BREAKING: Senate sends government funding legislation to President’s office with key NH priorities secured by Shaheen


March 10, 2022

** A senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Shaheen announced $62.4 million in NH projects through Congressional-directed spending requests**

**As Chairman of the CJS Senate Appropriations SubcommitteeShaheen secured record funding for VAWA programs and increased investments in substance use disorder programs, community policing efforts, scientific research and more**

** Also a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, Shaheen supported robust military assistance for Ukraine**

(Washington, DC) – US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) – a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee — released the following statement after the Senate passed the government finance legislation for fiscal year 2022, which is now heading to the president’s desk for signing into law.

“Soon more than $62 million will belong to the State of New Hampshire to invest in local projects through this government funding legislation,” said Senator Shaheen. “As a senior member of the committee, I advocated for these projects that will provide equipment to Granite State first responders, repair and improve infrastructure, invest in conservation research and much more. In drafting this legislation with committee members, I pushed for the inclusion of funds to address other key New Hampshire issues, from addressing the substance use disorder epidemic to supporting opportunities of scientific research grants for which our colleges and universities are celebrated. I am also pleased to share that this bill includes my bipartisan legislation that will expand eligibility at state veterans cemeteries to allow for the burial of reservists and members of the National Guard, righting a wrong that , for too many years, has denied important burial rights that should be given to every military member who has served our country honorably. And after three years of stonewalling by Senate Republicans, this legislation successfully reauthorizes the Violence Against Women Act with record funding for VAWA programs, which I worked to secure through my role as President. the appropriations subcommittee that funds the Office on Violence Against Women. . This government funding legislation is a win for New Hampshire families, veterans, small businesses and more. I can’t wait to see the president sign it into law.

As chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, Shaheen successfully lobbied for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and won a record funding for VAWA programs. She has also worked to increase investments in substance use disorder response programs, community policing efforts, scientific research and more. Through her role as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, Shaheen has supported robust military assistance to Ukraine.

This year’s funding legislation also includes Congressional Directed Spending Requests (CDS), which allow the federal government to invest in policies and programs that provide assistance to Granite State communities and help advance our nation. As a lead appropriator, Shaheen successfully advocated and included $62.4 million in New Hampshire projects statewide that address infrastructure needs, research investments, equipment for first responders and more.

In addition, fiscal year 2022 legislation includes Shaheen’s bill with Senators Cramer (R-ND), Hassan (D-NH) and Hoeven (R-ND) to ensure that all members of the reserve and of the National Guard are eligible for burial in the state. veterans’ cemeteries, until their service was terminated in dishonorable conditions. Earlier this week, senators asked Senate and House leaders to include their bill in government finance legislation. Rep. Chris Pappas (NH-01) is leading the accompanying legislation in the House.

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