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In FDA Hearing, Pingree Presses Commissioner on COVID Vaccine Access for Children Under 5

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In a House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Related Agencies hearing on Thursday, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) pressed FDA Commissioner Robert Califf for answers on the FDA’s timeline for making the COVID vaccine available to children age 5 and younger. “I totally understand and appreciate how important it is to ...

Governor Mills, Senator King & Representative Pingree Announce $50 Million Homeowner Assistance Program to Help Maine People Hardest Hit by Pandemic Pay Their Mortgage, Utilities, Other Home Expenses

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Governor Janet Mills, U.S. Senator Angus King, and Representative Chellie Pingree announced today a $50 million Homeowner Assistance Fund through the Maine Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection to provide direct relief to Maine homeowners at risk of losing their homes because of hardships created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The national program, authorized and funded through the American Rescue Plan...

U.S. Education Secretary Cardona, Congresswoman Pingree Highlight Solutions to Maine Bus Driver Shortage, Efforts to Strengthen Career Pathways on Trip to Kennebunk, Wells

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Bus Drivers Roundtable

U.S. Education Secretary Cardona, Congresswoman Pingree Highlight Solutions to Maine Bus Driver Shortage, Efforts to Strengthen Career Pathways on Trip to Kennebunk, Wells President Biden’s Education Secretary, Maine’s First District US Representative toured York County Community College in Wells and met with local school bus drivers in Kennebunk today. Today, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Card...

Pingree Votes to Deliver Urgent Relief Funding for Maine’s Restaurants and Small Businesses

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Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) voted to secure urgently needed relief for small businesses across Maine. The Relief for Restaurants & Other Hard Hit Small Businesses Act will deliver $55 billion to replenish funding for Maine restaurants and establish a new program supporting other small businesses impacted by the pandemic. “Funds made possible through the American Rescue Plan crea...

Pingree Announces $800,000 From American Rescue Plan for 37 New Public Health AmeriCorps Members in Maine

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced today that Goodwill Industries of Northern New England in Maine will receive $791,376 in Public Health AmeriCorps funding. The grant will support 37 new Public Health AmeriCorps members across Maine and New Hampshire. Public Health AmeriCorps, a partnership between AmeriCorps and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, supports the recruitm...

Pingree Statement on President Biden’s State of the Union Address

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WASHINGTON, DC— Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement regarding President Joe Biden’s first official State of the Union address: “Tonight, we marked America’s continued awakening from the pandemic. Leading our nation through an unprecedented litany of crises, President Biden and our Democratic Congress have produced historic economic results. The results of the ...

Maine Delegation, Governor Mills Urge Biden Administration to Extend FEMA Cost Share Measures

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PORTLAND, MAINE—Senators Susan Collins and Angus King, Representative Chellie Pingree, and Maine Governor Janet Mills are urging the Biden Administration to extend federal cost share measures amid the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, which are set to expire on April 1, 2022. Currently, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides a 100 percent Federal cost share for eligible COVID-19 emergen...

As Student Loan Payments Are Set to Restart, Pingree Urges Biden to Waive Loan Interest

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WASHINGTON, DC—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and 20 Members of Congress are urging President Joe Biden to continue to waive interest on federal student loans as the nation continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter comes as the forbearance period for student loans is set to expire in January, despite the ongoing national public health emergency. The lawmakers said, “if n...

Pingree Urges Mainers to Protect Their Health by Getting Vaccinated & Boosted

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Responding to the record high cases of COVID-19 in Maine today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement: “COVID-19 has never been a bigger threat to Mainers than it is right now. In the last month alone, daily hospitalizations across the state have increased 76 percent. Today there are 1,460 new cases in Maine, which is a devastating but avoidabl...

Pingree Announces American Rescue Plan Relief for 5 Maine Airports

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced American Rescue Plan funding for five Maine airports in the First Congressional District. The $187,000 in grants, awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), will provide economic relief for airports’ costs related to operations, personnel, cleaning, sanitization, debt service payments, and combating the spre...

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