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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Maine Newsletter for Sunday May 10, 2020 ( 55 items )  

As Senate Returns, Support Builds for Sen. Coons' Legislation to Dramatically Expand National Service Amid COVID-19
WASHINGTON, May 6 -- Sen. Christopher Coons, D-Delaware, issued the following news release on May 5: Support is building for an effort led by U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and a working group of senators to significantly expand national service programs as the country works to respond and recover from COVID-19.The Pandemic Response and Opportunity Through National Service Act was introduced in the Senate with seven additional cosponsors: Senators Angus King (I-Maine), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Jea  more

In Bipartisan Push, Rep. Pingree Joins House Lawmakers in Calling for $20B in Direct Aid for Seafood Industry
WASHINGTON, May 7 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) joined Congressman Bill Keating (D-Massachusetts), Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska), and 16 other members of Congress in asking for $20 billion for the seafood industry in Congress' next coronavirus response legislation. "The COVID-19 virus has resulted in the near total closure of the hospitality and tourism industry both domestically and overseas," the lawmakers wrot  more

On Teleconference, Sen. King Congratulates Maine Finance Educators of the Year
WASHINGTON, May 9 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: To conclude National Teacher Appreciation Week, U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) participated in a teleconference with the Maine Jump$tart Coalition, a program that aims to improve the financial literacy of Maine people, to recognize two financial educators. Ms. Raelene Allen of Madison High School, and Ms. Samantha Drost of Central Aroostook High School have both been honored as Finance Educators of the Y  more

Rep. Golden Introduces Legislation to Permanently Extend Small Business Relief to Small, Rural Hospitals
WASHINGTON, May 8 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release on May 7: Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) introduced new legislation that would make Penobscot Valley Hospital, Calais Regional Hospital, and other non-profit critical access hospitals across the country permanently eligible for small business relief under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The two hospitals were denied access to the program last month after the Small Business Administration decided organiza  more

Rep. Golden Proposes Fixes for PPP as Small Businesses From Seven Second District Counties Share Their Struggles With the Program
WASHINGTON, May 7 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release: In the midst of his months-long push to help Maine small businesses access the federal relief programs available to them, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) laid out the structural challenges keeping the Paycheck Protection Program from living up to its promise to many Maine small business owners. In a letter to leaders in the House and Senate, Golden cited what he's heard from small businesses across seven differ  more

Rep. Golden: Maine Delegation Announces More Than $20 Million for Maine Fishing Industry
WASHINGTON, May 8 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release on May 7: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden announced that Maine lobstermen, fishermen, and other Mainers working in the seafood supply chain will receive a total of $20,166,476. The funding represents the fifth-highest amount being awarded among 31 recipients. Senator Collins and Representative Pingree worked with bipartisan groups of their colleagu  more

Rep. Golden: Maine Delegation Calls on VA Secretary to Prioritize Testing, PPE for Maine VA Health System
WASHINGTON, May 5 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden wrote to Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie, urging him to continue to prioritize providing additional testing kits and personal protective equipment (PPE) at the VA Maine Healthcare System and across the entire Veterans Health Administration. "The staff and leadership at Togus in Maine are committed to se  more

Rep. Golden: Maine Delegation Champions Additional Federal Funding to Support State and Local Governments
WASHINGTON, May 5 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release: In a letter to President Donald Trump highlighting the financial strain Maine's state and local governments are experiencing as a direct result of COVID-19, Maine's Congressional Delegation advocated for providing additional federal assistance to states and municipalities that have lost substantial revenue resulting from the current public health and economic crisis. U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King   more

Rep. Pingree Announces Maine 1 of 20 States Approved for Pandemic EBT
WASHINGTON, May 7 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced the State of Maine was approved for their Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) plan, which opens up school meal reimbursement benefits for households with children eligible for free and reduced-price meals to both current Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households as well as non-SNAP households. The P-EBT program was established through the Families First Cor  more

Rep. Pingree Joins 100 Plus House Members in Asking SBA for Overdue Update on Disaster Loan Program
WASHINGTON, May 5 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), co-chair of the bipartisan Small Business Caucus, joined 104 of her House colleagues in asking the Small Business Administration (SBA) to accept new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) applicants and provide current applicants with an update on their loan status. "Maine's small businesses are the economic backbone of our state, and they deserve support from the feder  more

Rep. Pingree Leads 70 Plus House Members in Push for Nation's Cultural Sector to Receive Direct Aid in Next COVID-19 Relief Package
WASHINGTON, May 9 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Congressman David Price (D-N.C.), co-chairs of the Congressional Arts Caucus and Congressional Humanities Caucus, respectively, led 70 members of Congress in urging House leadership to support the cultural sector in Congress's next coronavirus response package. "The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause profound harm to people who work in the arts and humanities and  more

Rep. Pingree, Colleagues Urge House Leadership to Allow Food Banks to Access Locally Farmed Food
WASHINGTON, May 6 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: US Representatives Chellie Pingree (ME-01) along with Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), Kim Schrier (WA-08), and Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) along with 26 additional members wrote to Democratic House Leadership requesting that future COVID-19 relief packages include immediate, direct assistance for small farmers, better protections for farmworkers, and policy changes to ensure locally grown food is available to food insecure  more

Rep. Pingree: Maine Delegation Announces More Than $20 Million for Maine Fishing Industry
WASHINGTON, May 8 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release on May 7: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden announced that Maine lobstermen, fishermen, and other Mainers working in the seafood supply chain will receive a total of $20,166,476. The funding represents the fifth-highest amount being awarded among 31 recipients. Senator Collins and Representative Pingree worked with bipartisan groups of their colle  more

Rep. Pingree: Maine Delegation Calls on VA Secretary to Prioritize Testing, PPE for Maine VA Health System
WASHINGTON, May 5 -- 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 wrote to Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie, urging him to continue to prioritize providing additional testing kits and personal protective equipment (PPE) at the VA Maine Healthcare System and across the entire Veterans Health Administration. "The staff and leadership at Togus in Maine are committed to  more

Rep. Pingree: Maine Delegation Champions Additional Federal Funding to Support State and Local Governments
WASHINGTON, May 5 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: In a letter to President Donald Trump highlighting the financial strain Maine's state and local governments are experiencing as a direct result of COVID-19, Maine's Congressional Delegation advocated for providing additional federal assistance to states and municipalities that have lost substantial revenue resulting from the current public health and economic crisis. U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus Ki  more

Reps. Golden, Collins, King Push SBA to Make PPP Relief Available to Critical Access Hospitals Like Calais, Penobscot Valley
WASHINGTON, May 2 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release on May 1: Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02), Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), and Senator Angus King (I-ME) took action today 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 hospit  more

Reps. Pingree, Golden Urge at Least $3.5B in Additional Relief for Fishermen
WASHINGTON, May 8 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release on May 7: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) and Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to provide new relief for Maine's fisheries and fishermen in a bipartisan letter. Pingree and Golden urged the House leaders to include in upcoming relief legislation at least $2 billion to purchase seafood and distribute it to local governments and nonpro  more

Reps. Pingree, Golden Urge at Least $3.5B in Additional Relief for Fishermen
WASHINGTON, May 8 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) and Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to provide new relief for Maine's fisheries and fishermen in a bipartisan letter. Pingree and Golden urged the House leaders to include in upcoming relief legislation at least $2 billion to purchase seafood and distribute it to local governments and nonprofit organiza  more

Reps. Pingree, Kuster, Fortenberry Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Small Farmers Access Federal Grants
WASHINGTON, May 1 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: US Reps. Chellie Pingree (ME-01), Annie Kuster (NH-02), and Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01) introduced legislation that waives matching fund requirements for agriculture businesses who receive funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMPP and LFPP) and Value Added Producer Grants (VAPG). "In bringing the farm to the table, growing food is on  more

Sen. Capito, Bipartisan Senators Aim to Give States, Cities Greater Flexibility With COVID-19 Relief Funds
WASHINGTON, May 8 -- Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-West Virginia, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Angus King (I-Maine), and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) yesterday introduced the Coronavirus Relief Fund Flexibility Act, legislation that would allow the federal relief funds provided to state and local governments in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Ac  more

Sen. Collins Announces $3 Million in Additional LIHEAP Funding for Maine
WASHINGTON, May 9 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: Following a bipartisan push by U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that Maine has been awarded $3 million through the CARES Act for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which provides funding to help low-income households pay their energy bills. Senators Collins and Reed worked to secure additional funding for LIHEAP in the CARES Act. "D  more

Sen. Collins Fighting for Increased Testing Capacity to Help Protect Americans' Health and Safely Reopen U.S. Economy
WASHINGTON, May 8 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: At a U.S. Senate Health Committee hearing this morning titled, "Shark Tank: New Tests for COVID-19," U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a member of the Committee, underscored the need for the government to rapidly develop and scale up the domestic production of new COVID-19 tests and supplies in order to help ensure that Mainers and all Americans will have adequate testing capacity to safely reopen the economy. Th  more

Sen. Collins Votes to Overturn Veto of War Powers Resolution
WASHINGTON, May 8 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins, a member of the Intelligence Committee, voted to overturn President Donald Trump's veto of the revised war powers resolution (S.J.Res.68), which she co-sponsored. "I voted to overturn the President's veto of S.J.Res.68 that Senator Tim Kaine authored and I co-sponsored, which would have reasserted Congress' constitutional role and recognized that the Framers did not vest in the P  more

Sen. Collins Warns of Coronavirus Texting Scam
WASHINGTON, May 6 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins is warning Mainers to be on alert for criminals attempting to use fraudulent text messages about COVID-19 to gain access to their personal information. Through this scam, which was reported by the Thomaston Police Department after an officer was targeted, criminals are sending text messages alleging that the recipient has come into contact with someone who has tested positive for   more

Sen. Collins Warns of Coronavirus Texting Scam
WASHINGTON, May 6 -- Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins is warning Mainers to be on alert for criminals attempting to use fraudulent text messages about COVID-19 to gain access to their personal information. Through this scam, which was reported by the Thomaston Police Department after an officer was targeted, criminals are sending text messages alleging that the recipient has come into   more

Sen. Collins: An Additional 9,026 Maine Small Employers Received $317,222,402 Through Paycheck Protection Program in Past Week
WASHINGTON, May 2 -- 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 an additional 9,026 Maine small employers received $317,222,402 in forgivable loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) last week. Since the program began last month, 25,695 Maine small employers have received a total of $2.55 billion. On Monday, SBA resumed accepting PPP applications after legislatio  more

Sen. Collins: Supplemental Security Income, VA Beneficiaries Must Act By May 5th, to Receive Additional $500 Per Eligible Child
WASHINGTON, May 5 -- 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 tomorrow, Tuesday, May 5, 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 payment ("Economic Impact Payment"). Any Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) beneficiaries  more

Sen. Coons Highlights His Charitable Giving Amendment, Joins Colleagues to Urge Leadership to Consider Nonprofits in Next Relief Proposal
WASHINGTON, May 9 -- Sen. Christopher Coons, D-Delaware, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) joined Senators James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Angus King (I-Maine) on a bipartisan letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to advocate that they do not overlook nonprofits, charities, and houses of worship in the fourth-phase relief proposal for the coronavirus pandemic. The letter asks the leaders to consider ex  more

Sen. Cramer, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Give States, Cities Greater Flexibility With COVID-19 Relief Funds
WASHINGTON, May 8 -- Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-North Dakota, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and Angus King (I-Maine) have introduced the Coronavirus Relief Fund Flexibility Act, legislation that would allow the federal relief funds provided to local governments in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to be used to replace   more

Sen. Feinstein: Senators - Provide Financial Relief to Postal Service in Next Coronavirus Bill
WASHINGTON, May 8 -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, issued the following news release: Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and a bipartisan group of senators sent a letter to Senate leadership urging that they include emergency funding for the U.S. Postal Service in any future coronavirus legislation. "The USPS has seen significant mail volume declines due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the agency projects it could soon run out of resources to pay employees an  more

Sen. King Leads Bipartisan Effort Urging Senate to Support Charitable Nonprofits in Next Coronavirus Relief Package
WASHINGTON, May 9 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and James Lankford (R-Okla.) led a bipartisan group of 30 Senators in a letter to Senate leadership advocating for the inclusion of aid for charitable nonprofits in any upcoming coronavirus relief legislation. Charitable nonprofits have been essential partners in the fight against coronavirus and its economic effects. In the letter, addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mitc  more

Sen. King Outlines Need for Substantial Aid to States and Localities in Letter to Senate Leaders
WASHINGTON, May 7 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on May 6: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) is urging top Senate leaders to include "substantial, additional aid" for states in the face of the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent economic impact, an issue with bipartisan support nationwide but currently facing political headwinds in the Senate. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.  more

Sen. King Presses DNI Nominee on Responsibility to Serve the Facts, Not Any Particular President
WASHINGTON, May 6 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) questioned Congressman John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), nominee to serve as Director of National Intelligence (DNI), on the importance of fact-based intelligence collection and analysis, wholly independent from political considerations. During his questioning, Senator King pressed to Congressman Ratcliffe to clearly confirm under oath that he will follow facts where they lead, reg  more

Sen. King Presses USDA to Support Maine's Potato, Wild Blueberry Industries
BRUNSWICK, Maine, May 5 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) is urging the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to take steps to support Maine's potato and wild blueberry industries, which are experiencing significant shifts in market demand in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic. In letters to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, Senator King highlights the economic and cultural importance of these industries to Maine commu  more

Sen. King Questions Navy Secretary Nominee on Flexibility for Shipyards During Pandemic, Future Investments in Shipbuilding
WASHINGTON, May 8 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) pressed Ambassador Kenneth Braithwaite, nominee to serve as Secretary of the Navy, on the importance of providing contract relief for shipyards experiencing schedule delays and incurring added expenses due to the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the industrial base benefits and financial savings associated with another round of multi-year procurement for the DDG-51, and emp  more

Sen. King, Bipartisan Senate Colleagues Urge Investment in Scientific Research Workforce
WASHINGTON, May 6 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) and 32 of his Senate colleagues are making a bipartisan push to support America's entire scientific research community during the coronavirus pandemic. Coronavirus-related research is currently a top federal government priority, but most other research has slowed or stopped due to closures of campuses and laboratories. The people who comprise the research workforce - gradua  more

Sen. King, Colleagues Call on VA Secretary to Expand COVID-19 Testing Strategy at Facilities Nationwide
WASHINGTON, May 7 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined 17 of his Senate colleagues in calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to ramp up Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing at VA facilities nationwide and establish a framework for a large-scale strategy for national testing. In the letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, the senators outline recommendations for producing a testing strategy, including mak  more

Sen. King, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Significantly Expand National Service Programs to Respond to Coronavirus
WASHINGTON, May 7 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined 15 of his Senate colleagues to introduce legislation that would dramatically increase America's national response to and recovery from the coronavirus pandemic through expanded public service programs. The Pandemic Response and Opportunity Through National Service Act would fund 750,000 national service positions over a three-year response and recovery period, in par  more

Sen. King, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Streamline Medical Supply Production Chain for Increased Manufacturing of Life-Saving Supplies
BRUNSWICK, Maine, May 5 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on May 4: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) has cosponsored legislation that outlines a specific, responsive framework for a coronavirus response by federalizing the supply chain for critical medical supplies and equipment, that includes oversight procedures to maintain integrity. The Medical Supply Transparency and Delivery Act requires the president to utilize all available authorities under the Defe  more

Sen. King, Rep. Pingree Highlight Resources Available for Addiction and Mental Health Services
WASHINGTON, May 9 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on May 8: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) and Representative Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) participated in a video teleconference with Maine Alliance for Addiction and Mental Health Services to connect with their staff that work with Maine's behavioral health organizations and help those coping with substance use disorders and mental health challenges. Reports show that the coronavirus pandemic is taking a tol  more

Sen. King: Maine Delegation Announces More Than $20 Million for Maine Fishing Industry
WASHINGTON, May 8 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on May 7: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden announced that Maine lobstermen, fishermen, and other Mainers working in the seafood supply chain will receive a total of $20,166,476. The funding represents the fifth-highest amount being awarded among 31 recipients. Senator Collins and Representative Pingree worked with bipartisan groups of their col  more

Sen. King: Maine Delegation Calls on VA Secretary to Prioritize Testing, PPE for Maine VA Health System
WASHINGTON, May 5 -- 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 Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie, urging him to continue to prioritize providing additional testing kits and personal protective equipment (PPE) at the VA Maine Healthcare System and across the entire Veterans Health Administration. "The staff and leadership at Togus in Maine are committed   more

Sen. King: Maine Delegation Champions Additional Federal Funding to Support State and Local Governments
WASHINGTON, May 5 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: In a letter to President Donald Trump highlighting the financial strain Maine's state and local governments are experiencing as a direct result of COVID-19, Maine's Congressional Delegation advocated for providing additional federal assistance to states and municipalities that have lost substantial revenue resulting from the current public health and economic crisis. U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus   more

Sen. Markey: Support Builds for Legislation to Dramatically Expand National Service Amid COVID-19
WASHINGTON, May 6 -- Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Massachusetts, issued the following news release on May 5: Support is building for an effort led by U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and a working group of senators to significantly expand national service programs as the country works to respond and recover from COVID-19. The Pandemic Response and Opportunity Through National Service Act was introduced in the Senate with seven additional cosponsors: Senators Angus King (I-Maine), Tina Smith (D-Minn.)  more

Sen. Murkowski: Senators Aim to Give States, Cities Greater Flexibility With COVID-19 Relief Funds
WASHINGTON, May 8 -- Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Angus King (I-Maine), and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) yesterday introduced the Coronavirus Relief Fund Flexibility Act, legislation that would allow the federal relief funds provided to local governments in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to be used to replace  more

Sen. Sullivan: Senators Aim to Give States, Cities Greater Flexibility With COVID-19 Relief Funds
WASHINGTON, May 8 -- Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Angus King (I-Maine), and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.)have introduced the Coronavirus Relief Fund Flexibility Act, legislation that would allow the federal relief funds provided to local governments in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to be used to replace revenue  more

Sens. Carper, Coons Join Call From Bipartisan Senators: Provide Financial Relief to Postal Service in Next Coronavirus Bill
WILMINGTON, Delaware, May 9 -- Sen. Christopher Coons, D-Delaware, issued the following news release: Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons (both D-Del.) joined Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and a bipartisan group of senators to send a letter to Senate leadership urging that they include emergency funding for the U.S. Postal Service in any future coronavirus legislation. "The USPS has seen significant mail volume declines due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the a  more

Sens. Carper, Coons Join Call From Bipartisan Senators: Provide Financial Relief to Postal Service in Next Coronavirus Bill
WASHINGTON, May 9 -- Sen. Thomas Carper, D-Delaware, issued the following news release: Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons (both D-Del.) joined Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and a bipartisan group of senators to send a letter to Senate leadership urging that they include emergency funding for the U.S. Postal Service in any future coronavirus legislation. "The USPS has seen significant mail volume declines due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the agency projects  more

Sens. Collins, King Announce Nearly $5 Million to Expand COVID-19 Testing in Maine
WASHINGTON, May 9 -- 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 $4,732,797 to purchase, administer, and expand capacity for COVID-19 testing. "Community health centers are the backbone of Maine's rural health care system, and they have been instrumental in helping to protect Mainers' health during the current public health crisis," said Senators Col  more

Sens. Collins, King Call for Hazard Pay, Increased Safety Measures for Federal Employees and Contractors
WASHINGTON, May 8 -- 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 19 Senators to urge the Administration to take immediate steps to support federal employees and contractors during the coronavirus pandemic. In a letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Russell T. Vought and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Acting Director Michael J. Rigas, the Senators em  more

Sens. Collins, King Join Bipartisan Push to Provide Aid to Maine's Seafood Industry
WASHINGTON, May 8 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Angus King (I-Maine) joined a bipartisan group of 25 Senators in pushing for more federal assistance to America's fishermen and seafood processors, who have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. In their letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, the senators request that upcoming coronavirus relief legislation include n  more

Sens. Collins, Reed Call for Critical Support for Bus and MotorCoach Industry Amid COVID-19
WASHINGTON, May 7 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: The motorcoach industry has been significantly impacted by COVID-19 and is currently at a virtual standstill. To assist this critical transportation sector, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, urging the department to provide specific technical assistance  more

Sens. Feinstein, Van Hollen, Collins, Colleagues Call for Hazard Pay, Increased Safety Measures for Federal Employees and Contractors
WASHINGTON, May 6 -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, issued the following news release: Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) joined Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and a group of their colleagues on a bipartisan letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Russell T. Vought and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Acting Director Michael J. Rigas, urging them to take immediate steps to support federal employees and contractors during the coronav  more

Sens. Van Hollen, Collins Lead Bipartisan Call for Hazard Pay, Increased Safety Measures for Federal Employees and Contractors
WASHINGTON, May 6 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) led 17 of their colleagues in a bipartisan letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Russell T. Vought and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Acting Director Michael J. Rigas, urging them to take immediate steps to support federal employees and contractors during the COVID-19 crisis. The Senators' letter emphasizes   more

Sens. Van Hollen, Coons Legislation to Dramatically Expand National Service Amid COVID-19 Garners Support as Senate Returns
WASHINGTON, May 6 -- Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, issued the following news release on May 5: Support is building for an effort by U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) and a working group of senators to significantly expand national service programs as the country works to respond and recover from COVID-19. The Pandemic Response and Opportunity Through National Service Act was introduced in the Senate with seven additional cosponsors: Senators Angus King (I-Maine  more