The Maine Potato Blossom Festival is a time-honored tradition in Aroostook County. First celebrated in 1937, Potato Blossom is one of Maine’s oldest festivals. From the parade to the mashed potato wrestling, the multi-day event in Fort Fairfield is a fun and fitting tribute to Maine potatoes and the hardworking farmers that grow them.
Medicare is critical to our nation, providing health coverage for more than 54 million American seniors and disabled individuals. Given its paramount importance, as well as the looming financial insolvency the program faces, it is simply unacceptable that improper payments are continuing to soar in the Medicare program.
These improper payments waste taxpayer dollars while compromising the financial integrity of the Medicare program and undermining our ability to provide needed health care services to those who depend on this vital program.
Scattered throughout Maine’s thousands of miles of jagged coastline are more than 60 lighthouses. These iconic symbols of our state’s rugged beauty and maritime heritage are more than just postcard-worthy buildings—for hundreds of years, they have helped seafarers navigate our rocky shores.
From Nubble Light in York to West Quoddy Head Light in Lubec, Maine’s lighthouses serve as indispensable beacons of safety up and down our coast, guiding sailors, fishermen, and recreational boaters home. Some of these impressive structures are almost as old as America itself.
The Allagash Wilderness Waterway (AWW) is truly the jewel of Maine’s legendary north woods. The waterway is a remote 92- mile long river and lake area that is managed by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. The Allagash is one of the premier canoe trips in the eastern United States. The fisheries of the waterway are plentiful and essentially native. The primary visitors to the waterway are canoeists and fishermen.
As I travel all across our state, I have extensive conversations with small business owners and workers about the challenges they face. While there is no doubt that our nation’s unemployment rate remains unacceptably high, I have met with employers in Maine who have jobs available but who cannot find qualified and trained workers to fill these vacant positions.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
Those aren’t the first words of the Declaration of Independence, but they are arguably the most famous. And while Thomas Jefferson agonized over every detail of our country’s greatest declaration, not all of those words came from his pen alone.
As Baby Boomers reach retirement age, more and more Americans today are receiving social security benefits. Yet, despite this substantial increase in caseload, the Social Security Administration is actually closing field offices. In the past five years, the SSA has closed 64 of approximately 1,245 field offices—the largest field office reduction in history—and shuttered 533 temporary mobile offices. Furthermore, it has reduced field office hours and started closing some offices at noon on Wednesdays last year.
I am deeply troubled by allegations of wrongdoing at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare facilities around the country. The allegations of gross mismanagement and fraud are alarming and describe conduct that is reprehensible. The Inspector General’s investigation and findings are a call to action.
It’s no secret that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) had a rough start. But as the website runs more smoothly, and more and more Americans sign up for healthcare, something else is increasingly clear: in many ways the Affordable Care Act is starting to work.
Imagine you’re at the table on Thanksgiving Day with your family and one of your relatives snatches up the whole turkey and says, “Thanks, this is all mine!” without any consideration for the rest of your family. Hard to imagine because it wouldn’t happen, right?
On the evening of June 6, 1944, as news of the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe was sweeping around the world, President Franklin Roosevelt addressed the American people on the radio. His powerful message was that the military action known as D-Day was not an invasion of conquest but “a mighty endeavor to set free a suffering humanity.”
I grew up in Aroostook County, which has been called the "Potato Capital of America." One of my first jobs was picking potatoes for a local farmer, Gilman Albair. Mainers are proud of our potato industry, which according to the Maine Potato Board, employs more than 6,000 people and pays more than $32 million in state and local taxes.
As we gather on Memorial Day with our family and friends in backyards or Main Streets across America, we must not forget that this important holiday is much more than a relaxing long weekend. Memorial Day is first and foremost a day of collective reflection. It’s a day for us to come together to remember our fallen heroes from wars both past and present who gave, as President Lincoln so eloquently said, “the last full measure of devotion” for our great nation.
Federal law enforcement officials recently conducted a nationwide sting and arrested 90 people, including 16 doctors, in a Medicare fraud scheme that cost the taxpayer-funded program at least $260 million.
For decades, the Government Accountability Office has identified Medicare as being at high risk for improper payments and fraud. In 2012, Medicare reported that it had lost more than $44 billion in improper payments due to waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement. And that estimate may well be too low.
The shade of a man I will never meet sometimes calls across decades and thousands of miles to remind me of a debt I will never repay. Every Memorial Day, my uncle's ghost whispers to me, my uncle who I never met. As I fire up my grill, load the cooler with ice and my favorite beers, and enjoy a long weekend, I must acknowledge one of the spirits that observes my life.
One of the greatest privileges of serving Maine in the U.S. Senate is the opportunity I have to meet outstanding young people from our state who are devoting their time and energy to serving their local communities. Whether we meet in Washington or at home, I always come away from these meetings inspired by their commitment and encouraged for the future of our state and nation.
Imagine this: an identity thief obtains social security numbers and other sensitive personal information from sources like hospitals, schools, or assisted living facilities, often by recruiting employees to steal that information. The perpetrator then uses this information to prepare and file fraudulent tax returns. As soon as the tax filing season opens in January, the criminal beats the real taxpayer to the IRS’s front door to increase the odds of stealing the refund.
Rep. Mike Nadeau has stepped forward to show his support for Maine's bear management programs by making a $2,000 donation to the Maine Wildlife Conservation Council. The Maine-based coalition to save Maine's bear hunt raised a total of $1,727,751.25 in 2004, when voters rejected a ban on bear hunting. The Humane Society of the United States is a large fundraising organization based in Washington D.C. It has no affiliation with local humane societies, and is again the proponent of trying to ban Maine's most effective bear management methods.