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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Maine Newsletter for Sunday May 31, 2020 ( 25 items )  

House Passes Bipartisan Fixes for Paycheck Protection Program, Including Provisions Supported by Rep. Golden
WASHINGTON, May 30 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release on May 29: Following Congressman Jared Golden's (ME-02) efforts over the past two months to improve the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for small businesses that had struggled with the relief program, the House passed the bipartisan PPP Flexibility Act yesterday. The legislation, which includes changes advocated for by Golden, would help fix some concerns raised by Maine small businesses about the program, in  more

In May Podcast, Sen. King Discusses Coronavirus Response With Maine CDC Director and UMass Dartmouth Professor
BRUNSWICK, Maine, May 26 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released the May edition of his Inside Maine podcast. This month's show highlights the impacts that the coronavirus pandemic has had on the lives of Maine people, and federal, state, and local efforts to respond to the virus and keep Maine people safe. Senator King is joined by the Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control, Dr. Nirav Shah, and Associate Profes  more

Rep. Golden: Maine Delegation Calls on Department of Labor to Change Guidance to Protect Nonprofits From Financial Disaster
WASHINGTON, May 28 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Maine's congressional delegation took action this week to protect nonprofits -- which employ one in every six workers in the state -- from federal guidance that would lead to hundreds of thousands of dollars in unexpected, upfront costs for many nonprofit organizations. In a letter to U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Eugene Scalia, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02), Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angu  more

Rep. Pingree Announces $1M Gulf of Maine Conservation Grant to Appalachian Mountain Club
WASHINGTON, May 30 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced Appalachian Mountain Club will receive a grant of $1 million from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conserve 16,311 acres around the Gulf of Maine and protect over 100 migratory bird species. Appalachian Mountain Club will also receive $3,000,700 in matching funds. "The Gulf of Maine is one of our state's   more

Rep. Pingree Announces $245k COVID-19 Telehealth Grant to Portland Community Health Center
WASHINGTON, May 29 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced Portland Community Health Center in Portland has been awarded $245,988 from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to support telehealth services for COVID-19 treatment. The funding comes from the FCC's COVID-19 Telehealth Program and was authorized by the CARES Act. "I've long known that telemedicine is essential for Mainers' health, but this pandemic   more

Rep. Pingree Announces Coronavirus Assistance Available for Maine Farmers
PORTLAND, Maine, May 27 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program is now open for applications from Maine farms. USDA is dispersing a total of $16 billion in direct payments to farmers across our country, $9.5 billion which was authorized in the CARES Act and $6.5 billion from the Commodity Credit Corporation. "While all farms are struggling to stay afloat in this pandemic, smal  more

Rep. Pingree Issues Statement in Recognition of Memorial Day
WASHINGTON, May 27 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following statement in recognition of Memorial Day: "Every day, members of the American military bravely step forward to leave their homes behind and march towards the unknown. Many do not come home. Memorial Day is a time to remember the brave servicemembers who lost their lives in defense of our freedoms. "I also want to recognize those we often do not thank outright on this day: the missing servicemembers whose families never g  more

Rep. Pingree Votes for Two Bipartisan Bills to Improve Paycheck Protection Program
WASHINGTON, May 29 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) voted with her House colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass H.R. 7010, bipartisan legislation which would alter the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and make it more accessible to the small businesses most in need of relief. Pingree also supported H.R. 6782, a bipartisan bill to provide more transparency over the PPP loan program. "For many small businesses in  more

Rep. Pingree: Maine Delegation Calls on Department of Labor to Change Guidance to Protect Nonprofits From Financial Disaster
WASHINGTON, May 29 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Maine's congressional delegation took action this week to protect nonprofits -- which employ one in every six workers in the state -- from federal guidance that would lead to hundreds of thousands of dollars in unexpected, upfront costs for many nonprofit organizations. In a letter to U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Eugene Scalia, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02), Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and A  more

Sen. Collins Applauds CMS Announcement That Will Cap Medicare Beneficiaries' Insulin Co-Pay at $35 Per Month
WASHINGTON, May 28 -- Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, issued the following news release on May 27: U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Aging Committee and the founder and co-chair of the Senate Diabetes Caucus, applauded today's announcement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that more than 1,750 Medicare Part D plans and Medicare Advantage plans have agreed to cap the monthly co-pay for insulin at $35 starting nex  more

Sen. Collins Encourages Maine Farmers to Apply for Direct Assistance Payments Beginning
WASHINGTON, May 27 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced that Maine farmers can begin applying for direct relief payments starting through August 28th to help offset the financial harm they have experienced due to COVID-19. The funding is provided through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), created through the CARES Act, which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America's farmers.  more

Sen. Collins Visits Hampden USPS Processing Plant
HAMPDEN, Maine, May 28 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins visited the USPS Processing Plant in Hampden to thank the employees for their work to maintain this essential service during the COVID-19 pandemic. During her visit, Senator Collins remained outside the plant and greeted workers between shifts while following social distancing guidelines. "Postal Service employees in Maine and throughout the country continue to go to work eac  more

Sen. Collins Visits New Balance in Norridgewock
NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine, May 27 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins visited the New Balance factory in Norridgewock to greet employees and meet with members of the management team. The Norridgewock factory, which typically manufactures athletic footwear, began producing face masks earlier this year to help increase the supply of personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic. "I am so proud of the hardworking employees at New  more

Sen. Collins: Some Mainers to Receive Stimulus Payments Via Debit Card
WASHINGTON, May 29 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins is reminding Mainers to be on the lookout for their stimulus payments in the form of prepaid debit cards in the mail if they have not already received these funds. The stimulus checks of up to $1,200 per individual were authorized by the CARES Act, which Senator Collins voted for. "According to the IRS, more than 700,000 Mainers have already received their stimulus payments. For   more

Sen. Cramer Issues Joint Op-Ed in Agri-Pulse
WASHINGTON, May 30 -- Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-North Dakota, issued the following joint op-ed with eight Senators published in Agri-Pulse: The op-ed was co-authored by Sens. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, Mike Rounds, R-South Dakota, Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, Steve Daines, R-Montana, Tina Flint Smith, D-Minnesota, John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, Jon Tester, D-Montana, Michael B. Enzi, R-Wyoming. "Agriculture is the economic engine for many communities in the Midwest, North East, and across the Upper Gr  more

Sen. King Bill to Improve Paycheck Protection Program Passes House of Representatives
BRUNSWICK, Maine, May 30 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) applauded the House of Representatives' overwhelmingly bipartisan passage (417-1) of the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act, a bipartisan bill that would make necessary changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The legislation, which mirrors a bill introduced by Senators King and Steve Daines (R-Mont.) last week, would adjust PPP rules that are preventing so  more

Sen. King Honors 'Sacred Moment' of Memorial Day
BRUNSWICK, Maine, May 26 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released a video on his social media channels honoring Memorial Day and emphasizing the importance of honoring our nation's fallen servicemembers, even as coronavirus's social distancing requirements interfere with traditional forms of observing the day. "Memorial Day is a sacred moment for Americans. It's an important moment because it's the moment and the day that  more

Sen. Udall, Democratic Senators Request Information About Distribution of Coronavirus Relief Funds to Tribal Governments
WASHINGTON, May 30 -- Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, along with U.S. Senators John Tester (D-Mont.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Il.), Angus King (I-Maine), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.),and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), sent a letter to the Se  more

Senate Unanimously Passes Sen. Collins-Jones Resolution Designating May as 'Older Americans Month'
WASHINGTON, May 30 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution introduced by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Doug Jones (D-AL) designating the month of May as "Older Americans Month." The resolution recognizes the success of older Americans and the important role they have in our society. Senator Collins is the Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee and Senator Jones is a member of the committee. "Every  more

Sens. Collins, Heinrich Call for Passage of Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act
WASHINGTON, May 30 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) are calling for the passage of their legislation, the Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act, after a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that more coordination needs to be done at a national level to assist state and localities in implementing the two-generation approach. This model helps low-income parents and children  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce $1.5 Million for Maine Dept. of Labor Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON, May 28 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the Maine Department of Labor has been awarded $1.5 million to help address the workforce-related impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding, allocated through the U.S. Department of Labor's Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs) program, was awarded through the CARES Act. "This important funding will help to mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce $1.5 Million for Maine Dept. of Labor Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON, May 27 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the Maine Department of Labor has been awarded $1.5 million to help address the workforce-related impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding, allocated through the U.S. Department of Labor's Dislocated Worker Grants (DWGs) program, was awarded through the CARES Act. "This important funding will help to mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce Nearly $4 Million for Maine Law Enforcement Amid COVID-19
WASHINGTON, May 27 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the Maine Department of Public Safety and local municipalities have been awarded $3,972,092 through the CARES Act for law enforcement to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Maine's state and local law enforcement make sacrifices every day to keep our communities safe," said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement. "  more

Sens. Heinrich, Collins Call for Passage of Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act
WASHINGTON, May 30 -- Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) are calling for the passage of their legislation, the Two-Generation Economic Empowerment Act, after a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that more coordination needs to be done at a national level to assist state and localities in implementing the two-generation approach. The GAO report found that state and lo  more

With Maine Schools Relying on Distance Education, Sen. King Celebrates 18 Years of Maine Learning Technology Initiative
BRUNSWICK, Maine, May 30 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on May 28: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) provided closing remarks at the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) Virtual Student Conference. During his talk, Senator King reflected on the 2002 establishment of MLTI during his time as Governor, highlighted Maine's leadership in helping students access technology to enhance their learning, and congratulated all involved with the continued growth  more