Senator Collins Encourages Maine Farmers to Apply for Direct Assistance Payments Beginning Today

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced that Maine farmers can begin applying for direct relief payments starting TODAY, May 26th, through August 28th to help offset the financial harm they have experienced due to COVID-19.  The funding is provided through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), created through the CARES Act, which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America’s farmers.



Collins Joins Bipartisan Group in Advocating for National Guard Serving on COVID-19 Front Lines

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins joined a bipartisan, bicameral group of 125 Members of Congress in a letter to President Donald Trump, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor calling on the administration to ensure National Guard personnel who are serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 response efforts receive the federal benefits they have earned.



Collins, Bennet Introduce Legislation to Make Election Grants More Accessible to States

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced the State Elections Preparedness Act to allow the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to waive a requirement that states provide a 20 percent match for the $400 million in election assistance grants if circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic prevent them from providing this match.  This grant funding was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act enacted in March.