Senators Collins, King Announce $250,000 Grant For University Of Maine

Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced this morning that the U.S. Department of Education has selected the University of Maine to receive $250,000 in funding for The Mentoring and Advanced Preparation for Maine’s Early Intervention Scholars (MAPME) program.
 
      This program will help Maine’s increase the number of highly qualified personnel prepared to meet the needs of young children and their families, particularly those with a high need.
 

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Bill To Improve Health Care Access For Rural Veterans Passes The Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Access to Community Care for Veterans Act of 2015, legislation co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, passed the United States Senate today by unanimous consent. This legislation would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to expand eligibility of the Choice Program to cover veterans who reside more than 40 miles driving distance from the closest VA facility that offers the specific care they need. The bill must now be considered and passed by the House of Representatives before it can be sent to the President.

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Honoring Our Heroes

More than a century and a half ago, as our nation faced its gravest crisis during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln spoke of the “mystic cords of memory, stretching from every patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land.’’

From the founding of our great nation to the conflicts of today, the men and women of our armed forces strengthen those mystic cords. From generation to generation, they add new and everlasting strands of valor, devotion to duty, and sacrifice.

 

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Appropriations Committee Approves Funding For Renovations At Bangor Air National Guard Wing

Washington, D.C. – Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee, announced today that the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved $7.2 million to complete renovations of the Bangor Air National Guard Wing’s fire and rescue facility. Senator Collins raised the importance of this funding during a March 2015 subcommittee hearing with the Air Force, and advocated for it with her Appropriations colleagues.

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Senator Collins' Statement On Committee Approval Of The Energy And Water Development Appropriations Bill

Washington, DC – Senator Susan Collins, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, voted today to approve the Energy and Water Development spending bill for the 2016 fiscal year. The bill now awaits consideration by the full Senate.

After the bill’s passage in the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Collins released the following statement:

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Senators Collins, King Urge Investment In New Technologies To Improve ‘Rapidly Aging’ American Transportation Infrastructure

Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King wrote to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, Senators James Inhofe (R-OK) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA), to request that the transportation reauthorization bill include investment in innovative technologies that will address “our rapidly aging transportation infrastructure.”
 

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Senator Collins Advocates For Reauthorization Of TAA From The Senate Floor

      Washington, D.C. – As the Senate continues to consider Trade Promotion Authority legislation, U.S. Senator Susan Collins spoke from the Senate floor today and advocated for the reauthorization of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), which expired at the end of 2014. Senator Collins highlighted stories of Mainers who have directly benefitted from TAA programs.
 

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