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Collins, King Join New England Delegation in Introducing Resolution Honoring Boston Red Sox World Series Victory

November 15, 2018

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) joined members of the New England Senate delegation today in introducing a resolution to congratulate the Boston Red Sox on their 2018 World Series victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers.   “In clinching the 2018 World Series, the Boston Red Sox stand as a testament to the New England values of hard work and perseverance,” said Senator Collins.  “This resolution not only recognizes the commitment, skill,... Continue Reading »


In Senate Hearing, King Presses Energy Nominee to Recuse Himself from Evaluating Costly Energy Policy He Helped Design

November 15, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC – In a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) cited the United States Code in asking Bernard McNamee, a nominee to serve as a Member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), to recuse himself from any proceedings related to a proposed rule that Mr. McNamee worked on while serving at the Department of Energy. The proposed rule, which called for additional compensation for electric generators that hold 90 days... Continue Reading »


King, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation in Response to China’s Human Rights Abuses Against Uyghurs

November 14, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today joined a bipartisan group of his colleagues to introduce the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act in response to the gross violations of human rights in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, including the mass internment of over one million Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities, as well as China’s intimidation and threats against U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents (LPRs) on American soil. In addition to... Continue Reading »


Collins, King Urge Army Secretary to Create USS Thresher Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery

November 13, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined with Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in a letter urging Secretary of the Army Mark Esper to consider the USS Thresher Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Project to establish a monument honoring the 129 men who perished aboard the USS Thresher, a submarine that sank off the coast of New England on... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $1.3 Million for Head Start in York County

November 13, 2018

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that York County Community Action Corporation received $1,342,612 for its Head Start and Early Head Start programs. “Head Start provides children with a strong educational foundation that allows them to grow and succeed.  It also gives parents the developmental resources they need to support their children and to help them build confidence,” Senators Collins and King said in a joint statement. “We welcome this... Continue Reading »


King Statement Honoring Veterans Day

November 11, 2018

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, the Office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released the following statement from Senator King in honor of Veterans Day:“On this Veterans Day, it is my privilege to recognize and thank all of the men and women who have served in our armed forces for their commitment to our country,” said Senator King. “Their tireless efforts and unfailing devotion to duty have kept us safe in times of peril. Today, we pause to reflect on their service and the debt of honor that we... Continue Reading »


King Addresses Students, Honors Veterans at Messalonskee Middle School’s Veterans Tribute Assembly

November 8, 2018

OAKLAND, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) honored Maine’s veterans in a speech at Messalonskee Middle School’s annual Veterans Tribute Assembly. In preparation for the assembly, students completed projects focused on learning about military service and the sacrifices of America’s veterans. During his remarks, Senator King highlighted students’ work on their projects, honored the veterans in attendance, and underscored the importance of living up to the sacred responsibility of... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce $566,690 to Strengthen Rural Maine’s Response to Opioid Abuse

November 2, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced today that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $566,690 to two rural health care organizations in Maine as part of USDA’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program. The funding will help the organizations purchase network, video-conferencing, and other telecommunications equipment for rural health care facilities that specialize in addressing opioid abuse,... Continue Reading »


Following Advocacy from Maine Congressional Delegation, Sanford Rug Manufacturer is Victorious in Trade Zone Application

October 30, 2018

Washington, D.C.—Maine’s Congressional Delegation announced today that Sanford-based Flemish Master Weavers prevailed in its application for an exemption from a tariff on yarn it uses to manufacture area rugs in Maine.  The ruling by the Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board helps to level the playing field for Flemish Master Weavers to compete against foreign competitors and places the company in a strong position for continued growth. U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and... Continue Reading »


Collins, King, Poliquin Celebrate New Defense Contract at New Balance Supporting 900 Maine Jobs

October 30, 2018

Norridgewock, ME – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representative Bruce Poliquin visited the New Balance plant in Norridgewock in celebration of New Balance’s new contract with the U.S. military to produce athletic footwear for our military recruits domestically.  The Senators and Representative toured the production line and delivered remarks congratulating New Balance employees and leadership. Senators Collins and King and Representative Poliquin played a... Continue Reading »


King Honors Veterans at 6th Annual Women Veterans’ Luncheon in Rumford

October 27, 2018

BRUNSWICK, ME – Today, U.S Senator Angus King (I-Maine) attended the 6th Annual Women Veterans’ Luncheon in Rumford. At the celebration, Senator King recognized and commended the attendees, who represented all branches of military service.  “In Maine, we’re lucky that so many incredible veterans call our state home,” said Senator King. “What a privilege it is to celebrate and honor the sacrifice of Maine’s women veterans. Your service kept our country safe and strong when we... Continue Reading »


King Underscores Importance of Maine’s Forest Economy in Bangor, Visits Pleasant River Lumber in Dover-Foxcroft

October 26, 2018

DOVER-FOXCROFT, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) addressed attendees at the Forest Community Readiness Forum in Bangor, where he emphasized the importance of the forest economy in Maine’s rural communities and highlighted his continued efforts to support Maine’s rural economy. The event was hosted by the Forest Opportunity Roadmap (FOR/Maine) and Maine & Company, and focused on economic investment strategies that support rural community redevelopment efforts and included leaders... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce Maine Locations for 2018 Drug Take-Back Day

October 24, 2018

Washington, D.C. – Ahead of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, October 27th, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) announced the locations of the Maine collection sites.  Click HERE for the complete list of locations. National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce Nearly $55 Million Contract for New Crane at PNSY

October 24, 2018

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that the Navy awarded a $54,928,445 contract to Konecranes Nuclear Equipment and Services to provide a 140-ton portal crane to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) in Kittery.   This year, the Navy announced that it would refuel and extend the life of up to seven Los Angeles-class submarines, and that all of those availabilities will be performed at PNSY.  The crane will allow PNSY to safely refuel the... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce Nearly $1.5 Million for Maine Department of Public Safety

October 23, 2018

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the Maine Department of Public Safety has been awarded $1,460,169 through the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) to replace outdated fingerprinting technology and to improve access to criminal records. “Accurate and timely forensic science and access to criminal records are crucial to ensuring the effectiveness of our criminal system,” said Senators Collins and King... Continue Reading »


At Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting, King Honors Contributions of Oxford County Small Business Leaders

October 18, 2018

BETHEL, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) attended the Bethel Area Chamber Annual Meeting and Dinner at the Bethel Inn Resort. At the meeting, Senator King met with local business leaders to congratulate them on their success in economic development and job creation, and thank them for their economic contributions to the region.  “Maine is a great place to live and work, and the men and women who make up the Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce know it. That’s why they’ve worked so hard... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce Nearly $1.5 Million for Maine Sea Grant Program

October 17, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced today that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded $1,417,581 to the Maine Sea Grant College Program at the University of Maine. The funds will be used to advance the development of Maine’s coastal communities by advancing ecological stewardship in commercial salmon farming and developing new high-resolution satellite technology to strengthen Maine’s growing aquaculture... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $500,000 to Support Arts Curriculum in Portland and Lewiston

October 17, 2018

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that Side x Side, Inc., will receive a four-year, $2,482,515 grant through the U.S. Department of Education.  The funding will support Side x Side’s project titled “(Re)Imagining Education” to promote arts curriculum in Portland and Lewiston elementary schools.  The University of Southern Maine will be Side x Side’s primary partner.  Senators Collins and King wrote a letter to the Department of Education in support of... Continue Reading »


King Attends Maine Public Health Association Annual Conference Focusing on Opioid Epidemic

October 16, 2018

AUGUSTA, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) attended the Maine Public Health Association’s 2018 Annual Conference at the Augusta Civic Center. The yearly conference brings together hundreds of public health professionals from across Maine to discuss developments in science and policy relating to public health. This year’s event focused on addiction and the state of public health in Maine. “Today’s conference featured some of Maine’s brightest minds coming together to share information... Continue Reading »


Following Legislative Push from King, CMS Proposes Rule to Increase Prescription Drug Pricing Transparency

October 15, 2018

BRUNSWICK, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) applauded a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that would implement a piece of Senator King’s bipartisan legislative efforts to require the disclosure of drug prices in advertising. The proposed rule reflects language from the King-backed Drug-Price Transparency in Communications Act, and would require pharmaceutical companies to list prices in their prescription drugs... Continue Reading »