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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 »

Pingree says Trump Budget Again Puts Campaign Promises Above Needs of Maine Families

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), member of the House Appropriations Committee, today released the following statement regarding President Trump’s FY 2020 budget blueprint, which includes $2.7 trillion in spending cuts to programs that support health care and the environment, among other priorities, while requesting $8.6 billion to construct a southern border barrier: “Pres... Read More »

VIDEO: Pingree Presses VA Officials on Veterans Homelessness, Touts Success of Maine’s Long-Term Stayers Program

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WASHINGTON, DC— In a hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) yesterday asked officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs to address the housing access challenges facing our nation’s veterans. Pingree spoke of Maine’s successful long-term stayer program which supports those experiencing chronic hom... Read More »

York Student to Attend Naval Academy

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WASHINGTON, DC-- Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced today that Caroline Leal from York has accepted an offer to attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Pingree nominated Leal to the Academy in December. “Acceptance to a U.S. service academy is extremely competitive and reflects highly on a student’s scholarship, community service, and character,” said Pingree.... Read More »

Pingree Helps Announce Travis Mills as Finalist for Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s Citizen Honor Award

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Washington, D.C.—Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree joined the Congressional Medal of Honor Society to announce Maine veteran Travis Mills as one of 20 finalists for the society’s Citizens Honors Award. “To be selected as a finalist for this national award is a great honor in itself—and a fitting one for a veteran who has inspired so many,” said Pingree. “Travis Mills’ hard-fought physical recov... Read More »

Pingree Urges Administration to Increase Number of H-2B Visas

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WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) as well as U.S. Rep. Andy Harris (R-M.D.) today led a bipartisan, bicameral letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen urging the administration to immediately increase the statutory cap of H-2B visas for fiscal year 2019 as authorized by the recent ap... Read More »

Pingree Launches Updated Congressional Website

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PORTLAND, MAINE—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today unveiled the first major updates to her congressional website in five years. Pingree’s new website features user-friendly tools to provide the public with greater transparency and access to her policy positions and the full range of constituent services offered by her offices in Washington, Portland, and Waterville. “Our congressional w... Read More »

Pingree Announces $100k in Federal Funding to Support 165 Senior Volunteer Service Members in Maine

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PORTLAND, MAINE – Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced that Catholic Charities Maine in Portland will receive $100,000 in federal grant funding to support 165 Senior Corps volunteers. “I’m delighted to announce this significant federal investment for Maine seniors who want to remain active and in service to their communities,” said Congresswoman Pingree. “This $100,000 grant wil... Read More »

Reaction to Michael Cohen's Testimony

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WASHINGTON, DC— Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement regarding Michael Cohen’s sworn testimony today to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform: “Today Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney testified under oath that his client and our current President paid him to cover up everything from his standardized test scores to his personal and professional malf... Read More »

VIDEO: Pingree Asks Defense Official If Politics Will Decide What Projects Get Robbed to Pay for Border Wall

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Washington, D.C.—During a hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs yesterday, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) questioned a top Department of Defense official about diverting military construction funds to pay for President Trump’s border wall with Mexico. The day before, Pingree had voted in support of a resolution to stop the President’s... Read More »

Supporting Universal Background Check Bill

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement announcing her support for HR 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, which would expand the current federal background check system to cover nearly all firearm sales. The House is set to vote on the legislation this week in addition to HR 1112, a bill to close the so-called “Charleston loophole” tha... Read More »

Supporting Resolution to Stop President's Unlawful National Emergency

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WASHINGTON, DC—Today Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) will vote for H.J. Res. 46, a bipartisan privileged resolution to terminate President Trump’s unlawful emergency declaration, introduced by Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) with 233 cosponsors. “President Trump’s unconstitutional national emergency declaration sets a dangerous precedent that is far outside of what our nation’s founders intende... Read More »

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