Restoring Civility In Washington And In Our Communities

People in Maine and throughout the nation have made it clear that they are fed up with the incivility and gridlock that have prevented congressional action on too many of the serious problems facing our nation. But that divisiveness and animosity raise a larger question: Is the hyperpartisanship that grips Washington a symptom or the cause of the incivility that we see throughout our society?

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Senator Collins Addresses Hyperpartisanship In Washington, Delivers Keynote Lecture At University Of Maine

Orono, ME — U.S. Senator Susan Collins delivered the Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Lecture at the University of Maine today. The address, “Incivility and Hyperpartisanship: Is Washington a Symptom or a Cause,” discussed the prevalence of polarization, division, and dysfunction in our nation’s capital and how we can address these challenges to achieve progress.

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Ending Alzheimer’s—Supporting The Search For A Cure

Barbara Smith, also known as “B.,” is a well-known restauranteur, author and supermodel who was the first African-American to be featured on the cover of Mademoiselle magazine. In her own words, she now has the “most important job of all,” which is to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. In very moving and emotional testimony, Ms. Smith recently described her struggles with the disease before the Senate Aging Committee, which I chair.

 

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Senate Approves Collins’ Bipartisan Amendment To Increase Accessibility To Higher Education

U.S. Senator Susan Collins introduced an amendment today that would make higher education more accessible for low-income Americans through the Federal Pell Grant Program. The bipartisan amendment, introduced to the Senate Budget Resolution with Senator Hirono (D-HI), passed by voice vote. Senator Collins also spoke from the Senate floor this morning advocating for the amendment’s passage.

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Following Request From Collins, King, VA Secretary Announces Expansion Of Health Care For Veterans

Washington, D.C. – Following a push from U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that it will make a critical change in the way eligibility is determined for the Veterans Choice Card Program. Specifically, this change will adjust the way the distance requirement is calculated under the 40-mile rule, roughly doubling the number of eligible veterans nationwide who can receive care in their communities.

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Beware Of Tax Scams

With the tax filing season upon us, criminals posing as IRS officials are increasing their attempts to defraud taxpayers, with seniors a particular target. It is my hope that this column will provide seniors, as well as their families and caregivers, the information they need to avoid becoming a victim of these cruel scams.

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Senator Collins Is Featured On The Cover Of AgingCare Magazine, Described As “Aging America’s Ally On The Hill”

Described as someone who uses her political power to make America a better place to grow old, Senator Susan Collins, Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee is featured on the cover of the Spring, 2015 AgingCare Magazine and AgingCare.Com. The article describes Senator Collins’ priorities on the Aging Committee, and how she is reaching across the aisle to help older Americans.

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