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King Statement on Passing of David Flanagan

October 14, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released a statement from Senator King following the passing of David Flanagan, a distinguished Maine leader who led Central Maine Power (CMP) during the Ice Storm of 1998 and worked closely with then-Governor King to address the crisis. Flanagan also served in a number of different public service roles, including within federal and state government, and served as President of the University of Southern Maine.  “David... Continue Reading »


King Statement on Planned Opening of U.S. – Canadian Border

October 13, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released the following statement from Senator King after the Biden administration announced they would allow fully vaccinated Canadians to cross the U.S. – Canada border via car and ferry starting in early November. Senator King has repeatedly pushed the Biden administration for this change – citing the economic and emotional difficulties the closure has inflicted on Maine communities.“It’s good to see the White House... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Co-Sponsor Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

October 12, 2021

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King co-sponsored the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (RAWA) of 2021, a bipartisan bill that would invest in proactive, on-the-ground conservation work led by states, territories, and tribal nations to support the long-term health of fish and wildlife habitat all across America.“The federal government plays a critical role in protecting threatened and endangered species.” said Senators Collins and King in a joint... Continue Reading »


King, Murkowski Introduce Bill to Strengthen America’s Arctic Influence

October 12, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – The Office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) announced today that Senators King and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) – co-chairs of the Senate Arctic Caucus – have introduced the Arctic Diplomacy Act of 2021, legislation designed to elevate Arctic issues in U.S. foreign policy by establishing an Assistant Secretary of State for Arctic Affairs who will lead and conduct U.S. foreign policy in the Arctic region and on Arctic issues. The Senate confirmed position will be responsible for... Continue Reading »


King Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Address Pressing Infant Health Issue

October 8, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, U.S. Senator Angus King cosponsored a bipartisan bill to address prenatal substance exposure and improve infant health. The Advancing FASD Research, Services, and Prevention Act of 2021 (FASD Respect Act), would assist early prenatal intervention by providing support to prevention efforts and for individuals and families affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) is also a co-sponsor of this legislation. According to... Continue Reading »


King, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Designating October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October 8, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), Co-Chair of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, joined a bipartisan group of his colleagues in introducing a resolution designating October 2021 as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The resolution recognizes the grave threat cyber-attacks pose to our national security, and highlights simple steps individuals and businesses can take to protect their networks.“America’s cyber networks are essential to our national security, our economy,... Continue Reading »


At Aspen Cyber Summit, King Urges Need to “Re-imagine Conflict” in Digital Age

October 7, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), Co-Chair of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC), joined the sixth annual Aspen Cyber Summit to highlight the evolving nature of conflict in the 21st century. He was joined by U.S. Representatives Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) and John Katko (R-N.Y.), who agreed with Senator King’s assessments, emphasized America’s need for a clear and definitive cyber doctrine, and pointed to private-public cooperation as key to protecting against... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $8.8 Million to Prevent Domestic Violence and Protect Survivors

October 7, 2021

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that 14 organizations throughout Maine have received a total of $8,844,705 to support rape crisis centers and assist victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The funding was awarded through the Office of Violence Against Women, an agency within the U.S. Department of Justice.“We all have a responsibility to ensure that survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault receive the... Continue Reading »


Senator King Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Protect Health Professionals Volunteering During Disasters

October 7, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.) this week led a bipartisan group of Senators to introduce the Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act that would provide medical professionals with consistent, common-sense legal protections while volunteering during federally-declared disasters. Under current law, the combination of federal and state policies to protect the valiant efforts of volunteers, specifically by health care professionals, can be... Continue Reading »


King Statement After Senate Votes to Suspend Debt Ceiling

October 7, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released the following statement after the Senate voted to suspend the debt ceiling until December, temporarily avoiding an unprecedented default on the national debt: “The full faith and credit of the United States must not be a political bargaining chip – ever. I am grateful that my GOP colleagues have ended their irresponsible blockade on suspending the debt ceiling, avoiding a default on debts we have all helped to accrue. This... Continue Reading »


Collins, King Announce Nearly $750,000 Grant to Gulf of Maine Research Institute to Strengthen Maine’s Marine Economy

October 6, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) has been awarded $749,815 to assist its Gulf of Maine Blue Economy Initiative, a program designed to boost competitiveness of the region’s seafood industry, create good-paying jobs, and accelerate economic growth. The funding was awarded through a U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) Build to Scale grant, which is designed to spur economic opportunity and... Continue Reading »


King, Pingree, Golden Applaud Senate Confirmation of Aroostook County Native Darcie McElwee as Maine’s U.S. Attorney

October 5, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden applauded the Senate’s unanimous confirmation of Darcie McElwee as the United States Attorney for the District of Maine. Senator King and Representatives Pingree and Golden provided counsel to President Joe Biden on the nomination, recommending McElwee after convening a committee of distinguished Maine legal professionals who met with a number of qualified candidates.“Darcie McElwee’s... Continue Reading »


King Applauds Bipartisan SICI Bill Introduced by Representatives Spanberger and Katko

October 5, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), co-chair of the Congressional Cyberspace Solarium Commission, today backed the introduction of the Securing Systemically Important Critical Infrastructure Act by Representatives John Katko (R-NY) and Representative Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) - observing that the Representatives’ shared focus on this issue is precisely what the United States needs as the risks to our critical infrastructure become more apparent every day.“The... Continue Reading »


In Senate Armed Services Hearing, King Stresses Need for Greater “Geographic Diversity” in United States Military

October 5, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today questioned top Pentagon nominees about the concerning shift in the U.S. military’s active duty members increasingly coming from the South and West, and the decline in military representation from the Northeast and Midwest. During his questioning in a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator King pressed nominees on what actions or recruiting efforts they will take to reverse the shift – which has resulted in a lack of... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce $3.4 Million to Support Maine’s Fisheries, Coastal Communities, and Marine Ecosystems

October 5, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that the Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS), has been awarded a total of $3,442,301 to support weather and ocean data collection programs in the Gulf of Maine. Of these funds, $1,066,420 will be directed to five Maine-based ocean research and science institutions charged with monitoring weather and ocean data in the Gulf that are fundamental to public safety and... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce Nearly $1.5 Million for Brownfields

October 5, 2021

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that three organizations in Maine have received a total of $1,480,850 to conduct brownfields assessments, develop cleanup plans, and support community outreach.  This funding was awarded through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and will help cleanup sites in various regions in Maine. “We welcome this funding from the EPA’s Brownfields Program, which will help identify potential hazards and encourage community... Continue Reading »


King, Pingree, Golden Statement on Judiciary Committee Approval of Maine’s U.S. Attorney Nominee

October 4, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden applauded the Senate Judiciary Committee’s action to advance Darcie McElwee’s nomination to serve as United States Attorney for the District of Maine. Senator King and Representatives Pingree and Golden provided counsel to President Joe Biden on the nomination, recommending McElwee after convening a committee of distinguished Maine legal professionals who met with a number of qualified... Continue Reading »


King Urges President Biden to Condemn Turkish President Erdogan’s “Brazen” Assault on Democracy

October 4, 2021

BRUNSWICK, ME – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Senate’s Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, joined a bipartisan group of his colleagues to urge President Biden to hold Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accountable for his recent efforts to disenfranchise Turkey’s Kurdish population, undercut political pluralism in the country, and tighten his grip on power through anti-democratic means. In addition to Senator King, the letter is signed by Senators Chris Van... Continue Reading »


On New “Inside Maine” Podcast, Senator King Talks Fighting Hunger During the COVID-19 Pandemic with Senator Bob Casey and Good Shepherd’s Kristen Miale

October 3, 2021

BRUNSWICK, ME – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today released the latest edition of his “Inside Maine” podcast, which features a timely discussion on efforts to address hunger in communities throughout Maine and across the country with two prominent and knowledgeable voices: Kristen Miale, President of Good Shepherd Food Bank, and Senator Bob Casey (D-Penn.), one of Congress’ leading voices on the efforts to fight food insecurity. During the conversation, Senator King and his guests... Continue Reading »


Sens. Collins, King Attend Christening of USS Carl M. Levin at Bath Iron Works

October 2, 2021

Bath, ME – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King participated in the christening ceremony for the USS Carl M. Levin (DDG-120) at Bath Iron Works.“Today we christened the USS Carl M. Levin, the Navy’s newest Bath Iron Works built ship,” said Senator Collins. “Senator Carl Levin was a remarkable public servant, and to me, a cherished friend. I learned from him first as a Senate staffer, and then worked closely with him as an admiring Senate colleague. The men and... Continue Reading »