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Collins, Leahy Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Combat Youth Homelessness And Trafficking

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) reintroduced their bipartisan bill to curb youth homelessness and support young victims of trafficking.  The Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (RHYTPA), which is also cosponsored by Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), would reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act programs and continue authority for grants to communities across the nation to prevent and respond to youth and young adult homelessness.

 

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Collins, King Applaud $8.8 Million Investment in Bath Wastewater System

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that The City of Bath will receive a $2,300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, as well as a $6,500,000 Water and Waste Disposal Direct Loan. The City of Bath will use the funds to improve the wastewater management system, and to begin a series of immediate upgrades.

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Senators Collins, Gillibrand Lead Letter Requesting Update on Administration’s Efforts to Combat Boko Haram

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) led a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis requesting an update on their efforts to counter Boko Haram.  Their letter was also signed by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).

 

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Legislation to Lower Health Insurance Premiums in Individual Market by up to 40% Proposed for Omnibus Spending Bill

Would also help those who are below 250% of the poverty level who receive government assistance to help them pay for their deductibles and co-pays 

“A self-employed plumber making $60,000 may be paying $20,000 for health insurance. Our proposal could cut up to $8,000 from that insurance bill.”

—Sens. Lamar Alexander and Susan Collins, Congressmen Greg Walden and Ryan Costello

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Leading Health Care and Business Groups Urge Congress to Take Action to Lower Health Care Premiums

Leading health care and business groups joined together this morning to call on Congressional Leadership to take urgent action to reduce premiums for millions of Americans and their families.

 

Dear Leaders McConnell and Schumer, Speaker Ryan, and Leader Pelosi:

 

Americans need action now.

 

We came together earlier this month to stress the importance of congressional action to lower healthcare premiums. Time is running out.

 

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Senators Collins, McCaskill, Stabenow Lead Bipartisan Group of Senators in Introducing Legislation to Prohibit “Gag Clauses” That Cause Consumers to Pay Higher Prices for Prescription Drugs

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) led a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing two bills to remove barriers that prevent patients from paying the lowest possible price for prescription drugs.  The Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act and the Know the Lowest Price Act would prohibit health insurers and pharmacy benefit managers from using “pharmacy gag clauses” – an egregious practice that some companies use to conceal prices from patients at the pharmacy.

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Senate Passes Senators Collins, McCaskill’s Bill to Protect Seniors from Scams

Washington, D.C. —The Senior $afe Act, a bipartisan bill authored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) to help protect American seniors from financial exploitation and fraud, cleared a key hurdle this evening by passing the Senate as part of a bipartisan banking reform package.  Their legislation previously passed the House of Representatives.

 

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Collins, Tester Join Nationwide Public Schools Week Celebration

Washington, D.C. – From March 12 to 16, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jon Tester (D-MT) are joining students, teachers, and administrators from across the country to celebrate Public Schools Week, a nationwide initiative to highlight the important of America’s public education system.

 

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Sens. Collins, Coons, Markey praise release of GAO technical assessment report in support of sustainable chemistry

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) today praised the release of the GAO report entitled, “Technology Assessment: Chemical Innovation: Technologies to Make Processes and Products More Sustainable.”  GAO conducted this study in response to a request from Senators Collins, Coons, and Markey in May 2015.

 

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Senator Collins Announces Nearly $60,000 Grant for Aroostook Band of Micmacs

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced today that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $58,206 to the Aroostook Band of Micmacs through HUD’s Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) program.  The funding will be used to promote affordable housing activities in safe and healthy environments in Presque Isle.

 

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Senator Collins Sends Letter Urging Myanmar Leader to Address the Rohingya Crisis

Washington, D.C. – In a letter to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the State Counsellor of Myanmar, U.S. Senator Susan Collins urged her to address the atrocities committed against the Rohingya people and allow representatives from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) into the Rahkine State to complete their UN-sanctioned fact-finding mission.  She also encouraged Daw Suu to accept UN assistance from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and their partners to repatriate Rohingya refugees.

 

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Collins, King Bill to Fix Old Town Land Deed Dispute Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that legislation to remove an antiquated deed restricting the use of land next to the Old Town Municipal Airport has passed the Senate with unanimous consent. The removal of the restriction will allow the city and the airport to work together to pursue economic development opportunities, attract new businesses, and help create jobs. The bill was introduced by Senator King and cosponsored by Senator Collins in March 2017.

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Collins, King Bill to Fix Old Town Land Deed Dispute Passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that legislation to remove an antiquated deed restricting the use of land next to the Old Town Municipal Airport has passed the Senate with unanimous consent. The removal of the restriction will allow the city and the airport to work together to pursue economic development opportunities, attract new businesses, and help create jobs. The bill was introduced by Senator King and cosponsored by Senator Collins in March 2017.

 

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Senators Collins, King Introduce Bill to Bolster the Northern Border Regional Commission

Washington, D.C.— U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) introduced the Northern Border Regional Commission Reauthorization Act with Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Pat Leahy (D-VT), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH).  The Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) funds grants for projects throughout northern and central Maine, as well as northern New York, New Hampshire, and Vermont, spurring economic and community development.

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