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Maine Delegation Calls on the Navy to Extend COVID-19 Worker Protection Guidelines to Private Shipyards Like BIW

March 27, 2020

Washington, D.C.—The Maine Delegation wrote to Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly today, urging him to take actions necessary to allow large private shipyards like Bath Iron Works to follow the same guidance the Navy has issued to public shipyards to protect vulnerable workers and families from COVID-19. In their letter, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden emphasized their concern for the health and safety of shipyard workers.  They... Continue Reading »


King Votes to Advance Improved Bipartisan Senate Coronavirus Package

March 26, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) voted to advance the bipartisan agreement for the third phase of coronavirus relief, which unanimously passed the Senate by a vote of 96 to 0. In his full statement below, King highlights the important additions made during the most recent round of negotiations, including additional money for unemployment insurance, funding for states who are leading the fight against coronavirus, additional support for hospitals, and oversight... Continue Reading »


To Boost Coronavirus Response, Senator King Cosponsors Bill to Direct Utilization of Defense Production Act

March 25, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C — U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) cosponsored the Medical Supply Chain Emergency Act, legislation to direct the Trump administration to implement the Defense Production Act of 1950 and federalize the manufacturing and distribution of scarce in-demand medical supplies in order to address the growing challenges of 50 states and thousands of hospitals competing against each other for medical equipment. The Trump administration has told the American people on several occasions that... Continue Reading »


Senators Collins, King Announce More than $1 Million for Maine Health Centers for COVID-19 Response

March 25, 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 $1,083,790 to address screening and testing needs, acquire medical supplies, and boost telehealth capacity in response to this coronavirus pandemic.“Community health centers are the backbone of Maine’s rural health care system.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, these medical providers are needed now more than ever,” said Senators Collins... Continue Reading »


King Critical of Distance Learning Funding Shortfall in Coronavirus Bill

March 23, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), co-chair of the Senate Broadband Caucus, joined 19 of his Senate colleagues in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Commerce Committee Chairman Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), urging them to support more robust funding for all K-12 students to have adequate home internet connectivity if their schools close due to the ongoing pandemic in the next version of the coronavirus relief package. The Senators expressed their... Continue Reading »


King Backs Remote Voting Resolution to Maintain Senate's Constitutional Responsibilities During National Disasters Like Coronavirus Pandemic

March 23, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee, today announced that he is cosponsoring a bipartisan resolution to amend the Standing Rules of the Senate to allow senators to vote remotely during a national crisis. During certain crises, such as the current COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic that has resulted in five Senators self-quarantining, guidelines from the CDC may advise against convening the full Senate in the Capitol. However,... Continue Reading »


As Coronavirus Overloads Rural Health System, King Backs Bipartisan Legislation to Keep Hospitals Open and Operating

March 23, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) cosponsored the Immediate Relief for Rural Facilities and Providers Act, legislation aiming at addressing the impending crisis facing our healthcare system as the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic increasingly strains hospitals and providers across the country. To accommodate the millions of anticipated coronavirus cases, state and federal governments have suspended elective surgeries to... Continue Reading »


King Calls for Further Negotiation to Improve Senate Coronavirus Response

March 22, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released the following statement, urging additional bipartisan negotiation to improve the Senate’s phase 3 legislation to respond to the coronavirus pandemic:“I could not vote to advance this bill because its misplaced priorities left too many working Americans behind. The bill includes a half-trillion dollar fund for large corporations, which will be administered at the Administration’s discretion, without nearly enough transparency or... Continue Reading »


King, Colleagues Press President Trump For Answers About Testing and Equipment Shortages

March 22, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King joined a group of 47 Senators in writing to President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, requesting answers about supplies and equipment in the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) critical to addressing the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The senators asked the president and vice president to confirm any relevant supply and equipment shortages in the SNS, to outline their strategy... Continue Reading »


Maine Delegation Pushes for Expanded Access to Meals for Low-Income Children During COVID-19 Pandemic

March 22, 2020

Washington, D.C.—On behalf of the more than 82,000 students in Maine who qualify to participate in the National School Lunch Program, Maine’s Congressional Delegation wrote to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, urging him to immediately use new authorities Congress has granted him to increase low-income students’ access to meals. During the regular school year, the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs provide nearly 225,000 meals daily to children across Maine.  With schools... Continue Reading »


Collins, King Join Bipartisan Group Calling on President to Prevent Impacts to Public Health and Safety with U.S-Canada Border Closure

March 22, 2020

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King called on President Trump to consider necessary exemptions to protect public health and safety for businesses and individuals affected by the closure of the U.S.-Canadian border to non-essential travel.  The bipartisan letter, which was co-signed by a bipartisan group of Senators representing states along the United States-Canada border, highlights concerns regarding the border closure’s effect on the supply... Continue Reading »


King, Van Hollen Seek Reinstatement of Pandemic Official Within Phase 3 Package

March 21, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) sent a letter to Senate leadership urging them to establish a Special Adviser to the President for Global Health Security within the negotiated phase three coronavirus package. As noted in their letter, the Special Adviser would lead a Directorate for Global Health Security at the White House National Security Council and would advise the White House on global health crises. President Obama had previously... Continue Reading »


Delegation Calls on HHS Secretary to Deliver Medical Equipment Needed to Fight COVID-19 in Maine

March 21, 2020

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden wrote to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, urging him to quickly distribute personal protective equipment (PPE) to Maine.Health care professionals rely on PPE such as masks, surgical gowns, and respirators to safely treat individuals with COVID-19.  After Maine received a limited disbursement of PPE from the Strategic National Stockpile, however,... Continue Reading »


With Coronavirus Raising Need for Telehealth Resources, King and Bipartisan Group Of Senators Urge FCC to Expand Rural Healthcare Services

March 20, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined a bipartisan group of 26 senators in urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to increase subsidies to healthcare providers through the Rural Health Care Program. The additional funding would ensure that providers have the resources they need to deliver and expand telehealth services for rural communities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  With over half of Maine’s population living in rural areas, this is an... Continue Reading »


After King Push, Administration Delays Tax Filing Date Until July 15th

March 20, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today applauded the Treasury Department for quickly adopting his suggestion to extend the federal tax filing deadline from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. Today’s decision comes one day after Senators King, John Thune (R-S.D.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) introduced the Tax Filing Relief for America Act, which would have made this change legislatively, and it coincides with the Treasury Department’s previous announcement that it would extend... Continue Reading »


Maine Delegation Calls on Defense, Navy Secretaries to Protect Workers’ Health at BIW and Other Defense Industry Contractors During Coronavirus Pandemic

March 19, 2020

Washington, D.C.—The Maine Delegation wrote to Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly today, urging them to take action to protect the health of shipyard employees during the COVID-19 outbreak. In their letter, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden said that the safety of shipyard workers is “paramount.”  They also told Secretary Esper and Acting Secretary Modly that they stood ready to provide the... Continue Reading »


Coronavirus Should Push Tax Day into July; Senator King Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Extend the Tax Filing Deadline

March 19, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. —U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today introduced a bipartisan bill to extend the tax filing deadline from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020, which would build upon the Treasury Department’s previous announcement that it would extend the tax payment deadline for filers who owe the IRS for the 2019 tax year. The bipartisan Tax Filing Relief for America Act, also supported by Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Steve Daines (R-Mont.), would provide greater clarity to taxpayers and... Continue Reading »


King Votes to Advance Families First Act to Address Coronavirus Pandemic

March 18, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) voted to advance the House’s bipartisan coronavirus funding package in the Senate. Following the vote, King issued the following statement:“The coronavirus outbreak is challenging our society in unprecedented ways – but we will get through it together,” said Senator King. “Today’s bipartisan legislation is a step in the right direction, providing much-needed support to both our public health infrastructure working to combat this disease... Continue Reading »


King Calls for Immediate Cash Relief to Help Americans Weather Economic “Virtual Shutdown” Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

March 18, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the economic fallout of the coronavirus outbreak escalates, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) has joined a group of his Senate colleagues in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer urging the Senate to provide Americans with direct cash payments. In the letter, King and his colleagues outline a proposal to provide a $2,000 immediate cash payment to every adult, child (or non-child dependent), and recipient... Continue Reading »


As America Faces Ventilator Shortage Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, King and Colleagues Urge President to Use Existing Authority to Boost Production of Equipment

March 18, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) and twenty-seven of his Senate colleagues are urging President Trump to use his existing authority to help address widespread shortages of medical equipment, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. In a letter sent to President Trump, the senators pushed the president to invoke the Defense Production Act of 1950 (DPA), which authorizes the president to strengthen domestic manufacturing capacity and supply in extraordinary circumstances, and to... Continue Reading »