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“Back to Back”– At Charity Event for Mom’s and Babies, Senator King’s Lobster Stew Wins “Judges’ Choice” For Second Year in a Row

May 9, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night, U.S. Senator Angus King’s lobster stew won the Judges’ Choice prize at the 37th Annual March of Dimes Gourmet Gala, an event that raises funds for maternal and infant health. The Judges’ Choice prize is awarded by five Washington-area chefs; Senator King’s lobster stew also won the same award at last year’s event. The event, which brought together 46 members of Congress to serve recipes that shared the flavor of their home states, raised $1.3 million for the March... Continue Reading »


King Fights New Tax Increase for Bereaved Military Families

May 8, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today joined a group of his Senate colleagues to introduce the Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act, bipartisan legislation that would provide financial relief for the families of U.S. servicemembers who have died while on active duty. The bill would reverse a provision in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to ensure that Gold Star children who receive Survivor Benefit Plan income are taxed at their individual income rate, and not at far higher... Continue Reading »


King Welcomes Administration Implementing Prescription Drug Price Transparency Provision

May 8, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) applauded a move by the Administration to implement a piece of Senator King’s bipartisan legislative efforts to require the disclosure of drug prices in advertising. The rule, first proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and finalized today by the Department of Health and Human Services, reflects language from the King-backed Drug-Price Transparency in Communications Act and requires pharmaceutical... Continue Reading »


Senator King, Representative Gallagher to Chair Bipartisan Commission to Confront Cyber Threats

May 8, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and Senate Armed Services Committee, and Representative Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, announced the formal launch of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC). As established by statute in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the CSC is a bipartisan effort to review the threats facing America in cyberspace and provide strategic guidance... Continue Reading »


King, Cassidy Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect “Good Samaritans” in Disaster Responses

May 7, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. —U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) today reintroduced the Good Samaritan Health Professionals Act to provide medical professionals with a consistent level of legal protection while volunteering during federally-declared disasters. Under current law, the combination of federal and state efforts to protect and encourage volunteering, specifically by health care professionals, can be unclear and insufficient in the face of natural disasters.“When the worst... Continue Reading »


King Backing Legislation that Simplifies Clean Energy Incentives

May 6, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC –U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) is joining 25 Senate colleagues and introducing legislation that would make it easier for consumers and businesses to access incentives that encourage the use of clean energy. The Clean Energy for America Act would simplify the current tax code to streamline the process for home, business and vehicle owners to gain tax credits when they switch to cleaner energy. More specifically, the legislation consolidates the existing 44 energy tax incentives... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins and King Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Ban Drilling Off Coast of New England

May 6, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) joined a bipartisan group of New England Senators to reintroduce legislation barring oil and gas drilling off the region’s shoreline.  Oil and gas exploration in the Atlantic would put vital coastline and precious ocean resources at risk, threatening a central economic engine for New England. “The waters off Maine’s coast provide a healthy ecosystem for our state’s fisheries and support a vigorous tourism... Continue Reading »


King Honors 102-Year-Old Women’s Army Corps Veteran with World War II Service Medals

May 3, 2019

OGUNQUIT, ME – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today presented Dr. Ruth Endicott with four long overdue medals recognizing her service to the United States during World War II. Dr. Endicott, now 102 years old, served in the Women’s Army Corps in Europe before returning to Maine to complete an education and work as a family physician in Ogunquit. During a ceremony at Dr. Endicott's home in Ogunquit, Senator King presented her with the Women’s Army Corps Ribbon, the European-African-Middle... Continue Reading »


King Reintroduces Legislation to Overcome “Broadband Black Hole” and Study Economic Impacts

May 3, 2019

KITTERY, ME –U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), co-chairs of the Senate Broadband Caucus, have reintroduced the Measuring the Economic Impact of Broadband Act. While the federal government measures the economic impact of many industries, it does not produce current, reliable statistics on the economic impact of broadband on the U.S. economy – despite a national outcry for information that can inform state and federal policymakers. The... Continue Reading »


Stockholm Native and WWII Veteran Receives American Flag Flown Over U.S. Capitol

May 2, 2019

Click HERE for a high-resolution photo of John Sodergren with Trisha House of Senator Collins’ office and Barbara Hayslett of Representative Golden’s office Click HERE for high-resolution photo of Trisha House presenting the flag to John Sodergren  Stockholm, ME — Representatives from U.S. Senator Susan Collins’ and Representative Jared Golden’s Aroostook County offices recently presented John C. Sodergren, a 92-year-old World War II veteran, with an American... Continue Reading »


University of Maine, ORNL Launch Partnership to Catalyze 3D Printing with Wood-Based Products

May 2, 2019

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—A new research collaboration between the University of Maine (UMaine) and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will advance efforts to 3D print with wood products, creating a new market for Maine’s forest products industry.   U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Angus King (I-ME) joined Daniel Simmons, the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S.... Continue Reading »


King Working To Help People with Disabilities Transition to Competitive Employment

May 2, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today announced his support for the Transformation to Competitive Employment Act, bicameral legislation that would provide states, service providers, subminimum wage certificate holders, and other entities with the resources to help workers with disabilities transition into competitive, integrated employment. Currently, employers that obtain the appropriate certificate are permitted to hire people with disabilities at less than minimum wage.... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King, and Kaine Introduce Legislation to Protect LGBTQ Americans from Housing Discrimination

April 30, 2019

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Angus King (I-ME), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) introduced the Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2019, legislation that would add gender identity and sexual orientation to the classes protected from discrimination under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) to ensure equal housing opportunities for all Americans. The FHA prohibits housing discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, or disability but... Continue Reading »


King: “We’ve Got It Backwards” on Nuclear Waste Management

April 30, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today in a hearing of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) questioned U.S. leaders and experts in the nuclear energy field about the lack of conversation around nuclear waste management solutions. Senator King reiterated his support of using nuclear as a type of carbon-free power, but highlighted the United States’ more than 70 year waste build-up as fundamental problem which needs to be addressed. “Has the word ‘waste’ been... Continue Reading »


King Backs Bipartisan Bill to Restore Financial Relief to Federal Employees Relocating for Work

April 30, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) cosponsored bipartisan legislation to provide financial relief to certain civilian federal employees who have to relocate for work. The Relocation Expense Parity Act will ensure that all federal employees who qualify to have their moving costs reimbursed by the government are also repaid for the taxes owed on relocation reimbursements – a longstanding fiscal policy that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 eliminated. “It’s an old saying,... Continue Reading »


During National Volunteer Month, Senators Collins, King Announce $2.8 Million in AmeriCorps Funding for Maine

April 29, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced that Maine has received $2,862,247 in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency responsible for AmeriCorps and other national service programs. These grants will support 249 AmeriCorps members serving the following Maine organizations: LearningWorks, Maine Conservation Corps, Healthy Acadia, and the University of Southern Maine (USM)’s Maine... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $700,000 for Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians’ Domestic & Sexual Violence Advocacy Center

April 24, 2019

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded $717,102 to the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians to enhance existing services to victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, dating violence, stalking, and sex trafficking provided by the Maliseet Domestic and Sexual Violence Advocacy Center. “Survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence should have access to every resource available to ensure... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Join Bipartisan Effort to Reject Proposed Elimination of Funding for National Sea Grant Program

April 24, 2019

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) joined a bipartisan group of 27 Senators in sending a letter urging the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies to continue to fund the National Sea Grant College Program – at a minimum – at its current funding level of $80 million.  The letter follows the Administration’s proposed elimination of funding for the Sea Grant Program in the fiscal year (FY) 2020 budget.“We... Continue Reading »


King Pushes for Training Program for Seniors Re-entering the Workforce

April 19, 2019

BRUNSWICK, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined a group of 27 senators in calling for $400 million of federal funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), the only federal employment program dedicated to helping older Americans return to the workforce. In 2018, almost 60,000 older Americans with significant barriers to employment trained at community employers and earned paychecks through the Senior Community Service... Continue Reading »


King Works to Secure Banking Services for Maine’s Legal Cannabis Businesses

April 19, 2019

BRUNSWICK, ME – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today announced his support for the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation that would ensure legal cannabis businesses can access the same banking services utilized by all other legal businesses. The bill would solve a key logistical and public safety problem in states like Maine that recently have legalized medicinal or recreational cannabis.Currently, many cannabis businesses operating under state laws... Continue Reading »