September 29, 2020

NH Delegation Announces $557K to NH Community Loan Fund to Support Small Businesses & Promote Economic Growth in Granite State Communities

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, announced with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) the award of $557,000 in federal funding to the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund to support small businesses and promote economic growth in Granite State communities. The award was allocated by the U.S. Treasury Department's Community Develop… Continue Reading

September 28, 2020

Shaheen, Senators Introduce Bill to Protect Unemployed Workers’ Health Insurance During COVID-19 Pandemic

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced legislation with a group of lawmakers led by U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) that would protect millions of unemployed or furloughed workers from losing their health insurance by enabling them to access subsidized COBRA coverage and keep their insurance. The Worker Health Coverage Protection Act would provide a 100 percent subsidy of COBRA health insurance premiums owed by unemployed workers, in n… Continue Reading

September 28, 2020

As Expiration of VA’s COVID-19 Debt Collection Moratorium Approaches, Shaheen Calls on Secretary Wilkie to Protect Veterans & Inform Them of Repayment Options

SHAHEEN: "The federal government must continue to work in every way possible to mitigate the impact of this pandemic on those who have selflessly served our nation." (Washington, DC) - As the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) moratorium on debt collection ends soon, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) called on the agency this week to make every attempt to notify veterans of when it will resume collection of medical debt and inform them of their repayment options and financial hardship assista… Continue Reading

September 26, 2020

Shaheen Statement on President Trump's Nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the U.S. Supreme Court

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement on President Trump's nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court: "In New Hampshire and across our country, the election is underway, and the millions of Americans voting should decide who will select the next nominee to the Supreme Court. Instead of wrongly trying to ram through a nominee during an election, Mitch McConnell should recognize the urgency of passing a COVID-19 relie… Continue Reading

September 25, 2020

Shaheen Highlights Need for Additional Federal Resources to Support Survivors During Visit to NH Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence

Shaheen discusses the impact of COVID-19 on survivors of domestic & sexual assault during her visit to the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence in Concord Later in Claremont: During Visit to Ready Set Grow Child Care Center, Shaheen Urges Inclusion of Support for Child Care in COVID-19 Relief Legislation Shaheen hears more from local child care providers on the challenges they are facing amid COVID-19 during her visit to Ready Set Grow in Claremont Afterwar… Continue Reading

September 25, 2020

Senators Shaheen, Young Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Combat Bias in Military Promotions

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-IN) introduced the bipartisan Combatting Bias in Military Promotions Act. Their legislation would require the Department of Defense (DoD) to eliminate certain identifying information from being presented to military officer promotion boards that may result in a biased promotion decision. "Providing service members with every opportunity to succeed and r… Continue Reading

September 25, 2020

Amid Financial Challenges Faced by NH Schools, Shaheen Urges FEMA to Rescind Policy Change that Ends Reimbursements for PPE, COVID-19 Testing Supplies & Disinfectant

**FEMA's recent decision to end federal reimbursements has left school districts across New Hampshire scrambling to cover costs for PPE & other supplies needed to protect students & faculty** SHAHEEN: "The federal government should be doing everything it can to support these efforts rather than making it more difficult for schools to receive the resources they need to safely reopen." (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) sent a letter to Federal Emergency Management Age… Continue Reading

September 25, 2020

Shaheen Statement on EPA Approval of Isles of Shoals North Dredged Material Disposal Site

**Last month, Senator Shaheen & Fmr. Senator Gregg toured Rye Harbor & discussed the upcoming dredging project** **Shaheen led successful effort to secure approval & $4 million in funding for Rye Harbor dredging** (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement in response to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) announcement that they've issued approval for the Isles of Shoals North Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site. This … Continue Reading

September 25, 2020

Shaheen & Tillis Introduce Legislation to Provide Emergency Funding to Repair, Modernize & Renovate Struggling Rural Water Systems

**An estimated 30% of rural water systems are in danger of failing within six months under current financial conditions** **The Emergency Support for Rural Water Systems Act would provide $1 billion in emergency grants, low- & zero-interest loans & loan forgiveness for struggling small and rural water and wastewater systems across the country** (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced bipartisan legislation that would provide rural commun… Continue Reading

September 24, 2020

Shaheen Joins Bicameral Push to Relieve Small Business Debt

Building on CARES Act program, lawmakers introduce legislation to extend SBA debt relief (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, joined a bicameral group of lawmakers to introduce the Small Business Debt Relief Extension Act. At the end of September, hundreds of thousands of businesses will reach the end of emergency debt relief for Small Business Administration (SBA)-backed loans. The bill wou… Continue Reading

September 24, 2020

Shaheen, Capito Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Granite State Forest and Commercial Building Owners with Sustainability

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) reintroduced the Forest Incentives Program Act with Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), which would help landowners make forest management more affordable and provide them with sustainable options to preserve their land. With financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), private forest owners would be encouraged to employ environmentally-conscious forest management techniques. Additionally, non-residential building own… Continue Reading

September 23, 2020

Shaheen Statement on Release of Declassified USS Thresher Documents

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement on the U.S. Navy's release of approximately 4,000 pages of declassified documents on the sinking of the USS Thresher. The USS Thresher was a submarine built at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. It tragically sank off the coast of New England on April 10, 1963, taking with it all the 129 men aboard. The documents were released in compliance with a Freedom of I… Continue Reading

September 23, 2020

Shaheen Introduces Legislation to Fight Political Interference in National COVID-19 Response amid Alarming Instances of Trump Administration Meddling in Scientific Work

**The legislation would create a task force charged with conducting a thorough investigation into any political interference with decisions made by scientific agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services in connection with the pandemic response** (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and a group of Senators introduced the Science and Transparency Over Politics (STOP) Act, legislation to fight back against political interference by the Trump administration in the work … Continue Reading

September 23, 2020

Shaheen Announces $379K to Support COVID-19 Economic Recovery Efforts in Strafford County

**During federal budget negotiations, Shaheen led successful efforts to prevent the Economic Development Administration - the agency administering this grant - from being eliminated and help secure these funds** (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced the award of $379,131 from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to the Strafford Regional Planning Commission (SRPC). These are funds appropriated as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Se… Continue Reading

September 23, 2020

Shaheen & Hassan Join Senate Call to Ensure Landmark Agent Orange Exposure Bill is Included in Final Annual Defense Legislation

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) - the Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee - and a group of lawmakers on a letter to the Senate and House Armed Services Committees as they negotiate the final text of the fiscal year (FY) 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), urging the lawmakers to include a landmark Agent Orange … Continue Reading

September 23, 2020

Shaheen & Hassan Call for Financial Assistance for Bus & Passenger Ferry Industries in Next COVID-19 Relief Package

**The Senators' CERTS Act would provide $10 billion in emergency economic relief funding for these critical transportation sectors** (Washington, DC) -U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan joined a group of Senators in calling for the next COVID-19 relief package to include the Coronavirus Economic Relief for Transportation Services (CERTS) Act, legislation they cosponsored that would authorize $10 billion in emergenc… Continue Reading

September 23, 2020

Shaheen Requests Review of Trump Administration Decision to Spend $250 Million of Emergency COVID-19 Funding on Ad Campaign to “Defeat Despair”

During a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing last week, Shaheen sounded the alarm on this public relations operation that is designed to coincide with the President's re-election campaign & took away from funds that could be used to combat the virus. (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) led a letter yesterday with Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Angus King (I-ME), requesting that the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) conduct a review of requests for propos… Continue Reading

September 23, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan and Kuster Applaud $3.52 Million Grant to Strengthen Flood Control Infrastructure in Bristol

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representative Annie Kuster (NH-02) issued the following statements in response to the announcement by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) that Bristol will receive a $3.52 million federal grant to make flood control infrastructure improvements that will help protect businesses in the town's downtown commercial district: "Flooding can easily be the last straw for a small b… Continue Reading

September 22, 2020

NH Delegation Announces More than $4.5 Million to Renovate & Modernize Northcoast Railroad

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) today announced the award of $4,562,905 in funding through the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program to invest in renovating and modernizing the New Hampshire Northcoast (NHN) railroad line. Shaheen, Hassan a… Continue Reading

September 22, 2020

Senators Shaheen, Hassan & Colleagues Urge FCC to Help Connect Students to Online Learning As New School Year Gets Underway

Senators' Letter Builds on Legislation, Introduced by Senator Hassan, to Direct $4 Billion in E-Rate Funds to Ensure K-12 Students Have Home Internet Connectivity For Remote Learning WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sent a letter with their colleagues calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to immediately utilize the E-Rate program to provide internet connectivity to students who are learning remotely as the new school year gets underway. … Continue Reading

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