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February 19, 2021

Shaheen announces nearly $124K in CARES Act funding from EDA to Nashua Regional Planning Commission to update economic development strategy for the city and southern tier

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) will award the Nashua Regional Planning Commission $123,935 through funding allocated by the CARES Act to help the organization update its Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the region. Senator Shaheen helped to secure these funds through h… Continue Reading


February 18, 2021

More Than $1 Million For NH Organizations To Support Affordable Housing & Community Development

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Rep. Chris Pappas (NH-01) recently announced that New Hampshire will receive $1,027,500 from NeighborWorks America. Specifically, the funding was allocated through government funding legislation passed by Congress and signed into law in December and will support affordable housing and community development efforts by four local organizations: … Continue Reading


February 15, 2021

Portsmouth's Doris Moore and women of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion

by D. Allen Kerr

After Portsmouth native Doris Moore returned home in 1942 with a bachelor's degree in hand, she wanted to do something to help her country. America was embroiled in the Second World War at the time, a literal battle between good and evil. Moore was a woman, and she was Black. Her opportunity to make a significant contribution to the war effort was limited not only by her gender but by her race. This opportunity ultimately arrived with the formation of the 6888th Central Postal Delivery Battalio… Continue Reading


February 13, 2021

Local planning agency to receive grant for development strategy

by Caleb Symons

The Southwest Region Planning Commission has been awarded a $349,160 federal grant that it will put toward updating an economic development strategy last revised six years ago. U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's office announced the grant - which comes from the federal CARES Act, via the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration - in a news release Friday morning. The funding will help SWRPC update its Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, a large document that analyzes … Continue Reading


February 11, 2021

Senators urge Janet Yellen to prioritize a $20 bill redesign with Harriet Tubman.

by Alan Rappeport

The effort to make Harriet Tubman the face of the $20 note got a bipartisan push this week as two senators urged Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen to prioritize the planned redesign that stalled during the Trump administration. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Democrat of New Hampshire, and Senator Ben Sasse, Republican of Nebraska, sent a letter to Ms. Yellen this week making the case that America's currency should reflect the diversity of the country. They lamented that the plan put in place by the O… Continue Reading


February 08, 2021

Food bank raises quality concerns again about food from federal program

by Kristen Carosa

MANCHESTER, N.H. - Officials with the New Hampshire Food Bank are once again expressing concerns about the quality of the food being provided through a federal program aimed at helping families during the pandemic. For the second time in nearly three months, the Food Bank is concerned about food boxes being sent through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm to Families program put in place earlier in the pandemic. "We are primarily distributing them through mobile food pantries, but we ar… Continue Reading


February 06, 2021

With Shaheen's help, Acworth man gives parents a Senate-floor salute

by Joan Geary

Not long ago, Warren "Bill" and Jane Allen of Spofford, both 97, got the surprise of their lives. They learned that Sen. Jeanne Shaheen had honored them before the U.S. Senate in mid-December. She lavished praise upon the couple, who are World War II U.S. Marine Corps veterans, for their military service, their love story and their subsequent lifelong community leadership. Her statement, quoted exactly as originally spoken, now remains a permanent part of the prestigious Congressional Recor… Continue Reading


February 06, 2021

St. Joe’s to receive $12.6M in CARES Act funding

by George Pelletier

NASHUA - This week, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representative Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced that St. Joseph Hospital will receive $12,628,962 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Provider Relief Fund. The funding was allocated as an add-on payment to the previous round of disbursements from the Provider Relief Fund. Add-on payments are awarded to account for revenue losses and expenses attributable to COVID-19. The f… Continue Reading


February 05, 2021

Shaheen touts Effingham bridge funding

by Daymond Steer

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced Friday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $250,000 to Effingham to finance structural improvements and repairs of the town's Snow Road Bridge. Snow Road intersects with Route 153 to the north and runs south east to Colcord Hill Road. Specifically, the grant was awarded by the USDA Rural Development Agency's Community Facilities Grants program. As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Shaheen helps… Continue Reading


February 05, 2021

Final KC-46A tanker delivered to 157th Air Refueling Wing at Pease

by Ian Lenahan

PORTSMOUTH - The final KC-46A Pegasus tanker in a fleet of 12 arrived at the New Hampshire Air National Guard Base at Pease on Friday, capping off a nearly two-year transition from the former Eisenhower-era KC-135 tankers used by the 157th Refueling Wing. Celebrating the last of the tanker's dozen at Pease was Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, who has pushed for the fleet's full arrival, as well as transparency and continued monitoring of the manufacturing of the aircrafts. "It's a tribute to all of … Continue Reading


February 05, 2021

New Hampshire Non-Profits To Receive $8.4M For Emergency Housing

by Jeff Arnolds

WASHINGTON - New Hampshire not-for-profit organizations that provide emergency housing and housing assistance to homeless individuals and families will receive $8.4 million in federal grant funding to continue to help those who are among the most vulnerable as the coronavirus pandemic continues, lawmakers recently announced. The funding will be provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Continuum of Care Program, which provides funding to organizations and states and… Continue Reading


February 02, 2021

'We need to reflect our society as a whole': Is Harriet Tubman finally headed for the $20 bill?

by Erin Delmore

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire hasn't let up on the fight to put abolitionist and political activist Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. And with the Biden Administration announcing its intention to make the long-awaited change, Tubman is poised to become the first woman ever to be printed on a bill. And after years of advocating for it, Shaheen is finally poised to take a victory lap. "Our paper currency is how we measure value in our society, and the fact that we haven't had any women on ou… Continue Reading


February 01, 2021

NH National Guard members prepare to head to Middle East

MANCHESTER, N.H. - More than 100 New Hampshire National Guard members are heading to the Middle East in support of Operation Spartan Shield. Monday's send-off ceremony was largely virtual as 118 members of the 172nd Infantry prepared to deploy this weekend. "Thank you for your commitment," U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan said. "Thank you for your service. Thank you for your strength in starting this incredibly important mission." "We are so grateful you are deploying as part of Operation Spartan Shi… Continue Reading


January 31, 2021

Shaheen hears NH leaders' challenges

by Julie Huss

It was a way for town leaders across the Granite State to share their stories, concerns and challenges they face as the pandemic continues on. U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen hosted a virtual meeting with New Hampshire mayors and municipal leaders Friday to hear more about how communities are handling budgetary shortfalls stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and what the impacts are for residents and businesses. Speaking with the mayors of Somersworth, Manchester, Berlin, Claremont, Nashua, Rochester,… Continue Reading


January 28, 2021

“We remember her bravery” – Granite Staters pay tribute to McAuliffe on 35th anniversary of Challenger disaster

by Ethan DeWitt

At 11:38 a.m. Thursday, Daniel Shea stood by the Concord grave of Christa McAuliffe to pay his respects to the inspiring woman he met decades ago. At exactly that moment 35 years earlier, the space shuttle Challenger lifted off into the atmosphere. Seconds later, a tragic explosion killed the entire crew. Shea had met McAuliffe weeks earlier during the second of two downtown parades the city of Concord held the for the charismatic school teacher-turned astronaut. It was New Years Eve and Shea,… Continue Reading


January 25, 2021

Shaheen: As many as half of state's child care centers in jeopardy

by Mike Mortensen

LACONIA - The state could lose about half of its child-care facilities due to the coronavirus pandemic, the participants in a virtual meeting with U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen were told. Shaheen told a group of child-care providers and advocates on Monday that the financial squeeze shows just how essential additional federal assistance is if these child-care centers are to survive. "If we don't get more support we will lose half of the child-care centers by the end of this pandemic," she s… Continue Reading


January 20, 2021

Shaheen pushes defense nominee for KC-46A tanker upgrades at Pease

by Ian Lenahan

Pressed by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Secretary of Defense nominee Lloyd Austin committed to a $550 million upgrade to the new fleet of KC-46A tankers at the New Hampshire Air National Guard base at Pease. Shaheen questioned Austin as he appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Jan. 19. The new fleet, which cost billions of dollars, has been hampered since arriving at Pease in 2019. The aircraft need improvements to the Remote Vision Systems model, which are camer… Continue Reading


January 19, 2021

$18.2M marked for Portsmouth Harbor, Piscataqua River project

PORTSMOUTH - The Army Corps of Engineers included $18.2 million in its 2021 work plan for a Portsmouth Harbor and Piscataqua River navigation improvement project, the state's two U.S. senators and a House representative announced Tuesday. The project would widen the uppermost turning basin of the Piscataqua River from 800 feet to 1,200 feet, improving navigation safety. Due to its current narrow width, vessels navigating the river - including liquefied petroleum gas tankers and other bulk shipp… Continue Reading


January 17, 2021

Opinion/Shaheen: Honor Dr. King by carrying on his work

by Jeanne Shaheen

Statement of U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day: "Dr. King's words ring louder today than they have since he first spoke them: 'The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.' On Martin Luther King Jr. Day - and every day - all Americans should hold themselves to the standard of living that mission. "In the last year, our nation experienced the greatest reckoning… Continue Reading


January 14, 2021

Second round of PPP loans could be processed as soon as Friday

by Kim Houghton

The Paycheck Protection Program has returned, and some financial institutions will be able to process loans as soon as Friday. All banks will be able to process loans for the second round of PPP starting Tuesday, according Kristy Merrill, president of the New Hampshire Bankers Association. "We expect high participation," Merrill said Thursday during a virtual panel discussion with Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan. Merrill said that although the first round of PPP was a major… Continue Reading

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