Collins, King-Backed Bill Will Encourage Employers to Help Pay Off Student Loan Debt

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) this week cosponsored bipartisan legislation to help Americans tackle their student loan debt. The Employer Participation in Repayment Act would allow employers to contribute up to $5,250 tax-free to their employees’ student loans – providing employees with much-needed relief and employers with a unique tool to attract and retain talented employees.

 

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Department of Transportation Announces Final Rule to Improve Oil Spill Response

Washington, D.C.—After a multi-year effort by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a final rule that will modernize comprehensive oil spill response plans for rail carriers transporting crude or other high-hazard flammable liquids.

 

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Bill Co-Authored by Senator Collins to Fund Key Transportation and Housing Programs Passes Senate

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, announced today that the Senate passed the fiscal year (FY) 2019 THUD appropriations bill she co-authored with Senator Jack Reed (D-RI).  The bill was advanced by a vote of 83-16 and was included in a funding package that would fund the remaining government agencies and avoid another lapse in government spending.  The FY 2019 THUD Appropriations Act will now be considered by the U.S.

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Senators Collins and King Announce More Than $1.1 Million for Genesis Community Loan Fund in Brunswick

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) announced today that the Genesis Community Loan Fund (Genesis Fund) in Brunswick has been awarded $1,165,000 through the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund).  This funding will support development of affordable housing and community facilities in low-income communities, and is awarded through the Capital Magnet Fund.

 

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Senators Collins, King Announce $1.6 Million for Construction of Manufacturing Food-Processing Plant in Houlton

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) announced today that $1,600,000 has been awarded to the Southern Aroostook Development Corporation (SADC) to assist in the construction of a manufacturing food-processing plant in Houlton.  This funding has been awarded through the U.S. Economic Development Administration and is expected to create 17 new jobs in southern Aroostook County.

 

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Bill to Authorize Coins Honoring George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush Introduced by Senators Collins, King

Washington, D.C.—In a bipartisan gesture of heartfelt gratitude toward both George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King joined a group of their colleagues in introducing legislation to authorize the U.S. Department of the Treasury to mint $1 coins honoring the former president and first lady.  President and Mrs. Bush, who had strong ties to the State of Maine, both passed away in 2018.

 

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Thwarting Criminals Seeking to Steal Americans’ Tax Refunds

In January 2015, Rick Zaccaro and Bonnie Washuk, a married couple here in Maine, filed their federal income taxes.  Rick, a retired financial analyst for the Postal Service, checked the status of their return online in early February and learned that they were the victims of identity theft. Someone had filed and claimed a tax refund using their names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers. That fraudulent claim was paid by the IRS while their legitimate tax filing, with the refund they were due, was stuck in limbo.

 

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King, Collins Bill to Address Acadia Boundary Passes Senate

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, the Senate passed a public lands package that includes language authored by U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine), Ranking Member of the Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, and Susan Collins (R-Maine) that addresses the concerns of communities near Acadia National Park (ANP) about boundary issues, protects the use of intertidal zones by harvesters of clams and worms, and permanently reauthorizes the Acadia National Park Commission. 

 

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