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February 04, 2014

SHAHEEN: BIPARTISAN FARM BILL WILL RENEW OIL-HEAT PROGRAM, SUPPORT NEW HAMPSHIRE FARMERS

(Washington, DC) - Today on a 68-32 vote, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan Farm Bill that includes multiple New Hampshire priorities and will protect small farmers, fight hunger and save taxpayers billions. The five-year Agricultural Act of 2014 makes targeted investments in our nation's agricultural and nutrition sectors while eliminating some of the wasteful subsidies that cost taxpayers billions of dollars. After a nearly three years-long process, the 2014 Farm Bill also includes importa… Continue Reading


February 03, 2014

SHAHEEN: OVERSIGHT FINDINGS IN AFGHANISTAN RECONSTRUCTION REPORT REQUIRE ACTION

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) says the latest report to Congress from the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) stresses the dire need for increased scrutiny and reforms for the ongoing U.S. reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. The report released this week raises concerns on possible oversight weaknesses and vulnerabilities of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) assistance while noting the ongoing issue of the longstanding backlog of… Continue Reading


January 30, 2014

SHAHEEN, AYOTTE ANNOUNCE RELEASE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE LIHEAP FUNDS

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will release Low Income Home Energy Assistance Funds (LIHEAP) funds for FY 2014. The release of New Hampshire's $3.384 million in funding follows a letter Shaheen and Ayotte wrote to HHS last week calling for the immediate release of the state's LIHEAP funds. "The release of New Hampshire's LIHEAP funds is a welcome development for families acros… Continue Reading


January 30, 2014

SHAHEEN TO EUROPEAN PARTNERS: WE MUST STAND UNITED AGAINST IRANIAN NUCLEAR PROGRAM

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and former Chair of the European Affairs Subcommittee, expressed deep concern to European leaders over recent and upcoming European delegations to Tehran. In letters sent today to the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy as well as ambassadors of Austria, France, Georgia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Turkey and the United Kingdom, Shaheen said trade d… Continue Reading


January 29, 2014

SHAHEEN CALLS FOR MORE ROBUST HEALTH INSURANCE NETWORK, INCREASED TRANSPARENCY FOR CONSUMERS

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) is today asking the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to update insurance network standards so that people across New Hampshire have a greater choice of hospitals and providers. In a letter to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Shaheen expressed concerns that New Hampshire currently has only one health care provider on the federal marketplace and that 10 of the state's 26 hospitals have been excluded from that provider's network. "I am… Continue Reading


January 29, 2014

SHAHEEN, COLLINS URGE SENATE COMMITTEE TO ACT ON BILL BANNING LGBT DISCRIMINATION DURING JURY SELECTION PROCESS

(Washington, DC) - Citing a need to ban discrimination in the judicial system, today U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to promptly consider their bipartisan Jury ACCESS (Access for Capable Citizens and Equality in Service Selection) Act that would ban discrimination in jury selection. Shaheen and Collins' letter comes on the heels of a unanimous 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision holding that jurors could not be excluded on … Continue Reading


January 29, 2014

SHAHEEN: MORE WORK REMAINS FIVE YEARS AFTER LILLY LEDBETTER

[January 28, 2014 - from left to right: Lilly Ledbetter, U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)] (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement on the five year anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act: "Five years ago today I was proud to see the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act signed into law, an important bill that strengthened protections for victims of pay discrimination. Equal pay for equal work should be a ma… Continue Reading


January 28, 2014

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement on President Barack Obama's State of the Union address: "Both parties must work together on our most important priorities: helping create jobs, growing our economy, and strengthening small businesses in New Hampshire and across the country. There are a number of bipartisan proposals that Congress should act on immediately to accomplish these goals, including my bipartisan energy efficiency legislation which w… Continue Reading


January 27, 2014

SHAHEEN: COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY IS CRITICAL FOR STRENGTHENING WORKFORCE, BOOSTING ECONOMY

(Washington, DC) - With news reports signaling President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address will include a focus on the rising cost of higher education, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today encouraged the President to work with Congress on a plan to lower student debt and shared some legislative proposals of her own on the issue. In her letter to the President, Shaheen outlined proposals that could help educate students about debt repayment options and better understand their debt sit… Continue Reading


January 24, 2014

SHAHEEN, AYOTTE CALL FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF LIHEAP FUNDS AS COLD WEATHER CONTINUES TO BEAR DOWN ON NEW HAMPSHIRE

(Washington, DC) - As extreme cold weather continues to bear down on New Hampshire and much of the country, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today called on Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius to immediately release New Hampshire's federal heating aid funds included in the recently passed government funding bill, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014. The release of Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds would allow lo… Continue Reading


January 24, 2014

SATURDAY IN GREENLAND: SHAHEEN TO PARTICIPATE IN GRANITE STATE WARRIORS AWARDS

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will participate in the Military Officers Association of America's Granite State Warriors Awards Luncheon on Saturday, January 25th at 1:00 p.m. in Greenland. Shaheen will read Congressional Record statements honoring the work of two organizations, Veterans Count and Christmas Can Cure, for their work on behalf of New Hampshire veterans. The Granite State Warriors Award is given annually to New Hampshire residents or organizations that make significant contri… Continue Reading


January 22, 2014

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Merrimack’s Nanocomp Technologies Awarded $18.5 Million Defense Department Grant

In case you missed it, Merrimack based Nanocomp Technologies was awarded an $18.5 million Defense Department grant last week that will help the company expand and create New Hampshire jobs. As reported by the Nashua Telegraph, the company "is receiving the Federal money under Defense Production Act Title III. Defense Production Act Title III, managed by the Air Force, is intended 'to create assured affordable, and commercially viable production capabilities and capacities for items essential for… Continue Reading


January 21, 2014

THIS WEEK: SHAHEEN STAFF TO HOLD OFFICE HOURS IN HANOVER, LEBANON, BROOKLINE

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen's staff will hold office hours on Wednesday, January 22 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Hanover and later from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. in Lebanon. Staff will also hold office hours on Thursday, January 23, from 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. in Brookline. 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 e… Continue Reading


January 21, 2014

SHAHEEN APPLAUDS FEDERAL APPEALS COURT RULING ON LGBT JURY SELECTION

(Manchester, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) praised a unanimous ruling issued by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals holding that it is unconstitutional for a juror to be excluded on the basis of sexual orientation and that sexual orientation warrants the same strong legal protections in jury selection as other categories, such as women and minorities. The ruling issued by the federal appeals court today supports the concept behind Shaheen's bipartisan Jury ACCESS (Access for Capable… Continue Reading


January 21, 2014

SHAHEEN: WE MUST PROTECT OUR SENIORS FROM SCAMS AND FRAUD

(Concord, NH) - Addressing New Hampshire seniors at consumer protection forums in Manchester and Concord earlier today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) highlighted the need to boost awareness and educational tools available to protect from fraud and scams. Shaheen was joined by officials from the Federal Trade Commission, the NH Attorney General's Office, the U.S. Postal Service Postal Inspection Service and the U.S. Secret Service to discuss ways to protect seniors from identity theft, cred… Continue Reading


January 21, 2014

SHAHEEN PROMOTES JOB CREATION OPPORTUNITIES AT NASHUA'S MONUMENT CONSTRUCTION

(Nashua, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) visited Monument Construction this afternoon in Nashua to tour the company's facility and showcase their efforts to hire New Hampshire veterans. The headquarters is currently undergoing construction that was supported by a Small Business Administration (SBA) loan available to select businesses to help them expand and create jobs. "We owe it to our veterans to support them in every possible way, and one of most important things we can do is to ma… Continue Reading


January 20, 2014

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement in honor of Martin Luther King Day: "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. invigorated this country through his fights for social and economic justice and equality for all Americans. Since my childhood where I witnessed segregation firsthand, the principle that discrimination has no place in our country has stayed close to my heart. In fact, one of my proudest days as Governor was signing into law the bill making Mart… Continue Reading


January 17, 2014

SUNDAY IN PORTSMOUTH: SHAHEEN TO ADDRESS ACTIVE MILITARY MEMBERS, VETERANS AT PRO MUSICA CONCERT

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will address active duty armed forces members and veterans at the Portsmouth Pro Musica Concert on Sunday, January 19 at 3:00 p.m. The concert is dedicated to the men and women of the armed forces and will feature 56 members of the Portsmouth Pro Musica and the Portsmouth High School Percussion Ensemble. Shaheen will offer opening remarks honoring our men and women in uniform. On Monday, Shaheen will honor the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at… Continue Reading


January 17, 2014

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES SARAH HOLMES AS NEW STATE DIRECTOR

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today that Sarah Holmes, a long-time advisor and current Special Assistant for Policy and Projects, will assume the role of Acting New Hampshire State Director effective Monday, January 20. Starting next week, current State Director Mike Vlacich will begin overseeing Shaheen's re-election campaign. "Community leaders and people across New Hampshire know Sarah for her hard work and dedication to the Granite State, and I am excited … Continue Reading


January 16, 2014

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON BIPARTISAN APPROPRIATIONS BILL

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, released the following statement after the Senate approved the bipartisan appropriations bill by a vote of 72-26. "The bill we passed today puts in place a responsible plan to spur economic growth and job creation, protects us from the economic consequences of another government shutdown, and invests in critical New Hampshire priorities. It also cuts wasteful spending in a smart, target… Continue Reading

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