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October 23, 2017

Shaheen: Affordable Care Act ‘very much alive’

by Marisa Novello

PORTSMOUTH -- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen joined health care center professionals at Families First Health and Support Center to spread the word about the approaching health care marketplace open enrollment period. The Affordable Care Act sign-up period for 2018 insurance begins Nov. 1 and is open until Dec. 15, and this year's enrollment includes two major changes. The first is the time period people can sign up. Having been cut six weeks from last year's time frame, the group stressed the importance … Continue Reading

October 23, 2017

Shaheen pleased by Sununu’s letter on Indonesians

by Judi Currie

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, welcomed a letter sent by New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, R-NH, to President Trump urging him to intercede on behalf of members of New Hampshire's Indonesian community who have been slated for deportation. According to a statement, Shaheen has spoken with senior officials in the Trump administration on behalf of these individuals, including the Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Thomas Homan, Acting Homeland Security … Continue Reading

October 22, 2017

Bipartisan Senate bill could help NH reduce premiums

by Kevin Landrigan

CONCORD - A critical way for New Hampshire to at least try to soften the blow of overwhelming rate increases for health insurance in the individual market has surfaced in a bipartisan health care reform bill in the U.S. Senate. U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, both D-N.H., urged key senators to include this provision which would allow the state to create a reinsurance pool which as desired is not permitted under the federal Affordable Care Act. Federal subsidies given to insurers to … Continue Reading

October 20, 2017

US Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s Bill Requiring Women To Be Part Of Conflict Prevention Becomes Law

We love the saying: "If you don't have a seat at the table, you're probably on the menu". It can be applied to a number of situations, when talking about the representation of women in positions of leadership or in key decision-making roles. When it comes to government and conflict resolution, historically women have never been part of negotiations or major decisions. But with a greater global push toward gender equality, women must be included in discussions about conflict resolution and preve… Continue Reading

October 20, 2017

Shaheen talks tax reform at Dover brewery

by Brian Early

DOVER - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said Friday during a tour of the 7th Settlement Brewery in Dover that she has "concerns" about a potential tax overhaul promised by President Trump. "First of all, it's not going through a process. We haven't even seen the language of it yet," she said. The Republican-controlled Senate passage of a $4 trillion budget Thursday, which Shaheen voted against, lays the groundwork for Republicans' promised tax legislation. The budget plan passed by a near party-line… Continue Reading

October 19, 2017

Make tax code less costly and complicated for small businesses

by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

It has been more than 30 years since Congress passed a major reform of our tax laws. Since then, the federal tax code has become more and more complex, frustrating small businesses and middle-class families every year.The President and Congressional Republicans released a plan to overhaul and rewrite our country's tax system and indicated they will use the same rushed process tried during the partisan health care debate. A better way forward is to seek real, bipartisan compromise through an open… Continue Reading

October 18, 2017

Pentagon pressed on source code disclosures to Russia

by Morgan Chalfant

A Democratic senator is pressing the Pentagon on cybersecurity risks after revelations that Russia reviewed the source code for software used on U.S. military systems. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), a member of the Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis expressing "deep concerns" about reports earlier this month that Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) complied with a Russian defense agency's request to review source code of its ArcSight cybersecurity software. … Continue Reading

October 18, 2017

After Equifax Hack, Calls For Big Changes In Credit Reporting Industry

by Chris Arnold

This past spring, David Mifflin looked at his credit report online and saw that something wasn't right. There were inquiries from Chase Bank about an application for a credit card that someone was trying to open in his name. Mifflin, who lives in San Antonio, says he called the bank and was told the identity thieves "had my Social Security number." He set up fraud alerts with the three major credit reporting companies. But he says the fraudulent attempts to open credit cards continued "multipl… Continue Reading

October 17, 2017

Study next step in water contamination cleanup

by Kyle Midura

WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - A chemical commonly found on military installations could wage a war with your health. A New Hampshire senator hopes the country can learn more about the enemy at home. The water at hundreds of military outposts across the country is contaminated, exposing men, women, and children to health impacts. Known associated health issues range from cancer to high cholesterol, many experts presume more are unknown. The contaminants are from a family of chemicals known as PFAS fou… Continue Reading

October 16, 2017

In New Hampshire, Indonesian Christians caught in Trump immigration crackdown

by Scott Malone

MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) - Since fleeing deadly violence in Indonesia two decades ago, Meldy and Eva Lumangkun built a life in suburban New Hampshire and raised four children, their illegal status long tolerated by U.S. immigration authorities. But when they showed up at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Manchester in August for their regular check-in, they were told to buy one-way tickets back to Indonesia and get out of the United States in two months. "We are afraid to go … Continue Reading

October 05, 2017

Sen. Shaheen questions Trump nominee on Indonesian immigration policy

by Judi Currie

SOMERSWORTH - Referencing the plight of local Indonesians, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., pressed Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on the Trump administration's deportation of individuals who came to the United States fleeing religious persecution. Brownback, a Republican, is the Trump administration's nominee to serve as ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom. As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Shaheen questioned Brownback during his confirmation hearing Wedne… Continue Reading

October 02, 2017

Raising civic-minded and engaged youth

by Melanie Plenda

Japan said that eight uninhabited islands were theirs. In 1895, they surveyed the land; no one was there, so they planted a flag and the islands were theirs. End of story. But then China said those islands had been theirs since ancient times, when they served as important fishing grounds. So back off Japan and hand 'em over. And while we're at it, the Philippines has a bone to pick about some land to which it feels entitled, thank you very much. The countries wheedle and cajole, and they nego… Continue Reading

October 01, 2017

U.S. senators attend opening of Friendship House

by Edith Tucker

BETHLEHEM - Collaboration, perseverance and optimism were cited as key factors leading to the ceremonial groundbreaking Friday of a new 32-bed $5.4 million Friendship House treatment and recovery center on Route 302. Nancy Frank, CEO of the non-profit North Country Health Consortium, welcomed a crowd that included U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan. "Our communities have recognized that it is time to treat addiction as a chronic disease with a medical model," she said. "It's a very ex… Continue Reading

October 01, 2017

Shaheen 'Relieved' by Judge's Ruling to Let Indonesian Immigrants Stay

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., said she was relieved by a Massachusetts judge's ruling that puts on hold the deportation of several dozen Indonesians in New England who had lost their bid to remain in the U.S. and feared persecution if returned home. Speaking with WTSN's Dave Andreesen on Friday, Shaheen said Tuesday's ruling gives New Hampshire's Indonesian population in the Seacoast the chance to appeal efforts to deport them. "These are people who fled religious persecution in Indonesia… Continue Reading

September 22, 2017

Shaheen: Graham-Cassidy bill is ‘unconscionable’

by Brian Early

DOVER - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., called the latest Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act "unconscionable" at a roundtable discussion in Dover with professionals in the medical and addiction support fields. The talk on Friday, held at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, allowed the senator to hear how the repeal of the ACA, also known as ObamaCare, and the implementation of the Graham-Cassidy bill could affect medical care in the Granite State. The bill is named for its sponsors, S… Continue Reading

September 20, 2017

Defense act includes study of PFC impacts

by Jeff McMenemy

PORTSMOUTH -- The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act that passed the U.S. Senate Monday includes an amendment by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen for the first-ever national health study on the effects of PFC exposure. The Shaheen amendment directs the Department of Defense to pay for the nationwide study on the health effects of people exposed to PFCs in drinking water, which would be conducted by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. The study will be a nationwide assessment of the ef… Continue Reading

September 19, 2017

U.S. Senate votes to ban Kaspersky Lab software from government networks

by Dustin Volv

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Monday voted to ban Moscow-based cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab's products from use by the federal government, citing concerns the company may be a pawn of the Kremlin and poses a national security risk. The vote is the latest in a series of setbacks in the United States for Kaspersky Lab, a 20-year-old anti-virus company that reaches 400 million customers globally and has vigorously denied that it conducts espionage on behalf of the Russian governme… Continue Reading

September 14, 2017

U.S. Bans Kaspersky Software For Federal Agencies Amid Security Concerns

by David Welna

The acting secretary of homeland security has banned the U.S. government from using Kaspersky software. The Russian company's software - widely used throughout the world - has been deemed an unacceptable security risk. ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Kaspersky Labs is a big Moscow-based company that makes antivirus software. It's used worldwide, even by some American government agencies. Now that may be over, at least for the U.S. government. The Department of Homeland Security issued a directive today tha… Continue Reading

September 13, 2017

Matching bold words with action to tackle opioids

by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

In dozens of visits to New Hampshire during the presidential campaign, candidate Donald Trump pledged aggressive action to combat the opioid crisis. And last month, President Trump stated his intention to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency. These are fine words, but it's time for action. The president and Congress must mobilize a stepped-up federal response that is equal to this growing nationwide crisis. In its final report last month, the President's Commission on Combating Drug A… Continue Reading

September 10, 2017

Another View -- Jeanne Shaheen: Trump should let NH's Indonesian community stay

by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen

President Trump's decision to end the program, known as DACA, that protects young undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children, has upended the lives of hundreds of thousands of Dreamers, including nearly 400 who live in New Hampshire.But Dreamers aren't the only ones. Immigrants from all walks of life are being slated for deportation, irrespective of their individual circumstances or value to their community.Here in New Hampshire, our Indonesian community, who came here decades ago… Continue Reading

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