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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

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 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 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

March 03, 2021

N.H. delegation announces over $8.75 Million in Fish and Wildlife Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced with U.S. Sen.Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Reps. Annie Kuster (D-NH) and Chris Pappas (D-NH) that New Hampshire will receive over $8.75 million to support wildlife and sport fish restoration, as well as vulnerable species conservation, through the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The funding will help state wildlife agencies pursue conservation projects and programs, including support f… Continue Reading

March 01, 2021

Shaheen introducing bill to improve access to health care

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire is introducing a bill to improve access to health care by lowering premiums and deductibles for low- and middle-income families. She said in a statement Friday the Improving Health Insurance Affordability Act would expand coverage to more than 4 million people who are currently uninsured and reduce health care costs for millions more who already have coverage. The bill would expand eligibility for the Affordable Care Act's premium … Continue Reading

February 25, 2021

Sen. Shaheen takes flight with Pease 157th Air Refueling Wing

by Ian Lenahan

A longtime advocate for the KC-46A Pegasus tanker, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, switched out her usual tasks Tuesday for an up-close view of the aircraft's capabilities. Joining members of Pease's 157th Air Refueling Wing, Shaheen joined a live air refueling mission aboard a Pegasus tanker after a meeting with Air Force leadership at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. "I was thrilled to witness some of the extraordinary men and women from the 157th Air Refueling Wing in action yesterday afternoon, … Continue Reading

February 23, 2021

Keene airport getting $1.6 million for taxiway

by Damien Fisher

KEENE - The Dillant-Hopkins Airport is getting more than $1.6 million in new federal funding to pay for a taxiway expansion. The airport currently does not have a taxiway that extends to the ends of the runway, so planes must taxi to the end of the runway itself and turn around before being able to take off. "It's not the most efficient system," Airport Director David Hickling said. In 2019, the airport secured close to $350,000 toward the project, and Hickling said the total $1… Continue Reading

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

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

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