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Senate Passes Bipartisan U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, with King-Led Policies to Drive American Innovation, Competitiveness in Global Economy

June 8, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), co-chair of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, today applauded the Senate’s 68 to 32 vote to pass the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, bipartisan legislation that strengthens America’s competitive advantage against China by investing in American technological innovation, strengthening U.S. leadership in scientific research, and supporting the nation’s continued economic prosperity. The bipartisan legislation creates a new Directorate for... Continue Reading »


King Votes to Advance Paycheck Fairness Act to Close Gender Wage Gap

June 8, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today voted to advance the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 in order to help eliminate the gender wage gap, and guarantee that women can challenge pay discrimination and hold employers accountable. Despite Senator King’s vote, the motion to file cloture on the legislation failed to by a vote of 49 to 50. In response to today’s failed vote, Senator King – a cosponsor of the... Continue Reading »


King Seeks Safeguards to Avoid “Accidental Conflict” with China

June 8, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In today’s hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) emphasized the danger of accidental conflict due to the lack of direct communication between the U.S. and Chinese governments and militaries – citing the unlearned lessons from history that the two nations need to heed. During his questioning, Senator King underscored that a line of direct communication between high level commanders on both sides could diffuse and prevent an incipient... Continue Reading »


Senator King Advocates for Bath Iron Works Shipbuilders in Senate Seapower Subcommittee

June 8, 2021

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today questioned top Navy officials on the decision to include only one DDG-51 Flight III destroyer in President Joe Biden’s budget request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. During this afternoon’s hearing of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower, Senator King strongly pushed back against the move to cut the destroyers from the budget, citing negative effects of this cut on both national security and the long-term stability of the defense... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce Nearly $10 Million for Maine Head Start Programs

June 8, 2021

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded two organizations in Maine a total of $9,650,792 for their Head Start and Early Head Start Programs.“Head Start programs are instrumental in ensuring that children cultivate new skills and receive educational opportunities that prepare them for a lifetime of success,” said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement.  “We welcome this investment... Continue Reading »


To Boost Maine Tourism, King Cosponsoring Bipartisan Visit America Act

June 7, 2021

BRUNSWICK, ME – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) has joined a bipartisan group of his colleagues to introduce the Visit America Act, which would formally authorize the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board and create an assistant secretary position within the Department of Commerce specifically focused on bolstering America’s travel and tourism industry - a high-status position that every other nation in the G20 already possesses. The assistant secretary would be tasked with coordinating... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Attend Millinocket Celebration Welcoming Nautilus Data Technologies to Former Paper Mill

June 5, 2021

Millinocket, ME – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King joined Governor Mills; community leaders; and representatives from Nautilus Data Technologies, Our Katahdin, and CapZone Analytics to celebrate Nautilus becoming the first tenant for the 1,400-acre former Great Northern Paper Mill site. Nautilus has developed the world’s most environmentally innovative, water-cooled data center.  The company will use its patented water-cooling technology and 100%... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $1.9 Million for Diabetes and Heart Disease Prevention Programs in Maine

June 2, 2021

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the founder and co-chair of the Senate Diabetes Caucus, and Senator Angus King announced that the Maine Department of Health and Human Services has received a total of $1,925,328 to support diabetes and heart disease prevention programs across the state.  This funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.“Diabetes and heart disease are... Continue Reading »


Collins, King Join Bipartisan Group in Calling on FDA to Set Limits on PFAS in Bottled Water

June 1, 2021

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) joined a bipartisan group of colleagues in calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to set standards on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) found in bottled water, to ensure bottled water products are safe for drinking. PFAS are pervasive and persistent chemicals that accumulate in people’s bodies over time, and exposure to these chemicals has been linked to cancer, liver damage, decreased fertility,... Continue Reading »


Senator King Honors Memorial Day

May 31, 2021

BRUNSWICK, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) commemorated Memorial Day by releasing a video on his social media channels honoring the sacrifice of America’s fallen servicemembers. In his video, which can be viewed HERE, Senator King notes that Memorial Day is a day of remembrance, and recognizes our nation’s veterans and families who have lost loved ones in defense of the United States. “Memorial Day is just what it sounds like. It’s a day of memorial; of remembrance; of looking... Continue Reading »


King Discusses Importance of Funding for States & Localities with Senator Jon Tester and Bangor City Manager Cathy Conlow

May 30, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the Office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released the May edition of Senator King’s monthly podcast. This episode highlights the challenges that state and local governments faced during the coronavirus pandemic while maintaining vital services to care for Americans, and the much-needed assistance that came their way through Congress’ passage of the American Rescue Plan – which Senator King voted for. Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) joins Senator King in the first... Continue Reading »


Maine Delegation Opposes President’s Budget Request to Cut Navy Destroyer

May 28, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) and Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Jared Golden (D-ME) expressed their opposition to the inclusion of only one DDG-51 Flight III destroyer in President Joe Biden’s budget request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, and committed to advocating for increased procurement of the destroyers. At least two DDG-51s were previously projected under the current multiyear procurement contract between the Navy and the two... Continue Reading »


As Global Supply Chains Falter, King Reintroduces Bipartisan Battery Recycling Legislation to Support American Clean Energy Technology

May 28, 2021

BRUNSWICK, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Energy and Natural Resource Committee (ENR), announced that he has introduced the Battery and Critical Mineral Recycling Act of 2021, bipartisan legislation which would incentivize the recycling of single use and rechargeable batteries, to get more use from existing materials and reduce waste, creating a circular economy for batteries. These batteries contain valuable mineral resources that are needed to meet the... Continue Reading »


King Statement on Senate GOP Blocking Creation of Bipartisan 1/6 Commission Legislation

May 28, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King issued the following statement after the majority of Senate Republicans voted to block bipartisan legislation that would create a bipartisan commission that would examine the facts surrounding the Capitol insurrection of January 6th:“On January 6th, the world watched as those who sought to interfere with and invalidate our electoral process attacked the U.S. Capitol, leaving law enforcement officers dead and injured in the wake of their... Continue Reading »


“All Hands On Deck” - Senator King Stresses Urgency of Defense Department Conducting Internal Hack Tests To Protect Systems

May 27, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, today pressed top Defense Department and nuclear security nominees on cybersecurity and deterrence strategies in their departments – specifically emphasizing the importance of “pentesting” (penetration testing) their systems. Today’s first exchange between Senator King and Frank Rose, nominee to be Principal Deputy Administrator National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), came... Continue Reading »


King, Brown, Kaine Introduce Bill to Empower IRS to Close Trillion Dollar “Tax Gap”

May 26, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) are introducing legislation to provide additional funding to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) so it has the necessary resources to take on high-income tax evaders. The Stop Corporations and High Earners from Avoiding Taxes and Enforce the Rules Strictly (Stop CHEATERS) Act aims to reverse trends that have undermined the... Continue Reading »


In Inaugural Hearing as Chairman of National Parks Subcommittee, King Touts Ability of Outdoor Spaces to “Restore, Inspire, Recharge”

May 26, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on National Parks, today convened a hearing to examine the current state of the National Park System -- focusing on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on National Park Service (NPS) operations, staff, visitation and facilities. During today’s hearing, Senator King emphasized the value of National Parks to the American public, highlighted the potential for record park visitorship this summer season,... Continue Reading »


Chairman King: Space Force Operations are “Literally 3-D Chess”

May 26, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, questioned John Hill, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy about his views on the evolution of strategic deterrence polices as applied to space. During his questioning period, Senator King emphasized the importance of protecting U.S. assets in space, such as satellites, and altering deterrence calculus of foreign adversaries.  SENATOR KING:... Continue Reading »


King Cosponsors Resolution to Electrify America, Power Job Creation, and Confront Climate Change

May 26, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, joined 14 Senate colleagues to introduce the Electrifying America’s Future Resolution. The resolution aims to advance the vision of widespread electrification of appliances and machines in American homes and businesses, and outlines the ways that widespread electrification will address climate change, put millions of Americans to work, and advance an equitable economy and strong... Continue Reading »


Maine Delegation Comes Together to Raise Awareness of Teen LGBTQ Suicide

May 26, 2021

Washington, D.C.— May is National Mental Health Awareness Month and June is LGBTQ Pride Month, and Maine’s congressional delegation is the first in the country to come together in an effort to raise awareness of the particular challenges facing LGBTQ youth.In a public service announcement web video released by the Trevor Project, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden highlight the fact that suicide is the second leading cause of death... Continue Reading »