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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Maine Newsletter for Sunday July 12, 2020 ( 23 items )  

Amid Pandemic, Sen. King Joins Bipartisan Group to Advocate for Telehealth
WASHINGTON, July 7 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: The Office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) announced that Senator King joined a bipartisan group of 38 Senate colleagues in calling on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide Congress with a written plan and timeline about any potential changes to Medicare rules governing telehealth. Through coronavirus relief legislati  more

In FY 2021 Appropriations Bill, Rep. Pingree Pushes USDA Secretary to Act on President Trump's Lobster Industry Relief Memo
WASHINGTON, July 10 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release on July 9: As a member of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) offered an amendment to the fiscal year 2021 funding bill urging USDA to immediately act on President Trump's June 24th memorandum to provide relief funds to the lobster industry. Pingree's amendment will direct the USDA Secretary to review President Trump's memorandum and prioritize appropriate assista  more

Rep. Golden Unveils Plan to Fight Corruption & Dark Money in Politics
WASHINGTON, July 10 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release: With congressional productivity and Americans' trust in their government at or near record-low levels, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) announced a plan today to fight corruption in Washington, shine a light on dark money in politics, and make Congress work better for regular people. Included in Golden's Plan to Fix a Broken Washington are two original bills, introduced today, as well as 12 other pieces of leg  more

Rep. Golden, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Hold China Accountable, Protect Americans During COVID-19
WASHINGTON, July 9 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) and a group of 13 members of Congress have introduced new legislation requiring the U.S. government to identify, analyze, and combat efforts by the Chinese government to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic. The Preventing China from Exploiting COVID-19 Act would mandate that the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) investigate the ways in which the Chinese government intends to se  more

Rep. Pingree Joins Over 100 Members of Congress Urging Trump Administration to Extend Unemployment Benefits
WASHINGTON, July 10 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) sent a letter to President Trump urging his administration to extend federal unemployment insurance benefits, which are set to run out at the end of July without action by the White House and U.S. Senate. According to the Maine Department of Labor, around 9 percent of Mainers are unemployed. The CARES Act extended unemployment insurance by providing an additi  more

Rep. Pingree Says FY 2021 Funding Bills Will Aid in COVID-19 Response, Reverse Harmful Trump Administration Policies
WASHINGTON, July 11 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: As the House Appropriations Committee concluded its first week of FY 2021 funding bill markups, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) touted significant wins for Mainers and new investments to combat the Trump Administration's attacks on immigrants, our environment, and food insecure Americans, and the President's defense of racist confederate statues. "In the face of multiple crises, I am working with t  more

Rep. Pingree Statement on Westbrook, Jay Mill Layoffs
WASHINGTON, July 10 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following statement on the closures of Sappi's Paper Machine 9 and the majority of the energy complex at its Westbrook mill and the end of pulp production at Pixelle's Jay mill: "I am deeply saddened to learn of Sappi's closure of paper machine No. 9 in Westbrook and the end of pulp production at Pixelle's Jay mill and my heart goes out to the 130 workers who are losing their jobs. "Both the mills in Westbrook and Jay have been v  more

Rep. Pingree, 136 Lawmakers Rebuke Trump Administration Decision to Leave International Students Without Visas During Remote Learning, Global Pandemic
WASHINGTON, July 11 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) joined 136 of her fellow lawmakers in writing to Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chad Wolf and Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Matthew Albence on the recently announced changes to the Student Exchanged and Visitor Program (SEVP) which affects nonimmigrant students taking online classes. The lawmakers aske  more

Sen. Collins Announces $545,000 for Airports in Eastport and Wiscasset
WASHINGTON, July 7 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that two Maine airports have been awarded a total of $545,000. This funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Airport Improvement Program (AIP). "Just like airports around the world, Maine airports are struggling to make ends meet given the sharp do  more

Sen. Collins Announces More Than $2.6 Million to Support Casco Bay Ferry's Operations During COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON, July 2 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that the Casco Bay Island Transit District (CBITD) has been awarded $2,683,915 to support operating, administrative, and preventive maintenance costs during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding was provided through a section of the CARES Act Senator Collins authored that directed $48.5 billion to transport  more

Sen. Collins Joins Group in Introducing Updated Legislation to Lower Cost of Prescription Drugs
WASHINGTON, July 8 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic that is taking a severe toll on our health care system, U.S. Senator Susan Collins joined a group of Senators in introducing updated legislation to help Americans struggling with the high cost of prescription drugs. The Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act of 2020 was also introduced by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Steve Daines (R-MT), Joni E  more

Sen. Collins Participates in Jackman-Moose River July 4 Celebration
JACKMAN, Maine, July 6 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release on July 4: U.S. Senator Susan Collins participated in the Jackman-Moose River 4th of July celebration, which included a parade and a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new flag poles that are being installed in honor of local veterans. "It was wonderful to see so many Mainers at the Jackman-Moose River 4th of July parade this year, as we celebrated not only America's 244th birthday, but the 200th anniversa  more

Sen. Collins Requests Information on Efforts to Combat Unemployment Insurance Fraud
WASHINGTON, July 10 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: In a letter to the Department of Labor Office of the Inspector General (DOL OIG), U.S. Senator Susan Collins sought additional information on the efforts being taken to stem the large-scale unemployment insurance fraud targeting unemployment insurance systems in Maine and across the country. In some cases, this scheme has placed delays on receipt of unemployment benefits for those in need while state Depa  more

Sen. King Cosponsors Bill to RESTART America's Economy
WASHINGTON, July 8 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: The Office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) announced that Senator King has cosponsored the Restarting the Economy Sustainably Towards a Recovery in Twenty-twenty (RESTART) Act to support the small- and mid-sized businesses most affected by the coronavirus crisis. The proposal responds to the urgent needs of hard-hit restaurants, hotels, retailers, concert venues, gyms, and other businesses and nonprof  more

Sen. King Statement on Independence Day
BRUNSWICK, Maine, July 4 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following statement in honor of Independence Day: "This 4th of July may not have the big backyard barbeques we're used to, but it can still be a moment for rest, respite, and reflection on both the founding values that both launched America into independence and the national ideals that have kept us strong. "We are a nation borne from self-evident truths that all people have a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of ha  more

Sen. King Urges Administration to Reverse Course, Allow International Students to Remain in America to Learn
WASHINGTON, July 9 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: The Office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released the following letter, which Senator King sent to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf after the Trump Administration announced it would end temporary exemptions that have permitted nonimmigrant college students who utilize F-1 and M-1 visas to remain in the country even if their school has shifted to online learning. The decision by Immigr  more

Sen. King, Colleagues Push to Ensure Americans Overseas Can Vote During Pandemic
WASHINGTON, July 9 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: The Office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) announced that Senator King joined a group of colleagues urging the State Department to ensure that American servicemembers and citizens working or living overseas can vote during the coronavirus pandemic. In the letter, the senators point out that travel and mail operations remain disrupted in many countries around the globe, threatening the ability of Ameri  more

Senate Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs Committee Sets Nomination Hearing
WASHINGTON, July 11 -- The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee issued the following information for a remote hearing: Nomination hearing at 10 a.m. on July 21: Topic THE COMMITTEE ON BANKING, HOUSING, AND URBAN AFFAIRS will meet in REMOTELY to conduct a hearing on the following nominations: The Honorable Hester Peirce, of Ohio, to be a Member of the Securities and Exchange Commission; Mrs. Caroline Crenshaw, of the District of Columbia, to be a Member of the Securities and Exch  more

Senate Passes Bipartisan Sens. Collins, Baldwin Resolution Designating August as National Women's Suffrage Month
WASHINGTON, July 9 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan resolution introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and cosponsored by all of their female colleagues, that designates August 2020 as "National Women's Suffrage Month" to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Following passage by the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, the 19th Amendment was ra  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce $1.6 Million to Support Maine Small Businesses, Communities Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON, July 8 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that $1.6 million has been awarded to support the redevelopment and revitalization of small businesses in Maine that have suffered financial harm as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding, awarded through the Economic Development Administration's (EDA) CARES Act Recovery Assistance Program, will support Androscoggin, Kennebec, Somerset, Waldo, A  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce Department of Homeland Security State and Local Preparedness Grant Awards
WASHINGTON, July 11 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected America's bus, motorcoach, and passenger ferry industries, which serve as an important link in our nation's transportation network that employs more than 100,000 individuals in Maine and throughout the country. To help overcome these obstacles, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI) introduced the Coronavirus Economic Relief for Transportation Se  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce More Than $1.1 Million for Maine Hospitals to Combat COVID-19
WASHINGTON, July 7 -- 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 $1,122,202 to support their ongoing efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. "This investment will provide critical support to Maine's dedicated medical professionals who are on the front lines working to keep our communities safe and healthy during this difficult time," said Senato  more

Sens. Feinstein, Collins Bill Would Provide Postal Service Up to $25 Billion in Emergency Relief
WASHINGTON, July 7 -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, issued the following news release on July 6: Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced the Postal Service Emergency Assistance Act, legislation that would provide the U.S. Postal Service with up to $25 billion to cover revenue losses or operational expenses resulting from COVID-19. "Amid the pandemic, Americans have been increasingly reliant on the Postal Service, particularly small businesses and thos  more