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Senator Collins Joins 12 Colleagues in Calling on Justice Department to Halt Family Separations While Congress Works on Legislative Fix

Washington, DC — U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) joined a group of 13 senators in sending a letter to US Attorney General Jeff Sessions today calling for a halt to the practice of separating families who have illegally crossed the US-Mexico border. The letter petitions the administration to stop enforcement of this policy until Congress can pass legislation to keep families together.

 

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Senate Passes Legislation to Strengthen National Defense with Provisions Championed by Senator Collins

Washington, D.C. - By an overwhelming bipartisan majority of 85-10, the Senate passed legislation today that will strengthen our national defense and support our men and women in uniform.  U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, voted in favor of the bill.  The Senate and the House of Representatives must now reconcile their two versions of the bill before being sent to the President’s desk to be signed into law. 

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Senator Collins Announces $37 Million to Support Information Sharing Among Law Enforcement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins, announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved $37 million—an increase of $1 million—for the Regional Information Sharing System (RISS) as part of the fiscal year 2019 Commerce, Justice, and Science bill.  Senator Collins is a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee.  The bill, which was advanced by a vote of 30-1, will now be considered by the full Senate.

 

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Bipartisan Legislation Introduced by Senators Collins and King to Bolster the Northern Border Regional Commission Clears Key Committee Hurdle

Washington, D.C. – The Senate Agriculture Committee unanimously approved an amendment to reauthorize the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) through 2023 in the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, commonly known as the Farm Bill.  The adopted amendment is based on legislation coauthored by U.S. Senators Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME). The commission promotes regional coordination and invests in job creation efforts and economic development in distressed counties in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York. The U.S.

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Senators Collins, Brown Introduce Bipartisan Bill That Would Provide Diabetic Patients with Better Access to Therapeutic Shoes

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced a bipartisan bill that would improve access to care for diabetic patients who require therapeutic shoes called the Promoting Access to Diabetic Shoes Act. Diabetes can be a serious disease that can sometimes lead to health complications including the amputation of toes, feet, or legs.

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Senators Collins, King Announce $100,000 in Funding for Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County (HCC) a grant of $100,000. The Department’s Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) will provide the funding through its Rural Health Network Planning Grant Program, which promotes the planning and development of health care networks in order to increase efficiency, improve care and strengthen the rural health care system as a whole.

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