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King Votes to End U.S. Support for Saudi Engagement in Yemen

December 13, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, voted in support of Senate Joint Resolution 54, directing the President to remove U.S. Armed Forces from the ongoing civil war between the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis in Yemen pursuant to the 1973 War Powers Resolution. This is the first time a chamber of Congress has ever voted to invoke the War Powers Resolution. This... Continue Reading »


King, Colleagues Call for FERC Commissioner McNamee’s Recusal from Future Business Involving Potential Subsidies for Coal and Nuclear Plants

December 13, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined a group of his Senate colleagues in a letter calling for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Commissioner Bernard McNamee to recuse himself from any future business at FERC involving the potential subsidization of coal and nuclear plants. In the letter, the senators expressed concerns regarding Mr. McNamee’s actions in his previous role at the Department of Energy (DOE) in developing and filing a rule to subsidize failing... Continue Reading »


King Applauds FCC Move to Boost Rural Broadband Deployment

December 12, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a co-chair of the Senate Broadband Caucus, applauded the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) move to make affordable and reliable broadband more accessible to rural Americans. Today’s vote by the FCC increases funding to rural broadband providers who serve some of the nation’s most rural communities, ensuring that these providers can continue to expand access to higher-speed broadband in rural areas. Senator King has pushed for... Continue Reading »


King Votes to Overturn IRS Rule Enabling Dark Money

December 12, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Angus King (I-Maine) voted to overturn the U.S. Treasury Department's controversial decision that allows special interests to hide their donors from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). In July, the Treasury Department and the IRS eliminated the requirement for certain types of tax-exempt organizations to report the identities of major donors to the IRS, which allowed "dark money" donors to hide their contributions to tax-exempt non-profit organizations that engage... Continue Reading »


King Honors Retiring Chairman of Northern Maine Veterans Cemetery

December 12, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a statement submitted to the Congressional Record, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) recognized Harry Hafford, the outgoing Chairman of the Northern Maine Veterans Cemetery (NMVC). Hafford, an Army veteran and Maine native who returned to his home state after a career working for General Motors, was a founding member of the NMVC and has served as the Chairman since 2003. He will be stepping down from his post at the end of the year. A representative from Senator King’s... Continue Reading »


Senator Collins’ Legislation to Support Maine Dairy Farmers Passes Senate

December 12, 2018

Washington, D.C. – In a win for Maine dairy farmers, an amendment authored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) that will promote innovation and increase demand for milk products was included in the bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill. The final agreement comes after the Senate and House of Representatives worked for weeks to reconcile the differences between each chamber’s version of the legislation.  The 2018 Farm Bill received overwhelming bipartisan support and passed the... Continue Reading »


Effort from Senators Collins, King Ensures Harmful House Amendment Not in Farm Bill

December 12, 2018

Washington, D.C. – Following a push from U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME), the final conference report of the 2018 Farm Bill does not include an amendment harmful to Maine that would have required state and local governments to accept products from other states even if those products violate standards and regulations enacted in the importing state.  The Farm Bill passed the Senate by a vote of 87-13 and now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.In... Continue Reading »


Senate Passes Farm Bill With King-Led Provisions to Benefit Rural Maine

December 11, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) voted in favor of the conference report to H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, more commonly known as the Farm Bill. The report, which passed by a vote of 87 to 13, includes a number of provisions that Senator King supported that will help Maine’s farmers and rural communities.  “Overwhelming bipartisan votes like today’s don’t come easy – they’re the product of a lot of hard work, compromise, and consensus-building.... Continue Reading »


In Portland, King Urges Maine People to Sign Up for Health Coverage Before Deadline

December 10, 2018

PORTLAND, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined healthcare advocates and patients to urge Maine people to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act before the ACA’s Open Enrollment deadline on Saturday. The press conference at Greater Portland Health highlighted the resources available to Maine people as they navigate coverage options offered through the ACA Marketplace, and emphasized the upcoming deadline. To sign up for coverage in 2019 during the Open... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Join Group of Senators in Introducing Legislation to Honor WWII Cadet Nurses

December 7, 2018

Washington, DC – U.S Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) joined Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Steve Daines (R-MT) in introducing the U.S Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act, bipartisan legislation to honor women who served in the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps during WWII with honorary veteran status.  The bill, which comes on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, would recognize former Cadet Nurses' service to our country and provide them with honorable discharges,... Continue Reading »


Senate Passes Bipartisan King-Backed Bill to Promote High-Speed Internet for Farmers

December 7, 2018

BANGOR, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) applauded last night’s Senate passage of the “Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of 2018,” a bipartisan bill cosponsored by Senator King that promotes precision agriculture and rural broadband deployment. The legislation, which Senator King cosponsored in May, would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish a task force to identify gaps in high-speed internet connectivity for the nation’s agricultural... Continue Reading »


On Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, King Attends Veterans’ Holiday Open House in Bangor

December 7, 2018

BANGOR, ME – Today, on the 77th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) attended the Holiday Open House at the Bangor Vet Center, where he met with local veterans to honor their service and celebrate the holiday season.“Today was about celebrating the holiday season with the Maine veterans who’ve made so many contributions to our national defense and our communities – and it was made even more special because today is the 77th anniversary of the attack on Pearl... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $46 Million Investment for Water Infrastructure in Southwest Harbor, Bridgton, and Rockland

December 4, 2018

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development office is investing a total of $46,121,000 to upgrade water infrastructure in Southwest Harbor, Bridgton, and Rockland.  USDA is providing financing through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program, which can be used for drinking water, stormwater drainage, and waste disposal systems for rural communities with 10,000 or fewer... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins And King Announce Maine Nominees To The United States Military Service Academies

December 4, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced their nominees to the United States Military Academies. To be considered for an appointment to a service academy, applicants must be nominated by an authorized nominating source, which includes Members of Congress.  Admission to the United States Coast Guard Academy, also a federal service academy, does not require a congressional nomination. “We are proud to have the honor to nominate such an impressive group of... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce Nearly $2 Million for Head Start in Hancock and Washington Counties

December 3, 2018

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that Downeast Community Partners (DCP) received $1,996,333 for its Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Hancock and Washington counties.“Head Start programs are instrumental in ensuring that young children cultivate new skills and receive educational opportunities,” said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement.  “This funding will help build an educational foundation for children in Hancock and... Continue Reading »


King Statement on the Passing of Former President George H.W. Bush

December 1, 2018

SIMI VALLEY, CALIFORNIA – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released the following statement on the passing of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush:“Former President George H.W. Bush was a statesman and a leader, a man of dedication and dignity who served his nation in the military, in Congress, and in the White House. Throughout his lifetime of service, President Bush left his mark on our entire nation – but his loss will be felt even more acutely in Maine, the home of his beloved Walker’s... Continue Reading »


King, Colleagues Issue Bipartisan Call to Protect Worship Centers

November 30, 2018

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined his colleagues in a bipartisan letter to push for strong community safety funding in any FY19 appropriations package. Specifically, the Senators have called for adequate allocations to the DHS Nonprofit Security Grant program which helps nonprofit organizations like religious institutions, schools, and community centers make security improvements. The Senators penned the letter as the United States continues to grieve the deadliest... Continue Reading »


In Senate Hearing, King Urges Nominee to Emphasize Preventive Treatment in Effort to Reduce Healthcare Costs

November 29, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) highlighted the importance of pursuing preventive healthcare measures to reduce overall healthcare costs. During his questioning of Mr. Thomas McCaffery, the nominee to serve as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Senator King emphasized the rising costs of healthcare nationwide, and the unique ability of the Department of Defense (DoD) to drive changes in the... Continue Reading »


Collins, King Announce Over $11 Million for Community Health Centers in Washington, Kennebec, Penobscot and Cumberland Counties

November 29, 2018

WASHINGTON D.C – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded a total of $11,668,486 for four community health centers throughout Maine. The funding will be awarded to Regional Medical Center in Lubec, Healthreach Community Health Centers in Waterville, Health Access Network Inc. in Lincoln, and Portland Community Health Center to improve health services and support health care... Continue Reading »


King Votes to Advance Legislative Effort to End U.S. Support for Saudi Engagement in Yemen

November 28, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, voted to advance Senate Joint Resolution 54, directing the President to remove U.S. Armed Forces from the ongoing civil war in Yemen pursuant to the 1973 War Powers Resolution. This resolution would not impact important U.S. counter-terrorism efforts in Yemen. The resolution was advanced by a vote of 63 to 37. The civil war, which is... Continue Reading »