Shaheen Calls for Swift Senate Consideration of House-Approved Government Funding LegislationMarch 09, 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 House of Representatives passed fiscal year (FY) 2022 government funding legislation, which now moves to the Senate for consideration.
“I appreciate the House’s swift consideration of this government funding legislation and urge the Senate to move quickly on this package, which includes significant New Hampshire priorities to address the substance use disorder epidemic and support community policing programs, and also provides urgent military aid to Ukraine as its people fight for their freedom and future,” said Shaheen. “I’m particularly pleased by the number of Granite State projects included through the congressionally directed spending process, which address a variety of local needs, from local infrastructure to conservation, research, affordable housing and more. As the Senate takes up this legislation, I urge lawmakers to act thoughtfully and in good-faith so we can deliver this bill to the President’s desk as quickly as possible. With important provisions to help veterans and military families, including my bill to allow Reservists and National Guard members burial in state veterans cemeteries, this legislation addresses a wide scope of issues important to Granite Staters and all Americans.”
As Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, Shaheen successfully secured record-level funding for Violence Against Women Act programs and increased investments in substance use disorder programs, community policing efforts, scientific research and more. Also 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 more than $69 million in 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 Senator 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.
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.
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