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November 20, 2017

Grant Bosse: Shaheen sounded the alarm on Kaspersky

by Grant Bosse

The only thing I knew about Kaspersky Lab was that it used to sponsor the New England Patriots' radio broadcast.That was until this summer, when New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen started ringing alarm bells about the anti-virus software company.Shaheen sits on a Senate Homeland Security subcommittee that received a classified report on Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Shaheen can't share everything she knows, but there has been enough publicly-reported smoke for Shaheen to call for pu… Continue Reading


November 17, 2017

Shaheen Bill To Toughen Federal Checks on Gun Buyers

by Paige Sutherland

Senator Jeanne Shaheen has teamed up with colleagues across the aisle to sponsor a bill, introduced Thursday, that seeks to strengthen the federal database on gun background checks. Shaheen says the federal database, known as NICS, is "woefully" flawed and needs to be changed. Under the new legislation, there would be incentives for states and federal agencies to report to the database and punishments for failing to do so. Shaheen says holes in the system have become even more apparent since … Continue Reading


November 17, 2017

Foreign Service leadership being ‘decapitated’ and ‘depleted at a dizzying speed’

by Joe Davidson

When President Trump reported on his trip to Asia, he heaped praise on himself and said the nation's "standing in the world has never been stronger than it is right now." Using "I" 42 times in his 23-minute speech Wednesday, he declared "NATO, believe me, is very happy with Donald Trump and what I did," as he touted previous accomplishments. Trump's unmatched self-adulation might cloud his view of the hard work by foreign service staffers and their increased difficulties because of his adminis… Continue Reading


November 16, 2017

Shaheen joins GOP senators in push to improve gun background checks

by Paul Steinhauser

New Hampshire's senior U.S. senator is part of a bipartisan group of lawmakers trying to strengthen the national background check system for weapons purchases. The move comes less than two weeks after a mass shooting at a Texas church that may have been averted if authorities had reported the shooter's violent history. Democrat Jeanne Shaheen joined seven other senators Thursday to introduce the Fix NICS Act. NICS is the acronym for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which… Continue Reading


November 16, 2017

Shaheen introduces bill to prioritize opioid funding to hardest-hit states

by John DiStaso

TARGETED OPIOID FORMULA ACT. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen has been a leading voice on Capitol Hill demanding a change in the way federal opioid funding is distributed to the states under the 21st Century Cures Act, which was passed and signed into law last year by then-President Barack Obama. The New Hampshire Democrat has argued that funding from the law should be directed to the states suffering the most from the opioid crisis, rather than basing the funding solely on states' populations. That formula… Continue Reading


November 15, 2017

State Department’s plan for staff cuts causing new worry in Congress

by Carol Morello

A growing, bipartisan number of lawmakers are expressing alarm over anticipated personnel cuts at the State Department, saying they have contributed to plummeting morale and will undermine diplomacy and foreign policy for years to come. In the latest example, Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) urged Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday to lift a hiring freeze and promote experienced Foreign Service officers, requesting in a letter more details about Tillerson's reo… Continue Reading


November 14, 2017

Shaheen, Hassan look to bring more federal money to N.H. for opioid crisis

by Paul Steinhauser

New Hampshire's two U.S. senators on Tuesday introduced a bill that would increase federal funding to states such as New Hampshire that are severely impacted by the drug crisis. The measure, known as the Targeted Opioid Formula Act, would prioritize grants from Washington to states hardest-hit by the heroin and opioid epidemic. The legislation was co-sponsored by Democratic Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan. The Granite State ranks second in the country, behind West Virginia, in the numbe… Continue Reading


November 09, 2017

Defense bill includes 3,500 more visas for Afghans who helped US troops

by Rebecca Kheel

The annual defense policy bill would provide 3,500 more visas for Afghans who helped U.S. troops. "The conferees believe the special immigrant visa program continues to be critical for the U.S. government's operations in Afghanistan," a conference report released Thursday says. The special immigrant visa program is meant to help Afghans facing threats to their lives for serving as interpreters or otherwise assisting U.S. troops. The program nearly lapsed earlier this year due to a lack of ava… Continue Reading


November 09, 2017

Defense bill includes funds for PFC study

by Jeff McMenemy

PORTSMOUTH -- U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. announced Wednesday afternoon that the final Senate- and House-negotiated defense authorization bill includes her bipartisan amendment to pay for the first-ever study on the health effects of PFC exposure in drinking water. The study will look to give answers to thousands of people exposed to PFCs at the former Pease Air Force Base here - including at two day care centers - about what the health impacts are from the chemicals. "I've spoken with Gr… Continue Reading


November 09, 2017

Defense bill includes 3,500 more visas for Afghans who helped US troops

by Rebecca Kheel

The annual defense policy bill would provide 3,500 more visas for Afghans who helped U.S. troops. "The conferees believe the special immigrant visa program continues to be critical for the U.S. government's operations in Afghanistan," a conference report released Thursday says. The special immigrant visa program is meant to help Afghans facing threats to their lives for serving as interpreters or otherwise assisting U.S. troops. The program nearly lapsed earlier this year due to a lack of ava… Continue Reading


November 07, 2017

Senators look to bolster background check system after Texas shooting

by Seung Min Kim

Senators are slowly turning on the legislative spigot following the shooting at a rural Texas church that left more than two dozen dead. The efforts in the Senate are being spurred by the U.S. Air Force's disclosure late Monday that officials did not submit information to a federal database that the shooter, Devin Patrick Kelley, had a history of domestic assault that should have prevented him from owning firearms. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) is speaking privately with at least … Continue Reading


November 06, 2017

Trump signs into law Sens. Collins, Shaheen bill on diabetes

CONCORD, N.H. - President Trump has signed into law a bill authored by Sens. Susan Collins and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire that establishes a national commission of health care experts on diabetes care and prevention. Shaheen, a Democrat, and Collins, a Republican, say the legislation would bring together public and private sector experts, clinical endocrinologists and others involved in diabetes research and treatment to focus on improving education, care delivery and patient outcomes. Th… Continue Reading


November 06, 2017

Shaheen Visits Pelham Career Pathways program

by Kristen Giddings

PELHAM - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen visited Pelham High School on Friday for a round-table discussion with students, teachers and staff to learn about The Career Pathways initiative, a program to help guide and prepare students for careers that may interest them. The Career Pathways program, developed and launched by Pelham Dean of Students Anne Fowler six years ago, outlines several different "pathways" students can choose from, depending on their interests and goals for the future. Guidance is … Continue Reading


November 03, 2017

Shaheen, N.H. students pitch to keep student loan deduction

by Paul Steinhauser

Olivia Teixeira worries the proposed elimination of the student loan interest deduction in the federal tax code will hurt her after graduation when she gets a job and starts paying off her college education. Teixeira, a sophomore at Saint Anselm College, spoke Friday at a roundtable discussion led by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and organized by the New Hampshire College and University Council. "I'm hoping to raise awareness to students because I didn't really know that this was happening," the second-… Continue Reading


October 28, 2017

Police stations throughout NH take part in National Drug Take Back Day

by Alyssa Dandrea

Six months after New Hampshire police departments collected more than 14,000 pounds of drugs as part of National Drug Take Back Day, officials are hoping to surpass that total at a second 2017 event Saturday. Senator Jeanne Shaheen made a personal pitch Friday morning outside the Concord Police Department for residents to take inventory of their medical cabinets and to safely dispose of unwanted prescription pills. "My husband and I went through my medicine cabinet this morning, and these are … Continue Reading


October 28, 2017

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen: What President Trump doesn’t want you to know

by Senator Jeanne Shaheen

It's almost time to sign up for 2018 health coverage on the Affordable Care Act, "Obamacare," marketplaces. Unfortunately, the Trump administration doesn't want Granite Staters to know about it. Along with broader efforts to sabotage the law and discourage Americans from signing up, the administration has drastically cut back advertising to inform consumers about the coming enrollment period. The president has falsely claimed that the health care reform law is "dead." These actions to undermin… Continue Reading


October 25, 2017

Shaheen on sexual assault: ‘We need men to speak up’

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) is calling for a comprehensive legislative strategy around the issue of sexual assault, while also acknowledging Congress can only do so much in the wake of extensive harassment and rape allegations against Hollywood mogul and Democratic megadonor Harvey Weinstein. "I do think we ought to look at every legislative remedy that might be available," the New Hampshire senator told POLITICO's Carrie Budoff Brown in the latest episode of Women Rule. But Shaheen warned th… Continue Reading


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

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