Standing Up for the North Country
“I have long fought to support the North Country’s people, businesses, and beautiful natural resources, which are central to our state’s tourism industry and economic viability. I will continue working to strengthen communities in the North Country, including focusing on efforts to protect our environment, increase access to broadband, and support New Hampshire’s travel and tourism industry.” – Senator Hassan
From strengthening the Northern Border Regional Commission, to expanding rural broadband and investing in rural health care, Senator Hassan is working to ensure that all North Country communities can thrive.
Senator Hassan has helped successfully fight back efforts to eliminate the Northern Border Regional Commission, a federal-state partnership that helps spur economic and community development in northern New Hampshire, while also increasing funding for the program by 50 percent. She also worked to pass a five-year reauthorization and expansion of the program in the bipartisan Farm Bill in 2018.
Additionally, Senator Hassan has fought to protect the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which funds a wide range of projects in the North Country, including homeownership assistance efforts, the development of more affordable housing, public facility improvements, and economic development projects. The Senator is also working to protect funding for TIGER/BUILD grants, which help boost investment in critical infrastructure projects across New Hampshire.
Senator Hassan is focused on ensuring that underserved areas in the North Country receive the federal support that they need to expand broadband coverage. In the 21st century innovation economy, access to high-speed internet isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. She introduced the bipartisan Rural Reasonable and Comparable Wireless Access Act to help close the rural-urban digital divide and expand access to broadband in rural parts of New Hampshire. She also authored the bipartisan AIRWAVES Act that makes meaningful investments in rural broadband infrastructure.
The Senator is also focused on strengthening rural health care delivery systems and improving access to services for individuals living in underserved areas, including supporting legislation to expand access to high-quality maternity care so that mothers in rural areas can receive the care that they need.
Senator Hassan will continue focusing on spurring economic and community development in this critical region.
January 15, 2021
Public Lands in NH Benefit from Shaheen-Hassan Co-Sponsored Legislation that Fully Funds LWCF & Addresses Maintenance Backlog on U.S. Public Lands
( U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) announced that five New Hampshire projects will benefit from funding through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund established by the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) to support outdoor recreation, conservation efforts and address maintenance needs. As a result of the bipartisan GAOA cosponsored by Shaheen and Hassan that was signed into law last year, the LWCF’s now-mandatory, full authorized funding level of $900 million was allocated to projects and programs in the fiscal year (FY) 2021 government funding legislation that became law in December. In addition, Congress listed specific projects to receive deferred maintenance funding for FY 2021 from the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund, which will provide up to $9.5 billion over the next five years to tackle deferred maintenance needs on public lands throughout the country. In New Hampshire, this backlog amounts to more than $43 million.Read More
January 11, 2021
( U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01), a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, issued the following statements in response to the Northern Border Regional Commission’s (NBRC) announcement that the Northern Forest Center will receive $1 million in federal funding from the organization to launch efforts to help improve the availability of high-quality workforce housing in a northern community located in each state of the NBRC’s territory. In New Hampshire, Lancaster has been selected as the focal community under this effort. The NBRC provides federal support throughout northern New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and New York and has funded grants that spur economic and community development in rural communities.Read More
December 22, 2020
WASHINGTON - Last night, the Senate passed a year-end government funding package with substantial COVID-19 relief for Granite Staters based on a bipartisan compromise that Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) helped negotiate. The package also includes a number of other priorities that Senator Hassan fought for, including provisions to help end surprise medical billing, which Senator Hassan has led bipartisan efforts on for the past two years.Read More
October 09, 2020
Shaheen, Hassan & Pappas Announce $1 Million for Sanbornville Water Infrastructure Project through NBRC & EDA
(Manchester, NH) - 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 Sanbornville precinct has been awarded $1 million in federal funding to support a comprehensive water infrastructure project that will replace more than two miles of water main piping and finance improvements to the area pump station. Together, these improvements will reduce the threat of temporary business closures due to a lack of water. This grant will be allocated through the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) in coordination with the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC). The announcement follows efforts from Senator Shaheen, who, as lead Democrat on the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee, included language to appropriate federal resources that provide support for communities impacted by forest product closures.Read More
September 29, 2020
Senator Hassan Discusses Strengthening North Country Economy, Expanding Affordable Housing During Virtual Tour of PAK Solutions in Lancaster
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan discussed the importance of strengthening the North Country economy and expanding affordable housing during a virtual tour of PAK Solutions in Lancaster. PAK Solutions is a manufacturer and distributer of flexible packaging products and employs 87 full-time staff members in their Lancaster facility. Learn more here.Read More
September 11, 2020
Shaheen Leads NH Delegation Letter to NBRC Federal Co-Chairman Raising Concerns with Commission’s Failure to Award Grants to Coos or Carroll County-Based Projects
( U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) led a letter yesterday on behalf of New Hampshire’s congressional delegation to Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) Federal Co-Chairman Harold Parker, raising concerns that the latest round of funding did not include a single grant awardee from Coos or Carroll County despite numerous applications from these counties. Last month, the delegation announced that New Hampshire agencies and organizations were awarded $4,443,428 by the NBRC. The NBRC provides federal support throughout northern New Hampshire and has funded grants that spur economic and community development in rural communities.Read More
August 19, 2020
(Manchester, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today with Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that New Hampshire agencies and organizations have been awarded $4,443,428 from the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) for various projects that invest in the Granite State’s economic and community development. This is an increase of more than half a million dollars for New Hampshire compared to last year’s amount.Read More