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Pingree, Welch, Golden, Kuster Urge Danone to Reinstate Contracts with 89 Organic Dairy Farms across the Northeast

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WASHINGTON, DC— Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), and fellow northeast lawmakers Representatives Peter Welch (D-V.T), Jared Golden (D-Maine), and Annie Kuster (D-N.H.) on Monday sent a letter to chief executives of Danone regarding the company’s decision to terminate its contracts with 89 organic dairy farms in Maine and across the Northeast. “By all accounts, your decision to sever the co...

Pingree, Tester, Murkowski Reintroduce Bill to Support Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma

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WASHINGTON, D.C.– Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) today reintroduced a bipartisan bill to improve access to resources and care for survivors of military sexual trauma (MST). The Servicemember and Veterans’ Empowerment and Support Act, which is adapted from their 2019 version of the bill, updates and expands the definition...

Maine Delegation and Governor Mills Urge Commerce Secretary to Rescind Right Whale Rule and Protect Lobster Fishery

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Washington, D.C. –Following the U.S. District Court of Maine’s order blocking the Lobster Management Area (LMA) 1 restricted area closure, which is a component of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) flawed and unfair Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Rule, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden, and Governor Janet Mills sent a lett...

US Representatives Pingree, Spanberger Push Leadership to Keep Climate-Smart Agriculture Provisions in Build Back Better Act

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WASHINGTON, DC—Today, US Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to keep climate-smart agriculture provisions in the Build Back Better Act. In their letter to leadership, Pingree and Spanberger, who are the primary sponsors of the Agriculture Resilience Act and Climate Stewardship Act, highli...

Pingree, Newhouse, McGovern, Walorski Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Recognize World Food Day

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WASHINGTON, DC— U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.), co-chairs of the bipartisan House Food Recovery Caucus, as well as Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) and Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.), co-chairs of the bipartisan House Hunger Caucus, recently reintroduced a bipartisan resolution in the U.S. House designating October 16 as World Food Day. Each year, the United States join...

Pingree, Bonamici, Leger Fernández Launch Arts Education for All Act

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WASHINGTON, DC – Today Congresswomen Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.), and Teresa Leger Fernández (D-NM) introduced comprehensive legislation to increase access to arts education. The Arts Education for All Act will support and encourage arts education and programming for our young children, K-12 students, and youth and adults involved in the justice system. It will help to cl...

Pingree Statement on Social Security Benefit Increase for 2022

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) issued the following statement in response to the Social Security Administration’s announcement that its beneficiaries will see a 5.9% increase in their benefit checks for 2022, marking the largest boost to benefits in four decades: “Social Security is a lifeline for veterans and millions of Americans living on a fixed income—including one in four Mainers—an...

Pingree Statement on Death of David Flanagan

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) issued the following statement on the death of Central Maine Power Executive Chairman and Maine business icon David Flanagan, who died Thursday of pancreatic cancer: “I’m saddened to hear David Flanagan lost his battle with cancer today. David’s leadership at CMP got Mainers through the 1998 ice storm and countless other outages. His years of dedicated publi...

Expand the Supreme Court: Pingree Cosponsors Bill to Restore Judicial Balance

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Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced her cosponsorship of H.R. 2584, the Judiciary Act of 2021 to expand the United States Supreme Court by adding four seats, creating a 13-justice Supreme Court mirroring the number of US appellate courts. This bill, introduced by Congressman Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), would restore balance to the nation’s highest court after years of norm-breaking ...

Pingree Statement on Reopening of US-Canada Border

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) issued the following statement in response to the Biden Administration’s decision to reopen the Canadian border in November to vaccinated Canadians: “After 19 long months, Canadians will finally be welcomed to the U.S. in way that’s safe for both countries. While reopening the border was long-overdue, I welcome the announcement from the Biden Administration...

VIDEO: Pingree Pushes USDA Secretary For Status of Organic Livestock Rule Implementation

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On Thursday, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) questioned U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack about the agency’s timetable for reinstating the Organic Livestock and Poultry practice rule, which was withdrawn during the Trump administration. Pingree, a long-time organic livestock farmer, stressed the importance of meaningful, well-defined standards for organic livestoc...

Pingree, Members Make Push to Federally Recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced she is cosponsoring legislation that would make Indigenous Peoples’ Day a federal holiday, replacing Columbus Day. H.R. 5473, the Indigenous Peoples’ Day Act, was recently introduced by Rep. Norma Torres (D-CA). Maine is among the 13 states, including the District of Columbia, that recognizes Indigenous Peoples’ Day as a holiday on the state...

Chair Pingree Applauds President Biden for Restoring Federal Protections of Three National Monuments

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Chair of the House Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, issued the following supportive statement regarding President Biden’s plan to restore protections for Northeast Canyons and Seamounts, Bears Ears, and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments: “I applaud President Biden for reinstating protections for Northeast Cany...

Colby College Awarded $10M For Sustainable Agriculture Research, Pingree Announces

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WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced Colby College was awarded a $10 million federal grant for sustainable agriculture research. The grant, awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Sustainable Agricultural Systems program, will fund a Colby College research project that has the long-term goal ...

Why I support the Build Back Better Act

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For decades many of the biggest challenges facing our nation have been put on the backburner: child care affordability, a stronger safety net for aging Americans and people with disabilities, and our hazardous dependence on fossil fuels, to name just a handful. President Biden ran on a platform to reform these failed policies. That Biden won more votes than any candidate in America’s history was, ...

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