WASHINGTON, D.C. –The tax-relief package recently signed into law includes an important provision authored by U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, that makes the $250 teacher tax credit permanent. This provisionwill provide important tax relief to help cover the out-of-pocket expenses our nation’s teachers incur to improve the education of our children. Senator Collins authored the law that first created the $250 teacher tax deduction in 2002.
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.
As we turn the page on 2015 and look to the future, I welcome this opportunity to share some of the accomplishments of the past year. Although much work remains to be done, I was able to achieve progress on issues that matter to the people of Maine, whom I am honored to represent in the United States Senate.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator and Senior Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Susan Collins, successfully secured major provisions for Maine in the FY2016 Omnibus Bill, which will fund the government through next September. The legislation passed the Senate (65-33) this afternoon, following the House vote of (316-113) earlier today. The legislation was signed into law by the President this evening.
Three key provisions authored by U.S. Senator Susan Collins will greatly benefit small businesses in Maine and across our country.
Senator Collins, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senator Ron Johnson, and NFIB President Dan Danner hold a news conference to highlight critical small business tax relief.
These three important provisions will strengthen our economy in Maine and across our nation and make it easier for small businesses to grow and create jobs.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King released the following statement today in response to the Department of Commerce’s countervailing duty order on supercalendered paper from Canada that was published today:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that the petition for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for the 195 workers displaced by the closure of the Expera Specialty Solutions pulp mill in Old Town has been approved by the U.S. Department of Labor.
“I was very impressed with the Bedard family’s commitment to quality service, use of cutting edge medical technology, and their targeted efforts to help specialize care for Maine’s seniors.”
This funding will provide crucial support to individuals and families across our state, connecting them with a range of job training and educational services.
At this special time of year, we are especially grateful to the brave men and women in our nation’s armed forces and to our veterans. We are grateful for their courage, devotion to duty, and sacrifice. And we give thanks to their families and loved ones, for they too sacrifice
Funding through this program supports the acquisition of audio-video equipment, network components and software, as well as technical assistance and instruction for using eligible equipment.
Senators Susan Collins, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Angus King, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, announced today that the Department of Energy (DOE) will award an additional $3.7 million to the Maine Aqua Ventus I offshore wind project, designed by a University of Maine-led consortium.
Our nation and our State face great challenges in a global economy. But we also have distinct advantages – first and foremost, our willingness to meet every challenge with ingenuity and determination
Aging Committee Chairman and Ranking Member introduce bill to support collaborative efforts with banks and credit unions to fight fraud
40 Senators call on HHS Secretary to release LIHEAP funds to help local communities prepare for the coming winter season
Senator Collins Calls for the Department of Commerce to Conduct Expedited Review of all Four Canadian producers of supercalendered paper
U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $709,713 to the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and $999,120 to the University of Maine to support ongoing efforts to support producers of organic agricultural products throughout the state of Maine and the northeast region.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—United States Senators Susan Collins, Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, and Angus King announced today that the United States Department of Agriculture has awarded Community Concepts Inc. in Lewiston $793,800 in grant funding to help 30 very-low and low-income families construct their own homes in rural areas across Maine. Through the Mutual Self-Help Housing Program, this funding will help families, through partnership with Community Concepts, build homes in Androscoggin, Cumberland, Franklin, Kennebec, and Oxford Counties.
“The closure of the Lewiston TAC will negatively affect many vulnerable populations in Maine, including elderly and low-income taxpayers, as well as those with limited English proficiency."
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, and Congressman Bruce Poliquin, sent a letter to U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez urging him to approve the recently-filed petition for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) to assist the 195 displaced workers who are expected to lose their jobs following Expera’s announcement that it will close its Old Town mill due to foreign competition in the paper industry.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that several Maine tribes will receive various grant awards totaling $341,422 to support activities including economic development and treatment and prevention services for methamphetamine abuse and suicide. The grants come from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representative Bruce Poliquin urged Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez to quickly approve a petition for much needed Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for the 300 workers at Verso Paper Corporation in Jay, Maine, who are expected to lose their jobs due in large measure to foreign competition.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Kirstin Gillibrand (D-NY) announced an updated Apprenticeship and Jobs Training Act of 2015 to help the next generation of American workers develop the skills they need to secure well-paying, high-demand jobs. The legislation also aids the United States’ ongoing economic recovery by ensuring we retain our competitiveness and the most innovative workforce in the world.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and Angus King announced today that the Maine Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Southern Maine (USM) has been awarded $100,000 from the Economic Development Administration (EDA). This investment funds the fifth year of a five-year Economic Development Program at USM that provides technical assistance and research and development tools to spur innovation and economic growth.
In the iconic 1985 film "Back to the Future," Marty and Doc ride a time machine built from a Delorean car thirty years back in time. They end up in 1955 – the middle of the Baby Boom – where they save the past, and then blast off again to an impossibly distant future – the year 2015.
WASHINGTON, DC— This afternoon, the Senate passed a bipartisan reauthorization of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), which was based upon legislation that Senator Collins co-authored with Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR). A strong and consistent advocate for TAA, Senator Collins voted in favor of this legislation which would reauthorize critical job training and worker assistance programs to Americans who have been adversely affected by foreign competition. This bill must now be considered and passed by the House of Representatives before it can be sent to the President.