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With Passage of the ALLIES Act, Pingree Votes to Expedite Visa Process for Afghan Partners

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today voted for the ALLIES Act, bipartisan legislation designed to protect Afghan partners and expedite the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) process as the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan. The Afghan SIV Program was created in 2009 to provide safety for Afghan interpreters, contractors, and security personnel who worked with the U.S. government in Afghani...

Pingree Announces $1.4M in NOAA Funding to Protect Atlantic Salmon

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced two multi-year grants from the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) totaling $1,403,864 will be awarded to the Maine Department of Marine Resources and the Penobscot tribe’s Atlantic Salmon Management and Outreach Project. The funding will support the recovery of the endangered Atlantic salmon. “Climate change, overfishing, an...

Pingree Votes to Clean Up Forever Chemicals

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A longtime champion of cleaning up PFAS chemicals, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree today cast a vote to pass the PFAS Action Act—comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to protect all Americans and the environment from the harms of forever chemicals (PFAS). The bill will establish a national drinking water standard for select PFAS chemicals, designate two types of PFAS chemicals, PFOA and PFOS, as haz...

Maine Delegation Urges Administration to Open Northern Border to Vaccinated Canadians

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U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden today sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, urging the Biden Administration to take steps to allow fully-vaccinated Canadians to cross the U.S.-Canada border for business or leisure given current health conditions. The Delegation’s letter comes on the heels of a recent dec...

Pingree, Brownley, Kuster, Booker Introduce Bills to Incentivize Sustainable Practices in Food Consumption

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Rep. Pingree in front of a produce section in a grocery store

Today, Congresswomen Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Julia Brownley (D-CA), and Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH) introduced two bills, the Zero Food Waste Act and the Cultivating Organic Matter through the Promotion Of Sustainable Techniques (COMPOST) Act, to reduce the amount of food wasted in the U.S. and to redirect food waste to composting projects. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced companion legislation ...

Pingree Announces $180,058 in Federal Funding for Local School Food Programs

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced that three projects in Maine have received $180,058 in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School Grant program to support local food procurement and agricultural education in Maine schools. “Empowering schools to access healthy, locally grown foods will help to transform our food system, connecting kids to the process o...

In FY22 Appropriation Bills Passed by Committee, Pingree Secures Funding for Clean Energy, Transportation, Housing

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As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today voted to pass the Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies bill, as well as the Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies bill. Pingree secured increased funding to combat the climate crisis, invest in safe housing and modernized transportation, create thousands ...

In FY22 Appropriation Bills Passed by Committee, Pingree Secures Funding to Combat Climate Crisis and Support Public Health

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As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced the full House Appropriations Committee has approved the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Related Agencies bill and the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies bill. Pingree secured increased funding for programs within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ...

Pingree Welcomes Bipartisan Rural Broadband Expansion Legislation

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Following the House Agriculture Committee’s markup of the bipartisan Broadband Internet Connections for Rural America Act, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement: “Reliable internet access is no longer a luxury—it’s an essential service that keeps our businesses, homes, and lives connected to one another, especially in the most rural state in the country. Maine cu...

VIDEO: In House Appropriations Committee, Pingree Secures Provision to Issue Additional H-2B Visas

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today advanced an increase in the number of H-2B visas through an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations bill. The provision would give DHS the authority to add up to 64,716 additional visas in FY2022 which could nearly double the number of H-2B visas available next year to seasonal businesses in Maine and across the country. C...

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