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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

April 30, 2021

Shaheen PFAS amendment included in national water infrastructure bill

by Jeff McMenemy

PORTSMOUTH - The Senate overwhelmingly passed a national drinking water infrastructure bill Thursday, which included a PFAS-related amendment drafted by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. The Senate voted 89-2 to pass the Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021, which will now move to the U.S. House of Representatives for approval. The comprehensive drinking water and wastewater infrastructure package will increase economic growth, enhance the health and well-being of American families… Continue Reading

April 29, 2021

Senate Passes Water Infrastructure Bill With Bipartisan Backing

by Kellie Lunney

The Senate passed a bipartisan drinking water and wastewater infrastructure bill that would authorize $35 billion for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects, one component of the larger infrastructure effort being negotiated by lawmakers. "The bill represents the solid work that comes out of good-faith negotiations," said Environment and Public Works ranking member Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.). "I hope that as we move forward on other infrastructure packages, we remember this m… Continue Reading

April 29, 2021

Shaheen legislation targets sexual harassment in STEM workforce

by Jeff Feingold

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, has joined her colleagues in taking steps to combat sexual harassment in the STEM fields and the federal scientific workforce. Together with U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Tina Smith, D-Minn., Shaheen has introduced the Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act. The bill would investigate factors contributing to sexual harassment in STEM, examine the impacts of harassment and policies to reduce it and spur interagency efforts to stop this harassment… Continue Reading

April 26, 2021

Commerce secretary touts help coming for tourism industry in relief act

by Adam Sexton

HAMPTON, N.H. - On a brisk day at the beach, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen met in Hampton with business owners and workers who have borne the economic brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic. Raimondo, the former governor of Rhode Island, said the stories she heard are all too familiar. "I come from a coastal state, a small New England state, and I feel their pain," she said. "We have a lot of communities in Rhode Island just like this that have struggled." Raimondo wa… Continue Reading

April 19, 2021

Shaheen, other ex-governors, mayors meet with Biden

by Kevin Landrigan

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden was open to breaking up his massive infrastructure bill into smaller pieces and finding alternatives to raising corporate income tax rates to pay for it, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., said Monday. Shaheen was part of a 10-person, bipartisan and bicameral group of lawmakers that met with Biden for 90 minutes in the Oval Office, all of them former governors or mayors before being elected to the U.S. Senate or House brought them to Washington. The Senate in… Continue Reading

April 18, 2021

COVID Worsens Youth Mental Health Struggles

by Paul Hayes

New Hampshire has seen increased demand for childhood mental health services during the pandemic. Ken Norton, executive director of the state chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, said each day an average of 16 school-age children wait in New Hampshire emergency rooms seeking hospitalization for mental health crises. It reflects a steady increase from 7-per-day when COVID-19 began and 10-per-day in September. On Valentine's Day, a record 51 children, ages 18-and-unde… Continue Reading

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