February 17, 2021

Shaheen Joins Hassan Letter Calling for Unemployment Insurance Fix

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined a letter led by Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) to help workers who are temporarily laid off or working reduced hours during the pandemic receive unemployment insurance. The letter calls for the Department of Labor to revise a policy that has limited the ability of workers whose hours have been reduced from receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). Current Department of Labor policy states that these workers are ineligible for Pan… Continue Reading

February 16, 2021

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Push for Additional Resources to Address COVID-19 Variants in Next Relief Package

Senators' Efforts Come as the First Confirmed Case of the United Kingdom COVID-19 Variant Was Discovered in New Hampshire WASHINGTON - Following the first confirmed New Hampshire case of the COVID-19 variant that was first identified in the United Kingdom, U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen are pushing Congressional leaders to include funding in the next relief package to help New Hampshire and other states address variants of COVID-19. In their letter, the Senators note that t… Continue Reading

February 16, 2021

Shaheen & Hassan File Amicus Brief in Case Threatening Women’s Access to Reproductive Health Care During COVID-19

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined a group of lawmakers in submitting an amicus brief in the case of American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists v. United States Food and Drug Administration (ACOG v. FDA). The brief challenges the FDA's in-person dispensing requirement for the abortion medication, mifepristone, during the COVID-19 public health emergency. U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Mazie Hirono (D-… Continue Reading

February 16, 2021

Shaheen Joins Letter to Deliver Over $1 Billion To Support Older Adults with Nutrition & Vaccination Efforts During COVID-19

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined a letter led by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Bob Casey (D-PA) to deliver $1.4 billion to assist older adults during the pandemic through Older Americans Act (OAA) programs. The letter calls for $750 million in funding for the OAA Nutrition Services and $480 million to support providers' efforts to vaccinate older adults in the next coronavirus relief package. Older, low-income Americans are particularly vulnerable to COVID-1… Continue Reading

February 14, 2021

Shaheen, Klobuchar & Sullivan Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Address the Shortage of Affordable, Quality Child Care

**The Child Care Workforce and Facilities Act would provide competitive grants to states to train child care workers and build or renovate child care facilities** **Shaheen has led efforts in Congress to assist the child care sector, which has been among the hardest hit the pandemic** (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) reintroduced the Child Care Workforce and Facilities Act to address the national shortage of affordable, quali… Continue Reading

February 12, 2021

Senators Shaheen, Hassan, & Colleagues Call On Senate Leadership to Fund Summer Enrichment Opportunities for Low-Income Children in Next COVID-19 Relief Package

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee joined their colleagues in urging Senate leadership to include funding for summer enrichment opportunities for low-income children in the next COVID-19 relief package. In a letter, the Senators stressed COVID-19's disproportionate effects on low-income families and underscored the necessity of setting aside funding for summer programs to help prevent l… Continue Reading

February 12, 2021

Shaheen, Risch Urge Biden Administration to Fully Implement Nord Stream II Legislation

**Shaheen wrote legislation signed into law, which she built on in the FY2021 NDAA, to halt construction of the Russian pipeline that threatens Europe's energy independence and allows Putin to further spread the Kremlin's malign influence in the region.** (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) and Chair of the Europe and Regional Security Cooperation SFRC Subcommittee, sent a bipartisan letter today to the Biden ad… Continue Reading

February 12, 2021

Shaheen Named Chair of Pivotal Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today that she'll serve as Chair of the pivotal Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies. Shaheen has been Vice Chair of the subcommittee for 4 years, and through her leadership, has helped secure critical priorities for New Hampshire, including robust anti-opioid funding, federal support for law enforcement grants to hire more off… Continue Reading

February 12, 2021

Shaheen Reintroduces Bill to Boost Emergency COVID-19 Funding for STEM Education

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) reintroduced her legislation to respond to the extreme challenges that COVID-19 has created for STEM education. The bill, the Emergency Support for STEM Act, would provide $200 million for emergency STEM promotion grants to Governors to support hands-on learning opportunities in STEM education -- including via remote learning, after-school activities and innovative learning opportunities like robotics competitions. "Students studying STEM ar… Continue Reading

February 11, 2021

Shaheen Speaks With Secretary of Commerce Nominee Gina Raimondo

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, the lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, issued the following statement after speaking this morning with Gina Raimondo, Governor of Rhode Island and President Biden's nominee to serve as Secretary of Commerce: "With a diverse and far-reaching portfolio that includes everything from combating the existential threat of climate change, crafting trade policy that benefits working f… Continue Reading

February 11, 2021

In Letter to Biden Administration, Shaheen Emphasizes Need to Help States Safely Return to School

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) sent a letter with a group of Senators led by U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) to White House Domestic Policy Council Director Susan Rice and White House Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator Jeff Zients emphasizing the importance of helping states and school districts safely and equitably return to in-person learning. Specifically, the group of Senators noted the urgency to make sure states and schools have the resources and guidance they need to be… Continue Reading

February 11, 2021

NH Delegation Applauds Repeal of Last-Minute Order by Previous Administration that Would Have Hurt Conservation Efforts in New Hampshire

**The Delegation Urged the Biden Administration to Repeal this Harmful Order** (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas applauded the Biden administration's decision to repeal an order and policy changes made in the final hours of the Trump presidency that would have hurt conservation efforts in New Hampshire. The repeal comes as the New Hampshire Congressional Delegation urged the Biden administration to u… Continue Reading

February 11, 2021

In Case You Missed It – New York Times: Senators urge Janet Yellen to prioritize a $20 bill redesign with Harriet Tubman

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) sent a letter this week to U.S. Department of Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, urging the Department to prioritize putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. The Senators' letter comes in response to the Biden administration's announcement that it is exploring ways to see the effort through. Senator Shaheen has led action in the Senate for years to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill and has been in touch with Biden transit… Continue Reading

February 11, 2021

Shaheen, Collins Urge Greater Access to PPP Loans for Seasonal Small Businesses

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME), two of the co-authors of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), sent a letter to the Department of the Treasury and the Small Business Administration (SBA), urging them to provide additional flexibility for seasonal small businesses applying for forgivable PPP loans. Specifically, the Senators requested that Treasury and SBA allow seasonal employers to delay the start date of their loan forgiveness covered period b… Continue Reading

February 11, 2021

Shaheen, Hassan Help Introduce Bill to Create Permanent Paid Leave Program to Support Families, Spur Economic Recovery

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan joined their colleagues in introducing legislation to create a permanent, national paid family and medical leave program. The Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act would ensure that all workers, no matter the size of their employer or if they are self-employed or part-time, have access to paid leave for serious medical events. "As families across the nation grapple with the public health and economic fallout from the pa… Continue Reading

February 11, 2021

Shaheen, Hassan, Senators Call for Quick Implementation of COVID-19 Financial Assistance for Bus & Passenger Vessel Industries

Shaheen and Hassan cosponsored the CERTS Act to provide relief for the bus & passenger vessel industries Washington, D.C. -U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined a letter led by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI) calling on the U.S. Department of the Treasury to quickly implement the Coronavirus Economic Relief for Transportation Services (CERTS) Act to support America's bus, motorcoach and passenger vessel industries. The COVID-19 relief bi… Continue Reading

February 10, 2021

Shaheen, Hassan Help Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Children, Youth and Families Facing Homelessness

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) reintroduced the bipartisan Emergency Family Stabilization Act to help families experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. This bipartisan bill creates a new grant program to provide flexible funding for community-based organizations working to meet the unique and challenging needs of children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness. "The pandemic worsened the homelessness crisis that New Hampshi… Continue Reading

February 10, 2021

Senators Shaheen, Hassan Colleagues Introduce Bill to Protect Workers’ Right to Organize

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, joined their colleagues in introducing the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which will strengthen federal laws that protect workers' right to join a union and bargain for higher wages and better benefits. "New Hampshire is strongest when we stand with our workers, and I will always fight to protect our Granite State union men and women. That is why I'm proud… Continue Reading

February 10, 2021

Shaheen, Hassan Push for Funding Fix to Help Small & Rural States Access Fair Share of Vaccine Distribution & Testing Funding

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined a letter led by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and co-signed by Senators representing small and rural states in calling for Congress to fix discrepancies that have caused these states to receive significantly less funding for vaccines and testing than originally estimated. Small and rural states face unique challenges in addressing this pandemic. Unfortunately, funding allocated in December for vaccines and test… Continue Reading

February 09, 2021

Shaheen Introduces Bill to Implement and Expand Online SNAP Purchasing Nationwide

**The Expanding SNAP Options Act would provide funding for the creation of a universal online and app-based portal to make access to nutritious foods from the full variety of SNAP retailers possible and easy to navigate for consumers** **Shaheen has previously called for the expansion of the SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot Program.** (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today introduced a bill wit… Continue Reading

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