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March 04, 2014

IN ADVANCE OF ARMED SERVICES HEARING, SHAHEEN RAISES CONCERNS OVER BASE CLOSURE RECOMMENDATIONS, NATIONAL GUARD REDUCTIONS

(Washington, DC) - After the White House unveiled a budget that recommends base closures and National Guard reductions, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today is voicing opposition to these proposals and announcing plans to relay her concerns directly to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel tomorrow during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. Tomorrow's hearing will be the committee's first formal opportunity to review the President's Fiscal Year 2015 Defense Authorization request. "I have rep… Continue Reading


February 28, 2014

SHAHEEN: LAKES REGION COMMUNITY COLLEGE PROGRAM WILL PREPARE STUDENTS FOR JOBS IN ENERGY EFFICIENT ECONOMY

(LACONIA, NH) - Renewing her efforts to move the first major energy bill in several years, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today visited the Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) to discuss how her newly reintroduced Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency legislation will help create jobs, reduce pollution and save consumers billions of dollars. During her visit to the LRCC campus in Laconia, Shaheen toured the LRCC Energy Services and Technology Program and discussed how the bipartisan bill she r… Continue Reading


February 28, 2014

SHAHEEN: WE OWE OUR VETERANS ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY, GOOD PAYING JOBS

(Manchester, NH) - Calling attention to the need to further promote economic opportunity for our veterans, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) toured Granite State Manufacturing (GSM) this morning to discuss her legislative efforts that will help create good paying jobs for those who have served our country. Shaheen also highlighted GSM's leadership when it comes to hiring New Hampshire veterans; almost sixteen percent of Granite State Manufacturing's employees are veterans which is double the se… Continue Reading


February 27, 2014

SHAHEEN, PORTMAN RENEW EFFORT TO PASS BIPARTISAN ENERGY EFFICIENCY BILL

(Washington, DC)- U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) today renewed their push for a national energy efficiency strategy by reintroducing an updated version of the Shaheen-Portman Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (ESIC). The legislation has received widespread support from Democrats and Republicans as well as industry leaders, energy-efficiency advocates and environmental stakeholders because it reduces pollution, saves consumers money and creates jobs. … Continue Reading


February 27, 2014

FRIDAY IN LACONIA: SHAHEEN TO DISCUSS NEW ENERGY EFFICIENCY LEGISLATION AT LAKES REGION COMMUNITY COLLEGE

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will discuss the reintroduction of her bipartisan energy efficiency legislation, Shaheen-Portman Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (ESIC) during a visit to Lakes Region Community College Energy Services and Technology Program in Laconia at 1:30 p.m. Friday, February 28th. Shaheen will also tour the program's facilities with Lakes Region Community College President Scott Kalicki and speak to a building operator certification class on how her bill… Continue Reading


February 26, 2014

SHAHEEN FILES CHARLIE MORGAN ACT AS AMENDMENT TO COMPREHENSIVE VETERANS BILL

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today introduced the Charlie Morgan Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act as an amendment to a comprehensive veterans bill that the Senate is debating this week and is designed to improve the lives of our nation's veterans and their families. Shaheen's amendment would extend federal benefits to legally married, same-sex veteran couples and help put the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) policies in accordance with the Supreme Court ruling … Continue Reading


February 26, 2014

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES DISASTER RELIEF FUNDING AWARDED TO NEW ENGLAND

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced this morning that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will give $32.8 million in disaster relief funding to coastal communities in New England that have been suffering severe economic losses in recent years due to declining fish populations. "This morning's announcement is great news for New Hampshire's fishing industry," Shaheen said. "These disaster relief resources that I've long fought for will provide cr… Continue Reading


February 24, 2014

SHAHEEN VISITS UNH TO OUTLINE PLANS TO HELP STUDENTS MANAGE DEBT

(Durham, NH) - In advance of introducing new legislation aimed to help students and graduates manage student loan debt, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today met with students at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) at Durham to discuss the rising cost of higher education and her proposals to address the issue. Shaheen outlined her plan to introduce a bill that would develop an online portal to allow students to review all their public and private student loans as well as repayment options i… Continue Reading


February 21, 2014

SHAHEEN WELCOMES UKRAINIAN AGREEMENT, URGES IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF YULIA TYMOSHENKO

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement after the Ukrainian government and opposition leaders struck a fragile deal to end deadly violence in the country and the Ukrainian parliament passed a bill that could free jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko: "I strongly urge the Ukrainian Government and President Yanukovych to ensure Ms. Tymoshenko is released without delay. This has been an especially tragic week for the people of Ukraine. The polit… Continue Reading


February 21, 2014

SHAHEEN: FARM BILL WILL PROTECT SMALL DAIRY FARMS

(Concord, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) visited Bartlett Farm Dairy this afternoon to discuss her efforts to include provisions in the 2014 bipartisan Farm Bill that will protect small dairy farms and the jobs they support. The bill includes a new dairy program with a restructured safety net that takes into account the price of milk and the cost of feeding livestock and includes significantly lower premiums for small dairy farms. "Small dairy farms are important to our state, not onl… Continue Reading


February 20, 2014

SHAHEEN, AYOTTE ASK COMMERCE DEPARTMENT TO WAIVE STATE MATCHING REQUIREMENT ON BEHALF OF NEW HAMPSHIRE FISHERIES

(Washington, DC) - As part of their ongoing efforts to protect New Hampshire's fishing industry and mitigate industry-wide economic losses, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) are calling on U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to waive the state matching requirements for federally declared disaster relief funds for the Northeast Multispecies Groundfish Fishery. In a letter sent Wednesday, Shaheen and Ayotte along with a bipartisan group of New England Senators, urge… Continue Reading


February 20, 2014

FRIDAY IN CONCORD: SHAHEEN TO HIGHLIGHT KEY FARM BILL PROVISIONS AT BARTLETT FARM DAIRY

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will visit Bartlett Farm Dairy in Concord at 11:15 a.m. on Friday, February 21st to discuss protections for New Hampshire's small dairy farmers, championed by Shaheen, that were included in the 2014 bipartisan Farm Bill. Shaheen fought to include safeguards for small dairy farmers who have struggled with high feed costs and volatility in milk prices. Later, Shaheen will deliver remarks at the formal swearing in of Landya McCafferty to be federal district court… Continue Reading


February 14, 2014

SHAHEEN TOUTS BENEFITS OF NATIONAL OILHEAT RESEARCH TO CONSUMERS, SMALL BUSINESSES

(Manchester, NH)- U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined representatives of the New Hampshire Oil Heat Dealers Association for a roundtable discussion in Manchester today to highlight the benefits the five-year reauthorization of the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) will have for homes using oil heat in New Hampshire. Shaheen successfully fought to include a five-year reauthorization of the NORA program in the bipartisan Farm Bill, which adopted language nearly identical to Shaheen's… Continue Reading


February 14, 2014

ON VALENTINE’S DAY, SHAHEEN, KIRK AND TOOMEY ASK SENATE TO ‘KISS SUGAR SUBSIDIES GOODBYE,’ REFORM SUGAR PROGRAM

(Washington, D.C.) ­- Today on Valentine's Day, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) are asking the Senate to "stop sugar's sweet deal" and support the Shaheen-Kirk-Toomey Sugar Reform Act. The bipartisan group sent Valentines to every Senate office to highlight the tremendous cost of the outdated sugar program to consumers, taxpayers, and American businesses to call for reform. "The sugar program is a sweetheart deal for a small group of sugar growers… Continue Reading


February 13, 2014

SHAHEEN, AYOTTE, KUSTER: EPA WILL EXTEND ACCESS TO ATKINSON WATER MAIN, PROVIDE RESIDENTS WITH SAFE DRINKING WATER

Continuing their efforts on behalf of Atkinson residents, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced today that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will extend access to the Atkinson water main to the residents of Deer Run Road, thereby giving all residents in the impacted neighborhood an opportunity to connect to a safe drinking water supply. The town of Atkinson has been struggling for the last several years with the conta… Continue Reading


February 12, 2014

SHAHEEN WELCOMES REPEAL OF MILITARY RETIREE COLA CUT

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today praised the passing of a bipartisan Senate bill that will reverse a cost of living adjustment (COLA) reduction for military retirees that was included in last year's bipartisan budget agreement. Shaheen, who has led the push to reverse the COLA adjustment for military retirees, was the first to introduce legislation repealing the cut back in December. The bill cleared the Senate this afternoon by a 95-3 vote. "It is important that we h… Continue Reading


February 12, 2014

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON DEBT CEILING VOTE

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement after the Senate voted 55-43 to raise the nation's borrowing limit: "This afternoon's vote prevents the type of manufactured crisis that has become all too common in Washington and it provides our economy with certainty as we continue to rein in our deficits," Shaheen said. "Moving forward we must stay focused on our most pressing priorities - creating jobs, growing the economy, and further helping our small … Continue Reading


February 11, 2014

SHAHEEN, AYOTTE MEET WITH FEDERAL OFFICIALS TO DISCUSS FISHERY RELIEF FOR NEW ENGLAND

(Washington, DC) - As part of their ongoing efforts to protect New Hampshire's fishing industry, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) met with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officials today to discuss disaster relief for fisheries. Shaheen and Ayotte were joined by Senators from coastal New England states at the meeting with NOAA Administrator Kathy Sullivan and NOAA Fisheries Director Eileen Sobeck. "Fishermen and coastal communities up and down N… Continue Reading


February 11, 2014

SHAHEEN INTRODUCES AMENDMENT TO REVERSE MILITARY RETIREE COLA REDUCTION, CLOSE OFFSHORE TAX LOOPHOLE

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today introduced an amendment that would undo the cost of living adjustment (COLA) reduction for military retirees and replace those savings by closing an offshore tax loophole. The amendment is similar to language Shaheen filed last year as standalone legislation titled the Military Retirement Restoration Act, which Shaheen introduced in response to last year's bipartisan budget agreement which reduced cost of living adjustments for military… Continue Reading


February 10, 2014

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON SENATE VOTE TO ADVANCE MILITARY COLA FIX

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement after the Senate voted 94-0 to advance legislation to undo the cost of living adjustment (COLA) reduction for military retirees included in last year's bipartisan budget agreement: "Tonight's bipartisan vote is an important step forward as we work to restore cost of living adjustments for military retirees who have bravely fought to protect our country. While I would prefer a plan that finds savings elsewhere… Continue Reading

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