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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Maine Newsletter for Sunday July 19, 2020 ( 24 items )  

As COVID-19 Slows Down Bus & Passenger Ferry Industry, Sens. Collins, Reed Introduce Bill to Help Save Jobs
WASHINGTON, July 13 -- 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

Following Sen. Collins' Advocacy, Administration Reverses Unfair International Student Visa Policy
WASHINGTON, July 15 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: Following a letter sent by U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Department of Homeland Security rescinded an unfair and unrealistic policy that declared that international students had to take in-person classes to remain in the United States legally. "It is great news that the Administration rescinded its visa rule that would have jeopardized the education of nearly one million international students. It also   more

Rep. Golden Pushes SBA to Support Struggling Veterans Service Organizations
WASHINGTON, July 14 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) called on the Small Business Administration (SBA) to make changes to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) advance grant program to allow Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) and other volunteer-dependent non-profits to apply for additional economic assistance. Many VSOs have been cut off from their main sources of revenue since the pandemic began and are now struggling to p  more

Rep. Hurd, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Police and Law Enforcement From 'Defund the Police' Movement
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, July 17 -- Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Reps. Will Hurd (R-Texas), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.) and Jared Golden (D-Maine), introduced the Defund Cities that Defund the Police Act. At a time when police departments and our men and women in blue around the country are being threatened by movements to defund or abolish the police, steps must be taken to ensure that state and local governments do not legitimize or bow to th  more

Rep. Kuster: NH Delegation Announces $65 Million in Tax Credits for Community Development Across New Hampshire
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire, July 17 -- Rep. Ann Kuster, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release on July 16: U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced that Mascoma Community Development, LLC of Lebanon has been awarded $65 million in New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) to incentivize development in communities in New Hampshire, V  more

Rep. Pingree Announces $662,518 Grant to USM for Improvement & Protection of Casco Bay Estuary
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $662,518 to the University of Southern Maine to support the health and sustainability of the Casco Bay Estuary. "Casco Bay is one of the most important bodies of water in Maine: it serves as a commercial hub, a recreational spot and a beautiful gem in the greater Portland area that brings about tourism a  more

Rep. Pingree Announces COVID-19 Response Grants Totaling $14,569 to Maine Fire Departments
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced the Falmouth and Kittery fire departments will receive two FEMA grants of $7,427 and $7,142, respectively. This funding will assist the departments in purchasing emergency medical PPE and disinfection supplies for COVID-19 response. "Firefighters and EMS personnel are essential in our fight against COVID-19. Many are working overtime and putting their live  more

Rep. Pingree Joins 70 Plus House Members in Opposing Trump Administration Rule Restricting Asylum
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release on July 16: Last night, Congresswoman Pingree joined more than 70 Members of Congress in opposing the Trump administration's new proposed regulation that will dramatically rewrite our nation's asylum laws. The rule, published jointly by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) on June 15, 2020, would eliminate long-established procedural protections and change the standards f  more

Rep. Pingree Says FY 2021 Funding Bills Will Support Maine's Economy, Environment, COVID-19 Response
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) heralded the House Appropriations Committee's final markups of the Fiscal Year 2021 funding bills as directly beneficial to Mainers during the coronavirus pandemic and the crises of systemic racism, climate change, and the economic harm caused by COVID-19. The FY2021 Appropriations bills include robust funding for climate change mitigation efforts, coronavirus-related  more

Rep. Pingree: Trump Administration's Move to Bypass CDC With COVID-19 Stats Is 'Outrageous'
WASHINGTON, July 18 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree joined Rep. Pramila Jayapal and 68 other signers in urging the Trump administration to rescind guidance requiring hospitals to bypass the CDC when they report their COVID-19 data. The administration has told hospitals to send the data to a database at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which will reduce transparency to the public and hinder public access to key   more

Reps. Pingree, Fortenberry Call on USDA to Expand CFAP to Small, Diversified Farmers
WASHINGTON, July 14 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) asked U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to make the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) more inclusive for small, diversified farms who rely on local market outlets and direct-to-consumer sales. CFAP was designed to provide relief to American farmers during supply chain disruptions caused by t  more

Sen. Collins Attends Roll Call at Portland Police Department
PORTLAND, Maine, July 16 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins visited the Portland Police Department this afternoon to meet with Chief Frank Clark and deliver brief remarks to officers during roll call. "It is truly an honor to meet with the brave men and women who make up the 'thin blue line' and to thank them for keeping our communities safe," said Senator Collins. "As our country confronts the COVID-19 pandemic and listens to calls  more

Sen. Collins Visits Native Maine in Westbrook to Celebrate Farmers to Families Food Box Program
WESTBROOK, Maine, July 16 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins visited Native Maine Produce and Specialty Foods to meet with managers and employees and celebrate a $1.35 million contract the wholesale food distributor was recently awarded to help farmers and food insecure Mainers. This funding Senator Collins successfully advocated for will allow Native Maine to distribute 45,000 food boxes, each holding 25 pounds of produce, to Maine   more

Sen. King Presses Administration to Abide by Supreme Court DACA Decision
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on July 15: The Office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) announced that Senator King and 32 of his Senate colleagues have sent a letter to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf calling on the Administration to immediately comply with the Supreme Court's decision rejecting the Administration's rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and requiring the Administration to reopen  more

Sen. King Urges USDA to Support Lobster Industry, Follow Through on Presidential Memorandum
WASHINGTON, July 18 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on July 17: The Office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released a letter that Senator King sent to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue urging him to take steps to maximize aid for the lobster industry in the wake of President Trump's June 24th presidential memorandum. Specifically, the letter emphasizes the need for the Administration to expand its efforts to seek input from industry  more

Sen. King: Cyberspace Solarium Commission Finalizes Legislative Priorities
WASHINGTON, July 15 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) and Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), co-chairs of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC), announced the release of the CSC's Fiscal Year 2021 legislative proposals that in tandem with the final report, deliver real bi-partisan solutions to better defend the nation's critical infrastructure from cyberattacks of significant consequence. "The status quo of adversarie  more

Sen. Shaheen: NH Delegation Announces $65 Million in Tax Credits for Community Development Across New Hampshire
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire, July 17 -- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release on July 16: U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced that Mascoma Community Development, LLC of Lebanon has been awarded $65 million in New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) to incentivize development in communities in New Hampshir  more

Sens. Collins, King and Rep. Golden Announce More Than $88,000 for Aroostook Agency on Aging
WASHINGTON, July 14 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representative Jared Golden announced that the Aroostook Agency on Aging has received a total of $88,895 from the new National Community Care Corps program to help family caregivers, older adults, and persons with disabilities in Maine with the assistance of local volunteers. Community Care Corps was funded through the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Labor-HHS-Education  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce $2.7 Million to Support Maine Tribal Communities During COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON, July 14 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the Wabanaki Health and Wellness (WHW) organization will receive a total of $2,754,199 to expand public health and wellness services during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding, awarded through the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support, will specifically benefit tribally-enrolled Native Ame  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce $450,000 to Expand Maine Apprenticeship Programs
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- 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 Labor's Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) has received a total of $450,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA). The competitive funding was awarded to Maine to serve, improve, and expand the RAP model by broadening registered apprenticeships to include health care, mental hea  more

Sens. Collins, King Join Bipartisan Group in Introducing Bill to Bolster Semiconductor Manufacturing
WASHINGTON, July 13 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King joined a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing 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 this year's National Defense Authorization Act. "Semiconductors are not only essential to keeping our country on the cutting e  more

Sens. Collins, King, Rep. Golden Announce More Than $88,000 for Aroostook Agency on Aging
WASHINGTON, July 14 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representative Jared Golden announced that the Aroostook Agency on Aging has received a total of $88,895 from the new National Community Care Corps program to help family caregivers, older adults, and persons with disabilities in Maine with the assistance of local volunteers. Community Care Corps was funded through the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Labor-HHS-Educatio  more

Sens. Collins, Manchin Announce Bill to Increase Funding for Library Broadband Hotspots in Rural America Amid COVID-19
WASHINGTON, July 15 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced that they are introducing the Hotspots and Online Technology and Services Procurement for our Tribes and States (HOTSPOTS) Act, a bipartisan bill that would create a two-year, $160 million hotspot pilot program to purchase and distribute Internet-connected devices to libraries in low-income and rural areas. "During the COVID-19 pandemic,   more

Sens. Feinstein, Reed, Collins, Colleagues Call for Boost to Immunization Infrastructure
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, issued the following news release: Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senators Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) and a group of their colleagues to call for Congress to provide at least $5.6 billion in federal funding to develop and support coronavirus vaccine infrastructure. The lawmakers say the funds are needed to boost the nation's vaccine supply and distribution system and should be included in the next corona  more