WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, Major Lisa Jastor became the first female Army Reserve Officer and third woman ever to complete the elite United States Army Ranger School and earn the highly coveted Ranger tab.
U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $709,713 to the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and $999,120 to the University of Maine to support ongoing efforts to support producers of organic agricultural products throughout the state of Maine and the northeast region.
"As the threat posed by Boko Haram continues to intensify, the intelligence support announced by the Obama Administration will strengthen Cameroon's efforts against this terrorist group."
U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, recently met with Admiral John Richardson in her Washington office.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that Lewiston non-profit New Beginnings, which works to improve the lives of homeless youth and families in crisis, has been awarded $179,367 in grant funding through the Administration for Children and Families (ACYF).
WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins spoke from the Senate floor this morning to urge support for the Mental Health Reform Act of 2015.
WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Senator Susan Collins voted this afternoon in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report for fiscal year 2016, which passed the Senate with a strong bipartisan majority this afternoon (70-27). The Conference Report would authorize $515 billion in spending for national defense and an additional $89.2 billion for the Overseas Contingency Fund (OCO) for a total of $604.2 billion and sets policy for the Department of Defense on a host of issues.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—United States Senators Susan Collins, Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, and Angus King announced today that the United States Department of Agriculture has awarded Community Concepts Inc. in Lewiston $793,800 in grant funding to help 30 very-low and low-income families construct their own homes in rural areas across Maine. Through the Mutual Self-Help Housing Program, this funding will help families, through partnership with Community Concepts, build homes in Androscoggin, Cumberland, Franklin, Kennebec, and Oxford Counties.
WASHINGTON, D.C.— After receiving reports from U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Scott Bushman that they will suspend their search for the survivors of the crew of the commercial ship El Faro, four of whom are believed to be from Maine, Senator Susan Collins released the following statement:
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Members of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Maine presented Senator Collins with the TNC Leadership Award in her Washington office in recognition of her ongoing work on the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), global conservation, and efforts to combat climate change
“The Maine Math and Science Alliance continues to build on innovative science and technology opportunities around the state, and this project will empower students, teachers, and others to become scientific observers in their own right,”
WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins released the following statement regarding the Coast Guard's ongoing search for the crew of the commercial ship El Faro, four of whom are believed to be from Maine.
“The closure of the Lewiston TAC will negatively affect many vulnerable populations in Maine, including elderly and low-income taxpayers, as well as those with limited English proficiency."
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, and Congressman Bruce Poliquin, sent a letter to U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez urging him to approve the recently-filed petition for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) to assist the 195 displaced workers who are expected to lose their jobs following Expera’s announcement that it will close its Old Town mill due to foreign competition in the paper industry.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that several Maine tribes will receive various grant awards totaling $341,422 to support activities including economic development and treatment and prevention services for methamphetamine abuse and suicide. The grants come from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
From the Senate floor, Senator Collins stated, “We owe it to our nation’s veterans, 127,000 of whom reside in the great state of Maine. There are more than 21 million nationwide. We owe it to them to move forward with this important bill."
As the prevalence of prescription drug abuse and heroin abuse has increased throughout Maine and across our country, opioid use during pregnancy has also been on the rise
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that Maine will receive a total of $399,333 in funding to support world-class research and training throughout the state.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the expiration of the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) set to take effect today, U.S. Senator Susan Collins spoke from the Senate floor today about a bill she cosponsored to provide a temporary 60-day extension for the program.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King applauded two Maine schools, Costal Ridge Elementary School in York and Minot Consolidated School in Minot, that have earned recognition from the U.S. Department of Education as 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools. Only 335 schools across the nation were recognized for this achievement.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will award $43,810 to the Whitefield Fire Department and $63,096 to the Corinth Fire Department to enhance their safety and operations.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that the U.S. Department of Justice has awarded $389,160 in grant funding to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency at Augusta as part of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) 2015 Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF).
WASHINGTON, D.C.— After Pope Francis’ historic address to a Joint Session of Congress, U.S. Senator Susan Collins released the following statement:
“Pope Francis’ message of inclusiveness, forgiveness, mercy, and love is inspiring, and I look forward to hearing his remarks to Congress,”
“Through their skill, grit, and determination, Captain Griest and Lieutenant Haver have demonstrated that character, courage, physical fitness, and tenacity are the hallmarks of extraordinary service members and leaders, and that both men and women possess these qualities.”
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
“Families in Maine and around the nation work tirelessly every day to support loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological disorders, and this funding is crucial to helping them with those challenges and improving lives,”
WASHINGTON D.C.— The United States Senate passed bipartisan legislation today introduced by U.S. Senator Susan Collins aimed at stopping the spread of the terrorist organization Boko Haram. Boko Haram continues to commit terrible acts of brutal violence against civilians in Nigeria as well as in Chad, Cameroon, and Niger, and Boko Haram has pledged allegiance to ISIS.