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Senator Collins’ Statement on Passing of Senator John McCain

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins issued this statement on the passing of Senator John McCain:


“I first met John McCain when I was a young staffer in Senator Bill Cohen’s office, and John was the Navy liaison officer.  As a fellow Senator for the past 21 years, I knew him as a trusted colleague, a courageous legislator, and a close friend.  


Senator Collins Meets with Judge Brett Kavanaugh

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins met privately today with Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the President’s nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States, for more than two hours in her Washington office.


Following their meeting, Senator Collins released this statement:



Senator Collins Congratulates Auburn Police Chief Crowell on His Distinguished Law Enforcement Career

Auburn, ME - At a retirement ceremony for Auburn Police Chief Phil Crowell, Jr., U.S. Senator Susan Collins delivered remarks congratulating him on his 25 years of distinguished service in law enforcement.  Senator Collins also presented Chief Crowell with a flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol.  Chief Crowell was recently appointed to be Auburn’s new Assistant City Manager.


Senators Collins, King Announce Funding to Support Firefighter Programs


WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Chair of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, and Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Caucus, announced that six town fire departments, as well as the Maine Firefighting Academy in Brunswick, will receive funding from the latest round of grants to support firefighting training practices, protective gear, and technology through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program.


Following Senator Collins' Advocacy, Provision to Combat IRS Scams Passes Senate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, authored a provision in the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Appropriations Minibus commending the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration’s (TIGTA) work to combat IRS scams and urging TIGTA to continue to prioritize this work to pursue fraudsters. 


Senators Collins, King Announce $840,000 in Funding to Support Seniors Managing Chronic Diseases

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Community Living (ACL) has awarded $840,000 to Healthy Living for ME, a partnership between three Area Agencies on Aging – Spectrum Generations, SeniorsPlus, and Aroostook Agency on Aging – to support chronic disease self-management education programs. 


Funding to Redevelop Brownfields Clears Key Senate Hurdle Following Senator Collins’ Advocacy

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, secured more than $47 million in grant funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Brownfields Program as well as an additional $80 million to help states and Native American tribes redevelop brownfields sites.  The funding was included in the Appropriations Minibus that recently passed the Senate by an overwhelming majority of 83 to 15 and will now be considered by the U.S.


Senators Collins, King Oppose Harmful House Provision in Final Farm Bill

Washington, D.C. – In advance of Farm Bill conference committee negotiations, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) joined a group of 32 Senators in sending a bipartisan letter to Senate Agriculture Committee leaders urging them to reject an amendment that was included in the House Farm Bill.  The amendment, offered by Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa), would require state and local governments to accept products from other states even if those products violate standards and regulations enacted in the importing state.



Senators Collins, King Join Bipartisan Group of Senators in Introducing Bill to Recognize ‘Hidden Figures’ for Contributions to U.S. Leadership During Space Race

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) joined a bipartisan group of 47 Senators in introducing legislation to award Congressional Gold Medals to Katherine Johnson and Dr. Christine Darden and to posthumously award Congressional Gold Medals to Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson. The bill serves to commend these women for their contributions to NASA’s success during the Space Race and highlight their broader impact on society, paving the way for women, especially women of color, in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


Legislation to Strengthen National Defense Heads to President’s Desk with Provisions Championed by Senator Collins

Washington, D.C. — By an overwhelming bipartisan majority of 87-10, the Senate passed legislation today that will strengthen our national defense and support our men and women in uniform.  U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, voted in favor of the bill.  The bill now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law. 



Senators Collins, King Join Bipartisan Group of Senators in Urging Administration to Provide More Information on Family Reunification Process

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) joined a bipartisan group of 14 Senators in sending a letter to the Attorney General and Secretaries of the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Health and Human Services (HHS) requesting more information about migrant family reunification at the border.



Bill Led by Senator Collins to Fund Key Transportation and Housing Programs Passes Senate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, announced today that the Senate passed the fiscal year (FY) 2019 THUD appropriations bill she co-authored with Senator Jack Reed (D-RI).  The bill was advanced by a vote of 92-6 and was the seventh bipartisan Appropriations bill passed by the Senate this year.  These bills must now be conferenced with legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.



Major Victory for Maine Maple Syrup and Honey Producers Secured by Senator Collins

Washington, D.C.—In a significant win for Maine’s maple syrup and honey producers, an amendment authored by U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) to prevent a confusing labeling requirement from going into effect was included in the appropriations minibus that passed the Senate today by a vote of 92 to 6.  If the FDA’s labeling requirement is allowed to move forward, it could have a devastating impact on Mainers who are employed in the maple syrup and honey industries.




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