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February 22, 2022

Shaheen visits Poland to stand with NATO allies

by Adam Sexton

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is in Poland as co-chair of the NATO Observer Group, which she helped reestablish in 2018 to monitor Russian aggression.… Continue Reading

February 21, 2022

Senate Democrats meeting with Polish officials to discuss Russian aggression

by Joseph Choi

Three Senate Democrats traveled to Poland on Monday to meet with government officials and discuss the recent Russian aggression toward Ukraine. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) will meet with Polish government officials including President Andrzej Duda for talks about European security matters. "Poland is an important U.S. and NATO ally and I'm glad to be on the ground with our partners to address the urgent security crisis facing the region due to P… Continue Reading

February 15, 2022

NH’s Shaheen Speaks in Support of Ukraine on Senate Floor

by Dan Alexander

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen continued to show her support for Ukraine with a speech on the Senate floor Monday night against a potential Russian military invasion of the country. The speech came following a White House briefing about ongoing discussions. The Biden Administration is discussing the threat of economic sanctions it can implement without congressional approval if President Vladmir Putin were to invade. Both Democrats and Republicans offered support for Ukraine but did not vote on a re… Continue Reading

February 14, 2022

Slow pace of COVID rental assistance spotlighted at session with senator

by Michael Mortensen

COVID has had a serious impact on many people's ability to stay afloat financially. One of the biggest challenges is the ability to pay for housing. "The need (for assistance) is overwhelming," Carmen Lorentz, executive director of Lakes Region Community Developers told U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, during a listening session hosted by the agency. "There is demand at all levels - low income, and moderate income," Lorentz said. A big part of the problem is that it can take months to get money to he… Continue Reading

February 13, 2022

OTR: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, of New Hampshire, discusses 'dangerous situation' in Ukraine

by Ed Harding and Janet Wu

The senior U.S. senator from New Hampshire also talks about other hot topics in Washington, including the January 6th investigation and Supreme Court vacancy.… Continue Reading

January 31, 2022

'Bigger ships, faster delivery': NH Port Authority gets $1.6M for the basin. Why it matters

by Ian Lenahan

A shipment of 40,000 metric tons of road salt arrived late last week to the bustling New Hampshire State Port Authority ahead of the weekend blizzard. With federal funding allocated from the $1.2 trillion, bipartisan infrastructure bill signed into law by President Joe Biden last fall, Portsmouth's shipping waterways will be expanded and dredged to accommodate similarly hefty shipments. Both of New Hampshire's U.S. senators, Democrats Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, touted the $1.6 million … Continue Reading

January 27, 2022

Fighting an invisible enemy': Shaheen meets with Upper Valley health care workers

by Patrick Adrian and Jordan J. Phelan

The ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic's impact on health care services and facilities may impact communities long after COVID-19 subsides due in large part to prolonged staffing shortages and workforce fatigue, local health officials warned this week. U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) visited Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont on Tuesday to convey her gratitude to the local health care workers and national guardsmen for their tireless efforts throughout the pandemic to treat the ill and provi… Continue Reading

January 26, 2022

Shaheen: Federal infrastructure aid could arrive in region this year

by Caleb Symons

Federal funds designated last year for a wide range of infrastructure work, from road and bridge repairs to broadband expansion, should begin arriving in New Hampshire communities soon, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said Tuesday. Shaheen, who helped negotiate the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, noted in an interview with The Sentinel that some of the aid has already started trickling into the state. That includes $219 million for highway upgrades - a large bump from the Granit… Continue Reading

January 26, 2022

Shaheen visit to Valley Regional spotlights hospital staffing, capacity crisis

by Nora Doyle-Burr

Before employees come to work at Valley Regional Hospital each day, they don't know how short-staffed the hospital will be, how many new COVID-19 patients there will be to care for or how many patients will have died since their last shift, the Claremont hospital's medical director said Tuesday. Still, they continue to "put on scrubs, stethoscopes, layers of PPE and their smiles" to fight an "invisible enemy," Juliann Barrett, a family physician who is Valley Regional's medical director, said d… Continue Reading

January 21, 2022

New Hampshire delegation praises Planned Parenthood grant

The federal government is sending $500,000 to Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, which has struggled with the loss of state funding in New Hampshire. The state's all-Democratic congressional delegation said Friday the Title X Dire Need Grant will help offset funding losses over the last few years, both as a result of Trump administration rules and the New Hampshire Executive Council's repeated votes to reject state contracts. Members of the delegation said the money will help ensure P… Continue Reading

December 21, 2021

Shaheen presses Biden team to ramp up infrastructure spending

by Kevin Landrigan

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has urged the Biden administration to expand outreach and to advance planning grants as soon as possible to help states, cities and towns make the most of the federal infrastructure law. As a lead negotiator for the bipartisan $550 billion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), Shaheen recently wrote a detailed wish list to Mitchell Landrieu, Biden's infrastructure czar, after she met with New Hampshire city and town officials on the matter. Landrieu was the fo… Continue Reading

December 17, 2021

Sen. Shaheen pushes for quick dispersal of funds from the Department of Energy

by Mara Hoplamazian

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) called on the U.S. Department of Energy to quickly release funding for energy programs alongside three other senators in a letter on Thursday. The letter follows the U.S. Department of Energy's announcement of $18.6 million in funding to expand the Weatherization Assistance Program, which helps lower energy costs for customers. "Weatherization is a critically important tool to partner with Low-Income Housing Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding to help families av… Continue Reading

December 15, 2021

Sen. Shaheen talks about $15 million for PFAS health study, what EPA should do, inflation and COVID

by Jeff McMenemy

The National Defense Authorization Act passed by the U.S. Senate Wednesday includes an additional $15 million to pay for the continuing PFAS health study established by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire. Shaheen's legislation created the first ever national PFAS health study after thousands of people - including children and infants - were exposed to high levels of the dangerous chemicals in drinking water in a city-owned well. The water was contaminated by firefighting foam used at th… Continue Reading

November 29, 2021

Here's why Shaheen and NH Democrats are focused on the threats to Roe v. Wade this week

by Ian Lenahan

Before Roe v. Wade became the law of the land in 1973, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, said college friends of hers seeking abortions had to attend illegal health providers for treatment. Shaheen, 74, calling herself the only member of the state's congressional delegation likely old enough to remember life before Roe v. Wade, said abortions were secretly conducted in back alleyways. "We do not want to go back to that kind of situation," she said Monday morning. "That is not good for wome… Continue Reading

November 15, 2021

Sen. Shaheen discusses COVID-19 surge

by William Carroll

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) was in Berlin last Wednesday to speak with local healthcare providers and representatives from area schools about the COVID-19 surge in the North Country and what needs to be done to help to end the pandemic. Shaheen spoke at Coos County Family Health Services Willow Street location just hours after the Republican members of the New Hampshire Executive Council reversed their previous vote and approved $22.5 million in Centers for Disease Control grant funds to… Continue Reading

November 11, 2021

Shaheen Celebrates Veterans Day in Portsmouth

by Paula Tracy

All across the state, many in New Hampshire paused at 11 a.m. Thursday to honor all United States veterans. In Portsmouth, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, went to Goodwin Park and told several hundred in attendance that the park is a symbol of national unity even in these divided times. Shaheen, a senior member of the U.S. Senate Commission on Armed Services, was joined by Josh Denton, a local veteran, who said the day is not about him but about all the veterans out there. He said he strug… Continue Reading

November 06, 2021

New Hampshire Receives Over $1.2 Million In Federal Funding To Help Local Farmers

New Hampshire is getting more than $1.2 million in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the state's congressional delegation announced. Nearly $750,000 of the amount has been awarded to Land for Good in Keene through the USDA's Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program to help farmers gain land access knowledge and skills and to improve their ability to successfully secure land. The New Hampshire Department of Agriculture will receive $500,000 in federal funding to b… Continue Reading

October 31, 2021

Federal funding bill includes $1M for Keene-based child-care training

by Caleb Symons

In her 44 years at the Keene Day Care Center, Suelaine Poling has seen a lot, including the cost of child care skyrocket. Poling, the center's executive director, said she's recently noticed another concerning trend: New workers are going into child care without much, if any, formal training. Keene Day Care Center works with those employees to get them up to snuff, she said, often assigning them a veteran staff member as a mentor. But for those who go into child care simply because the… Continue Reading

October 29, 2021

Supply chain problems could affect holiday gift, meal shopping

by Tim Callery

MANCHESTER, N.H. - Ripple effects from an ongoing supply chain crunch are hitting New Hampshire in ways that could impact holiday shopping. If you're someone who typically waits until the last minute to get your holiday shopping done, you might not want to do that this year. The current supply chain issues are leading to delayed delivery times, shortages of products and higher prices for some household goods in New Hampshire. "Many of these difficulties that we're facing are longer-term," sai… Continue Reading

October 23, 2021

Police get more than $159K for bulletproof vests in NH

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - More than $159,000 has been awarded to 43 New Hampshire communities and one county to support the purchase of bulletproof vests for law enforcement officers, the state's congressional delegation said Thursday. The funds come from the Department of Justice through the Bulletproof Vest Partnership. "It will allow law enforcement agencies across our state to purchase new bulletproof vests that could potentially be the difference between life and death during a dangerous situa… Continue Reading

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