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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Maine Newsletter for Sunday August 02, 2020 ( 33 items )  

On Teleconference, Sen. King Connects With Student Veterans in the University of Maine System
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) connected with Maine student veterans from the University of Maine System (UMS) to share their unique perspective as non-traditional students - including some still serving in the Reserves - and additional challenges they have faced during the coronavirus pandemic. The students who participated in today's call represent veterans from six campuses in the UMS: University of   more

Rep. Golden Calls for Investigation Into Canadian Trucking Along Northern Border, Submits Legislation to Protect American Logging Jobs
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) called on officials of three government agencies to investigate allegations of Canadian truckers operating illegally in Maine. Multiple stakeholders in Maine's logging community have voiced their concerns that Canadians are violating cabotage laws by using H2-A visas to illegally pick up and drop off loads of timber within the United States. Golden also submitted an amendment  more

Rep. Pingree Announces $329,536 in Grants to Support Maine Firefighters
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced the fire departments in Portland, Old Orchard Beach, and Casco will receive a collective total of $329,536 in grant funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The grant funding will support operations and safety at each of the three fire departments. "Maine firefighters risk their lives ever  more

Rep. Pingree Announces NOAA Grants Totaling $199,704 to Assist Recovery of Protected Marine Mammal Species
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced two Prescott Grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) totaling $199,704. The grants, which were awarded to College of the Atlantic and Marine Mammals of Maine, will support the conservation and recovery efforts for stranded marine mammals along the Maine coast. "The news of a beached whale, seal, or sea lion in Maine is always h  more

Sen. Collins Announces $750,000 for Casco Bay Lines to Research Hybrid Ferry Engines
WASHINGTON, July 27 -- 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 an additional $750,000 for research related to the design, construct, and operation of a new hybrid ferry and automated, rapid charging battery system. Earlier this week, Casco Bay Lines was awarded more than $3.2 million to purchase an el  more

Sen. Collins Announces More Than $3.5 Million for Maine Airports Amid Pandemic
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- 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 eight airports in Maine have been awarded a total of $3,543,165 to improve airport infrastructure. This funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Airport Improvement Program (AIP). "Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Maine airports have suffered significant losses due to the sharp   more

Sen. Collins Announces Nearly $17 Million to Improve Maine K-12 Education During Pandemic
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a member of the Education and Appropriations Committees, announced that Maine will receive a total of $16,958,613 through the CARES Act to create new, innovative ways to better serve K-12 students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Department of Education contacted Senator Collins this morning to notify her that this grant, which Senator Collins strongly advocated for, was a  more

Sen. Collins Calls for Disaster Assistance for Maine's Herring Fishery
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: Maine's seafood sector has already experienced severe financial harm due to COVID-19-related disruptions, and the decline in New England's herring population in recent years indicates that this fishery is in a particularly volatile state. To provide disaster assistance for this struggling industry, U.S. Senator Susan Collins sent a letter to Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in support of Governor Janet M  more

Sen. Collins Calls for Increasing Support for Clean Energy Sector in Next COVID-19 Package
WASHINGTON, July 27 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) joined a group of six of her colleagues in sending a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), urging the consideration of policies that will bolster jobs and innovation across the clean energy economy in the next COVID-19 relief package, including for renewables, nuclear, carbon capture, energy efficiency, advanced transportation, and energy storage. The le  more

Sen. Collins Visits W.S. Emerson in Brewer
BREWER, Maine, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins visited W.S. Emerson to tour the warehouse and speak with employees about their transition to making up to 1,200 masks and other face covings per day in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. "At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the dedicated employees at W.S. Emerson quickly rallied together to find a way that they could help their community during this difficult time," said S  more

Sen. Collins Welcomes Caribou Native to Her Aroostook County Office
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced that Grace Gallagher, a Caribou native, has been awarded a summer internship in her Aroostook County Constituent Service Center. Grace is the daughter of Debra Gallagher and Mark Hamill. "It is always a pleasure to give Mainers an opportunity to become actively involved in the legislative process and to serve the citizens of Maine," said Senator Collins. "Grace has a st  more

Sen. Collins Welcomes Holden Native to Her D.C. Office
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced that Susannah Powell, a Holden native, has been awarded a summer internship in her Washington, D.C. office. Susannah is a 2018 graduate of Bangor High School and the daughter of Richard and Angela Powell. "Susannah is a terrific student and a hard worker, and I am delighted to welcome her to Washington, D.C.," said Senator Collins. "It is always an honor to give studen  more

Sen. Collins, Finance Committee Chairman Urge Support for Legislation to Lower Cost of Prescription Drugs
WASHINGTON, July 27 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: In a series of speeches from the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA), as well as Senators Mike Braun (R-IN), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), and Martha McSally (R-AZ), urged their colleagues to support the bipartisan work underway in the Senate to help Americans struggling with the high cost of prescription drugs. Senato  more

Sen. Collins: Supporting Maine Farmers and Food-Insecure Families
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: The effects of COVID-19 on Maine's families, farmers, and food systems have been serious and are certain to persist for months to come. As part of Congress' response to the pandemic, I strongly advocated for the creation of a new program that would help support farmers while simultaneously helping to alleviate hunger in our communities. Through the Farmers to Families Food Box Program, the U.S. Department o  more

Sen. Feinstein: Intelligence Committee Democrats Request Answers From DHS Intelligence on Role in Tracking and Suppressing Portland Protests
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, issued the following news release: Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined all her Democratic colleagues on the Senate Intelligence Committee to send a letter requesting that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provide information to the committee about the role that its Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) has played in responding to the protests in Portland, OR. The letter was also signed by Senators Mark R. Warner (D-Va  more

Sen. King Seeking Healthcare Privacy Protections Bill in Coronavirus Relief Package
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined a group of colleagues in urging Senate leaders to include the Public Health Emergency Privacy Act in the next coronavirus relief package as negotiations between Senate Republicans and Democrats are underway. Inclusion of the legislation will help strengthen the public's trust to participate in critical screening and contact tracing efforts to aid in the fight again  more

Sen. King, Intelligence Committee Colleagues Demand Answers on Homeland Security Investigating Americans Participating in Portland Protests
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) and six of his colleagues on the Senate Intelligence Committee sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) demanding they provide information to the Committee about the role that its Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) has played in responding to the protests in Portland, OR. In the letter, the Senators pose a series of 25 questions to the department r  more

Sen. King: Senate GOP Plan Does Not Reflect Needs of American People
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following statement on July 27 in response to the Senate Majority Leader's proposal for a coronavirus relief package: "On May 15th, the House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act to help lay out the next stage of support for the American people during the coronavirus pandemic. "This should have been seen as a starting point from which to begin a dialogue - but instead, the proposal languished on the Senate Majority Leader'  more

Sen. King: Trump's Tweet Pointing to Possible Election Delay Has 'Absolutely No Basis in Reality'
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King flatly rejected President Donald Trump's claim that mail-in voting will drastically increase voter fraud, and his suggestion that the 2020 election should be delayed. In his full statement, which can be read below, Senator King urges increased investments in national election infrastructure and the United States Postal Service, and condemns the President's tweet, stating he can thin  more

Sens. Carper, King, Manchin, Cantwell Push for Federal Review of Methane Emissions
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Tom Carper, D-Delaware, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Angus King (I-Maine), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), and Maria Cantwell (D-Wa.) sent a letter to Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), seeking a comprehensive GAO review of current methan  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce $10.2 Million for State, Local Preparedness Programs Throughout Maine
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded a total of $10,251,895 in state and local preparedness grants to the State of Maine. This funding was awarded through the fiscal year (FY) 2020 State and Local Preparedness Grant Program to help address the nation's immediate security needs and ensure public safety in communities across the coun  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce $700,000 to Greater Portland Council of Governments and University of Maine System Amid COVID-19
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG) and the University of Maine System has been awarded a total of $700,000 to redevelop and revitalize Maine's economy in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. This funding was awarded through the Economic Development Administration's (EDA) CARES Act Recovery Assistance Program. "Collaboration betwee  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce Nearly $330,000 for Health Center to Expand COVID-19 Testing in Androscoggin and Cumberland Counties
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Community Clinical Services in Lewiston has been awarded a total of $329,717 to expand COVID-19 testing and tracing capacities. The funding was awarded through the Paycheck Protection Program & Health Care Enhancement Act that was signed into law on April 24, 2020. This legislation, which Senators Collins and King supported, included $52.7 million f  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce Nearly $330,000 for Health Center to Expand COVID-19 Testing in Androscoggin, Cumberland Counties
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Community Clinical Services in Lewiston has been awarded a total of $329,717 to expand COVID-19 testing and tracing capacities. The funding was awarded through the Paycheck Protection Program & Health Care Enhancement Act that was signed into law on April 24, 2020. This legislation, which Senators Collins and King supported, included $52.7 million   more

Sens. Collins, Romney, McSally Introduce Extension to Stop Disruption of Unemployment Benefits
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: With federal unemployment insurance benefits expiring this week amid negotiations on COVID-19 relief, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Mitt Romney (R-UT), and Martha McSally (R-AZ) introduced legislation that would prevent Americans from experiencing a sudden lapse in their supplemental benefits. The CARES Act authorized an additional $600 per week in federal unemployment payments, on top of state unemp  more

Sens. Collins, Rubio Introduce Bill to Allow Hardest-Hit Small Businesses to Receive Second Forgivable PPP Loan
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced the Continuing Small Business Recovery and Paycheck Protection Program Act, a federal relief package that builds on the success of the bipartisan Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and other small business relief programs in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The package aims to ensure small businesses, includi  more

Sens. Collins, Sinema Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Provide Federal Support for National Child Abuse Hotline
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced the National Child Abuse Help Hotline Act of 2020, a bipartisan bill that would give Administration for Children and Families (ACF) the authority to award $1 million annually to a nonprofit entity to support a 24-hour, national, toll-free telephone hotline that would provide information and assistance to victims of child abuse or negle  more

Sens. Feinstein, Hassan, Collins, Colleagues Push for Support of School Meal Programs Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, issued the following news release: Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senators Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and a group of their colleagues to urge the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to continue critical flexibilities that have allowed students to access much-needed meals throughout the coronavirus pandemic. If extended throughout the 2020-2021 school year, children would maintain access regardless of schoo  more

Sens. King, Murkowski Introduce Legislation to Enhance Testing, Tracing Protocols
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) have introduced legislation to establish a grant program through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help enhance coronavirus testing, contact tracing, and supported isolation efforts. The COVID-19 Testing, Reaching, And Contacting Everyone (TRACE) Act's grants could be used to support programs that use mobile health unit  more

Sens. Murphy, Blumenthal, Hassan, Collins Push for Support of School Meal Programs AMID COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Christopher Murphy, D-Connecticut, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) joined 32 of their senate colleagues in a letter led by U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) urging the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to continue critical flexibilities that have allowed students to access much-needed meals throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. If extended throughout the 2  more

Testifying Before House Committee, Sen. King Spotlights Absence of 'Central Point' of U.S. Cyberstrategy in Making Case for National Cyber Director
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) - joined by Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC) Co-chair Representative Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) and Commissioners Patrick Murphy and Frank Cilluffo - testified before the House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services and presented the CSC's recommendations to establish a comprehensive, forward-looking cybersecurity strategy for the United States. The final report,  more

To Confront Climate Change Challenge, Sens. Carper, King, Manchin, Cantwell Push for Federal Review of Methane Emissions
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and Angus King (I-Maine), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), and Maria Cantwell (D-Wa.) sent a letter to Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), seeking a comprehensive GAO review of current methane emissions from oil and gas development. In the letter, the senators emphas  more

To Confront Climate Change Challenge, Sens. King, Manchin, Carper, Cantwell Push for Federal Review of Methane Emissions
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wa.) sent a letter to Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), seeking a comprehensive GAO review of current methane emissions from oil and gas development. In the letter, the Senators emphasize the importance of reducing methane leaks in the fight against climat  more