DOT Announces Proposal to Require Rail Carriers Transporting Crude Oil or Other High-Hazard Flammable Liquids to Have Comprehensive Oil Spill Response Plans

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Following a years-long push from U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a proposed rule today to require a comprehensive oil spill response plan for rail carriers transporting crude oil or other high-hazard flammable liquids. 

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Senate Passes Bipartisan FAA Reauthorization

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan, bicameral reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today by a vote of 89 to 4. The legislation will now go to the President’s desk for his signature.

U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement after voting in support of the legislation:

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Senate Passes King, Collins National Lobster Day Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Angus King and Susan Collins announced that the Senate last night unanimously passed a resolution designating September 25, 2016 as “National Lobster Day.” The Maine Senators led the “National Lobster Day” resolution, which was introduced on June 28, to recognize the economic and cultural importance of the lobster industry in Maine and around the country.

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Senators Collins, Nelson Lead Bipartisan Letter Urging Administration to Preserve Maximum Strength of Sanctions Until Iran Abandons Its Illicit, Non-Nuclear Activities

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) led a bipartisan letter to President Barack Obama urging his Administration to ensure that sanctions imposed on Iran for illicit, non-nuclear activities, such as its material support for terrorism, development of ballistic missiles, and human rights abuses are rigorously enforced.  The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) does not require these sanctions to be waived.  The letter was signed by 35 Senators.

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Senators Collins, King Announce More than $300,000 in Funding for the Biddeford Municipal Airport

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, and Senator Angus King, announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a total of $337,345 to the Biddeford Municipal Airport.  The funding will be used for the removal of tree obstructions in the Runway 6 approach surface and acquire one property, which is required for the obstruction removal project.

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A Troubling New Tactic in the IRS Impersonation Scam

For most Americans, tax season ends on April 15.  For the con artists operating the pernicious IRS impersonation scam, cheating honest taxpayers is a year-round job.

In this scam, fraudsters telephone victims, impersonate an IRS agent, and demand payment for allegedly unpaid taxes. The callers frequently threaten victims with arrest, foreclosure, or other adverse legal action.  Scammers often instruct their victims to pay using a money wire or prepaid debit card. 

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