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Maine Delegation Fights to Keep School and Community Meal Sites Open to Prevent Child Hunger

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In a bipartisan effort to prevent thousands of Maine children from losing access to meals, all four members of Maine’s Congressional Delegation wrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to express their full support for a request by the Maine Department of Education for a waiver extension that is critical to maintaining children’s access to meals during the COVID-19 pan... Read more »

Pingree Announces More than $4 Million in Public Transportation Funding for Biddeford, Saco, OOB, Greater Portland

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced southern Maine will receive two grants totaling $4,618,674 to mitigate the financial losses for public transit systems due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Greater Portland Transit District (GPTD) will receive $4 million and the Biddeford-Saco-Old Orchard Beach Transit Committee (BSOOB) will receive $618,674—funding which was allocated by th... Read more »

Maine Delegation Calls on USDA to Fix Shortcomings of Food Box Program, Support Maine Farmers and Low-Income Families

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Maine’s Congressional Delegation wrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to call for improvements to be made to the Farmers to Families Food Box Program, which is purchasing up to $3 billion in fresh produce, dairy, and meat products to distribute to those in need. No Maine distributors were awarded a contract in the first tranche of funding, and as a result, the program’s b... Read more »

Pingree Cosponsors Legislation to Condemn Police Brutality; Develop Programs that Lessen Social Disparities for Black Men and Boys

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today cosponsored two legislative initiatives to address systemic police brutality, racial profiling, and the use of excessive force against Black Americans. A resolution led by Reps. Pressley, Omar, Bass, and Lee calls on Congress to condemn police brutality, racial profiling, and to take urgent action in response; H.R. 1636, the Commission on the Social St... Read more »

Pingree Statement on President Trump’s Incendiary Comments; Intent to Visit Maine Amid Nationwide Protests, Pandemic

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today released the following statement regarding President Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric and intent to visit Maine as the nation grapples with a deadly pandemic, record unemployment, and widespread protests of police brutality toward Black Americans: “Governor Mills has good reason to worry that President Trump’s vitriol could spark unrest in Maine. While th... Read more »

Pingree Announces $1M Gulf of Maine Conservation Grant to Appalachian Mountain Club

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced Appalachian Mountain Club will receive a grant of $1 million from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conserve 16,311 acres around the Gulf of Maine and protect over 100 migratory bird species. Appalachian Mountain Club will also receive $3,000,700 in matching funds. “The Gulf of Maine is on... Read more »

Pingree Votes for Two Bipartisan Bills to Improve Paycheck Protection Program

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) voted with her House colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass H.R. 7010, bipartisan legislation which would alter the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and make it more accessible to the small businesses most in need of relief. Pingree also supported H.R. 6782, a bipartisan bill to provide more transparency over the PPP loan program. “For many small bus... Read more »

Pingree Announces $245k COVID-19 Telehealth Grant to Portland Community Health Center

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced Portland Community Health Center in Portland has been awarded $245,988 from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to support telehealth services for COVID-19 treatment. The funding comes from the FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program and was authorized by the CARES Act. “I’ve long known that telemedicine is essential for Mainers’ health, bu... Read more »

Pingree Statement on Death of George Floyd

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement on the death of George Floyd: "This week our nation witnessed the death of George Floyd at the hands of an officer who was entrusted to protect all people regardless of their skin color. The gross injustice inflicted on Mr. Floyd is another example of the systemic racism and violence visited upon communities of color. Mr. Flo... Read more »

Maine Delegation Calls on Department of Labor to Change Guidance to Protect Nonprofits from Financial Disaster

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Maine’s congressional delegation took action this week to protect nonprofits — which employ one in every six workers in the state — from federal guidance that would lead to hundreds of thousands of dollars in unexpected, upfront costs for many nonprofit organizations. In a letter to U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Eugene Scalia, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02), Senators Susan Collins (R-... Read more »

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