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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Maine Newsletter for Sunday July 26, 2020 ( 39 items )  

As Shipyard Resumes Full-Scale Operations, Sen. Shaheen Leads NH, ME Delegations in Letter to Navy Secretary to Ensure Safety of Workers
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: As the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard resumes full-scale operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) - a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee - led the New Hampshire and Maine congressional delegations in a letter to U.S. Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite inquiring what steps and protocols are in place to safeguard the health and safety of the Shipyard workfo  more

As Unidentified Federal Agents Detain Protesters in Oregon, Rep. Pingree Backs Bill Requiring Officers to Clearly Identify Themselves
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release on July 21: Following reports of unidentified federal agents pulling protesters into unmarked vans in Portland, Oregon, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced her co-sponsorship of H.R.7153, the Law Enforcement Identification Act. The bill, introduced by Congressman Don Beyer (D-Virginia), would immediately require uniformed federal officers policing First Amendment assemblies to visibly display i  more

House Approves Reps. Golden, Cicilline Amendment to Protect Rights of Servicemembers
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release on July 21: The House approved a bipartisan amendment last night to the FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) offered by Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) and Congressman David Cicilline (RI-01). Golden and Cicilline's provision would help servicemembers protect themselves against landlords, cable companies, and other businesses who unfairly punish servicemembers who are forced to cancel leases and ot  more

House Passes Rep. Golden, Sen. King Legislation to Make Nat'l Parks Free for Gold Star Families
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release on July 22: Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02)'s Gold Star Families Park Pass Act, introduced in March with Sen. Angus King (I-ME), passed the House as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) yesterday evening. The legislation would provide the immediate family of fallen servicemembers with access to the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Program. The program offers a number of bene  more

King-Led Parks, Conservation Legislation Passes House, Heads to President's Desk
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on July 22: The House of Representatives passed the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) by a 310-107 vote, 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 Senator King and others to address the existing $12 billion maintenance backlog in our natio  more

Legislation to Strengthen National Defense Clears Senate With Provisions Championed by Sen. Collins
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that the fiscal year (FY) 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which would authorize $731.4 billion for national defense, passed the Senate by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 86-14 today. The Senate and the House of Representatives will now work to resolve the differences between their respecti  more

Rep. Golden Votes to Pass NO BAN Act Through the House
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) joined members of Congress from both parties this week to pass the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants Act (NO BAN Act) through the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation, cosponsored by Golden, would forbid discrimination based on religion in American immigration policy, while protecting presidents' authority to restrict travel to prevent the spr  more

Rep. Golden's Bipartisan Legislation to Fix Maintenance Backlog at Acadia, Other Nat'l Parks Heads to President's Desk
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release on July 22: A bipartisan bill introduced by Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) and 11 other Members of Congress in June to invest and maintain America's public lands, the Great American Outdoors Act, passed the House with overwhelming support. The legislation now heads to the president's desk for his signature into law. The legislation allocates $9.5 billion in funding to address maintenance backlogs at places l  more

Rep. Golden, Colleagues to Fix Rule That Excludes Certain Critical Access Hospitals From PPP Relief
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02), Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), and Senator Angus King (I-ME) wrote to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza today on behalf of struggling critical access hospitals cut off from Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) relief. The lawmakers urged the agency heads to make a targeted regulatory fix that would allow non-profit critical access h  more

Rep. Kuster: As Shipyard Resumes Full-Scale Operations, Shaheen Leads NH & ME Delegations in Letter to Navy Secretary to Ensure Safety of Workers
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Rep. Ann Kuster, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: As the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard resumes full-scale operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) - a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee - led the New Hampshire and Maine congressional delegations in a letter to U.S. Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite inquiring what steps and protocols are in place to safeguard the health and safety of the Shipyard workforce   more

Rep. Pingree Issues Statement on Death of Rep. Lewis
WASHINGTON, July 20 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following statement on the death of Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia: I was so sad to learn of the passing of my colleague and friend, John Lewis. This is a great loss to the US Congress and to our country. I feel so fortunate to have served with him and to have learned so much from him. From hearing his speeches at close range to the 25-hour sit-in on the House floor to try to force a vote on gun legislation, he was always teaching and  more

Rep. Pingree Signs on to Legislation to End Authoritarian Police Tactics in Oregon, American Cities
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: As President Trump threatens to send unidentified federal police forces to cities across America, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) cosponsored the Preventing Authoritarian Policing Tactics on America's Streets Act, led by Reps. Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici, both of Oregon. The bill would block federal paramilitary occupations in Portland, Oregon and any other American city, where heavily arme  more

Rep. Pingree Votes to Address Acadia National Park's Maintenance Backlog, Make Historic Investment in Nation's Public Lands
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) joined her House colleagues in enacting the Great American Outdoors Act, legislation to fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and preserve the national parks system and public lands across the nation. This landmark bipartisan conservation bill passed the US House 310-107. The bill passed the US Senate on June 17. "For too long our na  more

Rep. Pingree Votes to Remove Racist, Confederate Statues From US Capitol Complex
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: As the country grapples with the legacy of systemic racism, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) voted to remove racist and Confederate imagery from the United States Capitol. The House passed H.R. 7573 by a vote of 305-to-113. "Leaders of the Confederacy endorsed race-based enslavement and were traitors to the United States. Any glorification of Confederate leaders is deeply shameful and only serves to  more

Reps. Golden, Bergman Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Gather Important Data About Effects on Veterans Exposed to Burn Pits
WASHINGTON, July 21 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) announced legislation he is introducing with Republican Congressman Jack Bergman (MI-01) to direct the Department of Veterans Affairs to collect important data from veterans being screened for COVID-19 who have also been exposed to harmful toxins from burn pits during service in Afghanistan and Iraq. The Pandemic Care for Burn Pits Exposure Act requires the Department of Defens  more

Semiconductor Manufacturing in Maine, U.S. Gets Bolstered By Passage of Amendment Supported by Sens. Collins, King
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on July 22: The U.S. Senate voted to include an amendment cosponsored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) which would support the production and development of microelectronics in the United States in this year's National Defense Authorization Act. The amendment, which was approved by a vote of 96 to 4, mirrors the American Foundries Act of 2020, legislation introduced by the   more

Semiconductor Manufacturing in Maine, U.S. Gets Bolstered By Passage of Amendment Supported by Sens. Collins, King
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: The U.S. Senate voted to include an amendment cosponsored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) which would support the production and development of microelectronics in the United States in this year's National Defense Authorization Act. The amendment, which was approved by a vote of 96 to 4, mirrors the American Foundries Act of 2020, legislation introduced by the Senators and  more

Sen. Collins Announces More Than $700,000 for South Portland Bus Service
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that the South Portland Bus Service (SPBS) has received a total of $753,455 to help cover staffing and operating expenses during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding, awarded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), was provided through a provision of the CARES Act that Senator Collins authored t  more

Sen. Collins Leads Hearing on COVID-19's Disparate Health Impacts on Seniors From Racial, Ethnic Minority Communities
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, issued the following news release: The State of Maine has the worst racial disparity in COVID-19 cases in the country. Although Blacks comprise less than two percent of Maine's population, they account for approximately 23 percent of all cases in the state. Like many other states, many of Maine's outbreaks have occurred in nursing homes and congregate care settings. To better understand COVI  more

Sen. Collins Visits Van Buren Food Box Distribution Site
VAN BUREN, Maine, July 25 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: This morning, U.S. Senator Susan Collins visited Van Buren, where 760 food boxes through the Farmers to Families Food Box Program were distributed to members of the community. Senator Collins thanked the organizers and volunteers and greeted hundreds of Mainers who attended the event. The food boxes, which contain products from Maine farmers, were purchased through a $2.14 million contract recently a  more

Sen. Collins, Rep. Golden Propose Bipartisan Plan to Help Loggers, Timber Haulers Weather COVID-19 Economic Crisis
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02), Congressman David Rouzer (NC-07), and Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to provide relief to family logging and log hauling businesses that have been seriously impacted by COVID-19 and the resulting economic crisis. Senator Angus King (I-ME) is a co-sponsor of the bill. The lawmakers' bipartisan bill   more

Sen. Collins, Rep. Golden Propose Bipartisan Plan to Help Loggers, Timber Haulers Weather COVID-19 Economic Crisis
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02), Congressman David Rouzer (NC-07), and Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to provide relief to family logging and log hauling businesses that have been seriously impacted by COVID-19 and the resulting economic crisis. Senator Angus King (I-ME) is a co-sponsor of the bill. The lawmakers' bipartisan bill woul  more

Sen. Collins: Legislation to Permanently Fund LWCF, Provide Funding for National Parks to Be Signed Into Law
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Great American Outdoors Act, a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by Senator Susan Collins to provide full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and to address the deferred maintenance backlog at our national parks, national wildlife refuges, and national forest lands. The legislation, which passed the Senate by a vote of 73 to 25 last month, now hea  more

Sen. Hassan: As Shipyard Resumes Full-Scale Operations, NH, ME Delegations Send Letter to Navy Secretary to Ensure Safety of Workers
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: As the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard resumes full-scale operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) - a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee - led the New Hampshire and Maine congressional delegations in a letter to U.S. Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite inquiring what steps and protocols are in place to safeguard the health and safety of the Shipyard workfor  more

Sen. Johnson: Legislation That Helps CISA Warn Critical Infrastructure Owners of Cyber Threats Included in Senate NDAA
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, issued the following news release: Legislation that would help the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warn the owner or operator of critical infrastructure computer systems that it is vulnerable to cyberattacks was included in the Senate's 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This legislation was introduced by U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson (  more

Sen. King Announces Opposition to Fed Nominee
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) announced his opposition to the nomination of Dr. Judy Shelton to serve on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, after she passed through the Senate Banking Committee on a party line vote. His full statement below highlights concerns that Dr. Shelton would support dangerous economic policies - including a return to the gold standard - and abandon the longstanding indepe  more

Sen. King Backs Legislation to Block Deployment of Federal 'Authoritarian Policing Tactics' in American Cities
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on July 21: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) announced his support for the Preventing Authoritarian Policing Tactics on America's Streets Act, which would block the executive branch from deploying unidentified, unmarked federal forces against Americans. The legislation comes as the Administration utilizes federal law enforcement officers to confront protestors with munitions and tear gas in Portland, Oreg  more

Sen. King Testifies in Congressional Homeland Security Hearing, Stresses Cybersecurity Protections
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- 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 by Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC) Co-chair Representative Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) and Commissioners Suzanne Spaulding and Samantha Ravich - testified before the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security and presented the CSC's recommendations to establish a comprehensive, forward-looking cybersecurity   more

Sen. King Warns of Foreign Threats to America's Election Integrity, Provide Additional Resources to Protect Right to Vote Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on July 22: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) pressed state election officials and election rights experts on the importance of taking steps to support and defend U.S. elections in advance of the 2020 election. During the hearing, Senator King hammered home the need to help Americans identify attempts by foreign actors to interfere in our election process, and he pushed officials on the steps needed to hel  more

Sen. King, 36 Senators Push for Significant, Flexible Funding for State, Local Governments in Upcoming Coronavirus Relief Package
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) and 36 of his Senate colleagues urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to support the funding levels for state and local governments that were included in the HEROES Act passed by the U.S. House of Representatives over two months ago, as well as the legislation's funding flexibility provisions. The HEROES Act included $500 billion for states, $375 billion fo  more

Sen. Smith Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Help Loggers, Timber Haulers Weather COVID-19 Economic Crisis
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Tina Flint Smith, D-Minnesota, issued the following news release: This week, U.S. Senators Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced bipartisan legislation to provide relief to logging and log hauling businesses that have been seriously impacted by COVID-19 and the resulting economic crisis. The lawmakers' bipartisan bill would establish a new program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide direct payments to timber harvesting and h  more

Senate Passes Bipartisan Sen. King Legislation to Cut Red Tape for 'American-Made' Products
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: This week, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation led by U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) to establish a uniform federal standard for products labeled "Made in the U.S.A." or "Made in America." Under current conditions, businesses that make their products in the United States face a patchwork of different state laws - making compliance costs burdensome in order to ensure pr  more

Senate Passes National Defense Bill With Sen. King Priorities to Ensure National Security, Increase Military Pay, Strengthen America's Cyberdefense, Accelerate Coronavirus Response
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on July 23: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, voted for 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 by the coronavirus pandemi  more

Senate Passes Sen. Coons' Bipartisan Bill, Backed by Delaware Companies, to Promote Sustainable Chemistry
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Christopher Coons, D-Delaware, issued the following news release: The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed by the Senate includes the bipartisan Sustainable Chemistry Research and Development Act of 2019, led by U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) and cosponsored by Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.). The bill will support American manufacturing and American jobs while also protecting human health and  more

Sens. Capito, Young, King Unveil Bipartisan Telehealth Legislation That Will Lead to Greater Affordability and Access
CHARLESTON, West Virginia, July 25 -- Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Todd Young (R-Ind.), and Angus King (I-Maine) announced legislation to study the impacts of telehealth during the coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 Emergency Telehealth Impact Reporting Act of 2020, S.4289, requires the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to assess key health care metrics, including utilization rates a  more

Sens. King, Young, Capito Seek Ways to Make Coronavirus Telehealth Expansions Permanent
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) to introduce legislation to study the impacts of telehealth during the coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 Emergency Telehealth Impact Reporting Act of 2020, requires the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to assess key health care data, including utilization rates and hospital readmiss  more

Sens. Young, Capito, King Unveil Bipartisan Telehealth Legislation That Will Lead to Greater Affordability and Access
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and Angus King (I-Maine) announced legislation to study the impacts of telehealth during the coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 Emergency Telehealth Impact Reporting Act of 2020, S.4289, requires the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to assess key health care metrics, including utilization rates and hospital readmission rates,   more

To Honor Civil Rights Icon, Sen. King Joins Group to Introduce John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined 47 of his Senate colleagues to introduce the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, a bill to restore the landmark Voting Rights Act and end the scourge of voter suppression. The legislation has been renamed to honor the legacy of the late Congressman John Lewis. "John Lewis fought every day of his life to make our nation live up to the ideals we hold dear - in  more

With Schools Seeking Guidance on Potential Reopening, Sen. King Urges President to Let CDC Officials Testify Before Congress
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on July 21: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) urged President Donald Trump to allow top public health experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to testify before Congressional committees to discuss the challenges facing schools across the nation as they weigh options for the fall semester. In his letter, Senator King emphasizes the importance of allowing school leaders to hear direc  more