ICYMI: Shaheen Travels Across State on ‘Invest in NH’ Tour, Highlighting Federal Dollars Coming to NH through New Government Funding Law
**In the final government funding bill for fiscal year (FY) 2023, Shaheen – a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee – secured more than $111 million to support NH projects**
(Washington, DC) — U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, continued her “Invest in NH” tour this week. This tour highlighted funding opportunities Shaheen secured for New Hampshire in the fiscal year (FY) 2023 government funding bill that was signed into law, which includes more than $111 million for New Hampshire-specific projects. As a result of her role on the Senate Appropriations Committee, Shaheen secured the funding through the Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) process, which is a bipartisan process that was reformed and re-established in the FY 2022 government funding bill.
“Through my 'Invest in NH' tour, I visited communities across the state to discuss projects made possible by the $111 million I secured for New Hampshire through the government funding bill. From investing in public works and infrastructure upgrades to bolstering health care services and combating the substance use disorder crisis, this funding will make a real difference. I’m excited to see this funding reach our communities to support our economy and improve the quality of life for Granite Staters,” said Shaheen. “As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I’ll always work to ensure New Hampshire gets resources to support these types of important and innovative projects.”
As part of the “Invest in NH Tour,” Shaheen visited communities across New Hampshire – including Jaffrey, Claremont, Dover, Manchester, Plymouth, Littleton, Whitefield, Salem and Concord. Check out some highlights below:
- Reality Check Inc. will soon be awarded a $145,000 federal grant, administered through the government funding bill recently signed into law for fiscal year 2023. [Shaheen] said that her stop in Jaffrey — and the remainder of her tour — is allowing her to see firsthand how organizations are utilizing federal dollars.
- “It’s a great opportunity to see how they’re going to use the funding in ways that will be important for the community,” Shaheen said.
- [CEO Mary] Drew said the funding, if approved, would be used to fund two annual week-long recovery coach trainings, stipends for coaches and to fund a conference to educate employers on how they can better support employees in need of recovery services.
- “As we see with Reality Check, so much of what needs to happen is at a local level,” Shaheen said. “And to be able to fund what the needs are, locally, is really important, and that’s what this funding will do.”
- On Tuesday, Shaheen met with Turning Points Network (TPN) staff, in regard to the $162,000 that the non-profit received for technology updates to their new location on Broad Street.
- “When I think of this room and I think of the grant that you scored for us, I realize that we are able to work with survivors in ways we couldn’t before. When I say we didn’t have internet in some of our offices, we literally didn’t have internet,” outgoing TPN Director Deborah Mozden said to Shaheen at the meeting.
- On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) arrived at the New Hampshire Food Bank where she celebrated the $974,000 given as part of omnibus spending bill passed by Congress late last year.
- “The NH Food Bank has been on the frontlines combating food insecurity, which hit many Granite State families hard during the pandemic. It was a privilege to meet with NH Food Bank staff to hear about how they will utilize this $974,000 CDS award to continue their services through mobile food pantries. Ensuring Granite Staters can keep food on the table will continue to be a top priority,” said Shaheen.
- Earlier in the day, Shaheen met with members of the Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation in Dover, which received $2 million from the spending bill.
- New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen is traveling across the state as part of her Invest in New Hampshire Tour to highlight $111 million in new projects coming to the Granite State.
- [Town Manager, Jim] Gleason says the project ties the entire town together. “The idea is to have some access to bench and park seating and what have you, so folks who are enjoying the downtown and doing some shopping, they maybe can bring the family over here and let the kids play in the park,” he said.
- Senator Shaheen helped secure $300,000 for the project. “These are dollars that people in New Hampshire have sent to Washington, and we want them to come back to our communities to address needs that we have in our communities here,” Shaheen said.
- As part of her “Invest in New Hampshire Tour,” U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, was in town on Tuesday to meet with community leaders to highlight a project that was recently awarded federal funding.
- “On behalf of the town and community, I want to thank you for your support,” [Jim] Gleason said to Shaheen. “With your assistance, we were able to preserve this green space for perpetuity.”