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June 22, 2020

Senators Shaheen, Hassan Call for Additional School Funding as Teachers, Students, and Families Prepare for the Fall

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and additional colleagues in calling for at least $175 billion for the Elementary and Secondary Education Relief Fund in any future COVID-19 relief package. The pandemic has led to massive revenue shortfalls for state and local governments, which means K-12 schools may face severe budget cuts while also working to adequately prepare for either in-person or remote learning (or some combinatio… Continue Reading


June 19, 2020

Shaheen & NASA Administrator Bridenstine Highlight Contracting Opportunities for NH Small Businesses to Support U.S. Space Programs & Research in Virtual Event

To view Senator Shaheen's virtual roundtable with NASA Administrator Bridenstine, click here or on the image. **Discussion included opportunities for NH small businesses to contribute to NASA's Artemis Program which will send a crew to the Moon** (Manchester, NH) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the lead Democrat of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations (CJS) Subcommittee which funds the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), hosted a … Continue Reading


June 19, 2020

Shaheen Calls for Juneteenth to be Recognized as a National Holiday

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement, calling for Juneteenth to be recognized as a national holiday: "The abolition of slavery is one of the most profound and consequential developments in American history," said Shaheen. "This moment should be recognized with a national holiday that encourages every American to celebrate freedom, honor the heroes who fought for abolition, reflect on slavery's legacy, and recommit to confronting the systemic racis… Continue Reading


June 18, 2020

Shaheen & Hassan Join Group of Senators in Push to Bring Equality Act to a Vote

Bill would extend protections to include housing, education and public accommodations (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Susan Collins (R-ME), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) and a group of Senators in calling for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring the Equality Act to the Senate floor for a vote. The Senators' push comes after the Supreme Court issued a 6-3 ruling to confirm that the nati… Continue Reading


June 18, 2020

Shaheen Introduces Legislation to Provide Second Round of Relief to Small Businesses Hardest Hit by COVID-19

**Bill Will Help Small Businesses Most At-Risk of Permanently Closing** (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Small Business Committee, introduced the Prioritized Paycheck Protection Program (P4) Act. The bill authorizes new lending under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to small businesses with 100 employees or less, including sole proprietorships and self-employed individuals. Eligible businesses must have already expended an initial … Continue Reading


June 18, 2020

Shaheen Applauds SCOTUS Ruling: “This ruling further confirms that DACA recipients’ homes are here in the United States.”

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision against President Trump's effort to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protects young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. "I'm very glad that the Supreme Court saw through the Trump administration's reckless actions and got this ruling right. This ruling further confirms that DACA recipients' … Continue Reading


June 18, 2020

As Granite State Taxpayers Experience Significant Tax Return Delays, Shaheen Presses Treasury, IRS For Answers

**Shaheen's office has heard from nearly 100 Granite Staters about delayed tax returns** **SHAHEEN: "With so many families experiencing unprecedented economic distress due to the impacts of COVID-19, the IRS must adhere to a reasonable timeframe for processing returns and sending refunds for tax year 2019"** (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) called on Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Charles Rettig, Commissioner of the Internal Rev… Continue Reading


June 17, 2020

Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill Backed by Shaheen & Hassan to Permanently Fund LWCF, Address Maintenance Backlog on NH Public Lands

**This bipartisan legislation would help address more than $43 million maintenance backlog in New Hampshire, including the White Mountain National Forest and Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge** (Washington, DC)- Today, the Senate passed the Great American Outdoors Act, bipartisan legislation cosponsored by U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and provide mandatory funding for deferred maintenance on public… Continue Reading


June 16, 2020

Shaheen Statement on President Trump’s Confirmation of Troop Withdrawal from Germany

(Washington, DC)-U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees, issued the following statement after President Trump confirmed that he plans to significantly reduce the U.S. troop presence in Germany: "The United States' military presence in Germany is mutually beneficial to both nations, and bolsters the transatlantic alliance. It's also an invaluable hub for U.S. military operations," said Shaheen. "Congress should not stand … Continue Reading


June 16, 2020

NH Delegation Calls for Increased Support to Non-Profit Organizations Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan and U.S. Representatives Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas today called on House and Senate leaders to include significant support for non-profit organizations in upcoming COVID-19 response legislation. The CARES Act and Families First Act provided substantial support for non-profits in recent months, including through the Paycheck Protection Program. However, non-profits need additional assistance in order to continue delivering much-need… Continue Reading


June 15, 2020

Senators Shaheen, Hassan Join Bipartisan Calls for Permanent Expansion of Telehealth Services Implemented Amid COVID-19

Telehealth Use Among Medicare Beneficiaries Up More Than 11,000% In Just Over A Month WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan joined a bipartisan group of their colleagues in calling for a permanent expansion of telehealth services that Congress included in bipartisan COVID-19 relief legislation. The bipartisan CARES Act, which Senators Hassan and Shaheen supported back in March, included a provision to expand access to telehealth services for Medicare beneficiaries in New H… Continue Reading


June 15, 2020

Shaheen, Cardin, Schumer and Brown Lead All 47 Senate Democrats In Calling For Urgently Needed Improvements To Streamline And Simplify Current, Onerous Process For Smaller Businesses Applying for PPP Loan Forgiveness

**Senate Democrats Say Burdensome, Time-Consuming, And Costly Forgiveness Process Hurts The Resource-Strapped Small Businesses, Including Minority-Owned Businesses That Have Faced Long-Standing Economic And Process Fairness Challenges Even Before COVID-19** WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) led all 47 Senate Democrats … Continue Reading


June 12, 2020

Shaheen, Warner, Jones & Durbin Lead Colleagues In Pressing For Expanded Access To Affordable Health Care In Any Upcoming COVID-19 Relief Bill

**Call for bipartisan effort to boost federal Medicaid dollars, reduce premiums** WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Doug Jones (D-AL) and Richard J. Durbin (D-IL) led 34 of their Senate colleagues in urging House and Senate leaders to ensure that any upcoming COVID-19 relief bill includes strong provisions to expand access to quality and affordable health care coverage in the wake of this public health crisis. In their letter, the Senators called fo… Continue Reading


June 12, 2020

Shaheen Calls on DeVos to Reverse Unlawful Directive That Has Delayed Release of CARES Act Funding for NH Schools

Shaheen to DeVos: "Confusion still persists over the total amount of funding that will be available to support our public school students." (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) sent a letter this week to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos demanding that the Trump administration immediately revise a directive distributed in April that defies the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act with regard to federal funds provided for services for private school students… Continue Reading


June 12, 2020

Senators Shaheen and Hassan Urge Senate Leadership to Provide Much-Needed Relief for Higher Education Institutions in Upcoming COVID-19 Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and a group of their colleagues today in urging Senate leadership to include $47 billion in financial support for students and institutions of higher learning in the upcoming COVID-19 relief package. "Higher education provides a ladder of economic opportunity to our nation's students while also building a globally competitive workforce. Colleges and universities are also pillars of commu… Continue Reading


June 12, 2020

NH Delegation Announces Nearly $1.5 Million to Support STEM Education For Granite State Students

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the lead Democrat on the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations subcommittee which funds the National Science Foundation (NSF), announced with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that the NSF has awarded the University of New Hampshire $1,499,000 for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Specifically, this funding would… Continue Reading


June 11, 2020

Shaheen Statement on Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Economic Impact Report

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement in response to the release of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard's Economic Impact Report for 2019: "The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and its workers play an important role in support of our national security and the economic strength of New Hampshire," said Senator Shaheen. "This economic impact report further reinforces the necessity of strong federal support f… Continue Reading


June 11, 2020

Shaheen Announces NH Priorities Included in Annual Defense Bill

**Shaheen Supports Authorization of $160 Million for Multi-Mission Dry Dock Project at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard** **Bill Includes 3 Percent Pay Raise for Service Members** (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement after the committee passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year (FY) 2021. The annual legislation authorizes national defense objectives for the fiscal year.… Continue Reading


June 10, 2020

VIDEO RELEASE: Shaheen Questions Treasury Secretary Mnuchin & SBA Administrator Carranza on Implementation of CARES Act Small Business Relief Programs

Senator Shaheen questioning Treasury Secretary Mnuchin & Administrator Carranza during the SBC hearing (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee (SBC), questioned U.S. Treasury Department Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza during an SBC hearing on the Trump administration's implementation of small business relief programs that were estab… Continue Reading


June 10, 2020

Shaheen, Cardin & Coons Announce Legislation to Get Capital to Small Businesses Hardest Hit by COVID-19

**New Bill Will Help Small Businesses Most At-Risk of Permanently Closing** (Washington, D.C.)- U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Chris Coons (D-DE), all senior members of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, today announced their intention to introduce the Prioritized Paycheck Protection Program (P4) Act. The bill authorizes new lending under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to small businesses with 100 employees or less, including sole propri… Continue Reading

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