PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine Sen. Susan Collins is nearing another milestone as she continues her unbroken streak of consecutive votes.
Collins, who's never missed a vote since taking office in 1997, is expected to make her 5,000th vote sometime this week.
For Collins, it's serious business. She says her unblemished voting record demonstrates her commitment to her Maine constituents. Only Republican Chuck Grassley of Iowa has a longer voting streak, but he can't claim to never have missed a vote.
Collins has gone to great lengths to keep the record intact, once twisting her ankle while racing to the Senate for a vote with seconds to spare. Her record stands at 4,997 votes with the Senate scheduled to reconvene this week.