April 25, 2017

Shaheen: Expand Key Federal Contracting Program to Rural Small Businesses

**New legislation allows more rural communities to participate in SBA's HUBZone program; better access to government contract opportunities** (Washington, DC) - Seeking to expand a key small business program in rural New Hampshire and across the country, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the lead Democrat on the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, today introduced the Invest in Rural Small Business Act, legislation to expand the geographic reach of the U.S. Small Business Admi… Continue Reading

April 25, 2017

Shaheen Applauds Outdoor Recreation’s Strong Economic Impact

(Washington DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the lead Democrat on the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee (SBC), applauded outdoor recreation's significant economic contributions following the release today of the Outdoor Industry Association's (OIA) Outdoor Recreation Economy report. The report shows that outdoor recreation accounts for $887 billion in consumer spending annually and 7.6 million American jobs. In New England, outdoor industry accounts for $51.5 billio… Continue Reading

April 25, 2017

Shaheen and Hassan to Meet at the White House to Provide Input on the President's Policies Regarding the Opioid Crisis

(Washington, DC)- This afternoon, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and a bipartisan group of senators will participate in a meeting with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Chairman of the President's recently-established commission tasked with recommending policies to address the opioid crisis. "I appreciate the opportunity to meet with Chairman Christie in the early stages of this new commission," said Shaheen. "Today, I intend to remind Chairman Christie of the Presi… Continue Reading

April 21, 2017

Shaheen, Senators Question DHS About Revoking Global Entry Status Based on Religion

(Washington DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined a group of Senators on a letter questioning the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about reports that it is revoking the membership of dozens of people enrolled in its Global Entry Program on the basis of religion. The Global Entry Program allows expedited clearance for certain travelers arriving in the U.S. who have undergone significant background checks. The letter to DHS Secretary John Kelly was also signed by Senators Cor… Continue Reading

April 20, 2017

Shaheen Statement on Extension of the Veterans Choice Program

(Washington DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement on the extension of the Department of Veterans Affairs' Veterans Choice program after it was signed into law by President Trump: "Our veterans deserve nothing less than convenient, quality, accessible health care, yet in New Hampshire, too many veterans are burdened with long travel and even longer wait times," said Senator Shaheen. "I supported the Veterans Choice Improvement Act to extend the Veterans Choice… Continue Reading

April 20, 2017

Shaheen Statement on Announcement that Funding to Combat Opioid Epidemic Will Soon be Administered to New Hampshire

**Shaheen welcomes funding for New Hampshire, calling it an "important initial investment."** **Following request from Sen. Shaheen, Trump administration announces review of funding formula that puts New Hampshire at a disadvantage** (Washington DC) - US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced that $485 million in grants, authorized by Congress last year in the 21st Century Cures Act and signed into law by President Obama, will so… Continue Reading

April 20, 2017

Shaheen, Blumenthal Lead Call for UN Ambassador Haley to Reverse Course, Reaffirm U.S. Commitment to Global Reproductive Rights

**U.S. has long supported sexual and reproductive rights abroad, but recent actions by the Trump Administration undermine these rights** **SENATORS: "The United States must continue be a leader in promoting the empowerment of women and girls, and in the acceptance of sexual identification and freedom from discrimination"** (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) today led a letter calling on United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley to reverse course a… Continue Reading

April 18, 2017

Shaheen, Hassan Announce New Hampshire Military Service Academy Day

**U.S. service academy representatives available Saturday, May 13th in Pembroke** (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) invite New Hampshire students interested in attending any of the country's military service academies to attend the New Hampshire Military Service Academy Day on Saturday, May 13th in Pembroke. The event will feature representatives from the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S.… Continue Reading

April 14, 2017

Shaheen, Hassan Urge Appropriations Committee to Designate $3.3 Billion to Community Development Block Grant Funding for 2018

**Over the last 40 Years CDBG Program has invested more than $149 Billion in communities nationwide and provided services helping over 133 million people** **The President's budget proposal would eliminate the CDBG program** (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined 40 U.S Senators in urging federal appropriators to include $3.3 billion in federal funding for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Development Block G… Continue Reading

April 13, 2017

Shaheen Staff to Hold Office Hours in Pittsburg and Colebrook

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen's staff will hold office hours in Pittsburg and Colebrook in April to help residents seeking assistance with federal agencies on issues such as veterans' benefits, federal taxes, housing, immigration, and Social Security in one-on-one meetings. All area residents are welcome to attend. For more information on the services available, or if you have any questions, please call (603) 647-7500. Please note: These events will be attended by staff only. … Continue Reading

April 13, 2017

Shaheen Statement on Secretary Tillerson's Decision to Exclude Civil Society Groups During Russia Trip

**Last week, Shaheen and Rubio sent a letter to Secretary Tillerson calling on him to meet with democratically-minded Russians**‎ (Washington, DC)-Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson concluded his trip to Russia without meeting with civil society groups. Last week, Senators Shaheen and Marco Rubio (R-FL) sent a letter to Secretary Tillerson formally requesting that he schedu… Continue Reading

April 10, 2017

Shaheen, Portman to Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Local Communities Protect Their Drinking Water From Harmful Contaminants

**Shaheen's legislation provides federal resources and support to states dealing with drinking water contamination** **Shaheen's bill receives praise from leaders and organizations in New Hampshire fighting contamination of perflourinated chemicals** (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) will soon introduce bipartisan legislation to improve federal efforts to identify the public health effects of emerging contaminants such as perfluorinated chemicals (… Continue Reading

April 07, 2017

Shaheen, Hassan Join Senate Democrats to Demand Fair and Consistent Treatment of Student Loan Borrowers in Public Service

**Senators: "Our nation's student loan borrowers who uphold their commitments expect the federal government to do the same."** **Recent announcements by the U.S. Department of Education suggest some borrowers can't rely on their prior notices about debt relief** (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined 38 Senate Democrats in a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos expressing concern over announcements that borrowers may not be able to rely … Continue Reading

April 07, 2017

Syrian War Crimes Accountability Bill Introduced by Shaheen, Bipartisan Colleagues

(Washington, DC)- U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, joined Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Bob Corker (R-TN) to introduce bipartisan legislation Friday to instruct the Secretary of State to report on war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide in Syria. The legislation also authorizes assistance for investigations and other credible transitional justice efforts, including a potential hybrid tribun… Continue Reading

April 07, 2017

Shaheen, Hassan Join Bipartisan Group of Senators in Reintroducing Legislation to Combat Sexual Assault on College & University Campuses

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined a bipartisan coalition of Senators to reintroduce the Campus Accountability and Safety Act-legislation to combat sexual assault on college and university campuses by protecting students, and strengthening accountability and transparency for institutions. The Senators' legislation would reform the way colleges and universities address and report incidents of sexual assault that occur on their campuses, and the … Continue Reading

April 07, 2017

Shaheen Statement on U.S. Airstrikes in Syria

(Washington, DC)- U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Senate Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement on the airstrikes in Syria conducted by the United States: "In 2013 when Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons on his own people, I voted to support military action," said Shaheen. "Since then, Assad's brutality has continued unabated. His use of chemical weapons on innocent civilians has struck the moral conscience of the United S… Continue Reading

April 06, 2017

Shaheen Statement on NH Community Development Block Grant Programs Running Out of Federal Funding

**Federal grant funding on hold for some NH programs that provide support for children who have suffered abuse and affordable housing for low-income families** **SHAHEEN: "Today's unfortunate announcement demonstrates that Republican Leadership's decision to pass stop-gap government funding has serious ramifications on Granite Staters and their families, whose health and well-being are on the line"** (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Appropriations … Continue Reading

April 06, 2017

Shaheen Statement on Republican Leadership’s Decision to Change Long-Standing Senate Rules in Order to Confirm Supreme Court Nominee Judge Gorsuch

(Washington, DC)- U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement following Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) actions on the Senate floor to change long-standing Senate rules in order to confirm Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch: "Judge Gorsuch has an alarming record of putting the interests of large corporations over those of their employees. He also has frequently ruled against women's reproductive rights and has been extremely evasive on his position on Citi… Continue Reading

April 06, 2017


(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) sent a letter with six Democratic Senators telling President Donald Trump that they stand ready to work together to combat the opioid epidemic if the President stops undermining programs critical to addressing the crisis. On the campaign trail in New Hampshire, then-candidate Trump promised to address the opioid epidemic. However, he has supported policies that reflect a step backward on substance use disorder. This includes attempting to str… Continue Reading

April 05, 2017

During Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Shaheen Reintroduces Bill to Provide Housing Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

(Washington, D.C.) - In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) reintroduced legislation that would provide legal protections to ensure access to safe housing for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Building on existing legal protections in the Violence Against Women Act and the Fair Housing Act, the Fair Housing for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survivors Act of 2017 would establish a nationwide standard that victims of domestic viol… Continue Reading

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