Senator Collins Meets With Secretary Of Defense Nominee Dr. Ash Carter

      WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins met with Secretary of Defense Nominee Dr. Ash Carter for 45 minutes today in Washington, D.C. The meeting follows Dr. Carter’s nomination in December to replace the current Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel. After their meeting, Senator Collins released the following statement:
 

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Senator Collins Urges Rejection Of Plan To Make Saving For College More Difficult

In a speech on the Senate floor today, and in a letter sent to leaders of the Senate Finance Committee, U.S. Senator Susan Collins urges rejection of President Obama’s proposal to alter the 529 College Savings Plan. Senator Collins says the President’s plan to begin taxing the earnings of 529 College Savings Plan accounts would, instead, make it more difficult for hardworking parents to save and plan for their children’s education. The 529 College Savings Plan allows parents to make contributions to a tax-advantaged account with after-tax dollars from their paychecks.

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Collins, King Announce $150,000 Federal Grant Awarded To University Of Maine

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) have awarded a $150,000 research grant to the University of Maine.

The award will fund the University of Maine’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative in developing a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based novel method to better understand the mechanism of internalization of foodborne pathogen.

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Retirement Security: A Path Forward

WASHINGTON, DC— Nationally, one in four retired Americans has no source of income beyond Social Security; in Maine, that number is one in three. In addition, a Gallup survey published in 2012 found that more than half of all Americans are worried that they will not be able to maintain their standard of living in retirement. Ensuring that more Americans are better prepared financially for their retirement is a top priority for Senator Susan Collins, Chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging.

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Leahy, Collins Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Combat Youth Homelessness & Trafficking

WASHINGTON -- Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Tuesday reintroduced bipartisan legislation to curb youth homelessness, which affects 1.6 million teens throughout the country who are among the most likely to become victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) joined as original bill cosponsors.

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Collins Urges Rejection Of Plan To Make Saving For College More Difficult

Washington, D.C. – In a speech on the Senate floor today, and in a letter sent to leaders of the Senate Finance Committee, U.S. Senator Susan Collins urges rejection of President Obama’s proposal to alter the 529 College Savings Plan.  Senator Collins says the President’s plan to begin taxing the earnings of 529 College Savings Plan accounts would, instead, make it more difficult for hardworking parents to save and plan for their children’s education.

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“Year In Review”

President Obama recently delivered his “State of the Union” address where he spoke about our nation’s progress and his vision for the coming year. As we as a country turn the page on 2014 and look to the future, I’d like to reflect on some of my work from this past year and highlight my priorities for the year ahead.

I am deeply honored to serve our great state of Maine in the United States Senate and will continue to work to bridge the partisan divide and to forge bipartisan solutions to the many challenges our nation faces.

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