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Pingree Announces $3M in FEMA Grants Supporting Maine Firefighters in Multiple Towns

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WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced more than $3 million in federal funding for Maine fire departments. Fire departments in Falmouth, Kennebunk, Jefferson, and at the Maine State Fire Academy in South Portland will receive a total of $668,604.14 through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The town of K...

Pingree Welcomes $700M in USDA Pandemic Relief for Farm and Food Workers

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WASHINGTON, DC—Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $700 million will soon be available to help farm and meatpacking workers who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will be available through the USDA’s new Farm and Food Workers Relief (FFWR) grant program. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), who is an organic farmer and a member of the House Agricult...

Pingree Announces Nearly $650K in Grants to Support Maine Firefighters

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WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced that three Maine fire departments in the First Congressional District will receive a total of $645,670 in grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). In this fiscal year, the AFG Program will award $319.5 million to an estimated 2,000 eligible fire depar...

Maine Delegation and Governor Mills Oppose New Rule That Will Harm Maine’s Lobster Industry

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Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden, and Governor Janet Mills issued this statement following the release of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Rule: “The Maine lobster fishery has repeatedly made significant improvements to their practices and modifications to their gear to pr...

Pingree, 60+ House Members Call On Biden To Increase US Refugee Admissions Programs Cap As Continued Evacuation Is Promised

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and 66 of her colleagues in the House, led by Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), sent a letter to President Joe Biden, urging him to expand efforts to welcome Afghan refugees into the United States. In the letter, the lawmakers call on Biden to provide humanitarian parole to Afghans in need, including to the families of U.S. citize...

Pingree, Kuster Introduce Bill to Double Grant Funding Available to Forest Product & Wood Innovation Industries

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WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Annie Kuster (D-New Hampshire) today introduced the bicameral Community Wood Facilities Assistance Act, legislation to bolster the United States Forest Service (USFS)’s popular Community Wood Energy and Wood Innovation Grant Program (CWEWIP), which is currently oversubscribed. The bill would double CWEWIP funds available each year, ...

Pingree Announces $500K+ in Grants to Support Maine Firefighters

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WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced that four Maine fire departments will receive a total of $502,878 in grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). In this fiscal year, the AFG Program will award $319.5 million to an estimated 2,000 eligible fire departments and first responder organizatio...

Pingree Statement on House Vote to Advance Build Back Better Act, Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

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WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today released the following statement on the House path forward for the Build Back Better Act and the bipartisan infrastructure bill: “Today’s action by the House begins the hard work of enacting what I believe will be among the most consequential legislation Congress has considered since the Great Society. This watershed bill will provide ...

As Voter Suppression Laws Spread Across Nation, Pingree Supports Passage of the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

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WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today voted with her House colleagues to pass H.R. 4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. This critical legislation would restore key protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which were gutted by the Supreme Court in the 2013 Shelby County v. Holder decision and more recently in Brnovich v. DNC. “It took a century to finall...

Maine Delegation Urges Commerce Secretary to Protect Lobster Fishery

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden have sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, urging her to ensure that the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Rule does not include last minute changes that would significantly harm the livelihoods of communities that depend on fishing a...

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