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November 10, 2015

Laconia veteran receives medals for Vietnam service

COURTESY U.S. NAVY VETERAN Ray Vercoe of Laconia joins members of his family after he was presented medals for his service in Vietnam by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen in Manchester on Monday, MANCHESTER - Three New Hampshire veterans, including one from Laconia, were honored by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen in Manchester on Monday. With family and friends attending the event, Shaheen presented military awards to Ray Vercoe of Laconia, a posthumous award to Norman Morin of Manchester and Mark McLy… Continue Reading

November 07, 2015

Shaheen gets look at state forensic lab

More than 270 people have died in New Hampshire this year from drug overdoses, putting the state on track to eclipse its total number of overdose deaths in 2014, according to data shared by the head of the state forensic lab. During a tour Friday by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, director Tim Pifer said overdose deaths are expected to hit 357 by year's end, 31 more than in 2014. Of those to date, at least 212 have involved opiates including heroin and fentanyl, he said, citing data tabulated last mo… Continue Reading

November 03, 2015

Shaheen touts vets in small business Senator visits SilverCloud in Portsmouth

by Paul Briand

PORTSMOUTH - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., marked the beginning of National Veterans Small Business Week with a visit Monday to SilverCloud, a Portsmouth technology company owned by a former Navy pilot. William Hoyt, who served eight years during the Vietnam War and flew combat missions from the aircraft carrier USS Midway, is chairman of SilverCloud, which provides cloud-based products and services to financial institutions. Shaheen noted that as a result of her work as ranking member of th… Continue Reading

October 28, 2015

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: U.S. Refugee Goal Falls Short of Our Capability

by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)

The world is witnessing a humanitarian crisis of staggering scale, with up to 10,000 refugeesentering Europe each day from the Middle East. As leader of a recent Senate delegation to the front lines of this crisis in Greece and Germany, I have been profoundly moved by the plight of refugee families, and by the determination of everyday Europeans to welcome them and offer a new home. But Europe is struggling with the refugee challenge. It's time for the U.S. to take on a bigger, more generous rol… Continue Reading

October 23, 2015

US Sen. Jeanne Shaheen visits STEAM Ahead students at Manchester West

by Dale Vincent

MANCHESTER - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., a strong supporter of the STEM program - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math - Friday afternoon visited the Manchester variation: STEAM Ahead, which adds Arts to the mix.STEAM Ahead is now in its second year, based at Manchester High School West but open to students from all Manchester high schools.A former teacher, Shaheen spoke not only with teachers but also with students who are so enthusiastic about the program that their attendance avera… Continue Reading

October 23, 2015

Shaheen: US should share border expertise with Europe

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is urging the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help European nations struggling with a surge of Syrian refugees by sharing what has worked well along the U.S. border with Mexico. Earlier this month, Shaheen led a trip to Greece and Germany to learn about reception centers where arriving refugees are processed and provided basic services. She also visited Texas earlier this year to observe border security and immigration enforcement… Continue Reading

October 20, 2015

Women in Small Business: Cracking the Glass Ceiling

by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)

Recent headlines have celebrated the success of women chief executives at Facebook, IBM, General Motors and other corporate giants. But this misses a much bigger story: women-owned small businesses - already numbering nearly 10 million - are starting up at twice the rate of men-owned businesses, and they are succeeding despite an all too real glass ceiling. At the same time, women in Congress are leading the legislative fight to crack that glass ceiling and level the playing field for women-owne… Continue Reading

October 14, 2015

Sen. shaheen: United States can do more on Syrian refugee crisis

U.S. Sen. Jeanne shaheen, D-NH, wrapping up a visit to Europe to better understand the Syrian refugee crisis, said America should contribute more to the humanitarian response. The shaheen-led Senate delegation met with leaders in Greece, Ukraine and Germany, and met with some refugees. "We're among those members of Congress who think that the United States can and should do more, both to try and take in more of the refugees who have been vetted, but also to support - in every way we can - the … Continue Reading

October 12, 2015

Drones Could Soon Be Banned From Flying Near Wildfires


Drone pilots keep flying their aircraft near wildfires. You can understand why: Fires are visually fascinating, and drones are the cool new way to shoot photos and videos of things we like looking at. But it's becoming a problem: The US Forest Service says drones have interfered with firefighting aircraft 13 times so far this year alone, and lawmakers are determined to stop it. New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D) last week introduced the Wildfire and Emergency Airspace Protection Act, a bi… Continue Reading

September 29, 2014

NHTI Awarded $2.5M Job-Training Grant


The New Hampshire Technical Institute at Concord's Community College has been awarded a $2.5 million federal job-training grant aimed at boosting information technology programs. U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen announced the U.S. Department of Labor grant on Monday. The grant will help create new certificate and associate degree programs in information technology such as cyber security, networking and game programming. Shaheen says those skills can be applied in growing fields including health care, … Continue Reading

February 21, 2014

Shaheen Takes Time to Visit Dairy Farm

CONCORD, NH - February 21, 2014 - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D?NH) visited with dairy farmers today. The Bartlett family of Concord opened their barn doors to the Senator, members of the ag? community and news reporters to discuss the new dairy provisions of the farm bill. On February 4, the Senate passed the farm bill, which included a new dairy program with a restructured safety net. The program takes into account the price of milk as well as the cost of feed and is available to … Continue Reading

September 25, 2013

Lawmakers seek fix to extend visa program for Iraqi interpreters

by Jeremy Herb

Lawmakers are looking for a last-minute legislative fix to extend a visa program for Iraqis who served as interpreters for the U.S. military during the Iraq War. The program for Iraqis to receive special immigrant visas to come to the United States is slated to expire on Sept. 30 unless Congress passes a measure to continue it. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and several senior senators are looking for a way to pass a one-year extension amid the legislative fight over funding the government, whic… Continue Reading

March 28, 2012

Shaheen, local paving company head urge passage of federal transportation bill

by John DiSatso

MANCHESTER - Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and the president of one of the state's largest paving companies on Tuesday urged the U.S. House to act quickly on a long-term extension of the federal transportation authorization bill, warning that continued gridlock will cost New Hampshire jobs and stall the Interstate 93 widening project. Shaheen, D-N.H., said a Senate-passed bill contains $170 million a year for New Hampshire as well as a provision allowing the state to borrow $115 million, based on anticip… Continue Reading

February 29, 2012

Contraception debate should be about people, not politics

by Senator Jeanne Shaheen

WOMEN'S health care is under attack. Already this year we have seen assaults on Planned Parenthood, on federal funding for women's health and now on access to contraception. Now the forces behind these attacks have a dangerous new proposal that would affect health care for all Americans. The proposal offered by Senate Republicans in Congress would empower corporations or any other employer to deny virtually any preventive or essential health service to any American based on any religious or mo… Continue Reading

February 08, 2012

Energy efficiency is good policy, good for economy

by Senator Jeanne Shaheen

Democrats and Republicans agree we need action on our economy, and we need action on our energy policy. We must overcome the political gridlock that has kept solutions to both problems out of reach. The need for jobs is obvious - too many Americans remain out of work and too many businesses are still struggling. And the need for action on our energy policy is also dire. Our dependence on foreign oil remains a grave security risk, and our outdated energy infrastructure has left American business… Continue Reading

February 07, 2012

Why the Birth-Control Mandate Makes Sense

by Senators Jeanne Shaheen, Barbara Boxer and Patty Murray

It was a historic victory for women's health when the Obama administration changed the law to require private health plans to provide preventive services including breast exams, HIV screening and contraception for free. This new policy will help millions of women get the affordable care they need. Now, sadly, there is an aggressive and misleading campaign to deny this benefit to women. It is being waged in the name of religious liberty. But the real forces behind it are the same ones that sough… Continue Reading

January 13, 2012

Shaheen teaches Alvirne High School students a lesson on gender equality

by Patrick Meighan

HUDSON - Jeanne Shaheen fielded students' questions about jobs, health-care, party politics and life as a U.S. senator. But more than her answers, perhaps the biggest impact Shaheen made during her visit Thursday morning to Alvirne High School was that she stood before 300 or so seniors and ROTC students as a woman who has held a unique position in U.S. history. Shaheen, a Democrat, is the only woman ever to have served both as a state governor and U.S. senator. Shaheen served as New Hampshire… Continue Reading

December 22, 2011

The People of Berlin Never Gave Up

by Senator Jeanne Shaheen

After months of unnecessary delays and uncertainty, Berlin Prison will finally open. And that's good news for jobs in the North Country. Berlin Prison itself will add more than 300 jobs and provide a $40 million annual economic boost to the region. Berlin began its campaign for the prison in 2001. By 2007 construction had begun and in 2010 the prison was completed. However, for more than a year, a protracted budget fight in Congress left the prison fully complete but lacking the funds to open.… Continue Reading

December 14, 2011

Senate must send signal to Russia

by Senator Jeanne Shaheen

It's time for the Senate to send Russia a strong signal in support of human rights, transparency and the rule of law. In the aftermath of last week's election - marred by fraud, followed by unjust arrests of hundreds of peaceful protestors, opposition leaders and human rights activists - it's crucial to stand with courageous Russian citizens. who are asking only that their basic and universal rights are protected. The Senate has two options - one for immediate action, and one to consider … Continue Reading

December 09, 2011

A More Perfect European Union

by Senator Jeanne Shaheen

European leaders are gathering in Brussels on Dec. 8 to organize a collective response to the growing debt crisis -- but it's not only the euro that endangers European unity. Lost in the headlines is the possibility of renewed violence in the western Balkans, which threatens to roll back the significant progress we have made in the region over the past 15 years. The deteriorating security situation in northern Kosovo requires an urgent, united, and focused transatlantic response that re-commits … Continue Reading

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