October 27, 2015

Shaheen, Ayotte Welcome Release of LIHEAP Funding for New Hampshire

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) welcomed the Department of Health and Human Services' recent announcement that New Hampshire will receive more than $23 million in assistance under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). "We are pleased that HHS has released these funds, which provide a critical means of support during the rapidly approaching cold winter months," said Senators Shaheen and Ayotte. "This assistance is vital for low-income f… Continue Reading

October 27, 2015

Shaheen Statement on Two-Year Bipartisan Budget Agreement

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement after the White House and congressional leadership announced a budget agreement that sets government funding levels for two years and extends the nation's borrowing limit through 2017. The agreement provides the defense and domestic discretionary budgets with equal relief from mandatory spending cuts. "This budget agreement provides a balanced approach to funding the federal government over the next two years… Continue Reading

October 26, 2015

Shaheen Applauds Announcement of $1 Billion Loan Guarantee for Ukraine

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) applauded today's announcement that the United States government will provide a third loan guarantee of $1 billion to support Ukraine. "I recently saw firsthand the resolve of Ukraine's leaders to improve their economy, root out corruption, and stand united against Russian aggression," said Shaheen. "This new loan guarantee sends a message to the people of Ukraine that they have a partner in the United States as they continue to strengthen t… Continue Reading

October 26, 2015

Governor Hassan and Senator Shaheen Highlight Support for Clean Power Plan

CONCORD, NH - Governor Maggie Hassan and United States Senator Jeanne Shaheen today joined environmental advocates and business leaders at the New Hampshire Audubon Society to call for support of the Clean Power Plan as an important step forward for New Hampshire's environment and economy. Administered by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Clean Power Plan establishes the first-ever national standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants. The Clean Power Plan establishes state-speci… Continue Reading

October 26, 2015

Shaheen Writes to FAA Urging Participation of Emergency Responders in Drone Task Force

(Washington, DC) - This morning, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) wrote to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta requesting that the agency's new taskforce on drone registration include the input of emergency responders. So far this year, the U.S. Forest Service has tallied at least 13 wildfires in which drones interfered with firefighting aircraft. This past summer, there were several reports in which firefighting aircraft had to abandon combatting forest fires fo… Continue Reading

October 23, 2015

Shaheen Meets With Judge Leary in Nashua to Discuss Efforts to Help Veterans Find Treatment, Avoid Incarceration

(Nashua, NH) - Today, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) was in Nashua where she was briefed by Judge James Leary at the 9th circuit court in Nashua on his court's veterans docket that provides treatment to veterans in the criminal justice system as an alternative to incarceration. Senator Shaheen's meeting with Judge Leary follows her introduction earlier this month of the Veterans Justice Outreach Act, which would support these legal programs in New Hampshire and around the country. Judge Leary hel… Continue Reading

October 23, 2015

Shaheen Urges DHS to Share Processing Best Practices With European Partners to Help Address Refugee Crisis

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the lead Democrat on both the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs and the Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee, wrote to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson urging the department to share best-practices for processing migrants developed on the U.S. Southwest border, with European allies struggling with the surge of Syrian refugees. Shaheen's recommendations follow the trip she led… Continue Reading

October 22, 2015

Senate Passes Shaheen Resolution Officially Designating First Week of November as National Veterans Small Business Week

(Washington, DC) - The U.S. Senate today passed a resolution, introduced by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), to designate the first week in November as National Veterans Small Business Week. The measure, which passed unanimously, also extends the Senate's appreciation to the nation's many small business owners who have served in uniform. "Many veterans are applying the same can-do approach they used in the military to start and grow their own small businesses," said Shaheen. "These veteran entrep… Continue Reading

October 22, 2015

After Leading a Senate Delegation to Europe, Shaheen Discusses European Refugee Crisis & Ukrainian Stability on Senate Floor

(Washington, DC) - This afternoon, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the lead Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs, spoke on the Senate floor regarding the refugee crisis in Europe and efforts to maintain security and stability in Ukraine. The speech follows a Shaheen-led delegation trip to Greece, Ukraine and Germany. On the Senate floor, Senator Shaheen gave her observations from the trip. "To be sure, Europe is being challenged. But this crisis also ch… Continue Reading

October 21, 2015

Shaheen Statement on Vandalism of Claremont Planned Parenthood Facility

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement following the vandalism of Claremont's Planned Parenthood facility. "Women across Western New Hampshire depend on the Planned Parenthood facility in Claremont for critical healthcare services," said Shaheen. "This act of vandalism is yet another shameful example of the relentless assault on Planned Parenthood and women's reproductive rights. Let's be clear, these attacks will not intimidate those of us who s… Continue Reading

October 14, 2015

Shaheen-Led Delegation Focused on Syrian Refugee Crisis & Ukrainian Stability Returns From Europe

**In Greece and Germany, senators get an up-close look at how these countries are handling the influx of refugees** **In Ukraine, senators have in-depth discussions with government leaders regarding the country's security and stability** (Washington, DC) -A Senate delegation led by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the lead Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, returns to the United States today a… Continue Reading

October 08, 2015

Shaheen Statement on President Obama's Nomination of Emily Gray Rice as U.S. Attorney for New Hampshire

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today released the following statement after President Obama announced the nomination of Emily Gray Rice to serve as U.S. Attorney for the District of New Hampshire: "I want to congratulate Emily Gray Rice on her nomination to serve as U.S. Attorney for the District of New Hampshire, a distinction for which she is more than worthy. Emily's leadership in the New Hampshire legal community make her exceptionally qualified for this position. I… Continue Reading

October 08, 2015

President Obama Signs Shaheen’s Bill Into Law to Improve Health Care Reform Law for Small & Mid-Size Businesses

Washington, DC - Last night President Barack Obama signed into law U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen's (D-NH) bipartisan bill, introduced with Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), to protect America's small and mid-size businesses from potential healthcare premium increases under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees (PACE) Act passed the House and Senate last week. "Granite Staters want to see Democrats and Republicans working together for the good of New Hampshire and… Continue Reading

October 07, 2015

Shaheen Introduces Bill to Deter Recreational Drones from Interfering with Disaster Relief

(Washington, DC) -U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today introduced the Wildfire and Emergency Airspace Protection Act, a bill to keep recreational drones from interfering with disaster relief efforts. "On far too many occasions, drones have put the lives of first responders at risk as they conduct disaster relief efforts," said Shaheen. "And especially as wildfires become more frequent and extreme, firefighters should be able to fight these blazes from the air unencumbered. My legislation wo… Continue Reading

October 06, 2015

Shaheen Seeks Waiver of Reimbursement Policy for Portsmouth Shipyard Workers on Long-Term Assignments

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter seeking a waiver for some Portsmouth Naval Shipyard workers from a Department of Defense (DOD) policy change that has reduced reimbursement allowances for workers during long-term duty assignments. Portsmouth Naval Shipyard employees perform critical work at shipyards around the country and are essential to maintaining the U.S. naval fleet. This reimbursement adjustment could impact s… Continue Reading

October 01, 2015

Shaheen, Vitter, and Cantwell Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Expand Support for Women Entrepreneurs

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, the lead Democrat on the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship (SBC), Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), Chairman of, and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), a senior member of SBC today introduced the Women's Small Business Ownership Act of 2015, which would will strengthen and expand support for women entrepreneurs through the U.S. Small Business Administration's Women's Business Center (WBC) Program. "Women have made great strides in our… Continue Reading

October 01, 2015

Shaheen Praises Release of Additional New England Fishery Disaster Funding

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) praised the release of an additional $1,044,351 in funding to support struggling New Hampshire fisherman and fishing communities. These funds released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will provide financial assistance to the commercial groundfishing industry and for-hire fishing vessels. These funds are in addition to the more than $2 million in fishery disaster funds that have been released to New Hampshir… Continue Reading

October 01, 2015

Shaheen-Scott Measure to Protect Small Businesses from Potential Healthcare Premium Increases in 2016 Heads to President’s Desk

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Tim Scott (R-SC) praised the Senate's passage of the PACE Act (H.R. 1624), which protects America's small businesses from healthcare premium increases under the Affordable Care Act. Senators Shaheen and Scott authored the Senate version of the bill (S. 1099) and both serve on the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Currently under the Affordable Care Act, on January 1, 2016, the definition of the state based sma… Continue Reading

October 01, 2015

After Midnight Expiration, Shaheen Seeks Land & Water Conservation Fund Reauthorization

(Washington, DC) - On the Senate floor this afternoon, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) called on Republicans in the Senate who support the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to encourage fellow Republicans to end their obstruction of the program's reauthorization. The LWCF expired yesterday at midnight, despite bipartisan calls for its reauthorization. During her remarks, Shaheen made a motion for unanimous consent to pass legislation that would grant a 60-day extension of the fund, a re… Continue Reading

October 01, 2015

Shaheen, Johnson Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Commemorate 25th Anniversary of German Reunification

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the lead Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, and U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) Subcommittee Chairman, introduced a resolution today to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of German reunification. "I am proud to celebrate the great strides the people of a unified Germany have made in the last 25 years," said Senator Shaheen. "Germany's story is an example for nations and peoples a… Continue Reading

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