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Maine Delegation Welcomes Navy Support for Two DDG-51s in FY21 Budget Proposal

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Responding to the request for two fiscal year 2021 Arleigh-Burke class (DDG-51) destroyers —a ship built at Bath Iron Works in Maine—in the President’s FY 2021 budget request, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden released the following statement: “Maine’s congressional delegation has worked together to authorize and secure funding for robu... Read More »

Pingree Leads Bipartisan Letter to EPA Urging Congressional, USDA Input Before Defining Biostimulants

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today led four members of Congress in writing to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler, urging EPA to wait before legally defining biostimulants. Pingree and her colleagues urged Administrator Wheeler to delay final draft guidance for defining or regulating plant biostimulants until Congress and the United States Department ... Read More »

Pingree Says FY 2021 Trump Budget Proposal Will Face Bipartisan Opposition in Congress

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Reacting to President Trump’s FY2021 budget proposal, which was announced today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement: “Last week, President Trump used his State of the Union address to express his support for health care access. Today, in contrast, he’s proposed a budget that would slash billions of dollars from Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Ins... Read More »

With House Passage of PRO Act, Pingree Votes to Support Organized Labor, Hold Corporations Accountable

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) voted to approve H.R. 2474, the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act of 2019, to provide new protections for workers and hold employers who violate workers' rights accountable. The bill passed 224 to 194. “Unions have been under attack by wealthy corporate interests for decades because they empower workers to negotiate better pay and fair treatment from ... Read More »

Scarborough student to attend Naval Academy

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree announced today that Lucas N. Wright of Scarborough has accepted an offer to attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Pingree nominated Wright 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, and character,” said Pingree. “Along with all t... Read More »

Maine Delegation Calls on NOAA to Protect Right Whales from Ship Strikes

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Maine Delegation Calls on NOAA to Protect Right Whales from Ship Strikes NOAA has proposed no new restrictions to address ship strikes, but moves forward with broad new regulations on lobstermen WASHINGTON — Maine’s congressional delegation called on the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA) this week to take steps to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale from ship str... Read More »

Pingree Statement on President Trump’s State of the Union Address

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) tonight released the following statement on President Trump’s State of the Union. President Trump’s remarks were full of misleading claims about our economy, climate change, and health care, to name a few. Millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions, like my State of the Union guest, Kings Floyd, are worried about the future of their health care becau... Read More »

As Trump Admin Seeks to Dismantle ACA, Pingree Invites Mainer Who Relies on Health Law’s Pre-Existing Condition Protections to President’s State of the Union Address

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) has invited Kings Floyd to join her at President Trump’s State of the Union address scheduled to be delivered next Tuesday, February 4th in the US House of Representatives chamber at 9:00 pm. Floyd is a disability rights advocate who has benefited from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) pre-existing condition protections. “The Affordable Care Act expanded acces... Read More »

In Letter to Trump Admin Officials, Pingree Joins 34 Members of Congress in Opposing Plan to Turn Medicaid into Block Grants Without Consent of Congress, Says Plan is Illegal

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today joined 34 of her House colleagues in writing to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma to oppose the Trump administration’s plan to covert Medicaid into block grants. “The purpose of block grant waivers is to overhaul the state’s Medicaid p... Read More »

King, Pingree Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Letter Urging Administration to Increase the Number of Temporary, Non-Immigrant H-2B Workers for 2020

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U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) and U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today led a bicameral, bipartisan group of their colleagues, including Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Representative Jared Golden (D-Maine), in a letter to Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf urging the administration to immediately increase the statutory cap of H-2B visas for fisc... Read More »

Pingree, McCollum Question Forest Service Decision to Allow Foreign Mining Company To Write Its Own Biological Assessment

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Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Chair and Vice Chair of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, respectively, are questioning the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to allow Canadian mining company Midas Gold to conduct its own Biological Assessment to be used in the Environmental Impact Statement for the company’s proposed open-pit gold... Read More »

Maine Delegation Emphasizes Need to Hold China Accountable on American Lobster Commitment

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U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) and U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Jared Golden (D-Maine) are sending a letter today pressing U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer for specific information regarding China’s commitment to purchase lobster in the recently announced U.S./China trade deal. In the letter, the Maine Delegation urges the UST... Read More »

VIDEO: On 47th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Pingree Says “We Must Stand Up to Senseless Attacks on Women’s Health”

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) took to the House floor and delivered a speech in recognition of the 47th anniversary of Roe versus Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. “Nearly 50 years after Roe became settled law, abortion is still under attack by extreme politicians who believe the government should dictate whether and when to have a child,” said Pingree ... Read More »

Pingree Launches New Web Page to Update Constituents About How Congress is Addressing Climate Crisis

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today launched a web page to help constituents track the legislative initiatives she’s supporting in the 116thCongress to address the climate crisis. The page, hosted at pingree.house.gov/climatechange, serves as a transparent and easy-to-navigate resource for constituents to stay updated on Pingree’s legislative work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, prom... Read More »

Pingree Announces $260,449 USDA Grant to UMaine Cooperative Extension

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced a grant award of $260,449 to the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. The grant comes from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program (NADPRP), funded through the 2018 Farm Bill. The grant awarded to the University of M... Read More »

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