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

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

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