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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Maine Newsletter for Sunday July 05, 2020 ( 40 items )  

As Pandemic Fallout Deepens, Sen. King Pushes Administration to Follow Law, Temporarily Stop Seizing Student Loan Payments
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined a group of 28 senators in a letter urging the Administration to end the seizure of tax refunds from federal student loan borrowers in default and refund any payments seized in direct violation of federal law. This seizure of tax refunds, known as a tax offset, violates a provision in the CARES Act that suspends the collection of all federally held defaulted student   more

As Stimulus Payment Debit Cards Spread Confusion, Sen. King Calls for Clarity
WASHINGTON, June 29 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined a group of 15 senators in a letter requesting answers from the Treasury Department about ongoing difficulties facing Americans who received their CARES Act stimulus payments as debit cards. In the letter the Senators highlight issues with the program, including additional fees, confusion stemming from a lack of advance warning - causing many eligible Americans to t  more

As Trump Administration Seeks to Overturn ACA, Rep. Pingree Votes to Protect & Expand Health Care Coverage
WASHINGTON, June 30 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) voted in favor of H.R. 1425, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act. The legislation, which would make health care more affordable and accessible, passed the United States House of Representatives 234-179. "Congressional Republicans have voted more than 70 times to undermine the Affordable Care Act--a law that has extended health care access to mi  more

Fauci to Sen. Collins: 'Pool Testing' an Efficient, Cost-Effective Way to Help Schools, Communities Safely Reopen
WASHINGTON, July 1 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: At a U.S. Senate Health Committee hearing this morning focused on safely reopening our communities and schools, U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a member of the Committee, questioned Dr. Fauci about a new method to more efficiently test large groups of people for COVID-19. This cost-effective strategy can be used in settings such as schools to detect the presence of the virus. Senator Collins referenced Maine's  more

Rep. Barragan Urges House Leadership to Prioritize Green Jobs, Environmental Justice in Next Recovery Package
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- Rep. Nanette Barragan, D-California, issued the following news release: Congressmembers Nanette Diaz Barragan (Calif.), Chellie Pingree (Maine), Jared Huffman (Calif.), Alcee L. Hastings (Fla.) and Brenda Lawrence (Mich.) led 55 of their colleagues in urging House leadership to support a transformational green stimulus investment as Congress prepares the next COVID-19 relief and recovery packages. In a letter to Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy, the lawmakers w  more

Rep. Collins Receives Spirit of Enterprise Award
WASHINGTON, June 30 -- Rep. Doug Collins, R-Georgia, issued the following news release: Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's "Spirit of Enterprise" award for his record of supporting American businesses and supporting policies that fuel economic growth. "In these uncertain times with daunting economic and social challenges facing our nation, it is imperative that leaders in Washington are focused on propelling American businesses forward to create jobs and economic  more

Rep. Golden Votes to Lower Health Care Costs for Mainers
WASHINGTON, July 1 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) voted yesterday to pass the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act through the House. The bill, which comes amid renewed efforts by the White House to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the Supreme Court, would strengthen the ACA, lower costs for many families who receive insurance through ACA marketplaces, and help reduce the prices of prescription drugs  more

Rep. Golden: Maine Delegation Calls on Administration to Reject Petition for Lobster Fishery Closures
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02), Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME), and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) urged Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to reject a petition to impose seasonal closures on lobster and crab fishing in three areas in and around the Gulf of Maine. While the suggested closures -- put forward by the Pew Charitable Trusts -- are intended to protect the North Atlantic Rig  more

Rep. Peterson: RAMP-UP Act Will Help Meat and Poultry Processors Access Inspection to Meet Demand
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- Rep. Collin C. Peterson, D-Minnesota, issued the following news release: House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota and former Chairman Frank Lucas of Oklahoma, joined Reps. Sanford Bishop of Georgia, Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska, Chellie Pingree of Maine, G.T. Thompson of Pennsylvania, Jim Costa of California, David Rouzer of North Carolina, Angie Craig of Minnesota and Robert Aderholt of Alabama, to introduce the Requiring Assistance to Meat Proces  more

Rep. Peterson: RAMP-UP Act Will Help Meat and Poultry Processors Access Inspection to Meet Demand
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- Rep. Collin C. Peterson, D-Minnesota, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following news release: House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota and former Chairman Frank Lucas of Oklahoma, joined Reps. Sanford Bishop of Georgia, Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska, Chellie Pingree of Maine, G.T. Thompson of Pennsylvania, Jim Costa of California, David Rouzer of North Carolina, Angie Craig of Minnesota and Robert Aderholt of Alabama, to intr  more

Rep. Pingree Announces $400k From CARES Act Coming to Maine to Help 8 Arts Organizations Retain Jobs
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced eight Maine arts organizations will receive grants totaling $400,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The grants were funded through the CARES Act and will support staff salaries, fees for artists or contracted personnel, and facilities costs. Six of those organizations are in the First Congressional District, which Pingree represents. "As the  more

Rep. Pingree Announces $450,000 for Maine DOL Apprenticeship Programs
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced the Maine Department of Labor will receive $450,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor through the Registered Apprenticeship Program. "As our nation prepares to recover and rebuild from the unprecedented levels of joblessness caused by the coronavirus pandemic, registered apprenticeship programs will give employees a leg up to enter a new industry. Given add  more

Rep. Pingree Hails Congress' First-Ever Report on Climate Crisis As 'Groundbreaking'
WASHINGTON, July 1 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) hailed the release of Congress' first-ever comprehensive report on climate change, authored by the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. The Select Committee was established at the beginning of the 116th Congress and is charged with developing concrete policy recommendations to mitigate the threat of climate change. The recommendations m  more

Rep. Pingree Leads Bipartisan Letter Asking USDA to Finalize Origin of Livestock Rule
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) joined Congressman Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.) and Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) in asking the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to finalize the National Organic Program's Origin of Livestock Rule. Pingree has called on USDA to finalize the Origin of Livestock Rule before, but the COVID-19 pandemic has caused seismic market shifts for organic dairy farm  more

Rep. Pingree Pushes House Leadership to Prioritize Green Jobs, Environmental Justice in Next Recovery Package
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) joined Reps. Barragan, Huffman, Hastings, Lawrence, and 55 other members in writing to Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy, urging them to support a transformational green stimulus investment as Congress prepares the next COVID-19 relief and recovery packages. "As work continues on developing short-term aid packages for COVID-19 relief, our country will also f  more

Rep. Pingree Statement on June Medical Services Vs. Russo Supreme Court Decision
WASHINGTON, June 30 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following statement on June 29 after the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that June Medical Services vs. Russo, Louisiana's abortion admitting privileges law, is unconstitutional: "Today the Supreme Court once again affirmed that abortion access is a constitutional right. Louisiana's admitting privileges law is identical to a Texas law that the Court struck down just four years ago. "These laws are part of a national coordi  more

Rep. Pingree: Maine Delegation Calls on Administration to Reject Petition for Lobster Fishery Closures
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02), Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME), and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) urged Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to reject a petition to impose seasonal closures on lobster and crab fishing in three areas in and around the Gulf of Maine. While the suggested closures -- put forward by the Pew Charitable Trusts -- are intended to protect the North Atlantic   more

Reps. Golden, Kelly Introduce Bill to Create Successor to PPP Program, Provide Flexible, Long-Term Relief for Hard-Hit Small Businesses
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) and Congressman Mike Kelly (PA-16) introduced the bipartisan Reviving the Economy Sustainably Towards a Recovery in Twenty-twenty (RESTART) Act, a bill to provide America's small businesses with the flexible, targeted relief they need to survive a prolonged economic downturn and provide jobs. The RESTART program created by the legislation would target small businesses hardest-hi  more

Sen. Collins Announces More Than $3.2 Million for UMaine to Expand 3D Printing Research to Protect American Soldiers
WASHINGTON, July 1 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced that the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center (ASCC) has been awarded a total of $3,215,332 from the U.S. Army Natick Soldiers Systems Center (SSC). The funding will support UMaine ASCC's continued research to better protect the men and women of our nation's military, including the development of the Modular Ballistic Protection Systems (MBPS) to  more

Sen. Collins Issues Statement on Independence Day
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following statement in advance of Independence Day: "On Independence Day, we celebrate the anniversary of our nation and express gratitude to the founding generation of Americans who risked everything so that we could live in freedom. "We also give thanks to all of the Americans who answered the call to serve and sacrifice for the ideals of our founding. Throughout our history and around world, men and women of United States arme  more

Sen. Collins Outlines Priorities for Next Phase of Paycheck Protection Program
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a member of the Small Business Task Force and the co-author of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), spoke on the Senate floor this afternoon about her priorities for the future of this lifeline for small businesses. Given the ongoing economic crisis caused by the pandemic, Senator Collins is working with her Small Business Task Force colleagues--Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Be  more

Sen. Cortez Masto Pushes Administration to Make Paycheck Protection Program Work Better for Nevada's Seasonal Businesses
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) and seven colleagues in a letter 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 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans for which they qualify.  more

Sen. King Advances Maine Priorities, Ensures National Security, Increases Military Pay, Accelerates Coronavirus Response Through National Defense Bill
WASHINGTON, July 1 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, voted on Monday to proceed to Senate debate on the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The legislation includes a number of provisions proposed and advocated for by Senator King, which will support Maine jobs, bolster our national security, and boost our economy and military in the face of the challenges posed b  more

Sen. King Cosponsors Effort to Defend Postal Service, Urging More Funding Assistance During Pandemic
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined 42 of his Senate colleagues in introducing a resolution emphasizing the importance of the U.S. Postal Service and urging increased funding in the next coronavirus relief package to help USPS offset losses incurred due to the pandemic. The resolution also makes clear that the USPS should not be forced to reduce its services, close post office facilities, or excessive  more

Sen. King Responds to Supreme Court Decision to Follow 2016 Precedent, Protect Women Right to Choose
WASHINGTON, June 29 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news statement on June 29: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released the following statement after the Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law that would have left the state with only one abortion clinic. The decision was reached by a 5-4 margin, with Chief Justice John Roberts siding with the majority on the basis of precedent established in a 2016 decision, Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt. * * * "Today's new  more

Sen. King Seeking Additional Funding for Tourism, Economic Development in Future Coronavirus Relief
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined 16 of his Senate colleagues in a letter to Congressional leadership calling for additional funding for the Economic Development Administration (EDA)'s programs in future coronavirus economic recovery legislation. The EDA's programs help drive locally organized economic development projects, develop new industries, build vital infrastructure, and enhance economic dri  more

Sen. King Statement on CIA IG Confirmation
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following statement on July 1: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, voted to confirm Peter Thomson to be Inspector General of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); the nomination was approved by the Committee via voice vote. Last week, at Thomson's confirmation hearing, Senator King highlighted the urgent need for the holder of the position to be strongly independent from an  more

Sen. King, Colleagues to Trump Administration: Don't Rip Away Health Care for Millions During Pandemic
WASHINGTON, July 1 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) cosponsored a resolution with 46 colleagues condemning the Trump Administration's "downright cruel" attempt to dismantle the Affordable Care Act through a Supreme Court challenge effort. In the resolution, the Senators also demand the Department of Justice (DOJ) defend existing law in court and halt efforts to repeal the health care protections for millions nationwide - an  more

Senate Passes Coons Bill to Extend PPP Loan Application Deadline, Help Delaware Small Businesses, Nonprofits
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- Sen. Christopher Coons, D-Delaware, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, along with the committee's ranking member Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), and Susan Collins (R-Maine) successfully passed legislation to extend the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA's)   more

Sens. Cardin, Schumer, Shaheen, Coons, Rosen Laud Unanimous Senate Passage of Legislation to Extend PPP Loan Application Deadline
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, issued the following news release: U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (N.Y.), and Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) successfully passed legislation to extend the U.S. Small Business Admin  more

Sens. Collins, Feinstein Introduce Bill to Provide Up to $25 Billion in Emergency Financial Relief for U.S. Postal Service
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: In a bipartisan effort to support the U.S. Postal Service, which has experienced significant declines in first-class and marketing mail volume due to the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced legislation that would help shore up the agency's finances to ensure it survives the current national crisis. The legislation was co-sponsored by Senators Steve  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce $400,000 for Eastern Maine Development Corporation
WASHINGTON, June 29 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the Eastern Maine Development Corporation has been awarded $400,000 to support the redevelopment and revitalization of small businesses in Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo, and Hancock counties that have suffered financial harm as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding was awarded through the Economic Development Administration (EDA)'s CARES   more

Sens. Collins, King Announce $400,000 for Eastern Maine Development Corporation
WASHINGTON, June 30 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the Eastern Maine Development Corporation has been awarded $400,000 to support the redevelopment and revitalization of small businesses in Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo, and Hancock counties that have suffered financial harm as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding was awarded through the Economic Development Administration (EDA)'s CARES A  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce More Than $2.2 Million for Head Start Program in Waldo County Amid COVID-19
WASHINGTON, June 29 -- 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 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $2,256,784 to Waldo Community Action Partners for Head Start and Early Head Start programs. "Affordable and quality childcare is essential to helping Maine's children and families build a healthy and sustainable future," said Senators Collins and King in a joint  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce Nearly $250,000 to Increase Local Food in Maine Schools
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that a total of nearly $250,000 has been awarded to the Cumberland County Food Security Council, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and the Maine School Administrative District 30 to support child nutrition programs for the upcoming school year. This funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm to School program. "Sin  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce Nearly $250,000 to Increase Local Food in Maine Schools
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that a total of nearly $250,000 has been awarded to the Cumberland County Food Security Council, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and the Maine School Administrative District 30 to support child nutrition programs for the upcoming school year. This funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm to School program. "Since  more

Sens. Kennedy, King Propose Tool to Remove Unknowns, Help Small Businesses Calculate PPP Loan Forgiveness
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- Sen. John Kennedy, R-Louisiana, issued the following news release: Sens. John Kennedy (R-La.) and Angus King (I-Maine) introduced the Calculate PPP Forgiveness Act of 2020, which directs the Small Business Administration (SBA) to develop a free calculator for businesses seeking to estimate their loan forgiveness amount through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The bill directs the SBA to coordinate the development of the calculator, providing additional support for sm  more

Sens. King, Kennedy Propose Tool to Remove Unknowns, Help Small Businesses Calculate PPP Loan Forgiveness
WASHINGTON, July 3 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and John Kennedy (R-La.) introduced the Calculate PPP Forgiveness Act of 2020, which directs the Small Business Administration (SBA) to develop a free calculator for businesses seeking to estimate their loan forgiveness amount through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The bill directs the Small Business Administration (SBA) to coordinate the development of the calcul  more

With Food Insecurity on the Rise, Rep. Pingree Joins Push to Expand SNAP Eligibility & Increase Minimum Monthly Benefit
WASHINGTON, July 1 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) joined 165 of her House colleagues in pushing House and Senate leadership to boost and protect the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) during COVID-19. The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in increased food insecurity and unprecedented demand at food banks. The lawmakers wrote: "SNAP is the largest and most effective nutrition program in the country, ser  more

With Pandemic First Wave Continuing, Sen. King Urges Effort to Protect Lives Through Testing, Tracing System
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on July 1: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) sent a letter to leadership of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services, Senators: Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), urging them to fund a comprehensive program of testing, tracing, and supported isolation (TTSI). In the letter, Senator King argues that TTSI   more