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.
Every child deserves a safe and loving home, a family to provide support, stability, and hugs. When birth parents are unable to care for their children, grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts and uncles, and other family members often step forward. Their answer to this unanticipated challenge is unconditional love.
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.
Ten years ago, Dominique Moceanu, a 1996 Olympics gold medalist, accused her former coaches of emotional and physical abuse. Rather than taking her allegations seriously, however, USA Gymnastics was dismissive of the concerns Ms. Moceanu raised.
Nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes, including more than 137,000 Mainers. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, blindness in adults, and amputations not related to injury, and it is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, claiming some 70,000 lives each year.
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.
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.
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.
Veterans Day is one of the most sacred days on our national calendar. This year, it was a special pleasure to spend that day of remembrance and gratitude in Freedom, Maine, a town whose very name celebrates the great gift we have been given by our veterans and those who serve today.
November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, first declared by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. Just 11 years later, President Reagan himself was diagnosed with the terrible disease that eventually claimed his life, as it has claimed the lives of so many others.
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.
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.
By: Sen. Susan M. Collins
With its magnificent buildings, monuments, and memorials, Washington is a city of inspiring sights. Just as inspiring was the sea of blue shirts worn by the more than 160 young delegates who participated in a recent hearing that I chaired on how diabetes affects people of all ages and their families.
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.
With its marvelous parade, great food, fun, and friendships, Eastport is known for its memorable Fourth of July celebrations. The dedication of the new Breakwater in America’s easternmost city made the 2017 celebration truly unforgettable.
Sen. Susan M. Collins
In small towns and big cities across our country, Americans recently gathered to commemorate Memorial Day and honor those who died in the service of our country. This solemn day of gratitude allows us to reflect on the fact that our freedom is a gift purchased at the greatest possible price.
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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In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a joint resolution of Congress proclaiming May 15 of each year to be Peace Officers Memorial Day, with the week containing that day designated as National Police Week.
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.
The crisis of opioid abuse that is ravaging our state and our country is truly an epidemic. There were 376 deaths from drug overdose here in Maine last year, more than 52,000 nationwide – numbers that exceed the lives lost to car accidents, breast cancer, or a host of other causes.
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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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.
As I travel throughout Maine, I see again and again an equally important quality among our veterans -- they continue to serve long after their days in uniform come to an end. In civic affairs, community projects, and charities, our veterans step forward, giving back when they already have given so much.
From scams originating overseas to exploitation by trusted family members and guardians at home, financial fraud targeting older Americans is a growing epidemic that costs an estimated $2.9 billion annually. As Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, one of my top priorities is to protect seniors from the criminals who seek to rob them of their hard-earned life savings.
Since founding the Senate Diabetes Caucus when I first joined the Senate in 1997, I have advocated for the investments that led to breakthroughs in diabetes research and for policies to alleviate the difficulties and heartbreak diabetes causes for so many American families as they await a cure. Medicare has now adopted a policy I have long championed to provide coverage for an effective, lifesaving device – the continuous glucose monitor – that is helping millions of Americans with diabetes who rely on the CGM to successfully manage the disease.
Lead poisoning poses a severe threat to human health, especially to children and pregnant women. Lead, in both paint and plumbing, is a particularly serious problem here in Maine and throughout New England, where our housing stock is older than in most other states.
The men and women of America’s armed forces exemplify the very best of our nation’s values – courage, devotion to duty, and a commitment to freedom. The men and women of New Balance exemplify the very best of our nation’s manufacturing heritage – a strong work ethic and unsurpassed skills. A provision the Maine Delegation fought to include in the new 2017 National Defense Authorization Act ensures that those who step forward to serve our country have top-quality American-made athletic footwear during their training.