Advocating for essential services like the USPS. Senator King urged the Administration to release up to $10 billion in loans to the United States Postal Service (USPS) – as authorized by Congress through the CARES ACT – in order to ensure the service can continue to operate during the coronavirus and in the future. In his letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Senator King highlights the USPS’s vital role in American society, including its critical place in facilitating communication, commerce, and serving the healthcare needs of rural Americans.
Even as the pandemic changes the way we connect, Senator King has made it a priority to engage with Maine people from all walks of life and helpful organizations to address questions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and identify remaining work to be done. In May, he held tele-town hall, inviting all Maine people to call in toll-free, to listen and respond to questions about coronavirus response efforts. Since the Senate passed the CARES Act, he has participated in teleconferences and phone calls with:
· Maine students and educators, including the 16 Maine 2020 County Teachers of the Year, Maine Jump$tart Coalition’s two Finance Educators of the Year, school psychologists, MLTI Virtual Student Conference, University of Maine System Student Veterans, and civics and history teachers from schools across Maine.
· Maine business and community leaders leaders, including members of the Houlton Rotary Club, Maine State Chamber of Commerce, Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association, Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, the New England Council, 120 of Portland’s small business owners and 500 Maine employees of Sun Life.
· Maine seniors in a call hosted by AARP Maine.
· Maine democracy-focused organizations, such as the Maine League of Women Voters.