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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Maine Newsletter for Sunday June 14, 2020 ( 21 items )  

As Coronavirus Pandemic Threat Continues, Sen. King Pushes to Reestablish Global Health Security Directorate
WASHINGTON, June 13 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on June 12: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined five of his Senate colleagues in a letter urging the President to reestablish the National Security Council's (NSC) Global Health Security Directorate (GHSD) as a separate entity from the Counterproliferation and Biodefense Directorate (CBD). The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need for a central office to develop policies and coordinate respons  more

Bipartisan House Lawmakers Push Senators to Pass Rep. Golden's SBDC Legislation, Help Small Businesses Through COVID-19 Recession
WASHINGTON, June 11 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release: As Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) report record demand for their no-cost business advising and training services during the COVID-19 pandemic, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers on the House Small Business Committee called on Senate committee leaders today to pass the Small Business Development Centers Improvement Act. Reps. Pete Stauber (MN-08), Dwight Evans (PA  more

On Teleconference With Maine Coast Fishermen's Association, Sen. King Discusses Needs, Priorities of Maine Fisheries in Face of Coronavirus
WASHINGTON, June 13 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on June 12: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) 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 illust  more

Rep. Pingree Cosponsors Most Significant Federal Police Reform Package in Generations
WASHINGTON, June 9 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Amid nationwide protests of police brutality toward Black Americans, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced her original co-sponsorship of the bicameral Justice in Policing Act of 2020, which would hold law enforcement accountable for misconduct and increase transparency in policing. "While policing happens at the local level, Congress must take the lead in enacting overdue law enforcement reform  more

Reps. Golden, Graves Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Allow Fisheries Disaster Declarations Due to COVID-19, Future Pandemics
WASHINGTON, June 12 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congressmen Jared Golden (ME-02) and Garret Graves (LA-06) introduced bipartisan legislation to make additional disaster relief available to thousands of fishermen whose businesses are harmed by a pandemic. The legislation would amend the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation Act to allow fisheries disasters to be declared due to pandemic, such as COVID-19. A fisheries disaster declaration uses an establishe  more

Sen. Collins Presses Treasury Secretary to Allow Small Businesses to Apply for a Second PPP Loan
WASHINGTON, June 11 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: At the invitation of the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Small Business Committee, U.S. Senator Susan Collins attended a hearing on the Paycheck Protection Program. Senator Collins raised the issue of small businesses reaching the end of their eight-week loan period and urged Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to support a second round of forgivable PPP loans for industries that have been particul  more

Sen. Collins Urges Colleagues to Pass Bipartisan Bill to Permanently Fund LWCF, Provide Funding for National Parks
WASHINGTON, June 13 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins delivered remarks from the Senate floor urging her colleagues to pass the Great American Outdoors Act, a bipartisan bill she cosponsored to provide full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and to address the deferred maintenance backlog on our national parks, national wildlife refuges, and national forest lands. In addition to Senator Collins, the Great Ameri  more

Sen. Collins: CEO of SeniorsPlus in Lewiston Discusses Efforts to Reduce Senior Isolation, Loneliness Exacerbated by COVID-19
WASHINGTON, June 12 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: With congregate meal sites closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, SeniorsPlus experienced a sharp increase in the need for home-based nutrition services. According to Betsy Sawyer-Manter, the President and CEO of the Lewiston nonprofit, the number of meals they have delivered to seniors' homes has risen by 46 percent since mid-March and is still climbing. "Our kitchen went into overdrive and produced an ext  more

Sen. Cruz, Colleagues Applaud Senate Approval of Resolution Calling for Release of Cuban Activist Jose Daniel Ferrer
WASHINGTON, June 13 -- Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, issued the following news release: U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Susan Collins (R-Maine) released the following statements after the Senate unanimously approved their resolution calling for the immediate release of Cuban democracy activist Jose Daniel Ferrer. Mr. Ferrer was imprisoned on October 1, 2019 and arbitrarily convicted on April 3, 2020 to a sentenc  more

Sen. King Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Support Maine Tourism, Accelerate Coronavirus Economic Recovery
WASHINGTON, June 9 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) to introduce the Visit America Act, which would set a visitation goal of 116 million annual international travelers to the United States by 2028, formally authorize the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, and create a high-ranking position within the Department of Commerce focused on bolstering America  more

Sen. King Questions U.S. Park Police on Tactics, Training in Washington, D.C. Protests
WASHINGTON, June 12 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on June 11: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), contacted U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary David Bernhardt in a letter, seeking answers regarding the actions that the U.S. Park Police (over which the DOI has oversight) took on Monday, June 1st to aggressively suppress peaceful protesters demonstrating in and around Lafayette Square. Senator King, Ranking Member of the National Parks Subcommittee,  more

Sen. King Touts Historic Parks Legislation, Calls It 'A Gift to Our Fellow Americans'
WASHINGTON, June 10 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on June 9: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), Ranking Member of the Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, spoke on the floor of the U.S. Senate to highlight the importance of passing the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) to support national parks and public lands across our nation. The bipartisan legislation includes Senator King's Restore Our Parks Act, which would address the near  more

Sen. King: NPS Study Shows Restore Our Parks Bill Will Support More Than 100,000 Jobs Over Next Five Years
WASHINGTON, June 9 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), announced that a new National Parks Service (NPS) study of the Restore Our Parks Act - legislation introduced by Senator King and expected to be debated in the Senate next week - found that the legislation will support an average of 40,300 direct jobs and 100,100 direct and indirect jobs over the next five years, while helping to address the more than $12 billion backlog   more

Sen. King: USDA Extends Waiver Expanding Access to Meals for Low-Income Children During COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON, June 13 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: Following a bipartisan push from U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a new nationwide waiver that will allow schools and other meal sites to continue serving nutritious meals to all children for the remainder of the summer. Without an extension, this program would no longer have been available   more

Senate Unanimously Approves Menendez-Rubio Resolution Calling for the Release of Cuban Activist Jose Daniel Ferrer
WASHINGTON, June 13 -- Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following news release: Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Susan Collins (R-Maine) released the following statements after the Senate unanimously approved their resolution calling for the immediate release of C  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce $2.6 Million for Maine Head Start Programs Amid COVID-19
WASHINGTON, June 13 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Maine Head Start programs have been awarded a total of $2,650,659 to support low-income families during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding was awarded through the CARES Act. "During this public health crisis, Head Start programs throughout our state have continued to provide children with key educational tools and resources, as well as access to   more

Sens. Collins, King Announce Funding to Expand Telehealth Services Across Maine
WASHINGTON, June 11 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced that the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) COVID-19 Telehealth Program has awarded $516,160 to two health centers to improve and expand telehealth services. Specifically, the FCC has awarded $270,172 to Central Maine Medical Center and $245,988 to Portland Community Health Center to upgrade technology at each facility and imp  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce Nearly $43 Million Contract Awarded to Bath Iron Works
WASHINGTON, June 10 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the U.S. Navy has awarded Bath Iron Works (BIW) a $42,772,449 contract modification to a previously awarded contract for lead yard services for the DDG-51-class destroyer program. Senator Collins is a senior member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, and Senator King is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. "From maritime  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce Nearly $43 Million Contract Awarded to Bath Iron Works
WASHINGTON, June 10 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the U.S. Navy has awarded Bath Iron Works (BIW) a $42,772,449 contract modification to a previously awarded contract for lead yard services for the DDG-51-class destroyer program. Senator Collins is a senior member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, and Senator King is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. "From maritime   more

Sens. Feinstein, Warner, King, Reed Call on DNI to Ensure Orderly, Conditions-Based Withdrawal From Afghanistan
WASHINGTON, June 10 -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, issued the following news release: Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senators Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), Angus King (I-Maine) and Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), to urge the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to ensure than any potential plan to withdraw military personnel from Afghanistan is orderly, conditions-based, and planned in conjunction with military and diplomatic counterparts. The letter comes shortly after reports (http  more

Sens. Rounds, Smith Lead Bipartisan Group of Senators to Introduce Legislation Expanding Mental Health Services
WASHINGTON, June 10 -- Sen. Mike Rounds, R-South Dakota, issued the following news release: U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Tina Smith (D-Minn.) led a bipartisan group of senators to introduce legislation to expand telemental health services in rural areas. The Home-Based Telemental Health Care Act of 2020 would establish a grant program for health providers to expand telemental health services for those specifically in rural populations working in farming, forestry and fishing industries.   more