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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree is headed back to Washington today where she plans to join colleagues in pushing for a vote in the US House on common sense bills to reduce gun violence in America.
"Gun violence has taken a huge personal toll on the lives of so many families in this country," Pingree said. "We can do a lot more to keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them and this week Republican leaders in Congress should let us vote on two bipartisan pieces of legislation that have the overwhelming support of the American people."
UPDATE: House Democrats ended their sit in after over 24 hours on the House floor, but will not stop demanding action on commonsense laws to prevent gun violence
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree issued the following statement in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando.
Once again our country has been struck with an act of senseless violence and murder. We should put aside ideological and political difference and together stand up against acts of gun violence, hate crimes and domestic terrorism. My thoughts are with the families who have lost someone, the survivors and the police officers and first responders who put their own lives at risk today in Florida.
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree said the following about President Obama's decision to issue executive orders to help close the gun show loophole and require anyone selling guns as a business—even if it's online or at gun shows—to conduct background checks
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree today joined Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) and other colleagues to introduce the Assault Weapons Ban of 2015 and prohibit the sale, transfer, production, and importation of new military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines.
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree issued the following statement in response to the shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado yesterday.
"As the President said, no single law will end gun violence, but that is no reason not to try to solve the problem."
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree issued the following statement after President Obama's speech tonight at the memorial service in Newtown, Connecticut.
Calls incident 'every parent's worst nightmare'
I was shocked and saddened to hear about the school shooting in Connecticut. What happened this morning is every parent's worst nightmare. Our schools should be a safe place and no parent should ever worry that their son or daughter might not come home at the end of the day. My thoughts and prayers are with the families in that community.
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree issued the following statement on the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and others in Arizona: