Journal

Honored

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.

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Heroes

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree has fought to increase funding for veterans health care and has gone to bat for veterans to make sure they get the benefits the deserve.

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Make it in Maine

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.

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Keeping Grounded

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.  Read More »

Tell House Republicans: Don’t Cancel Our Health Insurance!

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. Tell House Republicans: Don't cancel our health insurance! Read More »

Chellie and Hannah on MSNBC

Watch Chellie and Hannah talk with MSNBC host Chris Hayes.

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Will you help meet the deadline?

We have just thirteen days until March 15 to collect 2,000 signatures from Maine Democrats, and Chellie would be honored to have your help to qualify to run for U.S. Senate. Read More »

Statement of Congresswoman Chellie Pingree

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 Pingree with Rachel Maddow

Watch Chellie talk with Rachel Maddow about a victory for voters rights in Maine.

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Chellie Works to Create Opportunities for Small Businesses and Farmers

Introduces Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act

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.

Become a citizen co-sponsor

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Chellie Interviewed on Rachel Maddow

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.

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Withdraw from Afghanistan

Withdraw from Afghanistan

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 continues fight for campaign finance reform

Chellie continues fight for campaign finance reform

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 »

Chellie asks VA Secretary to ease rules for victims of sexual assault

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 says regulations working, Maine fishermen playing by the rules

As Massachusetts fishermen met in Washington Tuesday to demand higher catch limits and millions of dollars in federal aid, Chellie is urging regulators to stick with the current system. Read More »

Chellie speaks at opening of Maine’s newest airport

Chellie speaks at opening of Maine’s newest airport

Chellie helped cut the ribbon for Maine’s newest airport this afternoon—the Brunswick Executive Airport at the Brunswick Naval Air Station (BNAS.) Read More »

Chellie urges House leaders not to hijack budget bill with environmental rollbacks

Chellie is urging House Republican leaders not to use a budget bill to rush through 19 separate environmental rollbacks that would make it harder to stop air and water pollutions. Read More »

Chellie says federal grant for Memorial Bridge now secure

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 asking Pentagon to preserve sexual assault records

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 expects federal grant for Memorial Bridge to be secured

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 »

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