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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Maine Newsletter for Sunday May 03, 2020 ( 37 items )  

Rep. Pingree Announces $347k Forest Service Grant to Invest in Renewable Wood Energy
WASHINGTON, April 28 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced Limington Lumber in East Baldwin, Maine has been awarded a grant of $346,894 and $722,850 in matching funds to generate electricity and heat for sawmills. This grant comes from the Community Wood Energy and Wood Innovation Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s Forest Service. "As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, I am s  more

Rep. Pingree Backs Bill to Deliver $500B in Flexible Aid to States Facing Revenue Shortfalls Due to Pandemic Response
PORTLAND, Maine, April 28 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) cosponsored H.R. 6592, a bill that would allocate $500 billion to state and local governments based on population size and give state officials flexibility to disburse the funds. The Coronavirus Relief for States Act aims to deliver much-needed relief to states which have worked aggressively to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and lost critical revenue in the pro  more

Rep. Pingree Calls for Unrestricted Direct Cash Relief for Small Business
WASHINGTON, April 30 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) cosponsored the Restore America's Main Street Act, legislation to support small businesses by providing them with unrestricted direct cash relief to keep their businesses in operation. H.R. 6619 would create the first-ever small business rebate check to pay employees, rent, and other general businesses expenses. "96 percent of Maine's business are considered small b  more

Rep. Pingree: Maine Delegation Calls for Dedicated Funding for Northern Border Regional Commission in COVID-19 Legislation
WASHINGTON, April 29 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: All four members of Maine's Congressional Delegation joined a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers representing Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York in a letter to Congressional leadership calling for the inclusion of dedicated funding for the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) in upcoming COVID-19 relief legislation. The letter, signed by U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and R  more

Rep. Pingree: Maine Delegation Urges Direct Relief for Aquaculture Farmers Through USDA's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
WASHINGTON, April 29 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in support of aquaculture farmers' eligibility for direct relief from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). "Maine's aquaculture industry has undergone significant growth and diversification in recent years, cr  more

Sen. Collins Announces Helpline Available to Answer Coronavirus Questions for Families Affected by Alzheimer's
WASHINGTON, May 2 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Aging Committee, announced that the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) has set up a helpline to answer coronavirus questions for families affected by Alzheimer's. Staffed entirely by licensed social workers, the helpline is available to answer questions in over 90 languages. "Alzheimer's is a devastating disease to the mind and spirit, often robbing peopl  more

Sen. Collins Announces More Than $2.45 Million to Support Maine Housing Authorities Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON, April 30 -- 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 19 Maine housing authorities received a total of $2,458,784 to help them prevent, prepare, and respond to COVID-19 in public housing. This funding was allocated through the supplemental appropriations bill as part of the Phase 3 coronavirus emergency response package, which included a section Senator Collin  more

Sen. Collins Announces More Than $6.1 Million for Maine Airports
WASHINGTON, April 29 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, announced that four Maine airports have received a total of $6,121,002. This funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Senator Collins was instrumental in securing $3.75 billion for AIP, including $400 million in supplemental AIP grants, in the fiscal y  more

Sen. Collins Urges President to Swiftly Release $300 Million to Support Fishing Industry During COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON, April 30 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins raised the concerns of Maine's seafood industry directly to President Donald Trump, urging him to quickly release the $300 million for assistance to fishermen and businesses along the seafood supply chain that was included in the CARES Act. As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Collins helped to secure this critical relief provision in the final legislation  more

Sen. Collins: Bipartisan Senators Push for Social Security & Railroad Retirement Beneficiaries to Receive $500 Stimulus Payment
WASHINGTON, April 25 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, 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 be given to other federal beneficiaries who may b  more

Sen. Collins: Maine Delegation Urges Direct Relief for Aquaculture Farmers Through USDA's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
WASHINGTON, April 29 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in support of aquaculture farmers' eligibility for direct relief from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). "Maine's aquaculture industry has undergone significant growth and diversification in recent years, c  more

Sen. Collins: More Than 18,000 Maine Small Employers Approved for Paycheck Protection Program Loans
WASHINGTON, April 30 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a member of the Small Business Coronavirus Task Force,announced that $2.3 billion in forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans have been approved for a total of 18,247 small employers in Maine. On Monday, SBA resumed accepting PPP applications now that legislation Senator Collins negotiated to increase funding for PPP by $320 billion has been signed into law. In the   more

Sen. Collins: Seasonal Small Businesses Receive Additional Flexibility in Calculating Maximum PPP Loan Amounts
WASHINGTON, April 28 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release on April 27: U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a member of the Small Business Coronavirus Task Force, announced that Treasury has released a new rule that will provide greater flexibility to seasonal businesses applying for forgivable PPP loans. Senator Collins, the co-author of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), has been pushing for greater flexibility for small, seasonal businesses. "Maine hosts tens of m  more

Sen. Feinstein Announces Change: Peace Corps Volunteers Now Eligible for Unemployment Benefits
WASHINGTON, April 30 -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, issued the following news release: Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) announced that the Department of Labor will make Peace Corps volunteers whose service was cut short by the coronavirus eligible for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program that Congress created as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Earlier this month, Senator Feinstein joined Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Susan Colli  more

Sen. King Calls for Forward-Looking Funding to Support Public Health Departments, Boost Public Health Preparedness
BRUNSWICK, Maine, April 30 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: With the coronavirus pandemic revealing dire deficiencies in the public health system after decades of insufficient investment, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined a group of 9 Senators calling for increased funding for a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data modernization initiative. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Chuck Schume  more

Sen. King Connects With YMCA Youth Advocates to Discuss Coronavirus Response Efforts and Nonprofit Relief
BRUNSWICK, Maine, April 29 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on April 28: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) participated in a video teleconference with YMCA Youth Advocates from Maine and across the nation to discuss the Senate's efforts to support youth and nonprofits amid the coronavirus pandemic. Organizations like the YMCA are providing children and teens community spaces online where they can participate in activities, learn in a safe environment, and ma  more

Sen. King Seeking to Repeal Millionaire Tax Break in Coronavirus Relief Legislation
BRUNSWICK, Maine, April 28 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) announced that he has cosponsored legislation that would repeal a massive tax break for a small group of wealthy taxpayers that was included in the coronavirus relief bill. The legislation would do away with provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimates will reduce gover  more

Sen. King to Administration: Protect the Postal Service
BRUNSWICK, Maine, April 30 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King urged the Administration to release up to $10 billion in loans to the United States Postal Service (USPS) - as authorized by Congress through the CARES ACT - in order to ensure the service can continue to operate during the coronavirus and in the future. In his letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Senator King highlights the USPS's vital role in American society, inc  more

Sen. King, Colleagues Push SBA to Make Paycheck Protection Program Relief Available to Critical Access Hospitals
LEWISTON, Maine, May 1 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02), Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), and Senator Angus King (I-ME) took action to protect access to health care and preserve important economic drivers in rural Maine. The lawmakers pressed Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza to amend her agency's yet-to-be finalized Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) rules to make non-profit critical access hospitals c  more

Sen. King, Colleagues Urge Administration to Ensure Paycheck Protection Program Funds Reach Small Businesses
BRUNSWICK, Maine, April 29 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) and 21 of his Senate colleagues wrote a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Business Administrator Jovita Carranza, calling on the Administration to develop strong supervisory mechanisms to identify instances of unjust enrichment and ensure that Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds reach struggling small businesses that truly need the money. Re  more

Sen. King: Maine Delegation Calls for Dedicated Funding for Northern Border Regional Commission in COVID-19 Legislation
WASHINGTON, April 29 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: All four members of Maine's Congressional Delegation joined a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers representing Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York in a letter to Congressional leadership calling for the inclusion of dedicated funding for the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) in upcoming COVID-19 relief legislation. The letter, signed by U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and  more

Sen. King: Maine Delegation Urges Direct Relief for Aquaculture Farmers Through USDA's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
WASHINGTON, April 29 -- 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 sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in support of aquaculture farmers' eligibility for direct relief from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). "Maine's aquaculture industry has undergone significant growth and diversification in recent years,   more

Sen. Murphy, Colleagues Urge USDA to Target Relief to Local Farmers in Finalized Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
WASHINGTON, May 2 -- Sen. Christopher Murphy, D-Connecticut, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) joined a bipartisan letter led by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), urging the USDA to target COVID-19 relief provisions to reach local farmers in the new Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). USDA created CFAP to administer relief Congress provided in the Coronavirus Aid,  more

Sen. Shaheen Leads Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers in Calling for Funding for Northern Border Regional Commission in COVID-19 Relief Legislation
WASHINGTON, April 27 -- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: U.S Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, led a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers representing New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and New York in a letter to Congressional leadership calling for the inclusion of dedicated funding for the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) in upcoming COVID-19 relief legislation. U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce $500,000 for Tribal Communities to Combat Substance Use, Mental Illness Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
WASHINGTON, April 28 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Angus King (I-Maine) announced the five tribal communities in Maine have received $500,000 from the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration to support substance treatment use and mental illness care efforts. The funding is awarded to the Wabanaki Health and Wellness (WHW) organization, and will specifi  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce 121 Rural Maine Health Providers to Receive $131.5 Million to Support Fight Against COVID-19
WASHINGTON, May 2 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that 121 Maine rural health care providers--including hospitals, clinics, and community health centers--will receive $131,501,672 through the CARES Act that they voted for. Senators Collins and King have previously announced a total of $187,806,676 for Maine hospitals and other health care providers to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Keeping the   more

Sens. Collins, King Announce 121 Rural Maine Health Providers to Receive $131.5 Million to Support Fight Against COVID-19
WASHINGTON, May 2 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that 121 Maine rural health care providers--including hospitals, clinics, and community health centers--will receive $131,501,672 through the CARES Act that they voted for. Senators Collins and King have previously announced a total of $187,806,676 for Maine hospitals and other health care providers to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Keeping the d  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce Maine Hospitals to Receive More Than $42 Million to Support Fight Against COVID-19
WASHINGTON, April 29 -- 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 $42,042,864 to bolster their efforts in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The funding distributed represents the second tranche of funding allocated through the $100 billion for medical providers that was included in the CARES Act that Senators Collin  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce Maine Hospitals to Receive More Than $42 Million to Support Fight Against COVID-19
WASHINGTON, April 29 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-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 $42,042,864 to bolster their efforts in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. \ The funding distributed represents the second tranche of funding allocated through the $100 billion for medical providers that was included in the CARES Act that Senators Collin  more

Sens. Collins, King, Join Bipartisan Push to Ensure Equal Reimbursement for Audio-Only Telehealth
WASHINGTON, May 1 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) joined 35 other senators in a letter urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to increase reimbursements for telephone-based, or audio-only, telehealth services to equal other audio-visual telehealth and in-person visitation reimbursements. Many Americans do not have access t  more

Sens. Collins, King, Join Bipartisan Push to Ensure Equal Reimbursement for Audio-Only Telehealth
WASHINGTON, May 2 -- 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 35 other senators in a letter urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to increase reimbursements for telephone-based, or audio-only, telehealth services to equal other audio-visual telehealth and in-person visitation reimbursements. Many Americans do not have access   more

Sens. King, Collins Lead Bipartisan Push to Provide Flexibility in Defense Industrial Base Support, Including Bath Iron Works
WASHINGTON, May 2 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) led a bipartisan group of Senators in a letter urging Senate Leadership and top appropriators to include funding in the next coronavirus relief package to allow the Department of Defense to appropriately adjust contracts for projects suffering schedule days or production inefficiency as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. In their letter, Sena  more

Sens. King, Warren Seek Strong Funding for Pandemic Threat Detection Programs Under USAID
WASHINGTON, April 29 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: United States Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter to Senate appropriators urging them to include funding in the fiscal year (FY) 2021 State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill for programs within the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to strengthen global health security, particularly with respect to emerging zoonotic epidemic threats   more

Sens. Warren, King Seek Strong Funding for Pandemic Threat Detection Programs Under USAID
WASHINGTON, April 29 -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Angus King (I-Maine) sent a letter to Senate appropriators urging them to include robust funding in the fiscal year 2021 appropriations bill for programs within the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to strengthen global health security, particularly with respect to emerging zoonotic epidemic threats. "The global public  more

Via Teleconference, King Highlights Role That Maine Nonprofits Play in Supporting Communities, State Economy
BRUNSWICK, Maine, May 2 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: This morning, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined the Maine Association of Nonprofits (MANP) for a teleconference discussing the significant role that Maine's nonprofits are playing in the coronavirus response in communities across Maine, and the challenges these organizations are facing due to the pandemic. During the call, Senator King discussed the importance of including funding for nonprofit  more

With Administration Seeking to Limit Governors' Ability to Spend Coronavirus Relief Funds, King Urges Administration to Remove Unnecessary Restrictions
BRUNSWICK, Maine, April 29 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined a group of 46 Senators in calling on the U.S. Department of Treasury to revise its flawed interpretation of Coronavirus Relief Fund guidelines so that the funds can support states' work to provide essential public services amidst the coronavirus global pandemic. Under existing guidance, the Coronavirus Relief Funds may be utilized by states and local governm  more

With States Facing 'Impossible' Budget Shortfalls, King, Colleagues Push to Waive FEMA Cost-Sharing Requirements
BRUNSWICK, Maine, April 28 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined twenty-six of his colleagues in calling on President Trump to direct the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to waive all cost-share requirements for states responding to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The senators' letter comes as states across the nation are facing severe budgetary limitations due to reduced revenue, and growing costs associated   more