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Senators Collins, Jones Introduce Bill to Prevent American Taxpayers and Seniors from Falling Victim to Identity Theft

Washington, D.C. - In order to help combat identity theft and protect hardworking Americans from being robbed of their tax refunds through fraud, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Doug Jones (D-AL) introduced the Taxpayer Identity Protection Act, legislation requiring the IRS to expand its Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) pilot program nationwide over the next five years. 

 

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Senators Collins, King Announce Jackson Laboratory to Receive $4.1 Million Over Five Years to Research Alzheimer’s Disease

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s disease, and Angus King (I-Maine) announced that The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor has been awarded $873,647 for the year to study the progression and genetic causes of Alzheimer’s. The award is a part of a five-year allocation that will ultimately amount to $4,191,258 by 2023. The funds were awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) National Institute on Aging.

 

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Senators Collins, King Announce Nearly $150,000 in Funding to Prevent Substance Abuse in Central and Southern Maine

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that three grants amounting to nearly $150,000 have been awarded to health centers located in Pittsfield, Bangor, and York. The funding, which was authorized through the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) that Senators Collins and King cosponsored, will help the health centers organize an effective response to the opioid epidemic through prevention, treatment, and recovery to create a lasting positive impact on lives affected by substance abuse.

 

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Senate Intel Committee Unanimously Passes 2019 Intelligence Authorization Act with Collins, King Provisions Included

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine), both members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, applauded the Committee’s passage of the Matthew Young Pollard Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019 by a unanimous bipartisan vote of 15-0. The bill, which includes key provisions authored by both Senators Collins and King, authorizes funding, provides appropriate legal authorities and enhances Congressional oversight for the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC).

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Legislation Providing $310 Million to Support and Train Police Officers Clears Senate Hurdle

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $310 million – an increase of $34.5 million – for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office as part of the fiscal year 2019 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill.  This includes $32 million for the COPS Anti-Heroin Task Force Program, which helps state law enforcement agencies investigate unlawful activities related to the heroin and opioids epidemic.

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Senate Advances Funding Bills That Make Important Investments in Veterans Health Care, National Security, and Infrastructure

Washington, D.C. — By a vote of 86-5, the Senate passed a bipartisan appropriations “minibus” today that includes the fiscal year 2019 Energy and Water, Veterans Affairs, and Legislative Branch funding bills.  U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, successfully pushed for a number of provisions that were incorporated into the final bill.  The legislation now awaits further consideration by the House of Representatives.

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Senators Collins, King Announce $200,000 for Aroostook County Action Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $200,000 to the Aroostook County Action Program (ACAP).  This funding is allocated through the Department’s Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program to better assist ACAP in connecting individuals with local and state-wide health services.

 

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Senators Collins and King Announce $500,000 for Activas Diagnostics in Bangor

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins, the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, and Angus King announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $500,000 to Activas Diagnostics in Bangor.  The funding from HHS will support Activas’ research and development of a home-based sleep technology for mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease monitoring.

 

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