U.S. Senator Susan Collins

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Susan Margaret Collins was born on December 7, 1952 into an iconic northern Maine family. Her parents, Donald and Patricia, exemplify the deep commitment to public service that characterizes Senator Collins’ life and career. Each of her parents has served as Mayor of her hometown of Caribou, and her father served Maine as a State Senator. Senator Collins’ family runs a fifth-generation lumber business, founded by her ancestors in 1844, and operated today by two of her brothers. In 1975, Senator Collins graduated with magna cm laude honors from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, where she was also elected to the Phi Beta Kappa national academic society. After working for 12 years on the Capitol Hill staff of Maine Senator William Cohen, she joined the cabinet of Maine Governor John McKernan in 1987 as Commissioner of Professional and Financial Regulation. After five years in that post, she then served as New England Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration from 1992 to 1993. In 1994, Senator Collins ran her first campaign for public office. She emerged from an eight-way Republican primary in June 1994 as the first woman in Maine history to win a major-party nomination for governor. She lost that fall’s general election, but remained committed to public service. In December 1994, Senator Collins became the founding executive director of the Center for Family Business at Husson College in Bangor, Maine. She resigned in 1996 to run for the Senate seat being vacated by Senator Cohen. She went on to win both a contested Republican primary and a four-way general election later that year. In 2002, Senator Collins was reelected with 59 percent of the general-election vote. In 2008, Senator Collins was reelected with 61 percent of the vote.

Susan Margaret Collins was born on December 7, 1952 into an iconic northern Maine family. Her parents, Donald and Patricia, exemplify the deep commitment to public service that characterizes Senator Collins’ life and career. Each of her parents has served as Mayor of her hometown of Caribou, and her father served Maine as a State Senator. Senator Collins’ family runs a fifth-generation lumber business, founded by her ancestors in 1844, and operated today by two of her brothers. In 1975, Senator Collins graduated with magna cm laude honors from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, where she was also elected to the Phi Beta Kappa national academic society. After working for 12 years on the Capitol Hill staff of Maine Senator William Cohen, she joined the cabinet of Maine Governor John McKernan in 1987 as Commissioner of Professional and Financial Regulation. After five years in that post, she then served as New England Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration from 1992 to 1993. In 1994, Senator Collins ran her first campaign for public office. She emerged from an eight-way Republican primary in June 1994 as the first woman in Maine history to win a major-party nomination for governor. She lost that fall’s general election, but remained committed to public service. In December 1994, Senator Collins became the founding executive director of the Center for Family Business at Husson College in Bangor, Maine. She resigned in 1996 to run for the Senate seat being vacated by Senator Cohen. She went on to win both a contested Republican primary and a four-way general election later that year. In 2002, Senator Collins was reelected with 59 percent of the general-election vote. In 2008, Senator Collins was reelected with 61 percent of the vote.

Congress has passed legislation I authored with Senator Dianne Feinstein to establish a Smithsonian American Women’s His...
12/22/2020
Congress backs Sen. Collins’ measure for women’s history museum

Congress has passed legislation I authored with Senator Dianne Feinstein to establish a Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum in our nation’s capital! Telling the story of American women matters, and I look forward to the creation of a museum that celebrates the invaluable contributions women have made to this country.

Two new Smithsonian museums for the nation's capital included in year-end funding bill, including one Collins has sought since 2003.

This COVID-19 emergency relief package is a victory for the American people. Our bipartisan group led the way, working n...
12/22/2020
Senate Passes $900 Billion in COVID-19 Emergency Relief to Support Families, Health Care System, and Small Businesses | Senator Susan Collins

This COVID-19 emergency relief package is a victory for the American people. Our bipartisan group led the way, working night and day to develop the commonsense plan that was both the foundation and the necessary impetus for this final agreement. This legislation—along with the distribution of safe and effective vaccines—fuels hope that we are making progress to defeat this virus and that our country is on course to emerge from the pandemic stronger than ever.

https://www.collins.senate.gov/newsroom/senate-passes-900-billion-covid-19-emergency-relief-support-families-health-care-system-and

Senator Collins was instrumental in breaking the partisan logjam by co-leading the bipartisan, bicameral group that proposed the COVID-19 relief framework In: Press Releases Posted Tue, 12/22/2020 - 00:08 Share: Legislation includes a provision authored by Senator Collins to allow hardest-hit smal...

One of Congress’ most important responsibilities is to pass the appropriations bills that set the government’s funding p...
12/22/2020
Government Funding Bill Passes Senate with Measures Championed by Senator Collins | Senator Susan Collins

One of Congress’ most important responsibilities is to pass the appropriations bills that set the government’s funding priorities for the year. This legislation makes significant investments in our future. As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, I worked to secure a number of provisions, from strengthening our national defense to increasing funding for biomedical research and transportation infrastructure to supporting public health and economic development programs that will help Americans as we make progress to defeat the pandemic.

https://www.collins.senate.gov/newsroom/government-funding-bill-passes-senate-measures-championed-senator-collins

In: Press Releases Posted Mon, 12/21/2020 - 23:09 Share: Washington, D.C. – The Senate passed a bipartisan appropriations package that will fund the government at updated levels through the end of September. U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, successfull...

This agreement on an emergency Covid-19 relief package will provide much-needed relief for the American people.  Our bip...
12/21/2020
Congress reaches deal on $900 billion Covid-19 relief package

This agreement on an emergency Covid-19 relief package will provide much-needed relief for the American people. Our bipartisan, bicameral coalition led the way, working night and day to develop the commonsense plan and budget recommendations that jump-started these negotiations and provided the foundation for this final agreement.

This package extends the Paycheck Protection Program I coauthored and allows our hardest-hit small businesses, such as our restaurants and others in the hospitality sector, to receive a second PPP loan to keep them from shutting their doors for good and to allow them to pay their employees and certain overhead costs, such as for modifications to comply with public health guidelines. The compromise also provides urgently needed housing, nutrition, and unemployment compensation to struggling families, appropriates additional funding for testing, vaccine distribution, and provider assistance to our stressed health care system, allocates funding for schools challenged to operate safely in a COVID environment, assists the overwhelmed Postal Service, and provides assistance to our airlines, airports, mass transit, and motorcoach companies that keep our country moving. From the beginning, I urged the leaders not to adjourn for Christmas without passing COVID relief. I am pleased that we will deliver this vital legislation before going home.

The deal includes a new round of direct payments to struggling Americans as well as more money for businesses.

Wreaths Across America is a powerful demonstration to honor those who have served our nation and fought to defend our li...
12/19/2020
Senate unanimously passes Collins, King resolution marking this Dec. 19 as ‘Wreaths Across America Day’

Wreaths Across America is a powerful demonstration to honor those who have served our nation and fought to defend our liberties. To celebrate this Maine-led tradition, Senator Angus S. King, Jr. and I led a resolution designating today as “Wreaths Across America Day.”

Today, a convoy of volunteers arrived at Arlington National Cemetery to lay Maine-made balsam wreaths at the headstones of American veterans interred there.

The Senate resolution says Dec. 19 will be designated as “National Wreaths Across America Day” and honors the Maine-based Wreaths Across America project.

This cyber attack likely perpetrated by the Russians spotlights the glaring vulnerabilities of our federal cybersecurity...
12/18/2020
US under cyber attack believed to be tied to Russia: Private sector, infrastructure, all levels of government at risk

This cyber attack likely perpetrated by the Russians spotlights the glaring vulnerabilities of our federal cybersecurity system.

The President should immediately sign the NDAA not only to keep our military strong but also because it contains significant cyber security provisions that would help thwart future attacks.

Officials reviewing compromises to Department of Energy — including nuclear administration — and other sectors in massive hacking campaign.

Veterans with early-stage dementia will soon again be permitted access to domiciliary care offered by Maine Veterans' Ho...
12/17/2020
Maine delegation united on federal bill to help veterans with early-stage dementia

Veterans with early-stage dementia will soon again be permitted access to domiciliary care offered by Maine Veterans' Homes through a new law I co-authored with the Maine Delegation. Recently enforced VA eligibility requirements had limited access for many of these veterans.

My father, Donald Collins, a decorated World War II veteran, was cared for by the Veterans’ Home in Caribou at the end of his life, so I know firsthand the compassion and care that they provide. This legislation will provide Maine Veterans’ Homes with the flexibility needed to ensure that veterans with early-stage dementia do not fall through the cracks.

The measure, which is on its way to President Trump to be signed into law, would remove eligibility rules that have stopped some veterans from receiving care at state-run veterans homes.

Communities across Maine have received more than $900,000 to prevent youth substance misuse and foster drug-free communi...
12/17/2020
Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $900,000 to Support Drug-Free Communities in Maine | Senator Susan Collins

Communities across Maine have received more than $900,000 to prevent youth substance misuse and foster drug-free communities. Overdoses claimed the life of more than one Mainer per day last year, and the pandemic has exacerbated this heartbreaking problem. I will continue to fight to help ensure that Mainers have the support and resources they need to fight this epidemic from every angle.

In: Press Releases Posted Wed, 12/16/2020 - 09:20 Share: Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Maine communities have been awarded a total of $914,156 to prevent youth substance misuse and foster drug-free communities.  This funding was awarded through the ...

12/16/2020
Bipartisan Group Introduces Bill to Support Victims of ‘Havana Syndrome’

Public servants who work in our embassies and consulates overseas make many personal sacrifices to represent America’s interests abroad, and they deserve our strong support. As we investigate the source of previous microwave attacks and seek to prevent them from occurring in the future, I led a bipartisan group in introducing legislation to provide additional financial assistance to Americans who were injured and continue to experience debilitating symptoms.

Last month, I joined teachers, staff, and administrators at the opening of the Caribou Community School in my hometown. ...
12/16/2020
After 10 years, Caribou's new $54M school finally opens in the middle of a pandemic

Last month, I joined teachers, staff, and administrators at the opening of the Caribou Community School in my hometown. As a proud graduate of Caribou High School, I was delighted to help facilitate the federal land transfer needed to construct this state-of-the-art facility. This new school will provide educators with the tools they need to help children achieve their full potential. Go Vikings!

From negotiating a land swap to a lone bid that was $12 million over budget, the prekindergarten through grade eight Caribou Community School project often pushed administrators beyond their limits.

Many frontline health care professionals will face substantial Medicare reimbursement cuts beginning in the New Year if ...
12/15/2020
Senators introduce bill to avert millions in ‘misguided’ Medicare reimbursement cuts

Many frontline health care professionals will face substantial Medicare reimbursement cuts beginning in the New Year if we do not act now. I joined a group of my colleagues in introducing legislation that would prevent these ill-timed payment cuts from going into effect and help ensure that our health care system is not further burdened amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Five Republican U.S. Senators introduced legislation on Thursday that would avert millions in reimbursements cuts to radiologists and other physician specialists.

Maine Veterans' Homes has provided domiciliary care for veterans with early-stage dementia in its homes since 2004, but ...
12/15/2020
Senate Passes Bill Allowing Care For Veterans With Early-Stage Dementia

Maine Veterans' Homes has provided domiciliary care for veterans with early-stage dementia in its homes since 2004, but newly enforced VA eligibility requirements have limited access for many of these veterans. A bipartisan bill I authored with Senator Angus S. King, Jr. and Senator Dan Sullivan to address this issue has passed the Senate unanimously. Our legislation would ensure VA has the flexibility to allow more veterans with early-stage dementia to receive this care.

The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed legislation co-authored by U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King of Maine, as well as Republican U.S. Sen. Dan

Maine received an additional $5.5 million for the cost of personal protective equipment and other medical supplies for f...
12/15/2020
Maine to be reimbursed for PPE costs with $5.5M in federal funds

Maine received an additional $5.5 million for the cost of personal protective equipment and other medical supplies for frontline workers. As we combat the COVID-19 pandemic, it is crucial that our health care professionals are properly equipped to treat patients and prevent further transmission.

Maine will receive $5.5 million in federal funding to reimburse the purchase of personal protective equipment.

We worked night and day for over a month to put together an emergency COVID relief package, which is urgently needed by ...
12/14/2020
Momentum grows on Capitol Hill for economic relief package as bipartisan group releases two bills

We worked night and day for over a month to put together an emergency COVID relief package, which is urgently needed by our struggling families, hard-hit small businesses, health care providers, Postal Service, schools, and so many others. I'm particularly proud of the $300 billion small business provision that Senator Jeanne Shaheen and I led that includes an extension of the Paycheck Protection Program, which has saved millions of jobs in this country, including 250,000 jobs in Maine alone. Congress must come together and provide this relief before Christmas. The American people deserve no less.

New data suggests the U.S. faces a wave of evictions if Congress fails to act.

I attended Rotary Club of Houlton’s virtual meeting to provide an update on the federal government’s efforts to address ...
12/14/2020
Houlton Rotary Club meets virtually with Sen. Collins

I attended Rotary Club of Houlton’s virtual meeting to provide an update on the federal government’s efforts to address the pandemic, including the COVID-19 emergency relief framework I authored with a bipartisan group of colleagues to help families, small businesses, and our health care system. Our proposal includes funding for a second round of forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loans, which has already helped to sustain more than 1,400 jobs in Houlton alone.

The Houlton Rotary Club welcomed Sen. Susan Collins, guest of Ellen Halliday, to its regular noon time meeting in a virtual format.

Small business owners and their employees have experienced tremendous difficulty and uncertainty over the past year. The...
12/13/2020
Sen. Collins: The Paycheck Protection Program – a lifeline for small businesses

Small business owners and their employees have experienced tremendous difficulty and uncertainty over the past year. The Paycheck Protection Program has been a lifeline, but small businesses need additional relief to get through this winter.

My column in today’s Maine Sunday Telegram:

Congress is nearing an agreement to allow the companies hardest hit by the pandemic to receive a second forgivable loan.

As soon as COVID-19 vaccines receive FDA approval, it is imperative that they are allocated fairly and transparently. Th...
12/11/2020

As soon as COVID-19 vaccines receive FDA approval, it is imperative that they are allocated fairly and transparently. That’s why I joined Senator Angus S. King, Jr., Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, and Congressman Jared Golden in urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to keep state officials and the public informed of distribution plans. This will help promote accountability, prevent confusion, and ensure equitable access to these vaccines.

Both the Senate and the House have passed the NDAA with overwhelming bipartisan support. This legislation will strengthe...
12/11/2020

Both the Senate and the House have passed the NDAA with overwhelming bipartisan support. This legislation will strengthen our national defense and support our brave military members serving overseas, including a pay raise for our troops. I advocated for several provisions that will help protect the jobs of the hardworking Mainers who make invaluable contributions to our national security, including at BIW, PNSY, Pratt & Whitney in North Berwick, and DFAS Limestone.

https://www.collins.senate.gov/newsroom/legislation-strengthen-national-defense-heads-president%E2%80%99s-desk-provisions-championed-0

I joined ACAP - Aroostook County Action Program, Inc. CEO Jason Parent to discuss a bipartisan COVID-19 relief package I...
12/11/2020
ACAP Today 12.7.20

I joined ACAP - Aroostook County Action Program, Inc. CEO Jason Parent to discuss a bipartisan COVID-19 relief package I am working on with a bipartisan group to support Maine families, small businesses, students, and our health care system during the ongoing public health and economic crisis. We also discussed the terrific work ACAP is doing to connect Mainers with the resources and services they need through a two-generation—or whole family—approach.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNpMY7TUkVI&feature=youtu.be&t=1093

Continuing the Maine Leaders Conversation Series, Jason checks in with United States Senator for Maine Susan Collins. Senator Collins reflects on the unprece...

12/10/2020

Happy Hanukkah! To all those celebrating in Maine and around the world, Tom and I wish you and your families peace and light this holiday season.

Dr. Jessica Meir made history as the first Maine woman in space and a participant in the first all-female spacewalk.  No...
12/10/2020
Maine astronaut could be first woman on moon

Dr. Jessica Meir made history as the first Maine woman in space and a participant in the first all-female spacewalk. Now she is once again adding to her impressive record of trailblazing achievements by being one step closer to fulfilling her lifelong dream of walking on the moon.

Congratulations, Jessica, on being named to NASA’s Artemis Team of astronauts! You continue to inspire so many students in our hometown of Caribou, across Maine, and throughout the country to reach for the stars. 🚀

PORTLAND (WGME) -- An astronaut from Maine could become the first woman to set foot on the moon. First woman, next man on moon will come from these NASA 18Wednesday, NASA announced a team of 18 astronauts who will make up their “Artemis” program. They plan to land astronauts on the moon....

A total of nearly $3.7 million has been awarded to HealthReach Community Health Centers and Health Access Network to hel...
12/09/2020
Maine health centers awarded nearly $3.7M in federal funds to combat COVID-19

A total of nearly $3.7 million has been awarded to HealthReach Community Health Centers and Health Access Network to help meet COVID-19 screening and testing needs, acquire medical supplies, and boost telehealth capacity in response to the pandemic. As we navigate this public health and economic crisis, I will continue to support our medical professionals who provide Mainers with high-quality care.

HealthReach Community Health Centers received $2,101,747 and Health Access Network received $1,580,460, Sens. Collins and King announced.

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