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Senator Collins Welcomes Orono Native to Her Bangor Office

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced that Jack Lucy, an Orono native, was awarded a summer internship in her Bangor office. Jack is the son of John and Allison Lucy of Orono.

“Jack demonstrated a strong work ethic and made valuable contributions to my office in his previous internship,” said Senator Collins. “I am delighted to welcome him back to my Bangor office, where he continues to serve the citizens of Maine.”


Collins, King Announce More Than $5.1 Million For Head Start in Maine

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that Community Concepts, Inc., will receive a total of $5,152,261 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for their Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Community Concepts has multiple Head Start locations in Oxford and Franklin Counties.


Senators Collins and Tester Introduce Legislation to Address Doctor Shortages and Train Next Generation of Physicians

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced the Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Doctors Act in response to the severe shortage of physicians that has reached crisis levels in a growing number of communities across the United States. Their bill would address this issue by reauthorizing and strengthening the successful Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education Program, which trains physicians in underserved, community-based settings.


Senators Collins, McCaskill’s Plan to Improve Generic Drug Competition, Ensure Patient Access to Affordable Medication Heads to President's Desk

Washington, D.C. — Provisions authored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) to improve generic competition and lower the cost of prescription drugs cleared the Senate yesterday as part of the FDA Reauthorization Act. The provisions, which were unanimously adopted as an amendment during the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee’s consideration of the legislation in May, will help foster a competitive marketplace to improve the affordability and accessibility of prescription drugs for patients.


Sens. Collins, Klobuchar’s Bipartisan Legislation to Crack Down on Fraud Targeted at Seniors Passes Senate

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) announced that their bipartisan legislation to crack down on fraud targeted at seniors has passed the Senate. Schemes targeting seniors include impersonation scams; fraudulent investment plans, prizes, and sweepstakes; Internet fraud; charity scams; predatory home lenders; telemarketing and mail fraud; and Ponzi schemes.


Senator Collins Announces $7.89 Million Grant for Project to Improve Rail Capacity in Northeastern Maine

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) will award $7,890,000 in funding to the State of Maine for the Maine Railroad Bridge Capacity project in northeastern Maine. This funding will be provided to the Maine Department of Transportation through the FASTLANE grant program created by the FAST Act.


Collins, King Applaud Passage of Legislation to Fund Veterans Choice Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. --  U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King applauded the passage of the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 they cosponsored that provides $2.1 billion in emergency funding to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to fund the Veterans Choice Program for an additional six months. The program helps veterans across Maine and the nation receive health care within their communities and allows veterans in Northern Maine to continue to utilize community care as they did under the Access Received Closer to Home (ARCH) pilot.


Senate Passes King, Collins’ National Lobster Day Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that last night the Senate unanimously passed a resolution designating September 25, 2017, as “National Lobster Day.” The Maine Senators led the “National Lobster Day” resolution, which was introduced on July 19 to recognize the economic and cultural importance of the species.



Senators Collins, Carper Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Spur Emerging Offshore Wind Industry

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tom Carper (D-DE) introduced the Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act, which would provide critical financial incentives to encourage investment in offshore wind energy. This bipartisan bill would create an investment tax credit that is redeemable for the first 3,000 megawatts of offshore wind facilities placed into service, amounting to approximately 600 wind turbines.


Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $300,000 to Help Keep Maine’s Pipelines Safe

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, and Senator Angus King, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $303,037 to the Maine Public Utilities Commission. The grant, which is funded through THUD, was awarded by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).


Senator Collins Announces Significant Funding Increase for TIGER Program Clears Key Hurdle

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $550 million—a $50 million increase—for the National Infrastructure Investment Grant Program, also known as TIGER.

The funding was included in the Transportation and Housing Appropriations bill, which Senator Collins coauthored as the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee.


Sen. Collins' Statement on Health Care Vote

Senator Susan M. Collins

Statement on Health Care Reform

July 27, 2017


Few issues are as important or personal to the American people as health care, which is why this debate has been so fervent and ignites such passion.



Charlie Albair, 10-Year-Old Gray Native with T1D, Testifies Before Senator Collins’ Committee on Importance of Finding a Cure for Diabetes


Washington, D.C. - “I want my disease to go away – for me and all the other kids who suffer from it. I want us all to be able to live without thinking about it. That’s why I am here,” said 10-year-old Gray native Charlie Albair at a hearing chaired by U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) this morning.



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