Collins, King Announce More Than $380,000 in USDA Grants to Support Maine Wood Products Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will award a total of $380,170 in federal funding to the Maine Forest Service in support of Maine’s forest products industry. The Maine Forest Service will receive two Wood Innovation Grants through the USDA: $130,170 to establish a Maine State Wood Energy Assistance Team, and $250,000 for a program titled, “Strengthening and Expanding Maine Wood Markets.”


Collins, King Congratulate Maine International Trade Center for National Recognition

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today congratulated the Maine International Trade Center (MITC) on being honored with the prestigious “E” Award from the U.S. Department of Commerce.  The “E” Award is the highest honor that a U.S. organization, institution, or company can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of America’s exports.  MITC was recognized for its role in supporting Maine companies as they work to export their goods and services overseas.


Senate Passes Legislation Coauthored by Senator Collins to Help Children of Fallen First Responders Attend College

Washington, D.C. –Last night, the Senate passed a bill authored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Bob Casey (D-PA), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Joe Donnelly (D-IN) to increase the amount of Pell Grant aid available to qualifying students who are the children of fallen law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMS workers, and fire police.

The bipartisan legislation, the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Act, makes the child of a fallen first responder with financial need eligible for the maximum Pell Grant award.


Made in the USA: Supporting Domestic Manufacturing and Outfitting our Soldiers with American-Made Footwear

When consumers see the words “Made in America” emblazoned on a product, they know that this phrase denotes more than simply where the product originated.  “Made in America” signifies that the product is high quality and that it was manufactured by skilled American workers.  This is especially true of products made by Mainers, who are well known for their strong work ethic and high quality work.  Given a level playing field, American workers can successfully compete in the 21st century global economy. 


Soaring Prices on Decades-old Drugs

Berna Heyman, a retired college librarian from Williamsburg, Virginia, has Wilson disease, an inherited disorder that prevents copper from being excreted from the body, allowing dangerous accumulations. Untreated, it can cause serious liver, brain, and eye problems and even lead to death. Treated, the individual can live a normal life.

There are, however, very few medicines that can treat Wilson disease. The main drugs are Syprine and Cuprimine.


Senator Collins Encouraged by Proposed Solution to Preserve Vital Success of ARCH Program for Northern Maine Veterans

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins visited Cary Medical Center in Caribou with Representative Bruce Poliquin and Veterans Affairs (VA) Under Secretary for Health Dr. David Shulkin to discuss the vital importance of the Access Received Closer to Home (ARCH) program that provides our northern Maine veterans with local access to health care.  Senator Collins invited Dr. Shulkin to tour Cary Medical Center so that he could learn more about the highly successful, popular, and cost-effective ARCH program. 


Collins, King Congratulate Maine’s Top Youth Volunteers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King congratulated Benjamin Levesque of Lyman and Connor Archer of Stillwater for being named Maine’s top Youth Volunteers for 2016 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. In addition to being named a top volunteer for Maine, Connor Archer was also named one of the top ten youth volunteers in the nation.