Rep. Chellie Pingree

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Congress has until the end of September to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) that has helped fund scores of projects in Maine.

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Last week the Department of the Interior rescinded a ban on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides in national wildlife refuges. U.S. Representative from Maine Chellie Pingree is opposed to the change, which she says is just one more hit to the environment from the Trump Administration.

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The House Appropriations Committee has unanimously approved a measure sponsored by Maine Congressperson Chellie Pingree that is aimed at keeping siblings together while in federal custody. Pingree says it’s the least Congress can do.

“Siblings are being unnecessarily separated under HHS care,” she says. “This includes children who have been forcibly separated from their parents or legal guardians and those who cross the border together but who are unaccompanied.”

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Several members of the U.S. Congress have resigned over allegations of sexual harassment, prompting legislation aimed at creating a more transparent and accountable process. The House and Senate have each passed their own versions of the bill, and will have to come to an agreement on a final measure.

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President Trump may have signed an executive order to stop the forcible separation of immigrant children from their parents at the border, but Maine Congressperson Chellie Pingree says that's not the end of the issue. For one thing, there are caveats to the order itself, and Pingree says they raise red flags.

Maine’s 1st District U.S. House Rep. Pingree and more than 20 other Democrats will visit federal detention facilities in Texas this weekend to investigate conditions for immigrant families separated at the border.

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with state and local officials about infrastructure in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018.
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Maine’s two representatives in Congress are critical of several budget cuts in President Trump’s proposed budget. Democratic Congresswoman Chellie Pingree says the budget is dead on arrival, and like past budgets of Presidents of both parties, it will be substantially rewritten by Congress. She says several proposed cuts would be bad for Maine, and the nation.

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Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree announced Tuesday that she’s not running for governor. The decision ends widespread speculation about her intentions and leaves intact a crowded field of 22 declared candidates, including 10 Democrats.

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Maine 1st District Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Democrat, said Wednesday that the Republican tax plan will hurt Mainers, and she urged her House colleagues to reconsider their support. 

In a speech on the House floor, Pingree said she has been meeting with Mainers to talk about the tax proposal and its potential impact on Mainers.

“I recently sat down with Mainers who are terrified of the Republican tax plan," Pingree said. "In tears, a high school teacher listed the items she purchased for her students in need. Under this plan, she will no longer be able to deduct them.” 

PORTLAND, Maine — Two U.S. representatives say a fishing magnate known as "The Codfather," who pleaded guilty to evading fishing quotas, should also be charged under federal fishery laws. Carlos Rafael also pleaded guilty to smuggling money to Portugal and was sentenced to nearly four years in prison in September.

PORTLAND, Maine - A group of U.S. Representatives is proposing to give more resources to America's young fishermen.
 
The bill is called the Young Fishermen's Development Act of 2017 and it is sponsored by Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young. Young's proposal says the average age of fishermen is climbing because there are fewer new people entering the business.
 

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PORTLAND, Maine - Nearly 400 people packed a health care town hall Sunday in Portland, convened by Maine 1st District U.S. House Rep. Chellie Pingree, to weigh in on the GOP plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. 

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PORTLAND, Maine - Maine U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree is highlighting the importance of President Donald Trump's impending Supreme Court nominee, in light of his executive orders to repeal the Affordable Care Act, ban refugees and immigrants from Muslim-majority countries, and other actions.

"While there are a few judicial orders slowing down the president's actions, many of these critical questions could be driven to the United States Supreme Court, making this new appointment more vital than ever," the 1st District Democrat said at a news conference in Portland Monday morning.

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Gov. Paul LePage has once again charged into the issue of race relations. On Tuesday morning he told a Bangor radio station Tuesday that civil rights icon U.S. Rep. John Lewis should thank Republican presidents for freeing the slaves and fighting Jim Crow laws.

AUGUSTA, Maine - As congressional leaders try to wrap up a spending bill to keep the federal government operating until Dec. 9, Maine 1st District Rep. Chellie Pingree says lawmakers should be working on passing a budget for the year by the Oct. 1 deadline.

“There is no question that Congress should be doing its job and it is not," says Pingree, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee. "This is one of the most do-nothing Congresses that we have had, of all the do-nothing Congresses. We are in session for about 90 days. We already took six weeks off.”

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Democrats in the U.S. House literally took the floor Wednesday morning, staging a sit-in to demand a vote on proposed gun control legislation. Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree was one of the first involved.

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