U.S. Senator Susan Collins Announces $1.4 Million in Grant Funding To Upgrade City of Bangor’s Aging Bus Fleet

BANGOR, ME—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that the Bangor Community Connector Public Transit System will receive $1,441,600 in grant funding through the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Buses and Bus Facilities Grants Program.

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Collins, King Announce $605,230 in Funding to Help Combat the Heroin and Opioid Abuse Epidemic in Maine

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that two agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have awarded grant funding totaling $605,230 to the State of Maine to help fight the heroin and opioid abuse epidemic. Maine will receive $371,616 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and $233,614 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to strengthen drug abuse prevention efforts and better track fatal and nonfatal opioid-involved overdoses in Maine.

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Sens. Collins, King Announce More Than $5.3 Million for Ocean Renewable Power Company in Portland

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) will receive $5,350,000 through the Department of Energy to enhance the performance of its tidal turbine system.  ORPC was one of 10 organizations across the country to receive funding to support the development of a commercially viable marine and hydrokinetic industry.

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Fighting to Protect Seniors’ Access to Their Online Social Security Accounts

A few weeks ago, Westbrook resident Cathy Wiles called my Portland Constituent Service Center to alert me to a new Social Security Administration (SSA) policy that could have prevented seniors from accessing their online “my Social Security” accounts.  The change, which was scheduled to take effect on August 1st, would have made text messaging the only means of verifying individuals’ identities and guaranteeing access to their accounts online.

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Sens. Collins, King Announce That Casco Bay Lines to Receive More Than $2.5 Million for Terminal Renovations

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins, Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, and U.S. Senator Angus King announced today that Casco Bay Lines will receive $2,560,000 to help fund Phase II of the Casco Bay Ferry Terminal Renovation.  The funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Passenger Ferry Grant Program.

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U.S. DOT Proposes Rule Mandating Speed Limiters for Large Commercial Vehicles

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) announcement today of a proposed rule that would equip large commercial vehicles with devices that limit their speeds and require those devices be set to a maximum speed.

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