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Maine Delegation Urges President Biden to Approve Governor Mills’ Request for Major Disaster Declaration Following January Storms

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Maine’s Congressional Delegation wrote to President Joe Biden in support of Governor Janet Mills’ request for a Major Disaster Declaration to help address the estimated $70.3 million in damage that occurred across eight Maine counties during the January 10 and January 13 storms. U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden asked the…

‘This Is Bigger Than Any of Us’: On House Floor, Pingree Calls for Urgent Action to Protect Working Waterfronts

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In remarks on the House floor Wednesday night, Maine First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree called attention to the devastating impacts recent storms have had on Maine communities and working waterfronts.  “The sheer destruction these storms had on our working waterfronts is astonishing,” Pingree said. “More frequent, intense storms, floods, and rising sea…

Following Back-to-Back Storm Damage, Maine Delegation Sends Letter to FEMA in Support of Governor Mills’ Request to Streamline Federal Response

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Maine’s Congressional Delegation wrote to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in support of Governor Janet Mills’ request that they treat the devastating January 10th and January 13th storms as a single disaster event for purposes of damage assessment and reporting consistent with applicable laws, rules, and regulations. “The damages are still being assessed, but…

PHOTOS: Pingree Visits Hard-Hit Coastal Communities, Working Waterfronts Damaged in January Storms

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today visited several coastal First District communities hit hard by the barrage of damaging December and January storms. During stops in Port Clyde and Rockland, Pingree surveyed the costly damage to working waterfronts and met with local officials and fishermen to learn about ongoing recovery efforts. Pingree, who is Ranking…

Pingree, Wittman Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Preserve Working Waterfronts

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U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Rob Wittman (R-Va.) today reintroduced the bipartisan Keep America’s Waterfronts Working Act, legislation to preserve America’s working waterfronts by creating a grant program and preservation loan fund to provide funding options for waterfront preservation and improvement projects. The bill would also establish a…

Pingree Urges Coast Guard to Protect Safety of Penobscot Bay Boaters

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) is voicing her concern over the U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG) decision to no longer maintain two daybeacons in Penobscot Bay. Pingree, who is a resident of North Haven, said the two daybeacons—the Drunkard Ledge Daybeacon and the Fiddler Ledge Daybeacon—“play a vital role in helping the North Haven ferry, and hundreds of working and pleasure boats…

Pingree Celebrates World Oceans Day with Introduction of Bipartisan Bill to Support Aquaculture Farmers and Harvesters

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On World Oceans Day, U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.), Rob Wittman (R-Va.), and Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to uplift and support aquaculture and aquaculture farmers and harvesters.  The Sustaining Healthy Ecosystems, Livelihoods, and Local Seafood (SHELLS) Act will create a program office for…

Pingree, Salazar Introduce Bicameral, Bipartisan Legislation to Strengthen the Blue Economy and Support Coastal Communities

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Today, U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Maria Elvira Salazar (R-Fla.) introduced legislation to strengthen coastal communities and the blue economy of Maine and the U.S. through technological research and development, job training, and cross-sector partnerships. The bipartisan Ocean Regional Opportunity and Innovation (Ocean ROI) Act, which was introduced in…

Pingree, Watershed Communities Celebrate York River’s ‘Wild & Scenic’ Designation

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), National Park Service Deputy Director Mike Reynolds, the York River Study Committee, and members of the watershed communities of Eliot, Kittery, South Berwick, and York celebrated the York River’s long-sought “Wild and Scenic” designation. Championed by Pingree in Congress and signed by President Biden in the Fiscal Year 2023…

Reps. Pingree, Waltz Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Coastal Communities Impacted by Ocean Acidification

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today introduced bipartisan legislation with Congressman Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) to support coastal communities grappling with ocean acidification driven by human activities. The bipartisan Coastal Communities Ocean Acidification Act of 2022 (H.R. 9346) would direct the National Oceanic and…

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