Shaheen Statement on $625M in CARES Act Funding Delivered to NH, First Half of $1.25 Billion in Federal Aid for State

April 20, 2020

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement after $625 million in federal funding was transferred to New Hampshire from the Department of Treasury. The disbursement is half of the $1.25 billion that New Hampshire will receive through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Shaheen helped negotiate

“These federal dollars are urgently needed to bolster New Hampshire’s response efforts to the COVID-19 outbreak throughout the state,” said Shaheen. “Our health care providers and public safety personnel on the frontlines, small businesses employing Granite Staters, non-profits providing critical services for our communities and hundreds of thousands of working families are bearing the brunt of this economic crisis. This initial funding should be put to good use to help them weather this storm, but much more is needed to support Granite Staters as we endure this public health and economic emergency. New Hampshire families are relying on leaders to meet this challenge head on, work together and get the job done, and that’s precisely what I’ll fight to see through. More funding will be made available to our state through the CARES Act, but our work in Congress doesn’t end there. I’m working across the aisle and with state and local officials to ensure Congress responds to the needs in our state as we fight – and overcome – this crisis together.”

This disbursement of federal assistance followed Shaheen’s recent announcement that New Hampshire airports will receive $15.2 million through the CARES Act to support them during the COVID-19 crisis, as well as $2 million to help Granite Staters living with mental health and substance use disorders. These allocations came in addition to the $147 million announced at the end of March, $164.5 million for health care providers and the $11.7 million in additional funding to assist New Hampshire’s vulnerable homeless population and other local needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. New Hampshire also received $4.9 million in initial funding to help the state prepare for COVID-19, which was provided by the first bipartisan coronavirus response bill.