April 11, 2020

Senators Shaheen, Hassan Push for More Information, Transparency on COVID-19 Testing

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) and colleagues in calling on Vice President Mike Pence and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to conduct a national inventory of the COVID-19 diagnostic testing supply, publicly release data on testing results, and provide a detailed plan and timeline for addressing future shortages and gaps in the testing supply chain. "Over three weeks after President Trump declared th… Continue Reading

April 10, 2020

Shaheen Encourages Granite Staters to Visit New IRS Website to Enroll in Direct Deposit & Get Information on COVID-19 Recovery Payments

(Washington, DC) - Today, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the U.S. Department of the Treasury launched a new IRS website enabling Granite Staters and Americans who do not normally file tax returns to enter their direct deposit information, allowing them to receive their CARES Act stimulus relief check as quickly and securely as possible. "Americans in New Hampshire and across the country are hurting from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and need any and all relief that is available to… Continue Reading

April 10, 2020

Shaheen Joins Colleagues in Pressing Administration for Information on Distribution of Critical Medical Supplies, Personal Protective Equipment

Senators express concern that Administration's reliance on private companies for distribution raises serious ethical questions, could result in supplies not being delivered to those in need WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen joined U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Tim Kaine (D-VA) and the Senate Democratic Caucus in raising serious concerns about the Trump Administration's reliance on private companies to distribute desperately needed med… Continue Reading

April 10, 2020

NH Delegation Announces $164.5M from CARES Act Immediately Dispersed to NH Health Care Providers

Shaheen, Hassan, Kuster & Pappas Supported Robust Financial Assistance in New Law to Help Granite State Health Care Providers Mitigate Revenue Shortfall Due to COVID-19 Outbreak Shaheen Fought to Boost Funding for Health Care Providers in Law & Pushed Senate Leadership to Make it a Top Priority in CARES Act By Standing Firm During Negotiations and Demanding a Better Bill, NH Delegation Boosted the Funding in the Law for Health Care Providers by $25 Billion (Washington, DC) - U.S. S… Continue Reading

April 09, 2020

With Shortages Worsening, NH Delegation Again Calls for Federal Agencies to Deliver Urgently Needed PPE & Medical Supplies to NH

**Delegation highlights that NH has only received 32 percent of the total requested N95 respirator masks, 27 percent of swabs requested, 5 percent of the requested gowns, 4 percent of the requested non-latex gloves and none of the requested ventilators.** (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) again raised the alarm on the urgent need for the Trump administration to deliver medical … Continue Reading

April 09, 2020

NH Delegation Urges Administration to Address Granite State Small Business Concerns With Implementation of New COVID-19 Assistance Programs

**Letter follows the congressional delegation's previous letter last week calling on the administration to provide better guidance to lending institutions so they can issue loans through the new Paycheck Protection Program.** (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) urged Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to address… Continue Reading

April 08, 2020

Shaheen Gets Update, Raises Concerns With SBA Administrator on COVID-19 Relief Effort

(Washington, DC)-U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a lead negotiator of the small business relief provisions in the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, had a call this afternoon with Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza to discuss the implementation of programs in the CARES Act designed to help small businesses. Shaheen was joined by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME), who led negotiations on bipartis… Continue Reading

April 08, 2020

Shaheen Calls out FEMA for Insufficient COVID-19 Testing Supplies for Granite State, Urges Agency to Prioritize Additional Testing Kits for NH

SHAHEEN to FEMA: "While I appreciate the delivery of these new testing machines, the 120 test kits that New Hampshire received is woefully inadequate to address the testing demand in my state." (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to prioritize COVID-19 testing kits for New Hampshire in reaction to the agency's inadequate response to date, which includes 15 testing machines, but only 120 testing kits for the entire state.… Continue Reading

April 08, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan to HHS: Reopen The ACA Marketplace, Allow More Americans to Get Health Insurance During COVID-19 Pandemic

(Washington, DC)-U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, along with 26 Senate Democrats on Tuesday, urged the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to reopen the Affordable Care Act's online marketplace to allow more un- and under-insured Americans to get health insurance as they face potential health issues related to COVID-19. In a letter to the Secretary Alex Azar, the Senators urged HHS to allow Americans to enroll through a unique Special Enrollment Period (SEP) that sh… Continue Reading

April 08, 2020

Shaheen Joins Northwood Remote Learning Classroom & Takes Student Questions

Shaheen speaking with Northwood Elementary 8th Grade Social Studies Class (Northwood, NH) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined a virtual discussion via Zoom with students from a Northwood Elementary School 8th grade social studies class, who are now learning remotely as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to discussing her work in Washington as a legislator and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Shaheen had the opportunity to answer students' questions on these and … Continue Reading

April 08, 2020

Shaheen Urges Administration to Increase Number of Doctors in Rural and Other Medically Underserved Areas

The recently announced suspension of premium processing for employment-based visa petitions by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) would exacerbate physician shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in rural areas that depend on doctors who participate in the Conrad 30 J-1 visa waiver program In a letter to USCIS Acting Director Cuccinelli, Klobuchar, Schneider, and colleagues call on USCIS to address its administrative needs without sacrificing access to health care … Continue Reading

April 08, 2020

Shaheen Calls for Aid To Support Local Journalism Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

SHAHEEN & COLLEAGUES: "Reliable local news and information has been critically important during the COVID-19 pandemic, yet it has become more scarce." (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a negotiator of the most recent emergency coronavirus response bill signed into law, called for funding to support local journalism and media in any future COVID-19 relief package. In a letter to Senate leadership, Shaheen joined a group of nineteen Senators warning that the widespread im… Continue Reading

April 08, 2020

Shaheen Urges Trump Administration to Ensure Transit Workers Receive Essential Protective Equipment, Updated Safety Guidelines

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) sent a letter with Gary Peters (MI) and 19 of their Senate colleagues urging the Trump Administration to ensure that transit agencies can acquire personal protective equipment for their frontline workers. In a letter to Acting Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) K. Jane Williams, the Senators cited the story of Detroit bus driver Jason Hargrove, who passed away from Coronavirus after he expressed his concern about the dise… Continue Reading

April 08, 2020

Shaheen, Cassidy Lead Bipartisan Group of Senators Calling on CMS to Address Medicare Program Interest Rates for Health Care Providers on Frontlines of Coronavirus Pandemic

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) led a letter today with Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and a bipartisan group of 32 Senators, calling on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to waive or modify interest rates for health care providers who've sought financial assistance amid the coronavirus pandemic through Medicare's Accelerated and Advance Payments Program. This program has historically been used to expedite Medicare payments to subsets of Medicare participatin… Continue Reading

April 07, 2020

NH Delegation Announces New Hampshire Community Health Centers to Receive $6.8 Million for Coronavirus Response Through CARES Act

(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 community health centers have been awarded $6.8 million in additional funding to support their response to COVID-19. The funding comes from the CARES Act, which was recently passed by Congress and signed into law. Earlier today… Continue Reading

April 06, 2020

Shaheen Urges Administration to Ensure Continuity of Food Supply by Supporting Farmers During Coronavirus Pandemic

Letter to Secretary Sonny Perdue calls on Administration to make temporary flexibilities on Farm Service Agency (FSA) loans permanent for the duration of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic Letter urges adequate and equitable access to credit during period of market uncertainty and asks Administration to consider additional emergency actions to avoid disruption in the country's food supply chain WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen wrote a bipartisan letter with Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Joh… Continue Reading

April 06, 2020

Senators Shaheen, Hassan, and Bipartisan Group of Colleagues Urge Greater Protections for Health Care to Seniors Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined a bipartisan group of their colleagues in urging the Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to increase access to in-home health care services to protect Medicare beneficiaries from high-risk settings and promote safer access to care amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter was led by Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Tim Scott (R-SC). "As we seek additional options … Continue Reading

April 04, 2020

As Small Business Assistance Program Launches, NH Delegation Calls for Trump Administration to Issue Better Guidance to Lending Institutions

**SHAHEEN, HASSAN, KUSTER, PAPPAS: "As this program is rolled out, the Administration must stand ready to anticipate, adjust and resolve potential problems in order to ensure efficient and effective utilization of this important loan program."** (Washington, DC)-U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Small Business Committee and a lead negotiator of the small business assistance provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, U.S. Senator… Continue Reading

April 03, 2020

NH Delegation Statement on Major Disaster Declaration

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan and U.S. Representatives Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas released the following statement after President Donald Trump approved Governor Chris Sununu's request for a Major Disaster Declaration for New Hampshire in response to COVID-19: "We are glad that President Trump heeded our call to swiftly approve Governor Sununu's request for a major disaster declaration, which unlocks additional funding from the latest bipartisan legisl… Continue Reading

April 03, 2020

Shaheen and Hassan Call On Administration To Ensure Veterans, SSI Beneficiaries Get Stimulus Checks Automatically

Letter Follows Senators' Successful Efforts to Urge Administration to Reverse Course, Ensure Social Security Beneficiaries Receive Stimulus Checks Automatically WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sent a letter with U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and 40 of their colleagues calling on the Trump Administration to issue stimulus checks automatically to recipients of benefits through the Department of… Continue Reading

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