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April 18, 2022

Shaheen checks out Nansen Ski Jump and other funding recipients

by Barbara Tetreault

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen visited the Big Nansen Ski Jump last Wednesday to see the work being done to revive both the historic jump and the sport of jumping here. Shaheen earmarked $500,000 for the jump in the recent federal budget. The stop was one of three the state's senior senator made in Coos County as she checked out projects she was able to get funded. She also visited Coos County Family Health Service's dental clinic in Berlin and the P.J. Noyes building in Lancaster. Frie… Continue Reading

April 15, 2022

Shaheen calls for more support for Ukraine

by Adam Sullivan

New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen says more needs to be done to support Ukraine as the bombing in the country continues. Shaheen says she applauds the Biden administration's recent announcement to send $800 million in additional weapons and gear to Ukraine. She also says humanitarian efforts need to continue in the war-torn county to support the victims of what she calls an "un-holy and un-provoked war." "We are seeing more and more the horrific actions by the Russian military in Ukraine ag… Continue Reading

April 14, 2022

Shaheen pushing for increased child care funding

by Adam Sullivan

LEBANON, N.H. (WCAX) - New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen is calling on state and federal leaders to increase funding to fill gaps in child care programs. Shaheen says the Granite State currently has about 1,500 openings at programs across the state. She's calling on the Biden administration to increase federal investments for both recruitment and retainment of child care workers. In the current budget, Shaheen worked to include more than $17 billion for child care and early learning programs… Continue Reading

April 07, 2022

Sen. Shaheen: Lend-Lease bill will let U.S. run a ‘tab’ for aid to Ukraine, speeding weapons delivery

by Andrea Mitchell

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss the bill she sponsored to expedite weapons delivery to Ukraine, which passed unanimously with bipartisan support. "It's really modeled on what we did in World War II before the United States entered the war. We provided equipment and arms to Britain as Britain was trying to fend off the Germans, and we basically ran a tab for that equipment and weapons," says Shaheen. "That's the idea again, so that we can continue to provide what th… Continue Reading

March 29, 2022

CMC, Saint Anselm College benefit from return of federal earmarks

by Mark Haywrard

Catholic Medical Center is working on plans to build a state-of-the-art simulation lab for nursing students and medical professionals, thanks to $2 million in federal funding announced this week by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Sandwiched into the federal budget bill signed by President Joe Biden two weeks ago, the spending signals a return to budget bills with local projects. Congress had stopped earmarks in 2011 but returned to the practice with this year's $1.5 trillion budget. Known in… Continue Reading

March 26, 2022

Kids, parents see shortage of mental health care in schools. Shaheen bill seeks to help.

by Megan Fernandes

In January, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, sat in the Dover High School library. She was surrounded by a circle of 20 students who had just completed mental health first aid training, and were gearing up to train more students. Students formed a Mental Health Initiative this school year, sparked by student leaders eager to change the culture at DHS regarding mental health and suicide awareness. Members of the DHS senior class were motivated to act after they had lost three classmates to … Continue Reading

March 21, 2022

Limited by consolidation, funds to help improve rural birthing access

by Nora Doyle-Burr

As more than one-third of New Hampshire's hospital-based labor and delivery units have closed in the past two decades, some rural parts of the state have become "maternity deserts," according to Dr. Timothy Fisher, an obstetrician at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Following a national trend, most Upper Valley hospitals such as Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital in Lebanon; Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont; Springfield (Vt.) Hospital, Cottage Hospital in Woodsville; and New London Hospit… Continue Reading

March 16, 2022

Burial equity for Guard and Reserves now the law of the land

by Shawne K. Wickham

The New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen will now be allowed to bury all National Guardsmen, Reservists and their spouses and children. President Joe Biden signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022 into law on Tuesday. Tucked into the so-called omnibus bill, which included supplemental aid to Ukraine, was a measure supported by the New Hampshire Congressional delegation to allow all Guard members and Reservists to be buried in veterans cemeteries that receive fede… Continue Reading

March 11, 2022

Money for Keene police body cams among local items in federal spending plans

by Rick Green

Federal spending plans receiving final consideration in Congress include $62.4 million for New Hampshire projects, with several in Cheshire County, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., said Thursday. "The congressionally directed spending process provides a critical opportunity to ensure smaller states like New Hampshire get their fair share," Shaheen said in a statement. "I'm thrilled by the inclusion of these projects, which address a variety of needs in our community, from local infras… Continue Reading

March 04, 2022

US health secretary visits Planned Parenthood after delivering federal funds

by Adam Sexton

MANCHESTER, N.H. - U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra spoke of the administration's support for abortion rights Friday as he visited Planned Parenthood in Manchester. Becerra's visit came after his department delivered a Title X Dire Need grant of $500,000 to Planned Parenthood to fill the gap left by funds rejected by New Hampshire's Executive Council over opposition to abortion. "We've got your back," Becerra said. "And there have been some challenging times. I don't… Continue Reading

February 22, 2022

Shaheen visits Poland to stand with NATO allies

by Adam Sexton

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is in Poland as co-chair of the NATO Observer Group, which she helped reestablish in 2018 to monitor Russian aggression.… Continue Reading

February 21, 2022

Senate Democrats meeting with Polish officials to discuss Russian aggression

by Joseph Choi

Three Senate Democrats traveled to Poland on Monday to meet with government officials and discuss the recent Russian aggression toward Ukraine. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) will meet with Polish government officials including President Andrzej Duda for talks about European security matters. "Poland is an important U.S. and NATO ally and I'm glad to be on the ground with our partners to address the urgent security crisis facing the region due to P… Continue Reading

February 15, 2022

NH’s Shaheen Speaks in Support of Ukraine on Senate Floor

by Dan Alexander

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen continued to show her support for Ukraine with a speech on the Senate floor Monday night against a potential Russian military invasion of the country. The speech came following a White House briefing about ongoing discussions. The Biden Administration is discussing the threat of economic sanctions it can implement without congressional approval if President Vladmir Putin were to invade. Both Democrats and Republicans offered support for Ukraine but did not vote on a re… Continue Reading

February 14, 2022

Slow pace of COVID rental assistance spotlighted at session with senator

by Michael Mortensen

COVID has had a serious impact on many people's ability to stay afloat financially. One of the biggest challenges is the ability to pay for housing. "The need (for assistance) is overwhelming," Carmen Lorentz, executive director of Lakes Region Community Developers told U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, during a listening session hosted by the agency. "There is demand at all levels - low income, and moderate income," Lorentz said. A big part of the problem is that it can take months to get money to he… Continue Reading

February 13, 2022

OTR: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, of New Hampshire, discusses 'dangerous situation' in Ukraine

by Ed Harding and Janet Wu

The senior U.S. senator from New Hampshire also talks about other hot topics in Washington, including the January 6th investigation and Supreme Court vacancy.… Continue Reading

January 31, 2022

'Bigger ships, faster delivery': NH Port Authority gets $1.6M for the basin. Why it matters

by Ian Lenahan

A shipment of 40,000 metric tons of road salt arrived late last week to the bustling New Hampshire State Port Authority ahead of the weekend blizzard. With federal funding allocated from the $1.2 trillion, bipartisan infrastructure bill signed into law by President Joe Biden last fall, Portsmouth's shipping waterways will be expanded and dredged to accommodate similarly hefty shipments. Both of New Hampshire's U.S. senators, Democrats Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, touted the $1.6 million … Continue Reading

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

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