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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Maine Newsletter for Sunday March 08, 2020 ( 38 items )  

104 Maine School Districts Prevented From Losing $1.2 Million Following Senator Collins' Advocacy
WASHINGTON, March 7 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: More than 100 Maine school districts were expected to lose a total of $1.2 million due to a misguided new policy at the Department of Education. Senator Collins strongly opposed this change and led a successful, bipartisan effort to reverse it. "I am pleased that, following the bipartisan effort I led, 104 rural, low-income school districts in Maine no longer face the threat of losing $1.2 million in cruc  more

3 Senators Issue Joint Letter Urging Education Department to Protect Funding for Oklahoma Rural Schools
WASHINGTON, March 5 -- Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, issued the following letter: U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) joined Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) in writing a letter expressing their strong opposition to an abrupt decision by the Department of Education that jeopardizes funding eligibility for more than 800 rural, low-income schools. In their letter to Secretary Betsy DeVos, the Senators objected to the Department's abrupt change to the methodology that deter  more

Cardin, Duckworth, Scott, Collins Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Women Entrepreneurs
WASHINGTON, March 7 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, issued the following news release on March 5: Ahead of International Women's Day on March 8, U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), and Susan Collins (R-Maine) today introduced the Interagency Committee on Women's Business Enterprise Ac  more

In Committee Hearing, Secretary Perdue, Rep. Pingree Emphasize Soil Sequestration as 'Win-Win' to Reduce Nation's Greenhouse Gas Emissions
WASHINGTON, March 6 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: In a House Agriculture Committee hearing, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) questioned United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue about the USDA's new Agriculture Innovation Agenda, which sets the goal of increasing U.S. agricultural production by 40 percent while cutting the environmental footprint of U.S. agriculture in half by 2050. Pingree--who recently introduced the Ag  more

More Than a Dozen National Health Care Organizations Urge Senate Health Committee to Pass Sens. Smith and Collins' Bipartisan Drug Shortages Bill
WASHINGTON, March 3 -- Sen. Tina Flint Smith, D-Minnesota, issued the following news release: * * * - Health Groups Urge Passage of Mitigating Emergency Drug Shortages (MEDS) Act Following Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Announcing First Coronavirus-Related Drug Shortage in the United States * * * Over a dozen organizations representing physicians and hospitals are calling on leaders of the Senate Health Committee to pass the Mitigating Emergency Drug Shortages (MEDS) Act, a bipartisan bi  more

Rep. Golden, Sen. King Introducing Bipartisan Bill to Make National Parks Free for Gold Star Families
WASHINGTON, March 6 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release: * * * - Families of fallen servicemembers would receive free entry to Acadia, White Mountain National Forest, and other public lands across the country * * * Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) and Senator Angus King (I-ME) announced they are introducing bipartisan legislation in the House and Senate to provide Gold Star Families with free access to National Parks and other federally managed public lands. Gold  more

Rep. Pingree Issues Statement on Coronavirus
WASHINGTON, March 3 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following statement about Maine's coordinated state and federal response to coronavirus: "I applaud Governor Mills for proactively assembling a Coronavirus Response Team. Although Maine does not currently have any confirmed cases of coronavirus, it is critical that Maine has the resources and coordination in place to respond effectively. At the federal level, I am working with my House Appropriations Committee colleagues to advanc  more

Rep. Pingree Issues Statement on Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill
WASHINGTON, March 5 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following statement on a bicameral, bipartisan emergency supplemental appropriations bill (H.R. 6074) to address the coronavirus outbreak: "Although Maine does not have any confirmed cases of coronavirus, we must be prepared to respond to this growing public health problem. This bipartisan funding bill demonstrates that both Democrats and Republicans agree that we need a fully-funded, coordinated government response to confront th  more

Rep. Pingree Requests Trump Admin Delay Opening ICE Facility in Scarborough Until Community Weighs In
WASHINGTON, March 3 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) sent a letter to General Services Administration (GSA) head Emily W. Murphy requesting that the agency delay the opening of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office in Scarborough until the local community has the opportunity to weigh in on the facility. Pingree noted that Scarborough residents and stakeholders only learned of the new ICE facility through p  more

Rep. Pingree Welcomes Additional H-2B Visas But Faults Trump Admin for Adding Measures That May Disadvantage Maine Businesses
WASHINGTON, March 6 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) welcomed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)'s announcement that 35,000 additional H-2B visas will be released but expressed frustration that the number is still is not enough to meet the needs of Maine's seasonal businesses and that it contains new measures that could limit Maine employers' access to needed workers. Pingree said as a member of the House Appropria  more

Reps. Golden, Fitzpatrick Lead Bipartisan Push to Block Pay Raise for Congress
WASHINGTON, March 7 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) and Republican Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) testified against a pay raise for Members of Congress in front of the House Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee this week. Golden and Fitzpatrick requested language in the Fiscal Year 2021 funding bill for the legislative branch. Absent congressional action, members of Congress would receive a raise of at least $4,  more

Sen. Collins Bill to Reauthorize Older Americans Act Passes Senate Unanimously
WASHINGTON, March 4 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: * * * - The landmark law supports community-based and nutrition services for older adults and their caregivers and is critical to improving the lives of seniors * * * U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced that the Senate unanimously passed the Younger Onset Alzheimer's Disease Act as part of the Supporting Older Americans Act. The legislation, introduced last year by Senators Collins, Bob Casey (D-PA), S  more

Sen. Collins Meets With Kennebunk Police Chief to Discuss Efforts to Combat the Opioid Crisis
WASHINGTON, March 6 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins met with Kennebunk Police Chief Robert MacKenzie, a 30-year veteran of law enforcement, in her Washington, D.C., office. Chief MacKenzie was visiting our nation's capital to attend the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) Capitol Hill Day. "Chief MacKenzie has been a leader in fighting the opioid epidemic, working with trained individuals in York County to help Mainers who are   more

Sen. Collins Meets With MaineDOT Leadership
WASHINGTON, March 3 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, met with Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) Commissioner Bruce Van Note and Manager of Legislative and Constituent Services Meghan Russo in her Washington, D.C., office. "As the Chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, improving the safety, efficiency, and reliability of transportation  more

Sen. Collins' Legislation to Assist Americans With Early-Onset Alzheimer's Passes Senate Unanimously
WASHINGTON, March 6 -- Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced that the Senate unanimously passed the Younger Onset Alzheimer's Disease Act as part of the Supporting Older Americans Act. The legislation, introduced last year by Senators Collins, Bob Casey (D-PA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Doug Jones (D-AL), would ensure the availability of certain programs and services for thos  more

Sen. Collins: DHS to Issue 35,000 Additional H-2B Visas to Support Small Businesses
WASHINGTON, March 6 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that an additional 35,000 H-2B visas will be made available to employers across the country to fill seasonal jobs - an increase of 5,000 compared to the additional visas allotted last year - for returning workers awarded a seasonal visa in at least one of the last three fiscal years. In December, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME)   more

Sen. Collins: New Tactic Used By Social Security Scammers
WASHINGTON, March 7 -- Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Aging Committee, is warning of a new tactic used by Social Security scammers. According to the Social Security Administration (SSA) Office of Inspector (OIG), individuals have reported receiving text messages on personal cell phones that appear to be coming from SSA. The texts warn about a problem with victims'   more

Sen. King Calls Energy Budget Proposal 'A Who's Who of Backwards Policy'
WASHINGTON, March 3 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator questions Department's commitment to renewables when priorities include dramatic cuts to research * * * U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) sharply criticized the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s budget proposal, which would cut research into the fuels of the future by nearly 75% across the board. During a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing featuring U.S. Secretary of   more

Sen. King Emphasizes Bipartisan Support for Rural Broadband Deployment in Podcast
WASHINGTON, March 2 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: The Office of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released the February edition of Senator King's monthly Inside Maine podcast. This month's show highlights the opportunities presented by the expansion of rural broadband across Maine, as well as emerging bipartisan solutions Senator King is leading to address this important challenge. In the first segment, Senator King is joined by Senator John Boozman (R-A  more

Sen. King Pursues Answers From Treasury Secretary to Make Sure All Taxpayers Pay Their Fair Share
WASHINGTON, March 7 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on March 6: * * * - After Secretary Mnuchin expresses desire to crackdown on high earners, Sen. King seeks details and metrics to measure impact * * * U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin asking for details on Secretary Mnuchin's directive to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to increase tax enforcement efforts on high-income taxpayers. Senator King has s  more

Sen. King Urges Steady Procurement for Bath-Built Destroyers Which Serve as 'Workhorse of the Navy'
WASHINGTON, March 5 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on March 4: * * * - Later in the hearing, Senator King presses Navy officials defense capabilities against hypersonic missiles, and the importance of continuing innovation * * * U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) pressed top Navy officials on the importance of the DDG-51 to the Navy's global operations. During a hearing in the Senate Armed Services Committee's Subcommittee on Seapower, Senator King empha  more

Sen. King's Bipartisan Push to Address National Parks Backlog and Fund LWCF Gains Momentum
WASHINGTON, March 5 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined a bipartisan group of senators to urge passage of a legislative package that would enact Senator King's bipartisan Restore Our Parks Act and would permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). He is one of the lead sponsors of the Restore Our Parks Act, and has championed the effort with Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Mark Warner (D-Va.), and Lamar   more

Sen. King, Golden Introducing Bipartisan Bill to Make National Parks Free for Gold Star Families
WASHINGTON, March 6 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on March 5: * * * - Families of fallen servicemembers would receive free entry to Acadia, White Mountain National Forest, and other public lands across the country * * * Senator Angus King (I-ME) and Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) announced they are introducing bipartisan legislation in the House and Senate to provide Gold Star Families with free access to National Parks and other federally managed pu  more

Sen. King: Following Advocacy From Maine Delegation, DHS to Issue 35,000 Additional H-2B Visas to Support Small Businesses
WASHINGTON, March 6 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that an additional 35,000 H-2B visas will be made available to employers across the country to fill seasonal jobs - an increase of 5,000 compared to the additional visas allotted last year - for returning workers awarded a seasonal visa in at least one of the last three fiscal years. In December, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME)  more

Sen. Sullivan: Senate Passes Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act
WASHINGTON, March 6 -- Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, issued the following news release: * * * - Landmark law supports community-based and nutrition services for older adults and their caregivers * * * Earlier this week, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Supporting Older Americans Act, bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and authored by Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.). The legislation reauthorizes the Older Americans Act (OAA) for a  more

Sen. Young Joins Bipartisan Group to Protect Funds for 800 Rural, Low-Income Schools
WASHINGTON, March 5 -- Sen. Todd Young, R-Indiana, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) led a letter that was signed by 19 of their colleagues, expressing concerns with a calculation adjustment that jeopardizes funding eligibility for more than 800 rural, low-income schools. In their letter to Secretary Betsy DeVos, the Senators shared the importance of these funds for rural schools in accessing supplies, techn  more

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Sets Hearing on FY 2021 Budget Request for HUD
WASHINGTON, March 7 -- The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies issued the following hearing information: "Review of the FY 2021 Budget Request for the Department of Housing & Urban Development" at 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building at 2 p.m. on March 11: Agenda Hearing to review the Fiscal Year 2021 funding request and budget justification for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Member Statements Senator Su  more

Senate Armed Services Subcommittee Sets Hearing on Findings of Cyberspace Solarium Commission
WASHINGTON, March 7 -- The Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Cybersecurity issued the following hearing information: "Findings of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission" at G50 Dirksen Senate Office Building at 2:30 p.m. on March 25: Agenda To receive a testimony on the findings of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission. Witnesses: * Angus S. King, Jr., United States Senator, Maine * Michael J. Gallagher, United States Representative, Wisconsin  more

Senate Passes Collins, Reed Resolution Declaring 'Read Across America Day'
WASHINGTON, March 3 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI) renewed their commitment to encouraging healthy reading habits among young Americans by introducing a bipartisan resolution designating, March 2, 2020, as "Read Across America Day." The resolution was unanimously passed by the Senate. "Read Across America Day is an opportunity for Americans of all ages to appreciate the joys of reading and recognize   more

Sens. Alexander, Collins Issue Statements on Election of Chair of Employment & Workplace Safety Subcommittee
WASHINGTON, March 7 -- Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, issued the following statements after the Collins was elected as Chair of the Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety replacing ex-Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia: "Having one of the Senate's ablest and most respected members chair the important subcommittee on Employment and Workforce Safety is good news for the Senate and eve  more

Sens. Collins, Hassan Issue Joint Statement on Education Department Announcement for Rural Low-Income Schools Funding
WASHINGTON, March 5 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following statement on March 4: Following the Department of Education's announcement to halt a change to the methodology that determines which rural schools are eligible for funding through the Rural Low-Income Schools (RLIS) program, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) released a statement on this major win for more than 800 rural, low-income schools nationwide: "The Department of Education made the righ  more

Sens. Collins, Hassan Lead Bipartisan Group Urging Education Department to Protect Funding for Low-Income Schools
WASHINGTON, March 5 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) led a letter that was signed by 20 of their colleagues, expressing their strong opposition to an abrupt decision by the Department of Education that jeopardizes funding eligibility for more than 800 rural, low-income schools. In their letter to Secretary Betsy DeVos, the Senators objected to the Department's abrupt change to the methodology that d  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce Maine to Receive Additional $3.7 Million for Heating Assistance for Low-Income Mainers
WASHINGTON, March 3 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, and Angus King announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is releasing an additional $3,681,581 in funding for Maine through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which includes $134,848 specifically for tribes and tribal organizations. In November, Senators Collins and King announced  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce Maine to Receive Additional $3.7 Million for Heating Assistance for Low-Income Mainers
WASHINGTON, March 3 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, and Angus King announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is releasing an additional $3,681,581 in funding for Maine through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which includes $134,848 specifically for tribes and tribal organizations. In November, Senators Collins and King announced   more

Sens. Collins, Sinema Introduce Resolution Declaring National 'Slam the Scam' Day
WASHINGTON, March 6 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: In a bipartisan effort to raise awareness of government imposter telephone scams,U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), the Chairman of the Aging Committee, and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), a member of the Aging Committee, introduced a Senate resolution designating, March 5, 2020, as the first National "Slam the Scam" Day. Senators Collins and Sinema are joining the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector  more

Sens. Feinstein, Collins, Hassan Urge Dept. of Education to Protect Funding for Rural, Low-Income Schools
WASHINGTON, March 5 -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, issued the following news release on March 4: Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) led a letter that was expressing their strong opposition to an abrupt decision by the Department of Education that jeopardizes funding eligibility for more than 800 rural, low-income schools. In their letter to Secretary Betsy DeVos, the senators objected to the Department's abrupt change to the methodo  more

Sens. Hassan, Collins Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Address Critical Need for More Direct Support Professionals
WASHINGTON, March 3 -- Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release on March 2: U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME), both members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, introduced bipartisan legislation to address the critical need for more Direct Support Professionals in the workforce. Direct Support Professionals provide vital support to individuals who experience disabilities, like assisting with communication, pro  more

With Energy Package on Senate Floor, Sen. King Introduces Groundbreaking Battery Recycling Legislation
WASHINGTON, March 3 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: * * * - The Battery and Critical Mineral Recycling Act of 2020 aims to decrease U.S. dependence on critical mineral imports that are crucial to clean energy technology * * * U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), a member of the Energy and Natural Resource Committee (ENR), announced that he has introduced the Battery and Critical Mineral Recycling Act of 2020. This commonsense legislation aims to incenti  more