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Opinion/Letter: Sen. Susan Collins has stood strong for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

Oct. 13 -- To the Editor:Senator Susan Collins has delivered for Mainers at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Saving our workers from furlough during sequestration in 2013, Senator Collins successfully exempted shipyard workers and kept PNSY running. When DOD threatened to close the entire shipyard down in 2005, she led the tough battle that ultimately saved PNSY and thousands of Maine jobs.PNSY has thrived under Senator Collins’ leadership in Congress ever since, growing employment by 20-

Saving our workers from furlough during sequestration in 2013, Senator Collins successfully exempted shipyard workers and kept PNSY running.PNSY has thrived under Senator Collins’ leadership in Congress ever since, growing employment by 20-percent since 2015.This is in large part due to the millions of dollars – more than $320 million in military construction over the past six years - that Senator Collins secured for PNSY from her senior position on the Senate Appropriations Committee.And PNSY workers know they have a champion in Senator Collins.

This summer while Sara Gideon’s ally Chuck Schumer and other Senate Democrats were voting to slash PNSY’s funding by 14-percent, Senator Collins passed an amendment to improve PNSY’s preparations for pandemics.PNSY families should vote to re-elect Senator Collins.

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