Senator Collins Announces Appropriations Committee Approves $261 Million to Combat Opioid Abuse

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today that the Committee has approved the fiscal year 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) Appropriations Bill with $261 million for the Department of Health and Human Services’ opioid abuse initiatives, a 93 percent increase.  The legislation was approved by a vote of 29 to 1 and will now be considered by the full Senate.


Companion Legislation to Senators Collins and Heitkamp’s Bipartisan Human Trafficking Bill Introduced in House

Washington, D.C.–A companion bill to the Stop, Observe, Ask and Respond (SOAR) to Health and Wellness Act, which was introduced in the Senate by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), was introduced in the House yesterday by Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN), Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Congressman Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) and Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO). This bipartisan legislation would provide health care professionals at all levels training on how to identify and appropriately treat human trafficking victims.


Senator Collins’ Statement on the Passing of Former State Representative Mary H. MacBride

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins released the following statement regarding the passing of the Honorable Mary H. MacBride of Falmouth and formerly of Presque Isle:

“Mary was a great friend to me and to so many, and her love and joy for others were evident in her cheerfulness, enthusiasm, and public service.  She lived a long and full life and recently celebrated her 100th birthday with great gusto and gratitude.


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.”