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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 mental health resources, and more life-savin...

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 that she’s...

After Buffalo and Uvalde Slaughters, House Republicans Join Democrats in Passing Historic Gun Violence Prevention Bill

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On Wednesday, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and the U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan gun violence prevention legislation in the wake of deadly mass shootings in Buffalo, N.Y., Uvalde, Texas, Tulsa, Okla., and dozens more in the past two weeks. The Protecting Our Kids Act (H.R. 7901), introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) and cosponsored by Pi...

VIDEO: Ahead of House Vote, Pingree Announces Support for Comprehensive Gun Violence Package

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With the U.S. House of Representatives set to vote on comprehensive gun violence prevention legislation, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced her support for the commonsense firearm safety package in a video message: “We've had a couple of horrible weeks in our country around gun violence. Whether it's people being shot when they go to the grocery store or innocent children at a day i...

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...

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