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American politician and former United States Senator from Maine and a member of the Republican Party.
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ENG:Olympia Jean Snowe (née Bouchles; born February 21, 1947) is an American politician and former United States Senator from Maine and a member of the Republican Party. Snowe has become widely known for her ability to influence the outcome of close votes, including whether to end filibusters. She and her former fellow Senator from Maine, Susan Collins, are regarded as leading moderates within their party. In 2006, she was named one of America's Best Senators by Time Magazine. On February 28, 2012, Snowe announced that she would not seek reelection in November 2012, and would retire when her third term ends on January 3, 2013. She cited hyper-partisanship leading to a dysfunctional Congress as her reason for not seeking reelection. Early life Snowe was born Olympia Jean ...
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Sen. Snowe: Small Business Job Creators Need FREEDOM

Today, a majority of the U.S. Senate voted in favor (53-46) of legislation by U.S. Senators Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) and Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-Oklahoma) to strengthen the Regulatory Flexibility Act by requiring federal agencies to review regulations that significantly impact small businesses. The amendment was not adopted however, due to a parliamentary maneuver requiring a 60 vote threshold. Additionally, a majority of members on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the committee given jurisdiction over the legislation, voted in favor of the Snowe/Coburn amendment. The ...

Olympia Snowe Braces For Tea Party Challenge In Maine

Maine's Olympia Snowe has long thrived as one of the Senate's leading GOP moderates, but she has recently sided with tea partyers on high-profile votes involving Libya, the budget and the environment as she braces for a primary challenge from the right. Such votes could help Snowe fend off tea party foes who mock her as a "RINO" – Republican In Name Only – and hope to sink her bid for a fourth term next year. Snowe insisted she's been true to her moderate roots. "I am who I am," Snowe said. "I haven't changed." Another test for Snowe could come as Senate Democrats push for a ...

No on cuts to Medicare or Social Security for Debt Ceiling

President Obama put out his call yesterday for a Grand Bargain, which includes cuts to Medicare and Social Security as reported by Sam Stein. Many Democratic politicians like Nancy Pelosi have been railing against cutting our safety net programs to appease the Tea Party base over the debt ceiling. Well, guess who sided with the Dems? Sen. Olympia Snowe: Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe (ME) said she will not support any debt deal that includes cuts to the two social safety net programs, citing “strong bipartisan support.” “There are solvency problems with both programs. They ...

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ALA Recognizes Sen. Snowe’s Leadership
On behalf of the millions of people who use our nation’s public, school and academic libraries, the American Library Association expresses its deepest appreciation for the distinguished work of Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine). Upon her retirement from the U.S. Senate, the library community wants to note the tremendous leadership and work she has done, ... The post ALA Recognizes Sen. Snowe’s Leadership appeared first on District Dispatch.
Snowe Honored with “Guardian of Small Business” Award
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine), former Chair and current Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, was honored today by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) with its “Guardian of Small Business” award in recognition of her exceptional voting record on behalf of America’s small business […]
M.D. Harmon: When Push Came to Shove, She Bailed
An acquaintance and I have had a recurring conversation over the years on the wisdom of conservatives’ support for Sen. Olympia Snowe. We share the same basic worldview, so we both approached the question from the same general political and social positions. But we differed on whether voting for Olympia was something conservatives should do. […]
Bi-partisan letters sent to House and Senate Appropriations Committees asking for funding for libraries.
Recently, two “Dear Colleague” letters were sent to the U.S. House Appropriations Committee.  One of these letters (pdf), that was sponsored by Representatives  Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rush Holt (D-NJ) and included 45 other signatures from Members of Congress asked for the committee to fund LSTA at $184.7 million in FY 2013.  Likewise, another letter ... The post Bi-partisan letters sent to House and Senate Appropriations Committees asking for funding for libraries. appeared first on District Dispatch.

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