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Senators Collins, King Announce Nearly $1 Million for Restorative Justice Project of Midcoast Maine

October 11, 2019

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Restorative Justice Project in Belfast has been awarded $924,307 through the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Innovations in Community Based Crime Reduction Program (CBCR).  The funding will be used to develop and implement a strategic, collaborative, and community-oriented plan to reduce crime.“The Restorative Justice Project provides life-changing guidance to juveniles and adults to help them take... Continue Reading »


Maine Delegation Announce $892,586 to Reimburse Portland, Preble Street, and Jewish Community Alliance for Costs of Caring for Asylum Seekers

October 11, 2019

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden announced today that the City of Portland Family Shelter, Preble Street Resource Center, and the Jewish Community Alliance received a total of $892,586.  The funding was awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program (EFSP).“When Maine experienced a surge of asylum seekers this summer, Portland, its surrounding... Continue Reading »


Senator Angus King Hosts Panel Discussion in Bangor on Prevention

October 10, 2019

BANGOR, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) hosted a panel discussion in Bangor with local healthcare providers and public wellness experts on the best ways to use prevention strategies to improve health outcomes and reduce costs. The discussion consisted of two panels: the first panel, ‘Effective Prevention Strategies for Families and Children’, included Dr. Anand Parekh, Bipartisan Policy Center; Holly Collins, Mercer; Jamie Comstock, Bangor Public Health; and Lori Dwyer, Penobscot... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Join Bipartisan Call for Immediate Discharge of Outstanding Federal Student Loans for Permanently Disabled Americans

October 10, 2019

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) joined Chris Coons (D-DE), Rob Portman (R-OH), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Cory Gardner (R-CO), along with U.S. Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Jim Langevin (D-RI), and Don Young (R-AK), in sending a letter urging U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie, and Commissioner of Social Security Andrew Saul to immediately discharge outstanding federal... Continue Reading »


In Aroostook, King Tours New Programs at University of Maine at Presque Isle

October 9, 2019

PRESQUE ISLE, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) visited with local leaders, community organizations, university faculty and students in Aroostook County. Senator King began his day at the Aroostook Area Agency on Aging, where he joined advocates and residents to discuss challenges facing the region’s seniors, including Medicare, prescription drug costs, and isolation. He then visited Aroostook County Action Program, an organization that provides support and services for those... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $1.2 Million to Prevent Domestic Violence and Protect Survivors

October 9, 2019

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Safe Voices of Auburn have been awarded a total of $1,249,486 to support domestic violence and sexual assault prevention programs and protect survivors throughout Maine. “As we continue to work to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault, we must also ensure that all survivors receive the resources they need to ensure their safety and wellbeing,” said Senators... Continue Reading »


In Second Volume of Bipartisan Report, Senate Intelligence Committee Releases Findings on Russia’s Interference in the 2016 Election

October 9, 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 the second volume in the Committee’s bipartisan investigation into Russia’s attempts to interfere with the 2016 U.S. election.The report, titled, “Volume II: Russia’s Use of Social Media,” exposes Russian efforts on social media to influence political dialogue by impersonating Americans.  The data were compiled from classified and unclassified sources and... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce $400,000 to Support Rural Child Care

October 9, 2019

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Coastal Enterprises, Inc., (CEI) has been awarded $400,000 to implement the Incubating Child Care Centers in Rural Maine Project, an innovative five-year financing, social enterprise, business development, and workforce initiative. This project seeks to provide capital and technical assistance to start-up child care businesses in Maine’s economically disadvantaged rural counties.“More than 68 percent of Maine... Continue Reading »


Collins, King Announce Workforce Development Funding at the University of Maine at Presque Isle

October 9, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced today that the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI) has been awarded a five-year, $2,249,810 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to bolster student services in career development.  The funding will help students, particularly those who qualify as low-income, earn degrees in computer science and health administration by contributing to a computer lab and health administration learning... Continue Reading »


King Speaks at MTI 20th Anniversary Celebration in Freeport

October 7, 2019

FREEPORT, ME – This evening, Senator King presented keynote remarks at the Maine Technology Institute (MTI)’s 20th Anniversary Celebration – a public-private partnership that then-Governor King was instrumental in establishing. MTI was established in 1999 to bolster economic opportunity, diversify Maine’s economy, and create jobs by offering grants, loans, and services. Since then, MTI has invested over $270 million in Maine companies, leveraged over $1 billion in private sector funds, and... Continue Reading »


King Statement on Administration’s Move to Abandon Kurdish Partners

October 7, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released the following statement from Senator King in response to the announcement that the Administration intends to withdraw U.S. military personnel from northeastern Syria:“The world must know America will stand with those who fight valiantly alongside us; if our word is not our bond, our ability to attract allies and partners in the future will be seriously compromised,” said Senator King. “The decision to leave our... Continue Reading »


Maine Delegation Announces $1.6 Million Sea Grant Award to UMaine for Research on Atlantic Marine Species

October 4, 2019

PORTLAND, MAINE—U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) and Representatives Chellie Pingree (ME-01) and Jared Golden (ME-02) today announced the award of $1.6 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Sea Grant program to the University of Maine. The grant will fund a research project on Highly Migratory Species in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico, which will help to collect data on age, growth, and migratory behavior of... Continue Reading »


In Freeport, King Celebrates Launch of Wolfe’s Neck Center’s Initiative to Fight Climate Change

October 3, 2019

BRUNSWICK, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) took part in the launch of the Open Technology Ecosystem for Agricultural Management (OpenTEAM) at Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment in Freeport. The event, which was also attended by Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) celebrated the new collaborative initiative that will focus on improving soil health as part of a solution to climate change.“Climate change isn’t something that can be tackled by one group alone –... Continue Reading »


King Backs Bill to Protect Pensions for American Workers

October 3, 2019

BRUNSWICK, ME – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today announced his cosponsorship of the Butch Lewis Act. Named for a retired truck driver and pension advocate, the Butch Lewis Act would address the pension crisis threatening the retirement of more than 1.3 million workers and retirees nationwide and putting small businesses across the country at risk. The bill would create a long-term loan program for at-risk pension plans, which would ease the effects of the crisis on the American... Continue Reading »


In York County, King Launches Two-Week Maine Work Period

October 1, 2019

BRUNSWICK, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) launched his two-week Maine work period by visiting the Ryan Home Project, Atlantic Sea Farms, and Ready Seafood in York County. Over the next two weeks, Senator King will travel from York to Aroostook to listen directly to Maine people and businesses about the work being done in their communities and the challenges they face.Senator King’s first meeting today was at the Ryan Home Project – a facility that provides a home-base for area... Continue Reading »


King Backs Bill to Boost “Vacationland” Efforts

October 1, 2019

BRUNSWICK, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) announced his support of legislation to reauthorize Brand USA, a public-private partnership that enhances tourism across the country through marketing campaigns that promote international travel to the United States. Maine’s tourism industry supports nearly 110,000 jobs and generated approximately $6.2 billion dollars in 2018.“Our state is nicknamed ‘Vacationland’ for a reason – no matter the season, there’s always a significant draw to... Continue Reading »


In September Podcast, King Discusses Recovery with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito and Milestone Recovery’s Bob Fowler

September 29, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released the September edition of Senator King’s “Inside Maine” podcast, focusing on recovery from substance use disorders (SUDs). In this episode, Senator King first welcomed U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), with whom he is working to introduce a Senate resolution designating September National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, and discussed and each state’s priorities for combating substance abuse.... Continue Reading »


King Backs Bill to Improve Mental Health Services at Maine Schools

September 27, 2019

BRUNSWICK, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) announced his support for legislation that would help schools provide vital mental health services at schools across Maine. The Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Act would give schools much-needed resources to provide the mental health counselors that students need and rely on. Specifically, it would establish grants that would be provided to states to help ensure that every school can meet the recommended counselor-to-student... Continue Reading »


Collins, King Announce Nearly $500,000 for Rural Economic Development

September 26, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced that the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), a bureau within the U.S. Department of Commerce, has awarded $446,757 in federal funding to the Maine Development Foundation (MDF) to support and assist the economic efforts of rural Maine communities who have been negatively affected by mill closures. This summer, the senators celebrated the reopening of the historic Old Town Mill and lauded... Continue Reading »


Senators King and Young React to Saudi Crown Prince Taking Responsibility for Khashoggi Killing

September 26, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following a congressional delegation visit to Saudi Arabia earlier this month by U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) – where they were the first lawmakers to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in 18 months – the Crown Prince has broken his silence on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. According to reports, the Crown Prince said in a forthcoming PBS interview, “It happened under my watch. I get all the responsibility, because it happened under my... Continue Reading »