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June 28, 2013

SHAHEEN CALLS ON IRS TO IMPLEMENT OVERSIGHT CONTROLS, DISCIPLINARY MEASURES

(Washington, DC) - Today U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) called on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to address findings that agency employees abused taxpayer dollars under the IRS purchase card program by laying out safeguards to prevent future abuses. In a letter to Acting IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel, Shaheen calls for reforms following a recently released Inspector General (IG) audit detailing misuse of Internal Revenue Service-issued credit cards and the agency's lack of internal co… Continue Reading


June 28, 2013

MAINE AND NEW HAMPSHIRE DELEGATION EXTEND BIPARTISAN INVITATION TO SECRETARY FOXX TO TOUR SARAH LONG BRIDGE

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Senators Jeanne Shaheen, Kelly Ayotte, Angus King and Representatives Carol Shea-Porter, Chellie Pingree, and Mike Michaud invited newly confirmed Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to visit the Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, which desperately needs to be replaced. The invitation marks the delegation's latest push to repair the bridge's seventy year old structure. "We write to congratulate you on your confirmation as Secretary of Transportation, and to invite you to visit… Continue Reading


June 27, 2013

SHAHEEN: WE MUST PROTECT STUDENTS, FAMILIES BY KEEPING HIGHER EDUCATION AFFORDABLE

(Washington, DC) - This afternoon Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke on the Senate floor urging Congressional action to prevent a student loan rate increase from taking place next week. If Congress fails to act, the interest rate on subsidized Stafford Loans will increase from 3.4% to 6.8% on July 1st. Senator Shaheen's remarks, as prepared for delivery, are included below: Last month I had the privilege to speak at the commencement ceremony at Keene State College, in Keene, New Hampshire… Continue Reading


June 27, 2013

SHAHEEN VOTES FOR COMMONSENSE, COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION BILL

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today voted in favor of a bipartisan, commonsense immigration reform package that would strengthen border security, require all employers to use an E-Verify system to ensure no workers are here illegally, and provide a tough but fair path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants who are already living in the United States. The historic legislation passed on a bipartisan vote of 68-32. "Commonsense immigration reform is the ri… Continue Reading


June 27, 2013

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON NORTHERN PASS ANNOUNCEMENT

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following responding to the announcement of a new Northern Pass proposal this morning: "We must protect New Hampshire's natural treasures for our citizens, economy and quality of life. I'm glad that Northern Pass officials are not proposing to violate the Connecticut Lakes Headwaters easement with their proposed route. Moving forward, I'll continue to closely monitor this project as the application undergoes its review. I hop… Continue Reading


June 27, 2013

SHAHEEN, COCHRAN INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN JOBS PLAN

(Washington, DC) ­- U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) have reintroduced bipartisan legislation that would help Americans find and keep employment through on-the-job training (OJT) programs. "There are hardworking people who desperately want to work, but they need the skills training for the jobs that are available," said Shaheen, who is a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. "The workforce development programs that we're proposing… Continue Reading


June 26, 2013

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT DECLARING DOMA UNCONSTITUTIONAL

(Washington, DC) -U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's decision in U.S. v. Windsor, a landmark challenge to Section 3 of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, also known as DOMA, and the Court's decision to dismiss Hollingsworth v. Perry, a challenge to the constitutionality of California's ban on same-sex marriage: "The Supreme Court's actions this morning are a victory for the belief that all Americans are created equal. Today the… Continue Reading


June 25, 2013

SHAHEEN: WE HAVE A MORAL OBLIGATION TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement this afternoon on the need to address climate change in a way that will create jobs and reduce American dependence on foreign oil all while protecting the environment for future generations: "I've long believed that we have a moral obligation to address climate change and the time for action is now. By acting quickly, we'll not only be protecting our environment for future generations but we can also create j… Continue Reading


June 21, 2013

SHAHEEN: NEW ENGLAND ENERGY EFFICIENCY INNOVATIONS ARE MODEL FOR COUNTRY

(Londonderry, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) met with business leaders and environmental advocates today in New England at the Coca Cola Bottling Co. of Northern New England and the New England Clean Energy Council and Google Clean Energy Conference to highlight the economic and environmental benefits of her bipartisan energy efficiency legislation, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competiveness Act. Shaheen, who has been a leader on energy efficiency policy throughout her career an… Continue Reading


June 20, 2013

SHAHEEN, AYOTTE CALL ON STATE DEPARTMENT TO RENEW EFFORTS TO LOCATE NEW HAMPSHIRE JOURNALIST MISSING IN SYRIA

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a letter today to Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) urged the State Department to use every means available to assist in locating and rescuing James Foley, a freelance journalist whose family is from New Hampshire and who has been missing in Syria since November 22, 2012. The letter, which was signed by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), also requests that the State Department work to help find fellow f… Continue Reading


June 19, 2013

SHAHEEN GIVES DC CHANCE TO EXPERIENCE NEW HAMPSHIRE

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and the New Hampshire State Society welcomed more than 35 New Hampshire businesses to the fourth annual Experience New Hampshire reception on Capitol Hill this evening. The annual reception, which followed the New Hampshire Business Day luncheon, brings together businesses, organizations and policymakers in showcasing Granite State small businesses and products. New Hampshire businesses and organizations offered handmade foods and drinks fr… Continue Reading


June 19, 2013

SHAHEEN HOSTS NEW HAMPSHIRE SMALL BUSINESSES IN WASHINGTON

(Washington, DC)- U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) hosted more than 150 members of the New Hampshire business community today for her 3rd Annual New Hampshire Business Day Luncheon. The event gives the New Hampshire business community an opportunity to come to Capitol Hill and hear directly from government leaders and key congressional officials about federal programs and agencies that support, regulate, and offer research and technical assistance to businesses. "New Hampshire is home to so m… Continue Reading


June 18, 2013

SHAHEEN WINS COMMITTEE PASSAGE OF KEY SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT PROGRAM

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, voted Monday night for key small business bills giving access to capital and aiding in disaster recovery, including the bipartisan Commercial Real Estate and Economic Development (CREED) Act she introduced with Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA). The CREED Act would reauthorize the Small Business Administration's 504 refinancing program, which wo… Continue Reading


June 18, 2013

SHAHEEN AND AYOTTE REINTRODUCE SMALL BUSINESS EXPORT GROWTH ACT

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - As part of National Small Business Week, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today reintroduced the bipartisan Small Business Export Growth Act to help small businesses capitalize on export opportunities by removing red tape and improve federal export assistance programs for small businesses. The New Hampshire Senators crafted the legislation in response to industry feedback at their 2011 Small Business Committee field hearing. "Ninety-five perce… Continue Reading


June 17, 2013

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS WEEK

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Small Business Committee, released the following statement today to mark the beginning of National Small Business Week: "National Small Business Week is a great opportunity to renew our commitment to supporting the millions of small businesses across the country. These businesses are not only part of the fabric of our country, but they are a critical driver of the American economy, especially in New Hampshire where … Continue Reading


June 14, 2013

SHAHEEN: WE MUST PREVENT STUDENT LOAN RATE-HIKE

(Concord, N.H.) - Reaffirming her commitment to making college affordable for New Hampshire students and families, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today hosted a roundtable at Granite State College to highlight the need for Congressional action to prevent a student loan rate-hike from taking effect. If Congress fails to act, the interest rates on subsidized Stafford Loans are set to increase from 3.4% to 6.8% on July 1, which will add an average of $1,000 in debt to approximately 7.2 million … Continue Reading


June 13, 2013

SHAHEEN MEASURES INCLUDED IN CRITICAL NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) voted for the Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed the Armed Services Committee by a vote of 23-3. The annual bill authorizes all Department of Defense programs and major defense policy issues and includes a number of key provisions that were sponsored by Shaheen, Chair of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support. "Our men and women in uniform and their families … Continue Reading


June 12, 2013

SHAHEEN PROVISION TO ADDRESS MILITARY SEXUAL ASSAULT CRISIS INCLUDED IN NATIONAL DEFENSE BILL

(Washington, D.C.) - The Senate Armed Services Committee today approved language offered by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) to change the way the Department of Defense designates sexual assault prevention officers, adding a new level of accountability and scrutiny to the position after multiple Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) officers were reportedly accused of sexual assault in recent weeks. The bipartisan measure, which is modeled after standalone legislation that was introdu… Continue Reading


June 12, 2013

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON VETERANS AFFAIRS SECRETARY VISIT TO NEW HAMPSHIRE

(Washington, D.C.) - Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement on Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki's visit to the Manchester Veterans Affairs Regional Office this morning: "We have a responsibility to provide our veterans the resources and services they need when they return home. The Secretary's visit to the Manchester Regional Office is a welcome step toward addressing the needed improvements within the Veteran Affairs system and while the Manchester offic… Continue Reading


June 12, 2013

SHAHEEN TESTIFIES BEFORE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE ON CHARLIE MORGAN ACT TO EXPAND BENEFITS FOR SAME SEX MILITARY COUPLES

(Washington, DC) - This morning U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) appeared before the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs to call for action on two pieces of legislation she has introduced to address problems facing military servicemembers and returning veterans. Shaheen first discussed the Charlie Morgan Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act, legislation she introduced in February that would extend benefits to same sex military couples. The bill is named after New Hampshire National Guard Chi… Continue Reading

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