetus to first responders, wildland firefighters Pennsylvania Republican becomes latest advance case of COVID-19 in Congress MORE (R-miss) celebrated the moment throwing confetti after Collins cast the vote.
The Maine senator has the third longest consecutive voting streak in Senate history, behind former Senator William Proxmire (D-Wis.) With 10,252 uninterrupted votes, and the senator. Chuck grassleyChuck Grassley Bipartisan Lawmakers Aim at Negotiation of Judges’ Actions with New Bill Another Voice of Reason Withdrawn Overnight Health Care – Presented by Carequest – FDA Moves to Sell Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids MORE (R-Iowa) with 8,927 votes.
“Growing up in Maine, I learned from an early age the values of hard work, perseverance, and keeping your commitments. I am proud to bring those Maine values to the Senate every day as I represent our state, ”Collins said in a statement.
“The Mainers are known for their strong work ethic and I strive to demonstrate that same commitment to working hard for them,” he added.
The vote drew praise from both sides of the aisle, and upper house majority and minority leaders applauded the feat from the Senate floor.
Senate Majority Leader Charles schumerChuck Schumer535 ‘Presidents’ With Veto Power: Why Budget Agreement Still Elusive The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented By Facebook – Democrats Insist Budget Consensus Closes As Methane Price And Carbon Emissions Talks will help the US weather the climate MORE (DN.Y.), who fought with collins in March on the 2009 financial crisis, he called the senator’s 8,000th vote “a huge milestone.”
“I join in extending a warm congratulations to Senator Collins for this great achievement and I thank her for many years of public service to her state and country,” he added.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell McConnell backs Herschel Walker in Georgia Senate race The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Democrats insist on closing the budget consensus as talks creep over Manchin’s endorsements to raise the debt ceiling with reconciliation if the Republican Party resists MORE (R-Ky.) He recognized the magnitude of Collins’ achievement by comparing it to Cal Ripkin Jr.’s record for the longest consecutive game streak, which stands at 2,632.
He also called the senator “diligent” and “devoted.”
“Anyone who knows Senator Collins knows that this moment is not really about a round number. It is about the approach that reflects the number. Our colleague is diligent, dedicated, her level of preparation is unmatched, she holds herself to the highest standards and complies. It’s in their blood, ”McConnell said.
Collins cast her first vote in Congress on January 22, 1997, when she supported Madeleine Albright’s confirmation to serve as Secretary of State.
His second vote in Congress was the same day for the confirmation of former Senator Bill Cohen, who was succeeded by Collins in the upper house, as Secretary of Defense.
Collins has cast a number of controversial votes throughout his Senate tenure, resisting his party to join the Democrats on a handful of issues.
She voted to convict the ex President TrumpDonald Trump Night Defense and National Security – Presented by Boeing – Milley Warns of ‘Sputnik Moment’ for China WSJ Releases Letter from Trump Continuing to Allege Election Fraud in PA Oath Keeper, Who Was on Capitol Hill Jan.6, Runs for the New Jersey State Assembly MORE in February during his second political trial accused of inciting an insurrection, and he was one of two Republicans who supported the presentation of witnesses in the first impeachment of the then president, which was ultimately unsuccessful.
The Republican senator also crossed the political aisle in 2017 when she voted against two GOP-led healthcare bills, one of which would have partially repealed Obamacare.
Another closely watched Collins vote occurred in 2018, when he finally decided to stick with his party and support. Brett kavanaughBrett Michael Kavanaugh Huma Abedin Writes In New Book That She Was Sexually Assaulted By US Senator Locked and Loaded: The Supreme Court Is Ready For A Showdown Over The Second Amendment Why Latinos Need Supreme Court Reform MOREconfirmation to the Supreme Court, despite pressure to oppose it amid allegations of sexual assault against him.