Congressional Roundup: Infrastructure agreement, low-income college aid, $7.3 million for NH COVID aid

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It’s Friday, June 25, 2021. Here is a roundup of regarding New Hampshire’s Congressional Delegation.

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Shaheen and Hassan make statements on Infrastructure Agreement

On Thursday, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators and President Joseph Biden came to a framework agreement on advancing an infrastructure bill. New Hampshire’s Senators released statements following the news.

“Lawmakers have long argued that infrastructure is a bipartisan priority. Today, we made good on that sentiment and announced a bipartisan agreement forged between Senate Democrats and Republicans and the President of the United States,” said U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). “This agreement is the result of good-faith negotiations across the aisle that occurred over the last several weeks. We kept talking. We kept listening. We kept working. And together we found common ground. This is how government can and should operate. This is step one, but let’s keep it going. Our work goes on.”

“Consensus and compromise are what got us here today. This bipartisan agreement marks critical progress toward the real, tangible infrastructure investments that Granite Staters need. It will help fix our crumbling roads and bridges, connect many more Granite Staters to high-speed internet, and invest in crucial water infrastructure and coastal resilience,” said U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH.  “This framework is just the first step, and I look forward to working with my Democratic and Republican colleagues to further build this historic investment in America and ensure that New Hampshire’s priorities are reflected in the final bill.”

Hassan and Shaheen also joined U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Lindsey Graham (R-, John Hickenlooper (D-CO), Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.), Angus King (I-Maine), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) in issuing the following statement alongside their bipartisan infrastructure framework on Thursday:

“Today, we’re proud to advance this bipartisan proposal to make a historic investment in America’s critical infrastructure needs, advance cleaner technologies, create jobs, and strengthen American competitiveness, without raising taxes. This agreement shows that the two parties can still come together, find common ground, and get things done that matter to everyday Americans. We are happy to have President Biden’s support, and will now get to work enlisting the support of colleagues on both sides of the aisle.”

Kuster Introduces Legislation to Make Graduate Education More Affordable for Low-Income Students

Last week, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (D-NH-02) helped re-introduce the Expanding Access to Graduate Education Act, legislation that would allow students who received a Pell Grant during their undergraduate education to utilize their remaining Pell eligibility towards their first graduate degree. Under current federal law, individuals are prohibited from using Pell Grants for graduate degrees.

“The high cost of graduate school is a barrier for many qualified and highly capable students from furthering their education and pursuing careers requiring an advanced degree,” said Kuster. “The Expanding Access to Graduate Education Act will help level the playing field for post-graduate opportunities, reduce student debt, and ensure workers have the skills they need to help fill the jobs of the future — a win-win for students and our economy.”

The full text of this legislation is available here.

NH Delegation Announces More than $7.3 Million to Support Small Businesses & Promote Economic Recovery from COVID-19

U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (D-NH-02) and Chris Pappas (D-NH-01) announced New Hampshire’s four community development financial institutions (CDFIs) will receive $7,305,060 in federal grants allocated through government funding legislation that was passed by Congress and signed into law in December. Specifically, the federal grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and will allow CDFIs to provide urgently needed capital to Granite State small businesses and entrepreneurs, particularly in communities that are financially underserved, which will support New Hampshire’s economic recovery from COVID-19. Each organization – the Rockingham Economic Development Corporation, Strafford Economic Development Corporation, the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund and Resident Ownership Capitol USA, LLC – will receive $1,826,265 from this funding.

CDFIs magnify the impact of the funds they receive through innovative partnerships with the private sector, making resources available to businesses that most need additional support in under-served communities.

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Born and raised in the Granite State, Andrew Sylvia has written approximately 10,000 pieces over his career for outlets across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. On top of that, he's a licensed notary and licensed to sell property, casualty and life insurance, he's been a USSF trained youth soccer and futsal referee for the past six years and he can name over 60 national flags in under 60 seconds according to that flag game app he has on his phone, which makes sense because he also has a bachelor's degree in geography (like Michael Jordan). He can also type over 100 words a minute on a good day.