August 03, 2015

Shaheen Welcomes Clean Power Plan to Address Climate Change

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today welcomed the administration's announcement of new standards to be administered by the Environmental Protection Agency to address climate change by limiting carbon pollution. The Clean Power Plan, which puts in place the first-ever nationwide carbon pollution strategy, sets state-wide goals for carbon emission reduction with flexibility on how to meet those goals. Senator Shaheen made the following statement after the plan was announced:… Continue Reading

August 03, 2015

Hassan, Shaheen Call for Bipartisan Cooperation On Budgets to Address Heroin Crisis

(LACONIA, NH) - New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan and U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) held a press conference today at the Belknap County Recovery Court in Laconia calling for bipartisan cooperation at the federal, state and local levels to tackle the crisis of heroin and opioid abuse in New Hampshire. They focused on the need to responsibly fund prevention and treatment programs in the federal and state budgets. Their call comes as Republicans in Washington have proposed drastic cuts to … Continue Reading

July 31, 2015

Senators Shaheen, Stabenow, Peters, Introduce Small Business Access to Capital Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced the Small Business Access to Capital Act, which will reauthorize and improve the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) to help small businesses grow and create jobs. The legislation builds on the successful SSBCI initiative created in the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, which has made over $1 billion available to help small businesses across the country access capital. For … Continue Reading

July 30, 2015

Senate Energy Committee Advances Shaheen's Bipartisan Energy Efficiency Proposals

(Washington, DC) - Today, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources advanced several energy efficiency proposals championed by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). The committee approved Shaheen's Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act cosponsored by U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), as well as her Smart Manufacturing Leadership Act and key provisions from her Clean Distributed Energy Grid Integration Act. A targeted energy efficiency bill co-sponsored by Senator Portman was … Continue Reading

July 30, 2015

Shaheen and Portman Bipartisan Energy Efficiency Bill Advances in the Senate

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) announced that their bipartisan Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (ESIC) has passed out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The energy efficiency legislation has received widespread support from both Democrats and Republicans as well as industry leaders, energy-efficiency advocates and environmental stakeholders because it reduces pollution, saves consumers money and creates… Continue Reading

July 30, 2015

Shaheen Votes for Bipartisan Long-Term Transportation Bill; Expresses Disappointment in House Inaction

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) voted in favor of a bipartisan six-year transportation bill that would provide the funding certainty that's needed to allow stalled construction projects in New Hampshire and across the country to go forward. Yesterday, the House of Representatives adjourned for a five-week recess without considering any long-term funding proposal for road and bridge construction and repair, and, instead, passed a three-month extension of federal highway fund… Continue Reading

July 30, 2015

Shaheen Bill to Help Overcome Barriers to Use of Clean Energy Passes Key Senate Committee

(Washington, D.C.) - Key provisions from a bill Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) introduced to help identify and overcome technical and regulatory barriers to the wider use of cleaner and more efficient energy technologies have been incorporated into the comprehensive energy package passed by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today. "We need to remove the obstacles standing between widespread and easy adoption of clean energy," said Shaheen. "This bill would be an important first… Continue Reading

July 29, 2015

Shaheen: Defunding Planned Parenthood Would Block Women's Access to Preventive Health Care

(Washington, DC) - The Senate is expected to soon vote on Republican legislation that would defund Planned Parenthood. This afternoon on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) denounced the most recent partisan attempt to defund this provider of health care services to women and families. You can watch her remarks here. Shaheen's remarks as prepared for delivery are included below: Once again, Planned Parenthood is under attack. A bill is before the Senate that would once … Continue Reading

July 29, 2015

Small Business Committee Approves Shaheen Bills Promoting Energy Efficiency, Encouraging Veteran Business Ownership

(Washington, DC) - Today, the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship approved legislation offered by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the lead Democrat on the committee, that would help small businesses reduce their energy costs by providing affordable financing for investments in energy efficient technologies. The committee also advanced Shaheen legislation that would encourage and assist veteran entrepreneurs. Progress on this legislation follows President Obama signing Sen… Continue Reading

July 28, 2015

Shaheen's Veterans Entrepreneurship Act Heads to President's Desk

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)-Senate and House Small Business Committee leaders applauded House passage last night of the Veterans Entrepreneurship Act of 2015 (H.R. 2499). The bill would lower the cost of Small Business Administration (SBA) loan programs designed to assist veterans in starting and growing their small businesses. Last week, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Senator David Vitter (R-LA) amended the legislation to also increase the lending authority for the SBA's 7(a) program, which reached i… Continue Reading

July 27, 2015

Shaheen, Vitter Introduce Bipartisan Veterans Bill Putting ‘Boots to Business’

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship (SBC) and U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), SBC Chairman, today introduced the Veterans Small Business Ownership Improvements Act of 2015. "Many veterans are applying the same can-do approach they used in the military to start and grow their own small businesses," said Shaheen. "This bipartisan legislation will strengthen the programs available to our veterans and… Continue Reading

July 26, 2015

Shaheen Applauds Senate Vote Approving Export-Import Bank

Washington, D.C.-Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) made the following remarks after voting in favor of re-authorizing the Export-Import Bank, whose charter expired on June 30th. The Senate approved the re-authorization by a vote of 67 to 26 as an amendment to transportation funding legislation. "This vote is long overdue and clears a major hurdle towards getting the Export-Import Bank back up and running for New Hampshire businesses," said Shaheen. "I urge the House of Representatives to pu… Continue Reading

July 24, 2015

Shaheen, Ayotte Call for Air Force to Immediately Comply with EPA Order on Haven Well Contamination

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today called on the U.S. Air Force to immediately comply with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrative order that requires the cleanup of perflourochemicals (PFCs) that contaminate the Haven Well in Portsmouth. Last week, the Senators applauded the directive from the EPA that requires the U.S. Air Force to begin restoration of the Haven Well and to prevent the further spread of contamination. The let… Continue Reading

July 24, 2015

Senate Passes Extension of Vital Small Business Administration Loan Program

(WASHINGTON, DC) - Avoiding an abrupt halt to a critical small business loan program, the U.S. Senate last night passed legislation authored by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Ranking Member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, and Senator David Vitter (R-LA), Chairman of the Committee, to extend the program's lending authority. The Small Business Administration's (SBA) 7(a) program administers the agency's most popular loan and, due to high demand, reached its annual auth… Continue Reading

July 24, 2015

Senate Passes Ranking Member Shaheen's Bill to Help Veteran Entrepreneurs

(WASHINGTON, DC) - The U.S. Senate passed Senator Jeanne Shaheen's Veterans Entrepreneurship Act, which would lower the cost of Small Business Administration (SBA) loan programs designed to assist veterans in starting and growing their small businesses. Shaheen, who serves as the Ranking Member of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, praised the progress made on the legislation: "Many veterans are applying the same can-do approach they used in the military to start and grow their … Continue Reading

July 23, 2015

Shaheen Introduces Amendment to Transportation Bill to Repair Aging Bridges

(Washington, DC) - As the Senate considers transportation funding legislation this week, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) has introduced an amendment that would begin to address the more than 148,000 bridges across the country that are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. The Strengthen and Fortify Existing Bridges Act (SAFE Bridges) would establish a program to provide funding specifically dedicated to repairing and replacing aging bridges. "Communities all across New Hampshire have b… Continue Reading

July 23, 2015

Shaheen Questions Kerry, Lew, Moniz at Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on Iran

(WASHINGTON, DC) - During today's Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) questioned Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz regarding the deal reached with Iran, which is intended to ensure Iran cannot obtain a nuclear weapon. After making a call for a respectful and substantive discussion, her questions focused on the need to ensure a full accounting of the possible military dimensions of Iran's … Continue Reading

July 22, 2015


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In response to the Department of Energy (DOE) release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Northern Pass Transmission Project, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), along with Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-2) and Frank Guinta (NH-1) today renewed their call for an extended public comment period. The Draft EIS provides information on potential environmental impacts of the proposed project that would bring hydroelectric po… Continue Reading

July 22, 2015


(Washington, DC) - This morning, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, highlighted her opposition to legislation that would impose online sales taxes for businesses in New Hampshire and across the country that sell on the internet. At the hearing focused on easing the tax burden on small businesses, Shaheen asked one of the witnesses, Cori O'Steen, owner of UpakNShip, Inc. about the tremendous challenge of complying wit… Continue Reading

July 20, 2015

NH Delegation Calls on Regulators to Weigh Granite State Input in Natural Gas Project Reviews

WASHINGTON, DC) - New Hampshire's Congressional delegation sent two letters to federal regulators expressing concerns about the ability of Granite Staters to have their voices meaningfully heard in the federal review process of Kinder Morgan's Northeast Energy Direct (NED) natural gas pipeline. The letters, addressed to the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and to the Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) both seek opportunities to ensure that New Ham… Continue Reading

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