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Pingree Announces $800,000 in Funding to Support Maine’s Firefighters, First Responders

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG) has awarded five projects in Maine’s 1st Congressional District with a total of $813,760.85 funding. The AFG program assists first-responder organizations in obtaining emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, emergency vehicles, and traini... Read More »

Pingree Announces $700K Federal Investment in Three Maine Museums

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ (IMLS) Museums for America (MFA) program will award three projects in Maine’s First Congressional District with a combined $704,458 in grants and combined matching amounts of $769,730. “In my lifetime, I’ve watched communities like Rockland transform into national arts and culture... Read More »

VIDEO: In Floor Speech, Pingree Urges Support for Bill Banning Oil Drilling in Gulf of Maine

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today spoke before the U.S. House of Representatives in support of H.R. 1941, the Coastal Marine Economies Protection Act. The bill seeks to counteract the Trump administration’s plan to drill for oil in most U.S. waters, including new leases in the North Atlantic region encompassing Maine. H.R. 1941 would place a permanent moratorium on oil and gas leasing... Read More »

Responding to Congresswoman Pingree’s Request, GAO Releases Food Date Labeling Report

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In response to request for study made by Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) in October 2017, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) today issued a report which confirmed food date labeling to be a significant source of consumer confusion and subsequently food waste. Pingree praised the report titled “Date Labels on Packaged Foods: USDA and FDA Cou... Read More »

Pingree Responds to Reports of Trump Administration’s Plan to Halt Nearly All Refugee Admissions

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In response to reports that the Trump administration is preparing to ban nearly all refugee admissions for FY2020, Congresswoman Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement: We are in the midst of the greatest global refugee crisis since World War II, and the Trump administration’s response represents a total retreat from America’s values. Since taking office in 2016, President Trump has ef... Read More »

Pingree Announces Maine Cultural Organizations to Receive $200,000 from National Endowment for the Humanities

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded two projects in Maine a combined $200,000. The Maine Humanities Council and the University of Maine, Augusta will both receive $100,000 for public discussion programs. “As the co-chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus, I’ve seen how the arts can bring people together and build unders... Read More »

Pingree Statement on Mass Shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today released the following statement regarding two mass within the past 24 hours: “I’m devastated and angry about the horrific gun slaughter of at least 29 people in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio within the past 24 hours. The House has passed common sense legislation to address gun violence but the Senate refuses to act. This is absolutely unacceptable. ... Read More »

Pingree, Newhouse Introduce House Bill to Standardize Food Date Labels, Cut Food Waste

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Pingree, Newhouse Introduce House Bill to Standardize Food Date Labels, Cut Food Waste WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Dan Newhouse (R-Washington) today introduced the bipartisan Food Date Labeling Act, a bill designed to end consumer confusion around food date labeling and ensure Americans do not throw out perfectly good food. Studies have shown that Americans ... Read More »

Rep. Pingree’s Bill to Preserve Working Waterfronts Gets First Hearing in 116th Congress

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WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) testified before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife in support of her bill, H.R. 3596, the Keep America’s Waterfronts Working Act. The bill would create a Working Waterfront Grant Program and establish a Working Waterfront Task Force at the Department of Commerce. Pingree’s bipartisan bill was one... Read More »

Pingree Statement on Special Counsel Mueller’s Testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement regarding Special Counsel Mueller’s testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees about his two-year investigation of Russian election interference: “All of our intelligence agencies—from the CIA and FBI to the NSA—have reached the same conclusion as Special Counsel Mueller: Russia interfered in the 2016 pr... Read More »

Pingree Statement on Governor Mills’ Decision to Make GA Funds Available to Prospective Asylum Seekers

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) released the following statement in response to Governor Mills’ announcement that the state will allow an influx of prospective asylum seekers who’ve come to Portland to apply for General Assistance (GA): “Governor Mills’ decision to expand general assistance funds statewide is pragmatic and a reflection of Maine’s values. She has shown tremendous leadership i... Read More »

VIDEO: In Hearing, Pingree Pushes USDA on a Final Organic Origin of Livestock Rule

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Today in a Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research Subcommittee hearing of the House Committee on Agriculture, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) questioned United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs Undersecretary Greg Ibach on the National Organic Program and the delay in the origin of livestock rulemaking. “It’s completely unacceptable that you’re goi... Read More »

Rep. Pingree Responds to Pres. Trump’s Xenophobic Statements about Members of Congress

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement rebuking President Trump’s racist statements about four elected members of Congress: “As I go back to Washington today, I'm taking Maine's values of inclusiveness with me. “In the face of President Trump’s racist statements and his Administration's assaults on immigrant communities, Mainers have responded by welcoming asylum ... Read More »

Pingree, Golden, Pappas, Kuster Secure Amendment in FY 2020 Defense Authorization Bill to Support Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Workers

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U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree (ME-01), Jared Golden (ME-02), Chris Pappas (NH-01), and Annie Kuster (NH-02) have secured language in the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to support Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PSNY) workers who were hired between January 2016 and December 2016, but declared ineligible for the Navy’s Accelerated Promotion Program (APP), a federal career advanc... Read More »

Rep. Pingree’s Amendment to Support Military Sexual Trauma (MST) Survivors Included in FY 2020 Defense Authorization Bill

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An amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) offered by Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Congressman Jason Crow (D-Colo.) to support survivors of military sexual trauma (MST) has been approved. The Pingree-Crow amendment requires the Department of Defense’s Sexual Assault Response coordinators and advocates to advise servicemembers who report sexual trauma of their elig... Read More »

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