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King Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Reform Credit Accessibility for Americans

July 27, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) is co-sponsoring the Credit Access and Inclusion Act of 2021 to expand access to credit for an estimated 45 million Americans who have either no credit history or a credit history that is too scarcely populated to generate a credit score. This bipartisan legislation would permit landlords and utility and telecom providers to report on-time payments data to credit reporting agencies, giving consumers the opportunity to develop a positive credit... Continue Reading »


King Encourages Administration to Follow Maine Model for Hospital Price Transparency

July 26, 2021

BRUNSWICK, ME – On the heels of a new report showing most hospitals failing to communicate their costs to patients, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) is urging top Administration officials to ensure that a recent law implemented to end surprise medical billing is enforced and information is consumer-friendly. In a letter to Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Senator King called for collaboration between CMS, advocacy groups, and... Continue Reading »


King Secures Second DDG-51 Destroyer, Vital Wins for Maine and Nation in Defense Policy Bill

July 23, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) announced that the Senate Armed Services Committee’s markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2022 includes a number of important priorities that he advocated for to advance national security and support Maine communities, including the reapportionment of a second DDG-51 Flight III destroyer. By authorizing two DDG-51s – in contrast to the Navy’s budget request, which included one – the legislation... Continue Reading »


King Lauds Swift Passage of Bipartisan Legislation to Staff National Cyber Director’s Office

July 22, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), Co-Chair of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC) today applauded the unanimous passage of bipartisan legislation to provide the newly-created Office of the National Cyber Director (NCD) with staff to begin its vital work – introduced just yesterday. The legislation would authorize non-reimbursable detailees for the Office of the National Cyber Director, address urgent personnel needs and provide additional support to the NCD’s work... Continue Reading »


Senate Unanimously Passes Resolution Co-Sponsored by Collins, King Designating July as “National Blueberry Month”

July 22, 2021

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) designating the month of July as “National Blueberry Month.”  The resolution recognizes the importance of blueberries to the United States’ agricultural economy and highlights the crop’s history.  Senators Collins and King ensured that the resolution included language paying tribute to the native Wabanaki, who first cultivated the... Continue Reading »


Following SolarWinds & Colonial Hacks, Senators Collins, Warner, Rubio Introduce Bipartisan Cyber Reporting Legislation

July 22, 2021

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), a senior member of the Intelligence Committee, joined Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) in introducing bipartisan legislation that would require federal agencies, government contractors, and critical infrastructure owners and operators to report cyber intrusions within 24 hours of their discovery.  Senator Angus King (I-ME), a member of the Intelligence Committee and co-chair of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, is a... Continue Reading »


Maine Delegation Urges Administration to Open Northern Border to Vaccinated Canadians

July 21, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden today sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, urging the Biden Administration to take steps to allow fully-vaccinated Canadians to cross the U.S.-Canada border for business or leisure given current health conditions. The Delegation’s letter comes on the heels of a recent decision from the Canadian government to allow fully-vaccinated Americans to resume... Continue Reading »


King, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Officially Staff National Cyber Director’s Office

July 21, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – As cyberattacks on Americans increase in both frequency and consequence, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), Co-Chair of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC) joined a bipartisan group of colleagues to introduce legislation that would provide the newly-created Office of the National Cyber Director (NCD) with staff to begin its vital work. The legislation would authorize non-reimbursable detailees for the Office of the National Cyber Director, addressing urgent personnel needs... Continue Reading »


“We Have to Reimagine Conflict” – King Outlines Nightmare Scenarios of Cybervulnerabilities in America’s Water Systems

July 21, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), co-chair of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC), today pressed for action to protect U.S. water systems from cyber intrusions. His remarks came at the start of a hearing of the Environmental and Public Works Committee focused on cybersecurity of the U.S. water systems, given a recent spate of attempted cyberattacks on America’s water supply. Senator King’s expert testimony was requested by the committee leadership, and he shared his... Continue Reading »


King Emphasizes that Public and Private Sectors Must Unify Against Cyberthreats

July 20, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), co-chair of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, today pressed Dr. Stacey Dixon, nominee to be Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, on the importance of better collaboration between the public and private sector to strengthen national cybersecurity. During his questioning Senator King highlighted a point that he made in a CNN op-ed with CSC Commission and CEO of Southern Company this week: that the private sector and the federal... Continue Reading »


Collins, Golden Announce $200 Million Now Available to Help Loggers, Timber Haulers Facing COVID-19 Economic Crisis

July 20, 2021

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) announced that $200 million is now available for logging and log hauling businesses that have been seriously impacted by the pandemic. The funding was provided through the Loggers Relief Act, which Senator Collins and Congressman Golden co-authored and Senator Angus King (I-ME) and Congresswoman Pingree (ME-01) co-sponsored last year.  Senator Collins secured $200 million for logger relief in the... Continue Reading »


Collins, King Join Colleagues to Support Intelligence Community Workforce

July 16, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC —U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine), both members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), have joined their colleagues to introduce the Intelligence Community Workforce Agility Protection Act of 2021 – which would allow intelligence community (IC) professionals to deduct certain moving expenses from their federal taxes, as is currently allowed by active-duty members of the military. The bipartisan legislation would expand the treatment of... Continue Reading »


King Votes to Advance Key Energy Infrastructure Priorities that Will Address Climate Change, Cybersecurity

July 14, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today voted to pass a number of key priorities out of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee as it voted on a major energy provision that will be included in the bipartisan infrastructure package. The legislation, which passed out of committee today by a bipartisan vote of 13 to 7, includes King-backed provisions that would enhance the nation’s investment in research and development for clean energy storage, strengthen our efforts to... Continue Reading »


King, Lankford, Wild, Gallagher Introduce Legislation to Protect American Research and Intellectual Property from Global Foes

July 14, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and James Lankford (R-Okla.), and Representatives Susan Wild (D-Penn.) and Mike Gallagher (R-Wisc.) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation aimed at protecting sensitive U.S. research from foreign adversaries, while also securing America’s valuable international partnerships that spur technological innovation. The legislation will advance key technology research in areas such as artificial intelligence and quantum science with... Continue Reading »


King Hails “Major Step Forward” on Cybersecurity After Inglis Sworn In as National Cyber Director

July 12, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), co-chair of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, issued a statement celebrating the swearing-in of Chris Inglis, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in June to serve as the nation’s first-ever National Cyber Director. The newly-created National Cyber Director position was a key recommendation of the Cyber Solarium Commission, and was one of the 25 CSC recommendations included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal... Continue Reading »


To Stabilize Afghanistan Withdrawal, King Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Protect Allies

July 12, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced that he is cosponsoring the bipartisan Afghan Allies Protection Act, to help protect the Afghan civilians who risked their lives to support the U.S. mission. This bill would increase the number of authorized visas, remove extraneous paperwork requirements and improve the program’s efficiency during the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. In addition to Senator... Continue Reading »


King Statement on President Biden’s Planning of America’s Afghanistan Withdrawal

July 8, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released a statement from Senator King following President Biden’s remarks on concluding the United States’ military involvement in Afghanistan by August 31st, 2021, where the President discussed the timetable for the weeks ahead, and presented an overview of the path to safety for Afghan nationals who aided U.S. troops as translators and guides.“Throughout history, nations have been judged by the manner in which they... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce Nearly $5.6 Million to Support and Expand Apprenticeship Programs Across Maine

July 2, 2021

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the Maine Department of Labor has received a total of $5,594,187 to support and expand apprenticeship programs across the state. This funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) State Apprenticeship Expansion, Equity, and Innovation (SAEEI) Grants Program. “Apprenticeship programs provide Mainers with invaluable experience, helping to prepare them for a lifetime of success,” said Senators... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce $150,000 to Help Combat Opioid Epidemic Among Maine’s Youth

July 1, 2021

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that three organizations in Maine have received a total of $150,000 to reduce opioid, methamphetamine, and prescription drug use among youth.  This funding was awarded through the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) Local Drug Crisis Program, legislation co-sponsored by Senators Collins and King to combat the opioid epidemic.“The opioid crisis is devastating individuals, families, and communities across our... Continue Reading »


President Biden Signs King-Led Resolution to Reinstate Methane Emissions Standards

June 30, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today released a statement from Senator King applauding President Biden’s signing of a resolution led by Senators King, Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), restoring regulations on methane emissions resulting from oil and gas extraction. Now enacted into law, the resolution will reinstate EPA standards for methane emissions from the oil and gas industry and the regulation of air pollution from transmission and... Continue Reading »