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Maine Delegation Announces Independent Army Inspector General Investigation into Events Preceding Lewiston Shooting

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Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden announced that the U.S. Army Inspector General (IG) will conduct a formal, independent investigation into the events leading up to the October 25 mass shooting in Lewiston. “The Army is committed to diligently investigating all facts and events related to the Army involving SFC…

Credit Card Companies Paused Implementation of a New Code That Could Help Prevent Mass Shootings; Pingree, Democrats Demand Answers

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Maine First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and dozens of Congressional Democrats are pushing American Express, Visa, Mastercard, and Discover to explain why their companies have paused the implementation of a new Merchant Category Code (MCC) for gun and ammunition retailers that could help flag suspicious firearm purchases and prevent gun violence, gun trafficking, and domestic…

In a new letter sent today, Maine Congressional Delegation Continues to Press for Independent Army Inspector General Investigation of Events Leading up to the Lewiston Shooting

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden sent a follow-up letter to the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of the Army, Lieutenant General Donna W. Martin, to further press for a comprehensive review of the facts leading up to the October 25 mass shooting at Just-In-Time Recreation and Schemengees Bar…

PHOTOS: In DC, Pingree Meets with Lewiston Mass Shooting Survivor, Families of Victims

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today met with Mainers who were directly affected by the mass shootings in Lewiston. Following the emotional meeting with the group—which included one of the survivors, family members, and lawyers representing the victims’ families—Pingree released the following statement: “It means so much to me that a survivor and family members of those we lost…

King, Pingree, Golden Call on VA Secretary to Provide Funding for Safe Firearm Storage

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During Suicide Prevention Month, U.S. Senator Angus King, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee (SVAC), and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden, are urging the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide more resources and better protect veterans struggling with mental health conditions. In a letter to VA Secretary Denis McDonough, the Maine…

Pingree Secures $1 Million to Restore Access to Clean Drinking Water in Limerick

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Maine First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree today announced $1 million for the Town of Limerick to restore access to clean drinking water to its residents. The Community Project Funding, secured by Pingree in the Fiscal Year 2023 Appropriations bill, will be used by the Limerick Water and Sewer District to replace outdated and dangerous sewer and water mains in the Hollandville…

Pingree, House Democrats Pass Legislation to Build Safer Communities

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Maine’s First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and House Democrats today passed a robust public safety package to prevent crime, save lives, and serve justice. The four bills passed in the legislative package include the bipartisan Invest to Protect Act (H.R. 6448), the Mental Health Justice Act (H.R. 8542), the Break the Cycle of Violence Act (H.R.…

Pingree Votes to Reinstate Assault Weapons Ban

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and the U.S. House today passed the Assault Weapons Ban of 2022 (H.R. 1808), which would ban the sale, transfer, manufacture and importation of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. The legislation, introduced by Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) and cosponsored by Pingree, restores and…

Pingree: Finally, Republicans Put Aside Partisanship to Act on Gun Violence

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Maine First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree today voted for urgently-needed gun violence prevention legislation, S. 2938, the Safer Communities Act. This commonsense bill includes many provisions first passed by Pingree and the House earlier this month, including funding for red flag laws, enhanced background checks for buyers under 21, increased…

Kids shouldn’t have to beg Congress to keep them safe

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Last week, I received a letter from an 8-year-old constituent of mine about the recent shooting in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children around her age were gunned down in their classroom. Her words, handwritten on lined composition paper, broke my heart. “I can’t amagin what they are going throgh this 18 year old had no right to do what he did,” she wrote. Her misspelled words make the fact…

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