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

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

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