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As U.S. Withdraws from Afghanistan, Pingree Pushes Biden Admin to Protect Afghan Partners, Expedite Visa Process

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) tonight voted for the Honoring Our Promises through Expedition (HOPE) for Afghan Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs) Act of 2021. Pingree is a cosponsor of this bipartisan legislation, which would waive the requirement for Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants to undergo a medical examination in Afghanistan before receiving their visa and coming to the U...

Chair Pingree, Appropriations Committee Release Fiscal Year 2022 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Funding Bill

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As Chair of the House Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the FY 2022 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, which will be considered in subcommittee tonight. The legislation funds agencies and programs in the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fore...

Pingree Votes to Overturn Trump-Era Rule that Slashed Methane Emission Standards

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today lauded the passage of legislation to reinstate regulations on methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. The Trump administration finalized a rollback of an Obama-era methane rule in 2020. S.J. Res 14 would overturn the prior administration’s misguided rollback of methane emission standards. “Methane is a more dangerous greenhouse gas than carbon...

Pingree Announces $210,000 Federal Investment to Spur Economic Development, Job Growth in Maine

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree today announced 3 federal grants from the Economic Development Administration are coming to Maine’s 1st Congressional District, totaling an investment of $210,000. “Coming out of the pandemic, these grants will go far to support a long-term economic development framework in local Maine communities. Along with helping local councils organize their economic future, this...

Pingree, Golden Announce $1.16M Federal Investment to Develop and Expand Maine’s Forest Markets

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, Chair of the House Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee and Congressman Jared Golden today announced $1,164,485 in federal investment has been awarded from the USDA Forest Service to develop and expand forest markets in Maine. The funds will be distributed to the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures & Composites Center, GO Lab...

VIDEO: Congresswoman Pingree Testifies in Favor of Her Bill to Protect America’s Working Waterfronts

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today testified before the House Natural Resources Committee on her bipartisan bill to preserve America’s working waterfronts, the Keep America’s Waterfronts Working Act. Pingree’s bill was included as a part of the larger Ocean Based Climate Solutions Act, comprehensive legislation to modernize federal ocean management policy to mitigate climate change. Pin...

Maine Delegation, Governor Welcome Secretary Haaland to Maine, Discuss Investments in Outdoor Recreation and Acadia National Park

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Today, U.S. Senators Angus King, Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on National Parks, and Susan Collins, Representatives Chellie Pingree, Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior & Environment, and Jared Golden, and Governor Janet Mills welcomed U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland to Maine. During the Interior Secretary’s visit, the Delegation, the Governor, and the...

Pingree Joins 200+ House Colleagues in Effort to Release Critical Funds for Shuttered Venues

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Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) joined more than 200 of her House colleagues in a bipartisan letter to Administrator Isabel Guzman of the Small Business Administration urging immediate action to stabilize and improve the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program, which provides emergency assistance grants to venues that were unable to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic. You c...

With Vote to Repeal 2002 AUMF, Pingree Continues Decades-Long Fight to End America’s Forever Wars

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today voted again with her House colleagues to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), which has kept the nation embroiled in wars that have claimed tens of thousands of American lives across nearly two decades. The repeal bill passed the House twice in previous sessions of Congress, and has the support of President Biden. “The frame...

Pingree Calls for Free School Meals

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) joined legislation to expand on the success of the universal free school meals approach recently extended by the USDA to bring long-term relief to millions of food-insecure families. The Universal School Meals Program Act of 2021 would permanently provide free breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack to all school children regardless of income, eliminate school...

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