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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


April 08, 2020

Shaheen Calls out FEMA for Insufficient COVID-19 Testing Supplies for Granite State, Urges Agency to Prioritize Additional Testing Kits for NH

SHAHEEN to FEMA: "While I appreciate the delivery of these new testing machines, the 120 test kits that New Hampshire received is woefully inadequate to address the testing demand in my state." (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to prioritize COVID-19 testing kits for New Hampshire in reaction to the agency's inadequate response to date, which includes 15 testing machines, but only 120 testing kits for the entire state.… Continue Reading


April 08, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan to HHS: Reopen The ACA Marketplace, Allow More Americans to Get Health Insurance During COVID-19 Pandemic

(Washington, DC)-U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, along with 26 Senate Democrats on Tuesday, urged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to reopen the Affordable Care Act's online marketplace to allow more un- and under-insured Americans to get health insurance as they face potential health issues related to COVID-19. In a letter to the Secretary Alex Azar, the Senators urged HHS to allow Americans to enroll through a unique Special Enrollment Period (SEP) that sh… Continue Reading


April 08, 2020

Shaheen Joins Northwood Remote Learning Classroom & Takes Student Questions

Shaheen speaking with Northwood Elementary 8th Grade Social Studies Class (Northwood, NH) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined a virtual discussion via Zoom with students from a Northwood Elementary School 8th grade social studies class, who are now learning remotely as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to discussing her work in Washington as a legislator and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Shaheen had the opportunity to answer students' questions on these and … Continue Reading


April 08, 2020

Shaheen Urges Administration to Increase Number of Doctors in Rural and Other Medically Underserved Areas

The recently announced suspension of premium processing for employment-based visa petitions by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) would exacerbate physician shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in rural areas that depend on doctors who participate in the Conrad 30 J-1 visa waiver program In a letter to USCIS Acting Director Cuccinelli, Klobuchar, Schneider, and colleagues call on USCIS to address its administrative needs without sacrificing access to health care … Continue Reading


April 08, 2020

Shaheen Calls for Aid To Support Local Journalism Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

SHAHEEN & COLLEAGUES: "Reliable local news and information has been critically important during the COVID-19 pandemic, yet it has become more scarce." (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a negotiator of the most recent emergency coronavirus response bill signed into law, called for funding to support local journalism and media in any future COVID-19 relief package. In a letter to Senate leadership, Shaheen joined a group of nineteen Senators warning that the widespread im… Continue Reading

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