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My Work to Combat COVID-19

Media Coverage of How COVID-19 is Impacting Maine

March 2: Pingree Statement on Coordinated Government Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

March 4: In Coronavirus Supplemental Budget Package, Pingree Successfully Restores $37M in LIHEAP Funds Stolen by Trump Admin, Secures $950M to Support State & Local Health Agencies

March 10: 
VIDEO: Pingree Questions USDA Secretary about School Meals Program Access Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

March 11:
 Following Pingree’s Advocacy, USDA Approves Maine DOE’s Request to Allow Flexibility for School Meal Service Program Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

March 11:
 Pingree, DeLauro, McGovern, Lee, Fudge, Hayes, Haaland, Pocan Introduce Emergency Food Security Bill Amid Growing Coronavirus Outbreak

March 12: Teletown Hall with 1,400 Mainers, Dr. Nirav Shah

March 13: Pingree Announces Offices Changes to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19 in Maine, Washington

March 14: Pingree Statement Regarding Absence for Bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act Vote

March 16: 
In Letter, Pingree Urges Speaker Pelosi to Provide Emergency Disaster Payments, Loans to Farmers in Local, Regional Markets

March 16: 
SBA Approves Maine Governor Mills’ Request for Relief for Small Businesses Harmed by Coronavirus

March 17:
 Pingree Joins 57 House Members to Urge Trump to Invoke Defense Production Act, Increase Availability of Medical Supplies

March 18: Pingree & Golden to SBA: Offer Zero-Interest Loans to Small Businesses, Nonprofits Facing COVID-19 Impacts

March 19: Pingree, Golden Urge Department of Defense to Extend Deadlines for BIW

March 19: Maine Delegation Calls on Defense, Navy Secretaries to Protect Workers’ Health at BIW and Other Defense Industry Contractors During Coronavirus Pandemic

March 19: Governor Mills, Maine Congressional Delegation Convene Call on COVID-19

March 20: Golden, Pingree Push for Policies to Protect Workers, Families, and Small Businesses in Emergency Coronavirus Bill

March 21: Delegation Calls on HHS Secretary to Deliver Medical Equipment Needed to Fight COVID-19 in Maine

March 21: Pingree, Bonamici Push House Leadership to Protect the Arts Economy During COVID-19 Outbreak

March 22: Maine Delegation Pushes for Expanded Access to Meals for Low-Income Children During COVID-19 Pandemic

March 23: Pingree Statement on Introduction of Third House Coronavirus Response Bill

March 23: Pingree, Pappas Introduces Legislation to Support Maine’s 145,000 Small Business, Provide Cash Advances and Zero-Interest Loans

March 24: Pingree Cosponsors Legislation Requiring Federal Government to Take Over Medical Supply Chain

March 27:
Pingree Statement on House Passage of Third Coronavirus Response Bill

March 28: 
Maine Delegation Calls on the Navy to Extend COVID-19 Worker Protection Guidelines to Private Shipyards Like BIW

Maine 30: Collins, King, Pingree, and Golden Press DHS to Distribute PPE to Protect Maine Health Professionals During COVID-19 Pandemic

March 31:
 Members of SEEC Leadership condemn EPA suspension of environmental enforcement during COVID-19 crisis

April 1: Pingree, 86 House Members Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Ensure College Students, Young Adults with Disabilities Receive COVID-19 Relief Rebates

April 2: Pingree Announces $16M+ in COVID-19 Grants to Support Housing in Maine

April 2: Maine Delegation Sends Letter to President in Support of Governor Mills’ Disaster Declaration Request

April 3: Pingree Leads 67 Bipartisan Members in Urging Perdue to Implement Provision to Ensure New COVID-19 Stimulus Funds Support Direct-to-Market Farmers

April 3: Governor Mills & Maine Congressional Delegation Renew Call for Defense Department to Protect Workers’ Health at BIW & Other Defense Contractors In Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

April 6: Following Letter of Support from Maine’s Congressional Delegation, President Approves Governor Mills’ Disaster Declaration Request

April 7: Pingree Calls for the Resignation of Acting Navy Secretary Modly

April 7: Pingree Co-Sponsors Legislation to Provide $250 Billion to Local Governments During COVID-19

April 8: Maine Delegation Announces $2 Million Grant to Strengthen Maine’s Marine Economy

April 8: Pingree Announces $4.1 Million to Maine Health Care Centers for COVID-19 Response

April 9: With Maine Schools Closed for the Year, Golden & Pingree Push for Improved Connectivity for Maine Students

April 13: Pingree Cosponsors Legislation to Protect Postal Workers, USPS During COVID-19

April 14: Maine Delegation Requests More PPE for Mainers Working on the Front Lines

April 14: Maine, N.H. Delegation Members Urge DOD to Reinstate Paid Leave Policy at PNSY

April 16: Pingree Announces $427K COVID-19 Relief Grant to Support Maine’s Arts Economy

April 16:
Responding to Maine Small Business Owners’ Pleas, Pingree Pushes for More Funding, Fixes to PPP Lending Program in Next COVID-19 Relief Package
April 17: Maine, NH Delegations Call on USDA to Boost Support for Dairy Farmers Facing Economic Crisis Due to COVID-19

April 17: Pingree Announces $17 Million Grant to MaineDOT for COVID-19 Response

April 18: Pingree Statement on USDA’s COVID-19 Relief Program for Farmers

April 21: Collins, Pingree Call on USDA to Boost Support for Maine Farmers Facing Severe Economic Harm Due to COVID-19

April 27: Pingree Announces $347k Forest Service Grant to Invest in Renewable Wood Energy

April 27: Pingree Backs Bill to Deliver $500B in Flexible Aid to States Facing Revenue Shortfalls Due to Pandemic Response

April 28: Maine Delegation Urges Direct Relief for Aquaculture Farmers through USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

April 28: Maine Delegation Calls for Dedicated Funding for Northern Border Regional Commission in COVID-19 Legislation

April 29:  Pingree Calls for Unrestricted Direct Cash Relief for Small Business

May 1:
 Pingree, Kuster, Fortenberry Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Small Farmers Access Federal Grants

May 4: Maine Delegation Champions Additional Federal Funding to Support State and Local Governments

May 4: Pingree Joins 100+ House Members in Asking SBA for Overdue Update on Disaster Loan Program

May 4: Maine Delegation Calls on VA Secretary to Prioritize Testing, PPE for Maine VA Health System

May 5: Pingree, Blumenauer, DeLauro, Schrier Lead 26 Members in Urging House Leadership to Allow Food Banks, SNAP Beneficiaries to Access Locally Farmed Food

May 6: 
In Bipartisan Push, Pingree Joins House Lawmakers in Calling for $20B in Direct Aid for Seafood Industry

May 6: Pingree Announces Maine 1 of 20 States Approved for Pandemic EBT

May 7: Pingree, Golden Urge at least $3.5B in Additional Relief for Fishermen

May 7: 
Maine Delegation Announces More Than $20 Million for Maine Fishing Industry

May 8: King, Pingree Highlight Resources Available for Addiction and Mental Health Services

May 8: Pingree Leads 70+ House Members in Push for Nation’s Cultural Sector to Receive Direct Aid in Next COVID-19 Relief Package

May 11: Pingree Requests GAO Investigation of PPP Loans to Publicly Traded Companies

May 12: Pingree Touts More Than $5 Billion in Aid for Maine’s State, Local Government in Heroes Act

May 13: Maine Delegation Works to Improve VA Telehealth Services During COVID-19

May 13: Pingree: Heroes Act Would Broaden Assistance for Maine’s Seasonal Small Businesses, Nonprofits

May 14: Pingree: Heroes Act Would Extend Pandemic Unemployment Benefits Through 2021, Provide 2nd Round of Stimulus Checks

May 14: Amid National Meat Shortage, Congresswoman Pingree Urges House Leadership to Pass Bipartisan PRIME Act & Support Local Farms

May 15: Pingree Statement on House Passage of The Heroes Act

May 19: McGovern, Walorski, Pingree, Marshall Introduce Legislation to Pilot Medically Tailored Meals

May 21: Senator Collins, Congresswoman Pingree Urge Swift Disbursement of Relief to Maine Fishing Industry

May 21: Pingree: USDA’s CFAP Program Creates Hurdles for Small Farms to Access $16B Congress Allocated for Farmer Relief

May 22: Pingree, 43 Bipartisan Members Urge Trump Admin to Preserve Mental Health Services for LGBTQ Youth Throughout Pandemic

May 26: Pingree Announces Coronavirus Assistance Available for Maine Farmers

May 27: Maine Delegation Calls on Department of Labor to Change Guidance to Protect Nonprofits from Financial Disaster

May 28: Pingree Announces $245k COVID-19 Telehealth Grant to Portland Community Health Center

May 28: Pingree Votes for Two Bipartisan Bills to Improve Paycheck Protection Program

June 1: Maine Delegation Calls on USDA to Fix Shortcomings of Food Box Program, Support Maine Farmers and Low-Income Families

June 2: Maine Delegation Fights to Keep School and Community Meal Sites Open to Prevent Child Hunger 

June 22: 
Maine Awarded $1.35 Million for Food Box Program to Support Farmers, Help Address Food Insecurity

June 22: Pingree to House Leadership: Prioritize Clean Energy Workforce & Mitigate Climate Crisis in Next Recovery Package


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