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Pingree Applauds Final Rule Expanding Background Checks for Firearm Sales

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Maine First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree is applauding efforts by the Biden-Harris Administration to combat gun violence by announcing a new rule that will save lives by reducing the number of firearms sold without background checks. “More Americans die from misused firearms than car crashes every year, and yet America’s gun ownership laws are far more lax and allow weapons to get into t...

Pingree Leads Bipartisan Opposition to USDA Reclassification of Potatoes

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Amid concerning reports that potatoes could be reclassified as grains in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs), Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), a member of the House Agriculture Committee, and Congressman Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) are leading a bipartisan effort to express opposition to efforts to declassify potatoes as vegetables. In a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) S...

Collins, King, Pingree Announce $3 Million Federal Investment to Improve Maine Marinas

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U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced $3 million in Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) funding for infrastructure improvements at DiMillo’s Marina in Portland and Peaks Island Marina. Funding for BIG is administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and was reauthorized under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law...

Pingree Applauds First-Ever National Drinking Water Standard to Protect Mainers from PFAS Pollution

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Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the first-ever national, legally enforceable drinking water standard to protect communities from exposure to harmful per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as “forever chemicals.” Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, w...

Whitefield Student to Attend Merchant Marine Academy

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced that Erskine Academy senior Giacomo Donato Smith of Whitefield has accepted an offer to attend the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. Pingree nominated Giacomo to the Academy in December. “Acceptance to a U.S. service academy is extremely competitive and reflects highly on a student’s scholarship, community service, an...

Pingree, Dozens of Members of Congress Urge Biden, Blinken to Withhold Weapons Transfers After Humanitarian Aid Workers Killed

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Maine First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, alongside U.S. Representatives Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.), Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and 37 of their colleagues sent a letter to President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken asking them to withhold pending offensive weapons transfers to Israel after seven humanitarian aid workers from World Central Kitchen, including ...

Pingree Statement on Passing of Former Maine Governor Joseph Brennan

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Maine First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree today shared the following statement on the death of former Maine Governor and Congressman Joseph Brennan: “I’m saddened to hear of Joseph Brennan’s passing and offer my sincere condolences to his wife Connie, children Joseph (JB) and Tara, loved ones, and friends. Joe came from humble immigrant Irish beginnings and grew up in a large family of li...

Pingree Announces $15 Million Federal Investment to Boost Clean Energy Loans in Maine

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced $15 million for the Efficiency Maine Green Bank to support energy loans through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Clean Investment Fund (NCIF), an initiative created by President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. Efficiency Maine is a sub-awardee under an application submitte...

Collins, King, Pingree Announce $199K to Support Penobscot Nation Ocean and Coastal Priorities

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U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representative Chellie Pingree announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded the Penobscot Indian Nation $199,998 to increase the tribe’s involvement and support of energy, climate change and ocean-related issues. Funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and dispersed via NOAA’s Regional Ocean Partnersh...

Pingree Leads 35 Bipartisan Members of Congress in Push for Seafood-Focused Priorities in Next Farm Bill

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today led 35 bipartisan members of Congress in a letter to Agriculture Committee leaders of the House and Senate urging the establishment of a new Office of Seafood Policy and Program Integration at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA); support for seafood procurement from small and midsize seafood businesses across USDA nutrition programs; an...

Rep. Pingree Touts 16 USDA Grants, 2 Loans Worth Over $30 million for Midcoast Maine Businesses

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Today Maine’s First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree announced 16 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) grants and loans worth a total of $2.1 million for businesses in midcoast Maine. The infusion of rural development funding comes from the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) passed by Congressional Democrats and signed by President Biden. “I was p...

As Humanitarian Crisis Mounts in Gaza, Pingree Urges President Biden to Enforce U.S. Law on Security Assistance to Israel

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) and five senior House Democrats with significant experience in foreign policy and human rights - Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02), Congresswoman Sara Jacobs (CA-51), Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-12), and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) sent a letter urging President Biden to make clear that continued efforts by the Isr...

VIDEO: Pingree Raises Concerns Over Maine’s Meat Processing Backlog with USDA Secretary Vilsack

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In a House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee hearing today with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) shed light on challenges Maine farmers are facing amid meat processing backlogs. Pingree, a longtime farmer and member of both the House Agriculture Committee and House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee, asked Secretary Vil...

VIDEO: Pingree Presses Army Official on Restricting Reservists with Mental Health Diagnosis from Possessing Firearms

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In light of a new Interim Commission Report on last October’s mass shooting in Lewiston, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today pushed Sergeant Major of the Army Michael R. Weimer on what guardrails are in place to prevent Army reservists, like the shooter Robert Card, from possessing a firearm when experiencing a mental health crisis, and what protocols exist to ensure local law enforceme...

$100,000 USDA Grant Awarded to Support Maine’s Organic Market, Pingree Announces

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), a longtime organic farmer and member of the House Agriculture Committee and House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, today announced federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to strengthen and expand the organic market in Maine. Crystal Spring Community Farm in Brunswick was awarded $100,000 through the USDA Agriculture Marketi...

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