As a senior member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Senator Shaheen is committed to helping build strong international alliances to bolster America's national security and boost our economy.
After balancing a budget as a mother, small business owner, and governor, Senator Shaheen understands that every dollar we spend must deliver results. She is committed to fiscal responsibility and knows that public officials have a fundamental duty to make sure taxpayer money is used effectively and that each dollar can be accounted for. As the Chair of the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee, Sen. Shaheen works across the aisle to author annual funding legislation for the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Commerce, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Science Foundation, and other agencies.
As a senior member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, Shaheen has worked for fair treatment of American veterans and an articulate military strategy that keeps the United States and its allies safe from harm. She has supported New Hampshire soldiers, military bases, and defense-related businesses at the federal level.
As a former small business owner, Senator Shaheen knows that small businesses are the engine that drives New Hampshire's economy. As the former lead Democrat and current member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Senator Shaheen is putting the needs of small businesses first—meeting with Granite State entrepreneurs and business owners and working to enact common sense small business policies that grow the economy and create jobs. Senator Shaheen’s small business priorities include: helping more small businesses access capital by increasing SBA lending; addressing workforce development challenges so workers have the right skills and training; addressing poorly crafted federal regulations that burden small businesses; and expanding federal contracting opportunities for rural small businesses.