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Pingree is married to S. Donald Sussman, majority shareowner of MaineToday Media, which publishes the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel.
PROTECTING DEFENSE SPENDING
Maine and New Hampshire's congressional delegations – like many across the country – were making moves last week to protect their home defense-related interests from looming budget cuts and future, difficult decisions on spending.
Some key committee posts could help in those efforts when it comes to defense issues.
Sen. Susan Collins serves on the Defense Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for divvying up the federal budget.
New Hampshire Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, and Kelly Ayotte, a Republican, were recently appointed chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support.
The subcommittee oversees, among other things, Navy fleet maintenance as well as industrial operations at the service's shipyards, such as the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard on the Maine-New Hampshire border. As the panel's two top members, Ayotte and Shaheen would also be well positioned to try to scuttle another attempt by the Pentagon to close military bases, because the subcommittee reviews any base closure proposals.
And freshman Maine Sen. Angus King, an independent, serves on the Senate Budget Committee and was named last week to the Senate Armed Services Committee's Seapower Subcommittee, which oversees contract procurement for the Navy.
Over in the House, Maine Rep. Mike Michaud, D-2nd District, recently became the top-ranking Democrat on the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, giving him significant input on the committee's work and direction. Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-1st District, is beginning her first term on the House Appropriations Committee.
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