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Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $2.6 Million for Penobscot Community Health Care

January 15, 2021

Washington D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Penobscot Community Health Care (PCHC) in Bangor has been awarded a total of $2,663,402 million to expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of rural telehealth services.  This competitive funding was provided through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).“Community health centers are the backbone of Maine’s rural health care... Continue Reading »


King and Colleagues Seek FEMA Waiver so Maine Can Better Access, Afford COVID-19 Response

January 15, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released a letter sent by Senator King and 33 of his Senate colleagues which asks the incoming Biden Administration to take steps that will protect public health and swiftly free up federal resources to help states with necessary COVID-19 response efforts. Specifically, Senator King and his colleagues call for the new Administration “take immediate action upon assuming office to grant pending requests to waive the 25%... Continue Reading »


Maine Delegation Announces Nearly $90 Million to Support COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution, Expand Testing throughout Maine

January 14, 2021

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden announced that Maine has been awarded a total of $89,516,771 to support the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and expand access to COVID-19 testing.  This funding was awarded through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, which provided more than $50.8 billion in federal funding for vaccine development, production, and procurement; vaccine... Continue Reading »


Citing President’s Role in Assault on Capitol, King Backs Impeachment Effort

January 12, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Today, the Office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released the following statement from Senator King, in which he expresses his firmly-held belief that President Trump should be removed from office immediately. In his statement, Senator King emphasizes the dangerous rhetoric employed by the President in the days prior to the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, and argues that national unity cannot be achieved by ignoring assaults on our democratic... Continue Reading »


Citing Maine’s Strategic Arctic Future, King Commends Defense Department Report on National Security in Region

January 11, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released the following letter from Sen. King applauding the U.S. Navy’s recently-released Strategic Blueprint for the Arctic. The publication represents a forward-thinking approach to achieving U.S. priorities in the Arctic, and stresses Maine’s critical strategic importance in the region. Today’s letter was addressed to Secretary of the Navy, Kenneth Braithwaite, Admiral Michael Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations, and... Continue Reading »


On “60 Minutes” Angus King Issues Call to “Ring the Bell of Common Sense”

January 10, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight, the acclaimed CBS News magazine 60 Minutes aired a profile of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), focused on how Senator King’s approach to politics can serve as a “guide for repairing the tattered fabric of both the United States Senate and the country at large.” During the interview, Senator King discussed how his status as a political independent gives him the freedom to look for commonsense solutions without party pressures. The full interview can be viewed... Continue Reading »


Sunday, ‘60 Minutes’ to Profile Senator King’s Work to Cool Partisan Fevers

January 8, 2021

BRUNSWICK, ME – On Sunday, CBS News’ acclaimed magazine 60 Minutes will air a profile of Senator Angus King (I-Maine). Interviews for the segment were conducted in both Brunswick, Maine and Washington, D.C. by 60 Minutes correspondent Jon Wertheim, and will share Senator King’s vision on the state of partisan politics and a path forward to better serve the American people. The episode will air on CBS this Sunday evening, immediately following the NFL playoff game between the Chicago Bears... Continue Reading »


As Congress Considers Baseless Objections to 2020 Presidential Election, King Emphasizes Fragility of American Experiment in Self-Government

January 6, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate to oppose baseless efforts by President Trump and his allies in Congress to object to the results of the 2020 Presidential election. In his statement, Senator King emphasized the importance of trust in America’s fragile democracy, highlighted our system of self-government’s unique place in a world history defined by monarchs, despots, and dictators, and encouraged his colleagues to speak honestly... Continue Reading »


Bipartisan Group of Senators, Including Collins and King, Condemn Violence at U.S. Capitol

January 6, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) joined Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mark Warner (D-VA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Representatives Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ-5) and Tom Reed (R-NY-23) to release the following statement on the violence at the U.S. Capitol today: “The behavior we are witnessing in the U.S. Capitol is... Continue Reading »


King Statement on Insurrection at U.S. Capitol

January 6, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released the following statement in response to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, which was spurred by President Donald Trump’s continued attempts to undermine faith in America’s elections:“Today’s violent insurrection at the Capitol is an unspeakably sad moment for our nation – one I never thought I would see in our country. In the face of this unprecedented, despicable display, Congress will now reconvene and complete the people’s... Continue Reading »


King: Recording of Trump Pressuring Georgia Secretary of State to Alter Election Results “Would Make Richard Nixon Blush”

January 3, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released the following statement after the Washington Post published audio of President Donald Trump attempting to pressure Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to alter the election results and “find” votes to falsely declare Trump the victor of Georgia’s electoral votes in the 2020 presidential election.“President Trump’s efforts to pressure the Georgia Secretary of State into actual election fraud would make Richard Nixon... Continue Reading »


Bipartisan Group of Senators Including Collins, King: Voters Have Spoken, Congress Must Fulfill Responsibility

January 3, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) joined Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Mark Warner (D-VA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Dick Durbin (D-IL) to issue the following statement on the upcoming Congressional certification of the 2020 Presidential election results:   “The 2020 election is over. All challenges through recounts and appeals have been... Continue Reading »


King: Congressional Efforts to Undermine Election “One of the Most Serious Assaults Upon Our Country’s Democratic System in American History”

January 3, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released the following statement, emphasizing the dangers created by President Trump and his Congressional allies who continue to launch a “ceaseless barrage of lies and unfounded charges” and undermine Americans’ faith in our nation’s democratic systems:“We are experiencing one of the most serious assaults upon our country’s democratic system in American history. The President and a growing number of his Congressional enablers are... Continue Reading »


NDAA Enacts 25 Recommendations from the Bipartisan Cyberspace Solarium Commission

January 2, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) and Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), co-chairs of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC), today announced that 27 provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act directly draw from 25 CSC recommendations for improving U.S. cybersecurity posture have been codified into law with the Senate’s 81-13 override vote on New Year's Day.“The inclusion of the National Cyber Director (NCD) housed in the Executive Office of the President (EOP)... Continue Reading »


King Votes to Override Presidential Veto, Enact Defense Bill Containing Key Provisions to Ensure National Security, Increase Cybersecurity, and Support Maine Jobs

January 1, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Co-Chair of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC), voted to override President Trump’s veto of the Mac Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021, so that it can become law. The legislation includes important provisions to ensure America’s national defense and supports jobs for Maine manufacturers at facilities like Bath Iron Works and Portsmouth... Continue Reading »


King Voices Concern After President Trump Vetoes NDAA

December 23, 2020

BRUNSWICK, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and co-chair of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, expressed his frustration after President Trump vetoed the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021. The legislation previously passed both the Senate and the House of Representatives by overwhelmingly bipartisan, veto-proof majorities; the legislation will now return to Congress, which will hold a vote... Continue Reading »


Collins, King Bill Signed Into Law, Curbing Plastic Marine Debris

December 23, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) are applauding the signing into law of their Save Our Seas 2.0 Act. The bipartisan bill, introduced in June, seeks to tackle the problem of plastic waste on a global scale by spurring innovation and finding uses for the plastic waste that already exists to keep it from entering the oceans. The legislation builds on the initial progress made by the Save Our Seas Act, which was signed into law in... Continue Reading »


Year-End Appropriations Bill Passes Senate with King-Backed Initiatives to Support Maine Jobs, Bolster National Defense

December 22, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) voted in favor of the 2021 omnibus appropriations bill, which funds government programs through next September and advances a number of Senator King’s top priorities to support Maine jobs, increase affordability for working families, and invest in our national security.“This year-end legislation includes a wide range of provisions that will improve life for Maine people,” said Senator King. “The bill includes provisions to support... Continue Reading »


Senate Passes COVID Relief Legislation that King, Bipartisan Coalition Shaped

December 21, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) voted in favor of a coronavirus relief package that will increase unemployment benefits, provide another round of support for small businesses, send another economic impact payment to working Americans, and deliver much-needed funds to strengthen our public health infrastructure as vaccines begin to deploy across the country. In addition, the legislation includes a number of other key priorities to bolster the nation’s response to the... Continue Reading »


Collins, King Cosponsor Bipartisan Legislation to Support America’s Small Food Processors

December 21, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) have introduced the Strengthening Local Processing Act, bipartisan legislation that would provide much-needed federal support to America’s small meat and poultry processors and help strengthen and streamline their operations. The legislation would give small food processors more access to information that is critical to food safety planning, allow more inspector-approved meat products to be sold across state lines,... Continue Reading »