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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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An Important Step Forward in the Fight for Those with Diabetes

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.

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Made in the USA: Providing Our Soldiers with Top-Quality, American-made Footwear

 

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.

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Countering Boko Haram: Senator Collins’ Legislation to Combat This Ruthless Terrorist Organization Becomes Law

In 2014, the terrorist group Boko Haram shocked the world by kidnapping 276 Nigerian schoolgirls, sending them into lives of sexual slavery and forced “marriages.” That horrific act was part of a nearly decade-long campaign of brutal violence by the extremist organization against the people of Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, and Niger in West and Central Africa.

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Maine Congressional Delegation Urges VA to Fill Vacancies at Maine Vet Centers

Today, the Maine Congressional Delegation sent a letter to the Veterans Administration (VA) expressing concern about several long-unfilled vacancies at two Vet Centers in Maine. The letter from Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin urges the VA to fill those vacancies with qualified staff as soon as possible to ensure that Maine veterans have access to the quality and timely care they deserve.

 

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Maine Congressional Delegation Urges VA to Fill Vacancies at Maine Vet Centers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Maine Congressional Delegation sent a letter to the Veterans Administration (VA) expressing concern about several long-unfilled vacancies at two Vet Centers in Maine. The letter from Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin urges the VA to fill those vacancies with qualified staff as soon as possible to ensure that Maine veterans have access to the quality and timely care they deserve.

 

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Automated and Self-Driving Vehicles: The Life-Saving Technology that could Revolutionize Our Transportation System

Sen. Susan M. Collins
Nov. 28, 2016

Cars that drive themselves and avoid accidents. Seniors and disabled individuals able to retain or gain their ability to get around town in autonomous vehicles. At first, it sounds like science fiction or an advance far off in the future. But this technology is being tested and perfected right now, and it could save thousands of lives.

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Welcoming Maine's Honor Flight: A Tribute to the Sacrifice of our Veterans

Sen. Susan M. Collins

It is the American character to answer the call of duty. It also is the American character to be grateful to those who answer that call. On Veterans Day, we express that gratitude with school assemblies, parades, and ceremonies. Every day of the year, citizens here in Maine and across America join together in countless ways to support and thank those who serve.

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