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Senators Collins, King Announce Nearly $2 Million for Maine Legal Assistance Programs for Victims of Domestic Violence

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced a total of $1,117,794 for Next Step Domestic Violence Project in Ellsworth and Caring Unlimited Corporation in Sanford.  The funding was awarded through the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program and Improving Criminal Justice Responses Program. 

 

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Bill Funding Three Important Infrastructure Projects at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Heads to President’s Desk to be Signed into Law

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced that the Senate passed the fiscal year 2019 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, which included more than $162 million for three projects at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) that she championed.  The bill passed by a vote of 92-5 and now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law.  Senator Collins is a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee.

 

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Senators Collins, King Announce $431,725 for Energy Efficiency in Rural Farms and Small Businesses from Aroostook to York County

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced today that nine rural Maine businesses will receive a total of $431,725 in funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) to purchase, construct and install solar panels or mechanisms to convert wood into pellets. REAP’s grant program, entitled Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Loans and Grants, provides financial assistance to agricultural producers and small businesses to upgrade renewable energy systems in rural areas.

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Senator Collins Announces More Than $6.2 Million for Brunswick Executive Airport

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, announced today that Brunswick Executive Airport will receive a total of $6,215,820 for infrastructure improvements.  The funding was awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program, which sets aside funding for the Military Airport Program (MAP).

 

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Senator Collins Visits Abbott in Scarborough

Scarborough, ME – U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Aging Committee, visited Abbott in Scarborough, which manufactures many of the rapid influenza tests that are administered throughout the flu season.  Senator Collins toured the facility and spoke with dozens of employees.  She also met with members of the company’s leadership team to discuss how the Scarborough plant worked to meet demand for flu tests due to the spike in seasonal flu in 2017-18 and how the tests it produces help to combat the public health problem of antibiotic resistance.

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Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $250,000 to Benefit Local Snowmobile Clubs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a total of $266,199 to three Maine snowmobile clubs through its Rural Business Development Grant program.  This funding will support Maine’s snowmobile industry and help to promote the development of small and emerging businesses in rural areas.

 

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Following Senator Collins’ Leadership, President Signs Executive Order to Help Strengthen Retirement Security

Washington, D.C. – Following a push by U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), the President signed an executive order today that directs the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Treasury to consider issuing regulations and guidance that would make it easier for businesses to offer association retirement plans, also known as multiple employer plans.  This action complements Senator Collins’ legislative efforts to help Americans save for retirement.

 

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Senators Collins, King Announce $182,845 Grant for Saint Joseph’s College Chemistry Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced that Saint Joseph’s College will receive a $182,845 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the College’s “Chemistry for the Community” initiative. Through the initiative, Saint Joseph’s College will create a service-learning chemistry curriculum that will partner Saint Joseph’s students with high school students in the Windham/Raymond school district.

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Senator Collins Announces Nearly $1.1 Million for Six Maine Housing Programs

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Housing Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that six organizations in Maine will receive a total of $1,062,909 to support efforts to develop and preserve affordable housing and supportive services for persons with disabilities in Cumberland, Androscoggin, Sagadahoc, and Kennebec Counties. 

 

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Victory for U.S. Newspapers, Publishers Following Advocacy from Sens. Collins, King and Rep. Poliquin

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) and Representative Bruce Poliquin applauded the International Trade Commission’s (ITC) final injury determination in regards to a tariff that was imposed on Canadian uncoated groundwood paper – better known as “newsprint”—that was levied by the Department of Commerce in January on behalf of a single domestic paper mill. The unanimous ruling ends import taxes once as high as 32 percent on newsprint, which negatively affected U.S.

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Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $23 Million to Support Local Clean Water Projects Across Maine

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the State of Maine a total of $23,531,000 from the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) program to finance community-based water infrastructure projects, such as upgrades to municipal sewage plants and public drinking water systems.

 

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