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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Maine Newsletter for Sunday March 29, 2020 ( 26 items )  

As Coronavirus Overloads Rural Health System, Sen. King Backs Bipartisan Legislation to Keep Hospitals Open and Operating
WASHINGTON, March 24 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on March 23: * * * - New bipartisan legislation would sustain rural hospitals and providers while alleviating pressure on urban hospitals * * * U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) cosponsored the Immediate Relief for Rural Facilities and Providers Act, legislation aiming at addressing the impending crisis facing our healthcare system as the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic increasingly strai  more

Pingree, Bonamici Push House Leadership to Protect the Arts Economy During COVID-19 Outbreak
WASHINGTON, March 21 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, asking them to prioritize the needs of the arts and cultural sector in a COVID-19 economic relief package. Text of the full letter can be found here and at the end of this press release. "On Wednesday, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis releas  more

Rep. Golden Calls on Congressional Leaders to Take Bold, Targeted Action to Benefit Mainers in Third Coronavirus Bill
WASHINGTON, March 24 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release: As leaders in the House and Senate continue to craft a comprehensive response to the coronavirus, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) advocated for specific provisions in the legislation that would help people in Maine's Second District weather and recover from the public health and economic crisis currently bearing down on the country. Golden's letter is the product of direct input from dozens of Maine small   more

Rep. Pingree Cosponsors Legislation Requiring Federal Government to Take Over Medical Supply Chain
WASHINGTON, March 25 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) joined Congressman Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.) in introducing the Medical Supply Chain Emergency Act. The bill forces President Trump to implement the Defense Production Act and better coordinate the manufacturing and distribution of scarce, in-demand medical supplies. "Health care workers and first responders are courageously puttin  more

Rep. Pingree: Delegation Calls on HHS Secretary to Deliver Medical Equipment Needed to Fight COVID-19 in Maine
WASHINGTON, March 21 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives ChelliePingree and Jared Golden wrote to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, urging him to quickly distribute personal protective equipment (PPE) to Maine. Health care professionals rely on PPE such as masks, surgical gowns, and respirators to safely treat individuals with COVID-19. After Maine received a limited disbu  more

Rep. Pingree: Maine Delegation Pushes for Expanded Access to Meals for Low-Income Children During COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON, March 24 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: On behalf of the more than 82,000 students in Maine who qualify to participate in the National School Lunch Program, Maine's Congressional Delegation wrote to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, urging him to immediately use new authorities Congress has granted him to increase low-income students' access to meals. During the regular school year, the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs provide ne  more

Reps. Bonamici, Pingree Push House Leadership to Protect the Arts Economy During COVID-19 Outbreak
PORTLAND, Maine, March 23 -- Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Oregon, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy asking them to prioritize the needs of the arts and cultural sector in a COVID-19 economic relief package. "On Wednesday, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released data showing that arts and cultural economic activity accounted for 4.5   more

Reps. Pingree, Pappas Introduces Legislation to Support Maine's 145,000 Small Business, Provide Cash Advances and Zero-Interest Loans
WASHINGTON, March 24 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) joined Congressman Chris Pappas (D-N.H.) and nine other House members in introducing the Too Small to Fail Act, legislation to help small businesses, nonprofits, and Maine workers who are facing unprecedented economic uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic. Full text of the bill can be found here. "Maine 145,000 small businesses already operate on thin margins,  more

Sen. Cardin, Bipartisan Senate Task Force Secure $377 Billion for Small Businesses
WASHINGTON, March 26 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: * * * - Many of Maryland Senator's Priorities Included in Economic Stimulus * * * U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Small Business Committee and a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, issued a statement on the $2 trillion economic stimulus agreed to by Congressional leaders. The stimulus package includes $377 billion in funding to support small businesses secured  more

Sen. Cardin, Bipartisan Senate Task Force Secure $377 Billion for Small Businesses
WASHINGTON, March 26 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, issued the following statement on the $2 trillion economic stimulus agreed to by Congressional leaders: The stimulus package includes $377 billion in funding to support small businesses secured by Cardin, Small Business Committee Chairman Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Senate Aging Committee Chairwoman Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Ranki  more

Sen. Collins Announces $300 Million for Fishing Industry Included in Phase 3 Coronavirus Response Package
WASHINGTON, March 27 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, announced that the Phase 3 coronavirus package that passed the Senate unanimously last night included $300 million for assistance to fishermen and fishery-related businesses such as harvesters, processors, and aquaculture operations affected by COVID-19, which may include direct relief payments. The bill is expected to pass the H  more

Sen. Collins Announces More Than $670,000 for Organizations That Assist Homeless Individuals in Maine
WASHINGTON, March 25 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Housing Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded a total of $671,345 to Kennebec Behavioral Health in Waterville, Maine State Housing Authority in Augusta, New Beginning Inc. in Lewiston, OHI in Bangor, and Tedford Housing in Brunswick. This funding was awarded through HUD's Continuum   more

Sen. Collins Announces More Than $670,000 for Organizations That Assist Homeless Individuals in Maine
WASHINGTON, March 26 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: * * * - The homeless population is at high risk to COVID-19 * * * U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Housing Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded a total of $671,345 to Kennebec Behavioral Health in Waterville, Maine State Housing Authority in Augusta, New Beginning Inc. in Lewiston, OHI in Bangor, and Tedford Ho  more

Sen. Collins Calls on Colleagues to Pass Legislation to Keep Workers Paid and Small Businesses Afloat Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON, March 23 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins spoke on the Senate floor this evening to urge her colleagues to support the Phase 3 coronavirus funding package, which includes her legislation that would help employers to stay in business and keep paying their employees. As a member of the Small Business Task Force, Senator Collins has worked closely with Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Jeanne Shaheen D-N  more

Sen. King Critical of Distance Learning Funding Shortfall in Coronavirus Bill
WASHINGTON, March 24 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on March 23: * * * Senator and colleagues send letter to leaders saying pandemic may exacerbate a longstanding "homework gap" without immediate action by Congress * * * U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), co-chair of the Senate Broadband Caucus, joined 19 of his Senate colleagues in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Commerce Committee Chairman Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), urging   more

Sen. King Votes to Advance Improved Bipartisan Senate Coronavirus Package
WASHINGTON, March 27 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on March 26: * * * - Recent negotiations bring more to Maine, including King-backed provisions to assist more than 1,800 Maine small businesses, bolster healthcare provider protections in face of threat posed by coronavirus * * * Tonight, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) voted to advance the bipartisan agreement for the third phase of coronavirus relief, which unanimously passed the Senate by a vote o  more

Sen. King, Colleagues Press President Trump for Answers About Testing and Equipment Shortages
WASHINGTON, March 23 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators Call on President to Outline Defense Production Act Plan to Mobilize Private Industry and Meet National Supply and Equipment Shortages * * * U.S. Senator Angus King joined a group of 47 Senators in writing to President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, requesting answers about supplies and equipment in the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) critical to addressing the Coro  more

Sen. King: Delegation Calls on HHS Secretary to Deliver Medical Equipment Needed to Fight COVID-19 in Maine
WASHINGTON, March 23 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden wrote to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, urging him to quickly distribute personal protective equipment (PPE) to Maine. Health care professionals rely on PPE such as masks, surgical gowns, and respirators to safely treat individuals with COVID-19. After Maine received a limited di  more

Sen. King: Maine Delegation Pushes for Expanded Access to Meals for Low-Income Children During COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON, March 23 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: * * * - More than 82,000 Maine students qualify for the National School Lunch Program * * * On behalf of the more than 82,000 students in Maine who qualify to participate in the National School Lunch Program, Maine's Congressional Delegation wrote to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, urging him to immediately use new authorities Congress has granted him to increase low-income students' access to mea  more

Sens. Collins and Casey's Bill to Reauthorize Older Americans Act Signed Into Law
WASHINGTON, March 26 -- 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, which are particularly important as our country works to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. * * * The Supporting Older Americans Act, bipartisan legislation authored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bob Casey (D-PA), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Aging Committee, was signed in  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce More Than $1 Million for Maine Health Centers for COVID-19 Response
WASHINGTON, March 26 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: * * * - The funding was awarded through the Phase 1 coronavirus response package that Senators Collins and King voted for earlier this month * * * U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that 18 health centers throughout Maine have been awarded a total of $1,083,790 to address screening and testing needs, acquire medical supplies, and boost telehealth capacity in response to this coronavi  more

Sens. Collins, King Join Bipartisan Group Calling on President to Prevent Impacts to Public Health and Safety With U.S-Canada Border Closure
WASHINGTON, March 26 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: * * * - DHS addressed many of the concerns raised by the Senators through new guidance * * * U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King called on President Trump to consider necessary exemptions to protect public health and safety for businesses and individuals affected by the closure of the U.S.-Canadian border to non-essential travel. The bipartisan letter, which was co-signed by a bipartisan group o  more

Sens. Collins, King Join Bipartisan Group Calling on President to Prevent Impacts to Public Health With U.S-Canada Border Closure
WASHINGTON, March 24 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King called on President Trump to consider necessary exemptions to protect public health and safety for businesses and individuals affected by the closure of the U.S.-Canadian border to non-essential travel. The bipartisan letter, which was co-signed by a bipartisan group of Senators representing states along the United States-Canada border, highlights concerns regard  more

Sens. Collins, King Join Bipartisan Group Calling on President to Prevent Impacts to Public Health, Safety With U.S-Canada Border Closure
WASHINGTON, March 23 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: * * * - DHS addressed many of the concerns raised by the Senators through new guidance * * * U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King called on President Trump to consider necessary exemptions to protect public health and safety for businesses and individuals affected by the closure of the U.S.-Canadian border to non-essential travel. The bipartisan letter, which was co-signed by a bipartisan group   more

Sens. King, Van Hollen Seek Reinstatement of Pandemic Official Within Phase 3 Package
WASHINGTON, March 23 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: * * * - Provision would mirror Senator King's Global Health Security Act * * * U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) sent a letter to Senate leadership urging them to establish a Special Adviser to the President for Global Health Security within the negotiated phase three coronavirus package. As noted in their letter, the Special Adviser would lead a Directorate for Global He  more

To Boost Coronavirus Response, Sen. King Cosponsors Bill to Direct Utilization of Defense Production Act
WASHINGTON, March 26 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on March 25: * * * - With administration inconsistent on whether to direct companies to transition plants to manufacture life-saving equipment, Senator and colleagues legislate response * * * U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) cosponsored the Medical Supply Chain Emergency Act, legislation to direct the Trump administration to implement the Defense Production Act of 1950 and federalize the manufacturing  more