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Pingree Announces Award of Almost $950k from USDA to Strengthen Local and Regional Markets for Maine Agricultural Products

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is awarding $948,019.04 to three Maine institutions to increase consumption of and access to local and regional agricultural products. The Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, the Sustainability Lab in Yarmouth, and Maine Federation of Farmers Markets in... Read More »

Pingree Joins More than 120 House Colleagues in Condemning Trump’s Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today joined more than 120 of her House colleagues in condemning the Trump administration’s formal withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement. The resolution was introduced during the ongoing 2019 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) in light of the Administration’s beginning of a formal withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, which se... Read More »

Pingree Statement on Finalized Trump Administration Rule to Cut SNAP for Nearly 700k Recipients

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) issued the following statement in light of USDA’s announcement that the Trump administration will tighten work requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is estimated to cut benefits for nearly 700,000 recipients: “The Trump administration gave trillion dollar tax cuts to corporations and billionaires, yet they don’t think peopl... Read More »

Maine Delegation Calls on Feds to Answer for Shortcomings in Data, Correct Inaccuracies before Releasing New Rules on Lobstermen

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Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME), Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01), and Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) pressed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) over the accuracy of the data and assumptions the agency is using to craft new regulations on Maine’s lobstermen. The delegation is requesting additional information from NOAA about how the findings of a ... Read More »

Pingree Joins Organic Caucus Colleagues in Supporting USDA Origin of Livestock Rule

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) joined her fellow House Organic Caucus co-chairs Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), Rep Ron Kind (D-Wis.), Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) in urging USDA to issue a final rule on the Origin of Livestock standards, a critical regulation for thousands of organic dairy farmers around the country. A copy of the letter in support of the rule ca... Read More »

Pingree Announces $1.59M in USDA Rural Development Funds for Richmond Utilities District

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved a loan of $800,000 and a grant of $790,000 from the Rural Development program for the Richmond Utilities District, totaling $1.59 million in investments for wastewater treatment in the town. The funds will be used to complete the 2017 Treatment Plant Upgrades Project. “Every Main... Read More »

Pingree Leads Letter Signed by 100+ House Members Demanding Stephen Miller’s Immediate Firing

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U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Don Beyer (D-VA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ), Norma J. Torres (D-CA), Bill Foster (D-IL) today led a group of 107 Members of Congress in demanding that the White House fire Senior Advisor to the President Stephen Miller. Their letter quoted from emails Miller wrote, which were recently p... Read More »

Pingree, McEachin, Haaland, Dingell, Blumenauer & Tonko Introduce 100% Clean Economy Bill with Support from Mainers, 150+ Members of Congress

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01), along with Representatives A. Donald McEachin (VA-04), Deb Haaland (NM-01), Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Earl Blumenauer (OR-3), and Paul Tonko (NY-20), today introduced the 100% Clean Economy Act of 2019. This legislation sets a nationwide goal of achieving a 100% clean energy economy by 2050, defined as net-zero climate pollution across all sectors of the United... Read More »

Pingree Applauds Historic Committee Approval of Comprehensive Bill Legalizing Marijuana

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In response to the news that the House Judiciary Committee voted to pass the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act on a 24-10 bipartisan vote, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement: “Today’s vote is a historic step toward setting a federal cannabis policy that works in the 21stcentury. Eleven states including Maine have already legalized m... Read More »

Collins, King, Pingree Push U.S. Trade Representative on EU Tariff Relief for Lobster Industry

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Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) and Representative Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) urged U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer to continue to prioritize a trade deal with the European Union (E.U.) that would reduce or eliminate E.U. tariffs on Maine lobster. Collins, King, and Pingree have repeatedly pressed the USTR to prioritize lobster in trade negot... Read More »

Members of Northern New England Congressional Delegations Call on Customs and Border Patrol to Disclose Criteria & Effectiveness of Highway Checkpoints

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Yesterday, Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) sent a letter to the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) with Representatives Chris Pappas (D-NH1), Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH2), Peter Welch (D-VT At-Large) and Chellie Pingree (D-ME1), calling on the agency to provide information on the use of temporary highway checkpoints in northern New Eng... Read More »

Pingree Announces Ocean Renewable Power Company to Receive $3.8 Million for Renewable Innovation

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding Ocean Renewable Power Company of Portland with a grant of $3,875,859 to develop innovative hydropower technology. The company will develop hydropower turbines that fit the specific constraints of rivers. “Renewable energy is the key to a clean future for our children and grandchildren, and Maine... Read More »

Pingree, Golden Urge Agriculture Secretary to Protect Farmers, Expedite Hemp Rules

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Responding to news reports that Maine hemp farmers have lost access to federal banking and insurance due to opaque regulations, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) and Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) have written to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and urged him to expedite the review process and establish hemp rules as required by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. This letter is th... Read More »

Pingree Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Recognize Cold War Veterans with Service Medal

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), along with Representatives David McKinley (R-WV), Brian Higgins (D-NY) and Kathleen Rice (D-NY) today introduced H.R. 4807, the bipartisan Cold War Service Medal Act. The legislation would recognize veterans who served in the Cold War with medals for their distinguished service. Cold War veterans do not currently have a service medal, unlike veterans who’ve... Read More »

Pingree Joins 68 Members of Congress in Urging NDAA Conference Committee to Include PFAS Cleanup Provisions

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In a bipartisan letter, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) joined Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) and 67 other members of congress to urge the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Committee to include strong cleanup provisions for per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemical contamination in the FY2020 NDAA. “In the FY2020 NDAA, we have the opportunity to take serious actio... Read More »

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