Senator Collins Announces More Than $6.7 Million for Portland Jetport

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, announced today that the Portland International Jetport has been awarded $6,785,505 through the U.S. Department of Transportation.  The funding will be used to expand the Jetport’s central deicing pad, which will provide overnight aircraft parking and an aircraft holding area.



Senate Passes Bill to Permanently Compensate 9/11 First Responders for Health Care Bills

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins joined an overwhelming, bipartisan group of her colleagues in voting to ensure the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund never runs out of funding.  The legislation, which passed by a vote of 97-2, authorizes payments through 2092 to compensate victims and first responders for illnesses or injuries that were caused by the September 11, 2001, attacks.



Collins, King Stress Need of Affordable Housing for Seasonal Acadia Employees

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine), Ranking Member on the Senate Subcommittee on National Parks, sent a letter to U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary David Bernhardt emphasizing the need for affordable 6 to 12 month term housing options for the seasonal employees who work in Acadia National Park. Specifically, the letter calls on Secretary Bernhardt to establish public-private partnerships which would open up more seasonal housing options in the area for National Park Service (NPS) employees.



Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $9.2 Million for Maine Head Start Programs

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Community Concepts Inc. and Opportunity Alliance have been awarded a total of $9,234,196 for their Head Start and Early Head Start Programs in Franklin, Oxford, York, and Cumberland counties.  The grants are being awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families.



Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $725,000 for Maine Medical Center

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Maine Medical Center has been awarded $725,933 to develop new rural residency programs while achieving accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.  The funding was awarded through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Rural Residency Planning and Development Program (RRPD).



Collins, Cardin Introduce Legislation to Support Volunteer Emergency Personnel

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Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced the Volunteer Emergency Services Recruitment and Retention Act (VESRRA), a bipartisan bill that would simplify how Length of Service Award Programs (LOSAPs) given to volunteer emergency personnel are taxed without increasing or reducing federal spending or taxes.