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As Restrictions Ease for European Travelers, Senator King Urges White House to “Extend This Logic” to Canadian Border

September 24, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today announced that Senator King is urging President Joe Biden to allow fully vaccinated Canadians to drive across the U.S.-Canada border, as a logical extension of his newly-announced protocols for vaccinated international visitors traveling to the United States via plane. In his letter, Senator King highlights the logistical challenges presented by requiring Canadians to fly rather than drive – adding extensive travel time... Continue Reading »


Maine Delegation Urges USDA to Support Maine Organic Dairy Farmers

September 23, 2021

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack urging the department to provide federal support to the 14 Maine organic dairy farms who were recently notified that their contracts will not be renewed by Horizon Organic, a subsidiary of the multinational corporation Danone. Their letter reiterates the recommendations put forth by Governor Mills and the... Continue Reading »


Collins, King Announce More than $1.3 Million for Tribal Health Infrastructure Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

September 23, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Wabanaki Health and Wellness (WHW) will receive a total of $1,379,504 to help build and improve public health and wellness services and treatment programs. This funding, awarded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support, will help WHW identify, respond to, and mitigate public health threats, improving the health, safety, and well-being of... Continue Reading »


King Announces Nearly $1 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds to Support Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment

September 22, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today announced that Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services will receive a grant of $929,502 to support Maine people with mental health or substance use disorders, as the state suffers a spike in overdose fatalities due to stresses tied to the ongoing COVID pandemic. The funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will support development of a new Medicaid program providing community-based, mobile crisis... Continue Reading »


Collins, King, Announce $6.1 Million Grant to Support Maine Families and Children

September 21, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the Maine Department of Health and Human Services has been awarded $6,111,628 to improve the health of Maine mothers and children. The funding was awarded through the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration’ (HRSA) Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program, and will support efforts to promote childhood development, reduce child abuse, and enhance child and maternal... Continue Reading »


Collins, King, Golden Announce $2.5 Million Grant to Help Combat Opioid Epidemic in Aroostook County

September 20, 2021

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Congressman Jared Golden announced that Aroostook Mental Health Center (AMHC) has been awarded $2.5 million to support and expand their Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) services.“For nearly six decades, Aroostook Mental Health Center has been committed to improving the health of rural and underserved communities,” said Senators Collins and King and Congressman Golden in a joint statement.  “This funding will... Continue Reading »


Maine to Receive Nearly $1 Million for COVID Testing From American Rescue Plan

September 20, 2021

BRUNSWICK, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), announced that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded $940,140 to Mainehealth to make COVID-19 testing more accessible and increase testing among Maine’s disadvantaged, immigrant, low-income, and homeless populations. The funds were allocated through the American Rescue Plan (ARP), which passed in March 50-49 with the Senator’s crucial vote.“Once again, the American Rescue Plan is delivering vital support for Maine people... Continue Reading »


King Pushes White House to Open Northern Border to Vaccinated Canadians by October

September 17, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The Office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-ME) today announced that Senator King and a group of his colleagues are urging President Joe Biden to begin allowing vaccinated Canadians to travel to the U.S. through land ports of entry in the coming weeks. Noting the economic and familial strains caused on states like Maine by the continued restrictions at the U.S.-Canada border, the Senators wrote a letter to the President urging him to lift travel restrictions at the end... Continue Reading »


On Constitution Day, Senator King Announces Push to Strengthen Civics Education

September 17, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) have introduced the Constitution education Is Valuable In Community Schools (CIVICS) Act, bipartisan legislation designed to support the development of Constitution and civics education curriculum for students across the country. The legislation’s formal introduction comes the week of Constitution Day – September 17th  – a date established in 1952 to recognize the... Continue Reading »


Maine Delegation Announces Service Academy Information Night

September 16, 2021

Portland, ME – The offices of Maine’s Congressional Delegation will host a Military Academy Seminar in cooperation with Maine Maritime Academy in Portland on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at the Clarion Hotel, 1230 Congress Street, from 6:00 – 8:30 PM.  Registration is from 5:30 – 6:00 PM.  Students, parents and guidance counselors who are interested in the application process for the United States Military, Naval, Air Force, Merchant Marine and Coast Guard Academies, state maritime... Continue Reading »


Senate Passes Bipartisan King Legislation to Boost “Made in USA” Products

September 16, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation this week led by U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) to establish a uniform federal standard for products labeled “Made in the U.S.A.” or “Made in America.” Under current conditions, businesses that make their products in the United States face a patchwork of different state laws – making compliance costs burdensome in order to ensure products can be sold across the country with the... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce Nearly $550,000 for Bigelow Lab

September 15, 2021

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences has received a total of $543,189 to conduct research to better understand the distributions of trace chemical elements and their isotopes in the oceans. This funding was awarded through the National Science Foundation.“Bigelow Laboratory is a leader in efforts to study microbes and their effect on processes within our oceans,” said Senators Collins and King in a joint... Continue Reading »


As Possible Shutdown Looms, Senator King Co-Sponsors Bipartisan Bill to Avoid Fiscal Disruption

September 15, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Angus King (I-Maine) is joining a bipartisan group of his colleagues to reintroduce the Prevent Government Shutdowns Act of 2021, which would take government shutdowns off the table by setting up an automatic continuing resolution (CR) if government funding has not been enacted on time and requiring Congress to stay in town until the job is done. The Senators’ legislation comes ahead of a September 30th deadline to pass legislation that prevents another government... Continue Reading »


Maine Delegation Announces $750,000 to Revitalize and Preserve Maine’s Historic Downtowns

September 14, 2021

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden announced that the Maine Development Foundation (MDF) has received a total of $750,000 to revitalize and preserve historic downtowns throughout the State of Maine. This funding was awarded through the National Park Service’s (NPS) Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants Program. The Maine Delegation sent a letter of support to the NPS on MDF’s... Continue Reading »


King, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Protect Voter Access, Strengthen Our Participatory Democracy

September 14, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S Senator Angus King Jr. (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Rules Committee, joined seven of his Senate colleagues to introduce the Freedom to Vote Act, legislation to improve access to the ballot for Americans and advance common-sense election integrity reforms. The legislation – which incorporates many crucial reforms from prior bills – reflects feedback that state and local election officials made in recent months to ensure the local authorities... Continue Reading »


“He’s Made a Huge Difference” - King Recognizes Retiring Katahdin Woods and Waters Superintendent

September 13, 2021

Click HERE to watch Senator King’s remarks and HERE to download broadcast-quality video WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Angus King, Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on National Parks, today delivered remarks from the Senate floor to recognize the extraordinary career of Tim Hudson, and stress the importance of preserving and protecting America’s National Parks. Hudson, who currently serves as superintendent of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, is retiring in October after... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $3.8 Million for Head Start Program in Kennebec Valley

September 13, 2021

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Kennebec Valley Community Action Program has received $3,860,835 for its Head Start and Early Head Start programs. This funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Head Start.“Head Start and Early Head Start programs across Maine provide invaluable resources to young children and their families, helping them to cultivate new... Continue Reading »


King Statement on 20th Anniversary of September 11th Attacks

September 11, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released the following statement from Senator King marking the 20th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks:“Twenty years have passed since the horrific attacks of September 11th that claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people, and the horrors of that day still remain seared in the memories of so many Americans,” said Senator King. “I can recall clear as day my moment of realization that the first plane... Continue Reading »


Senator King, Secretary of Energy Granholm Tout Maine’s Renewable Energy Leadership

September 10, 2021

Today, U.S. Senator Angus King toured the Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) in Portland with Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm, and shared a conversation with her and ORPC leadership to highlight benefits Maine people will see from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). Together, they stressed the need to strengthen our energy grid, promote clean energies, and create more resilient coastal infrastructure as recent natural disasters have demonstrated America’s... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $6.2 Million for 29 Maine Fire Departments

September 10, 2021

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that 29 fire departments in Maine have received a total of $6,220,151 to upgrade equipment and support personnel. This funding was awarded through the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grants and the FY 2020 Staffing for Adequate Fire Emergency Response (SAFER) Grants“Firefighters put their lives on the line every day to protect local residents, homes, and businesses,” said Senators... Continue Reading »