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

February 09, 2021

Shaheen Leads Letter to Help Families Afford Health Insurance by Expanding Access to ACA Premium Tax Credits Amid Pandemic

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) led a group of Senators on a letter to expand eligibility for the Affordable Care Act's premium tax credits in the upcoming COVID-19 relief legislation. In the letter to the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, the Senators emphasized that additional financial assistance is crucial to help families afford health insurance amid the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. "Millions of American f… Continue Reading

February 09, 2021

Shaheen, Hassan and Kuster Announce $250,000 to Groton for a New Public Works Building

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan and Representative Annie Kuster announced a $250,000 federal grant from the Department of Agriculture Rural Development to Groton, which will be used to help the town construct a new public works building after its current one sustained wide-scale flood damage. The new public works building will include four bays for maintenance and vehicle storage, an office for a road agent, a staff breakroom, a restroom with a shower, a tool storage … Continue Reading

February 09, 2021

Shaheen, Hassan Announce $19 Million in Federal Funds from COVID-19 Relief Bill Recently Signed into Law to Help Fund Child Care in New Hampshire

**This funding comes as a result of Shaheen's leadership in negotiations for emergency COVID-19 relief, through which she secured substantial assistance for the child care sector** (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) that New Hampshire will receive $19,867,522 through the recently-passed Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act to support child … Continue Reading

February 09, 2021

Shaheen Reintroduces Bill to Expand Medicaid Coverage for Uninsured Americans to Access COVID-19 Treatments

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Tina Smith (D-MN), Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) to reintroduce a bill that would increase coverage for uninsured Americans receiving COVID-19-related treatment and vaccines through Medicaid. The Stronger Medicaid Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Act allows Medicaid programs to pay for treatment, hospitalization, drugs and vaccines for individuals with COVID-19 who are uninsured. "A… Continue Reading

February 07, 2021

Shaheen, Senators Introduce Bill to Protect Unemployed Workers’ Health Insurance during Pandemic

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and a group of lawmakers led by U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) reintroduced the Worker Health Coverage Protection Act, legislation that would protect millions of unemployed or furloughed workers from losing their health insurance in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The bill would allow laid off workers to remain on their employer health plans, through the COBRA program, at no cost. "As a result o… Continue Reading

February 06, 2021

Shaheen, Senators Urge Biden Administration to Establish a White House Office for Democracy Reform

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined a group of Senators led by Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) on a letter to the Biden administration urging the establishment of an office for democracy reform within the White House Domestic Policy Council. In the letter, the Senators emphasized that while more Americans voted in the November 2020 elections than ever before, it is clear that an office within the White House with jurisdiction over elections, voting rights, and campaign finance issu… Continue Reading

February 05, 2021

Shaheen Congratulates NH Air National Guard Following Delivery of Final KC-46 Refueling Tanker to Pease During Arrival Ceremony

Left: Shaheen speaks to Lt. General Michael Loh, Director of the Air National Guard, during the KC-46 arrival ceremony at Pease this afternoon. Right: Ceremony attendees tour Pease's 12th and final KC-46. (Manchester, NH) - This afternoon, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) attended the ceremony for the delivery of the 12th and final KC-46 refueling tanker to be stationed at the Pease Air National Guard Base. During the event, Shaheen was joined by Lieutenant General Michael Loh, Director o… Continue Reading

February 05, 2021

Shaheen & Bipartisan Group of Senators Send Letter in Support of Enhanced Research and Development of Methamphetamine Treatment Options

Senators Write Letter with Overdoses on the Rise Amid COVID-19 Pandemic (Washington, DC) - This week, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) sent a letter with a bipartisan group of Senators led by Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in support of efforts to research and develop effective medication treatment options for those struggling with addiction to methamphetamine and other stimulants. Overdose cases due to opioids, meth and pol… Continue Reading

February 05, 2021

Senators Shaheen, Hassan & Bipartisan Group of Colleagues Call on Biden Administration to Support Rural Health Care Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

(Washington, DC) -- U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) are part of a bipartisan group of Senators calling on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to prioritize and quickly distribute federal funding to rural and underserved communities hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding was made possible by the December COVID-19 relief and government funding package that Senators Shaheen and Hassan helped negotiate and pass into law, and is intended to support t… Continue Reading

February 05, 2021

Shaheen, Tillis Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Increase Emergency Funding for Rural Water Systems

**Bill would provide $1 billion in emergency funding for small and rural water systems across the country** (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) reintroduced bipartisan legislation with Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) to provide rural communities under economic strain during the COVID-19 pandemic with emergency assistance to repair, modernize and renovate failing water infrastructure. The Emergency Assistance for Rural Water Systems Act would provide $1 billion in emergency grants,… Continue Reading

February 05, 2021

Shaheen, Hassan and Pappas Announce $4 Million Grant to Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester Secured in COVID-19 Relief

**This funding comes as a result of Shaheen's leadership during negotiations for emergency COVID relief, which led to the inclusion of $4.25 billion in funding for substance use disorder treatment and mental health care in the final legislation that was signed into law** (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) that the Mental Health C… Continue Reading

February 05, 2021

Shaheen, Cassidy, Baldwin Introduce Bill to Close Orphan Drug Loophole

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced bipartisan legislation with Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) to close the orphan drug loophole that drug companies use to keep competition off the market and rake in profits. "Health care costs were going through the roof before the pandemic, which is why as this crisis continues, Congress needs to do everything in its power to ensure Americans don't sacrifice their personal health because they can't aff… Continue Reading

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