Monday - September 28, 2020
U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Maine Newsletter for Sunday June 28, 2020 ( 35 items )  

After Delegation Letter Urging Action, Sens. Collins, King, Pingree Applaud Administration Move to Support Lobster Industry
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following joint statement on June 25: U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) and Representative Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement in response to a Presidential Memorandum that calls on USTR and USDA to provide the lobster industry with the same form of financial assistance that has already been extended to farmers suffering as a result of China's retaliatory tariffs. Today's move   more

After Delegation Letter Urging Action, Sens. Collins, King, Rep. Pingree Applaud Administration Move to Support Lobster Industry
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following joint statement with Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine and Angus King, I-Maine: U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) and Representative Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement in response to a Presidential Memorandum that calls on USTR and USDA to provide the lobster industry with the same form of financial assistance that has already been extended to farmers suffering as a result   more

In Teleconference With Maine United Way, Sen. King Emphasizes Need to Help Working Families Amid Pandemic
WASHINGTON, June 23 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on June 22: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) participated in a teleconference with Maine United Way leadership representatives, as part of his continuous effort to stay connected to Maine people throughout the coronavirus pandemic. 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 Ta  more

In Wake of Supreme Court DACA Ruling, Sen. King Calls for Vote on House Bipartisan-Passed Dream, Promise Act
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on June 23: Following last week's historic Supreme Court ruling rejecting the Trump Administration's repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined 46 of his Senate colleagues in a letter urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to immediately take up the bipartisan House-passed American Dream and Promise Act, which would establish  more

Rep. Golden Statement on George Floyd Justice in Policing Act
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following statement announcing that he would vote yes on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (H.R. 7120): "It is a fundamental principle of our democracy: every American should be treated equally before the law, regardless of race, gender, economic status, or any other factor. Our country urgently needs to address the racism and inequality that have persisted for far too long, and we must ensure accountability for unjustified us  more

Rep. Pingree Announces $464,312 in CARES Funds to Retain Jobs With Maine Cultural Organizations
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded three grants totaling $464,312 to help cultural organizations in the First Congressional District retain employees during this economic crisis. The funding comes from the CARES Act, passed by Congress with Pingree's support in late March, and will support essential operations and job preservation.   more

Rep. Pingree Co-Sponsors Legislation to Promote Carbon Sequestration Markets for Farmers
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following statement: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement on her co-sponsorship of H.R. XX, the Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2020, legislation to promote climate-friendly agricultural practices by increasing farmers' access to carbon markets. * * * "Farming has always been a risky business, but this moment is an especially tough one for farmers: climate change is creating unpredictable gro  more

Rep. Pingree Statement on Trump Administration's Ban on Foreign Worker Visas
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following statement after the White House announced President Trump will sign an executive order extending foreign worker visa restrictions, including H-2B seasonal worker and student visas: "This Executive Order is yet another example of President Trump using the coronavirus pandemic to advance a hateful and extreme anti-immigrant agenda. "A ban on student visas is not only contrary to America's core values of supporting an ope  more

Rep. Pingree to House Leadership: Prioritize Clean Energy Workforce & Mitigate Climate Crisis in Next Recovery Package
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and leaders of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) sent a 17-page letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Committee Chairs urging relief for the more than half-a-million workers in the clean energy sector who have been neglected in past COVID-19 response packages. The letter outlines specific pathways for   more

Rep. Pingree Votes for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to Enforce Mandatory Ban on Excessive Use of Force, Reporting of Police Misconduct
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) voted for passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which would enforce national mandatory accountability standards to end police misconduct and address racial injustice in policing. "After George Floyd's murder by police was captured on video, millions of Americans called for law enforcement reforms to address unchecked racial profiling and excessive use   more

Rep. Pingree Votes to End Washington's D.C. Taxation Without Representation
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) voted for H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act, which would make the District of Columbia America's 51st state and ensure the city's more than 702,000 residents are finally fully represented in the U.S. Congress. "Washington, D.C. has more residents than the states of Vermont and Wyoming, who pay more federal taxes than the residents of 22 individual states.   more

Rep. Pingree: Maine Awarded $1.35 Million for Food Box Program to Support Farmers, Help Address Food Insecurity
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden announced that Native Maine Produce & Specialty Foods, a Westbrook distribution company, was awarded $1.35 million to participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farmers to Families Food Box Program. The Farmers to Families Food Box Program, a component of USDA's Coronavirus Food Assistance Progr  more

Rep. Pingree: Maine Delegation Urges Direct Relief for Maple Syrup Producers Through USDA's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in support of maple syrup producers' eligibility for direct relief from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). CFAP, created through the CARES Act, will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver reli  more

Sen. Collins Announces Nearly $7.5 Million for Direct Financial Relief to Help Maine Farmers With Losses Caused by COVID-19
WASHINGTON, June 23 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced that Maine farmers have been awarded a total of $7.46 million thus far 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. "The supply chain di  more

Sen. Collins' Statement on Democratic Leader Blocking Police Reform Bill
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following statement on the Senate's failure to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the JUSTICE Act: "It is truly stunning that the Democratic leader blocked even beginning debate on police reform legislation. The killing of George Floyd laid bare longstanding racial injustices in this country. Now is the time for action. "If we are sincere about making progress, today's vote to simply agree to begin debating this wide-ran  more

Sen. Collins: Treasury Releases New Rule to Clarify PPP Loan Forgiveness Process
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: The U.S. Department of Treasury issued a new rule last night specifying that small business owners who have received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan can submit a loan forgiveness application immediately after they have spent the funds. At a Small Business Committee hearing earlier this month, U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the co-author of the PPP, had asked Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin whether  more

Sen. Cotton Bill to Support Semiconductor Manufacturing in U.S.
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, issued the following news release: Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Chuck Schumer (D-New York), Josh Hawley (R-Missouri), Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island), James Risch (R-Idaho), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Angus King (I-Maine), and Doug Jones (D-Alabama) have introduced the American Foundries Act of 2020, a bill that supports the production and development of microelectronics in the United States. The Senators aim to   more

Sen. King Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Support Rural Health Needs, Patients Relying on Telehealth
WASHINGTON, June 23 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) introduced legislation to protect patients receiving care through telehealth services by shielding certain rural health clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in underserved communities from impending Medicare payments that could hinder their ability to care and treat patients in the middle of a pandemic. The Improvin  more

Sen. King Presses CIA Inspector General Nominee on Independence, Accountability
WASHINGTON, June 25 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) pressed Peter Thomson, nominee to serve as Inspector General (IG) for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on the need for IGs to serve as watchdogs for the American people, following the facts and the law even at the risk of telling the Administration difficult truths. During his questioning, Senator King urged Thomson to be strongly independent from any interference fr  more

Sen. King Pushes Administration to Make Paycheck Protection Program Work Better for Maine's Seasonal Businesses
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) led a group of eight Senators in writing to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza, urging them to readjust regulatory requirements so that seasonal employers can access the full amount of the PPP loans for which they qualify. The Senators asked the Treasury Department and the SBA to immediately issue a  more

Sen. King Urges Congress to Prioritize Affordable Healthcare in Future Coronavirus Relief Bills
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined a group of 38 Senate colleagues in urging House and Senate leaders to ensure that any upcoming coronavirus relief bill include strong provisions to expand access to quality and affordable health care coverage in the wake of this public health crisis. In their letter, the Senators called for a bipartisan effort to increase the federal government's share of Medicaid   more

Sen. King: Following Advocacy by Maine Delegation, Maine Awarded $1.35 Million for Food Box Program to Support Farmers, Help Address Food Insecurity
WASHINGTON, June 23 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden announced that Native Maine Produce & Specialty Foods, a Westbrook distribution company, was awarded $1.35 million to participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farmers to Families Food Box Program. The Farmers to Families Food Box Program, a component of USDA's Coronavirus Food Assistance Pro  more

Sen. Risch Introduces Bill to Support Semiconductor Manufacturing in U.S.
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, issued the following news release: Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Angus King (I-Maine), and Doug Jones (D-Ala.) introduced the American Foundries Act of 2020, a bill that supports the production and development of microelectronics in the United States. The Senators aim to include the bill as an amendment in t  more

Sens. Collins, Gillibrand Introduce Amendment to Defense Bill to Ensure Anti-Discrimination Protections for Transgender Service Members
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced an amendment to this year's National Defense Authorization Act that would enact anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people to transgender service members into statute. "As one of the leaders in the successful effort to repeal the discriminatory 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy, I strongly believe that anyone who is qualified,   more

Sens. Collins, King Announce More Than $3 Million to Provide Low-Income Children Throughout Maine With Free Immunizations
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- 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 Health and Human Services (DHHS) has been awarded a total of $3,023,728 to help provide free immunizations to eligible low-income children throughout our state. This funding was awarded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Immunization and Vaccines for Children Program (VFC). "Vaccines are essentia  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce More Than $3 Million to Provide Low-Income Children Throughout Maine With Free Immunizations
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- 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 Health and Human Services (DHHS) has been awarded a total of $3,023,728 to help provide free immunizations to eligible low-income children throughout our state. This funding was awarded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Immunization and Vaccines for Children Program (VFC). "Vaccines are essential  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce Nearly $1 Million Grant to Combat Tobacco Use Among Maine Youth
WASHINGTON, June 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 Health and Human Services has been awarded a total of $974,168 to combat tobacco use among Maine youth throughout the state. This funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Smoking and Health (OSH). "The dramatic increase in the use of tobacco products--particularly e-cigarettes-  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce Nearly $1 Million Grant to Combat Tobacco Use Among Maine Youth
WASHINGTON, June 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 Health and Human Services has been awarded a total of $974,168 to combat tobacco use among Maine youth throughout the state. This funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Smoking and Health (OSH). "The dramatic increase in the use of tobacco products--particularly e-cigarettes--  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce Nearly $1 Million to Help Combat Opioid Crisis in Maine
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has been awarded a total of $931,880 to combat the opioid abuse crisis throughout the state. This funding was awarded through the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program. "While we continue our efforts to respond to the COVID-  more

Sens. Collins, King Join Bipartisan Group in Introducing Legislation to Make Juneteenth Federal Holiday
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- 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 Senators in introducing legislation that would designate Juneteenth as a federal holiday. Currently, Juneteenth is celebrated by 47 states, including Maine. "Since the first celebration of Juneteenth Independence Day in 1865, communities throughout the country have continued to commemorate the end of slavery and the conclusion of a d  more

Sens. Crapo, Paul, King, Lee Introduce FAIR Act to Reform Civil Asset Forfeiture Process, Protect Innocent Americans
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), Angus King (I-Maine) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) reintroduced the bipartisan Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration (FAIR) Act, S. 4074, to protect property owners' rights, defend innocent Americans and restore the Fifth Amendment's role in civil forfeiture proceedings. "Requiring Americans to prove their property should not have been taken by the government,  more

Sens. King, Young Introduce Bill to Expand Mental Telehealth Services for Medicare Beneficiaries
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) have introduced the Mental and Behavioral Health Connectivity Act, legislation to allow Medicare beneficiaries to continue to access mental and behavior health services through telehealth in the near term and after the coronavirus pandemic subsides. Currently, authorizations included in the CARES Act create additional flexibility which allows the   more

Sens. Young, King Introduce Bill to Expand Mental Telehealth Services for Medicare Beneficiaries
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Angus King (I-Maine) have introduced the Mental and Behavioral Health Connectivity Act, legislation to allow Medicare beneficiaries to continue to access mental and behavior health services through telehealth in the near term and after the coronavirus pandemic subsides. Currently, authorizations included in the CARES Act create additional flexibility which allows the use o  more

With Coronavirus Impacting Local Budgets, Sen. King Highlights Need for Critical Investments in Education for Upcoming School Year
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined a group of 41 Senate colleagues to urge Congressional leaders to include additional federal funding to help students safely return to the classroom in upcoming coronavirus relief legislation. The Senators note that without swift, comprehensive Congressional action, it will be difficult for America's 100,000 K-12 public schools - which are already facing severe budg  more

With Senate Considering Police Reform, Sens. King, Kaine Call for Colleagues to 'Rise to the Occasion'
WASHINGTON, June 24 -- Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, issued the following news release: Amid nationwide protests against police violence against African-Americans and widespread calls for systemic changes, U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) are urging Senate leaders to find a bipartisan path forward and enact meaningful police reform. Specifically, the Senators are calling for hearings in the Judiciary Committee on both the Justice in Policing Act, introduced by Senators Cor  more