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Pingree, Lawmakers to President Biden: Use Executive Authority to Lower Food Prices

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Maine First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree joined a bicameral group of her colleagues in Congress in encouraging the Biden-Harris Administration to use its executive authority to lower food prices for families. In a letter to President Joe Biden, the lawmakers—led by Congressman James P. McGovern (D-Mass.) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)—note how corporations have…

Good Shepherd Food Bank President to be Pingree’s 2024 State of Union Guest

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), a senior House Appropriator and member of the House Agriculture Committee, today announced Heather Paquette, president of Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine, as her 2024 State of the Union Guest tomorrow night. With President Joe Biden expected to highlight his efforts to curb “shrinkflation” greed among big corporations and stave off harmful…

Pingree Joins 115 House Members in Requesting Increased Home Heating Assistance Funding

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) joined 115 House members in requesting increased funding totaling $1.6 billion for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). “As you know, LIHEAP helps families who are at risk of being unable to afford to heat their homes in the winter or cool them in the summer. Last year, more than six…

Pingree, Baird, Thune, Brown Reintroduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Expand and Strengthen Local Meat Processing Capabilities

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U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Jim Baird (R-Ind.) and U.S. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) plan to reintroduce legislation to support small meat and poultry processors. The bipartisan, bicameral Strengthening Local Processing Act will diversify and make the U.S. meat processing more resilient by giving local livestock…

Maine Congresswoman Pingree Calls for Investigation of Undisclosed Propane Propaganda from HGTV Influencers

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) is calling on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate whether the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) has violated federal law with a misleading, undisclosed paid promotion of the fossil fuel industry. Pingree’s concerns were raised following reporting from the New York…

DeLauro, Pingree Announce GAO Report on Food Safety at Food and Drug Administration

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U.S. Representatives Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) and Chellie Pingree (ME-01) today announced that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report in response to their request that the GAO examine food contamination by chemical substances in our food.  “Let me be clear- these are forever chemicals that do not break down and may have a detrimental impact on the health of…

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree: What the Inflation Reduction Act means to Mainers

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Dirigo. As Mainers, we know well the meaning of our Latin motto: “I Lead.” And we live by it. Whether by leading the United States in its approach to lowering health care costs, or by aggressively fighting climate change, Maine has made this motto much more than a word on a flag or a bumper sticker. Addressing the high price of prescription drugs has been one of my biggest focuses as an…

Pingree, House Pass Legislation to Stop Price Gouging at the Gas Pump

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Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to stop price gouging at gas pumps. The Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act, introduced by Reps. Kim Schrier, M.D. (D-Wash.) and Katie Porter (D-Calif), would give the President the power to issue an Energy Emergency Declaration that would make it unlawful to increase…

Pingree Delivers $31 Million to Lower Costs and Increase Energy Efficiency for Maine Households

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WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced a $31 million investment from the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) to lower costs and increase energy efficiency for Maine’s hardworking families. The Infrastructure Law Pingree helped pass expanded WAP so more working families can have their homes retrofitted. WAP home retrofitting includes installing…

As Gas Prices Rise, Pingree Cosponsors Bill to Fight Big Oil’s Greed, Provide Rebates to American Consumers

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WASHINGTON, DC— With gas prices skyrocketing in recent weeks, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced she has cosponsored legislation to curb profiteering by big oil companies and provide American consumers relief at the pump. The Stop Gas Price Gouging Tax and Rebate Act, introduced in the U.S. House by Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), would create a windfall profit tax on…

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