Mainers are resilient. Along with the rest of the country, however, too many Mainers continue to struggle in this tough economy. Senator Collins believes that putting people back to work is the key to improving our economic recovery and should remain our number one goal. With this goal in mind, Senator Collins has offered or supported legislation aimed at providing tax relief, cutting red tape, and investing in a 21st century workforce.

Senator Collins Joins Maine Businesses in Supporting New Trade Agreement to Help Create More Good-Paying Jobs

Maine State Chamber of Commerce: “The USMCA’s passage is vital for Maine businesses, will restore trade uncertainty and help our economy to continue to thrive.”

 

New Balance: “Senator Collins’ support and leadership on this trade agreement has been vital to ensure that our factories can continue to produce thousands of pairs of shoes annually for export to the Canadian market.”

 

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Senator Collins Announces Significant Victory for Maine Lobster in China Trade Agreement

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) announced that the Phase One Trade Deal signed by the United States and China today includes a provision that will benefit Maine’s lobster industry.  U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer called Senator Collins personally to inform her of the good news and attributed the insertion of the provision to her tenacious advocacy.

 

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Senators Collins, King Lead Bipartisan Letter Urging DHS to Issue Additional H-2B Visas to Support Small Businesses

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Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) co-led a letter to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, urging him to increase the number of H-2B visas to provide relief to small businesses struggling to fill seasonal job openings in the current tight labor market.  Their letter was co-signed by 12 of their colleagues.

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Senator Collins Announces $4.2 Million for Elmet Technologies in Lewiston

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced today that Elmet Technologies in Lewiston was awarded a $4.2 million contract to accelerate its development of tungsten heavy alloy and molybdenum products to supply various needs of the Department of Defense (DoD).  According to Elmet, investments funded through this grant will help preserve 155 jobs and create additional new Maine-based engineering and manufacturing jobs.

 

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Senators Urge Appropriations Committee to Support Efforts by Farmers and Fishermen to Offer New Products

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Bob Casey (D-PA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of both the Senate and House Appropriations Committees urging them to include robust funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Value Added Producer Grants (VAPG) program in the fiscal year 2020 Agriculture Appropriations bill.

 

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Senator Collins, HUD Administrator, Local Officials Announce Nearly $15M to Reduce Lead Hazards in Maine

Biddeford, ME — U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Housing Appropriations Subcommittee, participated in a press conference at Biddeford City Hall today announcing $14,811,466 to support lead abatement projects by the City of Biddeford, the City of Lewiston, the City of Portland, and the Maine State Housing Authority.  This funding, which was awarded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will help protect Maine children and families from lead-based paint and home health hazards.

 

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Senators Collins, King Announce $400,000 to Support Rural Child Care

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Coastal Enterprises, Inc., (CEI) has been awarded $400,000 to implement the Incubating Child Care Centers in Rural Maine Project, an innovative five-year financing, social enterprise, business development, and workforce initiative. This project seeks to provide capital and technical assistance to start-up child care businesses in Maine’s economically disadvantaged rural counties.

 

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Bill to Fund Economic Development in Rural Maine Passes Senate Appropriations Committee

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, announced that the full committee advanced the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) funding bill by a vote of 31-0.  The legislation includes provisions championed by Senator Collins to support economic development in rural Maine through improved infrastructure, job creation, and access to broadband.

 

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Collins, King Announce Nearly $500,000 for Rural Economic Development

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced that the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), a bureau within the U.S. Department of Commerce, has awarded $446,757 in federal funding to the Maine Development Foundation (MDF) to support and assist the economic efforts of rural Maine communities who have been negatively affected by mill closures.

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Maine Delegation Calls for Effective, Evidence-based Measures to Protect Right Whales and Maine Lobstermen

WASHINGTON — Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME), Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01), and Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) made recommendations to federal fisheries officials late Tuesday for changes to proposed regulations on the Maine lobster industry. The Maine delegation suggested reasonable measures to help reduce right whale fatalities without threatening the safety and livelihoods of thousands of Mainers working in the lobster industry. 

 

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Maine Delegation Calls for Effective, Evidence-based Measures to Protect Right Whales and Maine Lobstermen

WASHINGTON — Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME), Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01), and Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) made recommendations to federal fisheries officials late Tuesday for changes to proposed regulations on the Maine lobster industry. The Maine delegation suggested reasonable measures to help reduce right whale fatalities without threatening the safety and livelihoods of thousands of Mainers working in the lobster industry. 

 

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Funding Boost for Northern Border Regional Commission Unanimously Approved by Senate Appropriations Committee

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, announced today that the full committee advanced the fiscal year (FY) 2020 energy and water funding bill by a vote of 31-0.  The legislation includes provisions Senator Collins pushed for to support the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC).  The legislation now heads to the Senate floor for consideration.

 

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Collins, King Announce Over $2 Million to Strengthen Maine’s Forest EconomyCollins, King Announce Over $2 Million to Strengthen Maine’s Forest Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced that the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) had awarded $2,004,673 to East Millinocket Industrials, Maine Development Foundation, and Northern Forest Center. Senators Collins and King are strong supporters of investments in Maine’s forest products industry; in August, they celebrated the reopening of the historic Old Town Mill.

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Collins, King Announce $6 Million to Revolutionize Forest Economy Research at UMaine

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $6,000,000 to the University of Maine (UMaine). These resources will help establish a digital monitoring system which will be used to track changes in Maine’s forest ecosystem. The system will help users better assess, understand and forecast changes that directly impact the future of Maine’s forest economy.

 

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COLUMN: Training Future Loggers for Good-Paying Jobs in the Forest Products Industry

Maine’s timber industry is an integral part of our economy and continues to be the primary economic driver of countless rural communities throughout our State.  To prevent severe worker shortages and to provide good jobs, it is essential that the next generation be prepared for the logging profession as experienced operators of modern timber harvesting equipment.

 

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Collins, King Welcome News of Former Madison Paper Mill Purchase

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine), applauded an announcement that GO Lab, Inc., has purchased the site of the former Madison paper mill and intends to use the facility to produce innovative biobased insulation. The company plans to employ 120 people at the site, which would become North America’s first producer of wood fiber insulation.

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