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Senators Collins, King Announce Nearly $4 Million for Maine Health Centers to Combat COVID-19

September 8, 2020

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that 18 health centers throughout Maine have been awarded a total of $3,997,779 to address screening and testing needs, acquire medical supplies, and boost telehealth capacity in response to the coronavirus pandemic.  This funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).“Community health centers are the backbone... Continue Reading »


Collins, King Announce More than $200,000 for Isle au Haut Solar Project

September 4, 2020

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Isle au Haut has received $211,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to install a solar power array, enabling the island to receive 100 percent of electricity from clean, renewable solar power.  This funding was awarded through the USDA Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). “Located seven miles off Stonington, Isle au Haut is a small, remote island in the Gulf of... Continue Reading »


Defending Maine’s Small Businesses, King Presses Postmaster General on Harmful Changes to Delivery Policy

September 4, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released a letter from Senator King and a group of his Senate colleagues demanding answers from United States Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on how recent Postal Service delays have negatively affected service for small businesses. The Senators’ letter emphasizes the importance of the United States Postal Service (USPS) to small businesses across the nation, and underlines the heightened challenges facing these organizations... Continue Reading »


New Veterans Substance Use Disorder Treatment Program Will Come to Togus VA Following Advocacy from Maine Delegation

September 3, 2020

WASHINGTON — Today, Maine congressional delegation announced that the VA has approved the construction of a new 24-bed program requested by the members of Congress to provide residential substance use disorder rehabilitation and treatment to Maine veterans. The announcement comes after dogged work from Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02), along with Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01), to advocate for the creation of the program.“Maine... Continue Reading »


Collins, King Join Colleagues in Bipartisan Push to Expand Aviation Workforce Training

September 3, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), the Chairman of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, and Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined a bipartisan group of their colleagues in sending a letter to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) urging the agencies to fully implement two key aviation workforce programs that invest in and expand the development of the next generation of aircraft pilots and maintenance... Continue Reading »


King, 28 Colleagues Urge USDA to Reconsider 2020-2021 School Nutrition Program Half-Measure

September 2, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today announced that Senator King joined 28 of his Senate colleagues in a letter urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to fully extend school meal waivers through the end of the 2020-2021 school year in order to ensure that schools have the flexibility they need to fully serve students, regardless of whether or not they are attending school in person. The letter continues a push initially made in July, and comes on the... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce Nearly $7.5 Million to Combat Maine’s Opioid Crisis

August 31, 2020

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that 10 Maine organizations have received a total of $7,455,970 to help combat the opioid crisis.  The investments will enable Maine community health centers, rural organizations, and hospitals to establish and expand access to integrated substance use disorder and mental health services.  The funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).“The opioid crisis is devastating families and... Continue Reading »


King Questions “Dangerous and Unacceptable” Political Interference in Coronavirus Response Efforts

August 31, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) announced that Senator King and 33 of his Senate colleagues wrote to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar calling out the Administration for its ongoing political interference in the coronavirus response. The Senators warned that decisions to pressure and overrule public health experts – particularly the errant, overstated convalescent plasma claims this week that have resulted in two dismissals... Continue Reading »


King Outraged by DNI’s Move to Cease Congressional Briefings on Election Threats

August 29, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released the following statement from Senator King, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, on the Office of the Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe’s announcement that it will no longer brief Congress on election security issues. Instead, the top intelligence office will provide written updates.“The idea that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence would stop briefing Congress on... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $200,000 for Maine Dairy and Grain Industries

August 28, 2020

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Atlantic Corporation in Waterville and Northern Spent Grains in Yarmouth have been awarded a total of $206,000 to advance food science and nutrition through early stage research and development projects.  This funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program.“Small businesses are... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce $10.4 Million for Nearly 100 Maine Nursing Homes

August 27, 2020

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that 93 skilled nursing facilities and nursing homes in Maine have been awarded a total of $10,421,700 to support increased testing, staffing, and personal protective equipment (PPE) needs.  The funding announced today is a targeted distribution from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Provider Relief Fund, which is funded through $175 billion included in... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $11 Million in Funding for Environmental Projects Throughout Maine

August 27, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded a total of $11,550,148 to the Maine Department of Health of Human Services (DHHS), the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), and the Aroostook Band of Micmacs. The funding will boost efforts to support cleaner air, safer drinking water, and the redevelopment of hazardous waste sites.“Protecting the health of our... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce Nearly $3 Million for University of Maine STEM Programs

August 25, 2020

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the University of Maine has been awarded $2,998,114 to support graduate research on the rapidly changing Arctic.  This funding was awarded through the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Research Traineeship Program to train graduate students in the interdisciplinary field of Arctic systems science.  The project anticipates training 57 MS and Ph.D. students, including 20 funded trainees from... Continue Reading »


King, Colleagues Urge Interior Secretary Bernhardt To Remove Pendley As Leader Of Bureau of Land Management

August 25, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) announced that Senator King, a member the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, joined 46 of his Senate colleagues in a letter to U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt urging him to remove William Perry Pendley from his position leading the Bureau of Land Management. The senators also call on the President to nominate a qualified director for consideration through the regular confirmation process.... Continue Reading »


King Joins Houlton Rotary Club in Virtual Teleconference

August 25, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) announced that Senator King participated in a virtual teleconference with the Houlton Rotary Club to provide updates on the coronavirus pandemic and discuss his efforts to bridge partisan divides in Congress. Senator King was joined on today’s call by dozens of members of the Houlton Rotary Club, which was established in 1920 and currently has nearly 85 members from a diverse variety of occupations in Northern Maine.“In... Continue Reading »


Maine Delegation Urges USDA to Act on President Trump’s Lobster Order Before Monday’s Deadline

August 21, 2020

Washington, D.C. — With the 60-day deadline fast approaching, today Maine’s Congressional Delegation wrote to US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue urging him to immediately act on President Trump’s June 24th memorandum to provide relief funds to the lobster industry. President Trump’s memo stated “the Secretary of Agriculture shall, within 60 days of the date of this memorandum, consider taking appropriate action, to the extent permitted by applicable... Continue Reading »


Maine Fire Departments Receive More than $1.3 Million Amid COVID-19

August 20, 2020

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that fire departments throughout Maine have received a total of $1,325,705 to upgrade equipment and support personnel.  The funding was awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program to provide critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel, enhance efficiencies, and support community resilience.  Some of the... Continue Reading »


To Promote Clean Energy Economy, King Leads Bipartisan Group of Senators to Advocate for Long-Term Energy Storage Innovation

August 20, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) announced that Senator King, a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, led a bipartisan group of 10 Senators, including Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) in a letter advocating for long-term energy storage funding and research and development coordination as the Department of Energy (DOE) works with associated National Laboratories throughout the country. In the letter to Energy Secretary Dan... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce More than $5.8 Million for Kennebec Valley Head Start Programs Amid COVID-19

August 19, 2020

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced thatthe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded KennebecValley Community Action Program a total of $5,869,784 for its Head Start andEarly Head Start Programs. “HeadStart provides children with a strong educational foundation that allows themto grow and succeed.  It also gives parents the developmental resourcesthey need to support their children and to help them build... Continue Reading »


King, Colleagues Demand Answers from Postmaster General on Mail Service Delays

August 18, 2020

BRUNSWICK, ME – After weeks of pressure and concern expressed to the administration and Senate committees, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) shared the following statement after United States Postmaster General Louis DeJoy publicly claimed he would suspend postal service changes until after the 2020 election:“For the sake of the USPS and the American public, I’m glad that these harmful and wrong-headed policies will be paused – but I’m not yet ready to call the matter closed. I’ve heard directly... Continue Reading »