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Collins, King Stress Need of Affordable Housing for Seasonal Acadia Employees

July 25, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine), Ranking Member on the Senate Subcommittee on National Parks, sent a letter to U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary David Bernhardt emphasizing the need for affordable 6 to 12 month term housing options for the seasonal employees who work in Acadia National Park. Specifically, the letter calls on Secretary Bernhardt to establish public-private partnerships which would open up more seasonal housing... Continue Reading »

Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $9.2 Million for Maine Head Start Programs

July 24, 2019

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Community Concepts Inc. and Opportunity Alliance have been awarded a total of $9,234,196 for their Head Start and Early Head Start Programs in Franklin, Oxford, York, and Cumberland counties.  The grants are being awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families.“Head Start provides children with a strong educational foundation that allows them to grow and... Continue Reading »

King, Inhofe Introduce Legislation to Improve Next Era of Aviation

July 24, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) and U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced the Promoting the Launch of Aviation’s Next Era (PLANE) Act of 2019. This bipartisan legislation would empower the voices of pilots, invest in airport infrastructure and ensure more opportunities for a trained aviation workforce.“For rural Maine communities, general aviation is a vital lifeline – both literally and economically,” said Senator King. “This legislation would make important... Continue Reading »

King Votes to Permanently Authorize 9/11 First Responders Bill

July 23, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) voted in favor of legislation to permanently authorize the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Senator King is a cosponsor of the legislation, which passed overwhelmingly today by a vote of 97-2.“September 11th, 2001 will forever be one of the darkest days in our nation’s history – but in the face of these vicious attacks, our first responders provided a reminder of exactly who Americans are,” said Senator King. “The 9/11 first... Continue Reading »

Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $725,000 for Maine Medical Center

July 23, 2019

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Maine Medical Center has been awarded $725,933 to develop new rural residency programs while achieving accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.  The funding was awarded through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Rural Residency Planning and Development Program (RRPD).“As one of the oldest and most rural states in the country, Maine faces significant... Continue Reading »

King Votes to Confirm Esper as Secretary of Defense

July 23, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released the following statement after voting to approve the nomination of Dr. Mark Esper to serve as Secretary of Defense:“We live in a complex and dangerous world, and the threats we face grow more serious by the day. Americans deserve to have steady leadership guiding the Department of Defense and focusing on ensuring our national security,” said Senator King. “After working with Dr. Esper for the past twenty months in his capacity... Continue Reading »

King Backs Lobstermen in Fight Against Federal Regulations

July 22, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Office of U.S. Senator Angus King released the following statement from Sen. King expressing his support for Maine’s lobster industry in the face of proposed regulations associated with the ongoing North Atlantic right whale take reduction efforts. The statement comes as lobstermen are rallying in Stonington to oppose the regulations put forward by the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team (ALWTRT), which would significantly impact the state’s... Continue Reading »

To Help Portland and Other Cities Experiencing Influx of Asylum Seekers, Maine Delegation Calls on Administration to Distribute $30 Million as Intended by Congress

July 18, 2019

Washington, D.C.—In an effort to ensure that millions of dollars allocated to assist communities like Portland facing a surge in asylum seekers is distributed as Congress intended, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today to release its funding formula. Earlier this month, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance and Security at the Southern... Continue Reading »

House Passes King-Risch Bill to Protect Electric Grid

July 18, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) applauded the House of Representatives’ passage of the Securing Energy Infrastructure Act, a bipartisan bill mirroring the Senate legislation introduced by the two Senators – both of whom serve on the Senate Intelligence Committee and Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The legislation will defend the U.S. energy grid by partnering with industry to utilize engineering concepts to remove... Continue Reading »

King Condemns Inaction on Climate Change: “What Will It Take for Us to Meet This Responsibility?”

July 18, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), co-chair of the Senate Arctic Caucus and a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, took to the Senate floor to urge bold and meaningful action to mitigate the threat of climate change. During his speech, Senator King emphasized the need for action to mitigate the threats to climate change, which will permanently alter environments and create massive instability across the globe.“We’re facing a known, real,... Continue Reading »

King, Colleagues Opposing Potential Administration Effort at “Hiding” Climate Data

July 17, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King joined twenty-one of his U.S. Senate colleagues to send a letter to Dr. James Reilly, the Director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), to express their concern over recent reports that USGS will only utilize climate models that project the effects of climate change through 2040 – going against its historic practice of using projections through the end of the century.The Senators called into question USGS’s decision to limit the scope of climate... Continue Reading »

King Statement on Maine Family Planning’s Loss of Title X Funding

July 16, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released the following statement in response to Maine Family Planning’s (MFP) announcement that they have withdrawn from the Title X program rather than compromise the care they provide to Maine people. The move comes in response to the Administration’s ‘gag rule’, which went into effect this week.“For nearly 50 years, Maine Family Planning has provided high-quality healthcare to tens of thousands of Maine people, with a particular... Continue Reading »

King Reminds Defense Secretary Nominee Esper that NATO, Alliances are America’s “Asymmetrical Advantage”

July 16, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Observer Group, pressed Secretary of the Army Mark Esper, nominee to serve as the U.S. Secretary of Defense, on the importance of America’s alliances and the need to strengthen NATO. In addition, Senator King questioned Secretary Esper on topics including ways to avoid miscalculated military action with Iran and the importance of monitoring the collaboration between Russia and... Continue Reading »

King Backs Legislation to Enhance Public Access to Outdoor Recreation, Support America’s Hunters

July 16, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), member of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, today announced his support of the Modernizing the Pittman-Robertson Fund for Tomorrow’s Needs Act. The bipartisan legislation would promote hunting traditions and ensure the continued successful funding of wildlife conservation through the purchase of hunting and recreational shooting equipment.“Maine’s proud tradition of hunting and love for the outdoors has been passed down from generation to... Continue Reading »

Maine Delegation to USDA: Consider Aid to Blueberry Farmers in Tariff Relief Package

July 16, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Jared Golden (D-Maine) sent a letter urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to include the wild blueberry industry in the USDA’s Market Facilitation Program. Announced by the USDA in May, the Market Facilitation Program will provide financial aid to agricultural producers affected by China’s retaliatory tariffs.“The wild blueberry industry has been an... Continue Reading »

King Seeking to Open Door for Rural Communities to Access Broadband Grants, Disaster Assistance

July 15, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) announced his support for the Revitalizing Underdeveloped Rural Areas and Lands (RURAL) Act, a bipartisan bill that will fuel innovation, preserve jobs and encourage infrastructure development by ensuring that tax-exempt electrical cooperatives can access government grants and assistance – including rural broadband grants and FEMA disaster relief.  Under a provision of the current tax code instituted by the 2017 tax... Continue Reading »

In Rockland, King Visits Shipyard to Discuss Opportunities and Challenges

July 12, 2019

ROCKLAND, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) visited Rockland Marine Corporation, a shipyard and fabrication facility in Rockland, where he met with the organization’s leadership to hear their insights on the economic opportunities and ongoing challenges they are facing – including workforce development and investment in innovation. Rockland Marine Corporation recently received a $352,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Small Shipyard Grant Program to update the... Continue Reading »

King Seeking to Halt Cruel and Neglectful Treatment of Children at Border Through Legislation With Colleagues

July 12, 2019

PORTLAND, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) announced his support of the Stop Cruelty to Migrant Children Act, which would put an end to the administration’s cruel and neglectful treatment of children at the U.S.-Mexico border and reform how children who cross the U.S.-Mexico border are treated between the moment at which they arrive at the U.S. border to claim asylum and the ultimate resolution of their asylum case. The bill comes on the heels of media reports that detail the... Continue Reading »

Maine Delegation Supports Governor Mills' Decision to Contest Regulations Threating Maine Lobster Industry

July 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden issued the following joint statement in response to Governor Mills’ decision to contest regulations that could threaten Maine’s lobster industry:“Maine’s lobster industry supports the livelihoods of 4,800 state licensed lobstermen and more than 10,000 additional Mainers who work directly within the industry.  These small businesses generate an economic impact of approximately $1.5... Continue Reading »

King Emphasizes Need for Military Leaders to Provide Honest Advice to President

July 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) pressed General Mark Milley, U.S. Army, nominee to serve as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on the importance of providing independent and honest military advice to the President. Senator King’s comments came during General Milley’s nomination hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee. At other points in his testimony, King questioned General Milley on America’s military and diplomatic strategies in Iraq, Syria and... Continue Reading »