Advocating for essential services like the USPS. Senator King urged the Administration to release up to $10 billion in loans to the United States Postal Service (USPS) – as authorized by Congress through the CARES ACT – in order to ensure the service can continue to operate during the coronavirus and in the future. In his letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Senator King highlights the USPS’s vital role in American society, including its critical place in facilitating communication, commerce, and serving the healthcare needs of rural Americans.
Connecting with Maine teachers on history, and distance learning. Senator King participated in a video conference call with civics and history teachers from schools across Maine, who are adapting to distance learning. During the call, which was held in collaboration with Maine Department of Education’s Social Studies Specialist Joe Schmidt, Senator King provided updates on the latest federal efforts to support Maine people in the face of coronavirus, discussed the importance of our nation’s innate checks and balances, and answered questions from Maine teachers.
Participating in a call with Maine Jump$tart Coalition’s two Finance Educators of the Years. The program that aims to improve the financial literacy of Maine people, to recognize two financial educators. Ms. Raelene Allen of Madison High School, and Ms. Samantha Drost of Central Aroostook High School have both been honored as Finance Educators of the Year, to publicly appreciate their outstanding efforts to improve the financial capability of the students and families they serve.
Updating New England Council members on Coronavirus Response Efforts. Senator King participated a video call with New England Council (NEC) President and CEO James Brett and 150 NEC members. During the call, Senator King provided updates on federal coronavirus response efforts, took questions from the members, and discussed priorities that he would like to see in future coronavirus relief legislation, such as: substantial and additional aid to help state and local governments endure the economic impacts of the pandemic, funding for the U.S. Postal Service, and the importance of cybersecurity as the nation increases reliance upon distance learning, work from home, and telehealth.
Holding a listening session with Maine fishermen. Senator King participated in a video conference with the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association (MCFA) to gain insight on the overall outlook on the seafood industry and listen to the challenges that Maine fishermen are facing as result of the coronavirus pandemic. During the call, the participants shared personal experiences, industry trends, and market observations to illustrate the variety of obstacles they are working to overcome.
Participated in a teleconference with United Way. During the call Senator King received updates from the United Way on the impacts of the coronavirus on Maine communities, and highlighted the importance of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), the Child Tax Credit (CTC), and Medicaid expansion to help Maine people weather the pandemic.