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April 17, 2020

Shaheen Calls For Local Government Emergency Funding

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) led 32 Senators in advocating for local governments to receive dedicated, flexible funding in the next COVID-19 emergency funding bill. While New Hampshire is receiving $1.25 billion in federal aid to reimburse the state for COVID-19 response, state and local governments need more flexible, dedicated funding in the next emergency funding package to ensure that funding is distributed at the municipal level. Senat… Continue Reading


April 17, 2020

Shaheen Urges Congressional Leaders to Expand Health Care Coverage in Any Future COVID-19 Legislation

** Letter comes as more Americans continue to lose their jobs and their employer-based health care amid the COVID-19 crisis** WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) sent a letter with U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and 36 of their Senate colleagues pressing congressional leaders to make sure that any future coronavirus relief legislation includes strong measures to secure health care coverage for Americans in the wake of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. In the letter… Continue Reading


April 16, 2020

Senators Shaheen, Hassan Urge VA to Strengthen New Hampshire Veterans’ Access to Telehealth Amid COVID-19

Senators' Letter Raises Broadband Challenges, Importance of Mental Health Care WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today urged the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to strengthen New Hampshire veterans' access to telehealth as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread. The CARES Act that Senators Hassan and Shaheen worked to pass into law included $2.15 billion in funding to the VA to enhance its ability to provide telehealth services to veterans. The Se… Continue Reading


April 16, 2020

Senators Shaheen & Hassan Call for Increased Investments to Address Mental Health Needs, Including Substance Use Disorder, Resulting from COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, today joined their colleagues in calling for increased investments in mental and behavioral health, including for substance use disorder, in future COVID-19 response legislation. In a letter led by Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Angus King (I-ME), the Senators highlighted the threat that COVID-19 po… Continue Reading


April 16, 2020

Shaheen & Hassan Call For Emergency OSHA Standard To Protect Essential Workers In COVID-19 Response Legislation

"If we do not mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace, it will continue to spread in the community and endanger the public at large." WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and 32 of their Senate colleagues in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer calling for any future response legislation to include a requirement that the Occupational Safety and Health Ad… Continue Reading


April 16, 2020

Delegation Calls on U.S. Department of Labor to Provide Additional Resources to States to Expedite Processing of Unemployment Claims

**An unprecedented volume of unemployment benefit claims have led to significant delays as over 100,000 Granite Staters file for unemployment benefits during COVID-19 crisis** Concord, NH - Today, U.S. Senators Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) called on Department of Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia to work expeditiously with state employment agencies to ensure that eligible Americans receive unempl… Continue Reading


April 15, 2020

Shaheen and Hassan Call for Boosted Lifeline Assistance Funding To Keep Americans Connected

"As our financial, educational, social, civic, and healthcare needs become more dependent on the internet during this crisis, Congress must commit to ensuring that no one loses connectivity." (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sent a letter with U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and 24 of their colleagues calling on congressional leadership to commit at least $1 billion in funding for the Lifeline program in future coronavirus relief to meet the… Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan & Group of Senators Send Bipartisan Letter Urging Increased Support for Victims of Domestic Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Senators Request Additional Funding for the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act and the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to Respond to Growing Domestic Violence Threat During Pandemic (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) - the lead Democrat of the Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Office on Violence Against Women - sent a bipartisan letter with Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and a group of Senators to Senate leadership and appropriators requesting that ad… Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

NH Delegation Announces $15.2 Million for NH Airports Through CARES Act

**Support for airports was a priority for Shaheen during CARES Act negotiations** (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a negotiator of the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced that New Hampshire airports will receive $15.2 million through the CARES Act to support them during the COVID-19 crisis. The continued operation of New Hampshire's… Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

NH & Maine Delegation Members Urge DOD to Reinstate Paid Leave Policy at PNSY

Washington, D.C.-Members of the New Hampshire and Maine Congressional Delegations wrote to the Department of Defense (DOD) to express their concern with an updated policy that reduces the paid administrative leave options available to public shipyard workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The updated guidance creates impediments to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard workers staying home if necessary to protect public health or the health of a vulnerable family member during this public health crisis. Th… Continue Reading


April 14, 2020

Senators Shaheen, Hassan Urge Agriculture Department to Help New Hampshire Farmers Struggling Because of COVID-19

NEW HAMPSHIRE - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) are urging the Department of Agriculture to act immediately to help dairy farmers and the producers of specialty crops, which includes key New Hampshire products such as apples and maple syrup. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act created a $9.5 billion emergency response fund to provide direct support to agricultural producers, including dairy farmers and producers of specialty crops. The… Continue Reading


April 13, 2020

Shaheen: 4,400 Forgivable Loans Approved for NH Small Businesses, Urges Quick Delivery of Assistance & Implementation Fixes

**Shaheen was a lead negotiator of the Paycheck Protection Program which has so far obligated $1.06 billion in approved forgivable loans to Granite State small businesses** (Washington, DC)-U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a lead negotiator of the small business assistance provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, announced today that 4,400 New Hampshire small businesses have been approved for forgivable loans as of Friday through the Paycheck Protection … Continue Reading


April 11, 2020

Shaheen Calls on DOJ to Establish New England COVID-19 Task Force to Protect Americans from Scams, Price Gouging Amid Public Health Crisis

SHAHEEN: "States in the New England region have been hit particularly hard by COVID-19, and we must ensure that PPE ends up in the right hands and those committing illegal and fraudulent activity are stopped. This Task Force will go a long way in identifying criminal activity, redistributing PPE and preventing criminals from preying on more innocent victims." (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the lead Democrat of the Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees the Department … Continue Reading


April 11, 2020

Senators Shaheen, Hassan Push for More Information, Transparency on COVID-19 Testing

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) and colleagues in calling on Vice President Mike Pence and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to conduct a national inventory of the COVID-19 diagnostic testing supply, publicly release data on testing results, and provide a detailed plan and timeline for addressing future shortages and gaps in the testing supply chain. "Over three weeks after President Trump declared th… Continue Reading


April 10, 2020

Shaheen Encourages Granite Staters to Visit New IRS Website to Enroll in Direct Deposit & Get Information on COVID-19 Recovery Payments

(Washington, DC) - Today, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury launched a new IRS website enabling Granite Staters and Americans who do not normally file tax returns to enter their direct deposit information, allowing them to receive their CARES Act stimulus relief check as quickly and securely as possible. "Americans in New Hampshire and across the country are hurting from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and need any and all relief that is available to… Continue Reading


April 10, 2020

Shaheen Joins Colleagues in Pressing Administration for Information on Distribution of Critical Medical Supplies, Personal Protective Equipment

Senators express concern that Administration's reliance on private companies for distribution raises serious ethical questions, could result in supplies not being delivered to those in need WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen joined U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and the Senate Democratic Caucus in raising serious concerns about the Trump Administration's reliance on private companies to distribute desperately needed med… Continue Reading


April 10, 2020

NH Delegation Announces $164.5M from CARES Act Immediately Dispersed to NH Health Care Providers

Shaheen, Hassan, Kuster & Pappas Supported Robust Financial Assistance in New Law to Help Granite State Health Care Providers Mitigate Revenue Shortfall Due to COVID-19 Outbreak Shaheen Fought to Boost Funding for Health Care Providers in Law & Pushed Senate Leadership to Make it a Top Priority in CARES Act By Standing Firm During Negotiations and Demanding a Better Bill, NH Delegation Boosted the Funding in the Law for Health Care Providers by $25 Billion (Washington, DC) - U.S. S… Continue Reading


April 09, 2020

With Shortages Worsening, NH Delegation Again Calls for Federal Agencies to Deliver Urgently Needed PPE & Medical Supplies to NH

**Delegation highlights that NH has only received 32 percent of the total requested N95 respirator masks, 27 percent of swabs requested, 5 percent of the requested gowns, 4 percent of the requested non-latex gloves and none of the requested ventilators.** (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) again raised the alarm on the urgent need for the Trump administration to deliver medical … Continue Reading


April 09, 2020

NH Delegation Urges Administration to Address Granite State Small Business Concerns With Implementation of New COVID-19 Assistance Programs

**Letter follows the congressional delegation's previous letter last week calling on the administration to provide better guidance to lending institutions so they can issue loans through the new Paycheck Protection Program.** (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) urged Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to address… Continue Reading


April 08, 2020

Shaheen Gets Update, Raises Concerns With SBA Administrator on COVID-19 Relief Effort

(Washington, DC)-U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a lead negotiator of the small business relief provisions in the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, had a call this afternoon with Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza to discuss the implementation of programs in the CARES Act designed to help small businesses. Shaheen was joined by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME), who led negotiations on bipartis… Continue Reading

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