Collins, King Push for Relief for Local Broadcasters, Newspapers During Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) joined a bipartisan group of 74 senators in a letter urging Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought to support local radio broadcasters, television broadcasters, and newspapers during the coronavirus pandemic. The letter comes as the widespread impact of the pandemic – including plummeting advertising revenue – could decimate regional and local news outlets even as communities have become increasingly reliant on their coverage of the public health crisis.

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Senators Collins, King Announce Maine to Receive More Than $5 Million to Support COVID-19 Response

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that Maine has been awarded $5,075,000 to support the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The funding distributed today is part of the $631 million for the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases (ELC) cooperative agreement that was included in the CARES Act that Senators Collins and King voted for.

 

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Senators Collins, Bennet Call on Congressional Leaders to Make CARES Act Election Assistance Grants More Accessible for States

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) wrote to congressional leaders urging them 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 included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act if circumstances related to the pandemic prevent them from providing this match.

 

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Senator Collins Announces Nearly $44 Million for K-12 Education in Maine

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a member of the Education Committee, announced today that Maine will receive a total of $43,793,319 through the CARES Act to support K-12 students whose educations have been disrupted by the coronavirus.  

 

Education leaders will have the flexibility to use funds for immediate needs, such as tools and resources for distance education, ensuring student health and safety, and developing and implementing plans for the next school year.

 

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Senators Collins, King Announce Nearly $2.5 Million to Support Maine’s Rural Health System During COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that Maine received a total of $2,485,050 to support rural hospitals and increase access to telehealth to help medical providers reach patients in underserved areas during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Funding will also be used to help reduce poisonings related to an increase in disinfectant and cleaner use.  This investment, authorized by the CARES Act Senators Collins and King voted for, was awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

 

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Senator Collins Warns of Scams Targeting Small Businesses

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins is warning small business owners to beware of scams that are targeting small businesses seeking to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  Senator Collins co-authored the PPP to provide forgivable loans to help small businesses and their employees that have been harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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