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Senators Collins, Warner, and Markey Lead Letter to Appropriations Committee Calling for Increased Investment in Alzheimer’s Research

Washington, D.C. – In a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations and the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Ed Markey (D-MA) requested an increase in funding for Alzheimer’s disease research as they work to set appropriations levels for fiscal year 2019.  Senator Collins is the founder of the Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's disease and co-chairs the group with Senators Warner, Markey, and Pat Toomey (R-PA).   



Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduces Bill to Allow Safe Disposal of Unwanted Drugs in Hospice

Washington, D.C. — A bipartisan group of five Senators introduced the Safe Disposal of Unused Medication Act of 2018 to respond to one aspect of the heroin and opioid abuse epidemic that is harming communities and families across the country.  This bipartisan legislation would address the problem of unused prescription drugs when a patient is receiving hospice care at home.  The bill was introduced by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).


Senators Collins, Shaheen Introduce Bill to Authorize $25 Million to Support Peer Networks Responding to Opioid Addiction

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced the Opioid Peer Support Networks Act of 2018 to address multiple aspects of the heroin and opioid abuse epidemic that is harming communities and families across the country.  This bipartisan legislation would foster the creation of peer support networks, also known as communities in recovery, and provide them with the resources and training they need to succeed.


Senators Collins, King and Representative Pingree Urge the President to Declare Major Disaster for York County

Washington, D.C. –In a letter released this morning, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representative Chellie Pingree urged the President to declare a Major Disaster for York County.  This request comes as a result of a severe coastal storm that struck the coast of Maine in early March, causing millions of dollars in damages to infrastructure, including seawalls, roads, and bridges. This declaration will help York County towns pay for the damages and rebuild their communities.



Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $3.2 Million to Help Secure Maine Election Systems

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, announced today that the U.S. Election Assistance Commission will award the State of Maine $3,287,528 through the 2018 Help America Vote Act (HAVA) Election Security Grant Program to help secure election systems and voting infrastructure.  This critical funding is part of the $380 million that the Senators helped to secure for election security grants in the fiscal year 2018 funding bill.



Senators Collins, Harris Introduce Legislation to Support Animals Rescued by Federal Government

Washington, D.C. - Today, in recognition of National Dog Fighting Awareness Day on April 8, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Kamala. D. Harris (D-CA) introduced the Help Extract Animals from Red Tape (HEART) Act, bipartisan legislation that would expedite the disposition process for animals seized in federal animal fighting cases, hold offenders financially responsible for the care of animals in custody, and allow courts to take into account the animals’ welfare when considering legal delays.



Statement of Senator Susan Collins on the Passing of Merton Henry

Bangor, ME - U.S. Senator Susan Collins issued the following statement on the passing of Merton Henry.  Mr. Henry chaired all of Senator Collins’ Senate campaigns.

“Mert was a wonderful friend to my husband Tom and me for decades.  In addition to being a tremendous lawyer, Mert worked tirelessly for countless civic and philanthropic causes and was a wise counselor to many of us who served in public office. 



$250 Million Increase for LIHEAP Signed into Law

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins helped to secure $3.6 billion— an increase of $250 million—for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and $248 million—a $23 million increase—for the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) in the fiscal year 2018 funding bill that was recently signed into law. 



IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Senator Collins Leads Federal Legislation to Ensure Consumers Receive Lowest Prescription Drug Price

Washington, D.C. - Today, Ohio became the latest state to ban so-called “pharmacy gag clauses” that prevent pharmacists from informing patients of the lowest possible price for prescription drugs.  This is an issue U.S. Senator Susan Collins is championing on the national level. Last month, she, and a bipartisan group of her colleagues, introduced two bills in the U.S.


Senators Collins, King Welcome $1.9M Investment for Water Infrastructure Improvements in Hartland

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $1.9 million to the Town of Hartland to make critical water infrastructure improvements needed to support the region’s business community.  This project is expected to help retain 175 jobs in the Hartland community.



U.S. Senator Susan Collins Announces Nearly $2 Million in Grant Funding To Upgrade City of Bangor’s Aging Bus Fleet

BANGOR, ME- U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that the Bangor Community Connector Public Transit System will receive $1,944,540 in grant funding through the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Buses and Bus Facilities Grants Program to replace buses in its Community Connector fleet.


Senators Collins, Shaheen Urge CMS to Provide Coverage for Glucose Monitoring Smartphone Apps

Washington, D.C. – The co-chairs of the Senate and House Diabetes Caucus, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and U.S. Representatives Tom Reed (R-NY) and Diana DeGette (D-CO), sent a letter to Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), urging the agency to review a Medicare policy that prohibits beneficiaries from using smartphone applications in conjunction with their continuous glucose monitors (CGM). 



Senator Collins Congratulates City on Receiving $1.3 Million Grant

Lewiston, ME –U.S. Senator Susan Collins was in Lewiston this afternoon to congratulate the City, in partnership with Community Concepts, on receiving a $1.3 million Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Lewiston is the first city in Maine to receive this funding award from HUD.


Senator Collins also toured a nearby building today undergoing lead abatement and participated in a roundtable discussion with Lewiston city officials and stakeholders.



Collins, King Announce More Than $1 Million HHS Grant for Head Start Programs in Sanford Region

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the Office of Head Start (OHS) has awarded the York County Community Action Corporation a total of $1,046,496 for its Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Sanford. The funding aims to support the well-being and school preparedness of families and their children in the Sanford community.




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