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April 14, 2021

MHT airport receives $230K in federal funding for taxiway projects

by Andrew Sylvia

WASHINGTON, D.C. - New Hampshire's Congressional delegation on April 14 announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded grant funding to support infrastructure, operations and safety at several airports in New Hampshire, including Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT). MHT received $230,000 to reconfigure Taxiway H and rehabilitate Taxiway A, two taxiways that are also receiving community improvement funding as well. MHT Director Ted Kitchens thanked the delegation for thei… Continue Reading

April 14, 2021

Lebanon airport gets $1.25 million for upgrades

by Staff

WEST LEBANON - Lebanon Municipal Airport will receive $1.25 million from the Federal Aviation Administration for upgrades at the West Lebanon facility, New Hampshire's congressional delegation announced Wednesday. The money, part of the FAA's airport improvement program, will help build a runway safety area and rehabilitate the terminal building's footprint, lighting and electrical systems. Funds also will go to improvements to an on-site sand and chemical storage building, better protecting i… Continue Reading

April 11, 2021

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: What does the American Rescue Plan mean for New Hampshire?

by Jeanne Shaheen

For more than a year, Granite Staters and Americans across the country have endured the greatest health and economic crisis of our generation. No one has been spared by the COVID-19 pandemic, from those who fell ill or were tragically taken by the virus, to those who lost their jobs or businesses, and families who are still struggling to pay the bills. Our health care providers have been overwhelmed and financially stretched to the breaking point at a time when we need them the most, and our ci… Continue Reading

April 06, 2021

National and economic security: Maine, NH delegations tout shipyard as Navy head visits

by Steven Porter

KITTERY, Maine - The six lawmakers who represent southern Maine and the Seacoast of New Hampshire in Congress voiced commitments Tuesday to advocate for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. In addition to providing an economic engine for the area, the shipyard is a vital piece of defense infrastructure that deserves continued investment, they said, as the administration of President Joe Biden settles in. "We all understand how important the shipyard is both to our national security and to the Seacoa… Continue Reading

April 06, 2021

Shaheen visits Berlin, reports on American Rescue Plan benefits

by Barbara Tetreault

BERLIN -U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) met with Tri-County Community Action Program officials and Berlin Mayor Paul Grenier Thursday to describe how the newly passed $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan can help address some of the hardships caused by the year-long pandemic. "The Tri-County CAP has played a crucial role in delivering relief to those who need it most during this crisis. Since the beginning of the pandemic, staff at the agency have worked around the clock to help North Count… Continue Reading

March 31, 2021

Paycheck Protection Program deadline moved to May 31

by Bob Sanders

There was a rush of applications by New Hampshire small businesses for Paycheck Protection Program loans in the week before the planned March 31 deadline. But it turns out that deadline was extended yesterday for two months. President Biden on Tuesday signed a bill, co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, to extend the PPP deadline to May 31, after it passed the Senate on a 97-2 vote last week. The House had already passed the bill the week before by a 415-3 margin. But New Hampshire b… Continue Reading

March 31, 2021

NH Getting Nearly $30.7M in Additional Federal Vaccine Aid

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire is getting nearly $30.7 million in additional federal money to support COVID-19 vaccines to correct a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention formula that previously shortchanged small states, U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan said Tuesday. The money is coming from the December federal aid package, as well as the latest one, known as the American Rescue Plan. The amount includes an installment Tuesday of more than $12.7 million through th… Continue Reading

March 29, 2021

Shaheen touts COVID relief funds for Dover, Portsmouth, Rochester, Somersworth

by Megan Fernandes

DOVER - Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, appeared Monday with four Seacoast mayors at City Hall to discuss how the American Rescue Plan will provide New Hampshire with more than $3 billion in combined financial relief for residents and local governments. The $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, which was recently passed into law, supplies New Hampshire more than $1.5 billion in funding through state and local aid and just under $1.5 billion in stimulus payments that nearly 600,000 Granite Staters h… Continue Reading

March 26, 2021

Shaheen Supports Funding Increase to Fight Opioid Epidemic

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire has helped introduce a bill that would increase funding to fight the opioid epidemic, which has worsened during the coronavirus pandemic. The bill increases funding authorization levels and sets out new policy reforms in the Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act, which was enacted in 2016. Policy changes include new research into non-opioid pain management alternatives and into long-term treatment outcomes to sustain r… Continue Reading

March 25, 2021

Congressional delegation announces nearly $4 million coming to Amoskeag Health, City of Manchester

by Andrew Sylvia

WASHINGTON - On Thursday, New Hampshire's Congressional delegation announced that Manchester will be receiving nearly $4 million from the American Rescue Plan for community health efforts. Amoskeag Health is receiving $3,218,500 and the City of Manchester is receiving $778,750 in the federal funding coming to New Hampshire, which totals $20,217,250 in all. The funding is slated to help expand COVID-19 vaccination in the state and support operations. "Vaccines are the key to ending this pandem… Continue Reading

March 25, 2021

Local health centers to receive COVID relief money

by Michael Mortensen

LACONIA - Two community health centers that serve central New Hampshire have been awarded a total of nearly $3.5 million from the latest COVID relief package. HealthFirst Family Health Care, which has facilities in Laconia, Franklin, and Tilton, will receive $1,306,625 from the American Rescue Plan. Mid-State Health Center, based in Plymouth, will get $2,173,250, according to an announcement Thursday from the state congressional delegation. The money will help the centers provide great… Continue Reading

March 25, 2021

Senate extends pandemic assistance for small businesses for 2 months

by Carmen Reinicke

The Senate on Thursday voted to extend the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program just a week before it was slated to expire. Senators voted 92 to 7 to pass the PPP Extension Act of 2021, which extends the program to May 31 instead of the current March 31 deadline and gives the SBA another 30 days to process loans. Next, the bill will be sent to President Joe Biden to be signed into law. The White House has indicated its support for extending the program to support small… Continue Reading

March 22, 2021

Shaheen, Hassan tout American Rescue Plan

by Julie Huss

In a regular world these days when Zoom calls are the norm, the state's senators in Washington, D.C. once again offered virtual updates on how things are going at the federal level and what that means for the Granite State. In a virtual call Monday morning with members of The New Hampshire Commerce Corridor Chamber Coalition, Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan offered legislative updates on the recently passed $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan and other efforts that will … Continue Reading

March 19, 2021

Shaheen visits Manchester mobile food pantry

by Andrew Sylvia

MANCHESTER, N.H. - On Friday, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) toured the New Hampshire Food Bank's mobile pantry to see one example of the impact the American Rescue Plan's (ARP) passage last week is having in the Granite State. Within the ARP's 222 different sections, there are various provisions for ensuring food security during the COVID-19 pandemic ranging from additional funding for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, … Continue Reading

March 15, 2021

Hospitality businesses sound optimistic about summer season

by MIchael Mortensen

LACONIA - Just over a year ago Tom Boucher, owner of T-Bones and Cactus Jack's, called a member of his senior management team, after noticing that sales at the restaurants had dropped 20 percent. "I think people are taking this COVID thing seriously," he told his colleague. "We've got to get a meeting of our top management to discuss this and plan. What if we have to close?" "They wouldn't shut us down," his colleague responded incredulously. "We were shut down at midnight one yea… Continue Reading

March 13, 2021

More than $9.4M for mental health, substance abuse issues

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire will receive more than $9.4 million in federal grants to help fight substance use disorder and bolster access to mental health services under the coronavirus relief package signed into law in December, the state's congressional delegation said Friday. "The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a tremendous toll on Granite Staters' mental health, with many people experiencing acute stress, anxiety, depression and trauma as they grapple with the devastating impacts of t… Continue Reading

March 13, 2021

Shaheen to venues: Look for positive times ahead

by Julie Huss

PORTSMOUTH - Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., paid a Friday afternoon visit to the Portsmouth Music Hall for a roundtable discussion on new COVID-19 relief for Granite State entertainment venues, part of the recently passed $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. The meeting was also held virtually with many entertainment venue owners calling in to hear Shaheen's updates. The list of those participating included many representing theaters, musical venues, cinemas and acting troupes affected over the p… Continue Reading

March 12, 2021

Shaheen touts relief funds for vaccine, arts, hungry in Seacoast stops

by Alexander LaCasse

EXETER - Sen. Jeanne Shaheen toured the New Hampshire National Guard's COVID-19 vaccination site at Exeter High School Friday to thank them for their hard work, and to let them know more federal resources are on the way. Shaheen, D-NH, said this week's approval of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan relief package will help the state further ramp up its vaccine distribution efforts. She said the new legislation doubles the amount of grant monies New Hampshire receives to administer the vacci… Continue Reading

March 10, 2021

Shaheen reports on money for municipalities in COVID relief bill

by Barbara Tetreault

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) told the state's rural town managers that the American Rescue Plan contains $130.2 billion for local and county governments plus another $10 billion to assist with local and state infrastructure projects. In a virtual meeting with town officials Monday, Shaheen provided an update on the $1.9 trillion bill, which was expected to pass Congress and be signed into law by President Joe Biden before the end of the week. "The new COVID-19 relief … Continue Reading

March 10, 2021

Senate Dems’ Bill Would Enhance, Fund ACA’s Cost-Sharing Reductions

by Amy Lovten

Senate Democrats led by New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen are pushing legislation that would enhance the value of and eligibly for the Affordable Care Act's cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) and permanently fund the program, thus eliminating the need for the "silver-loading" workaround that insurers crafted after the Trump administration ended direct payments to reimburse their costs for the subsidies in 2017. The Improving Health Care Affordability Act, introduced March 1, also would also make pe… Continue Reading

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