Priorities for Maine


Supporting Maine’s businesses, positioning them to continue thriving

Senator King is determined to give Maine’s businesses the policy support they need to succeed in the 21st century.  His work on behalf of the Maine lobster industry includes fighting off a fact-free eco-activist campaign, as well as pressuring the administration for support when the fishery was caught in the middle of an international tariff battle.  (So yes – Senator King’s successful campaign for a lobster emoji was just the tip of the iceberg)  Senator King is also actively pushing for policy changes that make sure Maine’s milk farmers are not threatened by fewer nutritious non-dairy products like almond, soy, flax, or other so-called “milks”. King has also continued to position Maine’s proud timber industry for 21st century success, through product innovations, urging the federal government to use Maine timber, and launching a “Future of Forests” congressional panel.

Serving those who’ve served

With one of the highest concentrations of veterans in the United States, Maine is a large community that deeply values military service.  Whether through Senator King’s work on the Armed Services Committee or his efforts on the Veterans Affairs Committee, he has worked to provide veterans with the access to the high-quality care they’ve earned, a more seamless transition into civilian life, and stronger job prospects for them when they enter the workforce.  He also works with the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project and hosts regular “Veterans Voices” conversations with Maine veterans to share their stories and shine a spotlight on their service.

Modernizing Maine

The first thing Angus King published when he entered the 2012 Senate race in Maine was a column committing himself to bringing broadband technology to all corners of the state. In the years since, he’s been a Senate leader in advancing the cause of affordable broadband connections – spearheading a successful $50 billion investment from the federal government to the national priority.  Maine currently is on track to have nearly everyone in the state connected, faster than the most optimistic predictions before Congress acted..

Controlling the Cost of Living

The one law Congress can’t repeal is the law of supply and demand – when there’s less of something, the prices rise. So Senator King works to tackle this challenge from every angle in the U.S. Senate. Fewer workers to fill vacant jobs? Senator King seeks to address this by helping businesses hire willing candidates, or helping workers with children get child care so they can report to their jobs. Beyond that, Senator King supported the Inflation Reduction Act – which has already started lowering costs, making progress against climate change, and curbing the deficit.

Serving Older Maine People

For far too long, aging Maine people have been pinched by the rising costs of drug prices, Medicare, and healthcare services – and Senator King has been advocating for a wide range of solutions. Whether it was the $35/month cap for insulin, $2,000 yearly cap on out-of-pocket prescriptions, or the right for Medicare to negotiate drug prices with manufacturersusing bulk discounts, as large corporations often do – Senator King continues to support efforts, like the Inflation Reduction Act, that tackle these increasingly difficult challenges for our older neighbors and friends.

In keeping with his focus on the statewide benefits for broadband internet service, Senator King has also co-sponsored legislation like the CONNECT for Health Act and the Telehealth Modernization Act to make current telehealth flexibilities permanent. Telehealth has transformed patient care in Maine; Senator King wants to protect and expand this service for all Maine communities.

Clear air, clean energy, bright future

As Governor, King was responsible for conserving more acres of Maine land than in the state’s history.  He’s continued his environmental leadership in the Senate, from supporting the nation’s biggest clean energy bill in history to seeking bipartisan solutions to clean energy storage technology, to being Chairman of the National Parks Subcommittee, where he has sought to protect and modernize the appeal of America’s public lands for generations to come.

Fighting for women’s access to health care

Senator King saw the threat posed to Roe vs Wade in the Supreme Court years before its 2022 reversal, and has been outspoken about the need for women to make their own health care decisions – free of government intervention.  He raised concerns about several court nominees, called out the Dobbs’ decision as a “dangerous, blatantly political ruling” and continues to seek avenues to protect American women’s personal medical choices, especially women in the armed forces.

Protecting America and Americans

From his positions on the Armed Services Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Senator King is a respected voice advocating for a strong, forward-leaning defense posture. For Senator King, the best war—and cheapest war— is the war that never happens. This means making deterrence the cornerstone of America’s national defense. If an enemy nation knows that America has the ability to respond to any aggressive action against our nation, that adversary is far less likely to attack our homeland or interests abroad. 

Senator King is also a champion of Maine’s role in America’s defense. He advocates for Bath Iron Works and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as they support America’s military, and works closely with Maine’s military contractors statewide as they support defense efforts and create jobs.

Achieving affordable housing

As Maine’s population grows, the supply of available housing gets more limited.  While there is no silver bullet to fix this issue overnight, Senator King believes there is “silver buckshot” to attack the issue from several angles.  He worked with his colleagues to advance many key provisions of the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act as they were signed into law in 2020. He’s co-sponsored the Historic Tax Credit Growth & Opportunity Act as well as the Access to Credit for Our Rural Economies Act (ACRE), bipartisan efforts to encourage more housing options that would make a difference for Maine people.

Fighting Fentanyl

With the opioid crisis killing 300 Americans each day – and costing Maine one life daily – Senator King has sought to confront this threat through every policy option available. He has used his position on the Armed Services Committee to urge the military to step up its drug interdiction efforts before these deadly drugs make it into the country.  He has worked to invest in drug counseling and treatment efforts in vulnerable communities. In a bipartisan approach, he also proposed to have America’s military strengthen Mexico’s counternarcotics operations, so that fewer of these lethal drugs make it into America.

Strengthening America's cybersecurity

From his days as a Governor where he designed the “laptop program” – ensuring Maine’s schoolchildren would have access to personal technology – Senator King has sought to make technological advancements work for everyone. Because of his leadership in technology, Senator King was named the Co-Chair of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission – a historic public/private group that the Washington Post named “Congress’ secret weapon” by successfully getting laws enacted to protect America’s infrastructure and economy.

Protecting Americans and the 2nd Amendment

While every American has the right to own a firearm for self-defense or recreation, the scourge of senseless gun violence across the country tied to semi-automatic weapons is a heartbreaking crisis.  After years of working to strike the appropriate balance between public safety and the 2nd Amendment, Senator King introduced the GOSAFE Act with a number of his colleagues to ban the making and selling of firearms with magazines more than ten rounds, along with creating a national gun buyback program for voluntary sellers. This proposal protects the 2nd Amendment and is consistent with the National Firearms Act of 1934, which has been legally sustained for close to a century.


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