U.S. auditors of Iraq reconstruction see potential and roadblocks

U.S. auditors of Iraq reconstruction see potential and roadblocks

WASHINGTON, April 30 (UPI) -- Higher exports and oil prices are bringing in record revenue for Iraq, but the lack of institutional capacity to spend it on capital projects is preventing further development of the oil and gas sector, according to a report by the U.S. Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Democratic leaders look to take Senate

WASHINGTON, April 9 (UPI) -- Democrats are looking at traditional GOP states like Mississippi to get enough Senate seats to block a Republican filibuster, party leaders say.

Senate to craft own stimulus package

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate leaders say they will meet to craft their own stimulus package, despite warnings from President George Bush to move quickly.

Maine faces home heating oil crisis

AUGUSTA, Maine, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Needy families in Maine face a crisis in paying for home heating oil as state aid is running low enough to invoke calls for private donations.

Lawmakers up in arms over TB incident

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Lawmakers want the U.S. government to explain why a man infected with a highly contagious form of tuberculosis was allowed to repeatedly enter the country.

Filibuster tactic kills troop rest bill

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A majority of U.S. senators voted Wednesday for a bill requiring troops get more rest before returning overseas but it died for lack of a veto-proof majority.

Two editors step away from Senate coverage

BANGOR, Maine, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Two editors with The Bangor (Maine) Daily News have recused themselves from the newspaper’s coverage of the state’s 2008 U.S. Senate election.

Republicans laud Gonzales farewell

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- The resignation of U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is being welcomed not only by Democrats, but some Republicans as well.

All-night Iraq debate ends without cloture

WASHINGTON, July 18 (UPI) -- U.S. Senate Democrats ended a marathon session Wednesday where they began -- without enough support for a vote on a deadline to pull U.S. troops from Iraq.

Cutoff of Iraq funds rejected by Senate

WASHINGTON, May 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate, by a 67-29 vote, rejected a proposal Wednesday that would have cut off funds for military action in Iraq within the next year.

U.S. terror-tipster protection sought

WASHINGTON, May 15 (UPI) -- A bipartisan bill that would protect people from being sued for reporting possible terrorist activities is working through the U.S. Congress.

Senators work to keep Iraq audit agency

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Democratic and Republican senators are working on legislation to reverse a provision killing the U.S. agency overseeing reconstruction money spent in Iraq.

U.S. Senate votes for FEMA's demise

WASHINGTON, July 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate has voted to abolish the embattled Federal Emergency Management Agency and replace it with a retooled new agency.

U.S. Senate report: Abolish FEMA

WASHINGTON, April 27 (UPI) -- A 7-month-long U.S. Senate committee inquiry says the Federal Emergency Management Agency is "in shambles" and should be replaced with a new agency.

U.S. Senate passes lobby reform bill

WASHINGTON, March 30 (UPI) -- Dissenters in the U.S. Senate vote regarding a bill to reform lobby rules in Congress said the measure doesn't go far enough.
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Susan Collins
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) speaks to the press after leaving the Senate floor during the vote on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 on Capitol Hill in Washington on February 13, 2009. Sen. Collins is one of three key Senate Republicans supporting economic stimulus bill, ensuring it's passage in Congress. (UPI Photo/Alexis C. Glenn)

Susan Margaret Collins (born December 7, 1952) is the junior United States Senator from Maine and a member of the Republican Party. First elected to the Senate in 1996, she is the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Collins and her fellow Senator from Maine, Olympia Snowe, are regarded as leading moderates within the Republican Party.

One of six children, Susan Collins was born in Caribou, Maine, where her family have operated a lumber business since 1844. Her parents, Donald and Patricia, each served as mayor of Caribou; her father also served in both houses of the Maine Legislature. Her uncle, Samuel W. Collins, Jr., sat on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court from 1988 to 1994. She attended Caribou High School, where she was president of the student council. During her senior year of high school in 1971, Collins was chosen to participate in the U.S. Senate Youth Program, through which she visited Washington, D.C. for the first time and engaged in a two-hour conversation with U.S. Senator Margaret Chase Smith (R-ME). Collins is the first program delegate elected to the Senate and currently holds the seat once held by Smith.

After graduating from Caribou High School, she continued her education at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. Like her father before her, she was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa national academic honor society. She graduated from St. Lawrence magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in government in 1975.

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