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In Portland, King Speaks at ‘Protect Our Care’ Rally

September 24, 2018

PORTLAND, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) spoke at the ‘Protect Our Care’ Bus Tour event at Portland’s City Hall in defense of the Affordable Care Act. Protect Our Care is a group of healthcare activists that are currently traveling the country via bus to share stories, testimonies and represent Americans whose health is being put at risk by continued attacks on the Affordable Care Act. In addition to Senator King, attendees included Representative Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), people... Continue Reading »


King Statement Honoring POW/MIA Day

September 21, 2018

BRUNSWICK, ME – Today U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement in observance of National POW/MIA Recognition Day. This day recognizes and shows solidarity with America’s servicemembers who have been Prisoners of War, those still Missing in Action, and their families: “We join today to honor the brave members of our Armed Forces who were held as Prisoners of War and those who remain Missing in Action. I am humbled... Continue Reading »


In Damariscotta, King Highlights Importance of Healthcare Protections To Maine People Working in High Risk Industries

September 21, 2018

BRUNSWICK, ME –Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) met with Maine people at Lincoln Health Education Center in Damariscotta to highlight the impact of protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions, as well as the importance of community rating, another provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which requires health insurance providers to offer policies within a given territory at the same price to all potential customers. These protections are particularly important to workers... Continue Reading »


King Tours Acadia National Park with Acting Director of NPS, Highlights Need for ‘Restore Our Parks Act’

September 20, 2018

BAR HARBOR, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), Ranking Member of the Energy and Natural Resources Senate Subcommittee on National Parks, joined Acting Director of the National Park Service, Dan Smith, on a tour of Acadia National Park to assess the park’s critical maintenance needs. The visit highlights the need for Congress to pass the Restore Our Parks Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Senator King along with Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Lamar... Continue Reading »


In Cape Elizabeth, King Joins USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to Discuss Maine Agriculture with Industry Leaders

September 20, 2018

CAPE ELIZABETH, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue at the William H. Jordan Farm in Cape Elizabeth. Senator King and Secretary Perdue toured the farm and met with Maine agricultural leaders representing a variety of important sectors of the state’s agricultural economy and discuss the challenges they face. Senator King and Secretary Perdue were also joined by Representative Chellie Pingree (D-Maine).  “Maine... Continue Reading »


King, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Address Suicide Crisis in Native Communities

September 19, 2018

BRUNSWICK, ME – U.S Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined a bipartisan group of his Senate colleagues to introduce the Native American Suicide Prevention Act. This legislation would help address the suicide crisis in Indian Country by ensuring collaboration among states and tribal communities to design and implement statewide suicide intervention and prevention strategies that work for their communities. The Native American Suicide Prevention Act is the Senate companion to H.R. 3473, a bipartisan... Continue Reading »


King Joins Colleagues to Secure $5 Million for Textbook Grants

September 18, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today applauded the inclusion of a provision allocating $5 million in additional funding for the continued implementation of the Open Textbooks Pilot in the FY19 Departments of Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Package. The Open Textbooks Pilot is a competitive grant program to support the creation and expand the use of open college textbooks— textbooks that are available under an open license,... Continue Reading »


Senate Passes Legislation to Fight the Opioid Crisis Including Multiple King-Backed Provisions

September 17, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) voted for the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, a bipartisan package which passed today by a vote of 98 to 2 and includes many provisions that will help Maine families and communities affected by the opioid crisis. The legislation was the result of months of bipartisan hearings and discussion on the opioid crisis. Senator King has previously supported several core provisions of the legislation, which will improve the federal... Continue Reading »


King, Inhofe Push to Expand Civics Education

September 17, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced the Constitution education Is Valuable In Community Schools (CIVICS) Act, to support the development of Constitution and civics education curriculum for students across the country. The Senators’ legislation comes on Constitution Day, which was established in 1952 to recognize the importance of the United States Constitution and the importance of citizenship and civics in our daily lives.“In the... Continue Reading »


On Senate Floor, King Speaks in Support of Expanding Base of Opioid Treatment Professionals

September 17, 2018

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) spoke on the Senate Floor in support of the Addiction Treatment Access Improvement Act, which would permanently authorize nurse practitioners and physician assistants to prescribe medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders. Though this legislation is not a part of the Senate opioid package that is expected to be taken up today, it was included in the House of Representatives’ version, and Senator King is hopeful it will be... Continue Reading »


In Portland, King Joins Experts for Panel Discussion on Preventing Veterans Suicide

September 17, 2018

PORTLAND, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined a panel featuring veterans’ healthcare experts and caregivers at the Portland Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). The panel included: Russell Armstead, Assistant Medical Center Director at the VA Maine Healthcare System; Tracy Charette, Suicide Prevention Coordinator at Togus VA Medical Center; David Richmond, Interim Director at Bureau of Veterans’ Services; Greg Marley, Clinical Director & Senior Trainer at Maine Chapter... Continue Reading »


King Urges USDA to Target $600 Million Investment in Rural Broadband to Maximize Impact for Maine Communities

September 17, 2018

PORTLAND, ME – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a founder and co-chair of the Senate Broadband Caucus, urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) to allocate funding towards investing in broadband access for Maine’s underserved and rural areas by submitting a letter during RUS’s comment period. The RUS’s funding was included in the March 2018 omnibus, which was supported by Senator King in large part because Congress funded a $600 million broadband pilot... Continue Reading »


At Center for Seniors in Kennebunk, King Addresses Reigning in High Cost of Health Care and Prescription Drugs

September 14, 2018

KENNEBUNK, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) visited The Center for Seniors in Kennebunk to meet with members and discuss a number of issues facing Maine seniors. Throughout the conversation, Senator King touched on topics including Medicare, the high costs of prescription drugs, and the importance of finding solutions that help Maine people age in place.   “I think all of us need to be concerned in this country about how much healthcare costs. We can talk about policy and... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce Nearly $2 Million for Maine Legal Assistance Programs for Victims of Domestic Violence

September 14, 2018

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced a total of $1,117,794 for Next Step Domestic Violence Project in Ellsworth and Caring Unlimited Corporation in Sanford.  The funding was awarded through the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Legal Assistance for Victims Grant Program and Improving Criminal Justice Responses Program.    “Survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence should have access to every resource available to ensure their safety,” said... Continue Reading »


King, Durbin, Grassley Push Congress to Put American Patients First

September 13, 2018

BRUNSWICK, ME – After their bipartisan amendment to require disclosure of prescription drug prices in television ads was removed from the Fiscal Year 2019 Defense-Labor-HHS-Education appropriations “minibus” bill in a last-minute, back room deal, U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) urged their fellow members of Congress to stop caving to the wishes of Big Pharma. Durbin, Grassley, and... Continue Reading »


King Applauds Passage of MilCon-VA Conference Report

September 13, 2018

BRUNSWICK, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) applauded Congressional passage of bipartisan legislation to fund the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Department of Defense (DoD). The package includes full funding for the VA Mission Act, a bipartisan effort that seeks to improve the availability and quality of care through the VA. The legislation, which passed the Senate last night and the House of Representatives this evening, now heads to the... Continue Reading »


After Thorough Review, King Announces Opposition to Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Nomination to Supreme Court

September 12, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) announced his opposition to the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court. Senator King’s decision comes after careful deliberation, including reviewing Judge Kavanagh’s public opinions, statements and legal scholarship, attending much of his hearing before the Judiciary Committee despite not serving on the Committee, studying the documents the Judiciary Committee made available only to Members of the Senate, and... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce $431,725 for Energy Efficiency in Rural Farms and Small Businesses from Aroostook to York County

September 12, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced today that nine rural Maine businesses will receive a total of $431,725 in funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) to purchase, construct and install solar panels or mechanisms to convert wood into pellets. REAP’s grant program, entitled Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Loans and Grants, provides financial assistance to agricultural producers and... Continue Reading »


In Auburn, King Discusses Food Insecurity During Visit to Good Shepherd Food Bank

September 11, 2018

AUBURN, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) visited the Good Shepherd Food Bank, where he met with staff members to discuss the challenges facing Maine people who are struggling with the lack consistent access to heathy food due to lack of financial resources, often referred to as “food insecurity.” During the visit, Senator King also highlighted the important provisions for Maine in the Senate Farm Bill, which would boost Maine agriculture and protect important nutrition programs like... Continue Reading »


King Statement on 17th Anniversary of September 11

September 11, 2018

LEWISTON, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released the following statement in honor of the 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks: “On this day seventeen years ago, Americans watched together in horror as terrorist attacks against our country claimed almost 3,000 innocent lives. In the days and weeks following the terror, our nation came together to grieve and honor those we had lost, and we were united by our sense of what it means to be an American... Continue Reading »