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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Maine Newsletter for Sunday June 21, 2020 ( 26 items )  

Following Scotus Ruling, Sens. Murphy, Blumenthal Lead Push to Bring Equality Act to Vote
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- Sen. Christopher Murphy, D-Connecticut, issued the following news release on June 16: U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) joined legislation led by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) in leading a call for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring the Equality Ac  more

House Small Business Committee Issues Testimony From Kelly
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- The House Small Business Committee issued the following testimony by Melissa Kelly, chef and owner of Primo Restaurant, at a hearing entitled "Paycheck Protection Program: Loan Forgiveness and Other Challenges" on June 17: I am Melissa Kelly, Chef and Owner of Primo Restaurant in Rockland, Maine. I am a chef; it is my calling. The reason I do what I do, is to help people eat healthy delicious food that gives them nourishment, joy, and good health. I also believe that supp  more

On Juneteenth, Rep. Pingree Launches Racial Justice Webpage
PORTLAND, Maine, June 20 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: On Juneteenth, a date commemorating when the last forcibly enslaved Black Americans were freed on June 19th in 1865, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) launched a new webpage detailing more than 25 federal bills she supports to address systemic racism in the United States. Pingree's new Racial Justice webpage outlines legislation she is co-sponsoring in the 116th Congress to address police brutali  more

On Juneteenth, Sen. King Releases Video Recognizing Need for Reflection, Importance of Action to Address Systemic Racial Injustices
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on June 19: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) shared the following insights to commemorate Juneteenth. In the video, Senator King reflects upon the date's significance in our national history, emphasizes the continued failings in America's approach to ensuring racial justice, and challenges Americans to "live our creed," fight for equality and to listen to one another. "On June 19th, 1865, a Union General  more

On World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Sen. Collins Calls for Bipartisan Action to Protect Seniors
WASHINGTON, June 16 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: June 15th, 2020, is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, an annual event that raises awareness about physical, emotional, and financial harm perpetrated against seniors and promotes policies to protect older adults. U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Aging Committee, marked the occasion by making a renewed push to pass legislation that will help prevent the exploitation of this vulnerable populati  more

Rep. Golden Cosponsors Justice for Servicemembers Act
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) announced his cosponsorship of H.R. 2750, the Justice for Servicemembers Act. The bipartisan bill, introduced by Congressman David Cicilline (RI-01), would help servicemembers protect themselves against landlords, cable companies, and other businesses who unfairly punish servicemembers who are forced to cancel leases and other contracts when they relocate for active duty. The b  more

Rep. Golden Joins 136 Members of House to Call on Senate Leadership to Save Postal Service for Rural Americans
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release: As Mainers continue to rely on the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to access critical supplies and services during the COVID-19 pandemic, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) and 136 of his House colleagues called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to address the Postal Service's more than $22 billion in anticipated lost revenue from coronavirus and protect rural Mainers' access  more

Rep. Golden: Following Bipartisan Effort From the Maine Delegation, USDA Extends Waiver Expanding Access to Meals for Low-Income Children During COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON, June 16 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-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 to mo  more

Rep. Pingree Leads Bipartisan Letter to Dismiss New England Ratepayers Association's Net Metering Petition
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) led a bipartisan group of 13 House members in a letter urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to dismiss a petition filed by the New England Ratepayers Association (NERA). NERA's petition calls on FERC to assert jurisdiction over 45 individual state net metering programs. "Utilities, farmers, houses of worship, municipalities, small businesses and mor  more

Sen. Collins Joins Colleagues in Introducing the JUSTICE Act - A Comprehensive Police Reform Bill
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins joined a group of her colleagues led by Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) in introducing the Just and Unifying Solutions to Invigorate Communities Everywhere (JUSTICE) Act. The legislation provides long-term solutions focused on police reform, accountability, and transparency, while also promoting efforts to find solutions to systemic issues affecting people of color such as education and  more

Sen. Collins Questions Health Experts on Urgent Need to Expand Telehealth Services During COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: At a U.S. Senate Health Committee hearing titled, "Telehealth: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic," U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a member of the Committee, questioned health experts about their efforts to rapidly expand telehealth services for Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic and for the future. She also discussed the positive effect telehealth services has had on Saint Mary's Hospital in Lewiston. "  more

Sen. Collins: Senate Passes Bipartisan Resolution to Honor Juneteenth Independence Day
WASHINGTON, June 20 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Susan Collins commemorating today, June 19, 2020, as "Juneteenth Independence Day," the observance of the end of slavery in the United States. "Juneteenth is a celebration of the end of slavery and the conclusion of a dark chapter in our nation's history. Although our society has made significant progress since the first celebrat  more

Sen. Cortez Masto Calls for Vote on Equality Act Following SCOTUS Ruling
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and 39 of their colleagues in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calling on him to bring the Equality Act to the Senate flo  more

Sen. Feinstein: Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Inspector General Protections
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, issued the following news release: Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) to introduce the Securing Inspectors General Independence Act, a bipartisan bill to strengthen protections for inspectors general, including requiring the administration to give Congress a detailed explanation when an inspector general is fired. The bill is also cosponsored by Senators Susan Collins   more

Sen. Grassley Leads Bipartisan Bill to Bolster Inspector General Protections
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) introduced bipartisan legislation beefing up a 2008 inspector general (IG) protection law that has been routinely flouted by two successive administrations from both political parties. The Securing Inspector General Independence Act (S. 3994) is also cosponsored by senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), James Lankford (R-Okla  more

Sen. King Seeking to Simplify Paperwork for Businesses Seeking PPP Loan Forgiveness
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on June 16: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined a bipartisan group of 44 senators in urging Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza to ease paperwork requirements for small businesses seeking loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). In the letter, Senator King and his colleagues specifically request that the loan forgi  more

Sen. King: National Park Service Study Shows Visitors Supporting More Than 340,000 Jobs, Generating Over $41B Annually
WASHINGTON, June 16 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on June 15: As the U.S. Senate considers bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) to support America's national parks, a new National Park Service (NPS) study shows that in 2019, visitor spending in communities near national parks contributed $41.7 billion benefit to the nation's economy and supported 340,500 jobs. This study comes on the heels of an another NPS study, which s  more

Senate Passes Landmark Conservation Legislation, Including King-Led Bill to Support National Parks
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on June 17: The U.S Senate passed the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), bipartisan legislation championed by U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) that will support national parks and public lands across our nation. The GAOA includes the Restore Our Parks Act, legislation introduced by Senators King to address the existing $12 billion maintenance backlog in our national parks - including an estimated $65 mil  more

Sens. Cassidy, Coons, Colleagues Unveil Bill to Expand National Service in Next COVID-19 Relief Package
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-Louisiana, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy M.D. (R-LA), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Angus King (I-Maine), and Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced bipartisan legislation to expand national serv  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce $1.4 Million to Combat Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Maine
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the Maine State Department of Health and Human Services has been awarded a total of $1,477,750 to support mental health and substance abuse programs throughout the state. This funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). "No community is immune from these heartbreaki  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce $1.4 Million to Combat Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Maine
WASHINGTON, June 18 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the Maine State Department of Health and Human Services has been awarded a total of $1,477,750 to support mental health and substance abuse programs throughout the state. This funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). "No community is immune from these heartbreaking  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce More Than $52 Million for Maine Safety Net Hospitals Amid COVID-19
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that safety net hospitals in Maine have been awarded a total of $52,175,271 to support their efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Safety net hospitals treat a disproportionate number of Medicaid beneficiaries, providing large amounts of uncompensated care, and tend to operate on thin profit margins. "Safety net hospital workers are the backbone of M  more

Sens. Collins, King Join Bipartisan Group in Calling for Permanent Expansion of Telehealth Following COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King joined a bipartisan group of 30 Senators in calling for the expansion of access to telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic to be made permanent. Cosponsored by Senators Collins and King, provisions of the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act were included in COVID-19 relief legislation. These p  more

Sens. Coons, Wicker, Bipartisan Group of Colleagues Unveil Bill to Expand National Service Dramatically in Next COVID-19 Relief Package
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- Sen. Christopher Coons, D-Delaware, issued the following news release on June 16: U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Angus King (I-Maine), and Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced bipartisan legislation to expand na  more

Sens. Feinstein, Merkely, Colleagues Push to Bring Equality Act to Vote
WASHINGTON, June 17 -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, issued the following news release on June 16: Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Cory Booker (D-N.J), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and a group of their colleagues to call for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to bring the Equality Act to the Senate floor for a vote. The senators' push com  more

Sens. Hyde-Smith, King Offer Bill to Protect Patients By Easing Telehealth Payment Burden
WASHINGTON, June 19 -- Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Mississippi, issued the following news release: U.S Senators Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) and Angus King (I-Maine) introduced legislation to protect patients receiving care through telehealth services by shielding certain clinics in underserved communities from impending Medicare clawback payments. The Improving Telehealth for Underserved Communities Act (S.3998) would provide payment parity for telehealth services provided to Medicare beneficiarie  more