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Pingree Calls For Replenished Funds to Help Restaurants Affected by Pandemic

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) is among 40 members of Congress calling for a replenishment of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RFF). The lawmakers penned a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi last week highlighting the importance of the RRF and urging her to include funding for it any forthcoming reconciliation package. The RRF was established under the American...

Maine Delegation Announces $750,000 to Revitalize and Preserve Maine’s Historic Downtowns

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden announced that the Maine Development Foundation (MDF) has received a total of $750,000 to revitalize and preserve historic downtowns throughout the State of Maine. This funding was awarded through the National Park Service’s (NPS) Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants Program. The...

King, Golden, Collins, Pingree Reintroduce Bill to Help Young Mainers Work at Family Logging Operations

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Senator Angus King (I-ME) and Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) reintroduced their Future Logging Careers Act this week with Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Chellie Pingree (ME-01) as cosponsors. The bipartisan, bicameral Future Logging Careers Act would allow small logging businesses to train 16- and 17-year-old family members for futures in Maine forest products. “Maine’s logging industry is par...

During National Apprenticeship Week, Pingree Votes to Expand Funding for Apprenticeship Programs

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today joined her colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass H.R. 8294, the National Apprenticeship Act. The legislation reauthorizes and invests in the Registered Apprenticeship system, America’s most successful federal workforce development program. The bill passed 246 to 140. “94% of people who complete registered apprenticeships get hired and...

With House Passage of PRO Act, Pingree Votes to Support Organized Labor, Hold Corporations Accountable

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) voted to approve H.R. 2474, the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act of 2019, to provide new protections for workers and hold employers who violate workers' rights accountable. The bill passed 224 to 194. “Unions have been under attack by wealthy corporate interests for decades because they empower workers to negotiate better pay and fair treatment from ...

Rep. Pingree’s Bill to Preserve Working Waterfronts Gets First Hearing in 116th Congress

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WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) testified before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife in support of her bill, H.R. 3596, the Keep America’s Waterfronts Working Act. The bill would create a Working Waterfront Grant Program and establish a Working Waterfront Task Force at the Department of Commerce. Pingree’s bipartisan bill was one...

Pingree Statement on Trump Administration's Relocation of USDA Research Staff to Kansas City

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s plan to relocate hundreds of USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) staff to the Kansas City area: “I am appalled with the Trump administration’s decision to force hundreds of Washington-based USDA research staffers to uproot their live...

Pingree Secures an H-2B Cap Relief Amendment in House Appropriations Committee

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) today advanced an increase in the number of H-2B visas through an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations bill. The amendment would give DHS the authority to add up to 63,000 additional visas in FY2020—essentially doubling the number of H-2B visas available next year to seasonal businesses in Maine and other employ...

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...

Pingree says DHS’s H-2B Seasonal Visa Allotment Falls Short of Need

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, following a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announcement that it would release 30,000 additional H-2B seasonal visas fiscal year 2019, about half of the maximum amount authorized by Congress, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement: “For the last two summers, I’ve heard from seasonal business owners in Maine who could not open on time ...

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