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Pingree: ‘More needs to be done to combat climate change, not less’

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In the House Appropriations Committee markup of the Fiscal Year 2025 Defense funding bill, senior Appropriator and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Interior and Environment Subcommittee Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) spoke out against harmful riders in Republicans funding bill. Speaking in support of Congresswoman Betty McCollum’s (D-Minn.) amendment to reinstate climate prepare...

VIDEO: In Homeland Security Appropriations Markup, Pingree Leads Push for Increased H-2B Visas

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Senior House Appropriator Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today led a bipartisan amendment to the Fiscal Year 2025 Homeland Security Appropriations bill to increase the cap on seasonal labor visas, or H-2B visas. The amendment, co-led by Pingree alongside Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.), comes as Maine enters its busy tourism season and continues to face a worker shortage. Pingree has long suppor...

Pingree, Sarbanes, Neguse, and Clarke Reintroduce Government by the People Act to Counter Big Money Influence in Politics

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To combat the perverse influence of big money in U.S. politics and return power to everyday Americans, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today joined Representatives John Sarbanes (D-Md.), Joe Neguse (D-Colo.), and Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) to reintroduce the Government by the People Act. This legislation would increase civic engagement and amplify the voices of all Americans over special inter...

Pingree, Murphy Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Coastal Homeowners

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Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Congressman Greg Murphy, M.D. (R-N.C.) introduced the Prevent Environmental Hazards Act to give homeowners insured by the National Flood Insurance Program greater flexibility to manage natural disasters. “Coastal communities in Maine know all too well how devastating the impacts of the climate crisis can be. Over the last year, Maine has been hit ...

Pingree Statement on Trump Felony Conviction

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today released the following statement after former President Donald Trump was convicted on all 34 felony charges by a jury in New York: “Today marks a solemn and unprecedented moment in American history. A former President — and the leading Republican nominee for President — has been fairly tried by a jury of his peers and convicted on 34 felony counts. Thi...

Pingree Touts $7.7 Million+ in Rebates for Clean School Buses Across Maine

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Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the recipients of the 2023 Clean School Bus Program rebate competition, funded by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) welcomed the $7.7 million investment for Maine schools, which will help selectees purchase 38 clean school buses in 15 school districts across Maine. The Clean Schoo...

Pingree: Many Issues with House GOP Farm Bill, No Help for PFAS-Impacted Farmers is ‘Just Wrong’

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Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, a longtime organic farmer and member of the House Agriculture Committee, voted against House Republicans’ Farm Bill proposal during the Committee’s markup on Thursday night, citing the bill’s failure to support farmers in Maine and across the country impacted by PFAS contamination, fisheries, food insecure Americans and children, foresters, and historic Inflati...

Pingree Announces $70.9 Million to Support Fish Passage Projects in Maine

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries has recommended $70.9 million in federal funding under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) to improve fish migration in Maine rivers. More than $17 million in Tribal-specific funding for the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point and the...

Let asylum seekers work

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Read my op-ed in the Portland Press Herald What do Manhattan and Maine have in common? Most would say not too much. Typically, they would be right. Yet the Big Apple and the Pine Tree State face a pair of common challenges today: historically tight labor markets and an influx of people desperately seeking asylum. Like other cities and states coming out of the pandemic, Maine is enduring unpreceden...

In Wake of Yet Another SCOTUS Scandal, Pingree, Dozens of Members of Congress Call on Justice Alito to Recuse Himself from Jan. 6-Related Cases

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and dozens of her colleagues in Congress are calling on Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito to recuse himself from any further participation in the case of Trump v. United States and any other cases related to the January 6, 2021 insurrection and the 2020 General Election. This comes on the heels of disturbing reporting by The New York Times that Justice Alit...

Maine Students to Attend Service Academies, Pingree Announces

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today made several U.S. Service Academy announcements and congratulated the Maine students she nominated on their acceptance. Max Kennedy of South Portland will attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in N.Y.; Cora Birknes of Yarmouth will attend the U.S. Naval Academy; and Colby Ting of Yarmouth and Benjamin van den Heuvel of Berwick will attend the ...

Pingree Announces $1.6 Million to Support Maine Logging and Forest Products Industries

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced $1.6 million in federal Wood Innovations and Community Wood Grant Program funding for Maine. Announced as part of a $74 million investment for 171 projectsnationwide by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Forest Service, funding for three projects in Maine will help bring production back to the Jay Mill, expand the use of more sustain...

Pingree, Lawmakers to President Biden: Use Executive Authority to Lower Food Prices

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Maine First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree joined a bicameral group of her colleagues in Congress in encouraging the Biden-Harris Administration to use its executive authority to lower food prices for families. In a letter to President Joe Biden, the lawmakers—led by Congressman James P. McGovern (D-Mass.) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)—note how corporations have been raking in rec...

Pingree Fights to Save Affordable Connectivity Program Benefiting ~100,000 Maine Households

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Responding to urgent constituent calls, Maine’s First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and more than 100 Members of Congress are pushing House and Senate leadership to include funding for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) in upcoming legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch ...

Pingree Announces $1.5 Million for Coastal Wetland Conservation, Habitat Restoration in Maine

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Blue Hill Heritage Trust

Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced $1.5 million in federal funding to protect, conserve, and restore more than 2,000 acres of coastal wetlands and habitats in Maine. With this funding, the Blue Hill Heritage Trust will continue to build on their coastal conservation successes and will add to more than 184,000 acres conserved to date within 5 miles of the Gulf of Maine shoreli...

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