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December 08, 2020

Plan for free national park access for wounded vets approved

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) - A proposal from New England senators to ensure free lifetime entry to national parks for all disabled U.S. veterans has been signed into law. Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine proposed the Wounded Veterans Recreation Act to provide the free access to veterans who suffered or aggravated disabilities while serving in the military. President Donald Trump has signed the proposal into law. Collins and Shaheen said… Continue Reading

December 08, 2020

10 senators propose new bill to help victims of 'Havana Syndrome'

by Didi Martinez, Brenda Breslauer and Josh Lederman

A bipartisan group of senators have introduced a bill that would authorize additional compensation for the victims of the so-called Havana Syndrome, a mysterious affliction that has struck U.S. diplomats and spies in Cuba, China and other countries. The legislation, introduced by 10 senators including Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), would "provide the CIA Director and the Secretary of State additional authority to compensate their personnel who incur brain injuries in … Continue Reading

December 04, 2020

Shaheen: $15M for PFAS health study in defense bill

by Jeff McMenemy

This year's National Defense Authorization Act includes $15 million to continue a national PFAS health study established by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH. The annual legislation also includes a provision from Shaheen's standalone legislation to address health concerns regarding firefighters' occupational exposure to the harmful PFAS chemical contaminants through their personal protective equipment. Senate and House Armed Services Committee leadership released the final text of the NDAA Thursday af… Continue Reading

December 04, 2020

NH delegation repeats call for National Guard reimbursement

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Members of the state's Democratic congressional delegation said Friday they are glad President Donald Trump has extended the activation of the New Hampshire National Guard to help respond to the coronavirus pandemic but his refusal to fully fund it is unacceptable. The activation has been extended through March 31, 2021, but since August, the state has only been reimbursed 75%. "We are witnessing record-high cases, hospitalizations and deaths - now is not the time to short… Continue Reading

December 04, 2020

Sentinel Editorial: Stimulating conversation; Congress must seize on momentum for a long-awaited coronavirus aid package

by Editorial Board

In the current circumstances, it ought to be a slam dunk. Sadly, in the strange and too often frustrating way Washington works, it may prove not to be. For months, Congress and the White House have been dithering and delaying over an additional coronavirus aid package, despite clear evidence that the nation will not be back on its feet from a public health and economic standpoint when much of the government aid that's helped the country limp through the year expires at its end. The sti… Continue Reading

December 01, 2020

$908B relief package proposed by bipartisan group of senators

by Mike Cherry

MANCHESTER, N.H. - Progress has been made on a bipartisan proposal made by a group of senators to provide $900 billion to relieve financial burdens. New Hampshire's senators told News 9 that they will not leave Washington for Christmas break until something gets passed. Standing as a unified front, lawmakers unveiled the groundwork for a $908 billion stimulus bill which would be the first relief package in months. "It may not be as much as some of us would have liked," Sen. Jeanne Shaheen sai… Continue Reading

November 30, 2020

Bipartisan group of lawmakers announces $908 billion stimulus plan, aiming to break logjam

by Seung Min Kim and Jeff Stein

A bipartisan group of senators is expected to unveil an approximately $908 billion stimulus proposal on Tuesday, aiming to break a months-long partisan impasse over providing emergency federal relief to the U.S. economy, according to four people aware of internal negotiations. Congress has faced increasing pressure to approve additional economic relief since talks between the White House and House Democrats collapsed, first over the summer and then again in the fall ahead of the Nov. 3 pres… Continue Reading

November 25, 2020

Haven's grant to help with housing for violence survivors

PORTSMOUTH - Finding a safe place to live is just one of the barriers faced by victims of domestic violence. The tightness of the rental market on the Seacoast and rapid rise of home prices have made entering the housing market even more formidable. Haven has received a four-year, $625,000 grant from the federal Office of Violence Against Women to provide a housing assistance program and related support to victims of sexual and domestic violence in Strafford County. Haven, the state's largest … Continue Reading

November 23, 2020

New report says the pandemic dramatically reduced potentially life-saving preventive medical care

A new report shows the number of women receiving mammograms during the pandemic dropped. And now, some women who are going back and getting the tests tell Anna Werner they were charged hundreds of dollars for a screening they thought was free.… Continue Reading

November 22, 2020

National parks to become free for wounded veterans

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) - A proposal from lawmakers in New England and California to give free access to national parks to wounded veterans is poised to become law. The Wounded Veterans Recreation Act has passed the U.S. House of Representatives after previously passing the U.S. Senate. Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins, New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Democratic California Rep. Raul Ruiz proposed the law. The lawmakers say the bill is designed to change the 2004 Federal Land… Continue Reading

November 19, 2020

Lawmakers want upcoming COVID-19 relief funds to prioritize nursing homes in states with high shares of resident deaths, cases

by Danielle Brown

Several Democratic lawmakers are suggesting that long-term care facilities in areas that have higher shares of COVID-19 deaths and cases should be first in line to receive future federal relief funding. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Reps. Annie Kuster (D-NH) and Chris Pappas (D-NH) made the request in a letter sent to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar Tuesday. "While we believe that it is important to reward quality improvement and performa… Continue Reading

November 18, 2020

Members of Congress thank New Hampshire postal workers

by Andrew Sylvia

WASHINGTON - On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Congressman Chris Pappas (D-NH) and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (D-NH) joined others in a virtual roundtable to thank postal workers and listen to their concerns moving forward. Out of the 814,499 ballots that were cast in New Hampshire during the 2020 general election, 260,992 - about 32 percent - were absentee. Over recent months, the entire New Hampshire Congressional Delegation has spoken out against removal of postal sorting equip… Continue Reading

November 17, 2020

NH delegation: New England nursing homes unfairly penalized

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Nursing homes in northern New England are being unfairly penalized when it comes to federal funding during the pandemic, members of New Hampshire's congressional delegation said Tuesday. In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, the delegation took issue with the formula used to distribute $333 million to more than 10,000 nursing homes late last month. The nationwide average payment per facility was nearly $25,000, while New Hampshire facilities got abou… Continue Reading

November 16, 2020

Shaheen, Pappas and Hassan mourn 500th NH COVID-19 death

WASHINGTON - As New Hampshire reached its 500th COVID-19 death on Monday, Manchester's members of Congress took a moment to take stock of the grim milestone. Congressman Chris Pappas said that America has seen dark times in the past and that once again the country must unite to address the pandemic, but also mourned those who have been lost so far. "New Hampshire families are experiencing heartbreaking loss from this pandemic, and nothing can make up for the loss of loved ones taken by this te… Continue Reading

November 13, 2020

NH restaurants, hotels look for ways to stay afloat over winter

by Siobhan Lopez

MANCHESTER, N.H. - New Hampshire's hospitality industry is looking for ways to survive the coming months. Business owners who joined a call with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on Friday provided a glimpse into the struggles they're experiencing and anticipating. Shaheen said she wanted to get an idea of what the businesses are dealing with and their ideas for what would benefit them when it comes to the next relief package. The call included owners of New Hampshire restaurants, hotels and performing ar… Continue Reading

November 11, 2020

U.S. Targets Insurers In Latest Round of Nord Stream 2 Sanctions

by Daniel Flatley and Dina Khrennikova

The U.S. is drawing up additional sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline project, the latest obstacle in the path of the 9.5 billion-euro ($11.2 billion) Russia-to-Germany link that's been halted almost a year. House and Senate negotiators agreed to target insurers and technical certification companies working on the project in a defense bill that must pass by the end of the year, according to three people familiar with the matter. The move would add to penalties that stopped work … Continue Reading

November 11, 2020

NE drug lab, other NH projects contained in Senate spending bill

by Kevin Landrigan

A $50 million drug laboratory based in New England could emerge in final congressional negotiations over an omnibus federal spending bill, according to U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Bi-partisan talks resulted in several other programs of interest to New Hampshire being included in a Senate spending package, including more than $600 million of work for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, assistance programs for first responders, a pay raise for all military personnel, relief for New England fishermen… Continue Reading

November 09, 2020

Cold weather could put restaurants into deep freeze

by Rick Green

WOLFEBORO - As the weather turns cold, the finances of restaurants in the time of COVID-19 are in danger of going into a deep chill. That's why the current brief stint of unseasonably warm weather has come as a blessing to restaurateurs who have been able to continue to use outdoor seating at a time when indoor dining is limited to allow for the social distancing required under state guidelines intended to limit the spread of COVID-19. Oral Kelly, general manager of Nolan's Brick Oven … Continue Reading

November 05, 2020

New Hampshire Food Bank forces change in distributor after families return poor quality food from USDA program

MANCHESTER, N.H. - The New Hampshire Food Bank has a new distributor after receiving complaints about low-quality food coming from a federal program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm to Trunk program started in May to help feed families during the pandemic. Food bank staff members said that at first, the food being given out was fine, but then another distributor stepped in and the quality of the food started to go down. "It does not represent what the food bank's nutritional standar… Continue Reading

November 02, 2020

Sen. Shaheen sends special message to Londonderry students

by Julie Huss

LONDONDERRY - As the national election was looming, a U.S. senator from New Hampshire wanted to send a special message to local school children. U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen took on a virtual opportunity to be a guest reader for students at Matthew Thornton Elementary School, to help highlight the school's book fair event running through Nov. 8 Shaheen read the book "Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein, part of the author's collection of humorous poems that have been classics for decades.… Continue Reading

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