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February 05, 2021

Final KC-46A tanker delivered to 157th Air Refueling Wing at Pease

by Ian Lenahan

PORTSMOUTH - The final KC-46A Pegasus tanker in a fleet of 12 arrived at the New Hampshire Air National Guard Base at Pease on Friday, capping off a nearly two-year transition from the former Eisenhower-era KC-135 tankers used by the 157th Refueling Wing. Celebrating the last of the tanker's dozen at Pease was Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, who has pushed for the fleet's full arrival, as well as transparency and continued monitoring of the manufacturing of the aircrafts. "It's a tribute to all of … Continue Reading

February 02, 2021

'We need to reflect our society as a whole': Is Harriet Tubman finally headed for the $20 bill?

by Erin Delmore

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire hasn't let up on the fight to put abolitionist and political activist Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. And with the Biden Administration announcing its intention to make the long-awaited change, Tubman is poised to become the first woman ever to be printed on a bill. And after years of advocating for it, Shaheen is finally poised to take a victory lap. "Our paper currency is how we measure value in our society, and the fact that we haven't had any women on ou… Continue Reading

February 01, 2021

NH National Guard members prepare to head to Middle East

MANCHESTER, N.H. - More than 100 New Hampshire National Guard members are heading to the Middle East in support of Operation Spartan Shield. Monday's send-off ceremony was largely virtual as 118 members of the 172nd Infantry prepared to deploy this weekend. "Thank you for your commitment," U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan said. "Thank you for your service. Thank you for your strength in starting this incredibly important mission." "We are so grateful you are deploying as part of Operation Spartan Shi… Continue Reading

January 31, 2021

Shaheen hears NH leaders' challenges

by Julie Huss

It was a way for town leaders across the Granite State to share their stories, concerns and challenges they face as the pandemic continues on. U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen hosted a virtual meeting with New Hampshire mayors and municipal leaders Friday to hear more about how communities are handling budgetary shortfalls stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and what the impacts are for residents and businesses. Speaking with the mayors of Somersworth, Manchester, Berlin, Claremont, Nashua, Rochester,… Continue Reading

January 28, 2021

“We remember her bravery” – Granite Staters pay tribute to McAuliffe on 35th anniversary of Challenger disaster

by Ethan DeWitt

At 11:38 a.m. Thursday, Daniel Shea stood by the Concord grave of Christa McAuliffe to pay his respects to the inspiring woman he met decades ago. At exactly that moment 35 years earlier, the space shuttle Challenger lifted off into the atmosphere. Seconds later, a tragic explosion killed the entire crew. Shea had met McAuliffe weeks earlier during the second of two downtown parades the city of Concord held the for the charismatic school teacher-turned astronaut. It was New Years Eve and Shea,… Continue Reading

January 25, 2021

Shaheen: As many as half of state's child care centers in jeopardy

by Mike Mortensen

LACONIA - The state could lose about half of its child-care facilities due to the coronavirus pandemic, the participants in a virtual meeting with U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen were told. Shaheen told a group of child-care providers and advocates on Monday that the financial squeeze shows just how essential additional federal assistance is if these child-care centers are to survive. "If we don't get more support we will lose half of the child-care centers by the end of this pandemic," she s… Continue Reading

January 20, 2021

Shaheen pushes defense nominee for KC-46A tanker upgrades at Pease

by Ian Lenahan

Pressed by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Secretary of Defense nominee Lloyd Austin committed to a $550 million upgrade to the new fleet of KC-46A tankers at the New Hampshire Air National Guard base at Pease. Shaheen questioned Austin as he appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Jan. 19. The new fleet, which cost billions of dollars, has been hampered since arriving at Pease in 2019. The aircraft need improvements to the Remote Vision Systems model, which are camer… Continue Reading

January 19, 2021

$18.2M marked for Portsmouth Harbor, Piscataqua River project

PORTSMOUTH - The Army Corps of Engineers included $18.2 million in its 2021 work plan for a Portsmouth Harbor and Piscataqua River navigation improvement project, the state's two U.S. senators and a House representative announced Tuesday. The project would widen the uppermost turning basin of the Piscataqua River from 800 feet to 1,200 feet, improving navigation safety. Due to its current narrow width, vessels navigating the river - including liquefied petroleum gas tankers and other bulk shipp… Continue Reading

January 17, 2021

Opinion/Shaheen: Honor Dr. King by carrying on his work

by Jeanne Shaheen

Statement of U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day: "Dr. King's words ring louder today than they have since he first spoke them: 'The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.' On Martin Luther King Jr. Day - and every day - all Americans should hold themselves to the standard of living that mission. "In the last year, our nation experienced the greatest reckoning… Continue Reading

January 14, 2021

Second round of PPP loans could be processed as soon as Friday

by Kim Houghton

The Paycheck Protection Program has returned, and some financial institutions will be able to process loans as soon as Friday. All banks will be able to process loans for the second round of PPP starting Tuesday, according Kristy Merrill, president of the New Hampshire Bankers Association. "We expect high participation," Merrill said Thursday during a virtual panel discussion with Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan. Merrill said that although the first round of PPP was a major… Continue Reading

January 13, 2021

Shaheen: Help is on the way

by Julie Huss

Help is on the way and there is light at the end of the coronavirus tunnel. That was a collective message offered Wednesday morning as state health providers, experts and leaders spent a virtual hour with New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen giving updates and thoughts on how the state's pandemic vaccine effort is going and what is needed from state and federal leaders to keep the process moving forward. Since the Food and Drug Administration's emergency authorization of the Moderna and Pfizer/Bi… Continue Reading

January 11, 2021

Shaheen: Many still have unprocessed 2019 tax returns

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire says she's hearing from "numerous" constituents who say their 2019 tax returns haven't been processed and, if owed, refunds haven't been issued. The coronavirus pandemic delayed the processing of tax returns for many last year. "That we have entered calendar year 2021 and there are 2019 returns and refunds that remain to be processed and issued is unacceptable," Shaheen, a Democrat, said in a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven M… Continue Reading

December 22, 2020

Shaheen secures $15 million more for PFAS health study

by Jeff McMenemy

Government funding legislation passed by Congress includes $15 million more for a national PFAS health study created by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. That brings the total monies Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, has secured for the first PFAS public health study to $45 million. The funding legislation, which is now slated to be signed into law by President Donald Trump, also includes $1 million in monies for new grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to support the developmen… Continue Reading

December 21, 2020

NH senators relieved about agreement on COVID-19 relief bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - New Hampshire's U.S. senators say they are relieved Congress has finally agreed on a COVID-19 emergency relief package. Votes are expected Monday in the House and Senate on the bill, which would pump $900 billion into relief efforts, including individual payments reaching $600 for most Americans and an extra $300 a week in unemployment benefits. Among those getting help are hard-hit businesses, schools, health care providers and renters facing eviction. Democratic Sens. Jean… Continue Reading

December 21, 2020

Design unveiled for Christa McAuliffe commemorative coin

by Paul Feely

Officials with the U.S. Mint have unveiled the design for a commemorative $1 coin honoring the late Space Shuttle Challenger teacher/astronaut Christa McAuliffe of Concord. The design for the coin was revealed Friday in a virtual ceremony hosted by U.S. Mint Director David J. Ryder. The Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act of 2019 was sponsored by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and introduced on Jan. 28, 2019, the 33rd anniversary of the Challenger tragedy. Shaheen began pursuin… Continue Reading

December 11, 2020

Shaheen: Child care services 'critical' to recovery from pandemic

by Ian Lenahan

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, told New Hampshire child care service providers Friday afternoon that to help jumpstart an economy reeling from the effects of COVID-19, the availability of safe child care services will be critical. "And if we're going to get our economy moving again, if we're going to be able to put people back to work, we've got to ensure that they have a safe place for their children," she said. Shaheen virtually met with representatives of statewide child care providers an… Continue Reading

December 09, 2020

Addressing serious concerns about NH’s waterways

by Eldin Ganic

WRDA contains several New Hampshire priorities Shaheen and Hassan helped secure that would: Direct the Secretary of the Army to provide a status update on the completion of the Portsmouth Harbor and Piscataqua River Navigation Improvement Project after the WRDA of 2018 included specific language urging the Corps to expedite the project; Expedite authorized activities to address shoaling impacts at Rye Harbor, the dredging of which is currently underway; and Extend the use of the Cape Arunde… Continue Reading

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

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