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May 29, 2019

Shaheen visits Keene Planned Parenthood as states pass restrictive abortion laws

by Kristen Carosa

KEENE, N.H. - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., spoke to workers at a Planned Parenthood in Keene on Wednesday in a visit she said was prompted by recently passed laws restricting abortion in other states. Last year in New Hampshire, 14,000 people went to a Planned Parenthood center for services, the organization said. Staff members said they provided $3 million of discounted or free health care. "We have heard that patients are coming in and women are worried that what's happening in states … Continue Reading

May 28, 2019

U.S. Senate To Vote On Spending Bill With Shaheen PFAS Proposals

by Annie Ropeik

The U.S. Senate will vote next month to fund more regulation and study of the effects of PFAS chemical contamination Many of the provisions come from New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who helped get the policies included in the latest National Defense Authorization Act. The full Senate is expected take up the annual spending bill in the coming weeks. The provisions include a ban on military use of firefighting foams that contain PFAS after 2022. The bill also includes more funding for PFAS h… Continue Reading

May 28, 2019

Epping Teens Weigh In On Lawmakers' Plans To Tackle Vaping

by Sarah Gibson

Students and administrators say e-cigarettes are becoming more popular and harder to control in New Hampshire. E-cigarettes - which look like flash drives or pens - produce a flavored vapor with nicotine. Manufacturers say they help adults quit smoking, but with flavors like cotton candy and lagging regulations on products, many say vaping has become an epidemic among teens. Speaking with Senator Jeanne Shaheen at Epping High School on Tuesday, freshman Dylan Comeau suggested the original inte… Continue Reading

May 28, 2019

Reducing the cost of health care in NH

by Senator Jeanne Shaheen

I've had countless conversations with Granite Staters who still struggle with the high cost of health care. Whether it's the skyrocketing price of prescription drugs, high monthly health insurance premiums or deductibles that are out of reach, people across New Hampshire are paying too much out of their own pockets to get the care they need. The Affordable Care Act helped expand health insurance coverage to tens of thousands of Granite Staters who could otherwise be one bad accident, hospitaliz… Continue Reading

May 23, 2019

Shaheen secures $10M for PFAS health study

by Jeff McMenemy

PORTSMOUTH -- U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen secured an additional $10 million for the first ever national PFAS health study in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. The Senate's Armed Service Committee passed the annual Defense Authorization Act on Wednesday and it will now go to the full Senate. Shaheen has repeatedly secured funds for the national study on the health effects of people exposed to PFAS in drinking water, which she established in the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authoriz… Continue Reading

May 22, 2019

Shaheen: No excuse for 8-year delay for woman on $20 bill

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who backed a campaign to put a female face on a $20 bill by 2020, said there's no excuse for the eight-year delay announced by the treasury secretary. Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the $20 bill redesign featuring Harriet Tubman won't meet the 2020 deadline, and will instead be delayed until 2028. He said that other denominations had been deemed more critical to being redesigned than the $20 bill. Shaheen, a Democrat, said the delay sends… Continue Reading

May 19, 2019

Carriers, lawmakers seek solutions to flood of robocalls

by Tim Callery

CONCORD, N.H. - More than 48 billion robocalls were made to American phones last year, making many people wonder whether anything's being done to stop them. Some robocalls can be useful, such as a snow closing from school or notification of a late payment. But more often, robocalls are scams. >> Download the FREE WMUR app "The people that are perpetrating robocalls are criminals," said Assistant Attorney General Brandon Garod. "They're people usually overseas that are attempting to c… Continue Reading

May 09, 2019

Proposed Legislation Would Ease Professional Licensing Process for Military Spouses

by Patricia Kime

Several members of Congress have introduced a bill that would make it easier for military spouses to maintain a small business or transfer professional licenses as they move from state to state. The legislation, known as the Portable Certification of Spouses, or PCS, bill, would give the Pentagon the authority to develop interstate agreements for professional licensing -- a provision that would help the estimated third of working military spouses in careers requiring state licenses. The bill a… Continue Reading

May 06, 2019

Growing pains: Shaheen talks cash flow issues with Salem small business

by Madeline Hughes

SALEM, N.H. - Foxx Life Sciences needs more space, employees and capital to continue funding the company's growth. The business that develops and manufactures lab equipment has seen over 40% growth in six of the last seven years, and that growth doesn't happen easily, according to President and CEO Thomas Taylor who started the company out of his Windham home in 2008. "We face a huge cash flow crunch," he told U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, when the Democrat visited the 55,000 square-foot facility … Continue Reading

April 30, 2019

NH lawmakers push for broadband improvements

by Staff

As leaders of both parties met in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday to jumpstart a major infrastructure plan local leaders called on them to include improvements to broadband internet access. President Trump and top Democrats, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, agreed in broad terms to work toward a $2 trillion investment in roads, bridges, and other infrastructure. Many of the details, including how the massive plan will be funded, must still … Continue Reading

April 29, 2019

Androscoggin Valley Fish & Game Association celebrates 100th annual banquet

by Edith Tucker

BERLIN - Four hundred celebrants enjoyed the 100th annual banquet of the Androscoggin Valley Fish and Game Association, Inc. on Friday evening, April 26, at St. Anne's Hall. Most were associate members of the association, but distinguished banquet guests included District 1 Executive Councilor Mike Cryans, Mayor Paul Grenier, Rep. Larry Laflamme of the N.H. House Fish & Game Committee, and N.H. Fish and Game Executive Director Glenn Normandeau. U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen jump-started the … Continue Reading

April 23, 2019

Shaheen listens to health care worries in Salem

by Madeline Hughes

SALEM, N.H. - Getting a wheelchair for Seth Peake, a 14-year-old from Northfield, is a six to eight month process every time he needs a new one through his medical insurance. Peake has been in a wheelchair since he was about 2 or 3 because of his hemophilia. To live with his genetic disease Seth needs about $250,000 in medication a month. He and his mother Cristelee were in Salem visiting with U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and medical professionals at Northeast Rehab to discuss the impact of the Aff… Continue Reading

April 22, 2019

Planned Parenthood national president thanks NH delegation for support

by Doug Alden

CONCORD - The national president of Planned Parenthood visited New Hampshire on Monday, thanking members of the Granite State's congressional delegation for their support of women's health initiatives and their opposition to pending restrictions to a federal funding program set to take effect next month. After touring a health center in Derry, Dr. Leana Wen spoke to a gathering at New England College's Concord campus about the potential ramifications that a so-called domestic gag rule on Ti… Continue Reading

April 18, 2019

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: The Affordable Care Act protects millions yet it is under attack again

by Senator Jeanne Shaheen

As you may know, the Trump administration is accelerating its efforts to undo the Affordable Care Act in federal court. I'd like to share with you some of the ways I and my Democratic colleagues are working to protect your health care and the expanded coverage and reduced costs the ACA has brought to millions of Americans. It's been nearly nine years since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law. Thanks to this landmark legislation, we've cut the uninsured share of the population by alm… Continue Reading

April 18, 2019

Shaheen: Women’s rights vital to foreign policy

by John Doyle

DURHAM -- Protecting women's rights must be "a pillar" of American foreign policy, according to U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. Reflecting on a recent trip to Afghanistan, Shaheen said "probably the No. 1 success" she has seen since the start of U.S. intervention in 2003 has been the progress women have made. "It's not unilateral, it's not across the board," Shaheen said. "But girls are now in school, women are in the universities. Nearly one-third of the Afghan Parliament is composed of wome… Continue Reading

April 15, 2019

Shaheen, Warren push for free tax filing service from IRS

by Ethan DeWitt

Tax filing season is a haven for the organized. For those whose record keeping is below par or those who are punctuality-challenged, it can quickly turn to a nightmare. It can also become fairly expensive. While some free tax filing options exist, anyone looking to maximize their deductions often pay between $30 to $100 for a basic online service, and potentially much more for in-person assistance. This year, New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is among a handful of Democrats looking to provide … Continue Reading

April 15, 2019

Shaheen joins trio of senators visit Afghanistan, Iraq

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said Monday that based on what she heard during a trip to Afghanistan, she's encouraged that female leaders there are pushing hard for peace. The New Hampshire senator talked to reporters by phone from Iraq after she and two fellow Democratic senators spent two days in Afghanistan. During their trip, they met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, U.S. military officials and prominent Afghan women, including an award-winning film producer… Continue Reading

April 10, 2019

Shaheen bill to address military exposure to PFAS

by Jeff McMenemy

PORTSMOUTH - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is introducing the bipartisan PFAS Registry Act Wednesday with U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D. The legislation seeks to create a national database for service members and veterans who have experienced health problems that are possibly connected to exposures to PFAS chemicals. The bill would allow military personnel and veterans to receive updates on recent scientific developments on the effects of PFAS exposure, possible treatment options and information on … Continue Reading

April 06, 2019

Your Turn, NH: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen -- The shipyard is more vital than ever to our national security

by Senator Jeanne Shaheen

Three weeks before Granite Staters and the nation went to the polls to elect the 45th President of the United States, then-candidate Donald Trump stood on stage just three miles from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and promised the crowd, "Mexico will pay for the wall - 100 percent." As we all know, the President has since abandoned all pretense of our southern neighbor paying for the wall and has instead pursued a misguided plan that is not only unconstitutional, but could be detrimental to local… Continue Reading

April 04, 2019

Bipartisan bill calls for sanctions if China doesn't crack down on fentanyl

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of senators, including one from New Hampshire, wants to make sure China delivers on its promise to crack down on fentanyl. Earlier this week, China announced that it will now regulate all variations of fentanyl as controlled substances, closing a loophole that was feeding illegal, overseas demand for fentanyl and related drugs. On Thursday, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., joined fellow Democrats and Republicans in introducing a sanctions bill that would penalize C… Continue Reading

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