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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 »

Pingree, Newhouse, Bonamici Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Food Waste in Nation’s Schools

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) along with Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) today introduced H.R. 5607, the bipartisan School Food Recovery Act. The bill will create a new program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to support schools working on food waste reduction projects. “One in five kids in Maine doesn’t have enough to eat, while... Read More »

Pingree Joins 49 House Colleagues in Supporting Clean Air Act; Protecting Landmark Environmental Bill from Trump Admin’s Attacks

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today joined 47 other House members as an original cosponsor of a House resolution in support of the Clean Water Act. H.Res. 797, authored by Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) and Congressman Chris Pappas (D-N.H.), calls on the Environmental Protection Agency to maintain and strengthen the Clean Water Act against continued attempts from the Trump admini... Read More »

VIDEO: Pingree Amendment to Address Age Discrimination Against Women Passes in House Bill to Protect Older Workers

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today voted to pass H.R. 1230, the bipartisan Protect Older Workers Against Age Discrimination Act. The bill levels the playing field for older workers and restores their rights to fight back against age discrimination. Pingree’s bipartisan amendment with Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Illinois) to address disproportionate age discrimination against women was i... Read More »

Pingree, Barragán Lead 50 Members of Congress in Opposing Trump Rule Doubling Wait Time for Asylum Seeker Work Permits

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A group of 50 members of Congress, led by Congresswomen Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Nanette Barragán (D-California), have submitted official comments to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) opposing a rule that would more than double the waiting period asylum seekers must wait to apply for work authorization from 150 days to 365 days. “We are concerned that the proposed changes will cause h... Read More »

Pingree Announces $500k NEH Grant to Town of Kittery

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has granted $500,000 to the town of Kittery. NEH has awarded this grant to Kittery to update their library to make it more accessible to the public. “Libraries are one of our most invaluable public resources and it is incredibly important that these public resources remain available to everyone ... Read More »

Pingree, Golden Invite House Armed Services Committee Leadership to Bath Iron Works

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) and Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) wrote to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces today to invite them to tour Bath Iron Works (BIW). “Given your leadership positions on the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee and your representation of naval construction shipyards and their workers... Read More »

Pingree, House Agriculture Chairman Peterson Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Support Hemp Farmers, CBD Businesses

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today joined House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota), as well as Congressmen James Comer (R-Kentucky) and Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky), in introducing bipartisan legislation that will support hemp farmers and provide a regulatory pathway for products containing hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD). The bill, H.R. 5587, would give the U.S. ... Read More »

Pingree-Spanberger Amendment to Label Safe Textiles Passes in House Bill to Regulate Forever Chemicals

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today joined her colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in passing H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act, which included her amendment on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Safer Choice label. The bill requires EPA to list PFAS chemicals (also known as “forever chemicals”), including PFOA and PFOS, as hazardous substances under the Superfund clean-... Read More »

VIDEO: In Floor Speech, Pingree Urges Passage of Bill to Regulate Harmful “Forever Chemicals”

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Today, in a speech on the House floor, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today urged passage of H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act. The bill requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to list PFAS chemicals (also known as “forever chemicals”), including PFOA and PFOS as hazardous substances under the Superfund clean-up program within a year and to develop national drinking water regulatio... Read More »

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