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Pingree Statement on President Biden’s Plan to Withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement regarding President Biden’s plan to withdraw all American troops from Afghanistan by or before the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that drew the United States into its longest war: “America has been at war so long that sons and daughters who were born after these conflicts began are now old enough to e...

Members of Maine, Alaska Delegations Lead Call for VA to Swiftly Implement Their Law Supporting Veterans with Early-Stage Dementia

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Members of the Maine and Alaska Delegations wrote to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis McDonough, urging him to quickly implement the State Veterans Homes Domiciliary Care Flexibility Act. The letter was signed by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Angus King (I-ME), and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Representatives Don Young (R-AK), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), and Jared Golden (D-ME...

Maine Delegation Pushes for Answers on Delays in Veterans’ Travel Reimbursement

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After complaints from Maine veterans of significantly extended wait times for travel reimbursement, Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) led a letter to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis McDonough, joined by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME), and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01), about the reported holdups. “In many instances, Maine veterans have been...

Pingree Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Recognize Cold War Veterans with Service Medal

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), along with Representatives David McKinley (R-WV), Brian Higgins (D-NY) and Kathleen Rice (D-NY) today introduced H.R. 4807, the bipartisan Cold War Service Medal Act. The legislation would recognize veterans who served in the Cold War with medals for their distinguished service. Cold War veterans do not currently have a service medal, unlike veterans who’ve...

Pingree’s Amendment Requiring Pentagon to Plan for Climate Crisis Included in the FY2020 Defense Authorization Bill

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Congressman Charlie Crist (D-Florida) have secured an amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) requiring the Secretary of Defense to account for sea level rise projections and future flood risk when creating climate resiliency guidelines at military facilities. Their amendment comes as a direct response to last month’s Government Accoun...

VIDEO: In Military Sexual Trauma Hearing, Pingree Speaks on Bill to Support Survivors

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In a hearing for the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, Congresswoman Pingree spoke in support of her bill, H.R. 1092, The Servicemember and Veterans’ Empowerment and Support Act. Pingree’s bill would improve resources and care for survivors of military sexual trauma (MST). “Women and men who have experienced military sexual trauma cont...

VIDEO: Pingree Delivers Floor Speech Recognizing Maine Tribal Elder, D-Day Veteran on 75th Anniversary

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) spoke on the House floor in recognition of Charles Norman Shay, a Mainer, Penobscot tribal elder, and D-Day Veteran who helped to liberate France and protect Europe from Nazi control in World War II. The 94-year old Mr. Shay returned to Normandy, France this week for the 75thanniversary of D-Day, where, at age 19, he stormed Omaha Beach in the first wave. To...

Pingree Presses DoD Official With Environmental Oversight For PFAS Drinking Water Standards at Military Installations

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WASHINGTON, D.C.— In a hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) questioned Assistant Secretary McMahon, who is responsible for overseeing the Department of Defense’s (DoD) environmental policies, about news reports that the Defense Department was seeking a weaker clean-up standard for PFAS toxic chemical contamination than E...

Pingree Questions VA Office of Inspector General on Military Sexual Assault Claims

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Last August, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued a report which found that almost half of military sexual trauma (MST) claims were not processed properly. This raised the strong possibility that MST survivors were wrongly denied benefits which they are legally entitled to. It has been a long, slow road to change the culture so that milit...

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