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U.S. Congressional Tipoffs Involving Maine Newsletter for Sunday May 17, 2020 ( 39 items )  

Amid National Meat Shortage, Rep. Pingree Urges House Leadership to Pass Bipartisan PRIME Act & Support Local Farms
WASHINGTON, May 15 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: With large processing plants shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the nation facing a meat supply shortage, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) wrote to House Speaker Pelosi urging passage of her bipartisan PRIME Act legislation, which would remove hurdles for small livestock farmers to sell directly to consumers. The USDA currently offers states flexibility in providing a variety of inspected and  more

Bill to Protect Seniors With Alzheimer's and Other Dementias From Elder Abuse Introduced by Collins, Menendez, Grassley
WASHINGTON, May 14 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: Approximately one in 10 seniors aged 60 and older have experienced some form of elder abuse. For people with Alzheimer's and related dementias, the prevalence is much higher, with some estimates putting it at just over 50 percent. In an effort to protect seniors with dementia from harm and exploitation, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced the Promot  more

Rep. Golden Continues Push to Reauthorize, Expand Small Business Development Centers in Committee Forum
WASHINGTON, May 15 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release: At a recent meeting of the House Small Business Committee, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) continued his work to advocate for Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) and underscored their importance -- particularly in an economic recession -- to the success of small businesses in Maine and across the country. Golden has led the charge in the House to expand SBDCs and equip them to provide more small busin  more

Rep. Golden Issues Statement on HEROES Act
WASHINGTON, May 16 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following statement on May 15 announcing his decision to vote against the HEROES Act (H.R. 6800): "Today, I will vote against H.R. 6800. This was a difficult decision, because I support many provisions in the bill. However, by significantly expanding the scope of the legislation beyond core, urgent needs and insisting on the inclusion of a series of unrelated provisions, House leaders missed the opportunity to make bipartisan progress  more

Rep. Golden Leads Lawmakers to Send Message to Pelosi: Abandon Partisan Approach, Negotiate Focused, Bipartisan Deal
WASHINGTON, May 13 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) led a group of lawmakers to on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to abandon her efforts to push forward a partisan package of legislation with little chance of becoming law to address the COVID-19 pandemic. In their letter, the Members of Congress urged the Speaker to instead work in a bipartisan way with Republicans and the White House to address the urgent issues connected to COVID-1  more

Rep. Golden: Maine Delegation Works to Improve VA Telehealth Services During COVID-19
WASHINGTON, May 14 -- Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, issued the following news release: As more veterans in rural Maine seek routine VA care online or by phone due to COVID-19, Maine's congressional delegation wrote to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in an effort to improve telehealth services. In their letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02), Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME), and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) requested the VA provi  more

Rep. Pingree Issues Statement on HEROES Act
WASHINGTON, May 13 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following statement on the $875 billion in funding proposed for state and local governments in the Heroes Act, the House's legislation for coronavirus response efforts: "Maine municipalities--big and small--have stepped up in unprecedented ways to keep their communities safe during this global pandemic while simultaneously facing devastating revenue shortfalls due to limited tax collection. "For the last two months, I've fought to  more

Rep. Pingree Requests GAO Investigation of PPP Loans to Publicly Traded Companies
WASHINGTON, May 12 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release on May 11: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) joined 29 of her House colleagues in requesting that the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigate the allocation of loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to large, publicly traded companies. A copy of the letter is available here. "Recent reports indicate that nearly 300 publicly traded companies, some worth more than $100 million,   more

Rep. Pingree: HEROES Act Would Broaden Assistance for Maine's Seasonal Small Businesses, Nonprofits
WASHINGTON, May 15 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) said that The Heroes Act, a comprehensive new COVID-19 recovery package up for a vote in the U.S. House this week, fixes shortcomings of the Small Business Administration (SBA)'s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) which Maine's small businesses and nonprofits have requested. "Maine's small businesses have been clamoring for changes to the Paycheck Protection Program be  more

Rep. Pingree: Heroes Act Would Extend Pandemic Unemployment Benefits Through 2021, Provide 2nd Round of Stimulus Checks
WASHINGTON, May 15 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) said The Heroes Act, a comprehensive COVID-19 recovery package up for a vote in the U.S. House tomorrow, would extend unemployment benefits until January 2021 for the 36 million Americans who've lost their jobs due to the pandemic. Pingree said the bill would deliver a second round of stimulus payments, up to $1,200 for a single filer and $2,400 for joint filers, in ad  more

Rep. Pingree: Maine Delegation Works to Improve VA Telehealth Services During COVID-19
WASHINGTON, May 15 -- Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued the following news release: As more veterans in rural Maine seek routine VA care online or by phone due to COVID-19, Maine's congressional delegation wrote to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in an effort to improve telehealth services. In their letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02), Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME), and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) requested the VA pr  more

Sen. Collins Joins Bipartisan Group in Introducing Bill to Enhance Medical Partnerships With Israel, Lessen U.S. Dependence on China
WASHINGTON, May 16 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) joined a bipartisan group of Senators in introducing legislation to enhance partnerships between companies in the U.S. and Israel to develop innovative medical projects aimed at detecting, treating, and curing COVID-19. The Expanding Medical Partnerships with Israel to Lessen Dependence on China Act also aims to lessen U.S. reliance on China for life-saving medications and   more

Sen. Collins Seeks Clarification From CDC Director on Reopening Dental Practices
WASHINGTON, May 13 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: This morning, U.S. Senator Susan Collins relayed to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield the frustration she has heard from dentists across Maine who have been unable to reopen their practices despite following strict infection control protocols. Senator Collins also emphasized the health consequences of dental office closures. "Dentists tell me that teeth with cavities  more

Sen. Grassley Joins Resolution Supporting National Senior Fraud Awareness Day
WASHINGTON, May 16 -- Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, issued the following news release: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) joined a bipartisan resolution, led by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), supporting the designation of May 15, 2020 as "National Senior Fraud Awareness Day." "This resolution recognizes that many seniors around the country now face especially difficult challenges. Unfortunately, scammers are taking advantage of older Americans' anxieties during the C  more

Sen. King Calls for Major Investments in Rural Telehealth Infrastructure
WASHINGTON, May 13 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), co-chair of the Senate Broadband Caucus, joined a bipartisan group of senators to urge the leadership of both the Senate and House of Representatives to include $2 billion in the next coronavirus relief package to help healthcare providers expand telehealth services through improved access to broadband. Telehealth reduces the time and costs of traveling great distances, a  more

Sen. King Calls on DNI Nominee to Clarify Position on Torture
WASHINGTON, May 14 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: Senator Angus King (I-Maine) called on Congressman John Ratcliffe, President Trump's nominee for director of national intelligence, to clarify his testimony regarding his position on the use of torture. In a letter sent from Senator King and his colleague on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) Senator Dianne Feinstein, they express grave concerns over his vague answers to questions in his no  more

Sen. King Connects With, Commends Maine County Teachers of the Year
WASHINGTON, May 16 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) participated in a video conference with the 16 educators who are being honored as Maine's 2020 County Teachers of the Year. During the call, Senator King congratulated the teachers for their commitment to educating Maine's young people - particularly as the coronavirus pandemic has created unforeseen challenges for them, forcing students and teachers to adapt to distance l  more

Sen. King Seeking Information, Clarity on Coronavirus Drug Distribution Process 'Shrouded in Secrecy'
WASHINGTON, May 15 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined 12 of his Senate colleagues in sending a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeking transparency and information regarding the distribution process for the coronavirus therapeutic remdesivir. In their letter, King and his colleagues cited significant concerns raised by hospitals, health providers, patients, and medical societies regarding th  more

Sen. King Speaks With Portland Independent Business Owners, Answers Questions on Coronavirus Response
WASHINGTON, May 16 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on May 15: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) participated in a teleconference with Portland Buy Local to take questions from business leaders on the tools available to help the state's business community in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Portland Buy Local Executive Director Mary Alice Scott moderated the conversation, and 120 Portland small business owners participated. "The economic impacts of th  more

Sen. King Updates New England Council Members on Ongoing Coronavirus Response Efforts
WASHINGTON, May 15 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) participated in a video call with New England Council (NEC) President and CEO James Brett and 150 NEC members. During the call, Senator King provided updates on federal coronavirus response efforts, took questions from the members, and discussed priorities that he would like to see in future coronavirus relief legislation, such as: substantial and additional aid to help st  more

Sen. King Urges Inclusion of Markets for State-Inspected Meat & Poultry Act in Next Pandemic Relief Bill
WASHINGTON, May 13 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) and U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) led a bipartisan group of colleagues on a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, urging them to include their New Markets for State-Inspected Meat and Poultry Act as part of the federal government's coronavirus response efforts. "As of Friday, May 2, 2020, beef processing was down 26  more

Sen. King, Bipartisan Colleagues Push to Combat Meat Shortage During Pandemic Recovery
WASHINGTON, May 15 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) and a bipartisan group of his colleagues have sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) explaining the financial and bureaucratic challenges facing meat producers and processors during the coronavirus pandemic. In their letter, the Senators advocate for the inclusion of the Processing Revival and Instrastat  more

Sen. King, Bipartisan Colleagues: Stop Sending Stimulus Checks to Deceased Individuals
WASHINGTON, May 16 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release on May 15: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers in raising concerns that deceased individuals are receiving economic impact payments as part of the CARES Act. In a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Charles Rettig and Social Security Administration (SSA) Commissioner Andrew Saul, the lawmakers asked eac  more

Sen. King, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Provide States With Greater Flexibility With Coronavirus Relief Funds
WASHINGTON, May 12 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) joined a bipartisan group of Senators to introduce the Coronavirus Relief Fund Flexibility Act, legislation that would allow the federal relief funds provided to states and local governments in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to be used to replace revenue shortfalls resulting from the pandemic. The legislation would apply retroactively to the  more

Sen. King-Backed Legislation to Create Three-Digit Suicide Hotline Passes Senate Unanimously
WASHINGTON, May 15 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: As the coronavirus crisis continues to inflict negative impacts on Americans' mental health, yesterday the Senate unanimously passed legislation cosponsored by U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) that would designate 9-8-8 as the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. The current National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Veterans Crisis line are each 10-digits, creating an additional ba  more

Sen. King: Maine Delegation Works to Improve VA Telehealth Services During COVID-19
WASHINGTON, May 15 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: As more veterans in rural Maine seek routine VA care online or by phone due to COVID-19, Maine's congressional delegation wrote to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today in an effort to improve telehealth services. In their letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02), Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME), and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) requested t  more

Sen. Rounds Leads Colleagues in Letter to Senate Leaders Urging Inclusion of Markets for State-Inspected Meat & Poultry Act
WASHINGTON, May 12 -- Sen. Mike Rounds, R-South Dakota, issued the following news release: U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Angus King (I-Maine), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, urging them to pass the New Markets for State-Inspected Meat and Poultry Act as part of the fed  more

Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee Issues Testimony From Cyberspace Solarium Commission
WASHINGTON, May 14 -- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee issued the following joint testimony on May 13 by Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wisconsin, Suzanne Spaulding and Tom Fanning, commissioners of Cyberspace Solarium Commission, at a hearing entitled "Evolving the U.S. Cybersecurity Strategy and Posture: Reviewing the Cyberspace Solarium Commission Report": The Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC) was established in the John S. McCain National   more

Sens. Collins, King Announce an Additional $52.7 Million to Expand COVID-19 Testing in Maine
WASHINGTON, May 14 -- 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 a total of $52,673,451 to purchase, administer, and expand capacity for COVID-19 testing. "Expanded testing is essential for helping to protect Mainers' health during the current public health crisis and to safely reopen our communities," said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement. "Testing will also give Mainers the   more

Sens. Collins, King Announce Nearly $190,000 for UNE to Support Maine's Telehealth Infrastructure in Response to COVID-19
WASHINGTON, May 16 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the University of New England (UNE) will receive a total of $186,080 to increase telehealth capabilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding was awarded through the CARES Act, which Senators Collins and King voted for. "Maine has the nation's oldest population by median age, which presents unique challenges during the ongoing public   more

Sens. Collins, King Announce Nearly $190,000 for UNE to Support Maine's Telehealth Infrastructure in Response to COVID-19
WASHINGTON, May 16 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the University of New England (UNE) will receive a total of $186,080 to increase telehealth capabilities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding was awarded through the CARES Act, which Senators Collins and King voted for. "Maine has the nation's oldest population by median age, which presents unique challenges during the ongoing public h  more

Sens. Collins, King Honor Law Enforcement Officers With Resolution Commemorating National Police Week
WASHINGTON, May 16 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King helped to lead a national effort to honor police officers, sheriffs, and other law enforcement officers in Maine and throughout the country for serving our communities with valor, dignity, and integrity. Senators Collins and King joined a bipartisan group of their colleagues in introducing a resolution recognizing the week of May 10 through May 16 as National Po  more

Sens. Collins, King Join Bipartisan Push for Additional Support for Child Care Providers in Future COVID-19 Relief Legislation
WASHINGTON, May 15 -- Sen. Angus S. King Jr., I-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King joined a bipartisan group of 23 of their colleagues in urging Senate leadership to provide additional support for the child care sector in future COVID-19 relief legislation. "In many states, child care providers have been forced to close their doors. Other child care providers are continuing to operate, despite financial losses, to provide support to parents, es  more

Sens. Collins, King Join Bipartisan Push for Additional Support for Child Care Providers in Future COVID-19 Relief Legislation
WASHINGTON, May 15 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King joined a bipartisan group of 23 of their colleagues in urging Senate leadership to provide additional support for the child care sector in future COVID-19 relief legislation. "In many states, child care providers have been forced to close their doors. Other child care providers are continuing to operate, despite financial losses, to provide support to parents, esp  more

Sens. Collins, King Push for Answers, Immediate Solutions to Grocery Delivery, Alternative Purchasing Options for SNAP Recipients During Pandemic
WASHINGTON, May 12 -- 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 their colleagues in calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to immediately work to ensure SNAP participants can receive home food delivery and access curbside pickup options during the COVID-19 pandemic. "The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an unprecedented rise in unemployment and a subsequent incre  more

Sens. Collins, Sinema Outline Key Recommendations for CMS Commission to Protect Residents of Nursing Homes
WASHINGTON, May 12 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: In a letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator SeemaVerma, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) enumerated their recommendations for the recently announced Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes. Senator Collins is the Chairman of the Aging Committee and Senator Sinema is a member of the Committee. The Commission is expected to   more

Sens. Cruz, Coons, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Enhance Medical Partnerships With Israel, Lessen U.S. Dependence on China
WASHINGTON, May 14 -- Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, issued the following news release: U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Sens. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced the Expanding Medical Partnerships with Israel to Lessen Dependence on China Act, legislation to enhance partnerships between companies in t  more

Sens. Feinstein, King Call on DNI Nominee Ratcliffe to Clarify Position on U.S. Use of Torture
WASHINGTON, May 14 -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, issued the following news release: Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Angus King (I-Maine) called on Congressman John Ratcliffe, President Trump's nominee for director of national intelligence, to clarify his testimony regarding his position on the use of torture. "In both your written and your oral responses to Committee questions about torture, you have been evasive and noncommittal," the senators wrote. They continued: "Your   more

Sens. Menendez, Collins, Grassley Lead Bipartisan Bill to Protect Seniors Living With Alzheimer's, Dementia From Fraud, Abuse
WASHINGTON, May 14 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, who has fought for patients and families suffering with Alzheimer's his entire career, along with Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) introduced the bipartisan Promoting Alzheimer's Awareness to Prevent Elder Abuse Act to help protect seniors living with Alzheimer's and dementia from fraud and abuse. Companion legislation is being introduced in the Hou  more