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King Celebrates Nearly $1.5 Billion in American Rescue Plan Funds Coming to Maine’s State, County, and Local Governments

May 12, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) announced that Maine will receive nearly $1.5 billion in aid to state, county, and local governments through the American Rescue Plan. The funding includes more than $997 million to the State of Maine, more than $221 million to support Maine’s county governments, and a combined total of nearly $241 million for local governments. From the onset of the pandemic, Senator King has strongly called attention to the financial crunch being felt... Continue Reading »


Collins, King, and Golden Host Navy Official at Bath Iron Works

May 10, 2021

Bath, ME – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representative Jared Golden hosted Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Mike Gilday in Maine today to tour Bath Iron Works and meet with leadership and employees.“One of the most important reasons I am in Maine today is to ensure every person here knows their work is critically important to our Navy,” said Admiral Gilday. “DDGs are the workhorse of our Fleet, and simply put, you can’t get to the fight if you don’t have ships to sail... Continue Reading »


Cyberspace Solarium Commission Co-Chairs Issue Statement on Colonial Pipeline Cyberattack

May 10, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) and Representative Mike Gallagher (R-Wisc.), co-chairs of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, today issued the following statement after Colonial Pipeline announced it had shut down operations of the nation’s largest fuel pipeline in response to a ransomware cyberattack:“We are disappointed, though unsurprised, to learn of the cyberattack that shut down 5,500 miles of pipeline operated by Colonial Pipeline. This interruption of the... Continue Reading »


King Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Improve Rural Healthcare for New & Expecting Mothers

May 10, 2021

BATH, ME – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) is cosponsoring the Rural Maternal and Obstetric Modernization of Service (MOMS) Act – bipartisan legislation that would help ensure that new and expecting moms in rural communities get the care they need. More than half of rural counties nationwide lack hospitals with labor and birthing services, and the disparity in access to care and worse health outcomes creates challenges for mothers and children at their critical earliest days.“No matter if... Continue Reading »


Collins, King Co-Sponsor Bill to Support Agricultural Community in Confronting Climate Change

May 6, 2021

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME), members of the Climate Solutions Caucus, joined a bipartisan group of colleagues in introducing the Growing Climate Solutions Act, legislation that would break down barriers to farmers and foresters interested in participating in carbon markets so they can be rewarded for climate-smart practices. The bill was led by Senators Mike Braun (R-IN), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Sheldon Whitehouse... Continue Reading »


Collins, King Announce Nearly $200,000 to Support Drug Addiction Researcher Education at Jackson Lab

May 6, 2021

 Washington, D.C. –U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) received a total of $192,349 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to train researchers for substance use disorder studies. This funding was awarded through HHS’ National Institute on Drug Abuse.New, cutting-edge genetic and genomic approaches to understanding the biology of addiction hold promise for addressing the nation’s addiction crisis, which each year... Continue Reading »


Collins, King Co-Sponsor Bipartisan Bill to Improve Access to Public Lands

May 4, 2021

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) joined a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing the Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation (SOAR) Act, legislation that would improve the permitting process for outfitters, educational organizations, and community groups to access public lands.“National parks and other public lands in Maine and across the country are natural treasures.  From Acadia to Denali, and everywhere in between, outdoor recreational... Continue Reading »


King Supporting Legislation to Boost Tribal Broadband Connectivity

May 3, 2021

BRUNSWICK, ME – U.S Senator Angus King (I-Maine), co-chair of the Senate Broadband Caucus, is cosponsoring the Extending Tribal Broadband Priority Act of 2021, legislation to expand the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC's) 2.5 GHz Rural Tribal Priority Window. If enacted, the legislation would provide tribal nations and Native Hawaiian organizations with additional time they need to apply for spectrum licenses for unassigned spectrum over their own lands--a critical step to expanding... Continue Reading »


King, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Support Youth Mental and Behavioral Health

May 3, 2021

BRUNSWICK, ME – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) has joined a bipartisan group of Congressional leaders to introduce the Behavioral Intervention Guidelines (BIG) Act in order to support students’ mental and behavioral health. This legislation would enable the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in consultation with the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and a wide array of stakeholders – to develop best practices to... Continue Reading »


With Maine Overdoses Rising, King Co-Sponsors Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen FDA’s Approval Process for New Opioids

April 30, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) to introduce the FDA Accountability for Public Safety Act, which would ensure experts are heard when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers new, dangerous opioid medications. In 2020, over 90,000 Americans died from drug overdoses – including more than 500 in Maine – and it is likely that 51% of those deaths on the national scale involved opioids... Continue Reading »


King Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Protect America’s Electric Grid

April 30, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), co-chair of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, announced that he has cosponsored the Protecting Resources On The Electric grid with Cybersecurity Technology (PROTECT) Act. The legislation enhances electric grid security by incentivizing electric utilities to make cybersecurity investments, as well as establishing a Department of Energy (DOE) grant and technical assistance program to deploy advanced cybersecurity technology for utilities... Continue Reading »


King: Climate Change is a National Security Threat Worldwide

April 29, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a founding member of the Senate bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, pressed Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Avril Haines on the range of national security risks linked to the effects of climate change – including mass migration due to warming temperatures, straining governments worldwide. During the exchange, which came during a “Worldwide Threat Assessment” hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Director Haines... Continue Reading »


With Acadia, National Park Visits Expected to Rise, King Urges GAOA Action, Appointment of National Park Service Director

April 29, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As peak season approaches for National Park visitations, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), Chair of the Subcommittee on National Parks, today pressed Tommy Beaudreau, nominee to serve as the Deputy Secretary of the Interior, for his commitment to implementing the Great American Outdoor Act, the bipartisan legislation co-led by Senator King, and enacted into law last year. The exchange between Senator King and Mr. Beaudreau occurred during a hearing of the Senate Energy and... Continue Reading »


King Convenes Top Experts on Nuclear Deterrence in Inaugural Hearing as Chair of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee

April 29, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During the 117th Congress’s first open hearing of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, Subcommittee Chairman Angus King (I-Maine) convened top policy experts for an in-depth discussion on America’s preparedness and accountability of leadership for nuclear deterrence strategy. Chairman King underscored the importance of strengthening the chain of nuclear command and control so that the U.S. has the ability to respond to potentially catastrophic attacks in... Continue Reading »


Senate Passes King-Led Effort to Confront Climate Change, Support Public Health

April 28, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Senate today approved a legislative push led in part by U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) to reinstate key regulations of methane emissions from the oil and gas industry – the largest domestic source of this dangerous greenhouse gas, which traps 84 times more atmospheric heat than carbon dioxide. The Senate voted 52 to 42 to pass a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), rescinding last year’s Trump Administration rollback of critical... Continue Reading »


Ahead of “Most Consequential” Climate Vote in Years, King Urges Senate to Reinstate Methane Rules

April 28, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today spoke on the Senate floor and urged his colleagues to vote to reinstate regulations on methane emissions, a harmful greenhouse gas which traps 84 times more atmospheric heat than carbon dioxide. Senator King’s remarks come ahead of a Senate vote on a Congressional Review Act resolution led by Senators King, Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), which would reinstate critical regulations that the Trump administration... Continue Reading »


Collins, King Join Bipartisan Group in Introducing SHIPYARD Act to Support National Defense Infrastructure

April 28, 2021

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Angus King (I-ME), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), along with Representatives Rob Wittman (R-VA), and Mike Gallagher (R-WI), today introduced the Supplying Help to Infrastructure in Ports, Yards, and America’s Repair Docks (SHIPYARD) Act of 2021, which would provide $25 billion to make investments needed to optimize, improve, and rebuild shipyard facilities, electrical infrastructure, environmental... Continue Reading »


In Response to King Questioning, Major Petroleum Company Announces Support for Methane Regulations

April 27, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today questioned Vicki Hollub, President and Chief Executive Officer of Occidental Petroleum on her company’s support of the restoration of Obama-era regulations to limit the release of methane emissions, in a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Senator King has been outspoken about climate dangers posed by methane – particularly since the Trump Administration announced its intention to roll back restrictions last... Continue Reading »


Collins, King Join Bipartisan Group in Introducing Resolution to Prevent Any President from Leaving NATO

April 27, 2021

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) joined a bipartisan group of colleagues in introducing a resolution that would prohibit any President of the United States from withdrawing from NATO without Senate approval.  The resolution would require the President to seek the advice and consent of the Senate before suspending, terminating, or withdrawing U.S. membership in NATO and would formalize the Senate’s opposition to doing so.“NATO has proven to be the... Continue Reading »


Acting on COVID Lessons, King Seeking to Improve Home Healthcare Quality, Strengthen Its Workforce

April 27, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) has introduced three pieces of legislation aimed at improving the quality of home care by providing career support and advancement opportunities for home healthcare providers. Senator King’s proposals specifically aim to address shortcomings in training for home health workers and open new pathways for career advancement. These efforts seek to stabilize the field, which has been stretched thin by the pandemic and already suffers high... Continue Reading »