PORTLAND (AP) – Sen. Susan Collins says she’s delighted that Senate Democrats are allowing Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman to retain his chairmanship of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Collins, the panel’s ranking Republican, says she and Lieberman have worked together to protect against terrorism, reform government operations, improve emergency preparedness and help curtail wasteful spending. She said after Tuesday’s vote that she looks forward to their continued partnership.

Lieberman was re-elected two years ago as an independent but caucuses with the Democrats. Collins campaigned for him during that election and Lieberman returned the favor this year by backing Collins’ re-election bid and raising money for her campaign.

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