CHIANGRAI TIMES – U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is traveling in Southeast Asia where she’s meeting with government leaders and officials in Thailand and Myanmar.
Collins arrived in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, on Tuesday. She’s meeting with President Thein Sein (Thane Sane) and other government officials and parliamentary leaders.
She flies to Thailand on Wednesday to attend the World Economic Forum on East Asia. She plans to meet Thursday with Aung San Suu Kyi (Ahng Sahn Soo Chee), the Myanmar democracy activist and long-time political prisoner who arrived in Thailand on Tuesday in her first trip outside Myanmar in 24 years.
To mark Collins’ visit, The U.S. Embassy in Bangkok is hosting a “Promote Maine” week, during which the embassy will showcase Maine-made products and introduce them to Thai business people
Susan M. Collins was first elected to represent Maine in the United States Senate in 1996.
Known for her work in facilitating bipartisan compromise on important issues, Senator Collins is a key leader in the United States Congress. Her record shows significant legislative accomplishments in critical areas, including homeland security, national defense, disaster response, education, business development and health care.
Senator Collins is Ranking Member and former Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Department of Homeland Security and is the Senate’s chief oversight committee. She also serves on the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, Armed Services Committee, and is a member of the Special Committee on Aging. Previously, she served for six years on the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Senator Collins was also the first freshman Senator ever to lead the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.