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Pingree Pushes House Leadership to Prioritize Green Jobs, Environmental Justice in Next Recovery Package

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today joined Reps. Barragan, Huffman, Hastings, Lawrence, and 55 other members in writing to Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy, urging them to support a transformational green stimulus investment as Congress prepares the next COVID-19 relief and recovery packages. Full text of the letter is available online here. “As work continues on developing sh... Read More »

Pingree Announces $450,000 for Maine DOL Apprenticeship Programs

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced the Maine Department of Labor will receive $450,000 from the U.S. Department of Labor through the Registered Apprenticeship Program. “As our nation prepares to recover and rebuild from the unprecedented levels of joblessness caused by the coronavirus pandemic, registered apprenticeship programs will give employees a leg up to enter a new indu... Read More »

Pingree Announces $400k from CARES Act Coming to Maine to Help 8 Arts Organizations Retain Jobs

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced eight Maine arts organizations will receive grants totaling $400,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The grants were funded through the CARES Act and will support staff salaries, fees for artists or contracted personnel, and facilities costs. Six of those organizations are in the First Congressional District, which Pingree rep... Read More »

Maine Delegation Calls on Administration to Reject Petition for Lobster Fishery Closures

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Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02), Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME), and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) today urged Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to reject a petition to impose seasonal closures on lobster and crab fishing in three areas in and around the Gulf of Maine. While the suggested closures — put forward by the Pew Charitable Trusts — are intended to protect the ... Read More »

Pingree Leads Bipartisan Letter Asking USDA to Finalize Origin of Livestock Rule

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today joined Congressman Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.) and Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) in asking the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to finalize the National Organic Program’s Origin of Livestock Rule. Pingree has called on USDA to finalize the Origin of Livestock Rule before, but the COVID-19 pandemic has caused seismic market shifts for ... Read More »

Pingree Votes to Invest $1.5T in 21st Century Clean, Renewable Infrastructure Plan

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today joined her House colleagues to pass H.R. 2, a more than $1.5 trillion proposal to transform and reinvest in the whole of American infrastructure. The Moving Forward Act passed the House 233-188. “As our nation grapples with the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, we know that our path forward requires investments in 21st century infrastructur... Read More »

Pingree Hails Congress’ First-Ever Report on Climate Crisis As "Groundbreaking"

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) hailed the release of Congress’ first-ever comprehensive report on climate change, authored by the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. The Select Committee was established at the beginning of the 116th Congress and is charged with developing concrete policy recommendations to mitigate the threat of climate change. The recomm... Read More »

With Food Insecurity on the Rise, Pingree Joins Push to Expand SNAP Eligibility & Increase Minimum Monthly Benefit

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) joined 165 of her House colleagues in pushing House and Senate leadership to boost and protect the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) during COVID-19. The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in increased food insecurity and unprecedented demand at food banks. Full text of the letter is available here and at the end of this release. The lawmakers ... Read More »

Pingree Announces More Than $2 Million CARES Act Grant to Casco Bay Lines to Keep Jobs, Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced the Casco Bay Island Transit District (CBITD) is receiving a $2,683,915 grant from the Federal Transit Administration through the CARES Act, passed by Congress in March. “I supported the CARES Act in part because it provided support and funding for organizations across our economy—from small businesses to arts organizations to transportation,... Read More »

Pingree Statement on June Medical Services v. Russo Supreme Court Decision

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that June Medical Services v. Russo, Louisiana’s abortion admitting privileges law, is unconstitutional: “Today the Supreme Court once again affirmed that abortion access is a constitutional right. Louisiana’s admitting privileges law is identical to a Texas law that ... Read More »

As Trump Administration Seeks to Overturn ACA, Pingree Votes to Protect & Expand Health Care Coverage

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today voted in favor of H.R. 1425, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act. The legislation, which would make health care more affordable and accessible, passed the United States House of Representatives 234-179. “Congressional Republicans have voted more than 70 times to undermine the Affordable Care Act—a law that has extended health car... Read More »

Pingree Votes for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to Enforce Mandatory Ban on Excessive Use of Force, Reporting of Police Misconduct

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today voted for passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which would enforce national mandatory accountability standards to end police misconduct and address racial injustice in policing. “After George Floyd’s murder by police was captured on video, millions of Americans called for law enforcement reforms to address unchecked racial profiling and... Read More »

Pingree Votes to End Washington’s D.C. Taxation Without Representation

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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 702,000 residents are finally fully represented in the U.S. Congress. “Washington, D.C. has more residents than the states of Vermont and Wyoming, who pay more federal taxes than the residents of 22 indiv... Read More »

Pingree Co-Sponsors Legislation to Promote Carbon Sequestration Markets for Farmers

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today released the following statement on her co-sponsorship of H.R. XX, the Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2020, legislation to promote climate-friendly agricultural practices by increasing farmers’ access to carbon markets: “Farming has always been a risky business, but this moment is an especially tough one for farmers: climate change is creating unpred... Read More »

Maine Delegation Urges Direct Relief for Maple Syrup Producers through USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

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U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in support of maple syrup producers’ eligibility for direct relief from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). CFAP, created through the CARES Act, will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to d... Read More »

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