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Senator Collins’ Colleagues Praise Her Leadership of Common Sense Coalition that Proposed Compromise to End Government Shutdown

“What I have seen here on the floor of the Senate in the last few days is something we have not seen for years. Constructive, bipartisan conversations and dialogue on the floor, not just about this issue, which is obviously front and center, but about the future of this institution and what the Senate will be from this point forward. That to me has been encouraging because it says to me that we do have an opportunity to work together.

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Senator Collins’ Statement on Passing of Dennis Curley

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins released the following statement following the passing of Dennis Curley, President of CanXus Broadcasting Corp. in Caribou.

“Dennis Curley, who was known to many of his devoted listeners as Douglas Christiansen, was the voice of Aroostook County for more than 30 years.  Dennis and his wife, Pam, moved to Maine decades ago and have been friends of mine for many years.  As the owners of Channel X Radio, they have been committed advocates for The County.

 

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Senator Collins’ Statement on the Bill to Fund Government

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins released this statement following her vote in support of the short-term funding bill, which would have prevented a government shutdown and extended the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years:

“To prevent a government shutdown that would damage our economy and disrupt health care coverage for low-income children, I voted in support of the stop-gap funding bill. 

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Senators Collins Joins Bipartisan Group of Senator to Introduce Legislation to Expand Medication-Assisted Therapies for Opioid Addiction

Washington, D.C. - Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) today introduced the “Addiction Treatment Access Improvement Act,” legislation that will expand access to medication-assisted therapies for opioid addiction. The legislation codifies a 2016 regulation that expanded the number of patients qualified physicians could treat with life-saving medication-assisted therapies such as buprenorphine (also called Suboxone) from 100 to 275.

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Collins, King Announce Maine’s 2018 Senate Youth Program Delegates

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King congratulated Caroline Baldacci of Bangor and Virginia Jewel Hugo-Vidal of Gorham on being selected as Maine’s delegates to the 56th Annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP).  Caroline and Virginia will join 104 other students from across the country in spending a week in the nation’s capital where they will have an opportunity to study the American legislative system first-hand.

 

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Maine Delegation Asks Administration to Audit Number of Unused H-2B Visas, Allocate Visas Based on Time of Application

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin today sent a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kristjen Nielsen and U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Alexander Acosta requesting that DHS audit the number of unused visas from the first half of fiscal year 2018. The letter also asks DOL to distribute visas based on time of application rather than randomly processing.

 

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Collins, King Join New England Senators to Introduce Bipartisan Offshore Drilling Ban

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) joined their New England Senate colleagues in introducing the New England Coastal Protection Act. The legislation, which would bar offshore drilling along the region’s coast, follows a proposal from the Department of the Interior to open up federal Atlantic waters to offshore oil and natural gas exploration and extraction, putting vital coastline at risk and threatening a central economic engine for Maine and New England. 

 

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ICYMI: AARP Applauds Passage of Senator Collins’ RAISE Family Caregivers Act

WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2018 -- AARP welcomes passage in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives of the bipartisan Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act (H.R. 3759). The legislation, introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and in the U.S. House by Representatives Gregg Harper (R-MS) and Kathy Castor (D-FL), requires the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop a strategy to support the nation's 40 million family caregivers.

 

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