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Senator Collins Calls on USPS to Address Delays in Mail Delivery

Washington, D.C. — In a letter to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, U.S. Senator Susan Collins called on him to promptly address the delays in mail delivery—including prescriptions, personal protective equipment, payments, and other essential items—that have occurred following recent operational changes.

 

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Senator Collins Visits The Strainrite Companies in Auburn

Auburn, Maine – Today, U.S. Senator Susan Collins visited The Strainrite Companies, a liquid filtration products manufacturing company in Auburn, to tour the facility, answer employees’ questions, and provide an update on the federal government’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  During her visit, Senator Collins was accompanied by Alan Lapoint, owner of Strainrite and Chair of the Manufacturers Association of Maine (MAME).

 

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Senators Collins, Menendez Urge U.S. Trade Ambassador to Resolve Tariff Issue Amid COVID-19

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) led a bipartisan effort to end the 25 percent tariffs on imported food and beverages from the European Union (EU) imposed by U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer.  Hiked prices on food and beverage products from the EU, including as cheese, meat, fruit, olive oil, and wine, have caused an increased financial strain on families trying to put food on their tables and restaurants trying to keep their doors open during the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Collins, King Announce More than $1 Million for Wabanaki Health and Wellness Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the Wabanaki Health and Wellness (WHW) organization will receive a total of $1,054,504 to help build and expand the community’s public health infrastructure.  This funding, awarded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support, will assist WHW with providing clinical case management, administering free health and preventive testing, and hosting wellness meetings, among other services.

 

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Collins, Gillibrand Lead Bipartisan Call for Funding for OAA Programs In Next COVID-19 Package to Help Older Adults

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), the Chairman of the Aging Committee, and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a member of the committee, led a group of 16 Senators in calling for the inclusion of $1.1 billion in funding for Older Americans Act (OAA) programs, including $750 million in funding for the OAA nutrition services, in the next coronavirus relief package.  The funding would provide grants to states, territories, and tribes to help support the delivery of nutritious meals for older adults throughout the country.

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More Than $14 Million in COVID-19 Financial Relief has been Awarded to Maine Farmers

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced today that Maine farmers have been awarded a total of $14,062,098 to date to help offset the financial harm they have experienced due to COVID-19.  The funding is provided through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), created through the CARES Act, which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America’s farmers.

 

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Senator Collins Announces $900,000 for the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians to Support and Expand Food Services Amid COVID-19

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Housing Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians has been awarded $900,000 through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) program to retrofit and expand an existing food service facility.  This funding was awarded through the CARES Act and will establish a food pantry to ensure the proper storage of perishable and nonperishable food items.

 

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Senator Collins’ Statement on Tentative Agreement Reached by Union, BIW

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins released this statement following reports that Local S6 and Bath Iron Works reached a tentative agreement on Saturday to end the ongoing strike:

 

“News of a tentative agreement is a positive development for the incredibly skilled workers at the shipyard who build the best ships in the world and are an essential asset to the Navy and thus our national security.   

 

“With the help of the federal mediator, I’m glad that both sides were able to work together to resolve differences.  

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Senators Collins, King Announce $4 Million to Combat Opioid Crisis in Maine

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that medical organizations in Brewer, Portland, Skowhegan, and Bangor have received a total of $4 million to combat substance and opioid use disorders.  The funding was awarded through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP).

 

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Senators Collins, Hassan, Sinema Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Ensure Americans Receive Stimulus Payments

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced the Automatic Cash Assistance Act. This bipartisan bill would ensure that Social Security, Veterans Affairs (VA), and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries receive the COVID-19 relief stimulus payments that they are entitled to. The bill is supported by DAV (Disabled American Veterans) and Paralyzed Veterans of America.

 

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Senator Collins Announces $10.2 Million for Public Transit Buses in Maine

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, announced today that public transit systems in Bangor, Trenton, and Portland have received a total of $10,218,316 to purchase buses, make transit improvements, and construct an intermodal facility at Acadia National Park.  This funding was administered through the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program.

 

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Collins, Rubio Urge Colleagues to Pass Small Business Relief Amendments

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Marco Rubio (R-FL), the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, released statements regarding two substantive amendments they filed to ensure Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding is extended and underserved small businesses have the capital and resources they need to recover in the long-term.

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Senate Unanimously Passes Resolution Cosponsored by Collins, King Designating July as “National Blueberry Month”

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution cosponsored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Angus King (I-ME) designating the month of July as “National Blueberry Month.”  The resolution recognizes the importance of blueberries to the United States’ agricultural economy and highlights the crop’s history. Senators Collins and King ensured that the resolution included language lauding wild blueberries and their superior qualities, as well as paying tribute to the Native Americans that first cultivated the fruit.

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Senators Collins, Hassan, Sinema Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Ensure Americans Receive Stimulus Payments

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced the Automatic Cash Assistance Act. This bipartisan bill would ensure that Social Security, Veterans Affairs (VA), and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries receive the COVID-19 relief stimulus payments that they are entitled to. The bill is supported by DAV (Disabled American Veterans) and Paralyzed Veterans of America.

 

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Collins, Romney, McSally Introduce Measure to Extend Unemployment Benefits Through End of Year

Washington, D.C.—As negotiations continue this week on COVID-19 relief, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Mitt Romney (R-UT), and Martha McSally (R-AZ) today introduced a measure to extend currently expired unemployment insurance benefits to ensure that unemployed workers receive them through the end of the year. The amendment would allow states flexibility to transition toward wage replacement and would phase in lower payments over the course of the next five months.

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Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $5.3 Million for Safe Drinking Water, Water Infrastructure

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Maine has received a total of $5,306,000 to support clean, safe drinking water and water infrastructure projects for Maine communities.  This funding will help to ensure Maine’s public water systems are in compliance with federal safe drinking water standards and support upgrades to water infrastructure in Bridgton and Milo.

 

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