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PHOTOS: Pingree Joins First Lady, Education Secretary on Tour Highlighting Maine’s Free Community College Initiative & Workforce Investments

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today joined First Lady Jill Biden and U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona on a tour of Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) in South Portland as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s Investing in America Tour to highlight how President Biden’s economic policies are benefiting hardworking Americans across the country.  “Free…

VIDEO: In Interior Appropriations Hearing, Ranking Member Pingree, Forest Service Call Attention to Harmful Impact of Proposed Republican Cuts

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Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee Ranking Member Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today called attention to the potentially detrimental impact Republican-proposed budget cuts would have on Americans’ jobs and way of life. In a budget hearing on Thursday, Pingree heard directly from U.S. Forest Service Chief Randy Moore about the how these…

$1.2 Million Awarded to Help Ease Affordable Housing Crisis in Maine, Pingree Announces

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portland housing

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, today announced more than $1.2 million in grant funding for affordable housing efforts in Maine’s First Congressional District. Made possible through the Consolidated Appropriations Act for the 2023 Fiscal Year, the NeighborWorks America funding will support efforts to develop and preserve…

Congresswoman Pingree Renews Push to Speed Up Asylum Seeker Work Authorization Process

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today reintroduced her Asylum Seeker Work Authorization Act, legislation that reduces the current 180-day waiting period for work authorization eligibility to 30 days, allowing an asylum seeker to apply for authorization as soon as the asylum claim is filed. The updated legislation would also eliminate the cumbersome…

Pingree Secures $2.75 Million to Support Maine’s Clean Energy Workforce

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Maine Clean Energy Partnership Workforce Initiative

WASHINGTON, DC–Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced $2,750,000 in Community Project Funding for the Maine Governor’s Energy Office. The funding Pingree secured in the Fiscal Year 2023 Appropriations bill will support the Maine Clean Energy Partnership Workforce Initiative, which develops programming for workforce and training opportunities and provides direct training…

Pingree Secures $750,000 for Biddeford Youth Center

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Apex Youth Connection

Construction on a new youth job readiness center in Biddeford can begin thanks to federal funds secured by Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine). One of 15 projects Pingree submitted for Community Project Funding in the Fiscal Year 2023 Appropriations bill, Apex Youth Connection will receive $750,000 for its Future Focus Job Readiness Center, which will target the York County…

$619,000 Secured by Pingree to Support Immigrant Women Entrepreneurs in Maine

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Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center

The Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center (GPIWC) will now have the funds needed to launch acomprehensive entrepreneurial leadership training program for immigrant women and girls in Maine, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced today. Secured through Community Project Funding in the Fiscal Year 2023 government funding bill, $619,000 will help GPIWC create and launch their…

$1.5 Million to Support Veterans Transition to Work Initiative Secured by Rep. Pingree

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Boots2Roots, a nonprofit based in Portland serving veterans, will receive $1.5 million to expand its Transition to Work Initiative, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced today. Pingree, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, secured the Community Project Funding (CPF) in the final Fiscal Year 2023 Appropriations bill, which passed Congress today.…

Pingree Secures $5 Million to Aid PFAS-Impacted Farmers

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cows on maine farm

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, today celebrated final passage of the government funding bill for Fiscal Year 2023 which directs the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to dedicate $5 million to assist farmers whose land has been contaminated by PFAS or “forever chemicals”. As Chair of the…

Pingree: One Year Later, President Biden’s Infrastructure Law is Delivering for Mainers

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Today, marking the first anniversary of President Biden’s landmark Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Maine’s First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree highlighted the historic federal investments that are already creating good-paying jobs and transforming Maine communities. “One year ago, President Biden and the Democratic Congress delivered a…

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