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May 21, 2013

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ENDORSES SHAHEEN-KIRK-TOOMEY SUGAR REFORM EFFORTS

(Washington, DC) - In case you missed it, this afternoon the U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsed Senators Shaheen, Kirk, and Toomey's efforts to reform the nation's outdated sugar program. Yesterday the senators announced plans to file an amendment to the Farm Bill that will save consumers money by reforming domestic supply restrictions, lowering price support levels, and ensuring adequate sugar supplies at reasonable prices. The federal sugar program has cost consumers and businesses an estimat… Continue Reading


May 21, 2013

SHAHEEN, MCCAIN TO INTRODUCE AMENDMENT TO REPEAL DUPLICATIVE CATFISH INSPECTION PROGRAM

(Washington, DC) - Advancing their efforts to eliminate wasteful government spending, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and John McCain (R-AZ) announced today that they will introduce an amendment to the Senate Farm Bill to repeal a duplicative catfish inspection program that costs taxpayers millions. The amendment would eliminate the requirement for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to establish a costly catfish inspection program that would double the efforts already carried out by t… Continue Reading


May 21, 2013

SHAHEEN, FISCHER INTRODUCE NEW LEGISLATION TO ADDRESS MILITARY SEXUAL ASSAULT CRISIS

(Washington, DC) - Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Deb Fischer (R-NE) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would change the way the Pentagon 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. Under the legislation, SAPR officers would become a more prominent position in the military requiring mor… Continue Reading


May 20, 2013

BIPARTISAN COALITION TO INTRODUCE SUGAR REFORM AMENDMENT TO SENATE FARM BILL

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) today are announcing plans to implement commonsense reforms to the U.S. sugar program by amending the Senate Farm Bill with a bipartisan effort that will save consumers money. The trio will introduce the Sugar Reform Act as an amendment to roll back unnecessary provisions that unfairly benefit wealthy sugar famers at the expense of consumers. This legislation, introduced earlier this year as a stand-… Continue Reading


May 16, 2013

BIPARTISAN COALITION JOINED BY SERVICE MEMBERS VICTIMIZED BY SEXUAL ASSAULT IN ANNOUNCING BICAMERAL LEGISLATION REFORMING MILITARY JUSTICE SYSTEM

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Susan Collins (R-ME), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Representatives Dan Benishek (R-MI) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Senators Mark Begich (D-AK), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chris Coons (D-DE), Al Franken (D-MN), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Brian Schatz (D-HI, Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), and Representatives Richard Hanna (R-NY) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) were joined today … Continue Reading


May 16, 2013

SHAHEEN AND COLLINS INTRODUCE ACCESS TO QUALITY DIABETES EDUCATION ACT

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME), co-chairs of the Senate Diabetes Caucus, recently introduced the bipartisan Access to Quality Diabetes Education Act aimed at expanding access to care for seniors with diabetes. Senators Mark Begich (D- MT), Kay Hagen (D-NC), Al Franken (D-MN) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) are cosponsors of the legislation. "Diabetes is taking an expensive toll on our country, but with education and access to care, people with diabet… Continue Reading


May 15, 2013

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES EPA FUNDING FOR ATKINSON WATER LINE EXTENSION

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is preparing to commit up to $2 million for the construction of a water line extension in Atkinson to provide a fresh water supply to homes with wells contaminated by pollutants. The water line will provide water to those residents in Atkinson who have been without a safe water source since excessive levels of 1,4 dioxane contaminants were discovered in wells in 2011. "Making su… Continue Reading


May 15, 2013

SHAHEEN CALLS FOR COMPLETE AUDIT OF IRS

(Washington, DC) - Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today is calling for a complete and thorough audit of the Internal Revenue Service by the agency's inspector general. Shaheen's call comes after IRS employees were caught abusing their power and targeting select tax-exempt organizations for additional scrutiny based on their partisan leanings. The recent scandal showed the lack of clear guidance by IRS leadership, particularly when it comes to oversight of certain types of non-profit organizatio… Continue Reading


May 15, 2013

SHAHEEN, MCCASKILL PROPOSE TOUGHER STANDARDS, SCREENINGS FOR DOD SEXUAL ASSAULT OFFICERS

(Washington, DC) - Building on their calls to prevent sexual assault in the military, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) today are calling on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to implement a more rigorous review process and standards for all Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) roles across every branch of the military. Their call follows alarming news reports of two SAPR personnel coming under investigation for sexual assault allegations and a damning Pentagon… Continue Reading


May 14, 2013

SENATORS SHAHEEN AND CASEY INTRODUCE PREGNANT WORKERS FAIRNESS ACT TO PROTECT PREGNANT WOMEN FROM WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Bob Casey (D-PA) in the Senate, and Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Jackie Speier (D-CA), Susan Davis (D-CA) and Marcia Fudge (D-OH) in the House, joined by the leaders of women's advocacy organizations, unions, and business groups from across the nation, introduced critical legislation - the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act - to ensure that pregnant women are not forced out of jobs unnecessarily or denied… Continue Reading


May 14, 2013

SHAHEEN, AYOTTE WELCOME DECISION TO EXEMPT SHIPYARD WORKERS FROM FURLOUGHS

(Washington, DC) - Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Readiness and Management Subcommittee, welcomed a Pentagon announcement today that declared "employees in Navy shipyards will be excepted from furlough," including those employees at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. "We're pleased that the Department of Defense and the Navy recognize the importance of shipyard workers to our national security. This exemption should allow… Continue Reading


May 14, 2013

SHAHEEN TO HONOR FALLEN GREENLAND POLICE CHIEF MICHAEL MALONEY AT LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will pay tribute to fallen Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney this evening at memorial service in Washington as part of National Police Week, an annual remembrance for officers who have died in the line of duty. Maloney, a 26-year law enforcement professional, was killed by gunfire during a drug raid on April 12, 2012 in Greenland, NH. Four other officers were wounded in the incident, and Chief Maloney was killed while trying to remove o… Continue Reading


May 13, 2013

SHAHEEN UNDERSCORES COST SAVINGS OF BIPARTISAN ENERGY EFFICIENCY LEGISLATION DURING TOUR OF NASHUA FARMERS EXCHANGE

(Nashua, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) toured the Nashua Farmer Exchange this afternoon to highlight the economic benefits of her bipartisan energy efficiency bill and learn how New Hampshire BetterBuildings has helped individuals and consumers in New Hampshire reduce their energy use. Nashua Farmers Exchange is one of the many companies in the Granite State that has partnered with New Hampshire BetterBuildings to facilitate the use of energy efficient technology. Shaheen has been a … Continue Reading


May 13, 2013

SHAHEEN, STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL HIGHLIGHT OVERSEAS OPPORTUNITIES, STEM EDUCATION

(May 13, 2013)-Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Acting Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller lead a discussion on export reform at The Warren B. Rudman Center at UNH School of Law. (Manchester, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, met with Granite State leaders today to promote export reform and STEM (science, technology, engineeri… Continue Reading


May 13, 2013

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON IRS INVESTIGATIONS

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement condemning the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) undue scrutiny on organizations based on their political affiliations: "The news that the IRS targeted organizations for additional review based on their political affiliations is deeply troubling and deserves full investigation. This was an outrageous abuse of power that goes against some of our nation's founding principles. The IRS cannot be in the business o… Continue Reading


May 10, 2013

SHAHEEN: Small business R&D funds strategic investment in energy efficiency

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), one of the lead Congressional advocates responsible for long-term Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding and co-author of the bipartisan Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill, applauded the Department of Energy's (DOE) extension of SBIR research and development grants toward small businesses in the energy technology fields. New Hampshire-based Subsurface Insights, LLC and Creare Incorporated will each receive SBIR grants aimed a… Continue Reading


May 10, 2013

SHAHEEN HONORS UNH ATHLETE CAMERON LYLE FOR COURAGE AND SELFLESSNESS

(Durham, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today honored the courage and sacrifice of University of New Hampshire student Cameron Lyle, who gave up the final meets of his senior season to donate bone marrow to an anonymous recipient. In their meeting, Shaheen presented Lyle with a statement she submitted to the Congressional Record to honor his "tremendous selflessness and compassion." Lyle, a native of Plaistow and a four-year member of the University of New Hampshire track and field… Continue Reading


May 10, 2013

SHAHEEN, AYOTTE: FUNDING SECURED FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE NATIONAL GUARD DEPLOYMENT CYCLE SUPPORT PROGRAM

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today announced that the New Hampshire National Guard will receive $535,000 to support the Guard's Deployment Cycle Support Program (DCSP). Shaheen and Ayotte have been strong advocates for the DCSP program and have worked with Pentagon officials to underscore the clear benefits of the program. "This New Hampshire Deployment Cycle Support Program has a tremendous track record of success in providing critical servic… Continue Reading


May 09, 2013

SHAHEEN, COLLINS INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN OILHEAT PROGRAM REAUTHORIZATION

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced today the Oilheat Efficiency, Renewable Fuel Research and Jobs Training Act, which would reauthorize the widely supported National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) program. Created in 2000, NORA is the oilheat industry's national program for research and development, consumer education and technical training. The bipartisan legislation is a modified version of last year's National Oilheat Reauthorizati… Continue Reading


May 09, 2013

SHAHEEN DEMANDS IMMEDIATE ACTION TO FIGHT SEXUAL ASSAULT IN MILITARY

(Washington, DC) -U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) called on the Department of Defense (DOD) to take immediate action to reform how the military investigates and prosecutes charges of sexual assault. Shaheen, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, sent a letter today to the Congressionally-mandated panel charged with reviewing all DOD sexual assault laws and procedures as well as the Uniformed Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) following her meetin… Continue Reading

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