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Pingree Chides Republicans for Going on Vacation Instead of Working with Dems to Stabilize US Economy

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With House Republicans heading home to their districts for the long Memorial Day Weekend, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) is calling on GOP members to forgo their vacation plans and “pay America’s debts as we always have.” Pingree released the following statement: “Let’s be clear: House Republicans did not need to put America’s economy on the brink or put the hard-earned social security an...

Pingree Votes Against House GOP Plan to Steal Student Loan Relief from 94,000 Constituents

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Maine’s First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree today voiced her strong opposition to House Republicans’ joint resolution, H.J. Res. 45, that would overturn the Biden Administration’s student loan payment pause and one-time student loan relief. After voting against the resolution, Pingree released the following statement: “President Biden’s zero-interest student loan payment pause has been a ...

Pingree to Pres. Biden: Stop GOP’s Manufactured Debt Crisis by Invoking 14th Amendment

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and more than 60 members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), led by CPC Chair Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Deputy Chair Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), and Whip Greg Casar (D-Texas), are calling on President Biden to prepare to invoke his constitutional authority granted in the 14th Amendment to uphold the full faith and credit of the United St...

Pingree: House GOP Budget Cuts Would Have Devastating Impacts for Maine

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After House Republicans unveiled their first batch of Appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2024, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, is calling attention to the devastating impacts their proposed budget cuts would have for Maine. Taking into account the bills put forward so far and House...

Following Pingree Push, USDA Announces Aid for Organic Dairy Farmers

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today welcomed news from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that urgently needed assistance for dairy producers is available with the new Organic Dairy Marketing Assistance Program (ODMAP). The creation of ODMAP follows a push by Pingree, who wrote to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in December 2022 urging the USDA to help U.S. organic dairy and pou...

With Food Security Programs Under Attack, Pingree Appointed to New Agriculture and Nutrition Task Force

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House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries has appointed Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) to the newly established Task Force on Agriculture and Nutrition, formed to combat House Republican attacks on essential programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and Meals on Wheels. “It’s unthinkable t...

Maine Congressional Delegation Introduces Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Support Maine Veterans’ Homes

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U.S. Senator Angus King, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and Congressman Jared Golden, have introduced a bipartisan, bicameral bill to fast-track reimbursements from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to Maine Veterans’ Homes (MVH). In 2021, Congress passed legislation authorizing the VA to cover the costs of in-home care for veterans with dementia provided by state vetera...

Maine Delegation to VA: Support Maine Providers Treating Veterans with Mental Health Conditions

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U.S. Senator Angus King, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs (SVAC) and Senate Armed Services Committees (SASC), Senator Susan Collins, and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden are working to improve reimbursements for Maine community care providers treating veterans with mental health conditions. In a letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Denis McDonough, the Maine Delega...

Pingree Condemns ‘Cruel’ GOP Immigration Bill, Says It Will ‘Will Only Create More Chaos’

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today denounced Republicans’ immigration bill, H.R. 2, which will jail children and families indefinitely and close off pathways for people legally seeking asylum. After voting against the bill on Thursday, Pingree released the following statement: “House Republicans’ extreme immigration bill is not a solution to the influx of people seeking refuge from regi...

Pingree’s Bill to Support Coastal Communities Impacted by Ocean Acidification Passes House

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today celebrated the passage of her bipartisan Coastal Communities Ocean Acidification Act of 2023 in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, introduced in January by Pingree and Congressman Michael Waltz (R-Fla.), would direct the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to support the current efforts of coastal communities, particularly ...

Pingree Applauds USDA Efforts to Enhance Organic Markets and Support Producers

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), a longtime organic farmer and member of the House Agriculture Committee and House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, today applauded the additional steps taken by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to strengthen the market for domestically grown organic goods, and to support producers seeking organic certification. Pingree released the follo...

Windham Student to Attend Naval Academy

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced that Roman O. Thomas Jr. of Windham has accepted an offer to attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Pingree nominated Roman, a Windham High School senior, 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 cha...

Pingree, Newhouse, Blumenthal Reintroduce Bicameral Bill to Standardize Food Date Labels, Cut Food Waste

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U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) today reintroduced the bipartisan, bicameral Food Date Labeling Act, a bill designed to end consumer confusion around food date labeling and ensure Americans do not throw out useable food. Studies have shown that Americans are confused by food date labels, resulting in a signific...

Maine Congressional Delegation Presses Biden Administration to Expand Markets for Maine Blueberries

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U.S. Senator Angus King is leading a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers with Senator Susan Collins and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden calling on the Biden Administration to expand markets for Maine blueberries and reduce barriers facing farmers who export the fruit. In a letter written by Senator King with Congressmen Larsen (D-WA) and Valadao (R-CA) and co-signed by the en...

Pingree Announces $3.5 Million for Maine Volunteer Programs Aimed at Boosting Climate Resilience, Strengthening Education

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced $3,457,812 in AmeriCorps funding for environmental stewardship and child development programs in Maine. The State and National grants and education awards will support approximately 226 AmeriCorps members who will collaborate with Maine organizations’ mission to boost climate resilience, protect and conserve public lands, and improve school r...

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