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Maine Delegation Calls on Defense, Navy Secretaries to Protect Workers’ Health at BIW and Other Defense Industry Contractors During Coronavirus Pandemic

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The Maine Delegation wrote to Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly today, urging them to take action to protect the health of shipyard employees during the COVID-19 outbreak. In their letter, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden said that the safety of shipyard workers is “paramount.” They also told Secretary... Read more »

Governor Mills, Maine Congressional Delegation Convene Call on COVID-19

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Today, Governor Janet Mills and U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden convened a conference call to discuss the State’s response to COVID-19 and the Congressional Delegation’s work in Congress to support the State’s efforts. “It is critical that my Administration work hand-in-hand with our Congressional Delegation as we respond to COVI... Read more »

Pingree & Golden to SBA: Offer Zero-Interest Loans to Small Businesses, Nonprofits Facing COVID-19 Impacts

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Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Congressman Jared Golden (D-Maine) joined Congressman Chris Pappas (D-N.H.) in calling on the Small Business Administration (SBA) to make available zero-interest loans for small businesses and nonprofits that are facing serious economic challenges from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The coronavirus has already caused unprecedented operating challe... Read more »

Pingree Joins 57 House Members to Urge Trump to Invoke Defense Production Act, Increase Availability of Medical Supplies

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) has joined 57 of her House colleagues in urging President Trump to invoke his authority under the Defense Production Act of 1950 to increase the production of vital medical supplies for health care workers. Demand has skyrocketed during the coronavirus pandemic. Health care providers in Maine have expressed concern about access to supplies. Without action, f... Read more »

In Letter, Pingree Urges Speaker Pelosi to Provide Emergency Disaster Payments, Loans to Farmers in Local, Regional Markets

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi detailing the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on farmers in local and regional markets. Noting that trade mitigation payments have not benefited farmers who sell products through local and regional markets, Pingree urged Speaker Pelosi to take actions to support these farmers, including emergency ... Read more »

SBA Approves Maine Governor Mills’ Request for Relief for Small Businesses Harmed by Coronavirus

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Following a letter written by the Maine Delegation, the Small Business Administration (SBA) approved a disaster declaration making the state eligible for the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) program. U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden expressed their strong support for the request made by Governor Janet Mills that the SBA provide re... Read more »

Pingree Statement Regarding Absence for Bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act Vote

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement about her absence during the bipartisan passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act: “Last night the House overwhelmingly voted to approve the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to make coronavirus testing free for most patients, secure paid emergency leave, enhance unemployment insurance, strengthen food secu... Read more »

Pingree Announces Offices Changes to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19 in Maine, Washington

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) today announced changes to operations in her three congressional offices in order to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The changes include: The physical location of her Waterville and Portland offices in Maine as well as her Washington, DC office will be closed to the public beginning Monday March 16, 2020 and staff will begin teleworkin... Read more »

Pingree, DeLauro, McGovern, Lee, Fudge, Hayes, Haaland, Pocan Introduce Emergency Food Security Bill Amid Growing Coronavirus Outbreak

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Today, US Representatives Chellie Pingree (ME-01), Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Jim McGovern (MA-02), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Marcia Fudge (OH-11), Jahana Hayes (CT-05), Deb Haaland (NM-01), and Mark Pocan (WI-02) introduced the Ensuring Emergency Food Security Act, new legislation to combat the economic impacts of the coronavirus by: Temporarily increasing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) b... Read more »

Following Pingree’s Advocacy, USDA Approves Maine DOE’s Request to Allow Flexibility for School Meal Service Program Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

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Following Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine)’s questioning of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue about how his agency would provide states with flexibility to alter how school meals are provided amid the coronavirus outbreak, the USDA has approved the Maine Department of Education’s (DOE) emergency school meals program waiver. “For the one in five Maine chi... Read more »

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