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Pingree, Maine and New Hampshire Delegations Raise Alarm Over DoD Plans to Restructure PNSY Health Clinic

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) joined members of the Maine and New Hampshire congressional delegations—Representatives Jared Golden (D-Maine), Chris Pappas (D-N.H.), and Annie Kuster (D-N.H.), and Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Angus King (I-Maine), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.)—in requesting a briefing from the Department of Defense (DoD)…

Pingree Honors 2022 Pat Tillman Award Winner in Congress

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Gretchen Evans

Last week, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) honored Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Gretchen Evans of Brunswick, Maine by recognizing her in the official Congressional Record. CSM Evans, who is one of the most decorated female veterans in American history serving in the United States Army for 27 years, was this year’s Pat Tillman Award for Service recipient.  “I thank…

Chair Chellie Pingree Votes to Pass FY2023 House Appropriations Legislation to Help Families, Invest in Climate, and Support Maine Tribes

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Today, Rep. Chellie Pingree voted to pass H.R. 8294, a package of six government funding bills which will help families and communities across America, including the Interior and Environment bill she authored. The transformative investments in the bill will lower the cost of living, create good-paying American jobs, lift up working families, meet the needs of…

Pingree Votes to Advance 3 Bath Iron Works-Built Arleigh Burke Destroyers in House-Passed Annual Defense Bill

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today voted for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2023, authorizing three Bath Iron Works-built Arleigh Burke destroyers. The defense bill requires the Department of Defense to study and reduce the use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), makes substantial investments in clean energy and…

VIDEO: Pingree Presses VA Secretary on Military Sexual Trauma Claims Processing, Clean-up of Forever Chemicals at Military Installations

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WASHINGTON, DC—In a House Appropriations Military Construction and Veterans Affairs subcommittee hearing today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) questioned Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis R. McDonough on how the Department is working to improve Military Sexual Trauma claims processing, as well as the VA’s efforts to improve communication with veterans who may have…

Pingree Votes to Honor our Promise to Toxic-Exposed Veterans

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WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) voted with the U.S. House of Representatives in passing H.R. 3967, the Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act, which will finally treat toxic exposure as a cost of war by addressing the full range of issues impacting toxic-exposed veterans, including access to earned benefits and health…

Maine Delegation Urges Maine Veterans’ Homes Board to Keep Machias and Caribou Homes Open

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) and Representatives Chellie Pingree (ME-01) and Jared Golden (ME-02) opposed recently announced plans to close the Maine Veterans’ Homes (MVH) in Machias and Caribou. In a letter to the MVH Board, the Members of Congress urged the board to engage with the congressional delegation, the governor, and state lawmakers to…

Maine Delegation and Governor Mills Urge Navy to Honor Fallen Maine Hero Gary Gordon

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Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden, and Governor Janet Mills sent a letter to Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro, urging him to name a DDG-51 destroyer after Master Sergeant Gary Gordon, a Lincoln native and master sergeant in the United States Army’s Delta Force special operations unit.  MSG Gordon…

Rep. Pingree, VA Deputy Secretary Remy, Portland Mayor Snyder Celebrate Long-Awaited Opening of State-of-the-Art Veterans Clinic

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PORTLAND, MAINE—This morning, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) joined U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Deputy Secretary Donald Remy and Portland Mayor Kate Snyder in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new, state-of-the-art Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). The 62,500-square-foot, $64 million clinic replaces the VA clinics on Fore Street in Portland and in…

Pingree Votes to Expand Eligibility for GI Bill Benefits

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WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) voted in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the bipartisan Guard and Reserve GI Bill Parity Act of 2021, which expands eligibility for the Post-9/11 GI Bill to count every day that a servicemember is paid and in uniform toward benefit eligibility in order to achieve GI Bill parity for National…

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