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July 10, 2020

Congressional delegation slams ICE guidance for international college students, Dartmouth to file brief in suit

by Josie Grove

New Hampshire's congressional delegation criticized an ICE proposal that could force international college students to leave the country if they take only online classes. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced the proposal last week, saying that college students from other countries will not be able to get visas if they take only online classes. In March, ICE had said international students would be able to stay in the country for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency even if they t… Continue Reading

July 09, 2020

Shaheen gets the lowdown from Big Dave at small business stop

by Tom Eastman

CONWAY - "It's been a challenge, not only for us but for you and for everybody," Dave Hausman of Big Dave's Bagels in North Conway told U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) during her hourlong visit Thursday morning at his shop to find out how small business in New Hampshire have been faring during the pandemic. With the Senate currently, recessed, Shaheen was eager to lobby for support of passage of the Prioritized Paycheck Protection Program (P4) Act, legislation she introduced that would al… Continue Reading

July 09, 2020

Shaheen announces $400K to support Rockingham County businesses

by Hadley Barndollar

Headed to the Regional Economic Development Center in Raymond is $400,000 from the federal Economic Development Agency, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., announced Wednesday. The funds will be used to support businesses in Rockingham County. During federal budget negotiations, Shaheen led an effort to prevent the Economic Development Administration from being eliminated, and helped secure the funds, according to her office. The REDC in Raymond is one of the Granite State's four economic devel… Continue Reading

July 09, 2020

Officials: Housing needs could spike as evictions resume, jobless aid ends

by Meghan Foley

State and local advocates say the housing challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have not gone away and could even grow as an eviction moratorium ends and expanded unemployment aid expires. Representatives of state and local housing and homeless-service organizations discussed those issues with U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on a conference call Wednesday morning. Among other things, they said the end-of-the-year deadline for them to use funds from the federal CARES Act has them concerned, … Continue Reading

July 08, 2020

Sen. Shaheen meets with Popovers owners in Epping

EPPING - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen met with Popovers owners John Tinios and Steve James Tuesday to learn more about their experience with the Paycheck Protection Program and the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on their small restaurant. Shaheen, who is a senior member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, helped negotiate the small business relief programs, including the PPP, that were established in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Shahe… Continue Reading

July 08, 2020

NH renters are ‘really, really struggling’

by Bob Sanders

Of the 365 renters of affordable apartments owned by Lakes Region Community Developers, about 60% percent receive income-based subsidies. About another 30% of tenants are getting other assistance, such as enhanced unemployment benefits. But the remaining 10% "are really. really struggling," the group's executive director, Carmen Lorentz, told U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen Wednesday morning during a conference call on housing issues. It's not just the loss of income, said Lorentz, it's the increased … Continue Reading

July 07, 2020

Runway being rebuilt at Portsmouth International Airport

by Kimberley Haas

Runway reconstruction at Portsmouth International Airport at Pease is moving forward as part of a multi-million project. Airport Director Paul Brean said Tuesday that a $19 million, 12,000-square-foot addition to the existing airport building is also planned. It will allow for another passenger jet bridge and gate so Pease can accommodate two commercial aircraft at the same time. That project includes room for private security screenings, escalators and a concession area. Barry … Continue Reading

July 07, 2020

Laconia, Concord temples on list for security grants

by Rick Green

New Hampshire houses of worship, including Temple B'Nai Israel, will share in $635,000 through a federal program to improve security, the state's congressional delegation announced this week. The Laconia temple is to receive a $38,500 grant. Ira Keltz, president of Temple B'Nai Israel, said that as part of the grant application process, a security review was done in collaboration with Laconia Police Chief Matt Canfield, FBI representatives from New Hampshire and Jewish Federation consultants. … Continue Reading

July 02, 2020

Shaheen demands answers on plans for COVID-19 vaccine

New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen questioned federal health officials at a hearing Thursday on the research, manufacture and distribution of a safe coronavirus. Shaheen asked CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield how seniors and people with underlying conditions like diabetes will be prioritized once there is a vaccine. "In New Hampshire, 80% of our COVID-19 deaths had been in long-term care facilities. That's the highest percentage in the country," said Shaheen, D-New Hampshire. Redfield told her… Continue Reading

July 02, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan press tax software makers on their post-Wayfair products

by Jeff Feingold

New Hampshire's U.S. senators, Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, are joining with Oregon's senators in calling on firms that produce sales tax compliance software to address questions about the accuracy and affordability of their products. The senators, who come from two states that don't have a general sales tax, say the information is essential in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's 2018 Wayfair decision, which allowed states and other jurisdictions with sales taxes to collect taxes on sales… Continue Reading

April 07, 2020

NH community health centers to receive $6.8 million in emergency CARES Act funding

by John DiStaso

MANCHESTER, N.H. - Nine community health centers and the city of Manchester will receive $6.8 million in federal funding to help support their efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the state's congressional delegation said Tuesday. The funds are part of the $2 trillion CARES Act passed by Congress and signed into law March 27, and are in addition to about $1.4 billion received by the state, or entities in the state, so far. That $1.4 billion includes $1.25 billion in base aid that th… Continue Reading

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

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