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October 21, 2019

Emergency Dredging Begins In Hampton-Seabrook Harbor

by Annie Ropeik

Federal engineers have begun a $4.6 million dredging project in Hampton-Seabrook harbor. Vessel owners in the state's largest fishing port say the emergency dredge is long overdue. They say sandy shoals that have built up on the bottom of the harbor are creating navigational hazards and hurting their businesses. Senator Jeanne Shaheen has advocated for the project. She filmed a video Monday near the dredge site. "We're excited," Shaheen said over the drone of dredging equipment. "We hope tha… Continue Reading

September 26, 2019

‘Tears in my eyes’: USS Thresher memorial dedicated

by Trent Spiner

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The crew of the USS Thresher on "eternal watch" finally got their resting place at Arlington National Cemetery more than 56 years after their submarine sank off the coast of Cape Cod. Hundreds of surviving family members and Navy veterans from across the country watched as their loved ones were honored for their bravery inside a grand amphitheater at the heart of the nation's most hallowed ground. Thursday's ceremony brings to a close years of fighting, fundraising and organi… Continue Reading

September 18, 2019

Shaheen urges CDC to develop health monitoring for PFAS exposure

by Jeff McMenemy

PORTSMOUTH -- U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to "develop health monitoring protocols for medical care for children and adults exposed to PFAS." "New Hampshire is at the forefront of the present challenge of PFAS contamination. I have heard from families of children exposed to PFAS who are concerned that their children's exposure to these harmful chemicals could have long-lasting detrimental impacts on their children's health," Shaheen said in a… Continue Reading

September 13, 2019

Mystery Solved: Private-Equity-Backed Firms Are Behind Ad Blitz on ‘Surprise Billing’

by Margot Sanger-Katz, Julie Creswell and Reed Abelson

Early this summer, Congress appeared on its way to eradicating the large medical bills that have shocked many patients after emergency care. The legislation to end out-of-network charges was popular and had support from both sides of the aisle. President Trump promised his support. Then, in late July, a mysterious group called Doctor Patient Unity showed up. It poured vast sums of money - now more than $28 million - into ads opposing the legislation, without disclosing its staff or its funders.… Continue Reading

August 06, 2019

Shaheen Expresses Alarm Over Prospect of a Turkish Invasion in Northern Syria & Urges Erdogan to Continue to Engage in Dialogue

**SHAHEEN: "An invasion risks devastating instability and the inadvertent escape of thousands of ISIS prisoners. This should be averted at all costs." ** **Shaheen has long worked with the families of victims murdered by ISIS to bring killers to justice** **Last year, Shaheen traveled to Turkey to meet with President Erdogan and northeastern Syria where she met with local Arab politicians and SDF members holding thousands of ISIS prisoners** (Washington, DC)-U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N… Continue Reading

June 12, 2019

Legislation would fund bridge repair

by Melina Druga

Legislation recently reintroduced in the U.S. Senate would establish a program to provide funding specifically for the repair and replacement of bridges in poor condition. There are more than 47,000 structurally deficient bridges in the United States with an average age of 62 years. Every day, 178 million vehicles travel these bridges, according to an American Road & Transportation Builders Association report. The SAFE Bridges Act would authorize $2.75 billion annually through Fiscal Year … Continue Reading

June 07, 2019

Shaheen hears dire concerns about climate change

by Erin Hayes

RYE -- U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen hosted a roundtable talk on climate change Thursday at Seacoast Science Center. Shaheen invited business leaders, climate activists, conservancy groups, researchers and legislators to discuss the impact of climate change. Topics included initiatives to mitigate impact, observations from research, sustainability practices and climate preparedness actions. "You're on the front lines dealing with this issue," Shaheen said. "The debate can rage on in some levels, bu… Continue Reading

June 05, 2019

Experience NH brings Granite Staters together with DC legislators, administration

WASHINGTON - The best of the Granite State was on display in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday for the annual Experience NH event. The showcase featured products and services, including food and beverages, from New Hampshire. Featured items and organizations included the New Hampshire Food Bank, Port City Pretzels, Smoky Quartz Distillery and Echo Farms Pudding. "This is a great way to promote New Hampshire businesses and to promote New Hampshire to people here in Washington, to decision-makers… Continue Reading

June 04, 2019

In Afghan Peace Talks, Women Need a Seat at the Table

On a recent trip to Afghanistan, I met with a group of Afghan women who described how dramatically their lives had changed since the Taliban government was toppled almost 18 years ago. During the Taliban era, women were walled off from society and often beaten and stoned for anything deemed inappropriate. In stark contrast, today Afghan womenare empowered and educated, and participate throughout civic life. Yet women are being left out of the peace negotiations that will decide their future. To… Continue Reading

May 30, 2019

Ceremony marks Memorial Day at Veterans Cemetery

by Andy Hershberger

BOSCAWEN, N.H. - While Monday was a day off from school and work for many to recognize Memorial Day, Thursday is the day that was originally designated to remember those who died serving the country. A ceremony marking the day was held at the state Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen. "That is why we are here today on this solemn occasion, on this hallowed ground, the final resting place of our nation's heroes, is to remember them," said Maj. Gen. David Mikolaities, adjutant general of New Hampshir… Continue Reading

May 29, 2019

Shaheen visits Keene Planned Parenthood as states pass restrictive abortion laws

by Kristen Carosa

KEENE, N.H. - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., spoke to workers at a Planned Parenthood in Keene on Wednesday in a visit she said was prompted by recently passed laws restricting abortion in other states. Last year in New Hampshire, 14,000 people went to a Planned Parenthood center for services, the organization said. Staff members said they provided $3 million of discounted or free health care. "We have heard that patients are coming in and women are worried that what's happening in states … Continue Reading

May 28, 2019

U.S. Senate To Vote On Spending Bill With Shaheen PFAS Proposals

by Annie Ropeik

The U.S. Senate will vote next month to fund more regulation and study of the effects of PFAS chemical contamination Many of the provisions come from New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who helped get the policies included in the latest National Defense Authorization Act. The full Senate is expected take up the annual spending bill in the coming weeks. The provisions include a ban on military use of firefighting foams that contain PFAS after 2022. The bill also includes more funding for PFAS h… Continue Reading

May 28, 2019

Epping Teens Weigh In On Lawmakers' Plans To Tackle Vaping

by Sarah Gibson

Students and administrators say e-cigarettes are becoming more popular and harder to control in New Hampshire. E-cigarettes - which look like flash drives or pens - produce a flavored vapor with nicotine. Manufacturers say they help adults quit smoking, but with flavors like cotton candy and lagging regulations on products, many say vaping has become an epidemic among teens. Speaking with Senator Jeanne Shaheen at Epping High School on Tuesday, freshman Dylan Comeau suggested the original inte… Continue Reading

May 28, 2019

Reducing the cost of health care in NH

by Senator Jeanne Shaheen

I've had countless conversations with Granite Staters who still struggle with the high cost of health care. Whether it's the skyrocketing price of prescription drugs, high monthly health insurance premiums or deductibles that are out of reach, people across New Hampshire are paying too much out of their own pockets to get the care they need. The Affordable Care Act helped expand health insurance coverage to tens of thousands of Granite Staters who could otherwise be one bad accident, hospitaliz… Continue Reading

May 23, 2019

Shaheen secures $10M for PFAS health study

by Jeff McMenemy

PORTSMOUTH -- U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen secured an additional $10 million for the first ever national PFAS health study in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. The Senate's Armed Service Committee passed the annual Defense Authorization Act on Wednesday and it will now go to the full Senate. Shaheen has repeatedly secured funds for the national study on the health effects of people exposed to PFAS in drinking water, which she established in the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authoriz… Continue Reading

May 22, 2019

Shaheen: No excuse for 8-year delay for woman on $20 bill

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who backed a campaign to put a female face on a $20 bill by 2020, said there's no excuse for the eight-year delay announced by the treasury secretary. Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the $20 bill redesign featuring Harriet Tubman won't meet the 2020 deadline, and will instead be delayed until 2028. He said that other denominations had been deemed more critical to being redesigned than the $20 bill. Shaheen, a Democrat, said the delay sends… Continue Reading

May 19, 2019

Carriers, lawmakers seek solutions to flood of robocalls

by Tim Callery

CONCORD, N.H. - More than 48 billion robocalls were made to American phones last year, making many people wonder whether anything's being done to stop them. Some robocalls can be useful, such as a snow closing from school or notification of a late payment. But more often, robocalls are scams. >> Download the FREE WMUR app "The people that are perpetrating robocalls are criminals," said Assistant Attorney General Brandon Garod. "They're people usually overseas that are attempting to c… Continue Reading

May 09, 2019

Proposed Legislation Would Ease Professional Licensing Process for Military Spouses

by Patricia Kime

Several members of Congress have introduced a bill that would make it easier for military spouses to maintain a small business or transfer professional licenses as they move from state to state. The legislation, known as the Portable Certification of Spouses, or PCS, bill, would give the Pentagon the authority to develop interstate agreements for professional licensing -- a provision that would help the estimated third of working military spouses in careers requiring state licenses. The bill a… Continue Reading

May 06, 2019

Growing pains: Shaheen talks cash flow issues with Salem small business

by Madeline Hughes

SALEM, N.H. - Foxx Life Sciences needs more space, employees and capital to continue funding the company's growth. The business that develops and manufactures lab equipment has seen over 40% growth in six of the last seven years, and that growth doesn't happen easily, according to President and CEO Thomas Taylor who started the company out of his Windham home in 2008. "We face a huge cash flow crunch," he told U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, when the Democrat visited the 55,000 square-foot facility … Continue Reading

April 30, 2019

NH lawmakers push for broadband improvements

by Staff

As leaders of both parties met in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday to jumpstart a major infrastructure plan local leaders called on them to include improvements to broadband internet access. President Trump and top Democrats, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, agreed in broad terms to work toward a $2 trillion investment in roads, bridges, and other infrastructure. Many of the details, including how the massive plan will be funded, must still … Continue Reading

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