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.
Washington, D.C.—Maine’s Congressional Delegation announced today that Sanford-based Flemish Master Weavers prevailed in its application for an exemption from a tariff on yarn it uses to manufacture area rugs in Maine. The ruling by the Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board helps to level the playing field for Flemish Master Weavers to compete against foreign competitors and places the company in a strong position for continued growth.
Norridgewock, ME – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representative Bruce Poliquin visited the New Balance plant in Norridgewock in celebration of New Balance’s new contract with the U.S. military to produce athletic footwear for our military recruits domestically. The Senators and Representative toured the production line and delivered remarks congratulating New Balance employees and leadership.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King applauded an announcement that ND Paper LLC has reached an agreement to purchase the Old Town Mill, which has been idled since the previous owners ended operations at the mill in 2015. ND Paper will shift the mill’s operations and invest in capital improvements to reduce manufacturing costs. The Old Town Mill is expected to reopen in early 2019 and will support more than 100 jobs in the region.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) applauded the announcement from Sappi North America, Inc. that the company has completed an investment project at the Somerset Mill in Skowhegan.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced today that nine rural Maine businesses will receive a total of $431,725 in funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) to purchase, construct and install solar panels or mechanisms to convert wood into pellets. REAP’s grant program, entitled Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Loans and Grants, provides financial assistance to agricultural producers and small businesses to upgrade renewable energy systems in rural areas.
Washington, D.C. – A new round of tariffs recently proposed by the Trump Administration to crack down on Chinese intellectual property theft could inadvertently cause significant financial harm to Hussey Seating Company, a family-owned business in North Berwick that manufactures bleachers and auditorium seating for distribution across the globe.
Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) and Representative Bruce Poliquin applauded the International Trade Commission’s (ITC) final injury determination in regards to a tariff that was imposed on Canadian uncoated groundwood paper – better known as “newsprint”—that was levied by the Department of Commerce in January on behalf of a single domestic paper mill. The unanimous ruling ends import taxes once as high as 32 percent on newsprint, which negatively affected U.S.
Brunswick, ME - U.S. Senator Susan Collins visited Mölnlycke Health Care’s manufacturing facility in Brunswick this morning to tour the factory; meet with employees; and speak with company leaders about jobs, the economy, and health care.
Lobstering has served as an economic engine and a family tradition in Maine for generations, helping to support the livelihoods of thousands of families in our state through fishing, processing, and shipping. Approximately 150 million pounds of lobster are caught each year in U.S. waters at a value of more than $500 million, representing one of our country’s most valuable catches.
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, secured significant victories for Maine’s potato farmers in the fiscal year 2019 Appropriations Minibus that passed the Senate by an overwhelming majority of 83-15.
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that Winter Harbor will receive $1.3 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Rural Development to upgrade the community’s wastewater treatment system. The funds will be allocated as a $390,000 grant and a $910,000 loan.
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $830,000 to Rockland for repairs to the city’s commercial fish pier.
Washington, D.C.—In a significant win for Maine’s maple syrup and honey producers, an amendment authored by U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) to prevent a confusing labeling requirement from going into effect was included in the appropriations minibus that passed the Senate today by a vote of 92 to 6. If the FDA’s labeling requirement is allowed to move forward, it could have a devastating impact on Mainers who are employed in the maple syrup and honey industries.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) introduced a resolution that would designate September 25, 2018, as “National Lobster Day.” Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) also sponsored the resolution, which recognizes the historic and economic importance of lobster in the United States.
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), the Chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that Washburn & Doughty Associates, Inc., of East Boothbay has been awarded $618,750 through the Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) Small Shipyard Grant Program. This funding will assist Washburn & Doughty in purchasing and installing a new lathe and robotic welding machine.
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins issued this statement following the announcement that the U.S.
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Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) will award a total of $254,500 to foster economic development, support small businesses, and create jobs in Penobscot, Lincoln, Cumberland, and York Counties.
Washington, D.C. – The Senate Agriculture Committee unanimously approved an amendment to reauthorize the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) through 2023 in the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, commonly known as the Farm Bill. The adopted amendment is based on legislation coauthored by U.S. Senators Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME). The commission promotes regional coordination and invests in job creation efforts and economic development in distressed counties in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York. The U.S.
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PORTLAND, Maine – This morning, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin hosted a meeting between top U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) officials and members of the Maine Lobster Dealers’ Association (MLDA) to discuss the impact of federal trade policies on the state’s lobster industry.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that legislation to remove an antiquated deed restricting the use of land next to the Old Town Municipal Airport has passed the Senate with unanimous consent. The removal of the restriction will allow the city and the airport to work together to pursue economic development opportunities, attract new businesses, and help create jobs. The bill was introduced by Senator King and cosponsored by Senator Collins in March 2017.