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March 23, 2018

Fisherman who sued feds thrilled about funding for monitoring

by Kimberley Haas

HAMPTON - A commercial fisherman who sued the federal government over at-sea monitoring costs was thrilled Thursday when it was announced the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would fully fund the program under the omnibus government spending bill.David Goethel, of Hampton, said he learned about the funding Wednesday."I've been sitting on this for 18 hours. I was like a cat that swallowed a canary. I didn't want to spit out any feathers," Goethel said Thursday afternoon.NOAA used t… Continue Reading

March 23, 2018

New Hampshire Hoping Boost in Opioid Funds in Federal Spending Deal Hits Home

by Britta Greene

New Hampshire's congressional delegation is cheering a significant increase in federal funds for fighting the opioid epidemic included in the federal spending deal released Wednesday. The draft bill contains an additional $3 billion over 2017 funding levels to fight opioid and mental health crises nationally. "These federal dollars will deliver the material assistance that is desperately needed for prevention, treatment, recovery, law enforcement and first responders," said Senator Jeanne Shahe… Continue Reading

March 22, 2018

What's In The Omnibus Spending Bill? This Part Will Actually Help Women

by Shelby Black

Here's something to brighten your day: some good might actually be coming out of Donald Trump's presidency. The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is getting its highest level of funding ever, thanks to being included in the federal budget deal currently working its way through Congress. So if you've been wondering what's in the omnibus spending bill, you know there's at least one good thing. According to a press release, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen secured record breaking federal funds of $49… Continue Reading

March 21, 2018

Shaheen secures funding for national PFAS health study

by Jeff McMenemy

PORTSMOUTH - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., announced late Wednesday that she has procured $7 million for the first-ever national health study on PFAS exposure in drinking water. The monies are included in the bipartisan legislation unveiled Wednesday to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2018, which also directs the Defense Department to report on the extent of the PFC contamination in drinking water, plans for community notification and procedures for timely remediation. Shaheen … Continue Reading

February 01, 2018

Jeanne Moser attends State of the Union with Sen. Shaheen

by Hadley Barndollar

It was two Jeannes united at Tuesday's State of the Union address. One, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who wore a purple ribbon to highlight the opioid epidemic and substance use disorders. The other, East Kingston's Jeanne Moser, a mother who has dedicated her life to prescription drug consciousness since the passing of her 27-year-old son Adam. Moser was Shaheen's guest for President Donald Trump's address. Each senator is able to bring one guest from their state and Shaheen extended her invitati… Continue Reading

January 26, 2018

Shaheen Announces Jeanne Moser, Whose Son Was Lost to the Opioid Epidemic, As SOTU Guest

**Jeanne Moser is a New Hampshire activist working to raise awareness about opioid and substance use disorders after her son Adam passed away as the result of a fentanyl overdose in 2015** **Shaheen and others will wear purple ribbons at the President's address to raise awareness for opioid and substance use disorders and to underscore the critical need for federal support to fight the epidemic** (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced that she will bring Jeanne … Continue Reading

January 10, 2018

President signs bill into law co-sponsored by NH senators

by Jean Mackin

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Donald Trump signed a new piece of legislation into law Wednesday night to combat the flow of illegal opioids. While it was co-sponsored by New Hampshire's senators, it is designed to have a life-saving impact across the entire country. "It's going to help," Trump told sponsors of the legislation. "Hopefully, it will help a lot." The International Narcotics Trafficking Emergency Response by Detecting Incoming Contraband with Technology (INTERDICT) Act was introduc… Continue Reading

January 09, 2018

Shaheen, Hassan propose $25B more for opioid crisis

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan have announced a Democratic proposal for an additional $25 billion in the federal budget to combat the opioid crisis. The senators on Tuesday called for the investment over two years to go toward programs that support opioid treatment in such agencies as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Medicare, and Medicaid. The senators say a federal response is needed that matche… Continue Reading

January 09, 2018

Senate Dems seek $25B in opioid funding

by Nathaniel Weixel

Senate Democrats are pushing for an extra $25 billion to be included in any final budget agreement to combat the opioid epidemic. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, a pair of New Hampshire Democrats who are leading the effort, said during a press conference Tuesday that the federal response to the crisis has been insufficient and negotiations over a long-term spending deal are an opportunity to change that. "Make no mistake: This is a national public health emergency, and we still don't… Continue Reading

January 06, 2018

Repeal of net neutrality rules rankles business community

by Liora Engel-Smith

From slow-to-load websites to so-called Internet "fast lanes" that could exclude small businesses entirely, the Federal Communications Commission's recent vote to repeal net neutrality regulations will hurt small IT businesses in the Monadnock Region, local tech entrepreneurs said Friday. In a roundtable discussion with U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., at the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship in Keene, a handful of small business owners talked about the challenges they might face. … Continue Reading

January 04, 2018

Shaheen: We Will Continue to Hold Russian Government Accountable


Two Republican senators, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and John Barrasso of Wyoming, called off a planned trip to Russia last week after the Kremlin denied a visa to New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen. Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Shaheen about what she's calling Russia's travel sanction. (Editor's note: this transcript has been lightly edited for clarity) What was your reaction to finding out that your visa had been denied? Well, sadly I wasn't too surprised. Senators Johnson, B… Continue Reading

December 29, 2017

Senators scrap Russia trip after Kremlin snubs Shaheen

by Kyle Cheney

Two Republican senators have called off a planned trip to Russia after the Kremlin denied a visa to a Democratic colleague, New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Shaheen, an outspoken backer of a Russia sanctions bill that Congress approved overwhelmingly earlier this year, had been scheduled to visit Russia along with GOP colleagues Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and John Barrasso of Wyoming. But a Shaheen spokesman said the senator believes the Kremlin has placed her under a travel sanction, prohibiti… Continue Reading

December 26, 2017

Senator Jeanne Shaheen: #MeToo Is Not Enough. Survivors Deserve Justice in the Legal System

by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

"Silence Breakers" are celebrated as Time magazine's 2017 Person of the Year, #MeToo has gone viral, and countless women are courageously sharing their stories. Sexual harassment has come out of the shadows, and Americans have opened a larger conversation about sexual assault. But survivors who seek justice continue to encounter an often hostile legal system that compounds their suffering. Last year, I led the effort in Congress to pass the Sexual Assault Survivors' Rights Act to empower survivo… Continue Reading

December 20, 2017

North Swanzey ZIP code dispute goes to Congress


NORTH SWANZEY - Ongoing complaints about mail being delivered to the wrong addresses here have reached the U.S. Senate. New Hampshire's U.S. senators - Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen, both Democrats - introduced legislation Tuesday that would extend the ZIP code for Swanzey to include North Swanzey, a goal of town officials that the U.S. Postal Service rebuffed earlier this year. North Swanzey is one of Swanzey's five villages, and fully incorporated in the town's borders. But it sha… Continue Reading

December 18, 2017

Senator tours Methuen Construction

by Kristen Giddings

PLAISTOW - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen visited Methuen Construction in Plaistow on Monday to discuss the company's workforce development efforts, along with its continued growth despite the industry's difficulties finding qualified workers. Joseph Barbone, president and chief executive officer of Methuen Construction, led Shaheen on a tour of the facility and spoke about steps the company is taking to grow its workforce. Shaheen said Methuen Construction is a "model for other companies in New Ha… Continue Reading

December 16, 2017

Shaheen, Hassan Urge Lawsuit on Net Neutrality

New Hampshire's congressional delegation is urging the state attorney general to join other states suing the Federal Communications Commission for repealing "net neutrality" rules. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, and Reps. Annie Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter wrote to Republican Gov. Chris Sununu and Attorney General Gordon MacDonald on Friday. It came a day after the Republican-controlled FCC voted to scrap an Obama-era rule that guaranteed equal access to the internet. Supporters of th… Continue Reading

December 14, 2017

Sens. Shaheen, Hassan call for more resources to fight opioid crisis

by KC Downey

MANCHESTER, N.H. - New Hampshire's U.S. senators are calling for more resources to help fight the opioid crisis. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan are among those calling for a significant increase in federal money in the year-end funding bill to deal with the impact of addiction. "What we have heard from leadership in the Senate and House is, 'We don't have the funds to deal with this crisis to meet our own domestic priorities.' Well, we are here to say, 'That's not good,'" Shaheen said… Continue Reading

December 14, 2017

Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce Legislation to Reform Sexual Harassment Investigations in Congress

by Reid Nakamura

A bipartisan senate group introduced new legislation to reform the processes by which sexual harassment investigations involving members of Congress are conducted. The Congressional Harassment Reform Act - backed by 20 senators both Republican and Democrat - would change the reporting process for victims, end the process's strict secrecy rules and require lawmakers to pay settlements out of their own pocket rather than taxpayer money. The bill was supported by U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand … Continue Reading

December 14, 2017

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: Republicans are ramming through a bad tax bill

by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

There is bipartisan agreement that we need tax reform that focuses on the middle class and helps small businesses create jobs.We can do this in a fiscally responsible way, but that requires Republicans and Democrats working together as we did the last time Congress passed tax reform 30 years ago.Unfortunately, the bill rammed through the United States Senate two weeks ago in the dead of night on a party-line vote fails to achieve those goalsInstead, the bill is a partisan document that adds $1.5… Continue Reading

December 13, 2017

Defense Bill Contains Money on Shaheen-Supported Water Study

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A $700 billion defense authorization bill signed into law by President Donald Trump includes an amendment by New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen to fund a nationwide health study on the implications of PFOA and related chemicals in drinking water. The nationwide study will be conducted by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Shaheen, a Democrat, said Tuesday the amendment is particularly important for families living in the Seacoast area, following t… Continue Reading

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