Skip to content

Press Releases

Press Releases

Collins, King Announce Nearly $225,000 to Expand Sustainable, Nutritious Meal Options in Maine Schools

December 1, 2021

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the University of Maine has received a total of $224,963 to create a new Maine Farm to School Institute, which will connect schools with locally grown food and educate rural middle and high school students about nutrition.  This funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).“Farm-to-school programs have proven to be successful at... Continue Reading »


After Senator King’s Advocacy on Senate Floor, Senate Confirms National Security Nominee

November 30, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), Chair of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, today applauded the Senate’s unanimous vote to confirm Ms. Corey Hinderstein as the Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Before calling for the vote, Senator King spoke on the Senate Floor to highlight Ms. Hinderstein’s outstanding qualifications, emphasize the urgent need to deter our enemies... Continue Reading »


Senator King: Blocking Senate Defense Bill Undercuts “Fundamental Responsibility” to Ensure National Security

November 29, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today voted to open debate on the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Moments later, the motion failed to reach the sixty-vote threshold, threatening a 60-year streak of passing this essential bipartisan legislation and invest in America’s national defense. The Senate has passed this annual legislation for decades, typically on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis, to bolster... Continue Reading »


Collins, King Announce $1.3 Million to Support Maine’s Meat Processors

November 29, 2021

Washington, D.C. – As ongoing supply chain disruptions impact businesses and consumers, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that seven meat and poultry processors across Maine have received a total of $1,345,000 to help strengthen and streamline their operations. This funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant Program.“Significant supply chain disruptions have placed financial pressure... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce $2.3 Million to Help Combat Maine’s Opioid Epidemic

November 23, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is awarding the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Penquis Community Action Agency a total of $2,302,864 to combat the opioid crisis and confront substance abuse disorders in Maine youth. This life-saving funding comes as the state sees a spike in overdose fatalities due to challenges created by the ongoing COVID-19... Continue Reading »


In Bath, Senator King Tours Small Businesses and Encourages Local Shopping for Holidays

November 22, 2021

BRUNSWICK, ME — In advance of the holiday shopping season, U.S. Senator Angus King today toured small businesses in Downtown Bath as part of an effort to highlight local options for Maine people to consider when purchasing gifts in the weeks ahead. During his tour, Senator King visited Café Crème, Bath Natural Market, Bath Sweet Shoppe, Mockingbird Bookshop, Maine Street Design, Lisa-Marie’s Maine Made, Loyal Biscuit, and Bruno’s Wood Fired Pizza. The visits come ahead of “Small Business... Continue Reading »


King Applauds Senate Confirmation of National Park Service Director

November 19, 2021

BRUNSWICK, ME – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on National Parks, today welcomed the Senate’s unanimous confirmation of Charles Sams III to serve as Director of the National Park Service (NPS) – having repeatedly urged top leadership at the Department of Interior to support stable leadership at NPS, given the Service has not had a Senate-confirmed director since 2017. Following his confirmation, Sams becomes the first Native American to lead the NPS.“Now... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce $750,000 to Support Law Enforcement Officers Across Maine

November 19, 2021

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that four communities across the State of Maine have received a total of $750,000 to hire law enforcement officers. This funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program.  “In Maine and throughout the country, the dedicated men and women of our nation’s law enforcement community put their lives on the line every day to keep our... Continue Reading »


King-Led Effort to Designate York River as “Wild and Scenic” Passes Key Senate Committee with Broad Bipartisan Support

November 18, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S Senator Angus King (I-Maine), Chairman of the Senate National Parks Subcommittee, today celebrated the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee’s bipartisan passage of his legislation to designate the York River as part of the National Park System’s “Wild and Scenic” Rivers program. The designation would protect the river and surrounding areas from development and provide important federal funds to the region. The bill now heads to the Senate floor for full... Continue Reading »


On Senate Floor, King Emphasizes Importance of Bipartisan Defense Bill to National Security, Maine Jobs

November 17, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today spoke on the Senate Floor in support of the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). In his speech, Senator King highlighted the Senate’s continued bipartisan work to strengthen our national security, support America’s men and women in uniform, and shared key provisions of the defense package that will keep Americans safe and sustain Maine communities — including a 2.7%... Continue Reading »


As Vacationland Recovers From COVID Impacts, King Announces Nearly $11 Million to Stabilize Maine’s Tourism and Recreation Economy

November 17, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $10,817,267 to the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development’s Office of Tourism to strengthen Maine’s tourism economy. The funding from the American Rescue Plan, which passed in March, will help the state’s tourism industry continue to recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and strengthen the outdoor recreation industry that is a major contributor... Continue Reading »


“Why Would We Want to Screw That Up?” – King Warns Natural Gas Exports Harming Americans, Strengthening Competitors

November 16, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), today emphasized the harmful, expensive impact that unchecked liquid natural gas (LNG) exports are having on American consumers during a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee. As people across Maine and the country see energy and heating costs rising – and with New England’s reliance on natural gas – Senator King outlined how rapidly increasing LNG exports are driving increased energy costs for consumers. In... Continue Reading »


King Statement After President Biden Signs Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation Into Law

November 15, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today released the following statement after President Joe Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), a historic investment in America’s infrastructure. Senator King, who attended today’s signing ceremony at the White House, was a member of the bipartisan group heavily involved in the negotiation of the bill from an initial Oval Office conversation onwards, securing major priorities in the final package, including a $65... Continue Reading »


On Veterans Day, Senator King Launches Interview Series With a Maine WWII, Korean, and Vietnam War Veteran

November 11, 2021

On Veterans Day, Senator King Launches Interview Series With a Maine WWII, Korean, and Vietnam War Veteran Senator introduces “Maine’s Veteran Voices” – in partnership with the Library of Congress’ Veterans History ProjectClick HERE to watch the interview and HERE to download broadcast-quality videoWASHINGTON, D.C. – In honor of Veterans Day, today the Office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) is releasing the first episode of Senator King’s new interview series, “Answering the Call: Maine’s... Continue Reading »


King Statement Honoring Veterans Day

November 11, 2021

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:“When President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” in 1954, he wrote, ‘In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose.’ On this Veterans Day nearly 70 years later, we are still... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $500,000 for Potato Research Program at the University of Maine

November 10, 2021

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the University of Maine (UMaine) has received a total of $510,104 to conduct research on potato breeding in Maine.  This funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).“Maine’s potato industry is an integral part of our state’s heritage and plays a major role in our state’s economy,” said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement.... Continue Reading »


Senator King Announces Over $6.5 Million for Maine to Fight COVID-19, Prevent Future Pandemics

November 10, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Office of U.S. Senator Angus King today announced the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has awarded the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) $6,552,614 to prevent and control emerging diseases including COVID-19. The funding is being awarded through the CDC’s Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases program (ELC), which provides financial support and technical assistance to the nation’s health... Continue Reading »


King Celebrates House Passage of Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation

November 5, 2021

BRUNSWICK, ME – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) tonight released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to pass the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), a historic investment in America’s infrastructure. Senator King was a member of the bipartisan group heavily involved in the negotiation of the bill, which passed the Senate in August and now heads to President Biden’s desk for his signature. “The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce Over $650,000 to Strengthen Maine’s Lobster Industry

November 5, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that three Maine organizations will be receiving a total of $662,405 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Sea Grant American Lobster Initiative to support the long-term health and resiliency of Maine’s lobster industry. The funds, which have been awarded to the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, the University of Maine, and the Maine Department of Marine Resources, will help... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $1.7 Million for Head Start Program in York County

November 4, 2021

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the York County Community Action Corporation has received a total of $1,731,577 for its Head Start and Early Head Start Programs. This funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Head Start.“Head Start and Early Head Start programs across Maine provide invaluable resources to young children and their families, helping them to... Continue Reading »