I am honored that Maine voters are giving me the privilege of continuing to serve them in Washington and look forward to getting back to Congress next week—thank you. We have a lot of work to do and some tough decisions to make and I plan to keep fighting for the solutions that protect and support working families and our local economy.
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree has fought to strengthen local farming, to develop new markets for the lobster fishery and to make sure that repair work for a damaged submarine is done right here in Maine.
Chellie Pingree says she is still guided by her time as tax assessor and school board chair on North Haven. She's called the island of less than 400 year-round residents home for 40 years. She says it's where she goes to keep grounded, see her children and grandchildren and visit with her neighbors.
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Republicans in Congress are threatening to cancel the health insurance of these and countless other hardworking Americans. We're not going to let that happen.
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I consider it a privilege to serve the people in Maine in the House. I certainly hadn't planned to run for the Senate. I have been honored by the outpouring of support from people all over the state, and I am carefully considering how best I can serve Maine. Read More »
Chellie believes that it’s time to turn around the years of government subsidies aimed at growing big factory farms, and re-invest in small agricultural businesses that are the key to creating jobs and building a stronger economy.
This week, Chellie introduced the Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act to create opportunities for farmers and small businesses focused on agriculture to support local, family farmers in a way that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has failed to do in the past.
Become a Citizen Co-Sponsor of the Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act to show your support for sustainable agriculture and help increase our ability to buy healthy food grown close to home. To find out more about the bill, click here.
This June, Republicans spearheaded and passed a bill to eliminate same-day voter registration in Maine.
Chellie spoke with Rachel Maddow on MSNBC on Monday, June 15 about the Republicans' efforts to undermine voters' rights.
Last night, President Obama announced that Osama bin Laden had been captured and killed by US forces. This is welcome news which I hope provides a certain amount of closure for the families of the 9/11 victims. Now that we have accomplished this mission, there is no excuse for continuing our military engagement in Afghanistan. Please sign my petition, which I will deliver to President Obama. If enough of us sign, he'll get the message loud and clear that progressives, Mainers and Americans want to end the war in Afghanistan quickly. Read More »
Chellie is continuing the fight to reform our current campaign finance system by introducing a bill this week that would create a system of public financing for Congressional campaigns, similar to one already in place in Maine. Read More »
Nearly two dozen members of the U.S. House have written to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki asking him to ease the rules for victims of sexual assault in the military who now suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. The changes, similar to those that would be required in a bill Chellie has introduced, would relax burdensome requirements for proving the occurrence of rape or sexual assault that make it difficult to receive disability benefits and coverage for their medical care. Read More »
Chellie said on Wednesday that federal officials were signing the final documents necessary to secure a $20 million federal grant to help pay for a replacement for the Memorial Bridge in Kittery. The bridge, between Kittery and Portsmouth, is in desperate need of repair and is currently closed to truck traffic. Read More »
Chellie is backing a bill that would require the Department of Defense to preserve records of sexual assault against military personnel. The Support for Survivors Act, which was introduced Wednesday, would replace current Pentagon policy of destroying sexual assault records only a year after the assault is reported. Read More »
Chellie said Monday that a $20 million federal grant to help pay for a replacement for the Memorial Bridge in Kittery will likely be secured before the current government budget authority runs out at the end of next week. The funding has been threatened by budget proposals being debated in Congress. Read More »