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February 03, 2016

Shaheen calls for end to attacks

by John Doyle

DOVER - A Portsmouth woman joined U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and other Congressional Democrats on Tuesday to demand an end to what Shaheen called the "ideological investigation" of Planned Parenthood. "We need our elected officials to stop attacking the few reproductive health-care providers we have in our communities, and instead focus on keeping their constituents healthy and safe," said Portsmouth's Crystal Paradis.Shaheen and Paradis noted the release last summer of several hidden- c… Continue Reading

February 02, 2016

Businesses Owned by Women Less Likely to Win U.S. Contracts, Study Shows


"These are sobering statistics that show a real, unfair disadvantage for women entrepreneurs," said Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Democrat of New Hampshire. CreditAlex Brandon/Associated Press WASHINGTON - The odds of businesses owned by women winning a federal contract are about 21 percent lower than for otherwise similar companies, and years of effort to increase those chances have barely made an impact, according to a new report from the Commerce Department. The report is being released as the fe… Continue Reading

January 28, 2016

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen asks for aggressive response to Zika virus

CONCORD, N.H. -U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) has written to key federal agencies calling for an aggressive, and coordinated response to protect Americans from the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects and neurological problems in South America. The letter was sent Wednesday to the secretaries of state, health and human services and homeland security, urging them to quickly notify Congress of what resources they need to mount a defense. "As the Zika virus spreads, the federal… Continue Reading

January 28, 2016

Shaheen amendment would preserve POW/MIA efforts from Korean War

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - As Congress works on legislation to tighten sanctions against North Korea following its latest nuclear test explosion, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has introduced an amendment that preserves efforts to recover remains of American soldiers in the Korean War. Shaheen introduced it Thursday after the Coalition of Families of Korean and Cold War POW/MIA's in Portsmouth said the sanctions bill could unintentionally hamper the North Korea POW/MIA Accounting Mission. The amendment exe… Continue Reading

January 27, 2016

Shaheen Asks for Spending Estimates for Fighting Zika Virus

by Kerry Young

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on Wednesday asked three cabinet secretaries to quickly spell out what additional funds and legal authority their organizations may need to combat the spread of Zika, a rapidly spreading virus that may be linked to a birth defect. In a Jan. 27 letter, the New Hampshire Democrat asked the secretaries of the Health and Human Services, State and Homeland Security departments to "swiftly detail" any additional resources they may want to request to fight Zika virus. Obama will re… Continue Reading

January 11, 2016


Shaheen pointed out that on average someone dies every day in New Hampshire from heroin and opioid abuse. She said the country needs to take the issue as seriously as it took the Ebola outbreak back in 2014. Roughly two-dozen community leaders, school officials, law enforcement, health and social service providers, first responders, clergy, and even a student representative attended a roundtable discussion with Shaheen Friday afternoon at Berlin High School. While not enough money, Shaheen sai… Continue Reading

January 10, 2016


by Barbara Tetreault

"This is a multifaceted problem and we have to respond to each facet," she said. Roughly two dozen community leaders, school officials, law enforcement, health and social service providers, first responders, clergy and a student representative attended a round table discussion with Shaheen last Friday afternoon, Jan. 8, at Berlin High School. Shaheen said the federal government appropriated an additional $159 million for federal programs targeting the epidemic. Berlin City Manager James… Continue Reading

January 10, 2016


by Barbara Tetreault

BERLIN - Calling heroin and opioid abuse a national emergency, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said she was pleased to see the collaborative approach the Berlin-Gorham region is taking to tackle the problem. "This is a multifaceted problem and we have to respond to each facet," she said. Roughly two dozen community leaders, school officials, law enforcement, health and social service providers, first responders, clergy and a student representative attended a round table discussion with Shaheen la… Continue Reading

January 09, 2016

Shaheen Says Feds Must Take Opioid Problem Far More Seriously

by Chris Jebsen

Sen. Shaheen met for about an hour with the group. Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR On Friday Senator Jeanne Shaheen said the federal government should take the problem with heroin and opioids as seriously as its concern over Ebola. She made the comments during a meeting with about two dozen health and social workers, educators and police at the Berlin High School. She said while the budget Congress approved last month has more money to deal with drug problems it is not enough. "My view… Continue Reading

January 06, 2016


MANCHESTER - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) has nominated 41 New Hampshire students to the United States Service Academies. The nomination from Senator Shaheen recommends students for acceptance into the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and West Point. "Once again, New Hampshire has produced an exceptionally talented group of young men and women who are eager to serve their country," said Shaheen. "I applaud the impressive work these students are doing i… Continue Reading

December 20, 2015

New Hampshire leads on climate change

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

Meeting with negotiators at the United Nations climate summit in Paris, I was impressed by their determination to reach ambitious goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions and to head off catastrophic global warming. New Hampshire has already taken aggressive efforts to combat climate change. Our efforts must be matched by follow-through on the equally robust national and international commitments made at the Paris summit. Granite Staters understand the high stakes: 14 of the 15 warmest years on r… Continue Reading

December 06, 2015

Shaheen urges action on climate change in Paris

Paris, France -Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D, New Hampshire) joined nine other democratic senators to stress the "urgency of the issue" of climate change at the the U.N. climate conference in Paris. Shaheen said that most Americans realize that climate change is already happening. During talks Saturday morning, she said that a recent Pew Research Center poll showed that two-thirds of Americans understand climate change. "But it doesn't matter what we do in New Hampshire. It doesn't matter what we… Continue Reading

December 04, 2015

Senate OKs highway bill; good news for region

by Anika Clark

The U.S. Senate gave final congressional approval Thursday night to a long-term highway and transit construction bill. The benefits of the measure will extend into the Monadnock Region. The Senate, approving the five-year bill 83-16, has sent it to President Barack Obama to be signed into law. The $300 billion measure, is the longest term highway bill in a decade. It is designed to make up for a long-standing shortfall in the highway trust fund, which gets its money from an 18.4 cent federal… Continue Reading

December 01, 2015

Hands Off America's Conservation Fund

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

Americans who have hiked the Appalachian Trail or visited the Grand Canyon may not have heard of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). But for half a century, this remarkable fund has helped to protect these natural treasures and thousands of others, at no cost to taxpayers. But now the fund itself is under attack. In the Senate, there is bipartisan support for legislation to permanently reauthorize the fund. But in the House, a powerful committee chairman is demanding that funding from L… Continue Reading

November 23, 2015

Shaheen proposes $600 million to fight heroin abuse

by Holly Ramer

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is proposing $600 million in emergency funding to address the nation's opioid and heroin abuse crisis. The bulk of the money would go to the Department of Health and Human Services, including $250 million that would be distributed to states as block grants for prevention, treatment and recovery programs. Another $200 million would go to the Department of Justice for grants that fund programs focused on law enforcement, courts and education. Shaheen… Continue Reading

November 14, 2015

Shaheen and first responders talk Narcan

by Max Sullivan

HAMPTON - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., met with first responders in Hampton on Friday morning to hold a roundtable discussion about the statewide opioid crisis and Narcan, the drug used to revive users from an overdose. Shaheen was joined by Hampton fire and police chiefs, deputy police chief and members of the Hampton EMS team at the Hampton Fire Department. She was also given a Narcan demonstration by EMS officer Nate Denio. Denio said his Fire Department has administered Narcan 38 time… Continue Reading

November 10, 2015


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

Today across New Hampshire we reflect on the incredible service and sacrifice of those who have defended our nation. New Hampshire has a proud tradition of military service and I join all Granite Staters in extending my deepest gratitude to all who have answered the call of duty, and especially our servicemembers currently stationed overseas. We also honor our veterans' loved ones, who have also sacrificed in their own way. We must never forget that veterans are all around us. They are our nei… Continue Reading

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

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