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 King, Collins Celebrate National Lobster Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Angus King and Susan Collins released a statement in honor of National Lobster Day. In July, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution introduced by Senators King and Collins that designated September 25, 2017 as National Lobster Day, which recognizes the historic and economic importance of lobster in the United States.

 

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Senators Collins, King Announce $769,681 in Funding to Novo Biosciences for Heart and Vascular Disease Research

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has awarded a Small Business Innovation Research Grant totaling $769,681 to Novo Biosciences, Inc. in Bar Harbor. The grant will support research on developing treatment methods for healing damaged heart tissue caused by heart attacks.

 

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Senators Collins, King Announce Nearly $300,000 in Grant Funding for Economic Development in Rural Maine

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that six Maine economic development organizations and towns will receive a total of $296,000 in funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center, the Northern Maine Development Commission, the University of Maine System, Eastern Maine Development Corporation, the Town of Madawaska, and the Town of Ashland will all receive grants to support their work in Maine communities.

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Senator Collins Announces Nearly $1 Million in Funding for Portland Shipyard Modernization Project

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded $990,500 to the Portland Shipyard. The funding will be used to replace an aging and outdated mobile boat hoist with a new 330-ton mobile boat hoist with technological improvements to enhance its capabilities to serve Portland’s fleet. The project is part of the shipyard’s modernization efforts to improve safety and efficiency. 

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Senator Collins Announces $7.89 Million Grant for Project to Improve Rail Capacity in Northeastern Maine

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) will award $7,890,000 in funding to the State of Maine for the Maine Railroad Bridge Capacity project in northeastern Maine. This funding will be provided to the Maine Department of Transportation through the FASTLANE grant program created by the FAST Act.

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Following Pressure from Collins & King, DHS & Labor Departments to Issue 15,000 H-2B Visas to Support American Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today welcomed an announcement from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that the Departments of Labor and Homeland Security will issue up to 15,000 additional H-2B visas for U.S. businesses to hire temporary workers. Senators Collins and King had repeatedly pressed both Departments and USCIS to increase the visa cap so that Maine businesses would be able to hire additional temporary employees to help their businesses operate during the busy summer tourist season.

 

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Funding for Important Infrastructure Project at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Clears Key Hurdle

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced today that the Senate Appropriations Committee on which she serves approved $61.7 million in funding for a paint, blast, and rubber fabrication facility at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) in Kittery. The funding was included in the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill at her request. 

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Collins, King, Pingree, Poliquin Announce USDA Approval of up to $10 million in Bonus Buy of Maine Wild Blueberries After Delegation’s Request

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin announced today that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved up to $10 million to purchase Maine wild blueberries after the Delegation requested the Department take action earlier this year. Bonus buys help protect American farmers from unexpected market conditions by purchasing surplus goods and distributing them to food banks and other charitable institutions.

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Collins, King Again Call on Administration to Approve Additional Seasonal H-2B Visas

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King have signed onto a bipartisan letter led by Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly urging him to use the authority provided by Congress to lift the cap on seasonal H-2B visas that employers rely on to fill summer jobs. In the letter, the senators expressed their concern about reports that visas may not be approved in time for peak tourist season. 

 

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Following Effort from Senators Collins, Klobuchar, and Heitkamp, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will Resume Premium Processing for Doctors Participating in the Conrad 30 Program that Helps Rural America

Washington, D.C. - Following an effort from U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today will resume premium processing for all H-1B petitions filed for medical doctors under the Conrad 30 Waiver program, as well as interested government agency waivers. The Conrad 30 program helps address physician shortages by allowing doctors to stay in the United States in exchange for practicing in underserved areas, such as rural communities.

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Collins, King Announce $210,000 in Grant Funding for Economic Development in Rural Maine

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that the U.S. Economic Development Administration has awarded three grants totaling $210,000 to support economic development and planning for parts of rural Maine. Eastern Maine Development Corporation, Kennebec Valley Council of Governments, and Northern Maine Development Commission, Inc. will each receive $70,000.

 

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Senator Collins Introduces Legislation to Protect Community Banks

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins introduced the Community Bank Sensible Regulation Act of 2017, legislation that would allow financial regulators to exempt small community banks from unnecessary and burdensome requirements. Her bill would protect small financial institutions from highly complex regulations that are intended for larger banks whose failure would risk the collapse of the financial system.

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Collins, King Introduce Bill to Ease Regulatory Burdens on Maine’s Sea Urchin Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today introduced legislation that would make it easier for Maine seafood dealers to export sea urchins and sea cucumbers outside of the United States. The legislation, which also has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and Congressman Bruce Poliquin, would put an end to repetitive, mandatory inspections of urchins and sea cucumbers exported from the country.

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Collins, Peters Introduce Bill to Give Fire Departments Flexibility in Hiring

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced bipartisan legislation today to help local fire departments across the country save money and hire and promote trained first responders. The Firefighters Retention Act of 2017 will give fire departments flexibility to use Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants to transition part-time or paid-on-call personnel to full-time status.

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Senator Collins Announces $6 Million to Support Safety Training Grants for Fishermen

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced today that the fiscal year 2017 funding bill that was signed into law last week contains $6 million to initiate two grant programs to support safety for fishermen. Senator Collins, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, championed the effort to ensure the Fishing Safety Training Grant Program and the Fishing Safety Research Grant Program receive funding.

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