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VIDEO: Pingree Chairs Interior Appropriations Hearing Examining Pervasive Effects of Marine Debris on Ocean Habitats, Species

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today chaired a House Interior Appropriations subcommittee hearing focused on marine debris and the impacts debris have on ecosystems and species in our oceans. Pingree currently serves as vice chair of the subcommittee, which is chaired by Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-Minn.). “According to the United Nations, every minute, the equivalent of a garbage tru... Read more »

VIDEO: In Floor Speech, Pingree Urges Support for Bill Banning Oil Drilling in Gulf of Maine

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today spoke before the U.S. House of Representatives in support of H.R. 1941, the Coastal Marine Economies Protection Act. The bill seeks to counteract the Trump administration’s plan to drill for oil in most U.S. waters, including new leases in the North Atlantic region encompassing Maine. H.R. 1941 would place a permanent moratorium on oil and gas leasing... Read more »

Pingree’s Amendment Requiring Pentagon to Plan for Climate Crisis Included in the FY2020 Defense Authorization Bill

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Congressman Charlie Crist (D-Florida) have secured an amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) requiring the Secretary of Defense to account for sea level rise projections and future flood risk when creating climate resiliency guidelines at military facilities. Their amendment comes as a direct response to last month’s Government Accoun... Read more »

Pingree Announces $156,000 USDA Investment in Maine Small Businesses

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) today heralded the investment of $156,000 in USDA Rural Development funds being granted to Maine businesses. The Rural Energy for America (REAP) program assists with renewable energy development and supports Maine’s rural small businesses. 12 grants were awarded in Maine; 7 in the 1st Congressional District. “Small businesses are the cornerstone of our rural c... Read more »

Pingree Touts Wins for Creative Economy, Land and Water Conservation Fund in FY2020 Interior Appropriations Package

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), Vice Chair of the House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee, today announced that the full House Appropriations Committee has approved the FY2020 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, which increases discretionary funding by $1.73 billion from the 2019 level. The bill lays out a very different vision from the Trump administration... Read more »

Pingree Announces $1M in Federal Grants for Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree today welcomed news that the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) has been awarded $1 million from the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) National Coastal Wetland Conservation Grants program. “I’m excited to see that the Department of the Interior understands just how special Clark Island is—and how important it is to protect it,” P... Read more »

How Farmers Are Fighting Climate Change

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How Farmers Are Fighting Climate Change Farming has always been a risky business. These are especially tough times for farmers—they’re operating on thin margins, trade wars are jeopardizing export markets, a serious mental health and substance abuse crisis is ravaging rural communities, and extreme weather events are becoming more frequent. Farmers are acutely feeling the economic effect of climat... Read more »

Pingree Co-Sponsors Bill to Keep United States in the Paris Climate Agreement

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today co-sponsored H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, a new bill that would require the Trump administration to remain in the Paris Climate Agreement and to develop a serious plan for how the United States will address climate change. “The Trump administration’s retreat from the Paris Climate Agreement undermined America’s pledge to work ... Read more »

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