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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

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

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