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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

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

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

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

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

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