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Pingree Announces $3.6M Grant For Maine Firm to Develop Renewable Tidal Power System

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced Ocean Renewable Power Company of Portland has received $3,676,997 in funding from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). “As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I support funding for the Department of Energy and ARPA-E programs that help move us away from our reliance on fossil fuels. Ocean R... Read More »

Pingree, Kuster, Stefanik, Pappas, and Welch Reiterate Bipartisan Request for Funding for Northern Border Regional Commission

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Today, Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02), Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Chris Pappas (NH-01), Peter Welch (VT-AL), and Chellie Pingree (ME-01) wrote to leadership of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees in support of continued funding for the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) as Congress works to fund the government beyond December. In July, the House passed appropriations legisla... Read More »

During National Apprenticeship Week, Pingree Votes to Expand Funding for Apprenticeship Programs

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today joined her colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass H.R. 8294, the National Apprenticeship Act. The legislation reauthorizes and invests in the Registered Apprenticeship system, America’s most successful federal workforce development program. The bill passed 246 to 140. “94% of people who complete registered apprenticeships get hired and... Read More »

Pingree Backs Bill to Provide Targeted Pandemic Relief to Maine’s Small Farmers

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Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) cosponsored the Local and Regional Farmer and Market Support Act, also known as the Local Farmer Act, introduced by Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, (D-N.C.). The Local Farmer Act would help the farmers, farms, and families hardest hit by COVID-19 by targeting aid directly to local and regional food producers and markets as they cope with the COVID-19 pan... Read More »

Golden, Pingree Announce Over $146 Million Contract Modification for BIW

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Representatives Jared Golden (ME-02) and Chellie Pingree (ME-01) announced today that the Navy has awarded a $146,118,867 contract modification to Bath Iron Works (BIW). These additional funds will be used to continue ongoing work maintaining and updating Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) destroyers. “The DDG 51 destroyer is the trusted workhorse of America’s Navy, and Bath builds them best,” said Gold... Read More »

Pingree Touts Unanimous Passage of Job-Creating Sea Grant Program Reauthorization

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today released the following statement celebrating the unanimous reauthorization of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program by the U.S. House of Representatives: “The state of Maine has over 5,000 miles of coastline—the longest in America. Sea Grant’s work to making coastal communities more resilient in the... Read More »

Pingree Statement on California V. Texas, Future of the Affordable Care Act

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As the Supreme Court hears arguments this morning in California v. Texas, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement: “For over a decade, the Affordable Care Act has provided a foundation of health care access and protections to all Americans. As our nation battles a pandemic that has already taken more than 235,000 American lives, this law is more important than ever... Read More »

Congresswoman Pingree Congratulates President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris on Historic Victory

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PORTLAND, MAINE – Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today released the following statement on the historic and decisive election of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris: “I want to congratulate President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris. Winning the most votes of any candidates in US history, their victory is a triumph for democracy and decency. “Their ... Read More »

Pingree, 100+ Members Introduce Resolution Affirming the Supreme Court’s Marriage Equality Precedent

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), a congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus Vice Chair, today joined more than 100 House members in introducing a resolution to affirm the Supreme Court’s rulings on same-sex marriage. The resolution comes days after Justice Barrett’s rushed Supreme Court confirmation and alarming statements by Justices Thomas and Alito questioning the Supreme... Read More »

Maine Delegation Pushes USDA Again to Fix Shortcomings of Farmers to Families Program to Ensure In-State Contractors and Farmers Can Benefit From Fourth Round of Funding

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U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden wrote to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today requesting fixes to the Farmers to Families Food Box Program to ensure Maine-based contractors have a fair shot to be selected when the fourth round contracts are awarded. No companies in Maine were chosen by USDA to be suppliers in the first... Read More »

Pingree Announces $3.4 Million Federal Investment in Rural Maine

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced two Maine institutions have been awarded a total of $3,392,500 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Community Facilities Program. The funding, which was awarded to the Children’s Discovery Museum in Waterville and Regional Transportation Program, Inc. in Cumberland County, will help improve critical community facil... Read More »

Pingree Urges FDA to Listen to Scientists During COVID-19 Vaccine Approval

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today joined Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-Col.), Congressman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), and 80 other members of the House of Representatives on a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar, which expressed concerns about the politicization around the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) COVID-19 vaccine approval process. The letter is av... Read More »

Pingree Backs Bill to Help Maine’s Island Communities Use Renewable Power, Become Energy Independent

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today joined 23 of her House colleagues in introducing the Energy Resilient Communities Act, legislation to create a new program at the US Department of Energy to invest in clean energy microgrids. The legislation also prioritizes clean energy equity and resilience, helping to power the critical infrastructure that communities rely on in the aftermath of an ... Read More »

Pingree Applauds Court’s Rejection of Trump Administration’s ‘Cruel’ Food Assistance Restriction

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Following months of advocacy against the Trump administration’s cruel food assistance restrictions, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today applauded a U.S. District Court’s decision to block implementation of a rule that would have stripped Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits away from millions: “SNAP serves as our nation’s largest and most effective line of defense ag... Read More »

Pingree, McGovern, Walorski Raise Awareness of Global Food Insecurity on World Food Day

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Each year, the United States joins 150 nations and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in celebrating World Food Day to promote global awareness and action for those who suffer from chronic hunger and all forms of malnutrition. Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.)—co-chairs of the House Food Recovery Caucus—as well as Jim McGovern (D-Ma... Read More »

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