Susan Collins

Joe Manchin supports Susan Collins 2020 re-election bid

Senators Susan Collins and Joe Manchin
Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin made a rare move on Thursday breaking with his party by endorsing embattled Republican Sen. Susan Collins' 2020 re-election bid, saying he would travel to Maine to campaign for her if asked, and it "would be an absolute shame" for "America to lose someone like Susan Collins."

Why it matters: Collins, who cast the decisive vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh last year, is one of the most vulnerable Republican senators seeking re-election. Democrats are targeting her seat following their increasingly strong showing in the state. Manchin and Collins are among few remaining moderate senators.

Sen. Collins tells Bill Barr DOJ should defend the ACA, not kill it

Sen. Susan Collins has urged Attorney General Bill Barr not to kill the Affordable Care Act.
Sen. Susan Collins says in a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr the administration "should not attempt to use the courts to bypass Congress." Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) sent a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr Monday urging him to reconsider the Justice Department's decision to strike down the Affordable Care Act and defend the remainder of the ACA.

What she's saying: "Rather than seeking to have the courts invalidate the ACA, the proper route for the administration to pursue would be to propose changes to the ACA or to once again seek its repeal. The administration should not attempt to use the courts to bypass Congress," Collins said in her letter.