BREAKING: Senate Sends Government Funding Legislation with Key NH Priorities Secured by Shaheen to President’s Desk

March 10, 2022

**A senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Shaheen announced $69M for NH Projects through Congressionally Directed Spending requests**

**As Chair of the Senate CJS Appropriations Subcommittee, Shaheen secured record-level funding for VAWA programs and increased investments in substance use disorder programs, community policing efforts, scientific research and more**

**Also a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations & Armed Services Committees, Shaheen supported robust military assistance for Ukraine**

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) – a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee – issued the following statement after the Senate passed fiscal year (FY) 2022 government funding legislation, which now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

“Soon, more than $62 million will belong to the State of New Hampshire to invest in local projects through this government funding legislation,” said Senator Shaheen. “As a senior member of the committee, I advocated for these projects which will provide equipment to Granite State first responders, repair and improve infrastructure, invest in conservation research and much more. In writing this legislation with committee members, I pushed for the inclusion of funds to address other key New Hampshire issues, from combating the substance use disorder epidemic to supporting scientific research grant opportunities that our colleges and universities are celebrated for. I’m also excited to share that this bill includes my bipartisan legislation that will expand eligibility at state veterans cemeteries to allow Reservists and National Guard members burial, righting a wrong that for too many years has denied important burial rights that should be bestowed to every service member who served our country honorably. And after three years of obstruction from Senate Republicans, this legislation successfully reauthorizes the Violence Against Women Act with record-level funding for VAWA programs, which I worked to secure through my role as Chair of the Appropriations subcommittee that funds the Office on Violence Against Women. This government funding legislation is a win for New Hampshire families, veterans, small businesses and more. I look forward to seeing the President sign it into law.”

As Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, Shaheen successfully pushed for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and secured record-level funding for VAWA programs. She also worked to increase investments in substance use disorder response programs, community policing efforts, scientific research and more. Through her role as Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, Shaheen supported robust military assistance for Ukraine.

This year’s funding legislation also includes congressionally directed spending (CDS) requests, which allows the federal government to invest in policies and programs that provide assistance to Granite State communities and help move our nation forward.As a senior appropriator, Shaheen advocated for and successfully included $69 million for New Hampshire projects, $6.2 million of which was secured with House Representatives Kuster and Pappas, for New Hampshire projects throughout the state that address infrastructure needs, research investments, equipment for first responders and much more

In addition, the FY2022 legislation includes Shaheen’s bill with Senators Cramer (R-ND), Hassan (D-NH) and Hoeven (R-ND) to ensure all members of the Reserve component and the National Guard are eligible to be buried in state veterans cemeteries, so long as their service was not terminated under dishonorable conditions. The Senators called on Senate and House leadership earlier this week to include their bill in the government funding legislation. Representative Chris Pappas (NH-01) leads companion legislation in the House.

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