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King to Bring Founder of MaineWorks as State of the Union Guest

February 4, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) announced that Margo Walsh, the owner and founder of MaineWorks and cofounder of Maine Recovery Fund, will attend the State of the Union tomorrow as his guest. Walsh founded MaineWorks, an employment company that strives to dignify the experience for people who face real barriers to workforce reentry, including people recovering from substance use disorder and people who are reentering society following incarceration. “Margo... Continue Reading »

Senators Collins, King Join Bipartisan Group of Senators in Renewed Push to Permanently Extend LWCF

February 4, 2019

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) joined a bipartisan group of Senators in reintroducing legislation to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) with increased urgency given the program’s lapse in September 2018.“LWCF is our country’s most important and successful conservation and outdoor recreation program,” said Senator Collins.  “LWCF has created outdoor recreation opportunities in every county across the country. ... Continue Reading »

King Reintroduces Bipartisan Legislation Encouraging Civics Education for Students

February 1, 2019

BATH, ME– Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined Senators Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) to introduce the Constitution education Is Valuable In Community Schools (CIVICS) Act – supporting the development of Constitution and civics education curriculum for students across the country. Senators Inhofe and King previously introduced the bill in the 115th Congress.“For nearly 250 years, the Constitution has guided America’s system of government and defined our national... Continue Reading »

King, Perdue Lead Bipartisan Effort for Timely DoD Audit

February 1, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) today led 24 bipartisan members of the U.S. Senate Armed Services and Budget Committees to send a letter to Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan requesting his commitment to timely completion of a full audit of the Department of Defense in FY2019.“We commend Mr. Norquist and the Department of Defense for finishing its first-ever complete audit required by the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990. This was a... Continue Reading »

King: Dismissing Intelligence Community “Denigrates the Work of Thousands of Loyal, Patriotic Americans”

January 31, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, highlighted the critically important contributions that the Intelligence Community makes to America’s national security in a nationally televised Senate floor speech. His remarks come after this week’s Intelligence Committee hearing on worldwide threats, where Senator King questioned the leaders of America’s Intelligence Community on the global threat landscape – including... Continue Reading »

Collins, King Announce U.S. Navy Ship to be Named USS Augusta

January 31, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that the U.S. Navy will name Littoral Combat Ship 34 the USS Augusta in honor of the Maine state capital. As a state with one of the most veterans per capita and with thousands of skilled workers who build and maintain our Navy’s fleet at Bath Iron Works and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Maine plays a pivotal role in our national security.Click HERE for a high-resolution image of the future USS... Continue Reading »

King Renews Fight to Restore Congressional Authority over ‘National Security’ Tariffs

January 31, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today announced his support for the Bicameral Congressional Trade Authority Act. The bipartisan legislation, reintroduced this week, would restore Congress’s constitutional trade responsibilities and relieve American consumers of the burdens caused by the Trump administration’s unilateral imposition of sweeping tariffs that affect many U.S. partners and allies. Specifically, the legislation would require congressional approval of tariffs... Continue Reading »

King Questions Experts on Chinese, Russian Efforts to Expand Global Influence

January 29, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) questioned experts about the core motivations of China and Russia, and their recommendations on how best to respond to Chinese and Russian efforts to exert influence across the globe. Witnesses at today’s hearing included Elbridge Colby, Director of the Defense Program at Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and... Continue Reading »

King Presses Top Intelligence Officials on Threats Facing United States

January 29, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) questioned the leaders of America’s intelligence community on the global threat landscape during today’s Senate Intelligence Committee’s hearing -- including increased cooperation between China and Russia, the current political dynamics in Venezuela, the deep connection between Huawei and the Chinese government, Iran’s nuclear activities, and the use of “deep fake” technology to mislead the American public and distort the electoral... Continue Reading »

Collins, King Join Bipartisan Group of Senators to Urge Administration to Pay Federal Workers Affected by the Shutdown Immediately

January 28, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) – with a bipartisan group of 29 Senators – are urging Margaret M. Weichert, Acting Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management to provide information regarding back pay for federal workers as soon as possible.Two weeks ago, President Trump signed into law the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act, legislation co-authored by Senator Collins and co-sponsored by Senator King that guaranteed that federal... Continue Reading »

In January Podcast, King Discusses Implications of the Partial Government Shutdown

January 26, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released the January Edition of his Inside Maine Podcast. This month’s edition features U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Kristen Miale, President of the Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn, discussing the government shutdown that lasted 35 days before yesterday’s agreement to reopen the government through a three-week continuing resolution. In the first segment, Senators King and Kaine discuss their... Continue Reading »

King Releases Video Statement on Agreement to Reopen Government

January 25, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today shared a video message on social media following a bipartisan agreement to end the 35-day government shutdown by passing a three-week continuing resolution funding the government through February 15. Today’s breakthrough is the culmination of days of consensus-building from Senator King, including remarks on the Senate floor yesterday from him and a bipartisan group of his Senate colleagues urging the President and Congressional leaders... Continue Reading »

On Senate Floor, King Joins Bipartisan Group of Colleagues to Urge End to Government Shutdown

January 24, 2019

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined a bipartisan group of his colleagues on the Senate floor to condemn the ongoing government shutdown and urge the President and Congressional leadership to reopen the government. The Senators’ remarks came after two proposals to reopen the government failed to garner the needed 60 votes required to advance in the Senate. Senator King voted again the first bill, which would have funded the President’s unspecified border wall and... Continue Reading »

Collins, King, Golden Announce More Than $2 Million for Pines Health Services in Aroostook County

January 23, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) and U.S. Representative Jared Golden (D-Maine) today announced that Pines Health Services, a community health center network with five locations throughout Aroostook County, has received $2,209,761 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The grant will support collaborative efforts to expand services and lower... Continue Reading »

King, Pingree Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Letter Urging Seasonal Worker Relief in Funding Agreement

January 23, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Andy Harris (R-Md.) sent a letter to Congressional Leadership urging them to provide a meaningful solution for the H-2B temporary guest worker program in any government funding agreement. The letter was signed by 31 Senators, including Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), and 96 Members of the House of Representatives.“As all of you are aware, we have been... Continue Reading »

King Honors Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 21, 2019

BRUNSWICK, ME – U.S. Senator Angus King today released the following statement in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:             “Martin Luther King, Jr. was a man whose enduring faith, thoughtful leadership, and fierce commitment to progress through peace helped swell the chorus of the Union and touch the better angels of our nature. Regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity, Dr. King preached that equality, hope, and... Continue Reading »

Statement by U.S. Senator Angus King

January 18, 2019

BRUNSWICK, ME – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-ME) released the following statement announcing he has begun follow-up radiation treatments for residual prostate cancer. “This week, I completed the first of an 8 week round of radiation to treat some small, localized, residual prostate cancer. This is a 5-day-a-week radiation treatment that will take about 20 minutes each morning until mid-March. What it means for my work in the Senate? Absolutely nothing. I have been assured by my... Continue Reading »

King, Colleagues Push for More Update, Transparency on Universal Flu Vaccine Research

January 18, 2019

BRUNSWICK, ME – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today joined a group of his colleagues to write to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) asking it provide an update on research initiatives to develop a universal flu vaccine. “The sooner we can achieve a universal vaccine, the sooner we can reduce the relentless burden the flu places on American families each year,” the Senators wrote. “Congress is committed to helping NIAID... Continue Reading »

King Expands State Representation, Adding Veteran Advisor Marge Kilkelly to State Ranks

January 18, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today announced that Marge Kilkelly, a senior advisor serving in his Washington, D.C. office since 2013, will assume duties representing Androscoggin County as a Regional Representative in King’s state offices. Kilkelly has advised King on a wide range of policy issues since he was first elected to the Senate, from health care and opioids to agricultural issues. In her new position, Kilkelly will focus her efforts on the people in Androscoggin... Continue Reading »

King to Reappointed to Armed Services Subcommittees Vital to Maine, Nation

January 18, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today announced that he has been reappointed to his position as Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee’s Airland Subcommittee, which oversees equipment and related research for the Air Force and Army, as well as the tactical aviation programs of the Navy and Marine Corps. Senator King will also continue to serve as a member of the Subcommittee on Seapower for the 116th Congress, which exercises jurisdiction over Navy programs... Continue Reading »