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King, Colleagues Issue Bipartisan Call to Protect Worship Centers

November 30, 2018

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined his colleagues in a bipartisan letter to push for strong community safety funding in any FY19 appropriations package. Specifically, the Senators have called for adequate allocations to the DHS Nonprofit Security Grant program which helps nonprofit organizations like religious institutions, schools, and community centers make security improvements. The Senators penned the letter as the United States continues to grieve the deadliest... Continue Reading »

In Senate Hearing, King Urges Nominee to Emphasize Preventive Treatment in Effort to Reduce Healthcare Costs

November 29, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) highlighted the importance of pursuing preventive healthcare measures to reduce overall healthcare costs. During his questioning of Mr. Thomas McCaffery, the nominee to serve as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Senator King emphasized the rising costs of healthcare nationwide, and the unique ability of the Department of Defense (DoD) to drive changes in the... Continue Reading »

Collins, King Announce Over $11 Million for Community Health Centers in Washington, Kennebec, Penobscot and Cumberland Counties

November 29, 2018

WASHINGTON D.C – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded a total of $11,668,486 for four community health centers throughout Maine. The funding will be awarded to Regional Medical Center in Lubec, Healthreach Community Health Centers in Waterville, Health Access Network Inc. in Lincoln, and Portland Community Health Center to improve health services and support health care... Continue Reading »

King Votes to Advance Legislative Effort to End U.S. Support for Saudi Engagement in Yemen

November 28, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, voted to advance Senate Joint Resolution 54, directing the President to remove U.S. Armed Forces from the ongoing civil war in Yemen pursuant to the 1973 War Powers Resolution. This resolution would not impact important U.S. counter-terrorism efforts in Yemen. The resolution was advanced by a vote of 63 to 37. The civil war, which is... Continue Reading »

King Cosponsors Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Bill Backed by White House

November 28, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) announced that he has cosponsored the bipartisan First Step Act, which would improve fairness in sentencing of federal crimes, promote public safety and reduce recidivism. The bill was introduced by U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and combines prison reform proposals that overwhelmingly passed in the House of Representatives earlier this year with sentencing reform provisions from the broadly... Continue Reading »

King Leads Bipartisan Legislation to Help Improve Veterans’ Health Care

November 27, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) introduced the Department of Energy Veterans’ Health Initiative Act, a bipartisan bill that would help improve veterans’ health care. The bill seeks to increase collaboration among federal agencies and authorize the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop new technologies that improve our understanding of the health challenges facing veterans. A version of the legislation passed the House of Representatives unanimously in September. In... Continue Reading »

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 »