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Pingree Announces $540,000 for the Equality Community Center

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced that she has secured $540,000 for the Equality Community Center in Portland to complete building renovations for its collaborative community center and workspace for underserved populations. Passed today by the House in the Fiscal Year 2024 Appropriations package, Pingree successfully fought to fund 15 community…

Pingree Welcomes More Than $3.5 Million for Environmental Justice Projects in Communities Across Maine

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Today, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), ranking member of the House Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee which oversees funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), announced more than $3.5 million to fund six projects across Maine that advance environmental justice as part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda. The…

Congresswoman Pingree Leads Push to Ensure USDA Discrimination Settlement Money Reaches Women Farmers

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Today, Democratic Women’s Caucus (DWC) leaders Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), a longtime farmer and member of the House Agriculture Committee, Reps. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.), DWC Chair, and Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.), urged Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to ensure discrimination settlement funds reach women farmers and those who have faced discrimination by the…

Pingree, Leger Fernández, Kiggans, González-Colón Introduce Bipartisan Women in Agriculture Act

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), Teresa Leger Fernández (D-N.M.), Congresswoman Jen Kiggans (R-Va.), and Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colón (R-Puerto Rico-At-Large) introduced bipartisan legislation to support women farmers and ranchers in Maine and across the U.S. The Women in Agriculture Act would create a Women Farmers and…

Pingree: Republican Court Sanctions Homophobia with Dangerous 303 Creative Decision

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In a blow to gay rights, the U.S. Supreme Court today sided with an evangelical Christian graphic artist from Coloradowho does not want to create wedding websites for same-sex couples, despite the state’s protective anti-discrimination law. After the high court’s ruling, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) released the following statement: “The Supreme Court’s decision…

Pingree, Equality Caucus Reintroduce Landmark Bill to Ensure Explicit LGBTQ+ Protections

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, Vice-Chair of the Congressional Equality Caucus, and fellow Equality Caucus members today reintroduced bicameral legislation to ensure explicit nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQI+ people. The landmark Equality Act amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to extend non-discrimination protections to the LGBTQ+ community and would…

In Celebration of Pride Month, Pingree Renews Commitment to Fighting for LGBTQ+ Equality

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), Vice-Chair of the Congressional Equality Caucus, is celebrating Pride Month and renewing her commitment to uplifting the LGBTQ+ communities in Maine and across the country, cosponsoring numerous equality-focused bills.  “We are fortunate to live in a place that protects the civil rights of our LGBTQ+ neighbors…

Pingree, House Democrats Pass Bill to Protect Marriage Equality Under Federal Law

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and House Democrats today passed the Respect for Marriage Act, which would proactively protect marriage equality for same sex and interracial couples. Although the Supreme Court’s recent Dobbs decision does not immediately impact LGBTQ+ people’s right to marry who they love, the Court majority’s reasoning…

Pingree, Vice Chair of House LGBTQ Caucus, Celebrates Long-Overdue Passage of the Equality Act

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), a vice chair of the House LGBTQ Caucus, today celebrated the passage of the Equality Act, legislation to expand existing civil rights protections to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. “For more than 15 years, Maine has had civil rights protections for our LGBTQ neighbors. We’ve stood together…

Pingree, 100+ Members Introduce Resolution Affirming the Supreme Court’s Marriage Equality Precedent

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), a congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus Vice Chair, today joined more than 100 House members in introducing a resolution to affirm the Supreme Court’s rulings on same-sex marriage. The resolution comes days after Justice Barrett’s rushed Supreme Court confirmation and alarming statements by Justices Thomas and Alito…

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