As the former Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Senator Collins has championed efforts to enhance the ability and preparedness of first responders, worked to address the issue of homegrown terrorism, and sounded the alarm on the vital importance of enhancing our nation’s cybersecurity. Throughout her time in the Senate, Senator Collins has worked on legislation and conducted federal investigations to ensure accountability over that the bookkeeping and oversight that resulted in improper payments across the federal government.

Collins, King, Risch, Heinrich, Introduce Legislation to Protect Electric Grid from Cyber-Attacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Angus King (I-Maine), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), all members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, today introduced legislation aiming to protect critical U.S. energy infrastructure from potentially catastrophic cyber-attacks. The Securing Energy Infrastructure Act of 2016 would examine solutions to defend the U.S.

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Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $550,000 in Grants for Sanford Fire Department and Maine Fire Service Institute

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that the Sanford Fire Department and the Maine Fire Service Institute in South Portland will receive a total of $552,211 in grant funding through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program.  The Sanford Fire Department will receive a $301,819 Vehicle Acquisition grant, and the Maine Fire Service Institute will receive a ­$250,392 State Fire Training Academy grant.

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Collins, King Announce Nearly $600,000 in Grants for Maine Fire Departments in Gardiner, Limestone, and Scarborough

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that the Gardiner, Limestone, and Scarborough Fire Departments will receive a total of $571,881 in grant funding through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The Gardiner Fire Department will receive a $333,334 Vehicle Acquisition grant, the Limestone Fire Department will receive a $120,000 Operations and Safety grant, and the Scarborough Fire Department will receive a $118,547 Regional Request grant.

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Collins, King Cosponsor Bipartisan Legislation to Establish National Commission on Digital Security

U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME), members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, cosponsored bipartisan legislation that would establish an independent National Commission on Security and Technology Challenges. The digital security Commission will bring together all stakeholders, including tech leaders, law enforcement, the intelligence community, privacy and civil liberties advocates, computer science researchers, and global commerce leaders, who will be charged with developing recommendations for maintaining privacy and digital security while also finding ways to keep criminals and terrorists from exploiting these technologies to escape justice.

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Senators Collins, Leahy Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Stop Gun Trafficking, which Contributes to Maine’s Heroin Crisis

U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act, legislation that aims to strengthen federal law to make it easier for law enforcement to prosecute gun traffickers.  Traffickers target individuals who can lawfully purchase firearms and then use those weapons in other crimes.  This practice contributes to Maine’s heroin crisis, since criminals will often give individuals drugs in exchange for firearms.

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A Year in Review

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.

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Collins, King Announce Application Period for Assistance to Firefighters Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins, Co-Chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, and Angus King, a member of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will begin accepting applications for grant funding through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program on Monday, December 7th at 8:00 a.m. The application period will close on January 15, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

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Senator Collins Speaks From The Senate Floor:

WASHINGTON — As the Senate continues to consider changes to the government’s intelligence programs, U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, spoke from the Senate floor this morning in opposition to any action that “substantially weakens a vital tool in our counterterrorism efforts at a time when the terrorist threat has never been higher.”
 

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