Senators Collins, King Announce Grant Funding For Maine Colleges And Universities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded twelve Maine colleges and universities a total of $3,649,824 in grant funding through the Student Support Services Program.
“The education offered by our state’s colleges and universities is among the best in the country,” said Senators Collins, and King. “This funding will ensure that Maine’s colleges and universities have the resources they need to help students graduate.”


The Path To A Cure For Type 1 Diabetes

With its magnificent buildings, monuments, and memorials, Washington is a city of inspiring sights. Just as inspiring was the sea of blue t-shirts worn by the more than 160 young delegates to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s 2015 Children’s Congress who participated in a recent Aging Committee hearing I chaired on how diabetes affects people of all ages and their families, and the importance of research to prevent, treat, and eventually cure this difficult and life-long disease.


Senator Collins And Richard Gere Discuss Shared Commitment To Ending

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins and actor, Richard Gere, met in Washington this afternoon to discuss their shared commitment to end homelessness.

As Chairman of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations (THUD) Subcommittee, Senator Collins has long led calls for further funding to fight homelessness and for stronger coordination between, federal, state, and local governments. This year’s THUD appropriations bill provides $2.2 billion for Homeless Assistance Grants to combat homelessness.


Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Increase In Research Funding For Potatoes, Forest Products

Bill would improve patient safety by blocking FDA’s proposed rule on Electronic Distribution of Prescribing Information

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced today that the Senate Appropriations Committee, on which she serves, has approved measures important to Maine’s economy and patient safety. The provisions were included as part of the Fiscal Year 2016 Agriculture Appropriations bill, which must now be considered by the full Senate.


Sens. Collins, Reed Advocate For Reauthorization Of Successful TIGER Grant Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI) wrote to express their concern with a proposed overhaul to the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program within the Committee’s surface transportation reauthorization bill. Senator Collins is Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, and Senator Reed serves as Ranking Member.


U.S. Senators Collins, Murray, Reed, And Durbin Introduce TIGER Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Patty Murray (D-WA), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the bipartisan “Transportation Infrastructure Grants and Economic Reinvestment” (TIGER) Act, a bill that would authorize the successful TIGER discretionary grant program. As such, the legislation would authorize the Secretary of Transportation to provide grants and Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loans to States, local governments, ports, and transit agencies for critical transportation projects throughout the country.


A Worthy Tribute To A Woman Of Firsts

Maine’s Margaret Chase Smith was the first woman to serve in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. She was the first woman to have her name placed into nomination for President by a major party. During most of her 23-year tenure, she was the only woman in the Senate, and her service broke barriers and opened doors for generations of women to come.

What better tribute could our nation pay to this remarkable woman of so many firsts than to make Margaret Chase Smith the first woman to have her portrait featured on our nation’s paper currency?