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Senator Collins Joins 12 Colleagues in Calling on Justice Department to Halt Family Separations While Congress Works on Legislative Fix

Washington, DC — U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) joined a group of 13 senators in sending a letter to US Attorney General Jeff Sessions today calling for a halt to the practice of separating families who have illegally crossed the US-Mexico border. The letter petitions the administration to stop enforcement of this policy until Congress can pass legislation to keep families together.

 

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Senate Passes Legislation to Strengthen National Defense with Provisions Championed by Senator Collins

Washington, D.C. - By an overwhelming bipartisan majority of 85-10, the Senate passed legislation today that will strengthen our national defense and support our men and women in uniform.  U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, voted in favor of the bill.  The Senate and the House of Representatives must now reconcile their two versions of the bill before being sent to the President’s desk to be signed into law. 

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Senator Collins Announces $37 Million to Support Information Sharing Among Law Enforcement

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins, announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee has approved $37 million—an increase of $1 million—for the Regional Information Sharing System (RISS) as part of the fiscal year 2019 Commerce, Justice, and Science bill.  Senator Collins is a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and the Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Subcommittee.  The bill, which was advanced by a vote of 30-1, will now be considered by the full Senate.

 

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Bipartisan Legislation Introduced by Senators Collins and King to Bolster the Northern Border Regional Commission Clears Key Committee Hurdle

Washington, D.C. – The Senate Agriculture Committee unanimously approved an amendment to reauthorize the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) through 2023 in the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, commonly known as the Farm Bill.  The adopted amendment is based on legislation coauthored by U.S. Senators Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME). The commission promotes regional coordination and invests in job creation efforts and economic development in distressed counties in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York. The U.S.

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Senators Collins, Brown Introduce Bipartisan Bill That Would Provide Diabetic Patients with Better Access to Therapeutic Shoes

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced a bipartisan bill that would improve access to care for diabetic patients who require therapeutic shoes called the Promoting Access to Diabetic Shoes Act. Diabetes can be a serious disease that can sometimes lead to health complications including the amputation of toes, feet, or legs.

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Senators Collins, King Announce $100,000 in Funding for Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County (HCC) a grant of $100,000. The Department’s Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) will provide the funding through its Rural Health Network Planning Grant Program, which promotes the planning and development of health care networks in order to increase efficiency, improve care and strengthen the rural health care system as a whole.

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On Flag Day, Senators Collins and Brown Introduce Bipartisan Bill Requiring Federal Government to Buy U.S. Made America Flags

Washington, D.C. - To mark Flag Day today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced legislation that requires the federal government to only buy flags that are American made.  The federal government is currently required to purchase flags made from only 50 percent American-made materials. The All-American Flag Act would require the government to buy flags that are produced entirely with American-made materials and are manufactured in the U.S.

 

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Senator Collins Joins Bipartisan Group in Urging Secretary Pompeo to Release Findings on Atrocities Against Rohingyas

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) joined Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) in writing to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo regarding the Rohingya refugee crisis.  The bipartisan group of Senators urged Secretary of State Pompeo to publicly release the complete State Department report containing findings that document atrocities committed by Burmese security forces against Rohingyas and to take appropriate actions against individuals or entities involved in the violent campaign.

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Senators Collins, King Announce $2.35 Million in EPA Grants to Clean Up and Redevelop Contaminated Lands in Maine

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that a combined total of $2.35 million in federal funding has been awarded to five communities in Maine to clean up and redevelop brownfield sites.  The federal grants awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will provide communities with the resources they need to clean up contaminated lands, which will improve public health and foster economic growth.

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Appropriations Committee Advances Senator Collins’ Priorities to Improve Rural Veterans’ Access to Health Care Nationwide

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced today that the Appropriations Committee approved a provision she authored in its report that will ensure continued access to health care for rural veterans nationwide.  Senator Collins is a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon-VA) Appropriations Subcommittee.  The bill, which was advanced unanimously by a vote of 31-0, will now be considered by the full Senate.

 

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