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Cracking Down on Unscrupulous Guardians Seeking to Exploit Seniors

Incidents of financial exploitation against older Americans have exploded in recent years.  The schemes have become more complex, and many of these situations are not identified until the seniors have lost their homes, their savings, and even control of their own lives.  Perpetrators include friends, family, strangers, and professionals who have been granted legal authority, or guardianship, to control the individual’s life and finances.

 

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Top Appropriators Urge Trump Administration to Remove Unnecessary Barriers to the Successful TIGER Grant Program

WASHINGTON, DC – After the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced plans to significantly modify the bipartisan Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program by favoring state and local governments that raise taxes or impose tolls in order to be competitive for federal assistance for transportation infrastructure improvement projects, two leading U.S. Senators who oversee DOT funding are warning this is a misguided attempt to insert controversial policies that will alter the highly successful TIGER program. 

 

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Collins, King Support Bipartisan “Red Flag” Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced their support for the Extreme Risk Protection Order and Violence Prevention Act. The legislation encourages states to give law enforcement the authority to prevent individuals who pose a threat to themselves or others from purchasing or possessing firearms, while still providing due process protections.

 

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Senator Collins Announces More Than $8.6 Million to Improve Maine’s Federal Highways

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded Maine an additional $8,652,967 through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to improve the state’s highway infrastructure.  This increase in funding was included in the fiscal year 2018 federal funding bill as a result of Senator Collins’ leadership in increasing investments for infrastructure.

 

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Collins, Heitkamp Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Young & Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) today introduced a bipartisan bill to support programs that help new and beginning farmers and ranchers enter and remain in the industry, build the next generation of farmers, and feed the country and the world.

 

The Next Generation in Agriculture Act aims to ensure a younger generation of agriculture workers have the education and support they need to begin a career in farming and ranching.

 

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Senators Collins, King Announce 10 Maine Communities Will Receive Total of $3.2 Million to Redevelop Brownfields

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that a combined total of $3,200,000 in federal funding has been awarded for the assessment and cleanup of 10 Brownfields sites in Maine.  The federal grants awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will assist local communities as they work to redevelop these contaminated sites in order to promote environmental integrity and future economic investment.

 

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Collins Once Again Ranked the Most Bipartisan U.S. Senator

Washington, D.C. — A study released today by the Lugar Center and Georgetown University ranks U.S. Senator Susan Collins as the most bipartisan Senator for the fifth consecutive year.  Senator Collins received the highest bipartisan score in the 25-year history of the index.

 

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Collins, King Announce Maine to Receive More Than $5.2 Million for Heating Assistance for Low-Income Mainers

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, and Angus King, a member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is releasing $5,282,021 in funding for Maine through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), including $193,000 for tribes and tribal organizations.  Maine will receive a total of $40,264,690 for LIHEAP in fiscal year (FY) 2018, an increase of more than $1 million over the previous year.

 

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Senators Collins and King Join Bipartisan Group in Requesting Full Funding for National Sea Grant College Program

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) joined a bipartisan group of 26 Senators in sending a letter urging the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies to continue to fund the National Sea Grant College Program – at a minimum – at its current funding level of $65 million. 

 

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Senate Passes King, Collins-Backed Resolution Celebrating National Park Week

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) applauded the passage of their bipartisan resolution to mark April 21 through April 29 as National Park Week.

 

This resolution, which was led by Senators King and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) encourages people around the country and world to spend time in America’s treasured national parks. In honor of National Park Week, entrance into all national parks will be free on April 21.

  

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King, Collins Back Resolution to Celebrate National Park Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) joined a group of their colleagues in supporting a bipartisan resolution to mark April 21 through April 29 as National Park Week.

 

This resolution, which was introduced by Senators King and Steve Daines (R-Mont.), encourages people around the country and world to spend time in America’s treasured national parks. In honor of National Park Week, entrance into all national parks will be free on April 21.

 

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Senator Collins Announces More Than $1.5 Million for Maine Housing Organizations

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Housing Appropriations Subcommittee, announced today that five organizations in Maine will receive a total of $1,513,108 to support efforts to develop and preserve affordable housing, revitalize and sustain neighborhoods, and create jobs across the state.  This funding will be awarded through the NeighborWorks America program and will support affordable housing efforts in Androscoggin, Franklin, Oxford, Cumberland, Kennebec, Somerset, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Penobscot, Knox, and Piscataquis Counties.

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Senator Collins’ Statement on Air Strikes Against Syria

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins issued this statement following last night’s military action taken against the Syrian regime:

“Last night’s use of precision missile strikes was a justified and proportional response to Bashar al-Assad’s ruthless use of chemical weapons in Duoma. 

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