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Pingree Announces Ocean Renewable Power Company to Receive $3.8 Million for Renewable Innovation

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding Ocean Renewable Power Company of Portland with a grant of $3,875,859 to develop innovative hydropower technology. The company will develop hydropower turbines that fit the specific constraints of rivers. “Renewable energy is the key to a clean future for our children and grandchildren, and Maine... Read more »

Pingree, Golden Urge Agriculture Secretary to Protect Farmers, Expedite Hemp Rules

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Responding to news reports that Maine hemp farmers have lost access to federal banking and insurance due to opaque regulations, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) and Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) have written to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and urged him to expedite the review process and establish hemp rules as required by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. This letter is th... Read more »

Pingree Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Recognize Cold War Veterans with Service Medal

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), along with Representatives David McKinley (R-WV), Brian Higgins (D-NY) and Kathleen Rice (D-NY) today introduced H.R. 4807, the bipartisan Cold War Service Medal Act. The legislation would recognize veterans who served in the Cold War with medals for their distinguished service. Cold War veterans do not currently have a service medal, unlike veterans who’ve... Read more »

Pingree Joins 68 Members of Congress in Urging NDAA Conference Committee to Include PFAS Cleanup Provisions

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In a bipartisan letter, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) joined Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) and 67 other members of congress to urge the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Committee to include strong cleanup provisions for per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemical contamination in the FY2020 NDAA. “In the FY2020 NDAA, we have the opportunity to take serious actio... Read more »

Reps. Pingree, Matsui, Bilirakis Introduce Bipartisan Life-Saving Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Reauthorization Bill

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Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), alongside Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) and Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), introduced H.R. 4764, the Timely Reauthorization of Necessary Stem-cell Programs Lends Access to Needed Therapies (TRANSPLANT) Act. This legislation reauthorizes the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation Program and the National Cord Blood Inventory. Through renewe... Read more »

Reps. Pingree, Newhouse, McGovern, Walorski Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Designate Today as World Food Day

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Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.)—co-chairs of the House Food Recovery Caucus—as well as Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) and Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.)—co-chairs of the House Hunger Caucus—have together introduced House Resolution 632, designating today, October 16, 2019, as World Food Day. Each year, the United States joins 130 other nations and the Food and Agriculture Or... Read more »

Pingree Announces $850,000 in USDA Funds for Boothbay Harbor Sewer District

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding the Boothbay Harbor Sewer District with a grant of $254,000 and a loan of $596,000. The funds will be used to replace and upgrade existing sewer lines for Boothbay Harbor, Boothbay, and Southport. “As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I’ve long advocated for greater federal inv... Read more »

Pingree Announces Two Federal Grants Totaling $637,604 to Cultivating Community

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced Cultivating Community in Portland, Maine has been awarded two federal grants. One award of $100,000 from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was granted for a project to build refugee agriculture in Maine; the second award of $537,604 from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Outreach and Assistance for Social... Read more »

Maine Delegation Announces $1.6 Million Sea Grant Award to UMaine for Research on Atlantic Marine Species

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U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) and Representatives Chellie Pingree (ME-01) and Jared Golden (ME-02) today announced the award of $1.6 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Sea Grant program to the University of Maine. The grant will fund a research project on Highly Migratory Species in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mex... Read more »

Pingree Responds to Trump Administration’s Decision to Drastically Cut Refugee Admissions

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s decision to slash refugee admissions by almost half in the next 12 months: "Past presidents have embraced America’s refugee program because they understood our standing as a beacon of hope and safety for millions of refugees across the globe. I’m heartbroken to see President Trump is... Read more »

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