Shaheen Statement Following Senate Passage of Omnibus Government Funding Bill With Key New Hampshire Priorities

March 23, 2018

(Washington, DC)—U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the lead Democrat of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Senate Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement after the omnibus government funding bill passed both the House and Senate with bipartisan support. The bill now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law. As a member of the Common Sense Caucus, Shaheen helped lead the way for passage of the bill, which includes several key New Hampshire priorities:

“The opioid epidemic is the greatest challenge facing New Hampshire, and getting federal resources to help Granite Staters was my number one priority in this legislation,” said Shaheen. “I’m very pleased that this bill is now headed to President Trump’s desk for signature, and I hope that he will take advantage of the opportunity that this bill provides to deliver the additional resources that our state desperately needs. This bill has many other New Hampshire priorities, including financial relief for New Hampshire’s fishermen and funding for a long-awaited national study on PFC water contamination, an issue of utmost importance to several communities in our state that need answers on the health impact of these chemicals. This legislation was the product of months of bipartisan negotiations and I hope, going forward, we can continue making progress on these, and many other, issues important to Granite Staters.”

As a result of her advocacy on the bipartisan Common Sense Caucus and her engagement during the writing of this funding bill, Senator Shaheen secured significant new resources to respond to the opioid epidemic, including an increase of $3.3 billion. Of this additional funding, $142 million is set aside for states with the highest mortality deaths from opioid overdoses. The Trump administration will determine the precise funding amount these states will receive. 

More information on Senator Shaheen’s priorities that were included in the omnibus government funding bill:

Opioid Epidemic Response Funding and Other Key New Hampshire Priorities 

Funding for First-Ever Nationwide PFC Water Contamination Study 

Removing At-Sea Monitoring Burden on New Hampshire Fishermen 

Preventing Abuse and Misconduct Against Young US Athletes 

Violence Against Women Act Programs