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April 06, 2020

Hanover teen makes it home from study abroad

by Adam Sullivan

HANOVER, N.H. (WCAX) Thousands of Americans remain stranded overseas because of the ongoing pandemic, including dozens from our region. Our Adam Sullivan spoke with a Hanover teen who made it back. Seventeen-year-old Isabel Estes entered Peru by bus March 13th with a groups of students studying abroad. Three days later the borders of the South American country were closed. Thankfully, with the help of New Hampshire's Congressional delegation, the Hanover teen was able to get home. "Seeing my d… Continue Reading

April 05, 2020

Q&A with U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

by Jeff Feingold

Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire's senior U.S. senator, was among a bipartisan group of senators who negotiated the provisions that focus on the needs of small businesses in the recently enacted federal CARES Act. She recently discussed the measure with NH Business Review. Q. What were the provisions you insisted on being in the CARES Act, and did they all get in? A. This is an incredibly challenging time for small business owners and I know many of them are staying awake at night wonder… Continue Reading

April 02, 2020

Exeter family stranded in Peru since coronavirus outbreak returns to US

by Patrick Cronin

EXETER - An Exeter family stranded in Peru due to the coronavirus pandemic recently returned home thanks to the help of U.S. Sen Jeanne Shaheen. Shaheen, D-N.H., announced Thursday that her office successfully helped Julie Givens and Javier Jimenez and their three children return to the U.S. after being stuck in Peru for several weeks. Her office helped arrange for the Exeter family to board a flight organized by the State Department. The Peruvian government ordered a state of emergency March … Continue Reading

April 02, 2020

New Hampshire to get $11.7M to help communities, homeless

by Kathy McCormick

CONCORD - New Hampshire is getting an additional $11.7 million from the massive federal coronavirus relief package to help community service programs and the homeless, the state's congressional delegation announced Thursday. Here are the latest coronavirus developments across the state: AID FOR COMMUNITIES, HOMELESS The $11.7 million in additional federal funding can be used to expand community health facilities, child care centers, food banks and senior services. The money will also support… Continue Reading

April 01, 2020

With VAWA talks deadlocked, lawmakers push for domestic-violence emergency funds

by Erin Durkin and Zach C. Cohen

Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act remains stalled in Congress. But lawmakers and advocates are trying to find ways to help victims of domestic violence who are forced to shelter in place in unsafe homes during a pandemic. Groups that lobby on domestic-violence policies say they welcomed the money lawmakers provided for certain programs in the third coronavirus package, which passed last week. For the next bill, they are pressing for even more funding to ensure the needs of domes… Continue Reading

April 01, 2020

Older Americans Act Reauthorized

by Staff

President Donald Trump signed into law bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen to reauthorize the Older Americans Act, which will strengthen and increase funding for Meals on Wheels and other programs critical to older Americans. Since 1965, the Older Americans Act has supported and improved the lives of seniors through support for transportation options, caregivers, employment and community service opportunities, and other services. This year's reauthor… Continue Reading

March 31, 2020

NH to receive additional $147 million in federal COVID-19 response funding, delegation says

by John DiStaso

MANCHESTER, N.H. - New Hampshire will receive an additional $147 million in COVID-19 response funding as part of the $2 trillion stimulus package signed into law last Friday, the state's congressional delegation has announced. The new funds are on top of a minimum level of $1.25 billion New Hampshire and each of the other states are receiving as part of the Phase 3 plan that won unanimous support in Congress after Senate Democrats blocked the initial Republican-backed plan in two votes early… Continue Reading

March 30, 2020

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: Help for New Hampshire

by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen

Here in New Hampshire and across our country, people are hurting and worried because of the coronavirus. At risk are their health and the health of their families, their jobs, their ability to keep a roof overhead, food on the table, securing their retirement and more. Not since the 1918 outbreak of the Spanish influenza has a pandemic posed such an immense threat to the public health of our country. Granite Staters need help and they need it fast. That's the message I'm hearing from the may… Continue Reading

March 27, 2020

NH delegation, governor slam FEMA's aid response

by Kevin Landrigan

The state's congressional delegation sent a harshly critical letter to Trump administration officials, charging the Federal Emergency Management Agency with a "poor response" to their request for medical supplies. The federal agency has been guilty of a failed bureaucratic incompetence that included the delivery of useless materials, they said. These mistakes have included delays in delivering supplies, providing expired equipment, dispersing materials that can't be used in most medical settin… Continue Reading

March 25, 2020

Here's What the Coronavirus Stimulus Package Could Mean for N.H.

by Todd Bookman

The $2 trillion stimulus package passed unanimously by the Senate on Wednesday seeks to help soften the economic damage of the coronavirus. Here's a summary of how the bill, which the House could take up as early as Friday, would likely impact New Hampshire residents and businesses. Direct Payments Under the plan, many Granite Staters would receive direct payments from the federal government. Individuals who earn less than $75,000 a year can expect a check for $1,200. Married filers who joint… Continue Reading

March 24, 2020

NH Sen. Shaheen Stresses Worker And Hospital Relief In Defense Of Democratic Stimulus Blockage

by Jeremy Hobson

New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen defended her party's decision to vote down a Republican-backed stimulus bill on Monday in the Senate, saying the stimulus package must do more for hospitals and workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic. "It's so important that as we pass this relief package here in Washington that includes very robust provisions to help our hospitals so they can treat those people and they don't get overwhelmed," she says. Senate Democrats faced public backlash … Continue Reading

March 22, 2020

A good week's work: Sen. Shaheen, Mayor Craig step up

by Editorial Board

On completely different fronts, two New Hampshire women in government were doing their jobs well last week. U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, having worked diligently on the matter since it arose months ago, succeeded in helping secure the release of a New Hampshire citizen held for months in his native Lebanon. Dover's Amer Fakhoury comes home in fragile health and with his restaurant affected, as are all eateries, by the coronavirus contagion. But he is finally free of the beatings and interrogation… Continue Reading

March 21, 2020

Shaheen tapped to help negotiate small business portion of third COVID-19 response bill

by John DiStaso

MANCHESTER, N.H. - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has been tapped to help negotiate the small business portion of the $1 trillion third coronavirus response package being readied on Capitol Hill. Shaheen, a member of the Senate Small Business Committee, is one of four senators on the small business negotiating team, along with fellow Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland and Republicans Marco Rubio of Florida and Susan Collins of Maine. Talks got underway Friday morning, according to Shaheen's office. Ac… Continue Reading

March 20, 2020

Dover man imprisoned in Lebanon released, Shaheen says

by Kirk Enstrom

WASHINGTON - A Dover man who was imprisoned in Lebanon and facing charges of torturing inmates dating back decades has been released, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., said Thursday. Shaheen said Amer Fakhoury has been released and is on his way back to the United States. He had been held in Lebanon since September. "Any time a U.S. citizen is wrongfully detained by a foreign government, we must use every tool at our disposal to free them," said Shaheen, a senior member of the Senate Foreign … Continue Reading

March 20, 2020

NH to receive $28.1 million in federal funds to fight opioid, meth, cocaine crisis in 2020

by John DiStaso

MANCHESTER, N.H. - New Hampshire will receive $28.1 million in federal funding in 2020 to continue its efforts to combat the substance abuse crisis, Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan announced Friday. The funding will come in the form of State Opioid Response grants administered by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, known as SAMHSA. Shaheen's office said the state has now received about $92 million in federal funding to fight the crisis since 2016. Las… Continue Reading

March 19, 2020

Some help for businesses affected by COVID-19 is currently available

by Staff

WASHINGTON D.C. - The Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce issued the following communication from U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's office regarding the impact of the coronavirus on New Hampshire businesses. Shaheen's office reported on Tuesday that the state of New Hampshire has received its first emergency aid allocation of $4.9 million towards health services and response and has received guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor for utilizing unemployment insurance for workers impacted by the… Continue Reading

February 12, 2020

$4M for dredging Rye Harbor gains key approval

PORTSMOUTH -- Funds to dredge Rye Harbor were included in the Army Corps of Engineers' fiscal year 2020 work plan, according to New Hampshire's congressional delegation. Inclusion of the $4 million was announced Tuesday by U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan and Rep. Chris Pappas. Shaheen last month led a New Hampshire congressional delegation letter to the White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R.D. James,… Continue Reading

January 29, 2020

Nashua police chief to join Shaheen for State of the Union address


NASHUA - Police Chief Michael Carignan and his fellow officers were still grieving the unexpected death of Capt. Jonathan Lehto - who took his own life while visiting family in Seattle in September - when U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., approached Carignan with a desire to discuss the growing trend of suicides among first responders. "Sen. Shaheen spoke with me a couple of times, once in my office and another time at a public forum," Carignan said. "We talked extensively about officer welln… Continue Reading

January 28, 2020

Shaheen issues statement on Challenger disaster anniversary

by Staff

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire on Tuesday commemorated the life of Christa McAuliffe, a Concord High School teacher who died in the space shuttle Challenger disaster 34 years ago. McAuliffe would have been NASA's first designated teacher in space. She and six crewmates were killed when the Challenger broke apart shortly after takeoff on Jan. 28, 1986. "For Granite Staters, and for teachers and educators across the United States, there will always be a special pl… Continue Reading

January 07, 2020

Fishing Money found for at-sea monitors

by Sean Horgan

In late December, on the doorstep to the Christmas holidays, New England's groundfishermen received an early present. As part of a $1.4 trillion spending package, the U.S. Senate passed a $79.4 billion appropriations bill that includes another $10.3 million for NOAA Fisheries - once again secured by New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen - to fully fund at-sea monitoring in the Northeast groundfish fishery for the 2020 fishing season that begins May 1. When President Donald Trump signed the bill in… Continue Reading

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