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U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $3.9 Million in American Rescue Plan Funds for Pier Repair and Expansion to Boost Tourism in St. George, Maine

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Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $3.9 million grant to St. George, Maine, to repair and expand the Port Clyde landing pier. This grant is funded by the American Rescue Plan. This project will boost the local tourism industry by bringing new visitors to the community, its businesses, and local ...

Sen. King, Rep. Pingree Announce $2 Million from American Rescue Plan for Maine AmeriCorps Programs

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Senator Angus King (I-Maine) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced today that Maine will receive over $2 million in American Rescue Plan and State and National AmeriCorps grants to support child development and the environmental stewardship in Maine. The funding will support 113 AmeriCorps members in collaboration with the Maine Conservation Corps, Kennebec Valley Community Action ...

With Maine Solar Projects Stalled, Pingree Joins 80+ Members in Urging Biden Admin. to Swiftly Resolve Commerce Inquiry

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WASHINGTON, DC—With hundreds of large-scale solar projects on hold in Maine and across the country as the U.S. Department of Commerce investigates potential trade violations, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and more than 80 of her House colleagues are urging President Joe Biden and his administration to quickly reach a preliminary decision. In a letter, the Members urge the Administration ...

During Small Business Week, Pingree Recognizes Maine 1st District SBA Award Winners

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As Maine and the country celebrate National Small Business Week, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) is recognizing First District Small Business Association (SBA) 2022 Small Business Award winners for their hard work and contributions to their communities. Six small business owners in Pingree’s district are being honored this year, including Tyler Frank of Portland, who was named Maine Small ...

Following Push from Pingree, Biden Admin Expands Protections for Individuals Affected by USCIS Work Permit Backlog

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Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) welcomed the announcement from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that certain Employment Authorization Document (EAD) renewal applicants’ work permits will be automatically extended for 540 days, as opposed to 180 days. The extension, effective May 4, 2022, is intended to help avoid gaps in employment for noncitizens with pending EAD r...

Pingree Statement on President Biden’s State of the Union Address

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WASHINGTON, DC— Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement regarding President Joe Biden’s first official State of the Union address: “Tonight, we marked America’s continued awakening from the pandemic. Leading our nation through an unprecedented litany of crises, President Biden and our Democratic Congress have produced historic economic results. The results of the ...

“Another Broken Promise” by China – King, Pingree, Golden Urge U.S. Trade Rep to Hold Nation Accountable for Failing to Honor Commitment to Maine Lobster Industry

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) and Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Jared Golden (D-Maine) are calling on the Biden administration to hold China accountable for breaking promises to the Maine lobster industry and provide much needed transparency on a 2020 trade deal – in the wake of a disclosure that China has failed to hold up its side of the deal with the Unite...

America COMPETES Act Passes, Includes Support for Working Waterfronts with Pingree Amendment

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today voted with the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the America Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing, Pre-Eminence in Technology and Economic Strength (COMPETES) Act of 2022, legislation to enhance U.S. competitiveness with China by strengthening America’s supply chain and reinvigorating the economy. H.R. 4521 includes a historic i...

Senator Schatz, Congresswoman Pingree Reintroduce Legislation to Boost Local Creative Economies, Create Skilled Jobs Nationwide

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Today, Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), co-chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus, reintroduced the Promoting Local Arts and Creative Economy Workforce (PLACE) Act, legislation to invest in local economies across the country. The bill will boost the creative economy and empower workers to find sustainable jobs in creative and cultural industries. “Creati...

Pingree Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Boost Investment, Trade With Iceland

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WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), Congressman Rick Larsen (D-Wash.), Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska), and Congressman Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) introduced the Iceland Commercial and Economic Leadership for Arctic and National Development (ICELAND) Act, legislation that would add Iceland to the list of nations eligible for investment and trade in the U.S provided U.S. nat...

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