From Washington, D.C.

King to speak on Senate floor about government shutdown effect on Maine’s Coast Guard personnel, families

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 10:15am

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Wednesday, January 16, at approximately 11:45 a.m., U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), will speak on the Senate floor to talk about the effect the government shutdown is having on people across Maine, particularly U.S. Coast Guard personnel and families.

    King has called to reopen the government to fulfill our obligations to federal workers who are furloughed or working without pay and to ensure businesses, contractors, and people who rely on federal government agencies can access the services they need.

    WHO:              U.S. Senator Angus King

    WHAT:           Floor Speech to Highlight Government Shutdown Impact on U.S. Coast Guard Personnel and Families in Maine                                                       

    WHEN:           Wednesday, January 16th between 11:30 and Noon (Current schedule has Senator King speaking at 11:46am, but the Senate floor schedule is fluid)

    WHERE:        Floor of the Senate/C-SPAN2/Senator King’s Facebook Page

    Last week, Senator King spoke on the Senate floor to voice concern for the Maine people hurt by the government shutdown, and the Senate passed the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act, bipartisan legislation that Senator King cosponsored to protect federal and other government workers impacted during the shutdown. Senator King also joined 16 of his colleagues in a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to raise concerns regarding the impact of the government shutdown on services to taxpayers at the beginning of the first filing season under the new tax code, and wrote a letter to Department of the Interior Acting Secretary David Bernhardt to underscore the adverse effects the 21 day-old partial government shutdown is having on the National Parks System.