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Why I support the Build Back Better Act

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For decades many of the biggest challenges facing our nation have been put on the backburner: child care affordability, a stronger safety net for aging Americans and people with disabilities, and our hazardous dependence on fossil fuels, to name just a handful. President Biden ran on a platform to reform these failed policies. That Biden won more votes than any candidate in America’s history was, ...

Pingree Co-Sponsors Legislation to Promote Carbon Sequestration Markets for Farmers

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today released the following statement on her co-sponsorship of H.R. XX, the Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2020, legislation to promote climate-friendly agricultural practices by increasing farmers’ access to carbon markets: “Farming has always been a risky business, but this moment is an especially tough one for farmers: climate change is creating unpred...

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 (...

Government Shutdown FAQ

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President Trump's insistence on $5.7 billion in funding for an ineffective, wasteful border wall with Mexico has led to a partial government shutdown. I am working in the House to pass the appropriations bills we need to reopen government so we can have a meaninful debate on immigration and border security. This pointless shutdown is terrible for 800,000 public servants, the Americans who rely on ...

Why We Need LAMP, the Local Agriculture Market Program

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UPDATE: Read the bipartisan letter sent to the Farm Bill conferees in support of including LAMP in final legislation. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), local food was a $8.7 billion market for farmers in 2015. This market does not show signs of slowing down, as USDA estimates that the local food market will reach $20 billion in sales by 2019. Especially as farmers c...

Agriculture Victories in FY2018 Omnibus

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I'm happy to report that many rural, nutrition, and agriculture programs important to Maine saw funding increases in the FY2018 Omnibus Appropriations legislation that was signed on March 23 and funds the federal government through September 30, 2018. Since President Trump suggested severely cutting or even eliminating funding for many of these programs in his budget proposal, it's very encouragi...

2017: What A Year

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The last year has certainly been one of the most eventful—if not the most eventful—of my time in Congress. The presidency of Donald Trump has taken our country in new and frightening directions, making my work in Congress all the more important. Throughout, I've been focused on how policy decisions in Washington and events around the nation and world impact the lives of Mainers. That's led me to o...

Why I Oppose the GOP Tax Plan

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The following is a piece distributed to local newspapers in November 2017 Earlier this month, I sat down with a group of Mainers who would be negatively impacted by the House Republicans’ tax plan. Among them were a teacher, a cancer survivor, a recent college graduate, and a dairy farmer, who all told me how the plan would hurt them and their families. It was for them—and thousands of other hard-...

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