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Chair Pingree Applauds Biden Admin’s Ambitious 30 x 30 ‘America the Beautiful’ Conservation Initiative

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), Chair of the House Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, today welcomed the release of President Biden’s ‘Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful’ report which recommends the United States conserve at least 30 percent of our lands and waters by 2030. “The Biden Administration’s aptly named ‘America the Beautiful’ in... Read More »

Video Recap: Pingree Pushes USDA to Speed Up Broadband Expansion in Nation’s Smallest Rural Communities

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture & Rural Development, today asked officials from U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development to detail their plans for rural broadband as outlined in their Fiscal Year 2022 budget request, including how they plan to better prioritize broadband in under-resourced communities. “I think each o... Read More »

Pingree Joins Nearly 100 House Lawmakers Calling for Filibuster to be Abolished

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) joined nearly 100 House Democrats in sending a letter to Senate Democrats, urging them to swiftly end the filibuster so that Congress can deliver on the promises made to the voters who elected them to lead in the U.S. House, Senate, and White House. Members demonstrated the need to put people over procedure in order to move forward with legislation to protec... Read More »

Pingree Statement on Mills Admin’s Proposal to Invest American Rescue Plan Funds

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In response to Governor Janet Mills’ announcement of her administration’s intent to use federal funds from the American Rescue Plan to spur economic recovery and growth in Maine, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree released the following statement: “I applaud Governor Mills for outlining a transparent and thoughtful plan to grow Maine’s economy well into the future using federal funds from the American ... Read More »

Baxter Academy Student Wins 2021 Congressional Art Competition for Maine’s 1st District

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced today that Baxter Academy senior Elwen Bernard has won the 2021 Congressional Art Competition for Maine’s 1st District. Her illustration Passport Photo will be on display in the U.S. Capitol for one year. “Every year, the sheer talent of Maine student artists blows me away, and this year’s Congressional Art Competition was no exception. Art offers ... Read More »

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, Senator Sherrod Brown Lead Colleagues in Reintroducing Bipartisan, Bicameral Child Nutrition Bill

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) today reintroduced the Kids Eat Local Act, a bipartisan, bicameral bill to support local and regional food systems and encourage healthy meal choices among school-aged children. The bill is cosponsored by U.S. Representatives Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.), Josh Harder (D-Calif.), and Alma Adams (D-N.C.). Companion legislation w... Read More »

Pingree Statement on President Biden’s Joint Address to Congress Outlining American Families Plan

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WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement regarding President Joe Biden’s first Joint Address to Congress where he outlined his American Families Plan: “For too long, government has not done enough to strengthen working families. This week’s Census results revealed that American population growth has hit historic lows, representing a significant thre... Read More »

Pingree Announces $7 Million Grant to Restore and Protect Maine’s Waterways

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has awarded The Nature Conservancy a grant of $6,999,768 as a part of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program. “Through nature-based solutions, we can mitigate the climate crisis and protect Maine’s natural resources. The Nature Conservancy is a great partner in this effort, and their... Read More »

Maine Delegation Presses VA Leadership for Construction of New Veterans’ Mental Health Facility

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Maine’s congressional delegation wrote to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis McDonough this week urging him not to delay construction of a new veterans mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) facility in Maine. The delegation has learned that construction of the new 24-bed facility at Togus may experience delays due to new guidance from the VA. In their letter, Congressman ... Read More »

On Earth Day, Rep. Pingree & Senator Heinrich Reintroduce Agriculture Resilience Act

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), alongside Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M) and 16 of her House colleagues today reintroduced the bicameral Agriculture Resilience Act (ARA). This bold, comprehensive legislation sets a roadmap to achieve net-zero emissions from agriculture by 2040 and empowers farmers with the tools and resources needed to improve soil health, sequester carbon, reduce emissi... Read More »

King, Golden, Collins, Pingree Reintroduce Bill to Help Young Mainers Work at Family Logging Operations

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Senator Angus King (I-ME) and Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) reintroduced their Future Logging Careers Act this week with Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Chellie Pingree (ME-01) as cosponsors. The bipartisan, bicameral Future Logging Careers Act would allow small logging businesses to train 16- and 17-year-old family members for futures in Maine forest products. “Maine’s logging industry is par... Read More »

Pingree Votes to Admit Washington, D.C. as the 51st State

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today voted for H.R. 51, the Washington, D.C. Admission Act, which would make the District of Columbia America’s 51st state and ensure the city’s more than 700,000 residents are finally fully represented in the U.S. Congress. “Washington, D.C. has more residents than the states of Vermont or Wyoming—yet these states are still allowed representation in Congre... Read More »

Pingree Announces $1,595,009 in USDA Rural Development Funds on Earth Day

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On Earth Day, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree announced $1,595,009 in USDA Rural Development funding has been awarded to four businesses and three local governments. The total $483,009 in grants and $1,112,000 in low-interest loans will propel clean water and renewable energy projects in rural southern and midcoast Maine. “Earth Day is time for us to recommit a whole-of-government approach to mitiga... Read More »

Video Recap: Chair Pingree Asks Administrator Regan How EPA Will Curb PFAS Contamination

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As Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today questioned Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan on his agency’s plans to respond the growing issue of PFAS, or forever chemicals. PFAS chemicals are man-made chemicals that have so far been found in the drinking water of more ... Read More »

Pingree Applauds Passage of the NO BAN Act

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today voted in favor of the NO BAN Act, important legislation that would prevent any future president from implementing a xenophobic immigration ban such as former President Trump’s Muslim Ban. The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives 218 to 208. “The Muslim Ban only served to stoke xenophobia and senselessly cut thousands of Americans off from thei... Read More »

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