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Maine Hospital Leaders Meet with Senator Collins

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Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins met with Art Blank, CEO of Mount Desert Island Hospital; Jeffrey Austin, VP of Government Affairs and Communications of Maine Hospital Association; and Dr. Steve Diaz, CMO of MaineGeneral Health, in her Washington, D.C., office.

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Senator Collins Joins Bipartisan Group in Introducing Legislation to Save Perkins Loan Program

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), a member of the Senate Education Committee, introduced bipartisan legislation today along with Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Robert Casey (D-PA), to extend the federal Perkins Loan Program for two years. This popular and effective campus-based financial aid program that benefits many low-income undergraduate students is set to expire on September 30.

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Mainer Receives USMC Silver Star Following Assistance from Senator Collins

Washington, D.C. - Former USMC Sergeant Allen A. Murphy of Nashville Plantation, Maine, was awarded a Silver Star Medal following assistance provided by U.S. Senator Susan Collins. The Department of Defense had previously denied this medal, but Sergeant Murphy acquired new information to help reverse this decision. Senator Collins forwarded the documentation to General James Amos, the Commandant of the Marine Corps at the time, and requested a review of Sergeant Murphy’s application.

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Senator Collins Honored for Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

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Washington, D.C. - Generations United honored U.S. Senator Susan Collins with its Grandfamilies Champion Award for her commitment to supporting grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. Generations United is an advocacy organization focused on supporting intergenerational families.

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In Wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, Senate Aging Committee to Examine Disaster Planning for Older Americans

Washington, D.C.—On Wednesday, September 20th, the Senate Aging Committee will hold a hearing to examine policies and procedures for sheltering in place, evacuating, and relocating our most vulnerable citizens before disaster strikes. The purpose of the hearing is to review what has been learned from past experience and what more can be done to ensure the health, safety, and resilience of older Americans during and after disasters, such as hurricanes.

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Senators Collins and King Urge SEC, DOJ, & FTC to Investigate Equifax Stock Sales Following Data Breach

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King joined a bipartisan group of 36 U.S. Senators in asking the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate the sale of nearly $2 million in Equifax securities held by high-level Equifax executives shortly after the company learned of a massive cybersecurity breach.

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Senator Collins’ Statement on Anniversary of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins released this statement on the 16th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

“Sixteen years have passed, but the memory of September 11, 2001, remains as vivid as if it were yesterday. Those of us old enough to remember each have our own recollections of where we were and what we were doing as the horrifying attacks began to unfold. We share the still-powerful emotions of shock, anger, and grief.

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Senator Collins Announces $816 Million to Combat Opioid Abuse Clears Key Hurdle

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced today that the Appropriations Committee has approved $816 million – a $665 million increase over the past two years – for the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) opioid abuse treatment and prevention programs. Senator Collins is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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Senators Collins, Donnelly Reintroduce 40 Hours is Full Time Act

Washington, D.C. — To protect American workers, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joe Donnelly (D–IN) announced the reintroduction of their Forty Hours is Full Time Act, which would change the definition of a “full-time employee” under the Affordable Care Act to someone who works an average of 40 hours per week.

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Collins, King Announce $249,760 to Bates College Supporting the Diverse Book Finder Repository

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded Bates College a total of $249,760 through its National Leadership Grants for Libraries program. This award will support Bates’ expansion of the Diverse Book Finder, a repository for children’s books, and further the development of its analysis and search engine capabilities to identify racial representation gaps in children’s library collections.

 

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In Wake Of Hurricane Harvey, And As Irma Approaches, Senate Aging Committee To Examine Disaster Planning For Older Americansv

Washington, D.C.—Later this month, the Senate Aging Committee will hold a hearing to examine policies and procedures for sheltering in place, evacuating, and relocating our most vulnerable citizens before disaster strikes. The purpose of the hearing is to review what has been learned from past experience and what more can be done to ensure the health, safety, and resilience of older Americans during and after disasters, such as hurricanes.

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Senator Collins Announces $2 Billion Boost for Biomedical Research Clears Key Hurdle

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced that the Appropriations Committee approved $36.1 billion—a $2 billion increase—for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the third consecutive year as part of the Department of Health and Human Services funding bill. The legislation, which passed the committee by a vote of 30-1, also includes $1.8 billion—a $414 million increase—for Alzheimer’s research at the NIH. It now awaits consideration by the full Senate.

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Senators Collins, King Announce $769,681 in Funding to Novo Biosciences for Heart and Vascular Disease Research

WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has awarded a Small Business Innovation Research Grant totaling $769,681 to Novo Biosciences, Inc. in Bar Harbor. The grant will support research on developing treatment methods for healing damaged heart tissue caused by heart attacks.

 

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Senator Collins Questions State Insurance Commissioners on Policies to Fix the Nation’s Health Care System

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a member of the Senate Health Committee, questioned state insurance commissioners today on ways to increase access to affordable health care coverage. The hearing was the first in a four-part series on short-term insurance market stabilization. Senator Collins has consistently championed a bipartisan process to begin fixing the flaws in the Affordable Care Act so that it will work better for all Americans.

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Senator Collins’ Statement on the Passing of Gina Mason

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins issued this statement on the passing of Rep. Gina Mason:

“Gina was a devoted mother and wife, a tireless public servant, and a beloved figure in Lisbon. Her leadership on the Lisbon Town Council and School Committee as well as her work in the state legislature reflected her commitment to serving the people of Maine. Gina will long be remembered for the countless contributions she made to her community. My thoughts are with her husband, Rick, and her children, Garrett and Haley, during this difficult time.”

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Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $1.7 Million for Maine DHHS

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will receive a total of $1,776,038 for the Ryan White Part B Supplemental Program. This funding was awarded through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to improve the quality, availability, and organization of HIV health care and support services.

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Senators Collins, King Announce Nearly $300,000 in Grant Funding for Economic Development in Rural Maine

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that six Maine economic development organizations and towns will receive a total of $296,000 in funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center, the Northern Maine Development Commission, the University of Maine System, Eastern Maine Development Corporation, the Town of Madawaska, and the Town of Ashland will all receive grants to support their work in Maine communities.

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Senator Collins Announces Nearly $1 Million in Funding for Portland Shipyard Modernization Project

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded $990,500 to the Portland Shipyard. The funding will be used to replace an aging and outdated mobile boat hoist with a new 330-ton mobile boat hoist with technological improvements to enhance its capabilities to serve Portland’s fleet. The project is part of the shipyard’s modernization efforts to improve safety and efficiency. 

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