Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $2,482,515 to Support Arts Curriculum in Portland and Lewiston

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that Side x Side, Inc., will receive a four-year, $2,482,515 grant through the U.S. Department of Education.  The funding will support Side x Side’s project titled “(Re)Imagining Education” to promote arts curriculum in Portland and Lewiston elementary schools.  The University of Southern Maine will be Side x Side’s primary partner.  Senators Collins and King wrote a letter to the Department of Education in support of this grant.



Statement from Senator Collins on Threatening Letter to Bangor Home

Annie Clark, spokesman for Senator Collins, issued the following statement:


“Senator Collins’s husband, Tom Daffron, today received a threatening letter that the writer claimed was contaminated with ricin, a highly hazardous substance which was used in a previous attack against the United States Senate.  Mr. Daffron, their dog, and parts of their home were quarantined while the crime lab undertook an analysis of the premises.  The affected areas have now been cleared, and Senator Collins and Mr. Daffron will be able to remain at home tonight.


Senators Collins, King Announce Maine Tribes Receive $440,011 in Opioid and Healthcare Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that four Maine Native communities will receive a total of $440,011 in funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to respond to substance abuse and jumpstart community health projects. These four grants will primarily address the impact of the opioid epidemic on Maine’s Native communities.



Legislation Backed by Collins, King to Support Songwriters Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Senator Angus King (I-Maine) applauded the President’s signing of The Music Modernization Act, a bipartisan bill which will ensure songwriters are paid fair value for their songs. The legislation will set up a new simplified licensing entity to make it easier for digital music companies to obtain a license to play songs, and help songwriters be paid a fair market value for their music.



Senators Collins, Van Hollen, and Cardin Introduce Protect Our Elections Act

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) introduced the Protect Our Elections Act, which would prohibit foreign adversaries from owning and controlling the companies supporting American elections. Our intelligence chiefs have made it clear that hostile foreign actors continue to work to disrupt our democratic process by any means possible.


Collins, King Applaud Purchase of Old Town Mill by ND Paper

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King applauded an announcement that ND Paper LLC has reached an agreement to purchase the Old Town Mill, which has been idled since the previous owners ended operations at the mill in 2015. ND Paper will shift the mill’s operations and invest in capital improvements to reduce manufacturing costs. The Old Town Mill is expected to reopen in early 2019 and will support more than 100 jobs in the region.


Bipartisan Legislation Authored by Senators Collins, McCaskill to Prohibit Pharmacy “Gag Clauses” Signed into Law

Washington, D.C. – Today, bipartisan legislation authored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) to ban the use of pharmacy “gag clauses” was signed into law.  The Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act prohibits an egregious practice that concealed lower prescription drug prices from patients at the pharmacy and caused consumers to needlessly overpay.  This legislation is a continuation of Senators Collins and McCaskill’s bipartisan efforts to reduce the cost of prescription drugs.



Senator Collins Votes to Protect Individuals with Pre-Existing Conditions

Legislation Senators Collins and Alexander introduced earlier this year would have lowered insurance premiums and expanded coverage while protecting those with pre-existing conditions


Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee and a member of the Health Committee, voted to block a rule that expands the duration of short-term health insurance plans, which could deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.