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How Farmers Are Fighting Climate Change

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How Farmers Are Fighting Climate Change Farming has always been a risky business. These are especially tough times for farmers—they’re operating on thin margins, trade wars are jeopardizing export markets, a serious mental health and substance abuse crisis is ravaging rural communities, and extreme weather events are becoming more frequent. Farmers are acutely feeling the economic effect of climat... Read More »

2017 Agriculture Census Results for Maine

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Maine – 2017 Agriculture Census Total farms: 7,600 (2017), 8,173 (2012) Land in farms: 1,307,613 (2017), 1,454,104 (2012) Average size of farm: 172 (2017), 178 (2012) Certified organic farms: 535 (2017), 457 (2012) Acres transitioning into certified organic production: 56 (2017), 65 (2012) Milk cows (number of farms): 450 (2017), 581 (2012) Milk cows (total number of cows): 30,443 (2017), 32,117 (... Read More »

In Letter, Pingree Cautions USDA Secretary Against SNAP Work Requirements, Says Policy Caused Maine’s Food insecurity to Spike to 15.8 percent

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today wrote to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and expressed her opposition to a USDA proposed rule that would institute work requirements for individuals who rely on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. In her letter, Pingree noted that when the state of Maine imposed a similar policy during the LePage administra... Read More »

VIDEO: On House Floor, Pingree Urges Maine Tribe’s Inclusion into 2019 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today spoke on the U.S. House floor in support of H.R. 1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2019. This overdue VAWA reauthorization will ensure that the successful programs from the 1994 law continue and are strengthened. Pingree has worked to include language in H.R. 1585, aka VAWA, that will expressly ensure Mai... Read More »

Pingree Applauds Federal Approval of Maine’s Medicaid Expansion Plan

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) issued the following statement applauding the federal government’s approval of Maine’s Medicaid Expansion plan: “Today’s approval of Medicaid Expansion by the federal government marks the final hurdle in the long fight for health care access for 70,000 low-income Mainers. The benefits to our state’s health and economy have always been appare... Read More »

Pingree, Newhouse, Co-Chairs of Bipartisan Congressional Food Recovery Caucus, Applaud Presidential Message Promoting Food Waste Reduction in April

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Dan Newhouse (R-Washington), the co-chairs of Bipartisan Congressional Food Recovery Caucus, welcomed President Trump’s announcement that his administration will focus on food waste reduction throughout April. The president’s official message states that food waste “undermines environmental stewardship and the ability of America... Read More »

Pingree says DHS’s H-2B Seasonal Visa Allotment Falls Short of Need

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, following a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announcement that it would release 30,000 additional H-2B seasonal visas fiscal year 2019, about half of the maximum amount authorized by Congress, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement: “For the last two summers, I’ve heard from seasonal business owners in Maine who could not open on time ... Read More »

Pingree Announces Four Maine Organizations Awarded +300k in National Endowment for the Humanities Grants

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced that the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is offering $328,000 in grants to the Maine Humanities Council, Portland Museum of Art, Trustees of St. Joseph's College, and Maine State Museum. “I’m excited to announce that four of Maine’s cultural institutions have been offered significant grant funding from the National Endowment for t... Read More »

Pingree Co-Sponsors Bill to Keep United States in the Paris Climate Agreement

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today co-sponsored H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, a new bill that would require the Trump administration to remain in the Paris Climate Agreement and to develop a serious plan for how the United States will address climate change. “The Trump administration’s retreat from the Paris Climate Agreement undermined America’s pledge to work ... Read More »

Pingree Presses DoD Official With Environmental Oversight For PFAS Drinking Water Standards at Military Installations

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WASHINGTON, D.C.— In a hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) questioned Assistant Secretary McMahon, who is responsible for overseeing the Department of Defense’s (DoD) environmental policies, about news reports that the Defense Department was seeking a weaker clean-up standard for PFAS toxic chemical contamination than E... Read More »

Pingree Demands Full Release of Mueller Report

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PORTLAND, ME— Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today released the following statement regarding Attorney General Barr’s four-page summary of the Mueller Report: “Over the course of 22 months, Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation resulted in charges against 37 defendants, seven guilty pleas and the conviction of a Trump campaign associate. The American public needs more than a four-page s... Read More »

King, Pingree Urge VA to Maintain “Careful Balance” in Health Care Services

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) and U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today urged the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to ensure it remains the primary provider of veteran health care and to implement the Veterans Community Care Program (VCCP) as a means to fill gaps in veteran health care coverage. The VCCP, authorized by the VA Mission Act of 2018, offers Amer... Read More »

Pingree, Murkowski Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Coastal Communities Deal With Ocean Acidification

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WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) reintroduced H.R. 1716 the Coastal Communities Ocean Acidification Act, which would require federal officials to work with coastal communities in Maine and around the country to address the impacts of ocean acidification. Companion legislation has been introduced in the Senate by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). "Climate change and warm... Read More »

Pingree Warns of Apparent Politicization of Military Project Selection to Fund Border Wall

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Washington, D.C.— Representative Chellie Pingree responded to the statement yesterday by Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) that she would vote to uphold President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build a border wall following discussions with the President, Vice President, and Acting Secretary of Defense in which she was assured that, “As a result, no Arizona military construction projec... Read More »

Pingree Questions VA Office of Inspector General on Military Sexual Assault Claims

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Last August, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a report which found that almost half of military sexual trauma (MST) claims were not processed properly. This raised the strong possibility that MST survivors were wrongly denied benefits which they are legally entitled to. It has been a long, slow road to change the culture so that milit... Read More »

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