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Pingree Heralds Passage of Historic Gun Violence Prevention Legislation

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today heralded the passage of two historic gun violence prevention bills in the U.S. House of Representatives. H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, would expand the current federal background check to cover nearly all firearm sales; H.R. 1446, the Enhanced Background Checks Act, would close the so-called “Charleston loophole,” which enables some fir...

Congresswoman Pingree Cosponsors Bill to Fund Gun Violence Prevention Research at the CDC

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today cosponsored the Gun Violence Prevention Research Act to fund research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on firearms safety and gun violence prevention. The legislation would authorize $50 million in funding each fiscal year for the next five years at the CDC to study gun violence. According to the Gun Violence Archive, at least 43...

Pingree Statement on Mass Shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today released the following statement regarding two mass within the past 24 hours: “I’m devastated and angry about the horrific gun slaughter of at least 29 people in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio within the past 24 hours. The House has passed common sense legislation to address gun violence but the Senate refuses to act. This is absolutely unacceptable. ...

Supporting Universal Background Check Bill

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement announcing her support for HR 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, which would expand the current federal background check system to cover nearly all firearm sales. The House is set to vote on the legislation this week in addition to HR 1112, a bill to close the so-called “Charleston loophole” tha...

VIDEO: In Floor Speech, Pingree Says ‘Nation's Gun Violence Epidemic Must Be Addressed by the 116th Congress’

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) spoke on the House floor today to support H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, and mark the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords 8 years ago this week. The tragic shooting severely injured Giffords and 18 of her constituents, while claiming the lives of six people. Pingree has long advocated for legislation to address the nation’s epid...

VIDEO: On National Walkout Day, Pingree Encourages GOP Leadership to Enact Commonsense Gun Reforms

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Today, as thousands of students across the country walked out of school to demand action on gun violence, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) joined other members of Congress for a National Walkout Day demonstration in front of the U.S. Capitol. At the Capitol demonstration, Pingree released a video message to students in Maine who had planned 40 walkouts—many of which were postponed due to Tu...

In Speech on House Floor, Pingree Echoes Calls from Maine Students, Urges Passage of Assault Weapons Ban

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Last night, in a speech to the U.S. House, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) responded to calls from her constituents, including Maine students, who’ve said loud and clear that they want Congress to reduce gun violence in America and reinstate the national assault weapons ban which lapsed in 2004. Text of her speech is as follows: M. Speaker, Sandy Hook, Orlando, Las Vegas, Sutherland Sprin...

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