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July 07, 2014

SHAHEEN: FISHING REMAINS INTEGRAL TO SEACOAST ECONOMY

(Seabrook, NH) - This morning in Seabrook, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) met with New Hampshire fishing industry members at the Yankee Fishermen's Cooperative to discuss the future of the state's historic fishing industry and the impact of a plan to distribute $32.8 million in federal fishery disaster funds across New England. "New Hampshire's historic fishing industry is an integral part of our regional economy and we need to make sure the industry remains viable and emerges strong after … Continue Reading


July 03, 2014

SHAHEEN TO CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY AT PARADES IN AMHERST, MERRIMACK

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will celebrate Independence Day by taking part in parades in Amherst and Merrimack on Friday. Shaheen will march in the Amherst Fourth of July Parade at 10:00 a.m. and the Merrimack Fourth of July Parade at 1:00 p.m. Media planning to attend should RSVP to: Nick_Brown@shaheen.senate.gov. Amherst Fourth of July Parade WHO: U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) WHAT: Amherst Fourth of July Parade WHEN: 10:00… Continue Reading


July 02, 2014

AT HAMPTON-SEABROOK BRIDGE, SHAHEEN CALLS FOR INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS

(Hampton, NH) - This morning, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) met with representatives from the Town of Hampton, New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT), the Hampton Fire Chief and the Rockingham Planning Commission at the Hampton-Seabrook Bridge. Shaheen called for continued infrastructure investments to improve public safety and economic competiveness and support tourism, one of New Hampshire's largest industries. Shaheen specifically highlighted her legislation, the Strengthen a… Continue Reading


July 01, 2014

SHAHEEN: ACTION ON HIGHWAY TRUST FUND VITAL TO NEW HAMPSHIRE INFRASTRUCTURE, ECONOMY

(Windham, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) this afternoon joined New Hampshire officials in Windham where she pressed for continued funding for the National Highway Trust Fund and support for infrastructure projects, such as the I-93 expansion. Shaheen's visit to the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) I-93 field office and construction site coincided with the upcoming Fourth of July weekend, which is one of the biggest travel weekends of the year. Based on current spendin… Continue Reading


June 30, 2014

TUESDAY IN WINDHAM: SHAHEEN TO CALL FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION TO REPLENISH HIGHWAY TRUST FUND

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will join local officials tomorrow, July 1, at 2:30 p.m. in Windham at the I-93 Expansion Exit 3 worksite to highlight the need to replenish the National Highway Trust Fund in order to continue funding important infrastructure projects like the I-93 expansion. Shaheen will note how the summer travel and tourism season underscores the need for action because of the impact the I-93 expansion project has on local jobs and New Hampshire's economy. The group will m… Continue Reading


June 30, 2014

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT HOBBY LOBBY DECISION

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement on the Supreme Court ruling in the Hobby Lobby case involving women's access to contraceptive health coverage: "Women should be making decisions about their health care with their doctors, not their employers. Today's Supreme Court decision unfortunately jeopardizes basic health care coverage and access to contraception for a countless number of women and I'm very disappointed by the ruling. Blocking access to contraception wil… Continue Reading


June 27, 2014

SHAHEEN, NEW HAMPSHIRE ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS HOLD ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON STATE'S HOUSING MARKET, EFFORTS TO HELP HOMEOWNERS

(Bedford, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined a roundtable discussion with members of the New Hampshire Association of Realtors (NHAR) this afternoon to discuss the current state of the New Hampshire real estate market and its impact on the New Hampshire economy. Shaheen joined NHAR members for a discussion of concerns and priorities in the New Hampshire real estate market and her efforts in Washington to support the housing market and affordable housing. "While we have seen improv… Continue Reading


June 27, 2014

SHAHEEN CALLS FOR EMERGENCY ACTION TO STOP GAS PRICE SPIKES CAUSED BY OIL SPECULATORS

(WASHINGTON, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined a coalition of Senators in introducing legislation to give federal regulators emergency power to stop speculators from taking advantage of turmoil in Iraq to drive up oil prices and make motorists pay more for gasoline. The legislation introduced Thursday is sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and is cosponsored by 14 Senators, including Shaheen. "Higher prices for fuel caused by excessive speculation continue to hurt consume… Continue Reading


June 26, 2014

FRIDAY IN NEWTON: SHAHEEN TO ATTEND DEDICATION CEREMONY FOR HALO MARITIME DEFENSE SYSTEMS

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will deliver remarks at a dedication ceremony for HALO Maritime Defense Systems (HMDS) in Newton on Friday, June 27th at 10:00 a.m. HMDS develops sea barriers to protect critical maritime infrastructure from waves, weather, and military attacks and will dedicate its new technical development center to the late Robert Bishop co-founder of HMDS and father of company co-founder & CTO, Justin Bishop. Later, Shaheen will host a realtors roundtable in Bedford at… Continue Reading


June 26, 2014

SHAHEEN INTRODUCES BILL TO SUPPORT, EXPAND AFTERSCHOOL STEM EDUCATION PROGRAMS

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today introduced legislation to strengthen and expand afterschool programs that focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields and help encourage students to pursue careers in STEM. The Supporting Afterschool STEM Act would provide resources to support afterschool STEM programing and strengthen state, local and community partnerships that research has demonstrated is critical in building STEM-relevant skills and inter… Continue Reading


June 26, 2014

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT BUFFER ZONE DECISION

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement on the Supreme Court ruling this morning striking down the Massachusetts buffer zone law: "Buffer zone laws exist to protect women from harassment and intimidation as they seek medical care and in the absence of these protections, we are compromising public safety. We must be able to respect First Amendment rights while also protecting women at the same time, and I am disappointed by the Supreme Court's decision which will have… Continue Reading


June 26, 2014

ON ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF DOMA REPEAL, SHAHEEN, TITUS CALL FOR EQUAL BENEFITS FOR LGBT MILITARY FAMILIES

(Washington, DC) - On the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and U.S. Representative Dina Titus (NV-1) are calling on congress to pass legislation to extend benefits to all same-sex military families. The call follows an announcement last week by the Department of Justice that some federal agencies, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, are prohibited from offering ben… Continue Reading


June 25, 2014

SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION BOOSTING BIPARTISAN SHAHEEN-BACKED JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS

(Washington, DC) - The U.S. Senate approved bipartisan legislation today to improve the nation's workforce development system and prioritize on-the-job training (OJT) programs that have been championed by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). With OJT programs included, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) will modernize and improve existing federal workforce development programs, help workers attain the skills necessary for 21st-century jobs, and foster the modern workforce that ev… Continue Reading


June 25, 2014

SHAHEEN, TOOMEY, DURBIN, SESSIONS INTRODUCE BILL TO REAUTHORIZE PROGRAM TO CURB PRESCRIPTION DRUG ADDICTION

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL) have introduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the National All-Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting (NASPER) program which provides grants to states to maintain, improve, and expand their prescription drug monitoring programs. Prescription narcotic drugs are the number one cause of overdoses in the United States with more than 22,000 reported deaths due to prescri… Continue Reading


June 25, 2014

SHAHEEN CONTINUES PUSH FOR AUDITS OF VA FACILITIES

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) yesterday called on Acting Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Sloan Gibson to establish ongoing, random, external audits to verify VA facility compliance with current policy and future reforms. The call follows a damning report that officials at the Phoenix VA Medical Center altered the time of death for veterans to conceal that they were awaiting appointments when they passed away. "The ongoing problems at the VA continue … Continue Reading


June 24, 2014

SHAHEEN WELCOMES UPHOLDING OF BAN ON LGBT JUROR DISCRIMINATION IN 9TH CIRCUIT COURTS

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) welcomed the decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to decline to reconsider its earlier holding that it is unconstitutional for a juror to be excluded on the basis of sexual orientation and that sexual orientation warrants the same strong legal protections in jury selection as other categories, such as women and minorities. The 9th Circuit Court's decision to not take up the issue again supports the concept behind Shaheen's bipart… Continue Reading


June 23, 2014

SHAHEEN CONGRATULATES SGT. RYAN PITTS ON MEDAL OF HONOR AWARD

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) congratulated Sergeant Ryan Pitts of Nashua today after it was announced he will receive the Medal of Honor for his heroism during the battle of Wanat on July 13, 2008 against an armed enemy at Wanat Vehicle Patrol Base, Kunar Province. Pitts enlisted in the Army after graduating from Souhegan High School in Amherst and later graduated from the University of New Hampshire with honors after completing his service in Afghanistan. The battle of … Continue Reading


June 23, 2014

SHAHEEN HONORS MEMORY OF LANCE CORPORAL BRANDON GARABRANT ON SENATE FLOOR

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) went to the Senate floor this evening to pay tribute to fallen New Hampshire Marine Lance Corporal Brandon Garabrant of Greenfield. Garabrant was killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan Friday. Shaheen's remarks as prepared for delivery are included below: Madam President, it is with a heavy heart that I rise to honor the life and service of U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Brandon Garabrant, a native of Greenfield, New Hampshire … Continue Reading


June 23, 2014

SHAHEEN, AYOTTE WELCOME REPORTED RELEASE OF MERIAM YAHIA IBRAHIM ISHAG

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today welcomed reports that the Sudanese Court of Appeals has announced it intends to release Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag from prison. Ibrahim is the mother of two young children and married to Daniel Wani - a man originally from Sudan, now a U.S. citizen living in Manchester, New Hampshire. Ibrahim was jailed and sentenced to death by hanging for her Christian faith. "Meriam's imprisonment and death sentence for exer… Continue Reading


June 20, 2014

SHAHEEN: JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS SEVERE INEQUITIES IN FEDERAL BENEFITS FOR SAME-SEX MILITARY COUPLES

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) reacted with disappointment today to a Department of Justice announcement that declared that some federal agencies have been unable to extend benefits to same-sex couples in spite of last year's Supreme Court ruling striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), further underscoring the need to pass her Charlie Morgan Act. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is one department that because of current law is unable to grant important benefits … Continue Reading

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