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, Bipartisan Group Introduce Bill to Support Women Entrepreneurs

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), along with Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Ben Cardin (D-MD), introduced the Interagency Committee on Women’s Business Enterprise Act of 2020.  This bipartisan legislation would reauthorize a federal interagency committee that helps coordinate federal resources to encourage the formation, growth, and success of women-owned businesses.


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.



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.


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.



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.



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.



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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