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Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) in July 2012 cast her 5,000th consecutive vote in the Senate. Doing so has required a great deal of precaution and sacrifice. One example being, she arrives in Washington DC on Sunday, instead of Monday like the other senators. This way, the weather in Maine cannot delay her trip for a Monday vote.

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Background Devotions: Psalm 23

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