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After Advocacy from King and Collins, Two Maine Projects Receive Funding for Mass Timber Construction

August 22, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced that two Maine projects – one at Bowdoin College and one at the University of Maine (UMaine) – would receive $100,000 each from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service (USFS) to research and construct mass timber, or cross-laminated timber (CLT), buildings on college campuses across the country. This award program comes after advocacy efforts by Maine’s Senators: in December 2018, Senator... Continue Reading »

Collins, King Welcome News of Former Madison Paper Mill Purchase

August 21, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine), applauded an announcement that GO Lab, Inc., has purchased the site of the former Madison paper mill and intends to use the facility to produce innovative biobased insulation. The company plans to employ 120 people at the site, which would become North America’s first producer of wood fiber insulation. This is the latest example of significant investments in Maine’s forest economy; just last week, Senators... Continue Reading »

Collins, King Announce $200,000 to Support Humanities Programs in Maine

August 21, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced that the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) and Maine Humanities Council in Portland have each received $100,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The funding will be used to enhance humanities discussion programs at each Maine organization.“Arts and humanities programs help Maine people exercise their creativity and maximize their learning potential,” said Senators Collins and... Continue Reading »

Senator King Launches New UMA Cyber Range Facility

August 16, 2019

AUGUSTA, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), co-chair of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC), presented keynote remarks for the official launch and ribbon cutting of the Maine Cyber Range (MCR) – a new cybersecurity training center at the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA), and first of its kind in the New England region. The event included a cybersecurity demonstration, where students and faculty walked Senator King, UMA President Rebecca Wyke, and University of Maine System... Continue Reading »

Collins, King, Golden Celebrate Reopening of Old Town Mill

August 13, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) and Representative Jared Golden (D-Maine) celebrated the reopening of the Old Town Mill, which will support both the regional economy and further bolster Maine’s forest products industry. Senators Collins and King and Representative Golden toured the mill and gave remarks highlighting the significance of investments in Maine’s rural economy. ND Paper purchased the Old Town Mill in October 2018, which was... Continue Reading »

Senators Collins, King Announce Nearly $6 Million to Help Maine Fight the Opioid Crisis

August 12, 2019

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Maine has received a total of $5,997,351 to help combat the opioid crisis.  The investments will enable Maine community health centers, rural organizations, and academic institutions to establish and expand access to integrated substance use disorder and mental health services.  The funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services... Continue Reading »

King Presents Inaugural ‘Senator Angus King Award for Conservation Excellence’ at Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust Event

August 9, 2019

RANGELEY, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) attended the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust (RLHT) Annual Meeting and bestowed the first ever Senator Angus King Award for Conservation Excellence to Nancy Perlson, the first executive director of RLHT. While there, Senator King also presented the annual RLHT Community Service Award to Chief Russell French, the Rangeley Chief of Police. After the award presentations, Senator King spoke about the importance of conservation,... Continue Reading »

King Pushes FCC to Act, Fight Cellphone Fraud Across America

August 9, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today announced that he joined eight of his Senate colleagues in sending a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai, urging the agency to take strong action to protect and educate consumers on the issue of cellphone fraud and to assist victims in understanding their options for recourse. In addition to cosponsoring the bipartisan TRACED Act in March – to cut down on the rising scourge of... Continue Reading »

Collins, King Announce Nearly $1 Million for Maine Workforce Research

August 7, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced that the Maine Department of Labor’s Center for Workforce Research and Information (CWRI) has received $998,737 in funding from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). This funding will provide CWRI programs with data to conduct analysis of state labor programs and help the public better understand workforce systems.“We welcome this investment to grow Maine’s workforce and expand job opportunities for... Continue Reading »

King, Collins Introduce Bill to Reduce Energy Costs, Support Rural Maine Economy

August 2, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Support Act, legislation that would support businesses that want to invest in energy efficiency technology, help diversify energy options for rural industries, and maximize Maine’s natural resources. The CHP Support Act reauthorizes and funds the CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAP) program for the next five years – a program that has helped multiple Maine... Continue Reading »

King Votes to Pass Bipartisan Budget Agreement

August 1, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released the following statement after voting in favor of a bipartisan budget agreement which passed the Senate by a vote of 67 to 28:“I have deep concerns about the rapidly growing national debt, and the terrible burden it passes on to our children, but this bipartisan agreement isn’t to blame for our predicament – especially as it sustains America’s full faith and credit,” said Senator King. “In fact, America’s federal spending as a... Continue Reading »

King, Colleagues Warn FCC Against Rural Telehealth Changes

July 31, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), co-chair of the Senate Broadband Caucus, joined a bipartisan group of senators to urge the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to delay their proposed Rural Health Care (RHC) Program report and order to better address the concerns of rural health care providers and the medical communities.  In the letter, the senators highlighted unresolved obstacles that could effectively limit rural Americans’ access to quality healthcare by... Continue Reading »

King Backing Bill to Improve Broadband Data Maps

July 30, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), co-chair of the bipartisan Senate Broadband Caucus, announced his cosponsorship of the Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability (DATA) Act, which will increase the accuracy of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) broadband availability maps by improving the process by which broadband data is collected.“One of my top priorities in Washington is expanding broadband access to rural Maine communities – but if... Continue Reading »

Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $3.2 Million for Rural Economic and Community Development Projects in Maine

July 30, 2019

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced a total of $3,242,078 for rural economic and community development throughout the State of Maine.  This funding is being awarded through the Northern Border Regional Commission’s State Economic and Infrastructure Grants for fiscal year 2019.“The Northern Border Regional Commission is a critical source of investment for rural parts of our state, helping to grow the economy and create jobs,” said Senators Collins and King in a... Continue Reading »

King, Smith, Merkley Lead Bill to Increase Energy Efficiency Across the Nation

July 29, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined U.S. Senators Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to introduce legislation to boost the use of cutting-edge technologies to increase energy efficiency capabilities across America. The American Energy Efficiency Act of 2019 builds upon state success to establish a nationwide energy efficiency standard that would help retail electric and national gas utilities achieve energy savings of 22% and 14% by 2035.... Continue Reading »

Senators Collins, King Welcome Assistant Secretary Simmons to the University of Maine

July 26, 2019

ORONO, ME – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) welcomed Daniel Simmons, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE), to the University of Maine in Orono. The Senators and the Assistant Secretary were joined by representatives from state and federal government, along with industry representatives, to tour UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center (ASCC). Discussions during the tour and meetings... Continue Reading »

King, Colleagues to White House: Reverse Gag Rule That Will Undermine Health Care for Millions of Women

July 26, 2019

AUGUSTA, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) and 41 Senate colleagues urged the administration to reverse the gag rule compromising the Title X family planning program and the health care of millions of people who rely on Title X-funded providers for cancer screenings, STI screenings, contraceptive care, family planning services, and more. In a letter sent to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, the Senators called on the Trump Administration to reverse... Continue Reading »

King Announces Staff Transitions

July 26, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) announced that his Maine Press Secretary, Jack Faherty, is shifting from his role as a spokesman for Senator King. Faherty, who was stationed in Maine since January, has returned to Washington, D.C. to serve on Senator King’s legislative team with a focus on foreign policy and military affairs. In addition, Jeff Sobotko will now serve as Deputy Communications Director, after nearly two impactful years as Press Secretary and Director of... Continue Reading »

Senate Declares Friday, July 26, ‘United States Intelligence Professionals Day’

July 25, 2019

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Senate has designated July 26, 2019, as “United States Intelligence Professionals Day,” following passage of a bipartisan resolution cosponsored by every member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, including U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME).  The resolution, adopted today by unanimous consent, celebrates the courage, fidelity, sacrifice, and professionalism of the hardworking men and women of our nation’s intelligence agencies, just ahead... Continue Reading »

Senate Intelligence Committee Releases Election Security Findings in First Volume of Bipartisan Russia Report

July 25, 2019

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Senate Intelligence Committee, on which U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) serve, released “Russian Efforts Against Election Infrastructure,” the first volume in the Committee’s bipartisan investigation into Russia’s attempts to interfere with the 2016 U.S. election.Today’s installment builds upon the unclassified summary findings on election security released by the Committee in May 2018.  This was the first volume completed due to the... Continue Reading »