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Golden, Pingree Secure Critical Funding to Help Lobstermen Cover Burdensome Regulation Compliance Costs

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Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01), a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, announced today that they have secured $14 million to help support Maine lobstermen in the House Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Fiscal Year 2023 Appropriations bill. The inclusion of the funding in the bill comes after Golden and Pingree led a group of New Englan...

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

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WASHINGTON, DC—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 of 2022, which was introduced i...

“Another Broken Promise” by China – King, Pingree, Golden Urge U.S. Trade Rep to Hold Nation Accountable for Failing to Honor Commitment to Maine Lobster Industry

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) and Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Jared Golden (D-Maine) are calling on the Biden administration to hold China accountable for breaking promises to the Maine lobster industry and provide much needed transparency on a 2020 trade deal – in the wake of a disclosure that China has failed to hold up its side of the deal with the Unite...

America COMPETES Act Passes, Includes Support for Working Waterfronts with Pingree Amendment

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today voted with the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the America Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing, Pre-Eminence in Technology and Economic Strength (COMPETES) Act of 2022, legislation to enhance U.S. competitiveness with China by strengthening America’s supply chain and reinvigorating the economy. H.R. 4521 includes a historic i...

Pingree Announces $8.2 Million to Support 2 Dredging Projects in ME-01

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WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced $8,225,000 in new funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge and survey the Scarborough River and the Josias River at Perkins Cove. This new federal investment comes as the Biden Administration continues its nationwide focus on maintaining and improving infrast...

Pingree Announces $750K Grant to Support Maine Seafood Industry, Sustainable Jobs

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WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced federal funding for the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI). The Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded GMRI $749,815 for their Gulf of Maine Blue Economy Initiative, which has the goal of developing a collaborative commercialization platform for the marine-related start up sector. GMRI says the result will be ...

VIDEO: Congresswoman Pingree Testifies in Favor of Her Bill to Protect America’s Working Waterfronts

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today testified before the House Natural Resources Committee on her bipartisan bill to preserve America’s working waterfronts, the Keep America’s Waterfronts Working Act. Pingree’s bill was included as a part of the larger Ocean Based Climate Solutions Act, comprehensive legislation to modernize federal ocean management policy to mitigate climate change. Pin...

Pingree, Wittman Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Preserve Working Waterfronts

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), alongside Congressman 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 establishing a Working Waterfront Task Force at the Department of Commerce. These resources would support coastal communities grappling with the climate cri...

Pingree’s Bipartisan Legislation to Protect America’s Working Waterfronts Passes House

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine)’s bipartisan bill, H.R. 3596, the Keep America’s Waterfronts Working Act, today passed the House of Representatives on a 262-151 vote. “More than 30,000 Mainers rely on marine-related industries for their livelihoods. Yet out of five thousand miles of coastline, just 20 miles of workable waterfront remains in the state,” said Pingree. “Coastal communities ac...

Pingree’s Bill to Preserve Working Waterfronts Advances Through Natural Resources Committee

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Yesterday, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree’s (D-Maine) bill, H.R. 3596, the Keep America’s Waterfronts Working Act, passed through the House Natural Resources Committee on a 22-13 bipartisan vote. The bill was one of ten bills marked up in committee. “More than 30,000 Mainers make their living from marine-related industries, which are an iconic part of our state’s character. However, working waterfr...

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