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.

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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Collins, King, Golden Celebrate Reopening of Old Town Mill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) and Representative Jared Golden (D-Maine) celebrated the reopening of the Old Town Mill, which will support both the regional economy and further bolster Maine’s forest products industry. Senators Collins and King and Representative Golden toured the mill and gave remarks highlighting the significance of investments in Maine’s rural economy.

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Collins, King Announce Nearly $1 Million for Maine Workforce Research

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced that the Maine Department of Labor’s Center for Workforce Research and Information (CWRI) has received $998,737 in funding from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). This funding will provide CWRI programs with data to conduct analysis of state labor programs and help the public better understand workforce systems.

 

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Senators Collins, Hassan Welcome Department of Labor Rule to Support Retirement Security, Call for Additional Action

Washington, D.C. — Last week, the Department of Labor announced a rule to expand the ability of small businesses to offer retirement savings plans to their employees. U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH)—who introduced legislation earlier this year that further helps Americans save for retirement—issued the following statement in response:

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Collins, King Announce $1.25 Million to Revitalize Maine’s Forest Economy from Northern Border Regional Commission

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) will award $1,250,000 in grants to the University of Maine and the Town of East Millinocket. Both projects will strengthen Maine’s forest economy and create jobs in rural Maine by increasing production of advanced bio-based products and support the purchasing of a former mill site.

 

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Senator Collins Speaks at New England Council Breakfast

Portland, ME — U.S. Senator Susan Collins attended and delivered remarks at the New England Council breakfast this morning, which was attended by approximately 70 New England Council members from Maine.  Following her remarks, Senator Collins participated in a Q&A with attendees.

 

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Senator Collins Announces More Than $350,000 for Rockland Marine Corporation

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, announced today that Rockland Marine Corporation has been awarded $351,956 to purchase new equipment to boost production, create efficiencies, and become more competitive.  This funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Small Shipyard Grant Program.

 

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Maine Delegation Urges Aid for Members of Lobster Industry Affected by Trade War

WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Jared Golden (D-Maine) sent a letter this morning urging President Donald Trump to provide relief to members of the lobster industry affected by the ongoing trade war with China – much as American farmers received government support to mitigate negative economic consequences.

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