In The News

August 10, 2010

Senator Shaheen proposes new federal grants to support sci-tech programs

by Scott Kirsner

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire teamed up with inventor Dean Kamen this morning to unveil a new bill she hopes will funnel new federal funding to extra-curricular educational programs focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Kamen, best known as the inventor of the Segway and various medical devices, started such a program in 1989, Manchester-based FIRST, that operates robotics competitions for more than 250,000 kids each year. Shaheen's bill would creat… Continue Reading

August 07, 2010

Federal funding advances for Somersworth sidewalk project

by Kyle Stucker

SOMERSWORTH - The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill Friday that could eventually provide $300,000 for the city's sidewalk project. The project is aimed at refurbishing parts of Main and High streets in the hopes of improving the area and attracting new business to the Hilltop City. The $300,000 was included in the Fiscal Year 2011 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations bill, which is now ready for consideration by the full senate, according t… Continue Reading

August 07, 2010

Shaheen announces $135g for Rochester's first responders

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen announced her request to help the City of Rochester upgrade its emergency communications system has been approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. Shaheen secured $135,000 for the project, which will allow the city to install a wireless communications system for use by its emergency responders. These funds were included in the Fiscal Year 2011 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations bill, which is now ready for consideration by the full… Continue Reading

August 05, 2010

Sen. Shaheen helps secure funds for river, creek dredging

by Dave Choate

PORTSMOUTH - Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., on Tuesday announced she had secured out of committee a total of $650,000 in funding for planned dredging work in Portsmouth Harbor and Sagamore Creek, to be carried out by the Army Corps of Engineers. On top of that, $150,000 for a feasibility study on enlarging a turning basin for ships in the Piscataqua River was also approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee, and added to the Pease Development Authority Division of Ports and Harbors' c… Continue Reading

August 04, 2010

Poised for a big boost

by Casey Farrar

A public-private partnership of conservation groups in New Hampshire and Massachusetts is in line for a federal funding boost next year, according to U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Shaheen, D-N.H., announced Tuesday that $282,000 for the Quabbin to Cardigan Conservation Initiative has been included in the federal agriculture department's 2011 budget by the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill will now move on to the Senate for approval. The Quabbin to Cardigan partnership laun… Continue Reading

August 04, 2010

Senator Shaheen announces funding for new health center

by Craig Lyons

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Jeanne Shaheen has announced that the Senate appropriations committee has approved $150,000 for Coos County Family Health Service's new Gorham offi ce. Shaheen issued a press release Tuesday announcing the funding request, which is attached to the 2011 Labor-Health and Human Services Appropriation bill, was approved by the committee and is now moving forward for consideration by the full Senate. The $150,000 appropriation would go towards C.C.F.H.S.'s proj… Continue Reading

August 04, 2010

NH telecoms get $2.3M in federal grants to expand Internet

by Denis Paiste

Merrimack County Telephone company has been awarded $2,021,197 in federal funds and Kearsarge Telephone Company was awarded $372,532 to expand broadband Internet to people and businesses in their service area. The funds come from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. "These important investments in Merrimack County communities will create new opportunities for distance learning, health care delivery, and economic development, while connecting many homes and business to high sp… Continue Reading

August 03, 2010

Senate begins debate on Kagan nomination to high court

by Bill Mears

Washington (CNN) -- Senators began floor debate Tuesday on the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, with Republicans mustering little desire to delay a final vote. The 50-year-old solicitor general is expected to be confirmed as the 112th justice on Thursday, and could be sworn into her judicial post by week's end. The start of three days of off-and-on debate centered on Kagan's lack of judicial experience, and whether that would hurt her ability to sit on the nation's highes… Continue Reading

August 03, 2010

Committee Approves Federal Funds For Food Bank

A new food bank is closer to becoming a reality after a Senate committee approved federal funds for the project. U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen announced that $1.25 million was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee to help move the New Hampshire Food Bank to a larger location. The total cost of the project is $7 million, and funding from New Hampshire Catholic Charities has allowed construction to start. Food bank officials said the new facility will be double the size and allo… Continue Reading

August 03, 2010

NH food bank, warehouse project gets a boost

by Dan Tuohy

MANCHESTER - Construction of a new center to help the state's only food bank keep up with record demand is in line to get $1.25 million in federal funding, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen announced yesterday. The New Hampshire Food Bank project involves the purchase of the building at 700 East Industrial Park Drive in Manchester and its conversion into a major food collection, warehouse and delivery hub. Construction began in December 2009. The total cost, including building purchase, will be … Continue Reading

July 30, 2010

State secures $1m for groundfish permits

by Geoff Cunningham, Jr.

PORTSMOUTH - The state's struggling small-boat commercial fishing fleet received good news on Wednesday when the U.S. Department of Commerce released $1 million that will be used to buy permits critical in allowing New Hampshire fisherman to increase the amount of groundfish they are allowed to catch and sell. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen announced the allocation on Wednesday saying the funding will be used by the N.H. Fish and Game Department to buy federal permits that govern the amount of gro… Continue Reading

July 29, 2010

NH Fishermen Get Permit Help

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire is getting $1 million to buy permits for fishermen who face low catch limits this year. The money goes to the state's Fish and Game Department to help fishermen increase the amount of groundfish they are allowed to catch and sell. New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen announced the funds Wednesday. She said low catch limits, which are part of new regulations designed to rebuild groundfish stocks in New England, have put New Hampshire's small boat fleet… Continue Reading

July 29, 2010

Federal money could help local YMCA programs

Money to help the Keene Family YMCA expand its pre-school and after-school programs is part of a bill to be considered by the U.S. Senate. The funds - $300,000 in all - were secured by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and are included in the Fiscal Year 2011 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations bill headed to a vote in the Senate. The programs will expand at the YMCA's new 67,000-square-foot building planned to open on Summit Road in West Keene next year. … Continue Reading

July 29, 2010

Shaheen announces $200,000 for North Country Biomass energy projects

WASHINGTON D.C. - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced Wednesday that her request to support the development of North Country wood energy projects has been approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee. Shaheen secured $200,000 for the Northern Forest Center to facilitate wood energy projects in North Country communities. The Northern Forest Center works to preserve the Northern Forest of New Hampshire, Maine, New York, and Vermont, as well as foster a sustainable regional economy. Thes… Continue Reading

July 28, 2010

Shaheen talks small business in Meredith

by Lauren Tiner

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen visited the Meredith Fire Department last Friday, taking a tour and talking about what the Senate has in store for small businesses in the area. Chief Ken Jones of the Meredith Fire Department took Shaheen for a tour of the recently renovated facility, which is about twice the size it once was, with antique memorabilia displayed throughout the building. Shaheen, who has relatives in Meredith, said she enjoys visiting on the lake from time to time and was cu… Continue Reading

July 24, 2010

In Durham: Cited for innovation, Goss adapts to make wind turbines

by Jennifer Keefe

DURHAM - Sen. Jeanne Shaheen praised Goss International Friday as being "exactly the kind of company we want to grow and thrive in New Hampshire." Her comment came after a tour of the printing press company and a discussion about the manufacturing of wind turbines that will take place there later this year. Joining Shaheen on the tour were Executive Councilor Bev Hollingworth and Sen. Mandy Merrill. With support from Shaheen, Gov. John Lynch and Commissioner George Bald, Goss recently wo… Continue Reading

July 19, 2010

Oil production must require spill preparation

by Jeanne Shaheen

Benjamin Franklin once said "by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." The images of oil billowing into the Gulf of Mexico certainly reinforce the wisdom of this statement. In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, oil spill prevention and response has become the focus of our government at all levels, from the White House to Congress to the various federal agencies with jurisdiction over our energy reserves and environment. It is critical that we make sure a tragedy… Continue Reading

July 16, 2010

Senate freshmen Dems call for carbon cap

by Darren Goode

Freshmen Senate Democrats are pushing legislation that prices industrial greenhouse gas emissions as part of a broader package of energy and climate initiatives. All 12 in the current freshmen Democratic class - in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) Friday - say a price on carbon emissions is needed in order to provide market certainty and keep pace with major developing countries like China and India. Their call for a "polluter pays" approach to climate change echoes… Continue Reading

July 15, 2010

Shaheen sees progress in Iraq

by Shira Schoenberg

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen yesterday sounded cautiously optimistic about the progress U.S. troops are making in Iraq. Fresh off a 10-day trip to the Middle East, Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, said she was hopeful that the different ethnic groups in Iraq would be able to cooperate and retake control of the country as American troops withdraw. Since Jan. 1, 2009, Shaheen said the U.S. has redeployed 70,000 troops - bringing the total number of troops in Iraq down to 76,000. "Despite the… Continue Reading

July 04, 2010

NH's Jeanne Shaheen Spending July 4th With Troops

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire is spending the Fourth of July visiting with American troops in the Middle East. Yesterday, Shaheen was in Riyadh meeting with James Smith, U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia. He is a New Hampshire native. Shaheen, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will travel throughout the Middle East during the congressional recess.… Continue Reading

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