Margaret Chase Smith

The streak is alive: Collins casts 6,000th consecutive vote

No one knows better than Maine Sen. Susan Collins how difficult it can be to go more than 18 years without missing a single vote in Washington — except, perhaps, her staff.

When the Republican travels home for the weekend, they're in charge of closely watching airlines to ensure her plane is on time and hasn't been canceled. And during Maine's brutal, snowy winters, that can be a herculean task.

"It probably puts some stress on my staff," Collins said with a laugh.

It appears to have paid off.

Collins on Thursday became just the third U.S. senator to cast 6,000 consecutive votes. It's a feat she believes shows her constituents that she's committed...