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Reps. Pingree and Massie Introduce Bipartisan PRIME Act to Empower Local Livestock Farmers, Meet Consumer Demand

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Today, Representative Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) re-introduced the PRIME (Processing Revival and Intrastate Meat Exemption) Act to make it easier for small farms and ranches to serve consumers. Companion legislation has been introduced in the United States Senate by Senators Angus King (I-ME) and Rand Paul (R-KY). The PRIME Act would give individual states freed...

Pingree, Golden Call on DHS to Safely Re-Open the U.S.-Canadian Border

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Today, Reps. Chellie Pingree (ME-01) and Jared Golden (ME-02) joined a group of members of Congress from New England border states urging Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to safely reopen the U.S.-Canadian border. “Since the land border between the United States and Canada was closed on March 21, 2020, families have been divided, tourists unable to explore both nations...

US Reps. Pingree, Stefanik Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Invest in Climate-Forward Forestry Practices

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y) today introduced the Rural Forest Markets Act, bipartisan legislation to help small-scale, family forest owners access new economic opportunities and develop solutions to mitigate the climate crisis. “As we grapple with the effects of climate change, companies across the country are increasingly searching for ways to ...

Maine Delegation Announces $55 Million Contract Modification for Bath Iron Works

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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) announced today that Bath Iron Works has been awarded an additional $55,118,975 from the U.S. Navy under a previously awarded contract to perform lead yard services on the DDG-51 class Guided Missile Destroyer program. “At a time when many American adversaries are increa...

US Reps. Pingree, Golden, and Chairman Courtney Highlight BIW’s Importance to Navy’s Mission

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Maine’s U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree (ME-01) and Jared Golden (ME-02) today hosted House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee Chairman Joe Courtney (CT-02) at Bath Iron Works, where the three lawmakers highlighted the facility’s value to the Navy’s mission. Photos of the lawmakers’ visit are available online here. The visit follows the release of the Presidential Budg...

Maine Delegation Opposes President’s Budget Request to Cut Navy Destroyer

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Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) and Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Jared Golden (D-ME) expressed their opposition to the inclusion of only one DDG-51 Flight III destroyer in President Joe Biden’s budget request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, and committed to advocating for increased procurement of the destroyers. At least two DDG-51s were previously project...

Pingree Statement on President Biden’s FY22 Budget

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In response to the release of President Joe Biden’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget, House Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Chair Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement: “Budgets are a reflection of our values. President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget proposal offers a transformative investment in American lives, helping us emerge from the past 1...

In Bicameral Letter, Pingree, Spanberger, Heinrich, Booker Lead Call for Investment in Agriculture as a Climate Solution

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger (D-NJ), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) today led 30 of their colleagues in a letter urging House and Senate leadership to support a historic, long-term investment in farmers, ranchers, and rural communities as a part of upcoming infrastructure and climate change legislation. Text of their lett...

Maine Delegation Comes Together to Raise Awareness of Teen LGBTQ Suicide

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May is National Mental Health Awareness Month and June is LGBTQ Pride Month, and Maine’s congressional delegation is the first in the country to come together in an effort to raise awareness of the particular challenges facing LGBTQ youth. In a public service announcement web video released by the Trevor Project, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Ja...

Senator Collins, Representative Pingree Urge EPA to Prioritize PFAS Issues in Maine

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U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Representative Chellie Pingree (D-ME) sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Acting Regional Administrator Deborah Szaro, who has recently been appointed to lead the agency’s new Council on PFAS. In the letter, they highlighted Maine’s extensive and unfortunate history with PFAS issues and urged the Council to work with the State of ...

Pingree to DHS Secretary: Review ICE Facility Expansion in Scarborough

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In a letter sent today to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today expressed her ongoing concern with the relocation and expansion of an ICE facility from South Portland to Scarborough. Pingree first requested a delay in opening the facility in March 2020, citing the lack of transparency and engageme...

Following Push Led by Collins, King, and Pingree, DHS to Issue Additional H-2B Visas That Will Support Maine’s Tourism Industry

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Following a push spearheaded by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) and Representative Chellie Pingree (D-ME), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a joint rule today making available an additional 22,000 H-2B visas that will help small businesses fill seasonal job openings. Qualifying employers can begin applying on May 25. These ...

Pingree Votes for Supplemental Budget to Secure Capitol, Respond to January Attack

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), Chair of the House Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, today voted for the Emergency Security Supplemental to Respond to January 6th Appropriations Act, legislation to provide $1.9 billion in funding The emergency security supplemental contains funding in the jurisdiction of six Appropriations Subcommittees, including th...

Video Recap: In Floor Speech, Pingree Urges House Colleagues to Pass Coastal Protection Bill

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In a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) called for the passage of the COAST Research Act, legislation to address the impact of climate change on oceans. H.R. 1147, authored by Congresswoman Bonamici, would expand scientific research and monitoring to improve our understanding of ocean acidification and help coastal communities adapt to the ...

Maine Delegation Urges Administration to Reverse Reported Proposal to Cut Construction of a Navy Destroyer

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U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) and Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Jared Golden (D-ME) sent a letter to President Joe Biden expressing concern about recent media reports that the Department of Defense (DoD) is only expected to request a single DDG-51 Flight III destroyer in the administration’s budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. This would be a reduction from th...

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