Shaheen Statement Ahead of Small Business Saturday

Source: United States Senator for New Hampshire Jeanne Shaheen

November 27, 2021

(Manchester, NH) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, issued the following statement ahead of Small Business Saturday, which takes place this weekend – Saturday, November 27th. Occurring during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year, Small Business Saturday aims to encourage Americans to buy from and support local small businesses.

Shaheen was in Dover this week visiting local small businesses – including The Sassy Biscuit Co., Noggin Factory Toy Shop and Lickee’s & Chewy’s Candies and Creamery – as part of a downtown walk to encourage families to shop local.

“Small Business Saturday is always an important reminder to invest in our communities by shopping local. The COVID-19 pandemic put unprecedented pressures on our small business community, forcing many to close, lay off staff and adapt to difficult virtual settings. I enjoyed visiting some staple local shops in Dover in-person this week – a sign that we’re slowly turning the page on the pandemic – but many challenges remain,” said Shaheen, a senior member of the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee. “I’m committed to bringing the voices of Granite State business owners with me to Congress to ensure they have the resources needed to stay open and keep workers employed. The President’s Build Back agenda, which the Senate will negotiate soon, is key to helping our business community become whole again. As the backbone of New Hampshire’s economy, local businesses deserve every support possible to get to the other side of this crisis. I hope New Hampshire families get out there and remember to shop local this weekend, but also throughout the holiday season and year-round!”

Shaheen worked to provide small businesses with the resources they need to weather and recover from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. She helped lead negotiations on provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was signed into law in 2020 to assist small businesses, which established the Paycheck Protection Program. More than 41,000 New Hampshire small businesses and non-profits received over $3.7 billion in PPP assistance.  


Boozman Encourages Arkansans to Support Local Businesses

Source: United States Senator for Arkansas – John Boozman

WASHINGTON––U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) released the following statement reminding Arkansans to support small, local businesses in their communities Saturday, November 27 as part of Small Business Saturday:

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and contribute so much to our towns and cities each and every day. Local retailers, restaurants and other independently-owned businesses employ thousands of Arkansans and help make our economy vibrant and resilient. Small Business Saturday provides the perfect opportunity to support local shops and remind Natural State entrepreneurs and job creators that we value the work they do and the services we have come to rely on.”

Founded by American Express in 2010 and officially cosponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration since 2011, Small Business Saturday has become an important effort to promote small businesses. U.S. consumers who shopped at independent retailers and restaurants on Small Business Saturday last year spent an estimated $19.8 billion, according to the 2020 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey commissioned by American Express.

Senator Murray Native American Heritage Day Statement

Source: United States Senator for Washington State Patty Murray

ICYMI: This Native American Heritage Month, Senator Murray Calls for Continued Action for Washington State Tribes in Senate Floor Speech – MORE HERE

Senator Murray: “While today is a day to celebrate the history and culture of Washington state’s 29 federally recognized Tribes, it is also a day to back up our words with action to support Tribal communities” 


(Seattle, WA) – Today, on Native American Heritage Day, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) highlighted the importance of recognizing Tribal sovereignty and committed to continue advocating for Washington state’s Tribal communities in the U.S. Senate. Last week, Senator Murray delivered a Native American Heritage Month speech on the Senate floor calling on her colleagues to honor Native American Heritage Month through action and policies that support Tribal and Indigenous communities.  

“While today is a day to celebrate the history and culture of Washington state’s 29 federally recognized Tribes, it is also a day to back up our words with action to support Tribal communities. The American Rescue Plan was the largest investment in Tribal communities ever and the bipartisan infrastructure law is going to address longstanding needs in Indian Country that have gone unmet for too long. These bills represent a big step forward, but we can, and must, do more—that’s why I am working to get the Build Back Better Act to President Biden’s desk as soon as possible: to make child care affordable, lower health care costs, and so much more that will create opportunity and lower costs for Native families,” said Senator Murray. “This Native American Heritage day, and every day, I’m resolved to build on the important work this Congress has done so far to support Native communities. And as a voice for Washington state’s Tribes in the United States Senate, I will always advocate for Indian Country and fight to ensure the federal government lives up to its sacred commitment to Indigenous peoples across our country.”

As a voice for Washington state’s Tribes in the Senate, Senator Murray has been committed to supporting Native communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and to creating economic opportunity for Native families. In the American Rescue Plan signed into law earlier this year, Senator Murray helped secure the largest ever federal investment in Tribes to support Tribal communities as they confronted the health and economic impacts of the pandemic. This included $20 billion for Tribes to combat COVID-19 and provide support to communities in need, more than $6 billion for the Indian Health Service to provide medical and public health support to Tribes, more than $1.2 billion to help provide affordable housing and homelessness services, and more than $1 billion for Native education programs to assist with learning during the pandemic. Senator Murray also fought to include more than $10 billion in support for Tribes in last year’s CARES Act to help fight COVID-19 and provide assistance to local Tribal communities.

The bipartisan infrastructure law will make $13 billion in direct investments in infrastructure in Indian Country, with tens of billions more in federal grants and future funding opportunities available. The bill will help fund projects to ensure clean drinking water, access to high-speed internet, transit to connect communities, and more for Tribal communities across the state.

In her role as a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Murray has consistently fought to secure additional funding for Tribal communities. She has successfully secured increased funding for the Indian Housing Block Grant Program, which helps to combat the housing issues that specifically plague tribal communities and provide housing assistance to Native Americans with low-incomes. This year’s appropriations bill in particular is set to include $18.1 billion in direct support for Tribal communities, including funding for health care and public health, mental health programs, infrastructure improvements, and more. The bill would also help address Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women cases in Indian Country, review of the troubled legacy of federal boarding school policies, and would promote Tribal climate action.  

Earlier this year, Senator Murray also recommended Lauren King, a citizen of the Muscogee Nation, to the Biden-Harris administration in early 2021 to serve a lifetime appointment as a U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Washington. Murray secured Judge King’s confirmation to the federal bench in October. Judge King is the first Native American federal judge in Washington state’s history, the 4th currently serving, and just the 6th ever in America’s history.


Barrasso Shares Thanksgiving Dinner with Wyoming Troops in Bahrain

Source: United States Senator for Wyoming John Barrasso

Sen. Barrasso with Wyoming service members serving in Bahrain

BAHRAIN – On Thanksgiving day, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) shared dinner with Wyoming sailors and Marines serving in Bahrain.

Barrasso visited with service members who are currently stationed at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain, which is home to U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (CENTCOM) and U.S. 5th Fleet. NSA Bahrain provides operational support to U.S. and Coalition Forces in the Middle East and ensures the security of ships, aircraft and remote sites.

“In Wyoming, we are always so grateful for the brave service of our men and women in uniform. This includes our sailors and Marines who are serving ten time zones away from home right now in Bahrain,” said Barrasso. “They’re eyeball to eyeball with Iran in the Persian Gulf and are doing an incredible job protecting America and our allies. Bringing a little bit of Wyoming to our troops serving overseas on Thanksgiving is a tradition I look forward to every year. I made sure to let them know that everyone at home is thinking of them and looking forward to their safe return.”

(Map showing where WY service members are currently stationed)

Barrasso sat down for Thanksgiving dinner with service members and was briefed by military officials about operations in the Persian Gulf.


Sen. Portman’s Thanksgiving Message

Source: United States Senator for Ohio Rob Portman

November 25, 2021 | Press Releases

CINCINNATI, OH Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) released the following statement on Thanksgiving:  

“As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with family, friends, and good food, let’s all take a moment to reflect on our blessings. I am grateful for my family and my friends and my faith – all of which give me strength.

“I am thankful to be an American, where we are blessed with the freedom to pursue our dreams, to worship as we please, and to express our beliefs without threat of persecution.  Our Declaration of Independence explains what makes us special: our rights don’t come from government: we ‘are endowed by [our] Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.’

“I am grateful to our Founders for their wisdom and courage.

“On Thanksgiving, I give thanks for the men and women in uniform who keep us safe, especially those Ohioans who are away from home serving our country overseas in the military. It’s difficult to be apart during the holidays and we are thankful for those men and women who are willing to sacrifice to keep us free. We also owe a debt of gratitude to their families.

“One of my blessings is the opportunity to represent you in the United States Senate. I am grateful every day for being given the chance to help Ohio and the country through public service.

“From my family to yours, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.”



We’ve come a long way this Thanksgiving – and we have a lot to be thankful for

Source: United States Senator for Delaware – Tom Carper

Dear Friend,

As the autumn leaves disappear and crisper air sweeps across the First State, we’ve finally made it to a day I look forward to all year: Thanksgiving! And while every Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to bring friends and family together and give thanks, this year feels different.

After last year’s Thanksgiving — in a year marked by overwhelming loss and stark changes to our annual traditions with loved ones — this Thanksgiving carries a different weight, and a sincere gratitude for those around the table. A feeling that through pain and loss, we’re stronger and closer than we were before, and more prepared to face whatever comes next.

And, after all, looking back at the last year and a half, it feels like we’ve come a long way.

So, this week, I’ve been thankful. I’m thankful for the COVID-19 vaccine that is saving lives every day and allowing us to return to work and school and join again with friends and family.

And I’m thankful that the hard work of our scientists and public health workers has made it possible for all adults to get COVID-19 booster shots that will safely bring more of us home this year to gather around the Thanksgiving table.

As I reflect on my gratitude, I celebrate Thanksgiving through serving our community. This morning, after lacing up and joining Delawareans in the annual Thanksgiving Day Multiple Sclerosis 5K Race in Wilmington, I went down to the Emmanuel Dining Room to make sure those in the First State experiencing homelessness had a warm meal to eat on this holiday. 

In Washington, I’ve been focused on serving our community by working on legislation that would: cut the costs that so many First State families have to pay for childcare; create good-paying jobs for American workers; lower prescription drug costs; and tackle climate change to protect our low-lying state from rising sea levels in the Build Back Better bill. We’ve got more work to do to serve Delaware families throughout the state, but on this day of thanks and service, I’m hopeful for the future.

From getting your vaccine to volunteering at a local food bank, we can all play a part in making this holiday safer and healthier for our neighbors this Thanksgiving. And for all the hope and happiness I’ve felt seeing family and friends around the state this week, I know that because of our service, next year’s holiday can only be better.

Wishing you and your family a safe and happy Thanksgiving,

Tom Carper

Hoeven: Happy Thanksgiving North Dakota

Source: United States Senator for North Dakota John Hoeven


BISMARCK, N.D. – Senator John Hoeven issued the following video statement today to wish North Dakotans a happy Thanksgiving:

“On behalf of Mikey, myself and our family, we want to wish you a happy Thanksgiving. We are truly blessed with family, faith and friends. On this Thanksgiving, we give thanks for the many blessings we enjoy as Americans, and as always, we are grateful to live in the great state of North Dakota. God Bless.”


Cotton Statement on Thanksgiving

Source: United States Senator for Arkansas Tom Cotton

Contact: James Arnold or Mary Collins Atkinson (202) 224-2353
November 25, 2021 

Cotton Statement on Thanksgiving

Washington, D.C. — Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) released the following statement on Thanksgiving:

“400 years ago, our Pilgrim Fathers, who battled sorrow and starvation for the promise of freedom in a New World, joined together with the Wampanoag tribe for a celebration, which we know as the first Thanksgiving. That hardscrabble colony of brave and devout Christians has grown into a great continental nation that stretches from sea to shining sea and that has ascended into the heavens. This year, like every year, our exceptional nation has much for which to be grateful. From the Cotton family to yours, we wish you and your loved ones a happy Thanksgiving.”


Sens. Cramer, Lujan Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Bolster Outdoor Recreation, Promote Biking on Federal Lands

Source: United States Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND)

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) introduced the Biking On Long-Distance Trails (BOLT) Act to bolster outdoor recreation and promote biking on federal lands across the United States.

“The longest continuous single track mountain bike trail in the U.S. is lucky to call North Dakota home. As the former North Dakota Tourism Director, I know the Maah Daah Hey and other bike trails provide enriching recreational experiences and economic opportunities for our communities. Our bill identifies long-distance bike trails on public lands for all to enjoy,” said Senator Cramer.  

“In New Mexico and across America, there are millions of acres of federal lands that have gone untapped for responsible outdoor recreation use. This bipartisan legislation will make bike trails more accessible and safer across America and will provide a much-needed boost to the growing outdoor recreation economy,” said Senator Luján. “I have always enjoyed getting out on my mountain bike to explore New Mexico’s beautiful landscapes, and this legislation will make those outdoor spaces more accessible to Americans across the country.” 

The BOLT Act will make bike trails more accessible and direct the Department of the Interior (DOI) to: 

  • Identify not fewer than 10 long-distance bike trails;
  • Identify not fewer than 10 areas in which there is an opportunity to develop or complete long-distance bike trials;
  • Allow the DOI to publish and distribute maps, install signage, and issue promotional materials; and
  • Publish a report that lists the trails developed under this legislation.

Biking stakeholder groups issued statements of support as well.

“Mountain biking has grown in popularity over the last decade, most notably during the pandemic, and we at the International Mountain Bicycling Association applaud Senator Ben Ray Luján from New Mexico and Senator Kevin Cramer from North Dakota for recognizing the importance of outdoor recreation and introducing the bipartisan Biking on Long Distance Trails (BOLT) Act. Now is the time to invest in our outdoor recreation infrastructure by providing pathways to positive physical and mental health and creating jobs in the outdoor economy,” said Dave Wiens, Executive Director of the International Mountain Bicycling Association. 

Senators Cramer and Lujan are joined on the legislation by Senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and John Barrasso (R-WY). 

Full text of the legislation is available here

Sen. Cramer: Interior Dept. Awards Funds to Standing Rock Sioux

Source: United States Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND)

BISMARCK – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) announced today the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation awarded $370,015 to Standing Rock Sioux WTP Control Extension.

The funds will be used to provide technical assistance to develop, manage, and protect their water and related resources.