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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Maine Newsletter for Sunday April 12, 2020 ( 31 items )  

As Maine Sees PPE Shortfall, Sen. King Presses Administration on 'Opaque and Inefficient' Manner Supplies Being Distributed
BRUNSWICK, Maine, April 11 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on April 10: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined a group of 47 Senators in a letter raising serious concerns about the Administration's reliance on private companies to distribute desperately needed medical supplies during the Coronavirus pandemic. Although the President has declared a national emergency and mobilized the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help distribute supplies, F  more

As Unemployment Claims Skyrocket, Sen. King Urges Administration to Streamline Payments to Workers Nationwide
BRUNSWICK, Maine, April 9 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined 36 of his Senate colleagues to urge the Administration to take additional action to ensure workers receive unemployment insurance as quickly as possible - including the more than 40,000 Maine people who filed for unemployment in the last two weeks after losing their jobs through no fault of their own. In their letter to Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, the sena  more

Rep. Golden Calls for More Aid for Maine Small Businesses, Workers, and Rural Hospitals
WASHINGTON, April 10 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) laid out the actions he believes Congress must take to continue to address the public health and economic impacts of the coronavirus. In a letter to congressional leaders, Golden put forward specific policy proposals that should be included in future legislation. "Demand for small business relief is soaring, unemployment is rising at historic levels, and rural health care fa  more

Rep. Golden Calls for Resignation of Acting Navy Secretary
WASHINGTON, April 8 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following statement: Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) released a statement calling for the resignation of Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly. Golden's statement follows the Secretary's leadership failure aboard the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt yesterday and expresses the congressman's continuing concern over the Navy's refusal to seriously address the public health threats facing the shipbuilding workforce across the country. "Acting S  more

Rep. Golden: Maine Delegation Announces $2 Million Grant to Strengthen Maine's Marine Economy
WASHINGTON, April 9 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine), and U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Jared Golden (D-Maine) announced that the Economic Development Administration has awarded $2,000,000 to the State of Maine to establish a new 3-year project to develop an industry-led roadmap and action plan called Maine's Marine Living Resource Economy Initiative.Overseen by the Maine Technol  more

Rep. Pingree Announces $4.1 Million to Maine Health Care Centers for COVID-19 Response
WASHINGTON, April 9 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced health care centers in Maine's First Congressional District will receive $4,116,310 to support coronavirus response efforts. The funding was authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Congress' third legislative initiative to response to the coronavirus pandemic. "The coronavirus outbreak has underscored the importance   more

Rep. Pingree Calls for the Resignation of Acting Navy Secretary Modly
PORTLAND, Maine, April 8 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) called for Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly to resign following his degrading personal attacks on former Commanding Officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, Captain Brett Crozier, who was fired for sounding the alarm about the threat of COVID-19 to his crew: "It was reprehensible for Acting Secretary Modly's to stand before the sailors of the USS Theodore Roosev  more

Rep. Pingree Co-Sponsors Legislation to Provide $250 Billion to Local Governments During COVID-19
WASHINGTON, April 8 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) joined Congressmen Joe Neguse (D-Col.), Andy Levin (D-Mich.), Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), and Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) in introducing the Coronavirus Community Relief Act, a bill to provide $250 billion in funding to smaller local governments. The bill is cosponsored by 75 members of the U.S House of Representatives. Municipalities and counties with a population under 500,000   more

Rep. Pingree: Maine Delegation Announces $2 Million Grant to Strengthen Maine's Marine Economy
WASHINGTON, April 9 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release on April 8: U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine), and U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Jared Golden (D-Maine) announced that the Economic Development Administration has awarded $2,000,000 to the State of Maine to establish a new 3-year project to develop an industry-led roadmap and action plan called Maine's Marine Living Resource Economy Initiative.Overseen by the  more

Rep. Pingree: President Approves Governor Mills' Disaster Declaration Request
WASHINGTON, April 7 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Following the advocacy by U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden, President Donald Trump approved Governor Janet Mills' request for a Major Disaster declaration for the entire State of Maine as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. On Thursday, the Delegation wrote to the President to express their full support of Governor Mills' request. "We   more

Sen. Collins Announces 5,334 Maine Small Businesses Have Been Approved for Over $1 Billion in Paycheck Protection Program Loans
WASHINGTON, April 10 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced that 5,334 small businesses in Maine have been approved for more than $1 billion in forgivable loans through the Paycheck Protection Program she co-authored. Dozens of Maine lending institutions are currently participating in the program. "These overwhelmingly high numbers speak for themselves. This more than $1 billion in urgently needed relief is great news for our   more

Sen. Collins Joins Bipartisan Group Supporting Peace Corps and AmeriCorps Volunteers Affected by COVID-19
WASHINGTON, April 7 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins joined a bipartisan, bicameral group in sending letters seeking clarity on unemployment benefits and work opportunities for Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and other national service participants. In the first letter, the Members urge Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia to clarify that the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program passed within the CARES Act covers Peace Corps, AmeriCorps,  more

Sen. Collins, King Announce Maine Hospitals to Receive More Than $145 Million to Support Fight Against COVID-19
WASHINGTON, April 11 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release on April 10: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Maine hospitals and other health care providers will receive an immediate infusion of $145,763,812 to bolster their efforts in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The funding distributed today represents the first $30 billion of the $100 billion for medical providers that was included in the CARES Act that Senators Collins and   more

Sen. Collins: Maine Delegation Announces $2 Million Grant to Strengthen Maine's Marine Economy
WASHINGTON, April 9 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: * * * - Funds will support the development of an industry-led roadmap for resiliency and sustainable growth in Maine's marine economy * * * U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine), and U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Jared Golden (D-Maine) announced that the Economic Development Administration has awarded $2,000,000 to the State of Maine to establish a new 3-yea  more

Sen. King Backs Bipartisan Push to Support Rural Hospitals Through Emergency Coronavirus Response Funding
BRUNSWICK, Maine, April 10 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on April 8: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined a bipartisan group of 19 Senators to urge the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to consider the needs of rural hospitals and hospitals with high percentages of Medicaid and Medicare patients as HHS distributes the $100 billion healthcare fund included in the CARES Act. In their letter, the Senators request an equitable distributio  more

Sen. King Connects With Maine Civics Teachers to Talk History, Distance Learning
WASHINGTON, April 7 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) participated in a video conference call with civics and history teachers from schools across Maine, who are adapting to distance learning. During the call, which was held in collaboration with Maine Department of Education's Social Studies Specialist Joe Schmidt, Senator King provided updates on the latest federal efforts to support Maine people in the face of coronavirus  more

Sen. King Pushes to Support Local Journalism Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
BRUNSWICK, Maine, April 9 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined a group of nineteen senators seeking to support local journalism and media in any future coronavirus relief package. In a letter to Senate leadership and appropriators, the senators stress that the widespread impact of the pandemic - including plummeting advertising revenue - could decimate regional and local news outlets even as communities have become incre  more

Sen. King Seeks to Push Pause on Federal Comment Periods With Rulemaking, With Americans Focused on Pandemic Emergency
BRUNSWICK, Maine, April 11 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) and 21 Senate colleagues sent a letter to Acting Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Russell Vought, calling on the executive branch to indefinitely extend public comment periods, postpone public hearings, and pause any new administrative rulemaking actions, unless those actions are explicitly required for the coronavirus response and recover  more

Sen. King Seeks to Reopen ACA Marketplace, Improve Access to Health Insurance During Pandemic
BRUNSWICK, Maine, April 10 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined 27 Senate colleagues to urge the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to reopen the Affordable Care Act's online marketplace to allow more un- and under-insured Americans to get health insurance as they face potential health issues related to coronavirus - echoing a push he made in March. In a letter to the Secretary Alex Azar, the senators urg  more

Sen. King, Bipartisan Colleagues Urge USDA to Support Farmers During Pandemic
BRUNSWICK, Maine, April 7 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) and a bipartisan group of 31 senators wrote a letter to Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, urging the Administration to ensure the continuity of our country's food supply and to support rural areas during the coronavirus pandemic by providing needed relief to farmers. "We write to ask that you take action to ensure the continuity of our country's food supply a  more

Sen. King, Colleagues Push for Veterans to Automatically Receive Direct Payments
BRUNSWICK, Maine, April 6 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: * * * - Letter follows Senator's successful efforts to urge Administration to reverse course, ensure Social Security beneficiaries receive checks without having to file additional paperwork * * * U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined a group of 47 Senators in calling on the Administration to issue stimulus checks automatically to recipients of benefits through the Department of Veterans Affair  more

Sen. King: Maine Delegation Announces $2 Million Grant to Strengthen Maine's Marine Economy
WASHINGTON, April 9 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on April 8: * * * - Funds will support the development of an industry-led roadmap for resiliency and sustainable growth in Maine's marine economy * * * U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine), and U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Jared Golden (D-Maine) announced that the Economic Development Administration has awarded $2,000,000 to the State of Maine to establish  more

Sen. Rounds Joins Bipartisan Group of Former Governors Calling for Flexibility in State Stabilization Funding
PIERRE, South Dakota, April 9 -- Sen. Mike Rounds, R-South Dakota, issued the following news release: * * * - CARES Act Includes $150 Billion in Stabilization Funding for State and Local Governments * * * U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Angus King (I-Maine) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) - who all formerly worked as governors - called on Vice President Mike Pence to work with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to issue guidance to states on how they can use funding from   more

Sen. Smith's Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Drug Shortages Becomes Law Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
WASHINGTON, April 10 -- Sen. Tina Flint Smith, D-Minnesota, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.)--a member of the Senate Health Committee--says that measures from her bipartisan bill to prevent drug shortages were enacted into law as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The measures from Sen. Smith's Mitigating Emergency Drug Shortages (MEDS) Act, which she introduced with Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins of Maine, wil  more

Sen. Tester, Grassley, Romney, Others Lead Call to Protect Independence of Inspectors General After Trump's Abrupt Removal of Top Intelligence Watchdog
WASHINGTON, April 10 -- Sen. Jon Tester, D-Montana, issued the following news release: * * * - Bipartisan effort comes on the heels of President's decision to also remove Chairman of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee * * * U.S. Senator Jon Tester joined a bipartisan group of Senators in calling on President Trump to explain his decision to abruptly remove the top watchdog for the intelligence community. Republican Senators Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Mitt Romney of Utah, Susan Colli  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce Maine Hospitals to Receive More Than $145 Million to Support Fight Against COVID-19
WASHINGTON, April 11 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Maine hospitals and other health care providers will receive an immediate infusion of $145,763,812 to bolster their efforts in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The funding distributed represents the first $30 billion of the $100 billion for medical providers that was included in the CARES Act that Senators Collins and King voted for. "  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce Nearly $13 Million for Maine Health Centers to Combat COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON, April 10 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that 18 health centers throughout Maine have been awarded a total of $12,893,115 to address screening and testing needs, acquire medical supplies, and boost telehealth capacity in response to the coronavirus pandemic. This funding builds on the more than $1 million Senators Collins and King announced for these health centers last month. "Community hea  more

Sens. Collins, Murphy, Feinstein Announce Bipartisan Bill to Help Peace Corps Volunteers Evacuated Due to COVID-19 Receive Benefits
WASHINGTON, April 8 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) announced bipartisan legislation to assist Peace Corps volunteers who have been suddenly evacuated from abroad due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation will ensure that Peace Corps volunteers can qualify for unemployment insurance like everyone else, can get back into the field quickly once the coronavirus subsides, a  more

Sens. Coons, Kaine, King Urge Banks to Give More Small Businesses Better Access to Paycheck Protection Program
WASHINGTON, April 11 -- Sen. Christopher Coons, D-Delaware, issued the following news release on April 10: Yesterday, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and Angus King (I-Maine) wrote a letter calling for banks to remove barriers to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that limit access to many small businesses, particularly women-owned businesses, minority-owned businesses, and businesses in rural communities. Currently, most banks are restricting applications to existing   more

With Maine Schools Closed for the Year, Reps. Golden, Pingree Push for Improved Connectivity for Maine Students
WASHINGTON, April 10 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release on April 9: As Maine students confront the realities of learning from home for the rest of the school year, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) called on House and Senate leadership this week to allocate an additional $2 billion for the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) E-rate program and allow it to purchase mobile hotspots to support Maine students without ac  more

With Maine Schools Closed for the Year, Reps. Golden, Pingree Push for Improved Connectivity for Maine Students
WASHINGTON, April 10 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release: As Maine students confront the realities of learning from home for the rest of the school year, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) called on House and Senate leadership this week to allocate an additional $2 billion for the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) E-rate program and allow it to purchase mobile hotspots to support Maine students without access to high-s  more