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Senator Collins leads Bipartisan Letter to Secretary Burwell Highlighting Possible Contributing Factor to Opioid Crisis

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) led a bipartisan delegation of 26 U.S. Senators in writing to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, regarding one possible contributing factor to the opioid crisis and heroin epidemic facing our country. The letter urges HHS to conduct a robust examination of whether or not certain questions on patient satisfaction surveys may inadvertently encourage treatment with opioid pain relievers, contributing to the vast supply of prescription opioids currently in circulation in our country. According to the CDC, health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for painkillers in 2012, enough for every American adult to have a bottle of pills.

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Senators Collins-Klobuchar-King Biomass Amendment Passes Senate

Washington, D.C.—A tripartisan biomass amendment, authored by Senator Collins and cosponsored by Senator Angus King, has been adopted unanimously as part of the Energy Policy Modernization Act, which is currently under consideration in the Senate.  The amendment was also cosponsored by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Al Franken (D-MN), Steve Daines (R-MT), Mike Crapo (R-ID), and James Risch (R-ID).

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Senator Collins Meets with Dr. James Dlugos and Elizabeth Schran of Saint Joseph’s College

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins recently met with Dr. James Dlugos, the President of Saint Joseph’s College, and Elizabeth Schran, the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, in her Washington, D.C., office.  Dr. Dlugos and Ms. Schran were in D.C. to attend the annual meeting of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
 

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Collins, Murray Introduce Bill Cosponsored by King to Preserve Critical Savings Option During Tax Season

Washington, D.C. – As Americans prepare for tax season, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Chairman of the Aging Committee, and Patty Murray (D-WA), the Ranking Member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today introduced the Save Access to a Valuable Investment Needed to Generate Savings (SAVINGS) Act of 2016. Original co-sponsors of the bill include Senators Angus King (I-ME), Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Claire McCaskill (D-MO).

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Collins, King Congratulate Kathy Welch of York’s Coastal Ridge Elementary for Representing Maine at School Counselor of the Year Program

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today congratulated Kathy Welch, a school counselor at York’s Coastal Ridge Elementary School, for being named Maine’s representative to the nationwide School Counselor of the Year Program held in Washington. The program, which is organized by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), honors counselors around the country who run high-quality, comprehensive school counseling programs at either the elementary, middle or high school level.
 

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Senators Collins, King Announce Grant for Maine DHHS Vaccination Program

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King have announced the award of $1.181 million for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  The grant, which was awarded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program, will help provide free immunizations to eligible low-income children under the age of 18.
 

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Senators Collins, King Announce HUD Grants for Penobscots and Maliseets

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King have announced the award of $388,466 to the Penobscot Indian Nation and the Houlton Band of Maliseets.  The grant was awarded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Indian Housing Block Grant Program.  The Penobscot Nation will receive $249,462, and the Houlton Band of Maliseets will receive $139,004.

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Senator Collins’ Statement on Death of Former State Lawmaker Lois Snowe-Mello

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins released a statement following the death of former state lawmaker Lois Snowe-Mello:

“Lois Snowe-Mello’s decades of public service to our state reflect how much she cared for the people of Maine.  Lois inspired so many young people to enter into public service serving as a mentor to many. Lois's tremendous spirit will be sorely missed by our community.”  

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Collins, King, Pingree, and Poliquin Write to USDA Urging Purchase of Maine Wild Blueberries

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin sent a letter to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on behalf of the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine requesting a bonus buy of Maine wild blueberries. Bonus buys help protect American farmers from unexpected market conditions by purchasing surplus goods and distributing them to food banks and other charitable institutions.
      

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Collins Successfully Secures Protection for Prescription Paper Inserts

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The fiscal year 2016 omnibus that was recently signed into law includes a provision authored by Senator Susan Collins that would block the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed E-labeling rule for prescribing information, which would be acutely felt by rural Americans in Maine and across our country.  This provision will protect paper inserts that are important tools for our pharmacists and health care professionals in charge of administering life-saving medications to our hardworking families and seniors.

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Collins Successfully Secures Permanent Tax Relief For American School Teachers

WASHINGTON, D.C. –The tax-relief package recently signed into law includes an important provision authored by U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, that makes the $250 teacher tax credit permanent. This provisionwill provide important tax relief to help cover the out-of-pocket expenses our nation’s teachers incur to improve the education of our children. Senator Collins authored the law that first created the $250 teacher tax deduction in 2002.  

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Collins, King Announce Maine’s 2016 Senate Youth Program Delegates

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King congratulated Julia Blackwell of Woolwich and Lexie Jamieson of Scarborough for being selected as Maine’s delegates to the 54th Annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). Julia and Lexie will join 102 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 political process first-hand.

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ICYMI: “Collins calls for Alzheimer's support, funding after tour of Falmouth center”

FALMOUTH — The message from Maine’s senior U.S. senator was clear Tuesday morning: the state and the nation must do more for those with Alzheimer’s disease and the people who care for them.

Speaking at the Lunt Auditorium at 74 Lunt Road, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said while Alzheimer’s is “a devastating disease” for the patient, it is also harmful to family members who become caretakers.

“It’s impossible to talk about Alzheimer’s without talking about the caregivers,” Collins said.

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