Congresswoman Chellie Pingree

Representing the 1st District of Maine


Ever since being elected to Congress, I've been proud to advocate for the best shipbuilders in the world at Bath Iron Works and to keep them working--first as a member of the House Armed Services Committee and now as a member of the House Appropriations Committee. What they say is absolutely true: "Bath Built Is Best Built."

More on BIW

Oct 2, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin announced today that Bath Iron Works (BIW) has been awarded four ships, in the amount of $3,904,735,559, over the next five years pursuant to the Navy’s multiyear procurement contract.  The contract includes potential options for additional ships, including one that will be awarded in fiscal year 2019.  U.S. Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer called Senators Collins and King and Representative Pingree today to inform them of the award.

Jun 29, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) and Congressman Bruce Poliquin (ME-02) successfully worked to kill an amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2018 that would have stripped $250 million from Bath Iron Work’s (BIW) DDG-51 destroyer program

The Courtney Amendment failed 144-267 after the Maine lawmakers worked together petitioning their colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives to reject the measure.

May 24, 2018 Press Release

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree released the following statement after voting in support of the National Defense Authorization Act, which the House passed earlier today. 

Feb 17, 2018 Press Release

PORTLAND, ME – Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced today that the Navy has awarded Bath Iron Works a $14.95 million contract to create a conceptual design of the FFG(X), a next-generation guided missile frigate. The contract allows BIW to compete against four other design proposals for the chance to build 20 of the ships. 

Sep 28, 2017 Press Release

Senators Collins, King and Representative Pingree Announce Agreement Between BIW, Navy to Build Two New Destroyers
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) and U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree (D-ME) announced today that the U.S. Navy awarded contracts to Bath Iron Works to build two new DDG-51 destroyers.

Aug 23, 2017 Press Release
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree displeased with the Navy’s decision not to award the USS Fitzgerald repair contract to Bath Iron Works
Jul 14, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congressman Bruce Poliquin (ME-02) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) have successfully secured an amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to ensure that Bath Iron Works (BIW) can remain in contract negotiations and on track to construct a second Fiscal Year 2016 DDG-51 destroyer and a Fiscal Year 2017 DDG-51 destroyer, after a provision had been added in committee that threatened this important shipyard workload.

May 3, 2017 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree joined her House colleagues in voting for a $1.17 trillion bipartisan spending bill which will fund the government through September 2017. In House negotiations, Pingree strongly advocated for several key programs to be funded in the final bill. Some of the programs that are of particular importance to Maine include:

Dec 7, 2016 Press Release

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree lauded the announcement of a $59.4 million contract modification to BIW.

"I am excited to see the Navy award‎ this funding to Bath Iron Works as part of this contract modification. This is money well spent. It is further proof of the great work done by the men and women at BIW and the Navy's recognition of that."

Dec 18, 2015 Press Release

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree voted this morning for a spending bill that will keep the government operating for the remainder of the fiscal year (through September 30, 2016).  The bill includes provisions Pingree inserted to improve health care for veterans and restore funding to an important pre-K program.  The bill also contains important provisions affecting agriculture, taxes, clean energy, health care, the environment and defense.