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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


June 11, 2013

SHAHEEN, COMMERCE NOMINEE PENNY PRITZKER DISCUSS NEW HAMPSHIRE ISSUES, EFFORTS TO SPUR SMALL BUSINESS GROWTH AND JOB CREATION

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, today met with Penny Pritzker to discuss her nomination to serve as the next United States Secretary of Commerce. Shaheen and Pritzker discussed a range of issues impacting the New Hampshire and American economies and Department of Commerce's efforts to spur economic growth and job creation with a specific focus on small businesses. "We have to find common-sense ways … Continue Reading


June 11, 2013

CHAIRWOMAN SHAHEEN AND RANKING MEMBER AYOTTE SUPPORT MILITARY READINESS, REJECT BASE CLOSURES

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, today rejected the Administration's request for another round of military base closures and made important investments in military readiness to mitigate the impacts of sequestration at the subcommittee's markup of this year's Defense Authorization legislation. The Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee is p… Continue Reading


June 04, 2013

FDA ACTS ON SHAHEEN, KUSTER REQUEST; WILL PARTICIPATE IN PUBLIC HEARINGS WITH NEW ENGLAND FARMERS

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - In response to a request by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (D-NH), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working with the Senator and Congresswoman to organize public hearings in New England for farmers to comment on proposed Food Safety Modernization Act rules. Shaheen and Kuster led a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers to successfully call on the FDA to come to New England after hearing concerns about these new rules potentiall… Continue Reading


June 04, 2013

SHAHEEN PRESSES TOP MILITARY LEADERS ON FIGHT TO END SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE MILITARY

(Washington, D.C.) -Continuing her efforts to end military sexual assault, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today questioned top military leaders during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on their plans to address the sexual assault crisis in the United States Armed Forces. The hearing featured the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Chiefs of the Army, Navy, Marine Crops, Air Force, and Coast Guard who testified on the rising rate of sexual assaults in the military and the necessary… Continue Reading


June 03, 2013

SHAHEEN RAISES FOLEY CASE, WESTINGHOUSE BID WITH CZECH FOREIGN MINISTER

(Washington, D.C.) -U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the former Chair of the Subcommittee on European Affairs, met this afternoon with the Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic Karel Schwarzenberg to discuss the bilateral U.S.-Czech relationship, as well as issues of importance to the state of New Hampshire. Shaheen specifically discussed the case of James Foley and the pending Westinghouse bid to build a nuclear reactor in the Czech Re… Continue Reading


June 03, 2013

NEW HAMPSHIRE DELEGATION: VA SECRETARY WILL CONSIDER PART-TIME VETERANS CLINIC IN COLEBROOK AREA

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- New Hampshire's congressional delegation today welcomed news that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will begin meeting with health care providers in the Colebrook area to discuss establishing a part-time VA clinic. The VA's announcement, received in a letter to the delegation from Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, came in response to repeated calls from Senators Shaheen and Ayotte and Congresswomen Kuster and Shea-Porter over the need to expand access to v… Continue Reading


June 03, 2013

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF SENATE STEM CAUCUS AT NASHUA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

(Nashua, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke at Nashua Community College this morning to announce the launch of the Senate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education and Workforce Caucus and discuss her legislation to support STEM education in schools across the country. Shaheen is a co-chair of the Senate STEM caucus, a bipartisan coalition of senators focused on raising awareness on STEM education and advancing STEM opportunities to help maintain America's competitiv… Continue Reading


June 03, 2013

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON PASSING OF SENATOR FRANK LAUTENBERG

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement today on the passing of New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg. Senator Lautenberg was the last surviving World War II veteran in the United States Senate and a long-time champion of environmental issues. "I am deeply saddened by New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg's passing. Senator Lautenberg lived an incredible life of public service dedicated to making life better for the people of his state and of our count… Continue Reading


May 30, 2013

SHAHEEN CALLS ON WHITE HOUSE TO INCREASE TRANSPARENCY, REDUCE WASTEFUL SPENDING BY REFORMING CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM

(Washington, DC) - Emphasizing the need to increase government transparency and reduce wasteful spending, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today urged the White House to implement reforms to our nation's system of classifying official records. Shaheen specifically called on the Administration to act upon the recommendations of the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) to establish a White House-led steering committee to begin addressing the issue. Currently, outdated classification sys… Continue Reading


May 29, 2013

SHAHEEN, KUSTER LEAD BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL COALITION URGING FDA TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARING ON UPCOMING RULE CHANGES

(Washington, DC) -U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) led a bipartisan, bicameral group of New England lawmakers in calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to hold a public hearing in New England so that farmers can express concerns on proposed Food Safety Modernization Act rules. The FDA recently issued two proposed rules implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), a 2011 law revamping food safety laws to increase the safety of our f… Continue Reading


May 29, 2013

SHAHEEN: $168,500 FOR MANCHESTER HOUSING AUTHORITY GRANT A STEP FORWARD FOR HOMELESS VETS

(Washington, DC) - A $168,500 grant for the Manchester Housing & Redevelopment Authority will provide permanent housing to 20 homeless veterans and is a positive step forward to battling veterans homelessness in the state, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) said today. The supportive housing assistance is provided through the HUD (U.S. Housing and Urban Development)-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program, which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clin… Continue Reading


May 24, 2013

PHOTO RELEASE: SHAHEEN CONGRATULATES MEMBERS OF THE 157TH AIR REFUELING WING ON TANKER SELECTION

(May 24, 2013 - Pease Air National Guard Base) (Newington, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) celebrated Pease Air National Guard Base, home to the 157th Air Refueling Wing, as the newly selected top Air National Guard base to receive the KC-46A tanker. Shaheen, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee, has worked closely with members of the New Hampshire delegation over the past year and a half to highlight Pease's unique advantages and the impressive record of the Ne… Continue Reading


May 24, 2013

SHAHEEN APPLAUDS OPENING OF NEW MANCHESTER VET CENTER

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a strong advocate for a new veterans center in Manchester and a leading voice in calling for its expedited completion, released the following statement applauding today's grand opening of the new Manchester Vet Center: "Our veterans have earned the right to quality, local care and today's opening of the Manchester Vet Center is an important step to delivering on that commitment," Shaheen said. "The relocation of the facility has been long overdue … Continue Reading


May 24, 2013

SHAHEEN INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO PROMOTE SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS EDUCATION

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today that she has introduced legislation that would boost access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education for students across America that will in turn foster innovation and create a homegrown workforce that can keep our economy globally competitive in the future. The Innovation Inspiration School Grant Program specifically establishes a grant program within the Department of Education that school distr… Continue Reading


May 23, 2013

SHAHEEN, AYOTTE HAIL JUDGE LANDYA MCCAFFERTY’S NEW HAMPSHIRE DISTRICT COURT NOMINATION, URGE SWIFT CONFIRMATION

(Washington, DC) - Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today released the following statement applauding Judge Landya McCafferty's nomination to the New Hampshire District Court bench. If confirmed, Judge McCafferty, who currently serves as U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of New Hampshire, would be the first woman to ever serve in this position. "Judge Landya McCafferty is an incredibly qualified and accomplished individual with extensive federal court experience. H… Continue Reading


May 23, 2013

SHAHEEN INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO HELP REDUCE DISABLITY CLAIMS BACKLOG AND VETERAN HOMELESSNESS THROUGH VETERANS LEGAL CLINICS

(Washington, DC) - Building on their continued efforts to support American veterans, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) today introduced legislation to increase cooperation between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and veterans legal clinics. The legislation, the Veterans Legal Support Act of 2013, will maximize the effectiveness of these law school programs and encourage their continued development. Some law schools and their student volunte… Continue Reading


May 22, 2013

BIPARTISAN GROUP OF SENATORS CALL FOR TRANSPARENCY AND LIMITATIONS IN CROP INSURANCE SUBSIDIES

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Mark Begich (D-AK) this afternoon to call for billions in savings in the Farm Bill and highlight the need to bring greater transparency and common-sense limitations to crop insurance premiums. At a press conference in the US Capitol, the bipartisan coalition announced plans to introduce to amendments to the Farm Bill to implement much needed crop insurance reforms. The first amendment … Continue Reading


May 22, 2013

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON MEETING WITH VA TO DISCUSS VETERANS BENEFIT BACKLOG

(Washington, DC) - Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement this afternoon after meeting with Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and other members of the Senate to discuss efforts to eliminate the VA claims backlog: "We have a responsibility to take care of our veterans and the VA isn't currently living up to this obligation. The ongoing benefits backlog is entirely unacceptable and more needs to be done to address t… Continue Reading

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