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VIDEO: In Floor Speech, Pingree Urges Passage of Bill to Regulate Harmful “Forever Chemicals”

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Today, in a speech on the House floor, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today urged passage of H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act. The bill requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to list PFAS chemicals (also known as “forever chemicals”), including PFOA and PFOS as hazardous substances under the Superfund clean-up program within a year and to develop…

With Vote for H.R. 3, Rep. Pingree Reaffirms Decades-Long Commitment to Reducing Rx Drug Costs

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today voted for H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act. The bill allows Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices, limits out-of-pocket spending on prescription drugs for seniors, and reinvests savings by establishing significant dental, vision, and hearing benefits within…

FCC net neutrality proposal will protect consumers

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree said proposed rules that will regulate the Internet like a public utility are good for consumers and small businesses. "These rules will go a long way to keeping the Internet free and open and prevent Internet providers from slowing down or speeding up certain sites based on who is paying them for faster access. It means big Internet companies won't be…

Pingree expects President Obama to address middle class concerns around college affordability, taxes in State of the Union address

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree said she's looking forward to hearing President Obama talk about issues that matter to average families in his State of the Union address tonight. "Making college more affordable, giving working families a tax break and asking the rich to pay more of their fair share is something that I think most Americans agree with and I'm looking forward to hearing the…

Statement on CIA torture report

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree issued the following statement in response to a report on CIA torture released today by the Senate Intelligence Committee. "This is a brutal report that represents a dark side of the CIA and describes actions that do not reflect American values. Not only were these techniques wrong, the report shows they were not the most effective way to gather…

Army Tells Michaud, Pingree Military Funeral Honors Program Will Continue

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Officials say they funding will be guaranteed to provide honor guard at funerals for veterans Representatives Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree said that Army officials contacted them today to assure them that funding for honor guards at the funerals of veterans inMaine and around the country will continue throughout the fiscal year that began October 1st. “Honoring the lives…

Biddeford engineering firm getting $10 million defense contract

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Oak Point Associates to design repairs and improvements at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and other Navy facilities Congresswoman Chellie Pingree said today that Oak Point Associates in Biddeford has won a $10 million Navy contract to design and engineer improvements to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery and at other Navy facilities on the East Coast. "This is great news for the…

Statement on Vice Presidential visit to Maine

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree issued the following statement about Vice President Joe Biden's announced visit to Maine this Wednesday. Pingree will be accompanying Biden as he tours the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery. "The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard has a world class workforce and we are always proud to show them off to top officials like Vice President Biden. And it's important…

Memorial Day

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree issued the following statement on Memorial Day: For well over 200 years, the men and women of our armed forces have served and sacrificed so that we may enjoy peace here at home. They have left their loved onesbehind. They have traveled to faraway lands. Sadly, many of them never returned. Today we remember the brave men and women who made the ultimate…

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