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April 23, 2020

Shaheen and Rubio Urge Secretary Of Defense to Maintain Military Readiness after China’s Threatening Actions

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) urged Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to maintain the readiness of U.S. forces under Indo-Pacific Command. This request comes after the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) recently carried out military exercises and maritime militia confrontations intended to threaten and intimidate our allies an… Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Shaheen & Hassan Call on Administration to Fully Utilize Defense Production Act & Protect Veterans from COVID-19

"This Administration must prioritize VA's sacred mission to care for our nation's veterans who are especially vulnerable during this pandemic" (Washington, D.C.) - To better protect veterans, health care professionals, and all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Jon Tester (D-MT) and 13 colleagues called on the Administration and its Coronavirus Task Force to make full use of the Defense Production Act (DPA). The depletion of medi… Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Delegation Announces NH Will Receive At Least $17 Million for COVID-19 Testing From Emergency Bill That Will Soon Be Voted on in the House

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced that New Hampshire is set to receive approximately $17 million for COVID-19 testing in legislation that will soon be voted on in the House. President Trump is expected to sign the legislation into law. "Testing is key to re-opening our economy and getting life back to some semblance of normal. Unfortunately, the Trump administrati… Continue Reading


April 23, 2020

Senators Shaheen & Hassan Push to Ensure Families Receive Promised COVID-19 Stimulus Payments for Their Children as Quickly as Possible

Letter Follows Treasury Announcement that Gave Families Less Than 48 Hours Notice to Enter Additional Information to Receive $500 COVID-19 Payment Per Child This Year WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) and a group of their colleagues in calling on the U.S. Treasury Department to ensure that families who are not required to file taxes and will automatically receive th… Continue Reading


April 22, 2020

Senators Shaheen & Hassan Push for Critical Investments in Workforce Development in Next COVID-19 Package

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today joined their colleagues in pushing for critical workforce development and career and technical education funding in the next COVID-19 relief bill. As unemployment in New Hampshire and across the country continues to hit record levels, the Senators' letter highlights the concern that workers will need additional training to meet current workforce needs, such as in health care or for manufacturers producing personal pr… Continue Reading


April 22, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan Call on Trump Admin to Address Shortfalls in Domestic Supply Chain for Syringes & Needles Necessary to Deliver Eventual COVID-19 Vaccine

**In Letter, the Senators Outline That Domestic Manufacturers of Syringes and Needles Do Not Have the Guidance, Orders or Timeline They Need From the Trump Administration to Produce These Supplies for the Hundreds of Millions of Americans Who Will Need a COVID-19 Vaccine** **Shaheen and Hassan to Trump administration: "Industry partners in our state have indicated that the amount requested in FEMA's solicitation and the timing of the award are both woefully inadequate to address the eventual n… Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Heeding Shaheen’s Call, Trump Admin Announces Support for Fix to Medicare Program Interest Rates for Health Care Providers on the Frontlines

Shaheen has been leading the bipartisan call in Congress for the administration to address Medicare's Accelerated and Advance Payments Program interest rates for health care providers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. To date, New Hampshire providers have received $652 million in upfront payments through this program to mitigate the economic shortfall caused by the pandemic. (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement after the Trump admin… Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Shaheen Statement Ahead of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement ahead of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day: "The COVID-19 pandemic has been a sobering reminder of how connected we are to each other and to our environment. Many Granite Staters have found solace during these troubling times in nature - something that can't be taken for granted. While it is difficult to think about much beyond responding to this public health crisis, we are still facing a long-term environment… Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

Shaheen Statement on Bipartisan Agreement to Replenish Small Business Assistance Programs, Support Hospitals & Testing

**SHAHEEN: "Importantly, this agreement recognizes small businesses need help and if we're going to reopen our economy, we need more testing. And as hospitals in New Hampshire furlough workers, delivering resources to health care providers is absolutely vital to public health and safety"** **Negotiations yielded significant additional support for small businesses, a set-aside for smaller lending institutions to broaden access to the program, funding for health care providers and nationwide test… Continue Reading


April 21, 2020

In Lieu of State House Visit, Shaheen Joins 4th Grade Class Via Zoom & Takes Student Questions

Senator Shaheen speaking with Holderness Central School 4th Grade Social Studies Class (Holderness, NH) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined a remote learning classroom via Zoom with students from a Holderness Central School 4th grade social studies class. The class was scheduled to visit the New Hampshire State House but had to cancel their trip. Senator Shaheen talked about her responsibilities as a senator and took questions from the class. "I greatly enjoyed the opportunity t… Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Shaheen, Senate Democrats Urge Trump Administration to Protect Food Supply, Essential Workers During COVID-19 Crisis

As processing plants shutter and food industry essential workers fall ill, 36 Senators urge action to protect the food supply (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) sent a letter with a group of 36 Senators urging Vice President Mike Pence and other members of the Trump administration to take action to help ensure the safety of the nation's food supply and protect essential workers in the food supply chain. "It is vital that we do everything we can to protect food supply … Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Shaheen Urges Fed to Fix Rules That Block City, County Governments from Receiving Direct COVID-19 Relief

**Under Current Criteria New Lending Program will Directly Benefit only 15 Counties and 10 Cities Across the United States** WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) sent a letter with U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) to Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairman Jerome Powell expressing serious concern with the arbitrary population thresholds used to determine eligibility for cities and counties to receive relief under t… Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

Shaheen Responds to NH Hospitals’ Testimony on Urgent Need for More Federal Assistance Due to Impact of COVID-19 Outbreak

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement after New Hampshire hospital representatives testified before the Governor's Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery (GOFERR) about the financial and health obstacles they're facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. New Hampshire hospitals have been sounding the alarm on the financial constraints and revenue shortfall caused by the pandemic. Senator Shaheen has called for additional funding for health care provider… Continue Reading


April 20, 2020

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

(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 s… Continue Reading


April 19, 2020

Shaheen & Hassan Call For Rural Housing Assistance Amid Economic Fallout from Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In an effort to prevent people in small towns and rural communities-particularly low-income families, seniors and people with disabilities-from losing their housing during the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sent a letter with U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) and a bipartisan group of colleagues in pressing top Senate Appropriators for emergency funding to help rural rente… Continue Reading


April 19, 2020

Shaheen Pushes to Expand Access to Virtual Providers for Seniors with Diabetes During COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the co-chair of the Senate Diabetes Caucus, and her colleagues are calling to protect at-risk Medicare beneficiaries and ensure access to potentially life-saving services by allowing for the full participation of CDC-recognized virtual providers in the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) for at least the duration of the COVID-19 emergency. In a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare & M… Continue Reading


April 18, 2020

N.H. Congressional Delegation Calls on President Trump to Approve State’s Request for Full Reimbursement of COVID-19 FEMA-Funded Projects

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shahen and Maggie Hassan and Representatives Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas called on President Trump to approve the state's request for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to fully reimburse costs that the state incurs under FEMA Public Assistance related to the COVID-19 pandemic. FEMA is reimbursing states for 75 percent of costs under the FEMA Public Assistance program, but the law allows FEMA to cover the full cost of emergency work for Major Disa… Continue Reading


April 18, 2020

Shaheen Urges HHS To Deliver More Aid to Rural Hospitals and Medicaid Providers, Change Formula For CARES Act Health Provider Funding

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined eight Senate colleagues calling on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to alter the methodology for the next round of the CARES Act's $100 billion funding to better reflect the unique needs of health care providers that predominantly serve Medicaid patients, as well as rural hospitals. In a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar, the Senators wrote, "Approximately half of rural hospitals were operating on negative margins, o… Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Following Calls from Senators Shaheen, Hassan and Colleagues, Veterans Receiving VA Benefits Will Automatically Receive COVID-19 Direct Cash Assistance

Shaheen, Hassan and Colleagues' Advocacy Will Lead to Over 18 Million More Americans Receiving Their Assistance Automatically - Including Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, and VA Beneficiaries WASHINGTON - Following bipartisan calls from Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and colleagues, the U.S. Treasury Department announced today that veterans, their caregivers, and family survivors who receive Department of Veterans Affairs pension payments, disability compens… Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

NH, Maine Delegations Call on USDA to Boost Support for Dairy Farmers Facing Economic Crisis Due to COVID-19

Washington, D.C.-All eight members of the New Hampshire and Maine Congressional Delegations wrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today, urging him to provide price stabilizing assistance to assist New England dairy farmers who are struggling with plummeting prices for milk products and increased costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter was signed by U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen, Maggie Hassan, Susan Collins and Angus King and U.S. Representatives Annie Kuster, Ch… Continue Reading

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