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    May 6, 2011

    Remarkable mission that brought bin Laden to justice

    I was pleased to join with my Senate colleagues in offering the strongest possible support for a resolution honoring our heroic military and intelligence communities responsible for carrying out the mission that resulted in the death of one of the most reviled murderers and nefarious menaces of our time – Osama bin Laden.As a senior member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, I commend our armed forces …

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    April 17, 2011

    Protecting honor of our fallen heroes

    At this very moment, thousands of our courageous men and women in uniform are serving in harm’s way in every corner of the globe to protect our freedom and liberty. The selfless commitment of our military, and the dedication of their families and loved ones, has kept our homeland safe from tumult and terrorism unfolding around the world. We owe nothing less than our deepest thanks for their service, and extend …

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    September 8, 2010

    A day that forever changed our nation

    This week, with the heaviest of hearts, we commemorate the ninth anniversary of the tragedy that befell our country Sept. 11, 2001, and changed America — and Americans — forever. We remember those whom we lost that terrible day, but also celebrate the freedoms we cherish and which make our nation the greatest in the world. We are all a different people in America as a result of the horrific events of Sept. 11, …

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    June 9, 2010

    ‘Massive failure on innumerable levels’

    The explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig on April 20 tragically claimed 11 lives and spawned the worst oil spill in our nation’s history. The catastrophe has been characterized by an abundance of failure and an ineffectiveness of truly staggering proportions. As ranking member of the subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, I find it astonishing that the National Oceanic …

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    May 19, 2010

    Fishermen must be allowed to fish

    Last year, Maine’s world-class fishermen and their counterparts from around New England were able to land only 27 percent of the total allowable catch, costing our coastal economies over a half a billion dollars. This inability to meet their quota had nothing to do with their skill at their chosen profession. Rather, it was due to increasingly restrictive harvest limits based on woefully outdated and insufficien…

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    April 7, 2010

    Commemorating milestone year for Maine’s troop greeters

    We simply cannot begin to thank the legendary and awe-inspiring Maine Troop Greeters enough for selflessly making it a priority at any hour of the night or day, rain or shine, weekday or weekend, to greet our brave servicemen and -women in what is nothing less than a welcomed labor of love and an unfailing and well-deserved tribute to those who, with unfathomable courage and commitment, risk their lives on our …

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    March 31, 2010

    Health-care reform: ‘We should have done better’

    Having been fully immersed in advancing the issue of health-care reform for more than a year, I cannot help but arrive at the culmination of this vital debate with a sense of profound disappointment in considering what might have been, rather than what has actually occurred with respect to one of the foremost domestic matters of our time. Since the Senate Finance Committee vote Oct. 13, I have expressed very …

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    March 19, 2010

    End silence on China’s currency manipulation

    I joined with a bipartisan group of 14 U.S. senators March 16 to cosponsor and announce new legislation to vigorously confront China’s currency manipulation, which unfairly and negatively affects U.S. trade. Indeed, “The Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act of 2010” represents a significant step forward in our efforts to eliminate the unfair currency practices that for years have given unearned advantages…

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