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 Announces 1,800+ Maine Small Businesses Have Been Approved for Over $510 Million in PPP Loans

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced today that, since Friday morning, 1,816 small businesses in Maine have been approved for $510,891,620 in forgivable loans through the Payment Protection Program she co-authored. 


Dozens of Maine-based lending institutions are currently participating in the program, and many banks and other lending institutions worked through the weekend to help small employers.  



SBA, Treasury Roll Out Information for Small Employers and Lenders to Participate in $350 Billion Loan Program

UPDATE: Information for Small Businesses about the Payment Protection Program from the U.S. Treasury click HERE. (4/3/2020)


Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced today that the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Department of Treasury released new information that will allow lenders to begin accepting applications and disbursing loans to assist small employers that have been harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Senator Collins Announces $300 Million for Fishing Industry Included in Phase 3 Coronavirus Response Package

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, announced today that the Phase 3 coronavirus package that passed the Senate unanimously last night included $300 million for assistance to fishermen and fishery-related businesses such as harvesters, processors, and aquaculture operations affected by COVID-19, which may include direct relief payments.  The bill is expected to pass the House today before heading to the President’s desk to be signed into law.



$377 Billion for American Workers, Small Businesses in Phase 3 Emergency Coronavirus Relief Package

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Cardin(D-MD), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), leaders of the Small Business Task Force, released the final bipartisan small business emergency economic relief plan that provides more than $377 billion for small businesses to meet their payroll and expenses and receive education and assistance throughout the coronavirus pandemic. 



More than 100 Maine Small Businesses—and Counting—Express Strong Support for Senator Collins’ Sweeping $300 Billion Economic Relief Plan

Click HERE to read the letter


Washington, D.C.—A group of 115 Maine small businesses in the hospitality industry wrote to Senator Collins to convey their strong support for legislation she authored with Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) that would help prevent Americans from losing their jobs and keep small businesses from going under as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic.



Senator Collins Introduces $300 Billion Emergency Coronavirus Relief Package

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), the Chairman of the Aging Committee; Marco Rubio (R-FL), the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship; and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, released the Keeping Workers Paid and Employed Act, a $300 billion small business emergency economic relief plan that will help small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic make payroll and cover expenses.



DHS to Issue 35,000 Additional H-2B Visas to Support Small Businesses

Washington, D.C. — The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today that an additional 35,000 H-2B visas will be made available to employers across the country to fill seasonal jobs – an increase of 5,000 compared to the additional visas allotted last year – for returning workers awarded a seasonal visa in at least one of the last three fiscal years. 



Senators Collins, Hassan Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Address Critical Need for More Direct Support Professionals

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), members of the Senate Health Committee, introduced bipartisan legislation to address the critical need for more Direct Support Professionals in the workforce. Direct Support Professionals provide vital support to individuals who experience disabilities, like assisting with communication, providing on-the-job coaching, and helping with daily living needs.


Maine Delegation’s Statement on China’s Exemption for Lobster Tariff

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden issued a joint statement in response to reports that China has decided to establish a one-year exclusion process for certain U.S. goods imported into China.  Live lobster is included as one of the 696 US-origin products eligible for a tariff exemption.  



Senators Collins, King Announce up to $6.28 Million to Support Maine Disaster-Relief Jobs in Areas Affected By Opioid Crisis

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the Maine Department of Labor has been awarded an opioid-crisis National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Grant of up to $6,281,891—with $2,093,964 released initially.  This funding will support disaster-relief jobs and provide employment services to eligible individuals in Maine communities affected by the health and economic impact of widespread opioid use, addiction, and overdose.



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.”



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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