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.

Maine Delegation Expresses Concern With NOAA’s Proposed Right Whale Regulations on Lobster Industry

Washington, D.C. —Yesterday, in a letter to Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere Dr. Neil Jacobs, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) and Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Jared Golden (D-ME) expressed their concern about the ongoing North Atlantic right whale take reduction efforts and their significant impact on the Maine lobster industry.


Senators Collins, King Join Bipartisan Group in Introducing Legislation to Expand Agriculture Exports to Cuba

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) joined a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing the Agricultural Export Expansion Act of 2019, legislation to remove a major hurdle for American farmers and ranchers aiming to sell American agricultural products in the Cuban market. The bipartisan bill would support jobs throughout the country by lifting restrictions on private financing for U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba.



Senator Collins Highlights Importance of Aggressively Pursuing New International Markets for Maine Lobster & Seafood

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In response to the continued harm being caused to the U.S. lobster industry by escalating tariffs and international trade barriers, U.S. Senator Susan Collins wrote to the new Senior Advisor for Seafood Strategy at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to underscore the crucial importance of developing new and expanding existing markets for lobster and other American seafood. 



King, Collins Applaud Creation of Mass Timber University Grant Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Angus King and Susan Collins today applauded an announcement from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) that they have partnered to initiate the Mass Timber University Grant Program. The new grant program aims to promote the construction of mass timber buildings on American higher education campuses throughout the country.


Collins, King-Backed Bill Will Encourage Employers to Help Pay Off Student Loan Debt

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) this week cosponsored bipartisan legislation to help Americans tackle their student loan debt. The Employer Participation in Repayment Act would allow employers to contribute up to $5,250 tax-free to their employees’ student loans – providing employees with much-needed relief and employers with a unique tool to attract and retain talented employees.



Senators Collins, King Announce $1.6 Million for Construction of Manufacturing Food-Processing Plant in Houlton

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) announced today that $1,600,000 has been awarded to the Southern Aroostook Development Corporation (SADC) to assist in the construction of a manufacturing food-processing plant in Houlton.  This funding has been awarded through the U.S. Economic Development Administration and is expected to create 17 new jobs in southern Aroostook County.



Senators Collins, King Announce $600,000 in USDA Small Business Innovation Funding to VitaminSea LLC in Buxton

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins and Angus King today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded a $600,000 grant to VitaminSea LLC, a family-owned seaweed harvesting and processing company based in Buxton.  The Phase II grant, which was awarded through the USDA’s Small Business Innovation Research Program, will fund real world market testing for larger scale commercialization of VitaminSea’s seaweed products.



Senator Collins’ Statement on Members of Coast Guard Affected by Partial Government Shutdown

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins issued this statement today regarding a separate payroll system that will prevent active-duty members of the Coast Guard from receiving pay for pre-shutdown work unless action is taken:


“Most federal employees will receive their scheduled paychecks today, but that is not the case for 42,000 Coast Guard members, who will not be paid for pre-shutdown work because they are under a different pay system.  This is not fair. I called the White House to urge an immediate fix.”


Bill Authored by Collins, King to Bolster the Northern Border Regional Commission Signed into Law

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) announced that the Northern Border Regional Commission Reauthorization Act was included in the bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill.  The final agreement comes after the Senate and House of Representatives worked for weeks to reconcile the differences between each chamber’s version of the 2018 Farm Bill.  The legislation, which passed both the Senate and the House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support, was signed into law today.



Provisions Authored by Senators Collins, Brown to Support Local Farming Programs to Be Signed into Law

Washington, D.C. – In a win for our nation’s farmers and local food production, several provisions authored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) from the Local Farms and Regional Market Supply (FARMS) Act were included in the 2018 Farm Bill.  The bill passed both the Senate and the House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support and now awaits the President’s signature. 




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