Weekly Columns

Fighting for Maine’s Lobster Industry

Lobstering has served as an economic engine and a family tradition in Maine for generations, helping to support the livelihoods of thousands of families in our state through fishing, processing, and shipping. Approximately 150 million pounds of lobster are caught each year in U.S. waters at a value of more than $500 million, representing one of our country’s most valuable catches. 

 

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Stopping Senior Scams

In 2015, Stephen and Rita Shiman of Saco received a phone call that no grandparent would ever want to experience.  The caller claimed to be their grandson, who said he had been arrested after being involved in a car accident in Georgia.  The caller told the Shimans not to tell anyone and directed them to immediately contact his public defender, who demanded $1,250 for their grandson’s bail. 

 

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From $30 to $3,800 Per Month: Falmouth Senior with Rheumatoid Arthritis Testifies About Hardships Caused by Prescription Price Spike

Patty Bernard of Falmouth is among the 1.3 million Americans, including 8,700 Mainers, who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic and painful inflammatory condition that attacks the lining of joints and can lead to permanent joint damage. While it can begin at any age, the likelihood of onset increases with age and is highest among women in their sixties.

 

Mrs. Bernard is 80 years old and was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at age 55.  In the early years of her diagnosis, she tried many different drugs, but her symptoms continued to get worse.

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Supporting Family Caregivers

Across the United States, more than 40 million Americans provide care for parents, spouses, children, and other relatives with disabilities or illness.  Here in our State, about 178,000 Mainers care for their loved ones and help them live in their homes and communities.

 

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Enhancing Opportunities for Women to Continue to Achieve Success in Aviation

When the Wright Brothers successfully launched the world’s first airplane in 1903, they credited their sister, Katharine, with providing the engineering and business expertise necessary to help make powered flight possible.  In 1932, Amelia Earhart completed the first solo transatlantic flight by a woman.  During World War II, the Women Airforce Service Pilots – WASPs – ferried aircraft from the factories to the front lines with courage, dedication, and sacrifice.  In 1983, astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman in space.

 

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Senate Passes Collins, King Resolution Marking December 16, 2017, as “Wreaths Across America Day”

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the Senate unanimously passed a resolution designating Saturday, December 16, 2017 as “Wreaths Across America Day.” On December 16th, a convoy of volunteers is scheduled to arrive at Arlington National Cemetery to lay Maine-made balsam wreaths at the grave site of American veterans interred there. 

 

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Collins, Heinrich Unveil Bipartisan Legislation to Protect U.S. Election Systems from Foreign Interference

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, introduced bipartisan legislation to protect American election systems from foreign interference. The Securing America's Voting Equipment (SAVE) Act would help safeguard voting systems, registration data, and ballots from theft, manipulation, and malicious computer hackers. 

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Senators Collins, Reed Call for Quick Distribution of Heating Assistance Funding

Washington, D.C. - As state agencies prepare their Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) programs for the upcoming winter months, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI) are leading a bipartisan coalition of senators in urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to release funds for LIHEAP as quickly as possible under the current continuing resolution.

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NIH States $597 Million in Additional FY 2019 Funding Needed for Alzheimer's Research

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, released the following statement after the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced today that $597 million in additional FY 2019 funds will be needed to meet the goal of preventing or effectively treating Alzheimer’s by 2025. This goal was established by the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, which was created under the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA), authored by Senator Collins and then-Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN), in 2011.

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Meeting Two Young Mainers Who are Making a Positive Difference in Their Communities

One of the greatest privileges I have serving Maine in the United States Senate is the opportunity to know outstanding people from our state who have devoted part of their busy lives to community service. Whether we meet in Washington or back home, I always come away from these meetings inspired by their commitment and encouraged for the future of our state and our nation.

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Tax Fairness for Small Businesses: Supporting Our Nation’s Job Creators

By: Senator Susan M. Collins

Small businesses are our nation’s job creators. According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses employ more than half of all American workers and have generated two-out-of-three net new jobs since the 1970s.

Maine truly is a small business state, with nearly 300,000 of our residents employed by our more than 141,000 small businesses. That’s nearly 60 percent of our workforce.

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The IRS Impersonation Scam: Raising Awareness About the Top-Reported Fraud to the Aging Committee

With tax filing season upon us, criminals posing as officials from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are continuing their attempts to defraud taxpayers, with seniors a particular target. As Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, I recently chaired a hearing that shed new light on the IRS impersonation scam and other frauds being perpetrated against our citizens.

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Senate Aging Committee Examines Full Spectrum of Alzheimer’s Disease with Witness Maria Shriver

Click HERE for to watch an excerpt of Sen. Collins’ opening statement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Susan Collins the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, held a hearing yesterday titled, “The Arc of Alzheimer’s: From Preventing Cognitive Decline in Americans to Assuring Quality Care for those Living with the Disease.” Senator Collins is the co-chair of the Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease.

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