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Tester, Murkowski, Pingree Lead Bipartisan Push to Support Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma

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This Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-Mont.), U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) are teaming up to introduce bipartisan, bicameral legislation to improve military sexual trauma (MST) survivors’ access to care and benefits, as well as bolster MST claims…

$1.5 Million to Support Veterans Transition to Work Initiative Secured by Rep. Pingree

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Boots2Roots, a nonprofit based in Portland serving veterans, will receive $1.5 million to expand its Transition to Work Initiative, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced today. Pingree, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, secured the Community Project Funding (CPF) in the final Fiscal Year 2023 Appropriations bill, which passed Congress today.…

Pingree, House Pass Bill to Protect Veterans from Deportation

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and the U.S. House of Representatives today passed legislation to prevent the deportation of veterans. The Veteran Service Recognition Act (H.R. 7946) makes the naturalization process easier for active duty servicemembers, establishes a review process for non-citizen veterans, servicemembers, and their families, and creates an opportunity…

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…

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