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April 30, 2014

SHAHEEN CONTINUES FIGHT AGAINST PRESCRIPTION DRUG ADDICTION IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

(Washington, DC) - In a continued effort to combat prescription drug addiction and abuse in New Hampshire, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today urged Senate appropriators to provide strong funding for the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and the National All-Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting (NASPER) program that monitor prescription drugs and prevent abuse. Heroin and prescription drug addiction has reached epidemic proportions in Ne… Continue Reading


April 30, 2014

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON MINIMUM WAGE VOTE

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement today after a minority of Senators blocked action on the Minimum Wage Fairness Act, legislation that would have raised the minimum wage to $10.10, helped lift more than 10,000 Granite Staters out of poverty and resulted in a raise for more than 110,000 Granite Staters, including approximately 67,000 New Hampshire women: "It's disappointing that once again a minority of Senators were able to block action on a … Continue Reading


April 30, 2014

SHAHEEN: UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE IS LEADING THE WAY IN EFFORTS TO COMBAT SEXUAL ASSAULT

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) is welcoming the announcement of new national guidelines to combat sexual assault on college campuses that recognize the University of New Hampshire (UNH) as a national leader in the effort. The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault's guidelines released Tuesday aim to more aggressively combat sexual assaults on college and university campuses and specifically highlight UNH's Prevention Innovations program that devel… Continue Reading


April 29, 2014

In Case You Missed It: Coalition Calls for Vote on Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Bill

(Washington, DC) - As bipartisan momentum builds behind Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman's (R-OH) efforts to pass a comprehensive energy efficiency bill, a coalition of 85 business, industry, environmental and public interest groups are urging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring the bipartisan legislation to the floor for a vote. In the group's letter, the coalition notes that the legislation "would help meet America's goals of increasing … Continue Reading


April 29, 2014

ON SENATE FLOOR SHAHEEN CALLS FOR PASSAGE OF MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) went to the Senate floor this afternoon to urge her colleagues to increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10. An increase in the minimum wage would result in a raise for more than 110,000 people in New Hampshire and help lift more than 10,000 Granite Staters out of poverty. Shaheen's remarks as prepared for delivery are included below: Mr. President, along with many of my colleagues, I rise today to support an increase … Continue Reading


April 29, 2014

SHAHEEN WELCOMES SUPREME COURT RULING ON CROSS-STATE POLLUTION

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement welcoming the Supreme Court's ruling to uphold the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule which regulates pollution crossing state lines: "Today's Supreme Court decision will allow us in New Hampshire and throughout New England to breathe a little bit easier. Studies show that the EPA's rule will particularly help states like ours which have too long suffered the public health consequences of pollution from out of st… Continue Reading


April 28, 2014

SHAHEEN: INCREASING MINIMUM WAGE IS RIGHT FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE

(Washington, DC) - In advance of the Senate's consideration of legislation to increase the minimum wage, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today is citing data that shows New Hampshire's families, veterans and economy would benefit greatly from raising the minimum wage to $10.10. Currently, New Hampshire's minimum wage is $7.25. According to reports, increasing the minimum wage would result in a raise for more than 110,000 Granite Staters, including approximately 67,000 New Hampshire women. T… Continue Reading


April 25, 2014

SHAHEEN URGES PRESIDENT OBAMA TO INVESTIGATE VA MISMANAGEMENT

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) is calling on President Obama to launch a formal investigation "of gross misconduct by certain Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) management personnel" after it was reported that at least 40 veterans have died waiting for appointments at a VA facility in Phoenix. According to CNN, the facility had placed many of these veterans on a "secret waiting list" as part of "an elaborate scheme designed by Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix who were trying to hide th… Continue Reading


April 24, 2014

SHAHEEN CALLS ON IRS TO IMPLEMENT COMMON SENSE REFORMS, END ABUSES OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) is today calling on the IRS to implement common sense reforms to better protect taxpayer dollars after it was reported that the agency paid out more than $1 million in bonuses to its employees who were delinquent on their own personal taxes. According to the Associated Press, the agency in total paid out $2.8 million in bonuses to more than 2,800 employees with "recent disciplinary" problems, including more than $1 million that was paid to 1,150 who owed back … Continue Reading


April 24, 2014

SHAHEEN: WE CANNOT GIVE UP IN THE FIGHT TO END MILITARY SEXUAL ASSAULT

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today is renewing her call for congress to address the military's sexual assault crisis by passing the Military Justice Improvement Act after recent reports underscore a need for swift action. In one incident a top Army general was removed from command in Japan for the mishandling of a sexual assault case, only to be reassigned to an important position in the Pentagon, and in another incident, the commander of the Blue Angels has come under investigation for se… Continue Reading


April 23, 2014

SHAHEEN CALLS FOR FEDERAL INVESTIGATION OF NEW HAMPSHIRE TAX FRAUD

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) is urging federal officials to investigate wide spread tax fraud that has been committed against more than one hundred physicians and health care providers in New Hampshire. According to news reports, the victims of fraud had their Social Security numbers stolen, then the perpetrators filed fraudulent tax returns and stole tax refunds. "The Secret Service and Internal Revenue Service should immediately conduct a joint investigation into recent reports that mor… Continue Reading


April 22, 2014

SHAHEEN ON EARTH DAY: WE MUST ACT IMMEDIATELY TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today called for immediate action to address the threat of climate change at two Earth Day roundtable discussions in New Hampshire. At both events, Shaheen specifically warned of the negative consequences inaction could have on New Hampshire's environment and economy, particularly the state's $9.3 billion tourism industry. Shaheen's roundtable discussions with environmental leaders and stakeholders were held in both Durham and Concord. "Earth Day provides a gr… Continue Reading


April 21, 2014

TOMORROW IN DURHAM AND CONCORD: SHAHEEN TO HOST EARTH DAY ROUNDTABLES ON CLIMATE CHANGE

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will host an Earth Day roundtable discussion to highlight the impact of climate change on New Hampshire at the US Forest Service, Northeast Research Station in Durham, tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. Shaheen will be joined by officials from the US Forest Service, University of New Hampshire faculty, and other environmental stakeholders and will highlight her efforts to fight climate change, including her bipartisan energy efficiency legislation. Later, Shaheen will comm… Continue Reading


April 21, 2014

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON SPEAKER TERIE NORELLI’S RETIREMENT

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement after it was reported that State House Speaker Terie Norelli (D-Portsmouth) will be retiring: "Terie is one of the most dedicated and hardworking public servants Concord has ever known and I am lucky to be able to call her a friend. While her leadership in Concord will be missed, I wish her the best as she begins the next chapter of her life."… Continue Reading


April 18, 2014

SHAHEEN: LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND CRITICAL FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE ENVIRONMENT, ECONOMY

(Dover, NH) - This morning, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) hosted a roundtable at NEMO Equipment in Dover with representatives from New Hampshire's environmental, outdoor recreation and timber sectors to discuss the continued importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for New Hampshire's economy and environment. The LWCF protects natural resources, outdoor recreation opportunities and working forests in New Hampshire and around the country. "In New Hampshire we have long reco… Continue Reading


April 18, 2014

NEXT WEEK: SHAHEEN STAFF TO HOLD OFFICE HOURS IN HANOVER, LEBANON

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen's staff will hold office hours next week in Hanover and Lebanon. Specifically, staff will be available: Tuesday, April 22 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Hanover Tuesday, April 22 from 1:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m. in Lebanon Staff will be available to speak one-on-one with area residents who are seeking help with federal agencies on issues such as veterans' benefits, federal taxes, housing, immigration and Social Security. All area residents are encouraged to attend.… Continue Reading


April 18, 2014

NH DELEGATION SEEKS TRANSPARENT ENVIRONMENTAL, SAFETY REVIEW OF POSSIBLE FLOW REVERSAL OF PORTLAND-MONTREAL PIPELINE

WASHINGTON, DC - In response to concerns from local residents, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02), sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry requesting that a new Presidential Permit be required if the Portland Pipe Line Corporation (PPLC) seeks to change the direction and content of the Portland-Montreal pipeline. The Portland Pipe Line Corporation currently operates a pipeline system transporti… Continue Reading


April 17, 2014

SHAHEEN HONORS MEMORY OF USS THRESHER CREW IN CONGRESSIONAL RECORD STATEMENT

(Washington, DC) -To mark the 51st anniversary of the USS Thresher tragedy, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) honored the memory and sacrifice of the Thresher's crew with a Congressional Record Statement. Shaheen's statement commemorates the 51st anniversary of the sinking of USS Thresher, a U.S. Navy submarine built and based at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and pays tribute to the 129 naval and civilian crew members who were lost on April 10, 1963. The tragedy was the largest loss of life to… Continue Reading


April 17, 2014

TOMORROW IN DOVER: SHAHEEN TO HOST ROUNDTABLE WITH ENVIRONMENTAL STAKEHOLDERS ON IMPORTANCE OF LAND AND WATER CONSERVATION FUND

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will lead a roundtable discussion with representatives from New Hampshire's conservation, outdoor industry and timber sectors tomorrow in Dover at 10:00 a.m. to discuss the importance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund to New Hampshire's economy and environment. Shaheen recently led a bipartisan coalition of Senators in calling for "strong investment" in land conservation programs to help protect continued access to public lands for hunting, fishing and ot… Continue Reading


April 16, 2014

SHAHEEN: NEW HAMPSHIRE’S HEROIN AND PRESCRIPTION DRUG EPIDEMIC NEEDS OUR IMMEDIATE ATTENTION

(April 16, 2014 - Senator Jeanne Shaheen and members of New Hampshire law enforcement discuss New Hampshire's heroin and prescription drug addiction epidemic in Derry, NH) (Derry, NH) - This morning, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) hosted a roundtable discussion at the Derry Police Department with New Hampshire law enforcement to address New Hampshire's heroin and prescription drug addiction problem that has reached epidemic levels. Shaheen and law enforcement, which included police chief… Continue Reading

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