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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Maine Newsletter for Sunday April 05, 2020 ( 34 items )  

Collins, Sen. King Call on HHS to Help Rural Hospitals During COVID-19 Outbreak
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: * * * - In a letter to HHS Secretary Azar, 122 lawmakers urge Administration to provide immediate financial assistance to rural health care providers amid COVID-19 pandemic. * * * U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King sent a letter urging Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to provide immediate assistance to rural hospitals and clinics. Senators Collins and King joined 41 Senators   more

Hours After Sen. King Push, Social Security Beneficiaries Will Receive Stimulus Payment Without Additional Paperwork
BRUNSWICK, Maine, April 3 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on April 1: * * * - Yesterday, King and colleagues urged the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service to simplify process that would have required Social Security beneficiaries to file tax returns in order to receive direct payments included in the CARES Act * * * U.S. Senator Angus King applauded a move by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to reverse its previous guidance and allow Socia  more

Rep. Golden Issues Statement on Emergency Coronavirus Bill
WASHINGTON, March 28 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following statement on March 27: The House of Representatives considers the CARES Act, a massive emergency funding bill to provide economic relief to millions of Americans and escalate the fight against the coronavirus. Congressman Golden (ME-02) announced his support for the bipartisan legislation in a statement for the Congressional Record: "This morning, thousands of Mainers are staying home and doing their part to bend the cur  more

Rep. Golden: Maine Delegation Sends Letter to President in Support of Governor Mills' Disaster Declaration Request
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release: All four members of Maine's Congressional Delegation wrote to President Donald Trump today to express their full support of Governor Janet Mills' request for a Major Disaster declaration for the entire state as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden asked the President to fully grant the Governor's requests f  more

Rep. Pingree Announces $16M+ in COVID-19 Grants to Support Housing in Maine
PORTLAND, Maine, April 3 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced the state of Maine will receive $16.5 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic. More than $3 million of that funding will go directly to communities in Pingree's district. These funds were authorized through the CARES Act, Congress' third legislative response to the  more

Rep. Pingree Introduces Bill to Ensure College Students, Young Adults With Disabilities Receive COVID-19 Relief Rebates
WASHINGTON, April 2 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) joined 86 Members of Congress in introducing the All Dependent Children Count Act, a bipartisan bill to guarantee college students and adult dependents will receive the one-time COVID-19 relief payments authorized by the CARES Act. The coronavirus relief package that passed Congress and was signed by President Trump last Friday provides $1,200 to most adults and $500   more

Rep. Pingree Leads 67 Bipartisan Members in Urging Perdue to Implement Provision to Ensure COVID-19 Stimulus Funds Support Direct-to-Market Farmers
WASHINGTON, April 4 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), alongside Congressman Sanford D. Bishop (D-Georgia), Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.), and Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-Wash) urged USDA Secretary Sonny Perdueto provide swift relief for local food producers whose markets have been affected due to the coronavirus pandemic. S.3548, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, which provides $9.5 billion  more

Rep. Pingree Statement on House Passage of Third Coronavirus Response Bill
WASHINGTON, March 28 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following statement: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the below statement following the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Congress' third legislative response to the U.S. outbreak of COVID-19: "Today, the House passed the CARES Act, which will provide much-needed relief for Maine families from the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic  more

Rep. Pingree: Gov. Mills, Maine Congressional Delegation Renew Call for Defense Department to Protect Workers' Health at BIW
WASHINGTON, April 4 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Governor Janet Mills and Maine's Congressional Delegation renewed their call for the Department of Defense to take action to protect the health of shipyard employees in response to a second diagnosis of a BIW employee with COVID-19: "We have repeatedly and clearly expressed to the Defense Department our concern for the health and safety of the hardworking men and women at Bath Iron Works and the stability   more

Rep. Pingree: Maine Delegation Calls on the Navy to Extend COVID-19 Worker Protection Guidelines to Private Shipyards Like BIW
WASHINGTON, March 30 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: The Maine Delegation wrote to Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly, urging him to take actions necessary to allow large private shipyards like Bath Iron Works to follow the same guidance the Navy has issued to public shipyards to protect vulnerable workers and families from COVID-19. In their letter, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingreeand Jared Golden emphasized t  more

Rep. Pingree: Maine Delegation Sends Letter to President in Support of Governor Mills' Disaster Declaration Request
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: All four members of Maine's Congressional Delegation wrote to President Donald Trump to express their full support of Governor Janet Mills' request for a Major Disaster declaration for the entire state as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden asked the President to fully grant the Governor's requests for   more

Rep. Pingree: Members of SEEC Leadership Condemn EPA Suspension of Environmental Enforcement During COVID-19 Crisis
WASHINGTON, April 1 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: The leaders of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC) sent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler a letter condemning the Agency's March 26 memorandum announcing that the EPA will cease all enforcement actions during the coronavirus pandemic. "The health impacts of these [industry] pollutants are well-established, and exposure is particularly dangerous for  more

Sen. Cardin, Bipartisan Senate Task Force Urge SBA, Treasury Department to Quickly Implement COVID-19 Relief for Small Businesses
WASHINGTON, March 31 -- Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Maryland, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, issued the following news release: U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-Md.), committee Chairman Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Senate Special Committee on Aging Chairman Susan Collins (R-Maine), and U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), a senior member of the Senate Small Business Committee, today sent a let  more

Sen. Collins Announces More Than $1.3 Million to Five Maine Tribal Communities to Support Affordable Housing During Coronavirus Pandemic
WASHINGTON, April 2 -- 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 five Maine tribal communities have been awarded a total of $1,337,985 through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) program. This funding was awarded through the supplemental appropriations bill as part of the Phase 3 coronavirus emergency response pac  more

Sen. Collins Announces More Than $16.5 Million to Support Affordable Housing Efforts in Maine Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON, April 2 -- 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 $16,517,072 in the first installment of funding to support affordable housing, homelessness, and COVID-19 prevention and response efforts throughout the State of Maine. This funding was awarded through the supplemental appropri  more

Sen. Collins Announces Social Security Beneficiaries Will Receive Coronavirus Stimulus Rebate Checks Automatically
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- 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, announced that Social Security beneficiaries will not be required to file a tax return in order to receive a rebate check under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Senator Collins strongly supported the policy released by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the In  more

Sen. Collins Calls for Swift Release of $300 Million to Support Fishermen During COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON, April 4 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins wrote to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, urging him to quickly release the $300 million for assistance to fishermen and related businesses that was included in the Phase 3 coronavirus emergency package. As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Collins worked to ensure that this critical relief provision was inserted in the final legislation. "The seafood and a  more

Sen. Collins Calls on Treasury Secretary to Suspend Tariffs During COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON, March 30 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: * * * - The tariff deferral would benefit Maine employers like L.L. Bean, Hussey Seating, and Rogers Collection * * * U.S. Senator Susan Collins sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, calling on him to temporarily defer tariffs for U.S. companies that are experiencing economic hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. Senator Collins has repeatedly urged the Administration to resolve tariffs  more

Sen. Collins Joins Bipartisan Group in Urging Federal Trade Commission to Protect Seniors From Coronavirus Scams
WASHINGTON, April 4 -- Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, issued the following news release: * * * - In response to the recent increase in COVID-19 scams, letter to FTC Chairman calls on the FTC for stronger consumer protections and education for seniors * * * U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Aging Committee, joined a bipartisan group of 32 Senators in urging the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to protect seniors from coronavirus-rel  more

Sen. Collins Joins Bipartisan Group in Urging FTC to Protect Seniors From Coronavirus Scams
WASHINGTON, April 2 -- Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, issued the following news release: * * * - In response to the recent increase in COVID-19 scams, letter to FTC Chairman calls on the FTC for stronger consumer protections and education for seniors * * * U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Aging Committee, joined a bipartisan group of 32 Senators in urging the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to protect seniors from coronavirus-rel  more

Sen. Collins, Bipartisan Task Force to SBA and Treasury: Act Quickly to Implement Small Business Coronavirus Relief
WASHINGTON, March 31 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: As leaders of the Small Business Task Force, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) sent a letter to Jovita Carranza, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, requesting immediate action to implement the Keeping American Workers Paid and Employed Act, wh  more

Sen. Collins: Maine Delegation Sends Letter to President in Support of Governor Mills' Disaster Declaration Request
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: All four members of Maine's Congressional Delegation wrote to President Donald Trump to express their full support of Governor Janet Mills' request for a Major Disaster declaration for the entire state as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden asked the President to fully grant the Governor's requests for  more

Sen. Collins: SBA, Treasury Roll Out Information for Small Employers and Lenders to Participate in $350 Billion Loan Program
WASHINGTON, April 1 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced that the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Department of Treasury released new information that will allow lenders to begin accepting applications and disbursing loans to assist small employers that have been harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic. These Paycheck Protection Program loans were created by the Keeping American Workers Paid and Employed Act, which was a  more

Sen. Feinstein, Murphy, Collins Bill Would Help Peace Corps Volunteers Access Benefits, Continue Service
WASHINGTON, April 4 -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, issued the following news release: Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Friday to announce bipartisan legislation helping Peace Corps volunteers who have been suddenly evacuated from abroad due to the coronavirus pandemic. The legislation will ensure Peace Corps volunteers can access unemployment insurance or procure employment through AmeriCorps or similar service pr  more

Sen. King Connects With Maine Businesses, Answers Questions on Federal Efforts to Mitigate Economic Impacts of Coronavirus
BRUNSWICK, Maine, April 1 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on March 31: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined business leaders from across Maine in a tele-conference to discuss the federal government's work to combat the economic challenges presented by the coronavirus and hear directly from Maine businesses on the largest obstacles they face in terms of sustaining themselves and providing for their workforce during the pandemic. The call was hosted by th  more

Sen. King Highlights Help on the Way for Aging Maine AARP Members
BRUNSWICK, Maine, March 30 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on March 30: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) participated in a live-streamed tele-town hall hosted by AARP Maine to answer questions from Maine seniors about the challenges coronavirus is creating for Maine's senior population, the federal response to help those who are struggling, and best practices to stay safe. In addition to Senator King, today's call featured Governor Janet Mills, Maine Commi  more

Sen. King Renews Push to Close 'Homework Gap' During Coronavirus Pandemic
BRUNSWICK, Maine, April 4 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator joins colleagues in urging for adequate connectivity to ensure all students can continue education online as school shutdown is prolonged * * * U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined a group of colleagues in a letter to House and Senate leadership requesting robust funding for all K-12 students to have adequate home internet connectivity if their schools close due to the ongoing  more

Sen. King, Pingree, Golden Urge Department of Commerce to Aid Fisheries Quickly Through CARES Act Funding
WASHINGTON, April 4 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) and Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Jared Golden (D-Maine) wrote to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, emphasizing the importance of supporting the seafood industry through designated funds in last week's $2.2 trillion legislation. In the letter, King, Pingree, and Golden emphasize the importance of Maine's fisheries and related businesses to the state'  more

Sen. King: Maine Delegation Sends Letter to President in Support of Governor Mills' Disaster Declaration Request
WASHINGTON, April 3 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: All four members of Maine's Congressional Delegation wrote to President Donald Trump to express their full support of Governor Janet Mills' request for a Major Disaster declaration for the entire state as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden asked the President to fully grant the Governor's requests f  more

Sen. Murphy, Collins, Feinstein Announce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Peace Corps Volunteers Evacuated Due to COVID-19 Receive Benefits
WASHINGTON, April 4 -- Sen. Christopher Murphy, D-Connecticut, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Friday announced bipartisan legislation to help Peace Corps volunteers who have been suddenly evacuated from abroad due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation will make sure Peace Corp volunteers can qualify for unempl  more

Sens. Collins, King, Reps. Pingree, Golden Press DHS to Distribute PPE to Protect Maine Health Professionals During COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON, April 1 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Maine's Congressional Delegation called on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to immediately release additional personal protective equipment (PPE) from the National Stockpile to alleviate the persistent, critical shortages Maine is experiencing. In a letter to Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden expressed co  more

Sens. Collins, King, Reps. Pingree, Golden Press DHS to Distribute PPE to Protect Maine Health Professionals During COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON, April 1 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Maine's Congressional Delegation called on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to immediately release additional personal protective equipment (PPE) from the National Stockpile to alleviate the persistent, critical shortages Maine is experiencing. In a letter to Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden expressed conce  more

Sens. Cortez Masto, Rosen Call for Release of $900 Million in Low Income Home Energy Assistance to States
LAS VEGAS, Nevada, April 4 -- Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) joined a letter led by Senators Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) urging the Trump Administration to quickly release $900 million in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding that Congress included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. As the economic impact of the  more

To End Social Security Recipient Uncertainty, Sen. King, Colleagues Push for Direct Cash Assistance Without Having to File Tax Return
BRUNSWICK, Maine, April 2 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators' letter comes after IRS releases contradictory guidance for the CARES Act on whether or not Social Security recipients need to file before receiving aid * * * U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined 41 of his Senate colleagues in urging the Treasury Department and the Social Security Administration to ensure that all Social Security beneficiaries will automatically receive the d  more