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Chair of Pivotal Appropriations Subcommittee, Shaheen Secures Numerous NH Priorities in Newly Released Proposed Government Funding Legislation to Address Substance Use Disorder Crisis, Support Domestic Violence Survivors, Invest in U.S. Manufacturing & More

**Shaheen Also Advances More Than $17 Million in Congressionally Directed Spending Awards in Support of Nearly 2 Dozen Granite State Projects** 

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Chair of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement on legislation released today by the Appropriations Committee that would fund the federal government for fiscal year (FY) 2023. Through her leadership on this subcommittee, Shaheen helps write legislation that invests in important New Hampshire priorities, including funding for key federal programs that respond to the substance use disorder crisis, support domestic and sexual violence survivors, invest in law enforcement programs, bolster U.S. manufacturing and much more. 

“Every year, our subcommittee works diligently to respond to the most urgent needs impacting Americans under our jurisdiction, from combating the substance use disorder epidemic to supporting survivors of domestic violence to investing in manufacturing and building a skilled workforce ready to compete in the 21st Century, global economy. I’m proud to say that our legislation for FY 2023 upholds that standard, with nearly $86 billion going toward these priorities,” said Shaheen, Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies. “As working families fight to recover from two years of the COVID-19 pandemic and stay afloat amid challenging financial times, the resources provided through this legislation would deliver an important leg up in communities in New Hampshire and across the nation. In addition to these significant investments in federal programs, I’m also thrilled by the inclusion of more than $17 million through the Congressionally Directed Spending process, which specifically funds nearly two dozen New Hampshire projects. It’s paramount that Republicans work in good faith with Democrats to finalize this legislation and send it to the President’s desk.” 

NH Priorities Secured by Shaheen in FY23 Senate Commerce, Justice, Science & Related Agencies Subcommittee Appropriations Legislation:  

Highest Funding Level Ever for Violence Against Women Act Programs  

For the sixth year in a row, Senator Shaheen successfully secured the highest funding level ever for the Department of Justice’s Violence Against Women Act programs, totaling $732 million for the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). This is a 27 percent increase from last year’s funding level and will support training officials, rape prevention programs, processing rape kits, domestic violence hotlines, women’s shelters and transitional housing support services.  Funding is provided for newly authorized programs covered under the VAWA Act 2022 reauthorization, including $5 million for the Abby Honold Act, which establishes a grant program to provide trauma informed training to law enforcement so officers can improve their response to sexual assault survivors, and $15 million for the restorative justice program. In addition, the bill provides $5 million to jumpstart Senator Shaheen’s Survivors’ Bill of Rights incentive program, which encourages states to ensure that sexual assault survivors have the same rights guaranteed to survivors under federal law, including not being charged for a medical forensic exam and being informed of results of a sexual assault evidence collection kit. Last year, Senator Shaheen reintroduced bipartisan legislation with Senator Grassley (R-IA) to build on her legislation that is now law, the Survivors’ Bill of Rights Act, by incentivizing states to pass legislation that guarantees the survivors rights included in the federal legislation. She also introduced bill to reauthorize legislation to expand pro bono legal resources for victims and survivors. 

Critical Funding for Department of Justice Substance Use Disorder Grants   

Shaheen has led efforts in Congress to combat the substance use disorder epidemic through her leadership on this committee, and this year secured $631 million to help communities and first responders respond to substance crises, including opioid addiction and drug trafficking.  This is an increase of $58.5 million above last year’s funding level. The largest part of this funding is $455 million for Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) grants, an increase of $40 million above last year’s funding level. These grants support programs like drug, mental health and veteran treatment courts and substance use disorder treatment programs administered by state and local correctional facilities. Last year, Senator Shaheen helped introduce the bipartisan CARA 3.0 to help combat the opioid epidemic by increasing the funding authorization levels for these programs. Shaheen also secured funding for the COPS anti-heroin task force and anti-methamphetamine task force programs, as well as $32.5 million in Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention funding to assist children and youth impacted by a substance use disorder in their families and communities.  

This funding builds on Shaheen’s extensive efforts to provide flexibility for treatment providers to use State Opioid Response (SOR) grant dollars to help patients suffering from meth and cocaine dependency, in addition to opioid use disorders. Shaheen’s efforts have led to a more than tenfold increase in federal treatment and prevention funding for New Hampshire. 

Bolstered Funding to Support Victims of Violent Crimes & Bolstered Legal Services 

A staunch advocate for the Crime Victims Fund (CVF), Shaheen successfully secured $1.75 billion for the fund this year. This fund provides direct assistance and programs to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, human trafficking and other violent crimes. Shaheen is a leader in the Senate fighting in support of survivors. Shaheen previously urged fellow lawmakers to overcome partisan politics and pass the VOCA Fix to Sustain the Crime Victims Fund Act. After her speech on the Senate floor, the Senate approved the measure unanimously and President Biden signed the bill into law. The legislation redirects monetary penalties from federal deferred prosecution and non-prosecution agreements into the CVF in order to provide continued support for state victim compensation and assistance programs. Through her leadership on the CJS Appropriations Subcommittee, Shaheen has historically bolstered resources for the CVF. 

Shaheen also helped secure $539 million for the Legal Services Corporation, which is the largest funder of civil legal aid in the country with counsel on family law, domestic violence, housing and financial fraud. The funding in this bill is $50 million higher than last year’s funding level. 

Support for Law Enforcement and to Enhance Police-Community Relations  

Senator Shaheen successfully secured $815 million for the Byrne-Justice Assistance Grants (JAG) program, which helps law enforcement agencies in New Hampshire and across the country, strengthens the criminal justice system and bolsters services for victims of crime. Of this amount, $584 million is dedicated to state and local law enforcement agencies, an increase of $202 million more than the FY 2022 level. In addition, Shaheen helped allocate $307 million for Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring, an increase of $61 million from the FY 2022 level. This program supports state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies’ ability to hire, preserve and/or rehire law enforcement officers and increases community policing efforts. 

Senator Shaheen worked to include $240.5 million for Office of Justice Programs and COPS Office grant programs to support efforts that improve police-community relations. This is an increase of $39.5 million, or 20 percent, above the enacted FY 2022 funding level. This will support programs for law enforcement officer training on de-escalation, implicit bias and crisis intervention, as well as hate crime prevention and community violence intervention programs. 

Investments in Science and to Advance U.S. Space Exploration  

Shaheen secured $10.3 billion – a historic increase of $1.5 billion above last year’s enacted level – for the National Science Foundation (NSF). This funding will support U.S. competitiveness in key areas like quantum computing, artificial intelligence and climate science, as well as help build an innovative workforce fueled by a diverse pipeline of scientists and engineers. Shaheen also helped secure $1.69 billion for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to invest in STEM programs that improve competitiveness of domestic manufacturers and strengthen domestic supply chains. Additionally, Shaheen secured $3 million to continue research into the prevalence of PFAS in firefighter personal protective equipment. This research is a key component in Shaheen’s bipartisan bill, which was signed into law, that takes important steps to address concerns regarding firefighters’ occupational exposure to PFAS chemicals. 

To support America’s continued leadership in space, Shaheen helped secure $25.9 billion for NASA. This will support climate research and space missions. The bill also includes funding to support the International Space Station and returning humans to the Moon. Additionally, within the $8 billion Shaheen secured for NASA Science, $828 million is for NASA Heliophysics, an increase of $68 million above the FY 2022 level. The University of New Hampshire is a leading heliophysics research institution, with instruments on 16 of 22 operating heliophysics missions. 

Increased Funding for the Economic Development Administration and Trade 

Senator Shaheen secured $450 million for the Economic Development Administration (EDA), which awards infrastructure and planning grants to communities around the country. This level is an increase of $76.5 million above the prior year. The Senator previously opposed efforts by the Trump administration to reduce or eliminate funding for the EDA, which has recently awarded grants to Granite State communities for a wide variety of projects. The EDA funding also includes $5 million to assist communities recovering from biomass plant closures. 

Shaheen also secured $1.5 million for the Bureau of Economic Analysis to continue the annual assessment of the economic value of the outdoor recreation industry – a key sector supporting local economies across New Hampshire. This report, which was created as a result of the enactment of the Senator’s Outdoor REC Act, provides a comprehensive assessment of the role that outdoor recreation plays in supporting jobs and economic growth, allowing policymakers to craft legislation to further support the sector. The bill also provides over $625 million for the International Trade Administration (ITA), which promotes American exports, supports small and medium-sized businesses and ensures fair trade practices on the global stage. This marks a $55 million increase above FY 2022. 

Bolstered Manufacturing Programs 

Senator Shaheen worked to include $270 million for NIST manufacturing programs, an increase of $95.5 million or 55 percent above the FY 2022 enacted level.  The bill provides a $42 million increase for the popular Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), providing a total of $200 million to improve competitiveness of domestic manufacturers and to strengthen domestic supply chains. The bill also includes $70 million for Manufacturing USA Institutes, including $40 million for the first year of two new institutes.

Support for Ocean Research & Conservation Efforts and Weather Satellites 

Senator Shaheen secured $6.511 billion for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which is an increase of $633 million or 10.8 percent over last year’s funding level. This includes $776 million for NOAA research, much of which pertains to combating the climate crisis. This funding will help coastal communities in New Hampshire and across the nation bolster their resilience to changing climate, as well as support ocean health and research. In addition, the bill invests in successful job-creating programs, sustainable economic development and environmental restoration.  The bill provides full funding to cover the full cost of at-sea monitoring in the New England groundfish fishery and an increase of $2 million for research and conservation efforts to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale, for a total of $30 million, of which $10 million will help defray costs paid by the lobster fishing industry to protect right whales.  

Additionally, Shaheen helped secure $1.75 billion for NOAA weather and climate satellites, an increase of $137 million or 8.4 percent above the FY 2022 enacted level.  The bill provides sufficient funding to keep the construction of the current generation of polar, geostationary and space weather satellites on track. Polar Weather Satellites help forecast weather to protect property and economic security for families in New Hampshire and across the nation. One-third of U.S. GDP is affected by climate and weather – from farmers in the North Country trying to protect livestock and crops to climate disasters costing billions of dollars of damage. 

In addition to the annual programmatic funding priorities detailed above, Shaheen also worked to procure federal support for specific New Hampshire projects through the Congressionally Directed Spending process. These are listed below. 

The programmatic priorities listed above and Congressionally Directed Spending projects listed below still need to be considered by the full Senate for final approval. In total, Shaheen included $17,702,000 for 23 New Hampshire projects in this bill. 

New Hampshire Projects Secured by Shaheen in the FY23 Senate CJS Subcommittee Appropriations Bill: 






Belknap County Sheriff's Office 

IT Enhancements for Belknap County Sheriff's Office 

Belknap County, NH 

 $ 600,000  

Exeter Police Department 

Exeter Police Mobile Radio Communications Upgrades 

Exeter, NH 

 $ 112,000  

Granite State Children's Alliance 

Interview Recording Equipment and Mental/Behavioral Health Supplies for Child Advocacy Centers in NH 

Bedford, NH 

 $ 223,000  

Great Bay Stewards, Inc. 

Eelgrass Education Project at the Great Bay Discovery Center 

Rockingham and Strafford Counties, NH 

 $ 100,000  

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office 

Hillsborough County Sheriff K-9 Niko Specialized Vehicle Project 

Hillsborough County, NH 

 $   76,000  

Hollis Department of Emergency Management 

Public Safety Radio Infrastructure and Interoperability Upgrade 

Hollis, NH 

 $ 702,000  

Laconia Police Department 

Dispatch Technology Integration System 

Laconia, NH 

 $ 200,000  

Manchester Police Department 

New Hampshire Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness 

Manchester, NH 

 $  110,000  

Manchester School District 

Manchester School Emergency Notification System 

Manchester, NH 


Nashua Police Department 

Hazardous Device Unit Equipment 

City of Nashua, NH 

 $ 110,000  

Nashua Police Department 

Nashua Police Department Small Platform Response Vehicle 

Nashua, NH 

 $   90,000  


Building a Coastal Resilience Monitoring System for New Hampshire 

Rockingham County, NH 


New Hampshire Department of Justice 

New Hampshire Drug Task Force 

Concord, NH 

 $  409,000  

New London Police Department 

New London CAD/RMS Program Project 

New London, NH 

 $   413,000  

Newfields, NH, Police 

Newfields Police Technology Equipment 

Newfields, NH 

 $     28,000  

New Hampshire Aerospace & Defense Export Consortium 

Next Generation Innovation for a Resilient Supply Chain 

Merrimack County, NH 

 $     2,307,000  

Sanbornton Police Department 

Sanbornton Police Department Radio System 

Sanbornton, NH 

 $   22,000  

Seacoast Science Center 

Seacoast Science Center Renovation and Program Expansion 

Rye, NH 

 $ 5,000,000  

University of New Hampshire 

Detecting Harmful Algal Blooms and Microplastics in the Great Bay and Beyond 

Strafford County, NH 


Town of Gorham 

Pine Mountain Repeater & 4-site Simulcast System 

Town of Gorham, NH 


Town of Newington 

Newington Emergency Communications Infrastructure 

Rockingham County, NH 


University of New Hampshire 

Enhancement of the University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center 

Strafford County, NH 


University of New Hampshire 

Marine Waterfront Facility Equipment 

Newcastle, NH