Protecting Workers and Small Businesses from Misguided Federal Regulations

Federal regulations can impose unexpected and costly requirements on small businesses, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations.  A prime example is a new U.S. Department of Labor rule on overtime pay that could harm the very workers it intends to help, cause small businesses to curb hiring, and force universities and colleges to either raise tuition or cut programs.

The new rule, scheduled to take effect this December, will double the current annual salary threshold from $23,660 to $47,476 for mandatory overtime.


Collins, King Encourage Maine High School Students to Apply for U.S. Senate Youth Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King are encouraging Maine high school students to apply for the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP), which has begun its statewide selection process for the program’s 55th Annual Washington Week. The USSYP brings two students from each state, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity to Washington to experience an intensive week-long educational program about the workings of the Senate and the federal government overall.


Chairman Collins, Ranking Member McCaskill Seek Information from Companies on Efforts to Preserve Accessibility of Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug

WASHINGTON, D.C.—As part of a multifaceted approach to address our nation’s opioid abuse and heroin public health crisis, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Aging Committee, have written to five companies regarding their efforts to preserve the accessibility of the opioid reversal drug naloxone. 


Collins, King, Risch, Heinrich, Introduce Legislation to Protect Electric Grid from Cyber-Attacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Angus King (I-Maine), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), all members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, today introduced legislation aiming to protect critical U.S. energy infrastructure from potentially catastrophic cyber-attacks. The Securing Energy Infrastructure Act of 2016 would examine solutions to defend the U.S.


U.S. Senator Susan Collins’ Statement on Donald Trump’s Comments on the Judiciary

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins released the following statement regarding Donald Trump’s recent comments on the ethnic heritage and religion of judges:

“Donald Trump’s comments on the ethnic heritage and religion of judges are absolutely unacceptable.  His statement that Judge Curiel could not rule fairly because of his Mexican heritage does not represent our American values.  Mr. Trump's comments demonstrate both a lack of respect for the judicial system and the principle of separation of powers.”


Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $550,000 in Grants for Sanford Fire Department and Maine Fire Service Institute

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that the Sanford Fire Department and the Maine Fire Service Institute in South Portland will receive a total of $552,211 in grant funding through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program.  The Sanford Fire Department will receive a $301,819 Vehicle Acquisition grant, and the Maine Fire Service Institute will receive a ­$250,392 State Fire Training Academy grant.


Collins, King Announce Nearly $13 Million in Funding For Head Start in Maine

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that five Maine organizations will receive a total of $12,905,079 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Head Start and Early Head Start programs across the state. The five organizations are Androscoggin Head Start and Child Care based in Lewiston, Aroostook County Action Program based in Presque Isle, Midcoast Maine Community Action based in Bath, Penquis Community Action Program Inc.


Maine Offshore Wind Project Moves to Top Tier of National Offshore Wind Demonstration Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that Maine’s New England Aqua Ventus I offshore wind pilot project, designed by a world-class University of Maine-led consortium, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to participate in the Offshore Wind Advanced Technology Demonstration program.  Maine’s project now officially joins the demonstration program.