Senator Angus King

Senator Angus King of Maine

Senator Angus King

2017 record:

  • 14.2%/100% possible negative
  • 42.9%/100% possible positive

 


Legislative Record

Negative Record: 14.2%/100%

The following are negative actions Senator King could have taken that he did actually take:

  • Roll Call 36 on the Nomination of Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State (Senator King voted yes): In 2016, 17 U.S. intelligence agencies concurred in the conclusion that under direct orders from Russian dictator Vladimir Putin Russian spies attacked the U.S. presidential election engaging in espionage and propaganda campaigns designed to ensure that Donald Trump would become President of the United States. Donald Trump has since been accused by sources connected to British intelligence services of participating in these Russian attacks taking payments from the Russian government working as an informant for Russian spies and being blackmailed by Vladimir Putin. In this context Donald Trump nominated Rex Tillerson a longtime corporate ally of Vladimir Putin to become Secretary of State directing America’s diplomatic relations with Russia. As CEO of Exxon Tillerson has worked to lift sanctions against Russia and to form business relationships in Russia. Furthermore Tillerson’s business model aimed to profit from the sales and burning of fossil fuels known to be significantly contributing to the worsening of global climate change. Roll call 36 was the motion to confirm Rex Tillerson as Secretary of the U.S. Department of State.

 

The following are negative actions Senator King could have taken that he has avoided taking:

  • Cosponsorship of S. 244 (Senator King has not cosponsored): If passed, S. 244 would eliminate the standard Davis-Bacon rule for federally-funded projects. The Davis-Bacon rule isn’t extravagant only requiring that construction workers on federally-funded projects be paid at least the prevailing wage of the area in compensation for their labor. That prevailing wage standard is low, even below the poverty level in many places. But for the exclusively Republican supporters of S. 244 poverty-level pay for hard work isn’t low enough. As President Trump appoints a record number of Goldman Sachs executives to government positions, this bill does nothing to dislodge the image of Republicans as indifferent to the struggles of working Americans.
Positive Record: 42.9%/100%

The following are positive actions Senator King could have taken that he did actually take:

  • Roll Call 58 on the silencing of Elizabeth Warren and Coretta Scott King (King voted against silencing Warren and King): On February 7, 2017 Senator Elizabeth Warren rose to the floor of the United States Senate to read a letter written by Coretta Scott King, the widow of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In the letter Ms. King warned Congress that “Mr. Sessions’ conduct as U.S. Attorney from his politically-motivated voting fraud prosecutions to his indifference toward criminal violations of civil rights laws indicates that he lacks the temperament fairness and judgment to be a federal judge.” Republican senators did not respond to this letter with a condemnation of the documented racism of Jeff Sessions. Instead Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Senator Warren that she must stop speaking and that she would be prohibited from speaking on the Senate floor until the nomination of Jeff Sessions was complete. Senate Democrats stood up and demanded with this roll call vote that Senator Warren be allowed to continue to speak. Every single Republican member of the U.S. Senate voted no. They voted to silence Senator Warren and the letter from Coretta Scott King. With their opposition to the vote to restore speaking rights to Senator Warren the Senate Republicans showed that while they are happy to tolerate racism, they are unwilling to tolerate political dissent. Senator King stood against this tide.
  • Roll Call 59 on the nomination of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General (King voted no): Roll call 59 was the motion to confirm Jeff Sessions as Attorney General of the United States the top law enforcement officer and arbiter of legal advice within the executive branch of the Trump administration. This role makes it important to consider Jeff Sessions’ record regarding Americans’ legal rights and the administration of justice. Jeff Sessions first made a name for himself by persecuting civil rights workers who were trying to register African-American citizens to vote. Sessions accused them of electoral fraud but never could find adequate evidence to make his case. That didn’t stop Sessions, who was so obsessed with suppressing African-American involvement in Alabama politics that he took the case to trial regardless of his own shoddy preparation. Sessions’ case was quickly laughed out of the courtroom. As a U.S. Senator during the 111th Congress of 2009-2010 Jeff Sessions was one of the core cosponsors of S. 3081, a bill that if it had passed would have changed U.S. law in profound ways. If S. 3081 had passed any person including people in the United States and United States citizens could be labeled as a suspected “unprivileged enemy belligerent” by the United States Government. Any suspected person including U.S. residents and citizens could be detained and held by the U.S. military without being read their constitutionally-guaranteed Miranda rights without charges without trial for a term without definite end. No judicial review would be granted for individuals in this indefinite military detention.The First Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees the right of the people to peaceably assemble and petition for redress of grievances. It guarantees the right of free expression whether in publication in the streets or in a church. But Trump nominee Jeff Sessions has acted against freedom of speech in the United States of America four times: 1) On March 29 2000 Jeff Sessions voted for a bill to amend the U.S. Constitution to prohibit free speech that the majority finds offensive. 2) On March 13 2001 Jeff Sessions cosponsored a bill to accomplish the same. 3) On January 16 2003 Jeff Sessions cosponsored yet another position a bill to accomplish the same. 4) On June 27 2006 Jeff Sessions reiterated this position by voting to prohibit free speech the majority finds offensive yet again. Each of these bills would permit the criminalization of flag burning an act to express strongly defiant disagreement with the United States government. These bills would prohibit free speech because the majority finds it offensive curtailing the bounds of free speech to encompass only the acceptable a curtailment that takes the freedom out of free speech.
  • Roll Call 51 on H.J. Res 41 (King voted no): In early 2017 the Senate voted to pass H.J. Res. 41 (a House bill). H.J. Res. 41 destroys the Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers rule at the Securities and Exchange Commission, a protection that required American fossil fuels and mining companies to disclose the payments they make to foreign governments. Before the creation of this rule bribery of corrupt officials of foreign governments was a common practice. By destroying the rule, H. J. Res. 41 re-establishes a shroud of secrecy over corrupt practices by big mining oil and gas corporations a lack of transparency that is especially concerning given the confirmation of Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson as U.S. Secretary of State. Americans now will have no way of knowing whether the recent employer of the head of the State Department is bribing foreign governments. Fortunately, Senator King voted against this bill.
  • Roll Call 63 on the nomination of Steve Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury (Senator King voted no): Donald Trump campaigned for President with the promise that he would Drain The Swamp of corruption in Washington DC. He promised to stand up to Wall Street tycoons who bribe corrupt public officials. It didn’t take long for Trump to break that promise. He nominated Steve Mnuchin, a hedge fund manager from Wall Street firm Goldman Sachs, to be Secretary of the Treasury. Mnuchin supports going back to the corrupt old system of the first years of the 21st century under which the American economy was nearly wrecked by selfish Wall Street traders who profited from the economic exploitation of workers got bailed out by the federal government and then turned around and forced people out of their homes under brutal terms of foreclosure. A vote to confirm Steve Mnuchin as Secretary of the Treasury is a vote to make the swamp of corruption in Washington DC even bigger and to put the worst Wall Street abuses back in place.
  • Cosponsorship of S. 298 (Senator King cosponsored the bill): S. 298, a bill introduced by Senator Jon Tester, would require senators to file campaign finance reports electronically with the Federal Election Commission not on paper with the Senate. This may not sound like an important distinction, but the practical effect of the current system is to delay the processing of campaign contribution reports — often until after an election is over — and to make the discovery of unsavory campaign expenditures by reporters and citizens more difficult. Tester’s bill, the continuation of a veteran effort by ex-Senator Russ Feingold in previous sessions of Congress, would increase efficiency within the government, increase transparency of information to reporters, and increase the accountability of Senators to American citizens.

 

The following are positive actions Senator King could have taken that he has failed to take:

  • Cosponsorship of S. 291 (Senator King has failed to cosponsor the bill): On January 30, 2017 President Donald Trump kicked senior intelligence officials off the National Security Council. In their place he appointed Steve Bannon to the influential government group. Bannon’s relevant professional experience before joining the NSC was nil and the irrelevant professional experience of Bannon involved running an anti-semitic and white supremacist blog. S. 291 would prevent this kind of unilateral move by a president in the future stipulating that any individuals who are added ad hoc to the National Security Council must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate adding a check and balance to an otherwise unbalanced and unchecked president.
  • Cosponsorship of S. 82 (Senator King has failed to cosponsor the bill): Did you know that U.S. corporations have been taking tax deductions of up to $1 million for each corporate executive who receives exorbitant pay? Did you know that the same corporations have been claiming tax deductions on even larger amounts through such tricks as re-labeling executive compensation as a “commission” or “incentive pay?” These tax deduction is in effect a U.S. government subsidy to support the enrichment of private corporate leaders. Under S. 82, corporations will remain free to pay their executives whatever they wish, but they won’t be able to take a tax deduction for a compensation package of more than $1 million. S. 82 closes the loopholes and exceptions that have allowed America’s richest corporations to slice millions of dollars off their tax responsibility for every one of their corporate executives.
  • Cosponsorship of S. 65 (Senator King has failed to cosponsor the bill): In years past it was an understood regular practice for a sitting president to divest of any direct business dealings and place investments into a blind trust. Since President Donald Trump has refused to divest of his business interests and even refused to disclose the extent and nature of his business dealings, it has become necessary to formalize these expectations. If passed the Presidential Conflicts of Interest Act of 2017 (S. 65 in the Senate) would legally require the President and Vice President to disclose and divest themselves of any business holdings that represent a potential financial conflicts of interest. This would help to guard the most power-laden office on Planet Earth from the taint of corruption.
  • Cosponsorship of S. 26 (Senator King has failed to cosponsor the bill): All U.S. Presidents in modern history have released their tax returns. This is a customary gesture of transparency to reassure the American people that the President’s actions are not influenced by inappropriate sources of income, guided by inappropriate debts to outside influences, or steered by the pursuit of personal profit. The release of presidential tax returns has been an essential bulwark against corruption. As Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once wrote, “Sunlight is the best disinfectant.” But despite having promised more than a thousand days ago to follow standard behavior and release his tax returns President Donald Trump has failed to do. President Trump’s ethical failure has led to the introduction of the Presidential Tax Transparency Act (S. 26 in the Senate) a bill that if passed would require presidents and major candidates for president to release their tax returns for public review.
  • Cosponsorship of S. 54 (Senator King has failed to cosponsor the bill): Never again? Think again. The last time the United States of America forced the registry of an entire class of people was 72 years ago. In January 1945, the forcible internment camps for 110,000 Americans whose only crime was to have had Japanese ancestors were finally closed down. The forcible registry of another class of Americans many millions of slaves ended some 80 years before that. Is it time for America to make that mistake again? President Donald Trump has spoken out in favor of putting Muslims in a required national registry. Backing him up one of President Trump’s spokespeople noted that the United States had used such provisions before when putting Japanese Americans in concentration camps. “It’s a precedent,” the spokesman said. Americans who have sworn to uphold the “Never Again” promise are organizing. In the United States Senate Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey has introduced S. 54, a bill that would prohibit the imposition of an American registry of Muslims or other groups based on origin.
  • Cosponsorship of S. 338 (Senator King has failed to cosponsor the bill): Senator Bill Nelson of Florida, the author of S. 338, writes that “Independent impartial science and the scientific process should inform and guide public policy decisions on a wide range of issues including improvement of public health protection of the environment and protection of national security. The public must be able to trust the science and scientific process informing public policy decisions. Science, the scientific process, and the communication of science should be free from political ideological or financial influence.” Unfortunately the presidential administration of Donald Trump has issued gag orders on scientists working for the government prohibiting them from engaging in any scientific communication (including publication or conference presentation) until their work has been vetted by political appointees. Those political appointees include agency heads who have been paid significant sums of money by industries with an interest in ending a variety of lines of scientific research the results of which could place industries in an unfavorable light. If passed, S. 338 requires that agency heads promote scientific publication and communication without political interference and forbids those agency heads from suppressing or distorting scientific data. Furthermore, the bill gives scientists the right to review press releases written by political appointees about their research before it is released in order to ensure that the press release accurately reflects the results of their research.
  • Cosponsorship of S. 408 (Senator King has failed to cosponsor the bill): The President of the United States has considerable power to influence economic relations with other nations. Presidents can modify tariffs to raise or lower to price of goods from particular nations. Presidents can negotiate trade investment and foreign aid pacts that reward or punish nations and the enterprises that operate within them. Despite this, a president is not a king and must be answerable for his or her actions to the coequal legislative and judicial branches of American government. A President who corruptly alters economic deals with other nations to enrich himself or herself must also be answerable to the people of the United States. In order to enable presidential transparency and accountability, S. 408 requires the President of the United States to disclose personal assets debts and income associated with a nation when making economic policy decisions pertaining to that nation. If S. 408 is passed, such information must be reported to Congress in a timely manner when a President takes policy action that economically rewards or harms a nation and the economic interests within it. If S. 408 is not passed, a President will be able to secretly benefit from making deals using the immense power of the White House. Without S. 408, presidential corruption in international trade goes unchecked.


Upcoming Public Meetings in Maine
Senator King has not held or announced any public meetings with her constituents so far in the year 2017.

To request a meeting with Senator King, please email scheduling_king@king.senate.gov. Be sure to include your contact information, dates requested, an agenda, and a description of those who will attending the meeting. Senator King’s office requests that scheduling requests be sent with 3-4 weeks advanced notice for the date requested.


Contact
To request a meeting with Senator King, please email scheduling_king@king.senate.gov. Be sure to include your contact information, dates requested, an agenda, and a description of those who will attending the meeting. Senator King’s office requests that scheduling requests be sent with 3-4 weeks advanced notice for the date requested.

  • In Augusta, Office: 4 Gabriel Drive, Suite 3. Phone: 207-622-8292
  • In Presque Isle, Office: 169 Academy St., Suite A. Phone: 207-764-5124
  • In Scarborough, Office: 383 US Route 1, Suite 1C. Phone: 207-883-1588
  • In D.C., Office: 133 Hart Building. Phone: 202-224-5344

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