Senators Collins, King Announce $600,000 in USDA Small Business Innovation Funding to VitaminSea LLC in Buxton

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins and Angus King today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded a $600,000 grant to VitaminSea LLC, a family-owned seaweed harvesting and processing company based in Buxton.  The Phase II grant, which was awarded through the USDA’s Small Business Innovation Research Program, will fund real world market testing for larger scale commercialization of VitaminSea’s seaweed products.



Senators Collins, King Reintroduce “Red Flag” Bill to Prevent Gun Violence While Protecting Second Amendment Rights

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) joined Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Jack Reed (D-RI) in reintroducing the bipartisan Extreme Risk Protection Order and Violence Prevention Act.  The legislation would encourage states to enact laws giving law enforcement or family members the authority to prevent individuals posing a threat to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing firearms, while still providing due process protections.



Senators Collins, Cardin Introduce Bill to Protect Federal and Other Government Workers Hurt During Shutdowns

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) were joined by 28 Senate colleagues in reintroducing legislation that would protect federal and other government workers from the repercussions of this and future lapses in federal appropriations. The Government Employee Fair Treatment Act would guarantee that furloughed federal employees will be paid retroactively and stipulates that all employees shall be paid as soon as possible after the lapse in appropriations ends.