Shaheen Statement on Signing of Government Funding Bill

March 23, 2018

**Due to Shaheen’s advocacy as a member of the Common Sense Caucus and as a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, this law provides an increase of $3.3 billion for opioid response efforts** 

**As the lead Democrat of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Senate Appropriations Subcommittee, Shaheen secures financial relief for New Hampshire fishermen, funding for PFC health impact study, and other key priorities**

(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 that passed both the House and Senate with bipartisan support was 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:

“Securing material assistance for healthcare providers, first responders and recovery centers in New Hampshire to combat the opioid crisis was my top concern in this funding legislation, and now that this bill has been signed into law, it is up to the President to follow through on his promises and deliver these federal resources to our communities. I urge him to act immediately,” said Shaheen. “I’m also pleased by other key Granite State priorities in this law, including vast investments in rural broadband, financial relief for New Hampshire fishermen, increased funding for the Northern Border Regional Commission, and support for the first nationwide PFC water study that will help deliver answers to families in New Hampshire with contaminated drinking water. I’m encouraged by the good faith, bipartisan negotiations that led to this funding agreement, and I’ll continue to work across the aisle to advance these issues for New Hampshire.”

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.

Read more about Senator Shaheen’s priorities that were included in the omnibus government funding bill that was signed into law:

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