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January 15, 2014

SHAHEEN, COLLINS, AYOTTE, KING ANNOUNCE FUNDING FOR SHIPYARD, VIRGINIA CLASS SUBMARINES

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Susan Collins (R-ME ), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Angus King (I-ME) announced today that $11.5 million in funding for military construction at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and the procurement of two Virginia-class submarines has been included in the Senate Committee on Appropriations' FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill as a result of their collective efforts. The provisions are part of bipartisan legislation that was introduced Monday by th… Continue Reading


January 14, 2014

BIPARTISAN SPENDING BILL WILL PROMOTE ECONOMIC GROWTH, INCLUDES KEY NEW HAMPSHIRE MEASURES

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today that the bipartisan appropriations bill unveiled last night will both promote economic growth and include many key measures she has championed in recent months. The legislation will specifically keep the government funded through Fiscal Year 2014, repeal many of the reckless sequester budget cuts, and promote job creation and economic growth. The bill builds on the bipartisan budget agreement passed in December and makes inve… Continue Reading


January 14, 2014

NEW HAMPSHIRE DELEGATION: PUBLIC SHOULD SEE ALTERNATIVES TO PROPOSED NORTHERN PASS ROUTE

(Washington, D.C.) - New Hampshire's congressional delegation today called on the Department of Energy (DOE) to "provide the public with a preliminary report detailing which alternative routes will be studied" as part of the future Environmental Impact Study (EIS) that is currently being drafted for the proposed Northern Pass project. The letter from U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) reiterates a re… Continue Reading


January 13, 2014

THIS WEEK: SHAHEEN STAFF TO HOLD OFFICE HOURS IN SALEM, WINDHAM, PELHAM

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen's staff will hold office hours on Wednesday, January 15 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Salem and Thursday, January 16 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Windham and 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. in Pelham. Staff will be available to speak one-on-one with area residents who are seeking help with federal agencies on issues such as veterans' benefits, federal taxes, housing, immigration and Social Security. All area residents are encouraged to attend. For more information on the … Continue Reading


January 10, 2014

SHAHEEN, SBA ACTING ADMINISTRATOR HULIT PROMOTE JOB CREATION, SMALL BUSINESS GROWTH IN NH

(Manchester, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) hosted Acting Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA) Jeanne Hulit in New Hampshire today to meet with members of New Hampshire's business community and to promote job creation. This morning the two hosted a small business roundtable in Amherst at LaBelle Winery to discuss issues facing New Hampshire business owners, particularly women, and highlight the need to promote more women in business by helping them access SBA progr… Continue Reading


January 09, 2014

MOMENTUM BUILDS BEHIND SHAHEEN - McCAIN EFFORT TO END WASTEFUL, DUPLICATIVE CATFISH INSPECTION PROGRAM

(Washington, DC) - Business leaders and a coalition of taxpayer advocates are endorsing a bipartisan effort led by U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and John McCain (R-AZ) to eliminate a duplicative and wasteful U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) catfish inspection program, underscoring the strong support that exists behind the push to save taxpayers millions of dollars. This week, both the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and large coalition of taxpayer advocacy groups, including the Taxpayers Pro… Continue Reading


January 08, 2014

SHAHEEN FILES AMENDMENT TO UNDO MILITARY RETIREE CUTS

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today filed an amendment to emergency unemployment legislation to protect military retirees from changes to cost of living adjustments (COLA) that were passed in a bipartisan budget agreement. Shaheen's amendment mirrors legislation she introduced in December, the Military Retirement Restoration Act, and replaces the estimated $6 billion in savings from military retiree COLA with an estimated $6.6 billion raised by eliminating a tax loophole… Continue Reading


January 07, 2014

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON EMERGENCY UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE VOTE

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen released the following statement after an emergency unemployment assistance extension bill cleared a key procedural hurdle in the Senate this morning: "Emergency unemployment assistance provides a critical lifeline to New Hampshire families who are struggling to make ends meet while people look for jobs. A failure to extend these benefits would be bad for jobs and our economy, so I hope we can act in a bipartisan fashion - just like we did this mo… Continue Reading


January 06, 2014

SHAHEEN: HOME HEATING ASSISTANCE FOR GRANITE STATERS CRITICAL DURING WINTER MONTHS

(Dover, NH) - As major sections of the United States including New Hampshire experience extreme winter weather conditions, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) met with officials from the New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning and New Hampshire Community Action Programs to highlight the importance of funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP helps seniors and low income households with home heating costs. "With temperatures around the country reaching well b… Continue Reading


January 03, 2014

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON GORHAM PAPER AND TISSUE MILL

(Manchester, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released this statement following news today that Gorham Paper and Tissue will reduce its production and lay off employees during the winter months due to high natural gas prices: "I'm disappointed to hear that Gorham Paper and Tissue is facing layoffs and reduced hours for employees. I will continue to work closely with state, local and company officials, and remain committed to doing all I can to support the mill and its employees."… Continue Reading


January 03, 2014

SATURDAY IN MANCHESTER: SHAHEEN TO KICK OFF FIRST ROBOTICS COMPETITION

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will be joined by Governor Maggie Hassan and former Governor John Lynch to help kick off the 2014 FIRST Robotics Competition at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 4, in Manchester, NH. The annual event brings high school robotics teams from New Hampshire and around the region together to compete in engineering challenges. Shaheen has been a strong supporter of the FIRST Robotics program which promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Next… Continue Reading


December 20, 2013

SENATE PASSES DEFENSE BILL WITH KEY SHAHEEN MEASURES

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Chair of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, announced today that many of her critical priorities were included in the FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bill cleared the Senate with a bipartisan 84-15 vote tonight and authorizes all Department of Defense programs and major defense policy issues. "Our service members must have the necessary resources to accomplish their missions sa… Continue Reading


December 19, 2013

FDA WILL RE-PROPOSE RULES IN RESPONSE TO CONCERNS FROM BIPARTISAN COALITION OF LAWMAKERS

(Washington, DC) - A successful bipartisan effort led by U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Representatives Joe Courtney (D-CT), Chris Gibson (R-NY) and Annie Kuster (D-NH), has resulted in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) planning to revise regulations and seek additional comments from the public before finalizing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)rules. The FDA's announcement comes less than a month after the lawmakers led a bipartisan coalition of 75 Republ… Continue Reading


December 18, 2013

SHAHEEN HOSTS NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESS LEADER FOR JOB CREATION DISCUSSION

[(December 18, 2013 - Washington, DC) - Jenny Houston, Executive Vice President, Warwick Mills (right) U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) (left)] (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today hosted Warwick Mills Executive Vice President Jenny Houston at a Small Business Committee Hearing to discuss the benefits of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program for small businesses in New Hampshire. Together, both progra… Continue Reading


December 18, 2013

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON SENATE BUDGET VOTE

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement this afternoon after the Senate cleared a bipartisan budget deal by a vote of 64-36: "The budget deal represents a small but important step forward for our government and our economy. Though it wasn't the deal I would have crafted, I supported the budget because it represents the kind of compromise we need more of here in Washington. The bipartisan agreement will help create certainty for small businesses, … Continue Reading


December 18, 2013

SHAHEEN: SAVINGS IN BUDGET SHOULD NOT COME AT THE EXPENSE OF MILITARY RETIREES

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke on the Senate floor this afternoon to call for passage of the bipartisan budget agreement which will create certainty for the economy, promote job creation and end the threat of a government shutdown. Shaheen also highlighted legislation she introduced last night, the Military Retirement Restoration Act, which would undo a cost of living adjustment (COLA) for military retirees currently in the budget and replace those savings by closin… Continue Reading


December 17, 2013

SHAHEEN INTRODUCES PLAN TO UNDO MILITARY RETIREE COLA CHANGES IN BUDGET AGREEMENT

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today introduced the Military Retirement Restoration Act to safeguard military retirees from changes to cost of living adjustments (COLA) that were included in the bipartisan budget agreement the Senate is expected to clear this week. Shaheen's legislation would replace the estimated $6 billion in expected savings from military retiree COLA with an estimated $6.6 billion raised by eliminating a tax loophole for offshore corporations. Shahee… Continue Reading


December 17, 2013

SHAHEEN TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION UNDOING MILITARY COLA CHANGES IN BUDGET DEAL

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today will introduce legislation that would safeguard military retirees from changes in cost of living adjustments that are expected to be passed later this week when the Senate passes a bipartisan budget agreement. Shaheen's proposal would be fully paid for by eliminating select corporate tax loopholes. "This bipartisan budget agreement will create economic certainty for small businesses, help promote job creation, and protect our country f… Continue Reading


December 17, 2013

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON DELBENE APPOINTMENT

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement after the Administration appointed Kurt DelBene to replace Jeff Zients and manage the implementation of HealthCare.gov fixes: "Through the rollout of HealthCare.gov, we saw that a project of this size and scope needs the sustained leadership and day-to-day management of a chief executive officer. In November, I, along with a number of my colleagues, urged the President to name a CEO to take over the day-to-da… Continue Reading


December 16, 2013

SHAHEEN, AYOTTE, KUSTER CALL ON EPA TO CONNECT ALL HOMES SHOWING WATER CONTAMINATION TO PUBLIC WATER SYSTEM

(Washington, DC) - New Hampshire lawmakers are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to connect additional households in Atkinson showing chemical contamination in their water supply to a new water main to help ensure reliable access to safe drinking water. In a letter sent today to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) are requesting homes in the town of Atkinson that are showing any le… Continue Reading

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