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Congress Approves $2 Million for Maine Maritime Academy Secured by Senator Collins

The funding now heads to the President to be signed into law

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that she secured $2 million in Congressionally Directed Spending for Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) in the Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24) Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill. The bill, which was included in legislation that passed the Senate today, now heads to the President to be signed into law.

“Maine Maritime Academy has a longstanding record of preparing generations of sailors through its exceptional programing,” said Senator Collins.  “As Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I worked hard to secure this funding, which will both improve safety and energy efficiency at MMA and provide students with excellent training opportunities.” 

“This project greatly enhances the MMA campus, addressing safety and energy efficiency improvements.  This will also be used in the hands-on education of the marine and power engineering programs as a learning opportunity.  It will convert older systems into modern cost saving equipment lower long-term operational costs,” said President of Maine Maritime Academy Jerry Paul.

This funding will support energy efficiency and safety upgrades on MMA’s Castine campus, including a new ventilation system, building renovations, and fire safety equipment.

In 2021, Congress reinstituted Congressionally Directed Spending.? Following this decision, Senator Collins has secured more than $500 million for hundreds of Maine projects for FY2022 and FY2023.? As the Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Collins is committed to championingtargeted investments that willbenefit Maine communities.??