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On National Lobster Day, Sens. Collins and King Rededicate Maine Lobsterman Statue

September 25, 2019

Washington, D.C.—Today on Maine Avenue along Washington, D.C.’s, Southwest waterfront, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King celebrated National Lobster Day by participating in a rededication ceremony of the Maine Lobsterman Memorial.  The statue was first brought to D.C. and placed near a fish market along the Southwest waterfront in 1983.  Following a significant redevelopment of the area, which is now known as the District Wharf, the Memorial was installed in a very... Continue Reading »

Senate Energy Committee Advances King Legislation to Boost Renewable Energy Prospects, Power Storage Capabilities

September 25, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, applauded the Committee’s passage of his bipartisan legislation seeking to increase the reliability of renewable energy and bolster America’s national security efforts. The Senator’s bill, which was advanced by the Senate committee as part of a larger energy storage package, would establish a joint program between the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Energy... Continue Reading »

King Statement on Opening of Impeachment Inquiry

September 24, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released the following statement on the Speaker of the House’s announcement that she will launch a formal impeachment inquiry after the President’s alleged call pressuring the President of Ukraine to open an investigation into Vice President Joe Biden:“I have long been in awe of the seemingly impossible task our nation’s founders accomplished. In a world of monarchs where the wants of one could overrule the needs of all, they created an... Continue Reading »

King Named to National Defense Authorization Act Conference Committee

September 20, 2019

BRUNSWICK, ME – U.S. Senator Angus King, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today announced that he has been appointed as a conferee to the House of Representatives and Senate conference committee charged with reconciling differences between the two chambers’ competing versions of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).“The NDAA is one of the most important pieces of legislation the Congress will take up this year,” said Senator King. “This bill authorizes critical... Continue Reading »

Collins, King Announce Lease for New Veterans Outpatient Clinic in Portland

September 19, 2019

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a lease contract for a new Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Portland.  The facility will alleviate space and utilization gaps at Togus VA Medical Center and provide an expanded offering of VA outpatient services to the overall veteran population.  The lease, which was awarded to FDS JBB Portland, LLC., was authorized as part of the VA Choice and Quality... Continue Reading »

Maine Delegation Calls for Effective, Evidence-based Measures to Protect Right Whales and Maine Lobstermen

September 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME), Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01), and Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) made recommendations to federal fisheries officials late Tuesday for changes to proposed regulations on the Maine lobster industry. The Maine delegation suggested reasonable measures to help reduce right whale fatalities without threatening the safety and livelihoods of thousands of Mainers working in the lobster industry. “Over the last several... Continue Reading »

King, Colleagues Introduce HOTEL Act to Protect Taxpayer Dollars from Being Spent Inappropriately

September 18, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined 34 of his colleagues in introducing the Heightened Oversight of Travel, Eating, and Lodging (HOTEL) Act, which would stop the federal government from spending taxpayer dollars at properties owned by the President, Vice President and Cabinet officials. The legislation aims to prevent potential conflicts of interest and abuse of taxpayer dollars by making clear that no branches of government may approve any spending, including travel... Continue Reading »

To Honor Constitution Day, King Urges Library of Congress to Make Constitution Annotated Available to All Americans

September 17, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In honor of Constitution Day, U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) sent a letter to the Library of Congress, urging to make the Constitution Annotated easily available to all Americans. The Constitution Annotated is compiled by the Library of Congress and details how the Supreme Court has interpreted each provision of the Constitution. The Constitution Annotated is a phenomenal resource that includes more than 2,700 pages of annotations. But while... Continue Reading »

King: Hong Kong an “Island of Democracy in a Sea of Repression”

September 17, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) questioned experts about the troubling disconnect between the freedoms promised in Hong Kong and the increased control the Chinese state is imposing upon its citizens. During a hearing of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, Senator King asked Sharon Hom, Executive Director of Human Rights in China, to describe the feelings of the population of mainland China toward the freedoms enjoyed by Hong Kong citizens and potential... Continue Reading »

Maine Delegation Opposes Proposed Changes to SNAP That Would Severely Curtail Food Assistance for Low-Income Children, Seniors, and People with Disabilities

September 17, 2019

Washington, D.C.—In a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden expressed their opposition to a proposal that would put at risk food benefits for 44,068 Mainers, nearly half of whom are children, seniors, and people with disabilities.USDA’s proposed rule revising eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) would severely restrict Broad-Based... Continue Reading »

King Statement on Tragedy in Farmington

September 16, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released the following statement regarding the gas leak and explosion at the Life Enrichment Advancing People (LEAP) facility in Farmington:  “Though the details are still coming in, the initial facts are heartbreaking: a fallen hero with more injured; a new facility prepared to make a lasting, positive impact on the region reduced to rubble; a community gripped by fear and grief. Today’s explosion at the LEAP building is a tragedy of... Continue Reading »

King Shares Challenges, Opportunities with Local Business Leaders at New England Council

September 13, 2019

BRUNSWICK, ME – This morning, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) addressed attendees at the New England Council (NEC) briefing. At the briefing, Senator King joined NEC President and CEO Jim Brett to share his latest insights from Congress, and to emphasize the importance of promoting a healthy business environment for organizations across Maine and New England. During the conversation, Senator King discussed subjects including the challenges and threats to Maine’s lobster industry, the need for... Continue Reading »

King, Golden, Risch Lead Bipartisan Effort to Level the Playing Field for Family Businesses in Forest Products Industry

September 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — To help family logging businesses address workforce shortages in the forest products industry, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) and Senator Jim Risch (R-ID), joined by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Senator Angus King (I-ME), and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01), led a bipartisan group of 16 members of Congress today calling on the Department of Labor (DOL) to take action. The members urged DOL to grant a regulatory exemption that would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to learn the... Continue Reading »

“It Doesn’t Hold Any Water” – King Questions Legality, Justification for Moving Military Funds to Border Wall

September 12, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a hearing of the Armed Services Committee, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) today argued that the Administration’s recent move to reprogram funds appropriated to military construction projects by the Congress in order to build his border wall “doesn’t hold any water” – adding he believes it amounts to an “illegal order”. Senator King has been a leading voice arguing against this violation of the Constitution’s innate separation of powers; in March, his questions... Continue Reading »

King Statement on the 18th Anniversary of September 11th Attacks

September 11, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released the following statement in recognition of the 18th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks: “Eighteen years after terror struck our nation – as the first generation of Americans who were not alive at the time of these attacks comes of age – it is more important than ever to ensure that we fulfill our collective promise to ‘never forget,’” said Senator King. “We must remember the thousands we lost in these... Continue Reading »

Maine Delegation Announces $2 Million for Gulf of Maine Lobster Research, Establishment of Regional Lobster Extension Program

September 10, 2019

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME), and Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-ME-01) and Jared Golden (D-ME-02) announced today that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program has awarded $2 million to support a range of research projects to advance our understanding of the American lobster as well as to support a regional lobster extension program. The projects being funded will address the following... Continue Reading »

Senators King and Young Visit Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, and U.S. Military Forces in the Gulf

September 10, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) yesterday returned from a Congressional Delegation to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Oman. Senators King and Young met with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah on Sunday. They pressed the Crown Prince on the humanitarian and security crisis in Yemen and releasing pledged humanitarian relief, as well as the death of Jamal Khashoggi.During their visit to the region, Senators Young... Continue Reading »

Collins, King Announce Over $2 Million to Strengthen Maine’s Forest Economy

September 6, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced that the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) had awarded $2,004,673 to East Millinocket Industrials, Maine Development Foundation, and Northern Forest Center. Senators Collins and King are strong supporters of investments in Maine’s forest products industry; in August, they celebrated the reopening of the historic Old Town Mill. This is the latest in a series of important investments by the... Continue Reading »

In Podcast, King Discusses Arctic Policy with Sen. Dan Sullivan and Dana Eidsness, Director of the Maine North Atlantic Development Office

September 5, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), co-chair of the Senate Arctic Caucus, released the August edition of Senator King’s Inside Maine podcast. This month’s podcast features U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), who serves with Senator King on the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Dana Eidsness, Director of the Maine North Atlantic Development Office (MENADO). Senator Sullivan joined Senator King in the first segment to discuss U.S. military challenges and... Continue Reading »

Senators Collins, King Announce More than $2 Million for Southern Maine Veterans Cemetery in Springvale

August 29, 2019

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the Southern Maine Veterans Cemetery in Springvale has been awarded $2,035,202 for an expansion project that will enable the cemetery to serve approximately 40,000 Veterans, their spouses, and eligible family members.  This funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Veterans Cemetery Grants Program (VCGP).“The brave men and women of our military make countless sacrifices to defend our... Continue Reading »