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In Appropriations Package, Pingree Secures 9% Funding Increase for Veterans, Protects Portsmouth Naval Shipyard from Trump Wall Theft

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced that the House Appropriations Committee has approved a $10 billion funding increase for veterans programs and military construction projects—including assistance for homeless veterans and veterans mental health, and support for survivors of military sexual assault, among other key items. As a member of the Military Construction... Read more »

Pingree to Sec. Perdue: USDA’s Origin of Livestock Rulemaking Overdue, Synthetic Chemicals Found in Organic Operations Threaten Integrity of Organic Certification

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) recently sent Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue two letters advocating for the protection of organic integrity in food and livestock. “As an organic farmer, I know there can be absolutely no ambiguity when it comes to strong organic standards,” Pingree said of the urgency behind her correspondence to Secretary Perdue. “If consumers lose co... Read more »

Pingree Announces $1M in Federal Grants for Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree today welcomed news that the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) has been awarded $1 million from the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) National Coastal Wetland Conservation Grants program. “I’m excited to see that the Department of the Interior understands just how special Clark Island is—and how important it is to protect it,” P... Read more »

Pingree Secures Bipartisan Appropriations Amendment to Advance H-2B Visa Process

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WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) helped to secure the inclusion of a bipartisan amendment to the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill that is a first step toward making more H-2B visa available for seasonal businesses. The amendment would modify H-2B visa allocation to a quarterly disbursement and proportional distribution to ensure every certified business gets some n... Read more »

VIDEO: Pingree Speaks in Support of Bill to Recommit U.S. to Paris Climate Accord

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) spoke on the House floor today in support of H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, is a bill to ensure the United States honors its commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement and lays the groundwork for further climate action. Since the beginning of the 116th Congress, House Democrats have held more than 30 hearings that touch on the climate ... Read more »

Pingree’s Bill to Support Coastal Economies Grappling with Ocean Acidification Advances Through Committee, Ready for Floor Vote

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) heralded the decision by the House Committee on Science to advance the Coastal Communities Ocean Acidification Act (H.R. 1716) – her bipartisan, bicameral bill to require federal for support coastal communities dealing with the impact of ocean acidification. “Nearly 30 percent of carbon dioxide emissions are absorbed by our oceans and for ... Read more »

How Farmers Are Fighting Climate Change

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How Farmers Are Fighting Climate Change Farming has always been a risky business. These are especially tough times for farmers—they’re operating on thin margins, trade wars are jeopardizing export markets, a serious mental health and substance abuse crisis is ravaging rural communities, and extreme weather events are becoming more frequent. Farmers are acutely feeling the economic effect of climat... Read more »

In Letter, Pingree Cautions USDA Secretary Against SNAP Work Requirements, Says Policy Caused Maine’s Food insecurity to Spike to 15.8 percent

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today wrote to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and expressed her opposition to a USDA proposed rule that would institute work requirements for individuals who rely on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. In her letter, Pingree noted that when the state of Maine imposed a similar policy during the LePage administra... Read more »

VIDEO: On House Floor, Pingree Urges Maine Tribe’s Inclusion into 2019 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today spoke on the U.S. House floor in support of H.R. 1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2019. This overdue VAWA reauthorization will ensure that the successful programs from the 1994 law continue and are strengthened. Pingree has worked to include language in H.R. 1585, aka VAWA, that will expressly ensure Mai... Read more »

Pingree Applauds Federal Approval of Maine’s Medicaid Expansion Plan

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) issued the following statement applauding the federal government’s approval of Maine’s Medicaid Expansion plan: “Today’s approval of Medicaid Expansion by the federal government marks the final hurdle in the long fight for health care access for 70,000 low-income Mainers. The benefits to our state’s health and economy have always been appare... Read more »

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