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June 17, 2021

Shaheen Statement on Juneteenth Becoming a Federal Holiday

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement after President Biden signed legislation into law to make Juneteenth a federal holiday: "This is a long overdue and historic day," said Shaheen. "It is past time that our nation established Juneteenth as a federal holiday to signify the end of slavery in the United States. I supported legislation in the Senate to recognize Juneteenth as a federal holiday because it is incumbent on all of us to never forget the… Continue Reading


June 17, 2021

Shaheen Reintroduces Bipartisan Bill to Open Eligibility for Burial in State Veterans Cemeteries to All Service Members

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, reintroduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to ensure all members of Reserve components and the National Guard are eligible to be buried in state veterans cemeteries, so long as their service was terminated under honorable conditions. Senators John Hoeven (R-ND), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) are cosponsors of the bill in the Senate. Currently, only certain service me… Continue Reading


June 17, 2021

Shaheen Statement on SCOTUS ACA Case

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed a case that challenged the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. "For millions of Americans, the fate of affordable health care hinged on this case, which is why I'm so relieved that the Supreme Court made the right decision today. The Court's ruling to preserve the ACA safeguards critical health care protections for thousands of Granite Staters and mill… Continue Reading


June 16, 2021

ICYMI: PBS Newshour Spotlights Shaheen’s Leadership to Address SIVs Backlog & Rescue Afghan Civilians in Danger

**Shaheen last week introduced bipartisan legislation to improve the SIV program by increasing the authorized number of Afghan Special Immigrant Visas by 20,000 and streamlining procedures for visa processing** (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, spoke with PBS's Jane Ferguson on her years-long effort to protect Afghans who've risked their lives to support U.S. diplomatic efforts abroad by streng… Continue Reading


June 16, 2021

Shaheen Statement on Biden-Putin Summit

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) and Chair of the Europe and Regional Security Cooperation SFRC Subcommittee, issued the following statement in response to President Biden's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "I was pleased to see President Biden stand his ground today against Vladimir Putin and send a strong message that his administration will not turn a blind eye to Putin's belligerence. The … Continue Reading


June 15, 2021

Shaheen and Hassan Help Introduce Bill to Ban PFAS Chemicals in Cosmetics

A recent study found high fluorine levels-indicating the probable presence of PFAS-in just over half of 231 makeup products tested (Washington, DC) -Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) helped introduce the?No PFAS in Cosmetics Act, which would ban the inclusion of PFAS chemicals in cosmetics products, such as makeup, moisturizer and perfume.?The bipartisan bill is led by U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Susan Collins (R-ME), and cosponsored by fellow … Continue Reading


June 15, 2021

ICYMI: Ahead of Biden-Putin Summit, Shaheen Says Political Turmoil in Belarus is a “Wake-Up Call” for the West in USA Today Op-Ed

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) and Chair of the Europe and Regional Security Cooperation SFRC Subcommittee, penned an op-ed in USA Today on why the West must come together to address the political situation in Belarus as Putin intensifies his efforts to sow chaos and subvert democracies in the region. The op-ed comes the day before President Biden meets with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Geneva. In … Continue Reading


June 15, 2021

Shaheen, Collins Lead Bipartisan Letter to EPA Urging Support for Biomass Industry

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) led a bipartisan letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan urging the Biden administration to address languishing applications under the renewable fuel standard (RFS) program, including moving forward with allowing renewable electricity made from biomass to qualify if it is used to power electric vehicles. This would level the playing field among fuel sources, and enable biomass powe… Continue Reading


June 14, 2021

Shaheen, Warren Reintroduce Legislation to Provide Equal Tax Treatment for Married Same-Sex Couples

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) reintroduced legislation with U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and a group of Senators to provide equal tax treatment for married same-sex couples. The Refund Equality Act would ensure that legally-married same-sex couples -- who until the U.S. Supreme Court's 2013 U.S. v. Windsor decision were barred from filing federal taxes jointly -- are permitted to file amended tax returns back to the date of their marriage. "For years, same-sex c… Continue Reading


June 13, 2021

Shaheen, Tillis Issue Joint Statement Ahead of NATO Summit

(Washington, DC) -U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Thom Tillis (R-NC), co-chairs of the Senate NATO Observer Group, released a joint bipartisan statement ahead of tomorrow's NATO summit: "As President Biden meets with world leaders tomorrow, America will convey our enduring commitment to the partnership that's ensured our global security for more than seven decades: the NATO alliance. The United States will reassure our allies that the transatlantic alliance is here to stay, and we can b… Continue Reading


June 12, 2021

Shaheen, Rubio, Menendez, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Support Central American Women and Children

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Todd Young (R-IN), Chris Coons (D-DE) and Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced the Central American Women and Children Protection Act to address the protection and safety of women and children in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. The bipartisan legislation seeks to decrease and deter violence agains… Continue Reading


June 11, 2021

Shaheen Announces More than $1.3 Million to Support NH Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice System

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the Chair of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that funds the Department of Justice (DOJ), announced that the DOJ awarded $1,380,376 in federal funding for New Hampshire to support Granite State law enforcement agencies. Specifically, the funding was awarded through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, which funds state and local law enforcement and criminal justice system initiatives, including those… Continue Reading


June 11, 2021

Shaheen Celebrates Opening of Senior Behavioral Health Unit at St. Joseph Hospital

(Nashua, NH) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) delivered remarks celebrating the opening of the Senior Behavioral Health Unit at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua. Shaheen's office helped the hospital expedite the opening of the new facility by coordinating with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. With 24 beds designed for adults aged 65 and older, the health unit will help respond to the mental and behavioral health needs of seniors living in Nashua and the Southern Tier and h… Continue Reading


June 11, 2021

Shaheen Leads Bipartisan Effort to Strengthen SIV Program by Increasing Cap on Visas & Improving Efficiency

**Legislation increases authorized number of Afghan Special Immigrant Visas by 20,000 & improves visa processing for those facing danger after supporting U.S.-led missions in Afghanistan** (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, introduced new bipartisan legislation with Joni Ernst (R-IA), Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) to provide immediate improvements to the Afghan Special Immigrant… Continue Reading


June 10, 2021

Shaheen, Manchin, Ernst, Moran Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Make Permanent Medicare’s Flexibilities For Telehealth And Audio-only Services

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) introduced the bipartisan Protecting Rural Telehealth Access Act to make a variety of Medicare's current telehealth flexibilities permanent, including flexibilities to provide audio-only forms of telehealth services. This would ensure that Medicare patients are able to continue to have access to the services and consultations that they need and patients in rural areas without access… Continue Reading


June 10, 2021

Shaheen Joins Bipartisan Statement on Bipartisan Infrastructure Agreement

(Washington, DC) -U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Rob Portman (R-OH), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Jon Tester (D-MT), Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Mark Warner (D-VA) released the following statement after reaching an agreement on a framework to modernize America's infrastructure: "Our group - comprised of 10 Senators, 5 from each party - has worked in good faith and reached a bipartisan agreement on a realistic, comp… Continue Reading


June 10, 2021

Shaheen, Murkowski Reintroduce Bipartisan Fix to Stop Tax that Threatens Investments in Crucial Water Infrastructure

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) reintroduced their bipartisan bill to fix a measure in the 2017 tax bill that led to taxes on critical water infrastructure investments in New Hampshire, Alaska and across the nation. The bill would amend the treatment of Contributions in aid of Construction (CIAC) under Section 118 of the Internal Revenue Code to reduce the burden on taxpayers and encourage water and wastewater utilities to invest in water infrastr… Continue Reading


June 10, 2021

NH Congressional Delegation Calls on Department of Education to Work with NH to Ensure Schools Can Use Relief Funding for Construction Projects

WASHINGTON - Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan and Representatives Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas wrote to Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona calling on the Department to work with New Hampshire to ensure that schools can use federal COVID-19 relief funding for needed construction projects, particularly those that improve air ventilation systems. "We urge the U.S. Department of Education ("the Department") to work with New Hampshire's state Department of Education (SEA) a… Continue Reading


June 10, 2021

Shaheen Helps Reintroduce Legislation to Reassert U.S. Global Leadership in LGBTQI+ Rights Protection

**Legislation comes amid Pride Month & would build on Biden administration efforts to embed LGBTQI+ protections throughout U.S. foreign policy, establish a permanent Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons** (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR), all members of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, in reintroducing the Greater Leadership Overseas for the Benefit of Equality (GLOBE) Act. The legislation… Continue Reading


June 09, 2021

Shaheen Holds Hearing with Attorney General Garland on Department of Justice FY2022 Funding Priorities

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS), held a hearing on fiscal year 2022 funding priorities for the U.S. Department of Justice. She questioned Attorney General Merrick Garland on a variety of issues critical to New Hampshire and the nation. Shaheen began by highlighting her concerns with the present level of funding… Continue Reading

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