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In March 1997, the Senate adopted a broader investigation into White House and Congressional campaign fund-raising practices than initially wanted by Senate Republicans, who softened on the issue after a lunch meeting in a private caucus room.
Collins stated there were "a number of allegations that may or may not be illegal, but they may be improper".
In a May 1997 interview, Collins stated her support for a proposal by Tom Daschle banning all abortions after the fetus was capable of living outside the womb and allowing exceptions to save the life of the woman and to protect her from physical injury imposed by the pregnancy.
At the time there was an alternate measure proposed by Rick Santorum that would ban partial-birth abortion, which Collins said "ignores cases in the medical literature involving women with very serious physical health problems." In 2001 Collins authored a measure that granted the United States Secretary of Education authority to grant waivers that would relieve reservists and members of the National Guard from making federal student loan payments during their tenure on active duty and grant the same privileges to victims and families of those affected by the September 11 attacks.
Susan Margaret Collins (born December 7, 1952) is an American politician serving as the senior United States Senator for Maine. Bush as the director of the Small Business Administration's regional office in Boston, Massachusetts.
A Republican, Collins has served in the Senate since 1997. Collins became a deputy state treasurer in the office of the Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts in 1993. Collins is the chair of the Senate Special Committee on Aging and is a former chair of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
She was then appointed as the Commissioner of the Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation by Governor John R. Collins was the first female major-party nominee for the post, finishing third in a four-way race with 23% of the vote. Along with Lisa Murkowski from Alaska, she is frequently described as one of the most moderate Republicans in the Senate.
The bill passed in the House and Senate in December, Collins stating afterward, "This was the most difficult bill to bring from conception to birth that I can imagine being involved with.