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Senator Collins' Statement On Senate Passage Of Federal Funding Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Ranking Member of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, released this statement after voting to support passage of the 2015 Omnibus Federal Appropriations bill to fund the government through September 30, 2015.

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Collins, King Hail Passage Of National Defense Authorization Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the strong support of U.S. Senators Angus King and Susan Collins, the Senate today passed the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes more than $3 billion for the U.S. Navy destroyer programs, including $2.66 billion for two Arleigh Burke-class DDG-51 destroyers, one of which will be built at Bath Iron Works, and $419 million for construction of the DDG-1000 Zumwalt-class destroyers, among many other provisions important to Maine.

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Senators Announce Inclusion Of Small Business Export Measure In Omnibus Bill

          WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Senators announced that a proposed 2015 omnibus funding bill would more than double federal investment in a key tool to help America’s small businesses increase exports and create jobs back in the United States.

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Sen. Collins Secures Critical Investments In Transportation Infrastructure And Housing

          WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Ranking Member of the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee, announced today that she has secured critical federal funding for transportation infrastructure and housing programs in the Fiscal Year 2015 funding bill that was unveiled late Tuesday.

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Funding Bill Contains Sen. Collins' Provision To Include Fresh, White Potato In WIC Program

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today that she has secured language in the Fiscal Year 2015 federal funding bill that would allow families using the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program to purchase all fresh, healthy vegetables, including the white potato, which had been excluded from the program.  This language was based upon a bipartisan agreement reached earlier this year and originally included in the FY15 Senate Agriculture Appropriations bill.
 

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Senators Collins And Markey Call For Increased Alzheimer's Funding In Federal Spending Bill

            WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), who co-chair the Bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease and have been leaders in the effort to increase federal funds directed to the disease, are calling on the Senate Appropriations Committee to include in the final FY 2015 spending package a $100 million increase in funding for the National Institute on Aging (NIA).

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Senator Collins On Eastport Pier Collapse

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Ranking Member and incoming Chair of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, today issued the following statement regarding the pier collapse in the Eastport harbor:
 

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Sens. Collins, King Announce $190,000 In Federal Funding For Arts Programs In Maine

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will award a total of $190,000 in grant funding to eight organizations in Maine that foster artistic creativity and innovation in their communities. These grants will support a wide range of artistic endeavors including film and folk festivals, stage productions, painting and sculpture classes, and a poetry press, among others. 

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Thanksgiving Message From Senator Collins

“Today, on a day that America sets aside to give thanks, I am especially thankful for the brave men and women in our nation’s armed forces.  We are all grateful for your courage, devotion to duty, and sacrifice.  And I give thanks to your families and loved ones, for they too, make a great sacrifice. 

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Sen. Collins' Statement On Vote To Approve Keystone XL Pipeline

            WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins released this statement after announcing her intention to vote in favor of bipartisan legislation to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline:
 
            “We must develop reasonable policies to advance the goal of energy independence for our nation, help ensure access to safe, reliable, and affordable energy solutions for American families and businesses, and work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Collins, King Announce Trade Adjustment Assistance Approved For Workers Displaced From Verso Paper

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that the petition for Trade Adjustment Assistance for the more than 500 workers displaced from Verso Paper has been approved by the U.S. Department of Labor.
 
Displaced workers will be eligible for employment training in another job or career, income support, job search allowances, and relocation services for those individuals who obtain jobs outside of their normal commuting area.
 

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Collins, King Call On Senate Leadership To Convene Monthly Bipartisan Lunches

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a letter today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King joined a bipartisan group of their colleagues, including Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM), in calling on Senate leadership to schedule monthly lunches between their caucuses in the next Congressional session in the hope of building better and more productive relationships among all members of the Senate.

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Sens. Collins, King Announce $120, 400 In USDA Funding To Benefit Local Snowmobile Clubs, Promote Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding a total of $120,400 in Rural Business Enterprise Grants to two Maine snowmobile clubs to support the state’s snowmobile industry and help promote the development of small and emerging businesses in rural areas. 
 
Moosehead Riders, Inc. in Greenville will receive $75,000 and the Portage Lakers Snow-Mobile Club, Inc. in Portage Lake will receive $45,400 to help acquire snowmobile trail grooming equipment.
 

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Sens. Collins, King Urge Labor Dept. To Approve Assistance For Bucksport Mill Workers

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King are urging U.S. Labor Department Secretary Thomas Perez to swiftly approve a Petition for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for the 500 workers affected by Verso Paper’s decision to close the Bucksport mill.
 
Below is the full text of their letter to Secretary Perez: 
 
 
October 2, 2014
 
The Hon. Thomas Perez
Secretary
U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20210
 

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