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Rep. Pingree’s Bill to Preserve Working Waterfronts Gets First Hearing in 116th Congress

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WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) testified before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife in support of her bill, H.R. 3596, the Keep America’s Waterfronts Working Act. The bill would create a Working Waterfront Grant Program and establish a Working Waterfront Task Force at the Department of Commerce. Pingree’s bipartisan bill was one...

Pingree’s Bill to Support Coastal Communities Dealing with Ocean Acidification Passes House

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Today Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01)’s bipartisan legislation to support coastal communities grappling with climate change-related ocean acidification unanimously passed the House of Representatives. Pingree’s bill, HR. 1716, the Coastal Communities Ocean Acidification Act, would direct federal officials to work with state and local experts to study ocean acidity and deliver a public report...

Maine Congressional Delegation Introduces Legislation to Address Acadia National Park Boundary Issues

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U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, and U.S. Representatives Jared Golden and Chellie Pingree today announced they have introduced companion legislation in both the Senate and the House that would help address the concerns of communities near Acadia National Park (ANP) about boundary issues and the use of intertidal zones by harvesters of clams and worms. The bill reflects feedback from t...

Maine Seaweed Company Lands $600,000 Grant to Execute Innovative Idea for Industry Growth: Bringing Seaweed to the Bread Aisle

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) announced today that Buxton-based VitaminSea would receive a $600,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) USDA grant to further develop SeaKelp+, a kelp-based additive for bread. “Some of the most exciting things about Maine aquaculture right now are consumers’ growing awareness of seaweed’s nutritional benefits and the innovative products local business...

Rockland Receives $830,000 Federal Grant to Repair and Update Its Fish Pier

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Rockland, Maine—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) announced today that the City of Rockland would receive an $830,000 federal grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA), enough funding to move forward with plans to repair and update its aging Fish Pier. “The Rockland Fish Pier is a critical piece of working waterfront infrastructure that’s in great need of repair and updating. I’m...

VIDEO: Pingree Speaks in Opposition to Partisan Magnuson-Stevens Act Rewrite

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) spoke on the House floor today in opposition to a partisan reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, which sets national commercial fisheries management policy. The bill, which passed out of Committee on a party-line vote, would create exploitable loopholes in catch limits, weaken regional oversight, and undermine the responsible management of fisheries ...

Pingree Tells Trade Representative That Latest Trade Decisions “Doing More Harm than Good” in Maine

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In light of the negative repercussions that Maine’s lobster industry and other businesses are facing from the Trump Administration’s latest trade actions, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) sent a letter today to U.S. Trade Representative C.J. Mahoney urging the Administration to pursue a more coherent trade strategy to save the state’s economy from further uncertainty and harm. “While there ar...

VIDEO: Pingree Pushes Amendment to Block Funding for Trump Offshore Drilling Plan

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During Appropriations Committee markup of the FY 2019 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) offered and spoke on an amendment to prohibit funds from being used to implement the Trump Administration’s proposal to open up vast new areas of the East and West coasts to offshore oil and gas drilling leases. The amendment failed alon...

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