He additionally factors to the Intercountry Adoption Information Act as a key achievement in Congress. The invoice requires the Secretary of State’s workplace to incorporate in its annual report details about international locations which have issued new restrictions on adoptions to the US. The Division of State would additionally need to publish details about the division’s efforts to work with these international locations to renew adoption to the US.
“We simply discovered the Senate handed and it’s on its option to the president to be signed,” Collins mentioned.
He mentioned one of many causes he needed to run for U.S. Senate is to “take what we’ve discovered up right here in North Georgia and apply all of it throughout the state.”
Collins pointed to Georgia’s ongoing battles with Florida over water within the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, which incorporates Lake Lanier within the headwaters.
“Every a part of our state has totally different wants in terms of water,” he mentioned.
Guaranteeing a robust nationwide economic system “and standing on the planet” could be priorities as senator, however “then, there’s all the time going to be the native points for me, corresponding to agriculture,” Collins mentioned.
Congressional work has impacted household life, however he takes benefit of house time as a lot as potential, he mentioned. His spouse, Lisa, whom he calls his “secret weapon,” has joined Collins on the marketing campaign path, showing at occasions.
And although he lengthy gave up the pulpit, Collins does sometimes placed on the preacher hat.
“I do funerals and weddings, and infrequently a sermon, a Sunday morning someplace,” he mentioned. “If I get to evangelise, I’m preaching. It’s not about politics. In truth, I inform individuals, ‘In the event you got here to see Fox Information, go watch Fox Information. We’re going to open Scripture and speak about Scripture this morning.’”