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September 16, 2021

No. 1 red-listed bridge in NH: Shaheen touts infrastructure bill in Hampton

by Alexander LaCasse

HAMPTON - The Neil R. Underwood Bridge connecting Hampton to Seabrook Beach carries 18,000 vehicles a day during peak summer months, according to Department of Transportation officials. It is also No. 1 on New Hampshire's red list for bridges requiring major work after first being added to the list in 1999. On Thursday, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, visited the bridge as the backdrop to tout the Senate's $550 billion bipartisan infrastructure bill she helped negotiate. The bill sets as… Continue Reading

September 11, 2021

Shaheen: 20 years after 9/11: We are stronger when we stand together

by Senator Jeanne Shaheen

Only a few weeks ago, the United States ended its military mission in Afghanistan, which was launched in response to the terrorist attacks on September 11th twenty years ago today. Those of us old enough to remember that day recall precisely where we were when we learned the Twin Towers and Pentagon were hit, and later, that a group of brave souls aboard Flight 93 gave their lives to force terrorists away from hitting the third target: likely, the U.S. Capitol. I was Governor of New Hampshire a… Continue Reading

September 09, 2021

$60M going to help community development

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire bank is getting $60 million to help a community development program invest in small businesses. Mascoma Bank in Lebanon will receive the funds through the New Markets Tax Credit program to help Mascoma Community Development, the state's congressional delegation said in a news release Wednesday. Tax credits would be offered to investors in qualifying community development projects. "The financial fallout caused by the pandemic exacerbated economic devastati… Continue Reading

September 09, 2021

$1.7 Billion Dry Dock Project Begins at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

by Kimberley Haas

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Wednesday at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as officials marked the start of work on a new $1.7 billion multi-mission dry dock project. According to Navy officials, Dry Dock 1 area was originally built during World War II to supplement submarine production. This seven-year construction project will modernize the dock, providing increased capacity for accommodating three Los Angeles or Virginia-class attack submarines at once for repair, maintenance, and moderniz… Continue Reading

August 27, 2021

Shaheen visits AMC's Camp Dodge Trails Center

by Barbara Tetreault

PINKHAM NOTCH - To celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on Wednesday visited the Appalachian Mountain Club's Camp Dodge Trails Center. The Great American Outdoors Act, passed last year, permanently funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund at $900 million annually and provides $9.5 billion over five years to address deferred maintenance on federal lands. The act has been called "the biggest land conservation legislation in a genera… Continue Reading

July 26, 2021

$112 million in federal relief funds up for grabs by municipalities in New Hampshire

by Adam Sexton

MANCHESTER, N.H. - The clock is ticking for New Hampshire towns and cities to submit their plans for millions of dollars in federal aid coming via the American Rescue Plan act. That money is expected to fuel a boom in municipal projects over the next five years. The first round of $112 million in federal funding for New Hampshire's smaller cities and towns is up for grabs. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen urges those communities to get "creative" in their applications, within the emerging guidelines from t… Continue Reading

June 18, 2021

Shaheen, Gregg celebrate $4 million dredging of Rye Harbor

RYE - Completion of a $4 million project to dredge Rye Harbor was celebrated Friday by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, and Judd Gregg, a Republican former U.S. senator for New Hampshire. The dredging was necessary to combat extreme shoaling that had rendered parts of the waterway difficult to navigate, according to Shaheen. Shaheen and Gregg, both also former governors of New Hampshire, met with state and local officials to discuss how the completion of the project will help preserve the… Continue Reading

June 17, 2021

School ventilation projects back on track after U.S. Dept. of Ed. clarifies its spending rules

by Josie Albertson-Grove

After prodding from New Hampshire officials, the U.S. Department of Education clarified its rules this week on how to spend COVID relief funds earmarked for upgrades to school buildings. New Hampshire Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut has let school superintendents know projects can go ahead as planned this summer. After Congress passed the second stimulus bill in December, the U.S. Department of Education listed upgrades for heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems as acc… Continue Reading

June 16, 2021

NH Delegation announces $24.5 million to combat COVID-19 health disparities

MANCHESTER - U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and Reps. Annie Kuster (D-N.H.) and Chris Pappas (D-N.H.) announced that New Hampshire will receive $24,568,498 to address COVID-19 related health disparities among communities considered to be high-risk and medically underserved, including communities of color and Granite Staters in rural areas. Specifically, the funding is being awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Coronavirus Res… Continue Reading

June 14, 2021

Bill would permanently expand telehealth services

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A new bill in Washington would permanently expand telehealth services under Medicare and allow patients in rural areas without access to broadband to use audio services, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said. "It should not have taken a pandemic for Medicare to finally unlock the potential of telehealth services - and now we need to make sure that these vital telehealth services continue to be available to patients long after the COVID-19 pandemic is over," Shaheen said in a stat… Continue Reading

June 09, 2021

ICYMI: Shaheen Questions Secretary Blinken on Nord Stream II, Withdrawal from Afghanistan & Opening Canada Border

(Washington, DC) - In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the only woman and a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, questioned Secretary of State Antony Blinken as he appeared before the committee yesterday to discuss the State Department Budget for Fiscal Year 2022. She began by pressing Secretary Blinken on a timeline to open the US-Canada border in light of challenges facing local Granite State businesses with economic ties and strained family relati… Continue Reading

June 09, 2021

Shaheen Highlights Importance of U.S. Policy in Belarus in Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the only woman and a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today pushed for a strengthened response to the oppressive Lukashenka regime during a hearing on U.S. policy on Belarus. She thanked the Belarusian opposition leader Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who Shaheen met with in Lithuania last week, for her courage and leadership, and signaled U.S. support for democracy in Belarus. She also discussed supporting free and fair el… Continue Reading

May 17, 2021

School boards consider how to use relief funds to help students feel safe

by Kristen Carosa

DERRY, N.H. - School boards in New Hampshire are weighing how to spend millions of dollars in federal pandemic relief funds. U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, said there is $350 million in relief funding available to help elementary and secondary schools safely reopen and support students. Officials with the New Hampshire School Boards Association said those funds are desperately needed. "It's really the social and emotional wellness of the students into next year," said Travis Thom… Continue Reading

May 16, 2021

Shaheen meets with Donchess, childcare advocates

by George Pelletier

NASHUA - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., met with Mayor Jim Donchess and state childcare advocates on Friday at Nashua Head Start, 134 Allds St., to discuss the American Rescue Plan's support of local childcare programs during the pandemic. Shaheen held an outdoor roundtable discussion with Southern New Hampshire Services Child Development Director Sarah Vanderhoof, Early Learning New Hampshire Executive Director Jackie Cowell, Mena's Childcare owner Mena Ferreira, Moms Rising New Hampshire… Continue Reading

May 14, 2021

Shaheen joins local leaders to discuss ARP impact

by Andrew Sylvia

MANCHESTER, N.H. - On Friday, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined with Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig, Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess, Londonderry Town Manager Kevin Smith and Strafford County Administrator George Maglaras to discuss the approximately $1.45 billion in state and local funding coming to New Hampshire through the American Rescue Plan (ARP). The state government is set to receive $994.6 million with the remainder going to the state's counties and municipalities. Most municipalities … Continue Reading

May 08, 2021

Colebrook medical glove maker looking to expand, double workforce

by John Koziol

COLEBROOK - The federal government's goal to avoid relying on foreign suppliers for protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic has been good news for medical-glove maker American Performance Polymers, which is doubling the size of its plant and its workforce. Last July, the Department of Defense, on behalf of the Air Force, awarded APP parent company Renco Corp. of Manchester, Mass., a $22.4 million contract to expand its capacity to manufacture gloves made from nitrile beutadine rub… Continue Reading

May 05, 2021

Shaheen gets update on Manchester’s mental health mobile crisis response team

by Andrew Sylvia

MANCHESTER, N.H. - On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) heard from representatives of the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester (MHCGC) and other stakeholders in a briefing on the center's Mobile Crisis Response Team. One of three such programs currently in New Hampshire alongside others in Concord and Nashua, the Mobile Crisis Response Team at the MHCGC provides direct and in-person support to children and young adults coping with mental health emergencies. So far this year,… Continue Reading

May 04, 2021

Ideas about energy power discussion

by Tim Camarato

HANOVER - Policymakers looking to combat climate change should turn their attention to "smaller" solutions that, when scaled up, could make a big difference in lowering our reliance on fossil fuels, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., said Monday. When people think of energy, she said, minds often turn to big public works efforts, such as hydroelectric dams, nuclear power plants and off-shore wind farms. "But a bunch of what we can do both at home and overseas is really smaller initiatives," the… Continue Reading

May 04, 2021

Water treatment facility aimed at cleaning up PFAS opens at Pease

by Jennifer Crompton

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - A new water treatment facility has opened at Pease International Tradeport, the culmination of a seven-year effort to deal with contaminants in the drinking water. It was seven years ago this month that tests confirmed elevated levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in the water. The chemicals were traced to firefighting foam used when the facility was an airbase. "It's nice to be getting on the other side of it where we can say the Air Force has invested now $65 mil… Continue Reading

May 04, 2021

Shaheen hears of Compass House’s success, even in the midst of COVID

by Michael Mortensen

LACONIA - COVID has been a tough time, even for those in good circumstances. For the women who live at Compass House, their circumstances were anything but good. But even in the midst of the pandemic this renovated historic house a block from Lakeport Square - which opened just one month before COVID hit - has been working to provide hope and support for women who are recovering from addiction. Those involved in the transitional support programs - program directors, rehabilitation coac… Continue Reading

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