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Senators Collins, King Announce Nearly $650,000 for Maternal and Child Health Services in Maine

November 24, 2020

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the Maine Department of Health and Human Services has received $649,998 to improve the health of Maine’s mothers and children.  This funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Maternal and Child Health Services Program and will support efforts to lower maternal mortality, reduce infant mortality, and enhance the delivery of maternal care.“Maine... Continue Reading »


King, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Block Trump Order Stripping Federal Employees of Critical Protections

November 23, 2020

BRUNSWICK, ME – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined 40 of his colleagues to introduce legislation that would block the implementation of an October 21 Executive Order by President Trump, which opened up new opportunities for “politically motivated firings” of effective employees. This harmful executive order would make it easier for the Administration to fire non-partisan civil servants with policy expertise and solid professional performance due to political disagreements that aren’t... Continue Reading »


King Announces He Will Celebrate Thanksgiving Virtually, Encourages Mainers to Exercise Caution This Holiday Season

November 20, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As coronavirus numbers surge across the nation, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today published a column in The Times Record in which he shares that he and his wife will be forgoing a traditional Thanksgiving celebration and following the guidance of health officials to reduce the potential spread of the coronavirus. Instead of a large gathering, Senator King’s family will come together digitally to observe the holiday.In his column, which is included below, Senator King... Continue Reading »


Senator King Receives First-Ever National Park Foundation Hero Award

November 20, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), Ranking Member of the Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, was announced as a recipient of the National Park Foundation (NPF)’s inaugural “Hero” Award for his leadership in passing the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) and to honor his lifelong environmental stewardship and advocacy. The GAOA includes the Restore Our Parks Act – a bill led by Senator King – and the Land and Water Conservation... Continue Reading »


To Protect Small Businesses Facing COVID Struggles, Senators King and Daines Announce Legislation Providing Enhanced Loan Forgiveness

November 19, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) announced that they will be introducing legislation to fix a provision in the CARES Act that could cost small business owners who received both an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance and a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan up to $10,000 in loan forgiveness. U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) will cosponsor the bill. King and Daines’s bipartisan legislation would modify the CARES Act to ensure... Continue Reading »


Collins, King Announce Nearly $750,000 to Reduce Recidivism in Maine

November 18, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded $749,586 to Volunteers of America Northern New England to help adults and juveniles return to their communities and establish healthy routines and practices that keep them out of the criminal justice system. Specifically, the funding is awarded through the FY20 Second Chance Act Community-based Reentry Program and will support individual programs in... Continue Reading »


Solarium Co-Chair King: “Unjust” Firing of CISA Director Krebs Makes Americans Less Safe

November 17, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), co-chair of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, released the following statement after it was announced that Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Chris Krebs was removed from his position:“Earlier this year, the Cyberspace Solarium Commission issued a nonpartisan report including more than 75 recommendations outlining opportunities for America to improve its national cyber defense posture. Several of these... Continue Reading »


King Votes Against Fed Nominee

November 17, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) voted against Dr. Judy Shelton’s nomination to serve on the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors, which oversees the nation’s central bank and works to promote the effective operation of the U.S. economy and the general public interest. After the motion to file cloture on Dr. Shelton’s nomination was defeated by a vote of 47 to 50, Senator King released the following statement:“We are in the midst of a massive economic crisis, which has... Continue Reading »


Collins, King Announce $300,000 Health and Wellness Funding for Wabanaki Community

November 17, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $300,000 to Wabanaki Health and Wellness to bolster the organization’s health services, including its work to address substance use disorders and support nutrition in tribal communities.“As this pandemic continues to spread across the nation, it is critical that we invest in public health infrastructure to support communities... Continue Reading »


Senator King Leads National Forum Highlighting Rural Benefits, Impacts of Telehealth in Maine

November 13, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) convened and led a virtual roundtable with Maine healthcare providers and experts from the Bipartisan Policy Center on the benefits and future of telehealth for Maine and across the nation’s rural areas. The pandemic has resulted in a dramatic expansion of telehealth services, especially in Maine; these services have allowed for safe access to care for millions of Americans, though the vital policy changes that made this possible... Continue Reading »


King Statement Honoring Veterans Day

November 11, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released the following statement in honor of Veterans Day:“After observing American troops defend Baltimore Harbor from the British Navy during the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key put pen to paper and created our national anthem. It is telling that he chose to write the last lines of the first stanza in the form of a question:“O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave“O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?“He did so, I... Continue Reading »


After Esper’s Dismissal, King Emphasizes Dangers of Playing Politics with National Security During Presidential Transition

November 9, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after President Donald Trump announced the dismissal of Secretary of Defense Mark Esper:“Right now, America hangs in the balance of a precarious moment – mere weeks before a presidential transition, with dangerous national security threats as foreign adversaries monitor our resolve and look for vulnerabilities. Now especially, it is vital that the... Continue Reading »


Collins, King Announce Maine to Receive $36.3 Million for Heating Assistance for Low-Income Mainers

November 6, 2020

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, and Angus King today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is releasing a total of $36,318,970 in funding for Maine through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), including $1,328,011 specifically for tribes and tribal organizations. “As the cold winter months approach, it is vital that we ensure low-income families and seniors in Maine have... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce Nearly $250,000 for Maine Nursing Homes to Combat COVID-19

November 4, 2020

Washington, D.C. ­­– U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that 82 Maine nursing homes and nursing facilities have been awarded an additional $247,577 to support increased testing, staffing, and personal protective equipment (PPE) needs.  This funding adds to the $10.4 million Senators Collins and King announced in August.  This targeted distribution from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Provider Relief Fund is funded through $175 billion included in the... Continue Reading »


Responding to King, Colleagues, HHS Expands Relief For Rural Healthcare Providers

October 30, 2020

BRUNSWICK, ME – Following U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine)’s letter earlier this month with 24 colleagues to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, the Administration has expanded relief funding eligibility for rural healthcare providers and updated requirements to preserve providers’ access to the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) created as a response to the coronavirus pandemic.“Rural healthcare providers are on the frontlines of combatting this public health crisis... Continue Reading »


Maine Delegation Pushes USDA Again to Fix Shortcomings of Farmers to Families Program to Ensure In-State Contractors and Farmers Can Benefit From Fourth Round of Funding

October 29, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden wrote to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today requesting fixes to the Farmers to Families Food Box Program to ensure Maine-based contractors have a fair shot to be selected when the fourth round contracts are awarded. No companies in Maine were chosen by USDA to be suppliers in the first or third tranche of funding for the Farmers to Families Food... Continue Reading »


Dept. of Interior Adopts Golden, King Proposal to Provide Free National Park Access for Gold Star Families

October 29, 2020

WASHINGTON — Following the introduction of legislation earlier this year by Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) and Senator Angus King (I-ME) to make admission to national parks free for Gold Star Families – an idea proposed to Congressman Golden by a constituent – the U.S. Department of the Interior announced earlier today it would implement the lawmakers’ proposal nationwide. Starting November 11, 2020, entrance fees for Gold Star Families will be waived at all national parks and... Continue Reading »


King Fights for Federal Student Loan Borrowers to Access “Critical Relief” from Coronavirus Bills

October 27, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) and a group of 33 Senators sent a letter urging Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to ensure all struggling federal student borrowers can gain access to crucial federal relief. In their letter, the Senators pressed Secretary DeVos to immediately contact borrowers currently missing out on relief and help them consolidate their loans into qualifying loans. They also urged Secretary DeVos to use her administrative authority to... Continue Reading »


Citing Disgraceful Process and Danger of Judicial Philosophy, King Opposes Barrett’s Nomination

October 26, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) voted against Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to serve as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court. In his full statement below, Senator King cites the rushed nature of the proceedings – which he argued should take place after the upcoming election – and the core flaws of Judge Barrett’s judicial philosophy, which he discussed in a Senate floor speech and an op-ed for The Atlantic.“Today’s outcome was pre-determined from the... Continue Reading »


King, More than 100 Lawmakers Urge Congress: Bold and Comprehensive Action Needed to Prevent the Next Pandemic

October 23, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined 136 Senate and House lawmakers in sending a letter to House and Senate leadership urging them to prioritize the development of thoughtful, forward-looking policy plans to prevent and mitigate the impact of future pandemics. In the letter, the lawmakers outline the steps necessary to prevent future pandemics while also noting that Congress must act to provide relief to Americans suffering from the current economic downturn and public... Continue Reading »