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August 23, 2017

Experts: Skilled work force key to job creation

by Kim Houghton

NASHUA - Establishing a skilled work force and driving job creation are critical pieces to addressing New Hampshire's work force challenges, experts in the field say."We have got to keep pace with the evolving labor market," Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said during Tuesday's Small Business Committee Hearing at Rivier University in Nashua. A panel of business leaders gathered to discuss innovative approaches to attracting and retaining skilled workers, as well as ideas on how to keep the state's businesse… Continue Reading

August 23, 2017

Shaheen talks jobs in Nashua

by Damien Fisher

NASHUA - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen heard from business leaders Tuesday about the need for solutions to the state's labor crunch. The New Hampshire Democrat was in town to participate in a roundtable discussion at Nashua's Rivier University. "We've got to keep pace with the evolving labor market,"Shaheen said. Not being able to find and keep skilled labor is the No. 1 concern Shaheen said she hears when she speaks to people throughout the Granite state. This labor shortage hits small companie… Continue Reading

August 18, 2017

Troopers pay tribute to 4 people killed in 1997 shootings

by Chris Jensen

COLEBROOK, N.H. - About 100 people, including two dozen law enforcement officers, gathered on Friday to remember two state troopers who were killed decades ago in one of the region's worst shootings. On Aug. 19, 1997, Leslie Lord and Scott Phillips were shot in Colebrook by an angry loner, Carl Drega, who had had repeated run-ins with local authorities. Drega then killed newspaper editor Dennis Joos and part-time judge Vickie Bunnell. He wounded four law enforcement officers pursuing him before… Continue Reading

August 18, 2017

Shaheen Takes a Ride Around Great Bay, Praises Federally Funded Research

by Jason Moon

With Congress out on its annual August recess, New Hampshire's congressional delegation has been enjoying more time in the state. On Thursday, Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen spent the afternoon exploring Great Bay. Senator Shaheen's visit to Great Bay felt a lot like a school field trip. It began at UNH's Jackson Laboratory on Adam's Point, where one scientist after another showcased their research on Great Bay's marine life. From investigating whether the invasive green crab problem coul… Continue Reading

August 11, 2017

Nashua veteran finally receives 6 medals he earned for his service in Vietnam

by Adam Sexton

NASHUA, N.H. - George Andosca served in Vietnam as an Army aviation mechanic, maintaining and sometimes flying in combat observation planes in 1965 and 1966. "We'd find something that was going on, we'd call in to the Air Force, and they'd send in usually F-100s," Andosca said. He was awarded a pair of medals when he left the service, but didn't realize he'd earned several more until recently, when he wrote to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's office to update his records. Shaheen's office discovered And… Continue Reading

August 10, 2017

Shaheen visits Criminal Justice Training Center at UNH

by Judi Currie

DURHAM - Two centers at the University of New Hampshire are at the forefront of protecting children from internet crimes and hope to benefit from continued federal funding. U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., visited the National Criminal Justice Training Center in Durham Thursday to get an update on the Center's operations and talk about the importance of continued grant funding for the Center's programs. Shaheen met with NCJTC Director Brad Russ, as well as David Finkelhor, director of the Cri… Continue Reading

August 08, 2017

Air Force to pay $1.3 million to NH city for water clean up

PORTSMOUTH - The U.S. Air Force has agreed to pay the city of Portsmouth $1.3 million to complete the next steps in the ongoing Pease clean-up effort, as announced by Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Senator Maggie Hassan, and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter on Tuesday. "Today's announcement demonstrates a real and ongoing commitment from the Air Force to rid the Pease wells of dangerous water contaminants," said Senator Shaheen. "Granite State families who are worried about their children getting sick … Continue Reading

August 04, 2017

Going to school at Harley-Davidson

by Patrick Cronin

NORTH HAMPTON - Sen. Jeanne Shaheen took a tour of Seacoast Harley-Davidson in North Hampton Friday, the location for a new motorcycle training certificate program offered by Great Bay Community College. "New Hampshire has the second highest percentage of motorcycle riders. This is an important industry for the state so to hear about this program, it's really exciting," said Shaheen, who is a member of the bipartisan Senate Motorcycle Caucus. Shaheen met with Will Arvelo, president of Great Ba… Continue Reading

August 02, 2017

Committee leaders: Tax reform should benefit small businesses

by Namoi Jagoda

The leaders of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee are urging their colleagues to make sure that any tax-reform legislation taken up by the Senate improves the tax code for small businesses. "Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, creating two out of every three net new jobs in the United States," Committee Chairman Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and ranking member Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) said in a letter Wednesday to the leaders of the Senate's tax-writing committee. "Tha… Continue Reading

July 29, 2017

Sen. Shaheen preserves global women's ambassador post

CONCORD (AP) - Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, the only woman on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has helped save an ambassador post focused on women's issues around the world. The State Department Reauthorization Bill for fiscal year 2018 would have eliminated the Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues. Shaheen amended the legislation and it passed the committee by voice vote. Noting women and girls represent 50 percent of the global population, Shaheen said "their empowerment and… Continue Reading

July 19, 2017

Seriously Though, Give It Up For This All-Female Afghan Robotics Team

by Andrea Gonzalez-Ramirez

The six teenage girls on an all-female Afghan robotics team who were initially denied one-week U.S. visas to participate in an international competition caught the country's attention in recent weeks. The teens were turned away two times by U.S. officials, and as details emerged of the struggles they all faced and their dangerous journeys from the small town of Herat to Kabul in attempts to get visas. Thankfully, the story had a happy ending: The Trump administration intervened at the last minu… Continue Reading

July 19, 2017

Shaheen presents all-girls Afghan robotics team with congressional record

by Noa Yadidi

Washington (CNN) Teams of high school students from nearly 160 countries around the world convened this weekend in Washington to compete in the FIRST Global Challenge, an international robotics competition. But for one team -- an all-girl group representing Afghanistan -- the challenges began before they even stepped foot on American soil. The team met with New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on Wednesday at her office on Capitol Hill, where she presented them with congressional records detailin… Continue Reading

July 17, 2017

Shaheen Visits Memorial, Takes Aim at GOP Health Plan

by Tom Eastman

CONWAY - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) took aim at the latest health-care proposal floated by Republican leadership during her July 14 visit to Memorial Hospital. Afterward, she headed to Berlin, where she heard from administrators that "Trumpcare" could decimate nursing-home budgets locally. A vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") had been expected to take place in the Senate this week but has been delayed to give Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) time to recover from b… Continue Reading

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

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