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Collins Joins Bipartisan Group in Advocating for National Guard Serving on COVID-19 Front Lines

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins joined a bipartisan, bicameral group of 125 Members of Congress in a letter to President Donald Trump, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor calling on the administration to ensure National Guard personnel who are serving on the front lines of the COVID-19 response efforts receive the federal benefits they have earned.



Collins, Bennet Introduce Legislation to Make Election Grants More Accessible to States

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced the State Elections Preparedness Act to allow the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to waive a requirement that states provide a 20 percent match for the $400 million in election assistance grants if circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic prevent them from providing this match.  This grant funding was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act enacted in March.



Senator Collins, Congresswoman Pingree Urge Swift Disbursement of Relief to Maine Fishing Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senator Susan Collins and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree today wrote to Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR) Commissioner Patrick Keliher, advocating for swift allocation of the more than $20 million Maine received through the CARES Act for fishing industry relief. The lawmakers encouraged DMR to quickly develop a plan for how the funding would be allocated in the state.


Collins, King Back Bipartisan Bill to Support, Assist Identity Theft Victims

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) joined a bipartisan group of colleagues to introduce the Improving Social Security’s Service to Victims of Identity Theft Act. The legislation would create a single point of contact at the Social Security Administration (SSA) for identity theft issues, cutting red tape and making it easier for victims to resolve their cases.



Collins, Merkley, Tester, Murkowski Urge Congressional Leaders to Support Vulnerable Students Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Jon Tester (D-MT), andLisa Murkowski (R-AK), are leading a bipartisan group of 40 Senators in pressing congressional leadership to include significant funding for the Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) in any upcoming coronavirus relief package.  Senator Angus King (I-ME) co-signed the letter. 



Collins, Sinema Lead Resolution Supporting Designation of Today as “National Senior Fraud Awareness Day”

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) are leading a bipartisan resolution supporting the designation of today, May 15th, as “National Senior Fraud Awareness Day.”  Their resolution is co-sponsored by Senators Martha McSally (R-AZ), Bob Casey (D-PA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Doug Jones (D-AL), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Chuck Grassley (R-IA).



Collins, Duckworth, Tester Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Reduce Veterans’ Health Care Costs & Protect Access to Health Care During COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced bipartisan legislation to reduce health care costs and ensure parity for veterans impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The No Coronavirus Copays for Veterans Act would ensure that veterans who receive health care from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) are not liable for out-of-pocket costs for qualifying COVID-19 preventive services, including an eventual COVID-19 vaccine. 



Collins Joins Bipartisan Group in Introducing Bill to Enhance Medical Partnerships with Israel, Lessen U.S. Dependence on China

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) joined a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing legislation to enhance partnerships between companies in the U.S. and Israel to develop innovative medical projects aimed at detecting, treating, and curing COVID-19. The Expanding Medical Partnerships with Israel to Lessen Dependence on China Act also aims to lessen U.S. reliance on China for life-saving medications and treatments.



Senators Collins, King Honor Law Enforcement Officers with Resolution Commemorating National Police Week

The Senate resolution recognizes all 185 fallen law enforcement officers who died in 2019, including Detective Ben Campbell


Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King helped to lead a national effort to honor police officers, sheriffs, and other law enforcement officers in Maine and throughout the country for serving our communities with valor, dignity, and integrity.  



Senator Collins, Bipartisan Group Push for Expanded Access to Critical Resources for Seniors with Diabetes Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Tina Smith (D-MN), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requesting expanded access to vital informational resources that can help Medicare beneficiaries better manage their diabetes during the current public health crisis.


Maine Delegation Works to Improve VA Telehealth Services During COVID-19

WASHINGTON — As more veterans in rural Maine seek routine VA care online or by phone due to COVID-19, Maine’s congressional delegation wrote to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today in an effort to improve telehealth services. In their letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02), Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME), and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) requested the VA provide them with information Congress



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