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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Maine Newsletter for Sunday April 26, 2020 ( 28 items )  

After Sen. King Seeks Relief for Veterans, IRS Announces They Will Automatically Receive Direct Stimulus Payments
BRUNSWICK, Maine, April 20 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on April 18: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) applauded an announcement by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that recipients of benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) would receive their stimulus payment from the CARES Act with no additional action needed. Today's announcement comes after King joined a group of 47 Senators in calling on the Administration to issue stimulus checks  more

Facing Digital Divide, King, Colleagues Fight to Ensure Americans Can Access Economic Impact Payments
BRUNSWICK, Maine, April 24 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), along with 22 of his Senate colleagues, urged the Department of Treasury to increase its efforts to make Economic Impact Payments available to the most vulnerable populations--including those without access to the internet who cannot file a tax return electronically. In a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, King and his colleagues highlighted that at leas  more

On Teleconference, Senator King Lays Out How Coronavirus is Challenging Maine's Rural Health System
BRUNSWICK, Maine, April 21 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) participated in a telephone press conference to open "Rural Health Care Week" - especially the unique coronavirus-related strains on the healthcare system - in a Medicaid Awareness Month event with Protect Our Care. In addition to Senator King, the call also featured Maine State Representative Anne Perry (D-Calais) and Brad Woodhouse, Executive Director of Protect   more

Rep. Golden Votes to Increase Funding for Small Businesses and Hospitals, Expand Testing Capacity
WASHINGTON, April 25 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) voted to pass the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act through the House of Representatives yesterday evening. The bipartisan legislation, which passed the House overwhelmingly, responds to the unprecedented public health and economic challenges facing the country by providing additional resources for small business relief programs, support for hospitals  more

Rep. Pingree Announces $43.79 Million Grant to Maine Schools for Coronavirus Relief
WASHINGTON, April 25 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced the State of Maine will receive $43.79 million in grant funding from the Department of Education. The funding, which was allocated through the CARES Act, will support distance learning during the coronavirus pandemic. "No matter the circumstances, we must meet students where they're at and make sure they continue to receive the education they deserve--even  more

Rep. Pingree Announces $5M Grant to Expand COVID-19 Epidemiology, Lab Capacity in Maine
WASHINGTON, April 24 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced Maine will receive $5,075,000 from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in support of the state's COVID-19 response. The funding, which was provided through the CARES Act, will go towards epidemiology & lab capacity for COVID-19 diagnosis and testing. "In order for Mainers to get back to work and help our economy recover, we   more

Rep. Pingree Will Vote to Expand COVID-19 Testing, Calls for Paycheck Guarantee in Next Relief Package
WASHINGTON, April 24 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) flew to Washington this morning to cast her vote in favor of an emergency COVID-19 relief package which includes key provisions secured by Democrats to expand coronavirus testing and deliver billions in critical aid to health care providers and small businesses. A vote is expected onH.R. 266, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, this eveni  more

Sen. Collins Announces More Than $5.1 Million for Programs That Support Seniors, Individuals With Disabilities in Maine
WASHINGTON, April 24 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced that Maine has been awarded a total of $5,124,564 through the Administration for Community Living for several programs to support seniors and individuals with disabilities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Senator Collins, the Chairman of the Aging Committee and a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, secured the funding in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic   more

Sen. Collins Calls on House to Quickly Pass $480 Billion Emergency Aid Package to Assist Small Businesses, Employees, Support Hospitals, Increase Testing
WASHINGTON, April 23 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and a member of the Small Business Task Force, called on the House of Representatives to quickly pass the $480 billion bipartisan agreement that the Senate approved last night as part of Congress' ongoing response to COVID-19. The deal provides $320 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program co-authored by Senator Collins, whic  more

Sen. Collins Fights for Maine Farmers Facing Financial Challenges Due to COVID-19
BANGOR, Maine, April 20 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: In addition to threatening public health, the COVID-19 pandemic is taking a substantial economic toll on nearly every industry in the United States. Maine's agriculture sector has experienced severe financial harm due to the coronavirus, and Maine farmers are struggling with plummeting prices for their goods and rising costs. U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee,   more

Sen. Collins' Statement on $480 Billion Emergency Aid Package to Assist Small Businesses and Employees, Support Hospitals, and Increase Testing
WASHINGTON, April 22 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following statement on April 21: U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and a member of the Small Business Task Force, released the following statement on the $480 billion agreement that was reached as part of Congress' ongoing response to COVID-19. The deal provides $320 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program co-authored by Senator Collins, which includes $60 billion for smaller lender  more

Sen. Collins, Rep. Pingree Call on USDA to Boost Support for Maine Farmers Facing Severe Economic Harm Due to COVID-19
WASHINGTON, April 22 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: In a bipartisan effort to support Maine farmers during the ongoing pandemic, U.S. Senator Susan Collins and U.S. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree wrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to reiterate priorities for implementing the assistance to farmers that Congress provided through the CARES Act and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Senator Collins and Congresswoman Pingree  more

Sen. Collins, Rep. Pingree Call on USDA to Boost Support for Maine Farmers Facing Severe Economic Harm Due to COVID-19
WASHINGTON, April 23 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: In a bipartisan effort to support Maine farmers during the ongoing pandemic, U.S. Senator Susan Collins and U.S. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree wrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to reiterate priorities for implementing the assistance to farmers that Congress provided through the CARES Act and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Senator Collins and Congresswoman Pingr  more

Sen. Collins: Bipartisan Senators Push for Social Security, Railroad Retirement Beneficiaries Who Missed Deadline to Still Receive Additional Payment
WASHINGTON, April 25 -- Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, issued the following news release: A bipartisan group of Senators urged the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to explore options for allowing non-filing Social Security and Railroad Retirement beneficiaries with dependents who missed the April 22 deadline to still receive the additional $500 per qualified dependent this year. The letter also asked that consideration b  more

Sen. Collins: Social Security, Railroad Retirement Beneficiaries Must Act Now to Receive Additional $500 Per Eligible Child
WASHINGTON, April 21 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: The Internal Revenue Service issued a special alert for several groups of federal benefit recipients to act by this Wednesday, April 22, if they did not file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 and have dependents so they can quickly receive the full amount of their coronavirus stimulus rebate check ("Economic Impact Payment"). Any Social Security beneficiaries, including individuals receiving Social Security D  more

Sen. Collins: Social Security, Railroad Retirement Beneficiaries Must Act Now to Receive Additional $500 Per Eligible Child
WASHINGTON, April 20 -- Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, issued the following news release: The Internal Revenue Service issued a special alert for several groups of federal benefit recipients to act if they did not file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 and have dependents so they can quickly receive the full amount of their coronavirus stimulus rebate check ("Economic Impact Payment"). Any Social Security beneficiaries, including individuals receivin  more

Sen. Cortez Masto, Rosen Call for Investments to Address Mental Health Needs Resulting From COVID-19
LAS VEGAS, Nevada, April 22 -- 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 Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Angus King (I-Maine) to Senate leadership to call for increased investments in mental and behavioral health in future COVID-19 relief legislation. Reports have shown Americans are experiencing negative effects on their mental health due to the coronavirus pandemic. The  more

Sen. King Joins Bipartisan Push to Support Suicide Prevention Programs As Americans Endure Pandemic
BRUNSWICK, Maine, April 25 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined a bipartisan group of 13 other Senators in a push to provide the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) with $80 million to support critical suicide prevention activities amid a public health crisis that is upending the social and financial stability of countless Americans. The letter, which was addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Mi  more

Sen. King Statement on Bipartisan Agreement to Support Small Businesses, While Also Helping Hospitals, Boosting Testing
BRUNSWICK, Maine, April 22 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following statement: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) released the following statement after the Senate approved a bipartisan agreement that would provide an additional $484 billion in funding to support America's small businesses and hospitals hit hard by the economic impacts of coronavirus, as well as increasing federal funds to support coronavirus testing: "This agreement isn't perfect, but it is progress, and will m  more

Sen. King, Colleagues Urge Congressional Leaders to Expand Coverage in Future Coronavirus Legislation
BRUNSWICK, April 20 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined 37 of his Senate colleagues in pressing congressional leaders to make sure that any future coronavirus relief legislation includes strong measures to secure healthcare coverage for Americans in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and House  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce $160,000 to Support Southern Maine Work to Mitigate Impact of Natural Disasters
WASHINGTON, April 23 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) announced that the Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $160,000 to the Southern Maine Planning & Development Commission (SMPDC). The funding will support SMPDC's development of an economic resiliency strategy to mitigate the effects of recent and future natural disasters in York County. "Natural disasters have the potential  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce Maine to Receive More Than $5 Million to Support COVID-19 Response
WASHINGTON, April 25 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Maine has been awarded $5,075,000 to support the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding distributed is part of the $631 million for the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases (ELC) cooperative agreement that was included in the CARES Act that Senators Collins and King voted fo  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce Nearly $2.5 Million to Support Maine's Rural Health System During COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON, April 24 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Maine received a total of $2,485,050 to support rural hospitals and increase access to telehealth to help medical providers reach patients in underserved areas during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding will also be used to help reduce poisonings related to an increase in disinfectant and cleaner use. This investment, authorized by the CARES Act Senato  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce Nearly $2.5 Million to Support Maine's Rural Health System During COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON, April 24 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Maine received a total of $2,485,050 to support rural hospitals and increase access to telehealth to help medical providers reach patients in underserved areas during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding will also be used to help reduce poisonings related to an increase in disinfectant and cleaner use. This investment, authorized by the CARES Act Senator  more

Sens. Collins, King Push for Relief for Local Broadcasters, Newspapers During Coronavirus Pandemic
WASHINGTON, April 25 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) joined a bipartisan group of 74 senators in a letter urging Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought to support local radio broadcasters, television broadcasters, and newspapers during the coronavirus pandemic. The letter comes as the widespread impact of the pandemic - including plummeting advertising revenue - could de  more

To Ensure Workers Have Skills Needed to Respond to Coronavirus, King, Colleagues Push for Investment in Workforce Development
BRUNSWICK, Maine, April 24 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined 23 of his colleagues in a letter urging Senate leadership to include critical workforce development and career and technical education (CTE) funding in the next coronavirus relief bill. In their letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the senators echoed the concerns of 38 labor and education advocacy groups callin  more

To Make Workplaces Safer During Coronavirus, King Cosponsors Bill to Increase Infectious Disease Safeguards
BRUNSWICK, Maine, April 24 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), joined a group of his Senate colleagues to introduce legislation to protect U.S. workers from coronavirus in response to widespread reports of unsafe workplaces leading to preventable illnesses and deaths. The COVID-19 Every Worker Protection Act would require the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard that es  more

With Coronavirus Impacting Processing Plants King, Colleagues Urge 'Aggressive Action' to Protect Food Supply, Essential Workers
BRUNSWICK, Maine, April 22 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) and 35 of his colleagues urged Vice President Mike Pence and other members of the Trump Administration to ensure the safety of the nation's food supply and protect essential workers in the food supply chain. The letter comes after numerous reports of essential workers in meatpacking plants, processing facilities, farms, grocery stores, and markets falling ill from   more