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King Cosponsors Bill to Cut Aviation Carbon Emissions and Airplane Noise Pollution

November 14, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, has announced his support for the Cleaner, Quieter Airplanes Act, which would direct the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) to develop electric aircraft technology on an accelerated timeline. The legislation supports the U.S. aviation industry’s efforts to develop airplanes that produce 50 percent less greenhouse gas pollution and less noise, keeping domestic aviation... Continue Reading »


King Seeking Reforms to Opportunity Zone Program to Better Benefit Low-Income Communities

November 14, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) announced his support of the Opportunity Zone Reporting and Reform Act to overhaul the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)’s Opportunity Zone program, which was created to incentivize investment in low-income communities. The bill would require qualified investors to submit annual informational returns on their Opportunity Zone investments, bringing essential transparency to a Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 program that likely has... Continue Reading »


Collins, King Back Bill to Support and Expand Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs

November 14, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today joined a number of their colleagues in introducing bipartisan legislation to support and expand programs such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a collaborative effort across the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont to use market-based tools to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector.... Continue Reading »


King Honors Maine Veterans At Events in Portland, Augusta, and Waterville

November 11, 2019

WATERVILLE, ME – Today,  U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) honored Veterans Day at events celebrating Maine veterans in Portland, Augusta, and Waterville. Senator King began his morning highlighting veterans healthcare providers alongside veterans, their families, and staff from Martin’s Point Healthcare in Portland. Senator King then met with veterans and VA leadership at Togus VA Medical Center in Augusta. At Togus he toured the new Fisher House, which is dedicated to providing a... Continue Reading »


In Falmouth, King Touts Forest Economy and Environmental Stewardship

November 8, 2019

FALMOUTH, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) celebrated the contributions of Maine’s forest economy while emphasizing the importance of environmental stewardship at the Land Conservation Assistance Network (LandCAN) panel discussion and forum in Falmouth. Senator King’s remarks focused on the economic impact of Maine’s forest products industry, which supports communities throughout the state, and the importance of balance in protecting Maine’s natural resources. The event, titled “May... Continue Reading »


King Urging Action to Update Banking Laws for Legal Hemp and Cannabis Businesses

November 8, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) sent a letter to U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chairman of the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Member of the Committee, urging consideration of the House-passed Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act. The bipartisan bill would ensure that legal hemp and cannabis businesses can access the same financial services utilized by all other legal businesses. The bill... Continue Reading »


Maine Delegation Urges VA to Fix Payment Problems Hurting Maine Healthcare Providers, Veterans

November 8, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Robert Wilkie to raise the issue of late payments from the VA to Maine community hospitals and health care providers. As the lawmakers note in their letter, the Maine Hospital Association states the VA currently owes millions of dollars to fifteen Maine hospitals, and nearly a third of those delinquent claims are more than six... Continue Reading »


Collins, King Announce More than $2 Million to Support Drug-Free Communities

November 7, 2019

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has awarded a total of $2,125,000 in grant funding to 17 Maine health coalitions and local governments to prevent youth substance abuse and foster drug-free communities in Maine.“Last year, drug overdoses claimed the life of 354 Mainers, nearly one person each day.  We must take an all-hands-on-deck approach to stop this epidemic and support those who are... Continue Reading »


King, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Get Deficit Under Control, Reform Congressional Budget Process

November 7, 2019

 WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) has joined a bipartisan group of his colleagues to introduce legislation that would make common-sense improvements to the federal government’s budget process. The Bipartisan Congressional Budget Reform Act would create a more deliberative budget process that emphasizes long-term fiscal planning over partisan brinksmanship and tackles growing debt and deficits.“Here’s a statement that won’t draw a lot of disagreement: Congress’s current... Continue Reading »


King Introduces Preventive Healthcare Bill Encouraging Routine Primary Care Visits

November 6, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) introduced the Primary Care Patient Protection Act to allow consumers enrolled in high-deductible health plans (HDHP) to be covered for two yearly visits to primary care physicians. Under current law, individuals covered by HDHPs have a low premium, but higher costs for medical services – including primary care visits – before their insurance plan begins to cover expenses. As a result, individuals often can’t afford the routine visits... Continue Reading »


King Advocates for Initiatives to Boost Maine’s Clean Energy Production

November 6, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today in an Energy Subcommittee hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) advocated for his legislation that would support businesses investing in energy efficiency technology, help diversify energy options for rural industries, and maximize the value of Maine’s natural resources. The Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Support Act reauthorizes and funds the CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAP) program for the next... Continue Reading »


Senator King Helps Launch Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus

November 6, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, announced that he has joined the Senate Climate Solutions Caucus, a bipartisan effort that brings together Republican, Democratic, and Independent members of the Senate to find bipartisan solutions to address climate change. In addition to Senator King, members of the Climate Solutions Caucus include Senators Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Mitt Romney, (R-Utah), Jeanne... Continue Reading »


King Spotlights Maine’s Opposition to Offshore Drilling in Energy Committee

November 5, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) pressed nominee for Deputy Secretary of the Interior, Katharine MacGregor to ensure that no action is being taken or plans underway from the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) to drill natural resources off of the coast of Maine – reasserting the state’s opposition to offshore drilling. During the hearing, Senator King also pressed nominees on their support of the... Continue Reading »


Maine Delegation Calls on U.S. Trade Ambassador to Protect Maine Jobs in Ongoing Trade Dispute with European Union

November 5, 2019

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, calling on him to alleviate the economic hardship affecting Maine businesses as a result of the current trade dispute between the United States and the European Union.In October 2019, the U.S. imposed tariffs on $7.5 billion worth of European products following a World Trade Organization ruling that the European Union... Continue Reading »


At Maine Modern Wood Heat Symposium, King Highlights New Uses for Maine’s Forests

November 4, 2019

PORTLAND, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) delivered the keynote address at the Maine Modern Wood Heat Symposium at the University of Southern Maine’s Portland Campus. Senator King, an author and lead sponsor of the Biomass Thermal Utilization Act, shared his insights on the importance of the issue, and discussed his efforts to advance clean energy initiatives and support modern wood heating. The symposium gathered forest economy and clean energy leaders from the public and private... Continue Reading »


Collins, King Announce Maine to Receive More Than $36 Million for Heating Assistance for Low-Income Mainers

November 4, 2019

 Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, and Angus King today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is releasing a total of $36,175,861 in funding for Maine through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), including $1,322,228 specifically for tribes and tribal organizations. “As the cold winter months approach, it is vital that we ensure low-income families and seniors in Maine have... Continue Reading »


At Portland Kickoff of ACA Open Enrollment, King Urges Maine People to Get Covered

November 1, 2019

PORTLAND, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined Maine healthcare providers and advocates at the Greater Portland Health Clinic to urge Maine people to sign up for healthcare during the shortened enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Today marks the first day of the ACA’s 2020 Open Enrollment period, which will run only six weeks and end on December 15th. To sign up for coverage in 2020 during the Open Enrollment period, log on to http://www.healthcare.gov or call... Continue Reading »


On Eve of Healthcare Enrollment Period Kickoff, King Joins Legislation to Make Insurance More Affordable for Young Adults

October 31, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – One day before the beginning of the Affordable Care Act’s 2020 Open Enrollment period, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) helped introduce legislation that increases access to healthcare for young Americans. The Advancing Youth Enrollment Act would improve affordability while maintaining Affordable Care Act protections and access to essential services; as a result, nearly 5 million uninsured young adults could be eligible to receive additional financial support to help reduce... Continue Reading »


King, Colleagues Urge Administration Finalize Ban of Flavored E-Cigarettes

October 30, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) joined with 25 Senate colleagues in urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to address the growing epidemic of teen e-cigarette use by removing non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes from store shelves nationwide.  In September, the Administration announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would quickly finalize a compliance policy preventing the sale of unauthorized, non-tobacco flavored e-cigarettes—including... Continue Reading »


To Promote Health and Cut Insurance Costs, King Stresses Importance of Federal Workplace Wellness Programs

October 30, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) announced that he has joined two of his Senate colleagues to urge the federal government to evaluate the effectiveness of federal workplace wellness programs. Senator King joined Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) in reaching out to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to emphasize the benefits of programs that encourage healthier lifestyles, reduce risks of chronic diseases and cut overall healthcare expenses.... Continue Reading »