Senator Collins, Shaheen, Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation To Prohibit LGBT Discrimination During Jury Selection Process

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) reintroduced legislation today that would prevent discrimination against LGBT citizens during the federal jury selection process. The Jury ACCESS (Access for Capable Citizens and Equality in Service Selection) Act would amend federal statute to prohibit the practice of striking jurors in federal courts on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.


"Oversight – An Essential Ingredient For Good Government"

As a native of Aroostook County, I know how important the Maine potato industry is to the families and communities it sustains. As a member of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, I am committed to ensuring that federal food policies recognize the value of this affordable and highly nutritious vegetable.


Senate Aging Committee Holds Hearing To Examine Financial Exploitation Of Seniors

WASHINGTON, DC- Financial exploitation of older Americans is a growing epidemic that cost seniors an estimated $2.9 billion in 2010, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). In Maine alone, there are 14,000 new reports each year of senior abuse. In as many of 90 percent of these financial abuse cases, the senior is victimized by someone he or she knows well. Financial exploitation of vulnerable seniors was the topic of a hearing today of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, which is chaired by Senator Susan Collins.


Senate Passes Resolution Congratulating New England Patriots On Super Bowl Victory

Washington, D.C. – Tonight, the United States Senate passed a resolution congratulating the New England Patriots on their Super Bowl Victory defeating the Seattle Seahawks.

With support from Maine Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, the resolution passed unanimously.

Full text of the resolution is below:


Congratulating the New England Patriots on their victory in Super Bowl XLIX.


Senators Collins, Cardin, King Lead Senate Support For Growing American Craft Beer Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) have reintroduced S. 375, The Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act or Small BREW Act, to stimulate regional economies nationwide with a reduction in the excise tax on each barrel of beer brewed by small brewers. Senator Angus King (I-ME) is an original cosponsor of this bill which would change the threshold definition of a small brewer to better reflect modern production.


Collins, King Announce Town Of Damariscotta To Receive Smart Growth Assistance From U.S. EPA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will award technical assistance to the Lincoln County Town of Damariscotta through its Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program.

According to EPA, Damariscotta is one of 22 towns and cities nationwide chosen to receive help identifying sustainable strategies for meeting housing needs for different ages and incomes.


Senator Collins Hails Passage Of Veteran Suicide Prevention Bill

Washington, D.C. – The United States Senate today approved the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, which aims to reduce tragic instances of service member and veteran suicides. The final vote was 99-0 and Senator Collins is a cosponsor of the Senate version of this bill. This bill was approved by the House of Representatives last month and will now be sent to the President for his signature.