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July 13, 2017

Another View -- Jeanne Shaheen: Pease Moms fight for safe drinking water

by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

Never underestimate the power of Granite State moms. Andrea Amico of Portsmouth remembers "feeling like my world was crashing down" when tests showed that her two kids, exposed to perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) in drinking water at the former Pease Air Force Base, had elevated levels of these harmful materials in their blood. A by-product of firefighting foam used by the military, PFCs have been linked to birth defects, various forms of cancer and immune system dysfunction. This has caused many… Continue Reading


July 11, 2017

Shaheen: Proposed Medicaid cuts would have ‘disproportionate impact’ on elderly

by Derek Edry

HUDSON - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said Monday the Senate health care bill's proposed cuts to Medicaid would have a disproportionate impact on elderly Americans. The veteran New Hampshire Democrat shared her thoughts on the bill during a roundtable discussion at Fairview Healthcare, a rehabilitation, nursing care and assisted living facility in Hudson. The discussion featured a variety of voices from the region's health care industry, who shared their concerns about what cuts to the federal h… Continue Reading


July 07, 2017

Small business is collateral damage in health care chaos

by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

The Republican plan to overhaul our healthcare system is causing anxiety for millions of Americans and uncertainty for small businesses and entrepreneurs who are the backbone of our economy. The Senate bill was drafted in secret by Republican senators with no input from the public, no testimony from doctors or hospitals and no public hearings. This backroom maneuvering follows passage of the House Republican health care plan, which even President Trump has called "mean." I recognize that the A… Continue Reading


July 06, 2017

Sen. Shaheen adds small business amendments to defense bill

by Liisa Rajala

Within the annual defense bill that unanimously cleared the Senate Armed Services Committee last week are four provisions introduced by Sen. Shaheen to make it easier for small businesses to be awarded defense contracts. Shaheen, who is ranking member on the committee, made the provisions based on her interactions with New Hampshire businesses regarding the HUBZone program, cybersecurity requirements, selling to military exchanges and the Small Business Innovation Research program. One provisi… Continue Reading


June 30, 2017

NH nursing homes tell Shaheen they can't afford 'Trumpcare'

by Gretchen M. Grosky

MANCHESTER - Nursing home administrators from around the state came together Friday to talk to U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., about the impact on New Hampshire's elderly if Congress passes the Republican repeal of the Affordable Care Act.These providers said they are already suffering because of New Hampshire's Medicaid low reimbursement rate and that suffering will only be exacerbated by passage of the Senate's proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), a bill Democrats refer to as "Tru… Continue Reading


June 29, 2017

Shaheen Pushes for National Health Study on PFCs

by Jason Moon

Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen is pushing for a national health study on the health effects of perfluorochemicals - the same chemicals that contaminated drinking water at the former Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth. In an amendment to a $700 billion military spending bill, Senator Sheehan is hoping to fund a $7 million national health study about the effects of perfluorochemicals, or PFCS. Over 1500 people, including many children were exposed to the emerging contaminants at Pease. Air Fo… Continue Reading


June 28, 2017

Key Senate Panel Approves 4,000 New Visas For Afghan Interpreters

by Emma Loop

The Senate Armed Services Committee has authorized 4,000 new visas for Afghan interpreters who have risked their lives to serve the US government, a substantial increase that could help deal with a backlog of applications to a program that US officials say is a critical tool in the war in Afghanistan. The 4,000 new visas are contained within the Senate's version of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, a must-pass bill which the committee finalized this week. The program is designed to … Continue Reading


June 25, 2017

Calls of caution, defiance over ACA repeal

by Kevin Landrigan

CONCORD - The costs of a difficult pregnancy in 2013 forced Katryna Wade to file for medical bankruptcy in Arkansas.She "fell off the map" without insurance and stayed relatively healthy for the next few years.Then she learned last month she was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor and lost her job two weeks ago.The current Manchester resident urged New Hampshire's two Democratic senators to do all they can to stop a pending Senate health care reform measure from passing this week."Please do not let… Continue Reading


June 23, 2017

Don’t harm children and call it ‘reform’

by Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Dr. Steven Chapman

Reforming health care requires tough choices. But choosing to take health coverage away from tens of millions of children, people with disabilities, and seniors in nursing homes should not be one of them. The Trump administration's budget, in concert with Republican legislation to repeal Obamacare, would cut Medicaid - our nation's principal program for insuring children - by a staggering $1.4 trillion over the next decade. Sadly, what the president calls an "America First budget" would put chil… Continue Reading


June 19, 2017

Shaheen: Health care system needs healing

by Kyle Stucker

ROCHESTER - Local health care officials, social service agencies and business leaders called Monday for politicians to "heal the system" and to stop overlooking and underfunding substance abuse prevention efforts. The pleas came during a roundtable discussion at Frisbie Memorial Hospital organized by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. The session was designed as a way for Shaheen to solicit information about how the repeal of the Affordable Care Act would hurt the Rochester community and New Hamp… Continue Reading


June 19, 2017

How New Hampshire's first female senator moved off the sidelines

by Dana Bash

Washington (CNN)When I passed through the New Hampshire Institute of Politics during the 2016 presidential campaign, I paused to look at the amazing photographs of many would-be presidents who have come through the Granite State over the decades. But it was a young campaign aide off to the side who drew my attention. That aide was Jeanne Shaheen, who went on to become New Hampshire's first female governor and then its first female senator -- a job she has held since 2009. But first she worked o… Continue Reading


June 15, 2017

Price Clashes With Senators Over Path to Combat Opioid Crisis

by Mary Ellen McIntire

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price says combating the opioid crisis is one of his top priorities, a goal that has bipartisan support on Capitol Hill. But at a Thursday hearing before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee focused on HHS, Price faced pushback from members of both parties who represent states that have been struck hardest by opioid addiction, who said the proposed HHS budget wouldn't provide sufficient funding to fight the crisis. His argument that programs meant to ad… Continue Reading


June 07, 2017

Shaheen pushes Air Force to pay for health study

by Jeff McMenemy

PORTSMOUTH - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., pressed the secretary of the Air Force on why officials there are saying they won't pay for a health study for people exposed to PFCs at the former Pease Air Force Base. "We have more than 1,500 Granite Staters who have lived and worked around the Air Base who have learned that their blood contains elevated levels of these chemicals," Shaheen told Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday. … Continue Reading


June 02, 2017

U.S. Sen. Shaheen visits Franklin with an eye on economic development

by Lucas Masin-Moyer

Rushing, choppy waters. That was the backdrop for a portion of U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's visit to Franklin on Thursday, when she toured local storefronts, learned about the city's renewed focus on its rivers, and attempted to calm business leaders in a community facing the turmoil of steep funding cuts in the Trump administration's proposed budget. Shaheen stopped in at businesses set up with the help of Todd Workman and his group PermaCityLife, a nonprofit geared toward revitalizing the Fran… Continue Reading


May 27, 2017

Another View -- Jeanne Shaheen and Mark Huddleston: Trump's budget would threaten innovation in NH

by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen & Mark Huddleston

By: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen & Mark Huddleston Union Leader Federally funded research is a big reason why the US leads the world in technology, medicine, and other fields - creating millions of jobs and entirely new industries. Here in the Granite State, federally funded research has given birth to cutting-edge companies, addressed threats to key sectors of our economy and saved lives with new cures. We are deeply concerned by President Trump's 2018 budget released Tuesday that significantly cu… Continue Reading


May 24, 2017

Shaheen seeks to revive Russia sanctions push

by Nahal Toosi

By: Nahal Toosi Politico Sen. Jeanne Shaheen wants to put Russia sanctions back on lawmakers' agenda, even if it means facing off with the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Shaheen, a Democrat from New Hampshire, is planning to introduce two amendments at a committee meeting Thursday in an effort to increase sanctions on Moscow. The sanctions are meant to punish Russia over its alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. election. One of the amendments would be tacked … Continue Reading


May 17, 2017

Jeanne Shaheen on Let Girls Learn, Trump's Comey Fiasco, and Why Men Should Pay for Maternity Care

by Rebecca Nelson

By: Rebecca Nelson Cosmopolitan Earlier this month, when it was reported that the Trump administration was ending a government program called "Let Girls Learn," Jeanne Shaheen was not happy. Shaheen, the senior U.S. senator from New Hampshire, has spent her life advocating for women and girls in the U.S. and abroad, first as governor of the state, and, since 2009, as a senator. (She's the first woman to serve in both offices.) The White House later denied the program had been changed. But the… Continue Reading


May 16, 2017

Ex-NFL player, Shaheen tackle topic of opiates

by Alex LaCasse

By: Alex LaCasse PORTSMOUTH - Former NFL player Jeff Hatch hit rock bottom while watching the 2006 Super Bowl from his hospital bed while he was recovering from a prescription opioid overdose. When he was forced to retire from pro football after a spinal fusion operation, his big house, souped-up car and million-dollar pro football contract could not mitigate the fact that he was not happy after all his hard work to become a pro athlete. He was left broken and alone. "I pursued all these mate… Continue Reading


May 04, 2017

‘Refugee processing has ground to a halt’: A group of senators wants to know why

by Karoun Demirjian and Abigail Hauslohner

By: Karoun Demirjian and Abigail Hauslohner Washington Post A bipartisan group of senators is demanding a full accounting of refugee processing numbers from the Trump administration, as a global moratorium on Homeland Security officials interviewing resettlement applicants drags into its fourth month. The Department of Homeland Security has not resumed overseas interviews with refu­gee applicants since President Trump released his first executive order to ban immigrants and visitors from … Continue Reading


May 01, 2017

Congress Will Provide 2,500 More Visas For Afghan Interpreters

by Emma Loop

"This is potentially a life-saving development," said Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, one of the lawmakers who had pushed for more visas. By Emma Loop Buzzfeed News Congress has reached a deal to provide an additional 2,500 visas for Afghan interpreters who worked for the US government and now risk being killed, in an attempt to alleviate a massive backlog of more than 13,000 applications for the special visa program. "This is potentially a life-saving development," Democratic Sen. Jeanne Sh… Continue Reading

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