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Joins fellow Third Way Co-Chairs in pursuit of common-sense solutions

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) has joined a newly reconstituted group of fellow moderate Senate Democrats for the 112th Congress.  The Moderate Dems will be co-chaired by Sens. Tom Carper of Delaware, Mark Udall of Colorado, and Kay Hagan of North Carolina.  Those three senators, along with Senator Shaheen, are also honorary co-chairs of Third Way, a leading moderate Democratic policy group.

“New Hampshire residents have always been focused on common-sense, independent solutions,” Shaheen said. “As a Congress, we need to cut through the rhetoric. We need to find ways to come together to make smart decisions about the economy, our deficit, our energy policy, and the many other challenges facing our nation. There is much common ground to be found that can deliver results without sacrificing our core values. I’m glad to be joining this group of like-minded senators to forge consensus and lead the way towards real solutions.”

The Senators' goal is to work with the Senate leadership and the Administration to craft common-sense solutions to urgent national problems, including paying down the national debt, education reform, and energy policy.  As they did in the 111th Congress, the group will meet every other Tuesday before the Democratic Caucus lunch to discuss legislative strategies and ideas, including the importance of passing a fiscally responsible spending plan in the Senate. 

While the Senators acknowledged that such a large group won't agree on everything, they share a commitment to pursue pragmatic, fiscally sustainable policies across a range of issues.