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March 23, 2017

43 Senate Democrats pledge to block ‘phase three’ of GOP health-care push

by David Weigel

By: David Weigel Washington Post Senate Democrats have warned House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) that they'll oppose the "phase three" health-care bills, casting doubt on the Republican strategy to win passage of the American Health Care Act on the promise that big reforms will come later. "Any assurances to your colleagues that future legislation to further scale back insurance coverage will pass through regular order if the AHCA is enacted are based on the flawed assumption that the Senate… Continue Reading

March 18, 2017

Trump budget cuts: North Country program faces ax

by Kevin Landrigan

By: Kevin Landrigan Union Leader PLYMOUTH - President Donald Trump's budget outline last week put many popular federal spending programs affecting New Hampshire on the chopping block, and among the most vulnerable may be one that promotes trade, tourism and job creation in the Granite State's northernmost regions. The $7 million Northern Border Regional Commission for New Hampshire and three other Canadian border states hardly is a federal budget-buster. But it underscores the dilemma facing… Continue Reading

March 15, 2017

Why This Senator Wants To Change The Way We Discuss Sexual Assault

by Kimberly Truong

By: Kimberly Truong Refinery29 When it comes to sexual assault and sexual violence, the language that we use is important. That's why, at Refinery29, we refer to those who have been sexually assaulted as survivors, not victims - and Senator Jeanne Shaheen just made a point about why this matters. This morning, Shaheen questioned Secretary of the Navy Sean Stackley and United States Marine Corps General Robert Neller over the U.S. Marines sharing nude photos of women Marines. When Neller refe… Continue Reading

March 15, 2017

Dem senator hopes to tie defense spending bill to visas for Afghans who helped US troops

by Rebecca Kheel

By: Rebecca Kheel The Hill Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) said Tuesday she is hoping to tackle the shortage of visas for Afghans who helped U.S. troops in the upcoming Department of Defense spending bill. "I'm hoping to try and address it as the spending bill for DOD comes over, and I'm going to keep raising it every opportunity I have," Shaheen told The Hill. A defense spending bill for the remainder of fiscal year 2017 is awaiting a Senate vote after the House passed it last week. Last week… Continue Reading

March 15, 2017

Marine leaders vow to combat online nude photo sharing, Shaheen doubts something will be done

by Lolita C. Baldor

By: Lolita C. Baldor AP WASHINGTON (AP) - Declaring "enough is enough," the top U.S. Marine on Tuesday told senators that he intends to fix the problem that led to current and former Corps members sharing nude photos of female Marines online and making lewd or threatening comments about them. But angry and skeptical members of the Senate Armed Services Committee demanded more, saying the military hasn't done enough to combat sexual assault and harassment despite years of complaints and proble… Continue Reading

March 14, 2017

Hassan, Shaheen speak out against GOP health plan

by Holly Raymer

By: Holly Raymer AP U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan on Monday called the Republican plan to dismantle the Affordable Care Act the "height of irresponsibility" when it comes to its effect on people with drug addictions. The federal law allowed states to expand their Medicaid programs to cover more low-income adults, but the GOP plan would phase out the expansion and cap the program in the future. At a news conference at Concord Hospital, Hassan and fellow Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen argued the res… Continue Reading

March 13, 2017

Recovery coach says expanded Medicaid saved him

by David Solomon

By: David Solomon Union Leader CONCORD - For Philip Spagnuolo, expansion of Medicaid in New Hampshire was a lifesaver, helping to rescue him from the potentially fatal effects of addiction. Spagnuolo was on Medicaid from February 2016 until January of this year. In that time, he was able to get counseling, therapy and medical care that allowed him to overcome his substance abuse disorder. Now a licensed recovery coach at Navigating Recovery of the Lakes Region in Laconia, Spagnuolo has bec… Continue Reading

March 13, 2017

Shaheen, Hassan label GOP health care plan ‘disaster,’ ‘height of irresponsibility’

by John DiStaso

By: John DiStaso WMUR CONCORD, N.H. - The Republican health care plan backed by President Donald Trump is "a real disaster" for New Hampshire, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said at a news conference Monday, flanked by Sen. Maggie Hassan, health care providers and a recovered victim of substance abuse disorder. Joining Shaheen at Concord Hospital to attack the House Republican-sponsored American Health Care Act, Hassan called the plan's provision to end Medicaid expansion "the height of irresponsibility… Continue Reading

March 13, 2017

Q&A: Senator Shaheen on her fight to repeal the 'global gag rule' permanently

by Sophie Edwards

By: Sophie Edwards Senator Jeanne Shaheen is challenging U.S. President Donald Trump's "global gag rule" in Congress with the Global Health, Empowerment and Rights (HER) Act, which seeks to permanently repeal the order, as NGOs and activists warn of the severe impact of the rule. The bill, introduced in January by Shaheen, a democratic senator from New Hampshire, and Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey from New York, has garnered bipartisan support, including from Republican Senators Susan… Continue Reading

March 08, 2017

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on the Four Biggest Global Challenges for Women and Girls

by Mattie Kahn

The only woman on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is spending today and every day speaking up for women around the world. By: Mattie Kahn Elle On the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, tasked with recommending international policy interventions and overseeing U.S. involvement in global affairs, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) is the outlier. She's not less experienced than her peers or ideologically outside the norm. She's not much younger or much older than the rest of them. But she is… Continue Reading

March 07, 2017

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen Explains Why Empowering Women Across The Globe Is Its Own Anti-Terrorism Strategy

by Bronwyn Isaac

By: Bronwyn Isaac Bustle The cultural conversation around counter-terrorism often relies on increased national security and military strategies. Certainly, dissecting the pros and cons of anti-terrorist military strategies is an article in itself, but what about more community centered preventative tactics. More specifically, what if global empowerment of women was its own counter-terrorism strategy? Well, according to the New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, an increase in global female empower… Continue Reading

March 06, 2017

Republicans join Democratic call for clarity on Trump abortion order

by Patricia Zengerle

By: Patricia Zengerle Reuters Two of President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans joined four Democrats on Monday in demanding that the White House provide more information about an executive order that has sown confusion among international organizations involved in family planning, AIDS treatment and other healthcare issues. In one of his first actions as president, Trump signed an executive order on Jan. 23 reinstating the so-called Mexico City policy, known by critics as the "global gag" r… Continue Reading

February 06, 2017

Concord Monitor: Shaheen hears ACA concerns at roundtable


By ELLA NILSEN Monitor staff Even though Sabrina Dunlap's family doesn't depend on the Affordable Care Act for insurance, the thought that the federal health care law could be repealed still keeps her up at night. Dunlap of Hopkinton has a 4-year-old daughter with a very rare and severe systemic disease where her body is constantly attacking itself, thinking it's fighting off something that isn't there. "It's a very severe disease and kids do die from it," Dunlap said. Luckily for her famil… Continue Reading

January 24, 2017

Two Democrats Just Introduced a Bill to Protest Trump’s Anti-Abortion Move

by Lisa Ryan

By: Lisa Ryan The Cut President Donald Trump on Monday reinstated the Mexico City policy - otherwise known as the Global Gag Rule - which prohibits organizations that receive U.S. aid from providing or even talking about abortions. Just one day later, however, two Congresswomen introduced legislation into the House that would permanently repeal the rule. Unfortunately, there's almost no chance it will actually pass. The Global Health, Empowerment, and Rights (HER) Act was introduced in the Ho… Continue Reading

November 28, 2016

Meet The Brave Senator Leading The Fight For Sexual Assault Survivors’ Rights

by Alexandra Svokos

By: Alexandra Svokos Elite Daily Amanda Nguyen was going from office to office in Congress, trying to find a lawmaker who would support her cause. Nguyen was raped about two years ago, when she was 22, and had a rape kit examination immediately after in a Massachusetts hospital. Under state rules on the statute of limitations, she had 15 years to decide if she wanted to file charges against her attacker. But also under state rules, the rape kit would be destroyed in six months. So every six mo… Continue Reading

October 08, 2016

How women lead differently

by Linda Feldmann

By: Linda Feldmann Christian Science Monitor AMHERST, N.H. - Kelly Ayotte and Joni Ernst take the floor, two dynamic young US senators before a town hall of older military veterans. Between them, they represent a raft of firsts: Senator Ayotte is New Hampshire's first female attorney general and first female Republican senator. Senator Ernst is Iowa's first woman ever elected to either house of Congress and the first female military veteran to serve in the Senate. The gender dimension does no… Continue Reading

July 12, 2016

Shaheen tours UNH organic dairy farm


LEE - Leaders in the natural products and integrative health industries met at the University of New Hampshire's organic dairy research farm in Lee Monday to discuss their impact on the local economy. The farm is a part of the Natural Products Trail, which accounts for more than $1 billion in annual revenue and supports nearly 7,000 jobs in the Granite State. U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., was at the meeting, and took a tour of the farm, petting calves and learning about the only industrial… Continue Reading

July 11, 2016

How This Senator Is Fighting For Rights For Sexual Assault Survivors


Photo: Boston Globe/Getty Images. U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. If you doubt that you can make a real difference in today's polarized political landscape, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen wants you to meet Amanda Nguyen. After she was sexually assaulted as a college student, Nguyen was faced with navigating a nightmare system that she's described as "worse than the rape itself." While the state where the assault occurred provides survivors with a 15-year window to decide whether to pursue criminal char… Continue Reading

July 08, 2016

New Hampshire’s D.C. experience


Last month, more than 45 New Hampshire businesses, nonprofits and vendors were invited to Washington, D.C., as part of U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's seventh annual Experience New Hampshire event. The event's aim is to introduce Capitol Hill to the Granite State, but it has also created a space for Granite Staters to build and reinforce their relationships with each other. "We have made some nice connections with other restaurants, and it helps us reconnect with some of the restaurants or other f… Continue Reading

July 05, 2016

100 percent American


PORTSMOUTH - Ninety-six people from 52 countries and five continents were welcomed as U.S. citizens during the annual naturalization ceremony at Strawbery Banke on Monday. Patricia Janetos, who emigrated from Brazil, has been living in the United States for 20 years. She said it was time for her to be able to vote. "It means I am a part of the country 100 percent," Janetos said. "It's the greatest thing that I have ever done, and I am really happy." Larry Yerdon, president and CEO of Strawber… Continue Reading

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