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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

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

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