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April 10, 2019

Shaheen bill to address military exposure to PFAS

by Jeff McMenemy

PORTSMOUTH - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is introducing the bipartisan PFAS Registry Act Wednesday with U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D. The legislation seeks to create a national database for service members and veterans who have experienced health problems that are possibly connected to exposures to PFAS chemicals. The bill would allow military personnel and veterans to receive updates on recent scientific developments on the effects of PFAS exposure, possible treatment options and information on … Continue Reading


April 06, 2019

Your Turn, NH: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen -- The shipyard is more vital than ever to our national security

by Senator Jeanne Shaheen

Three weeks before Granite Staters and the nation went to the polls to elect the 45th President of the United States, then-candidate Donald Trump stood on stage just three miles from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and promised the crowd, "Mexico will pay for the wall - 100 percent." As we all know, the President has since abandoned all pretense of our southern neighbor paying for the wall and has instead pursued a misguided plan that is not only unconstitutional, but could be detrimental to local… Continue Reading


April 04, 2019

Bipartisan bill calls for sanctions if China doesn't crack down on fentanyl

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of senators, including one from New Hampshire, wants to make sure China delivers on its promise to crack down on fentanyl. Earlier this week, China announced that it will now regulate all variations of fentanyl as controlled substances, closing a loophole that was feeding illegal, overseas demand for fentanyl and related drugs. On Thursday, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., joined fellow Democrats and Republicans in introducing a sanctions bill that would penalize C… Continue Reading


April 02, 2019

Democratic lawmakers call on Trump to end attacks on Affordable Care Act

by Ray Brewer

WASHINGTON - About two dozen Democratic lawmakers, including New Hampshire U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, called on the Trump administration on Tuesday to halt its fight to have the Affordable Care Act thrown out. The lawmakers stood on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court and called on President Donald Trump to end attempts to get rid of the ACA. Trump has claimed that people with pre-existing conditions will not have to worry about losing their health care, but lawmakers said they will have no pr… Continue Reading


April 01, 2019

Sen. Shaheen introduces three bills related to health insurance

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., is introducing three bills designed to help people who get their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. One bill would reduce deductibles and increase cost-sharing assistance, another would help control costs for patients who need out-of-network care and the third would expand who qualifies for premium tax credits. "What we're trying to do is expand help for people who need help with the cost of coverage, and it would be done on … Continue Reading


March 25, 2019

Delegation Urges Trump To Spare Portsmouth Shipyard Projects From Border Wall Funding Pool

by Annie Ropeik

Federal lawmakers want Portsmouth Naval Shipyard spared from budget cuts tied to plans for a wall at the southern border. President Trump hopes to use his recent emergency declaration to reallocate potentially billions of dollars from military projects and other funding areas. In a recent fact sheet, the Department of Defense says it won't consider tapping into any projects slated for funding before September. The upcoming projects listed the Seacoast shipyard, which employs thousands of peop… Continue Reading


March 21, 2019

NH gets nearly $12M to fight opioid epidemic

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire's congressional delegation and Gov. Chris Sununu are welcoming nearly $12 million in additional funding to fight the opioid epidemic. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration announced the funding Wednesday. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said the resources will help save lives. Sen. Maggie Hassan said she's pleased the Trump administration heeded calls for additional funding. Rep. Annie Kuster said the funding will help bolster local efforts to e… Continue Reading


March 20, 2019

Senators inquire about DOD, EPA stance on PFAS

by Jeff McMenemy

PORTSMOUTH -- U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan sent a letter to leaders of the Department of Defense and Environmental Protection Agency requesting they release communications they had with the White House about PFAS chemicals. Shaheen and Hassan were among 16 senators who sent the letter to Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan and EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler concerning the establishment of federal drinking water standards for PFAS chemicals. The letter follows media rep… Continue Reading


March 19, 2019

Congressional delegation vows to fight for NBRC funding

by Barbara Tetreault

COOS COUNTY - The state's congressional delegation is vowing to fight President Donald Trump's budget plan to eliminate funding for the Northern Border Regional Commission. Trump's fiscal year 2020 budget proposal eliminates funding for the commission, which provides money for economic and community development projects in northern sections of New England and New York. Since 2010, the commission has awarded over $10 million to 59 projects in New Hampshire. All projects are required to … Continue Reading


March 15, 2019

Shaheen seeks help to stop youth vaping

by Brian Early

DOVER -- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen met with a panel that included student members of Dover Youth to Youth Friday to talk about her legislation that would impose fees on manufacturers and importers of e-cigarettes. Shaheen, a Democrat who lives in Madbury, also sought the advice of the students during a roundtable discussion at the Gourmet Table in the Dover High School on how to best educate youth about the dangers of using e-cigarettes. Shaheen recently introduced federal legislation called the E-c… Continue Reading


March 15, 2019

Shaheen, Collins, reintroduce diabetes management bill

New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Maine Sen. Susan Collins have reintroduced a bill to expand Medicare coverage for diabetes management. The bill would allow diabetes educators to help train Medicare patients on how to manage their glucose, maintain a healthy weight, eat healthy foods, and manage their insulin levels. Shaheen, a Democrat, said the training has been shown to reduce diabetic-related health risks. Collins, a Republican, said it would lower the cost of health care by preventin… Continue Reading


March 14, 2019

Shaheen questions defense secretary on PFAS safeguards

by Jeff McMenemy

PORTSMOUTH -- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen questioned Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan Thursday about a published report that states the Pentagon is lobbying the Trump administration to adopt a weaker standard for PFAS chemicals. The New York Times reported the Pentagon is lobbying the administration to weaken the PFAS standard for groundwater as the Environmental Protection Agency is working to set tougher standards. Shaheen, D-N.H., told Shanahan she was "quite concerned" about the New Yo… Continue Reading


March 13, 2019

Army Corps’ budget includes $200K for Rye Harbor dredging

RYE -- U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on Wednesday reported the Army Corps of Engineers included $200,000 in its fiscal year 2020 budget to move forward with dredging plans for Rye Harbor. The Corps' budget was released following the unveiling of President Trump's FY20 budget proposal to Congress earlier this week. "I'm glad to see the Corps prioritize dredging of Rye Harbor in their annual budget - the economic vitality of our local businesses and fishing industry are at stake due to the shoaling," … Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Law protects waterways, calls Saint-Gaudens historical park

The wide-ranging public lands bill signed into law by President Donald Trump has provisions that protect some New Hampshire waterways and redesignates Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site as a "National Historical Park." New Hampshire's congressional delegation has championed the provisions. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said the redesignation of Saint-Gaudens finally recognizes the landmark appropriately "for its natural beauty, historical architecture and art." The legislation also will designate port… Continue Reading


March 12, 2019

Shipyard group to Trump: ‘Hands off PNSY, please’

by Hadley Barndollar

KITTERY, Maine - To open its quarterly meeting Tuesday, the president of the Seacoast Shipyard Association sent a strong message aimed at the Trump administration: "Hands off the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, please." The statement of third generation, 40-plus year shipyarder John Joyal referred to the possibility that military construction funds already allocated to projects at the shipyard, and others around the country, may be raided to build the southern border wall. It's currently unknown whi… Continue Reading


March 09, 2019

Shaheen hosts roundtable on prescription drug prices

by Glynis Hart

LEBANON - Sen. Jeanne Shaheen sat down with hospital administrators, clinicians and people in the front lines of medical care to discuss what can be done about the high cost of prescription drugs. The roundtable took place Friday afternoon at Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, with health care stakeholders from Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Mascoma Community Health Center and the New Hampshire Hospital Association. Shaheen invited those assembled to tell her what they're … Continue Reading


March 03, 2019

Shaheen, Hassan co-sponsor PFAS bill

by Jeff McMenemy

PORTSMOUTH -- U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is co-sponsoring a bill that would require the Environmental Protection Agency to declare PFAS chemicals hazardous substances that are eligible for federal cleanup funds. The lead sponsor of the bill, which is called The PFAS Action Act, is U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Delaware. They are joined by a group of bipartisan co-sponsors, including U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H. The bill would require the EPA to act within one year of its passage and declare PFAS ch… Continue Reading


February 28, 2019

Shaheen bill would slap fees on e-cigarette makers

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has introduced a bill that would place a fee on e-cigarette manufacturers to help finance the Food and Drug Administration's efforts to regulate the products that are especially popular with underage users. The bill calls for the FDA to collect fees from fiscal year 2020 of $150 million, or 2 percent of total aggregate manufacturer sales of e-cigarettes sold in the United States the previous year. Currently, there are no user fee… Continue Reading


February 28, 2019

NH opioid recovery center testifies on importance of federal funding

by Monica Hernandez

WASHINGTON - Federal grants are making a major impact in the state of addiction, according to the executive director of a lakes region recovery center who testified in Washington, D.C. Thursday. Daisy Pierce, Ph.D, director of Navigating Recovery of the Lakes Region, told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee how millions of federal dollars are changing Granite Stater's lives. Advertisement "We map out recovery, the whole life process, not just abstinence from alcohol and other drugs but everythi… Continue Reading


February 22, 2019

USS Thresher memorial approval celebrated

by Hadley Barndollar

KITTERY, Maine -- On April 10, 1963, 16-year-old Carol Norton was playing basketball with her brother and neighbors when their mother approached the group slowly from afar, shaking and sobbing. "What Mama was to reveal to us was the unthinkable," Norton said Friday, while speaking at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard's museum. Her father, civilian shipyard inspector Fred Philip Abrams and 128 other men were missing. Nuclear attack submarine USS Thresher (SSN-593), while conducting deep dive exercises … Continue Reading

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