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Senators Collins, King Announce $566,690 to Strengthen Rural Maine’s Response to Opioid Abuse

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced today that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $566,690 to two rural health care organizations in Maine as part of USDA’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program. The funding will help the organizations purchase network, video-conferencing, and other telecommunications equipment for rural health care facilities that specialize in addressing opioid abuse, treatment, and recovery.



Following Advocacy from Maine Congressional Delegation, Sanford Rug Manufacturer is Victorious in Trade Zone Application

Washington, D.C.—Maine’s Congressional Delegation announced today that Sanford-based Flemish Master Weavers prevailed in its application for an exemption from a tariff on yarn it uses to manufacture area rugs in Maine.  The ruling by the Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board helps to level the playing field for Flemish Master Weavers to compete against foreign competitors and places the company in a strong position for continued growth.



Collins, King, Poliquin Celebrate New Defense Contract at New Balance Supporting 900 Maine Jobs

Norridgewock, ME – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representative Bruce Poliquin visited the New Balance plant in Norridgewock in celebration of New Balance’s new contract with the U.S. military to produce athletic footwear for our military recruits domestically.  The Senators and Representative toured the production line and delivered remarks congratulating New Balance employees and leadership.



Senators Collins, King Announce Nearly $55 Million Contract for New Crane at PNSY

 Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that the Navy awarded a $54,928,445 contract to Konecranes Nuclear Equipment and Services to provide a 140-ton portal crane to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) in Kittery. 


This year, the Navy announced that it would refuel and extend the life of up to seven Los Angeles-class submarines, and that all of those availabilities will be performed at PNSY.  The crane will allow PNSY to safely refuel the submarines with new reactor cores. 



Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $2,482,515 to Support Arts Curriculum in Portland and Lewiston

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that Side x Side, Inc., will receive a four-year, $2,482,515 grant through the U.S. Department of Education.  The funding will support Side x Side’s project titled “(Re)Imagining Education” to promote arts curriculum in Portland and Lewiston elementary schools.  The University of Southern Maine will be Side x Side’s primary partner.  Senators Collins and King wrote a letter to the Department of Education in support of this grant.



Statement from Senator Collins on Threatening Letter to Bangor Home

Annie Clark, spokesman for Senator Collins, issued the following statement:


“Senator Collins’s husband, Tom Daffron, today received a threatening letter that the writer claimed was contaminated with ricin, a highly hazardous substance which was used in a previous attack against the United States Senate.  Mr. Daffron, their dog, and parts of their home were quarantined while the crime lab undertook an analysis of the premises.  The affected areas have now been cleared, and Senator Collins and Mr. Daffron will be able to remain at home tonight.


Senators Collins, King Announce Maine Tribes Receive $440,011 in Opioid and Healthcare Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that four Maine Native communities will receive a total of $440,011 in funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to respond to substance abuse and jumpstart community health projects. These four grants will primarily address the impact of the opioid epidemic on Maine’s Native communities.



Legislation Backed by Collins, King to Support Songwriters Signed into Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Senator Angus King (I-Maine) applauded the President’s signing of The Music Modernization Act, a bipartisan bill which will ensure songwriters are paid fair value for their songs. The legislation will set up a new simplified licensing entity to make it easier for digital music companies to obtain a license to play songs, and help songwriters be paid a fair market value for their music.



Senators Collins, Van Hollen, and Cardin Introduce Protect Our Elections Act

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) introduced the Protect Our Elections Act, which would prohibit foreign adversaries from owning and controlling the companies supporting American elections. Our intelligence chiefs have made it clear that hostile foreign actors continue to work to disrupt our democratic process by any means possible.


Collins, King Applaud Purchase of Old Town Mill by ND Paper

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King applauded an announcement that ND Paper LLC has reached an agreement to purchase the Old Town Mill, which has been idled since the previous owners ended operations at the mill in 2015. ND Paper will shift the mill’s operations and invest in capital improvements to reduce manufacturing costs. The Old Town Mill is expected to reopen in early 2019 and will support more than 100 jobs in the region.


Senator Collins Votes to Protect Individuals with Pre-Existing Conditions

Legislation Senators Collins and Alexander introduced earlier this year would have lowered insurance premiums and expanded coverage while protecting those with pre-existing conditions


Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee and a member of the Health Committee, voted to block a rule that expands the duration of short-term health insurance plans, which could deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.



Collins, King Congratulate Three Maine Schools Recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King applauded Dr. Levesque Elementary School in Frenchville, Falmouth High School, and Yarmouth Elementary School for being recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools. These Maine schools are three of only 349 public and private schools across the nation being recognized for this achievement in 2018.



Senators Collins, King Announce Nearly $5 Million for Maine Organizations Those with Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that 17 community health centers in Maine will receive a total of $4,980,138 through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Expanding Access to Quality Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services (SUD-MH) awards.  This funding will better equip health centers to help individuals and families overcome substance use disorders and improve mental health.  



Senate Passes FAA Reauthorization with Collins-King Amendment to Improve Rural Healthcare

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), the Chairman of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, and Angus King (I-Maine) applauded the passage of legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for five years. The legislation, which passed with strong bipartisan support, authorizes funding for all FAA programs, including FAA operations, research and development, aviation programs, extension of expiring authorities, airport planning and improvement, and noise compatibility and programs.




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