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Sen. Susan Collins
25 July 2014

A year after a freight train carrying more than a million gallons of crude oil derailed—killing 47 people in the small, picturesque town of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, which is beginning to heal. The devastation was unimaginable, the loss was unthinkable, and the wounds are still very raw for the residents of this town, just 30 miles from the western Maine border, and for people in our state and around the world.

ANGUS_KING_HS
25 July 2014

How do we respect and enhance the freedom of expression enshrined in the first amendment while protecting the government from being corrupted by the unchecked flow of money to public officials?

We have wrestled with this problem for well over a 100 years through periodic scandals and periodic corrections, new laws and new ways to evade those laws. But, as I observed at a Senate Rules Committee hearing on July 23, we have never seen anything like what is happening today.

ANGUS_KING_HS
18 July 2014

The Maine Potato Blossom Festival is a time-honored tradition in Aroostook County. First celebrated in 1937, Potato Blossom is one of Maine’s oldest festivals. From the parade to the mashed potato wrestling, the multi-day event in Fort Fairfield is a fun and fitting tribute to Maine potatoes and the hardworking farmers that grow them.

Senator Susan Collins
14 July 2014

Medicare is critical to our nation, providing health coverage for more than 54 million American seniors and disabled individuals. Given its paramount importance, as well as the looming financial insolvency the program faces, it is simply unacceptable that improper payments are continuing to soar in the Medicare program.

These improper payments waste taxpayer dollars while compromising the financial integrity of the Medicare program and undermining our ability to provide needed health care services to those who depend on this vital program.

lighthouse july 11 2014
11 July 2014

Scattered throughout Maine’s thousands of miles of jagged coastline are more than 60 lighthouses. These iconic symbols of our state’s rugged beauty and maritime heritage are more than just postcard-worthy buildings—for hundreds of years, they have helped seafarers navigate our rocky shores.

From Nubble Light in York to West Quoddy Head Light in Lubec, Maine’s lighthouses serve as indispensable beacons of safety up and down our coast, guiding sailors, fishermen, and recreational boaters home. Some of these impressive structures are almost as old as America itself.

aww july 10 2014
10 July 2014

The Allagash Wilderness Waterway (AWW) is truly the jewel of Maine’s legendary north woods. The waterway is a remote 92- mile long river and lake area that is managed by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. The Allagash is one of the premier canoe trips in the eastern United States. The fisheries of the waterway are plentiful and essentially native. The primary visitors to the waterway are canoeists and fishermen.

Senator Susan Collins
27 June 2014

As I travel all across our state, I have extensive conversations with small business owners and workers about the challenges they face. While there is no doubt that our nation’s unemployment rate remains unacceptably high, I have met with employers in Maine who have jobs available but who cannot find qualified and trained workers to fill these vacant positions.

ANGUS_KING_HS
27 June 2014

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

Those aren’t the first words of the Declaration of Independence, but they are arguably the most famous. And while Thomas Jefferson agonized over every detail of our country’s greatest declaration, not all of those words came from his pen alone.

ANGUS_KING_HS
20 June 2014

We may not be able to agree on many things in Washington, but at least when it comes to our veterans, there is still broad bipartisan support – as there should be.

Senator Susan Collins
20 June 2014

As Baby Boomers reach retirement age, more and more Americans today are receiving social security benefits. Yet, despite this substantial increase in caseload, the Social Security Administration is actually closing field offices. In the past five years, the SSA has closed 64 of approximately 1,245 field offices—the largest field office reduction in history—and shuttered 533 temporary mobile offices. Furthermore, it has reduced field office hours and started closing some offices at noon on Wednesdays last year.

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