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April 01, 2013

SHAHEEN: SKILLED WORKFORCE KEY TO KEEPING HIGH-QUALITY JOBS IN GRANITE STATE

(Charlestown, NH) - A highly skilled workforce is critical to strengthening our economy and maintaining our technological edge, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) said today while touting workforce development and on-the-job training programs at Whelen Engineering in Charlestown. Shaheen toured the company's manufacturing facilities and discussed how manufacturing companies can follow Whelen's lead in using workforce training to create jobs and expand their workforce. Whelen Engineering has p… Continue Reading


March 29, 2013

SHAHEEN TO DOD: IMPERATIVE TO TAKE EVERY POSSIBLE STEP TO MITIGATE SEQUESTRATION, IMPACT ON WORKERS

(Washington, DC) - Continuing her repeated opposition toward automatic budget cuts that have been implemented on account of the sequester and renewing her call for a balanced, long-term solution, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) has called on the Department of Defense to maximize "available flexibility during the implementation process" in order to mitigate the sequester's impact on workers, specifically the thousands at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard who provide critical services to the country. … Continue Reading


March 28, 2013

BIPARTISAN COALITION OF SENATORS RENEW CALL FOR ARMY TO FULLY REVIEW CONTRACTOR CASES WITH LINKS TO TERRORIST GROUPS

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - A bipartisan group of senators led by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) are expressing continued concern and frustration over the Army's use of contractors that have potential ties to terrorist groups. The senators specifically referred to a longstanding backlog of 43 referrals pending before the Army's Suspension and Debarment Official that involve individuals or companies with links to groups including the Haqqani Network and Al Qaeda as reason for concern that underscor… Continue Reading


March 28, 2013

SHAHEEN: ENCOURAGING WOMEN IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH AN INVESTMENT IN OUR FUTURE ECONOMIC SUCCESS

(Portsmouth, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) helped celebrate Women's History Month today as she spoke at a meeting of the Women's Resource Network at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard about the importance of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Shaheen underscored the need to attract women to emerging careers in STEM and highlighted the STEM initiatives already underway at the Shipyard. "Our country's economic competitiveness relies on being a global … Continue Reading


March 26, 2013

SHAHEEN, PATRIOTS DEFENSIVE LINEMAN VINCE WILFORK TEAM UP TO TACKLE DIABETES

(Derry, N.H.)- U .S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and New England Patriots All-Pro Defensive Lineman Vince Wilfork teamed up again today on Diabetes Alert Day at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School in Derry to promote diabetes awareness and encourage healthy living. Speaking to a crowd of 750 students, Shaheen and Wilfork shared how diabetes has affected them and their families and spoke about the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle. Both Shaheen and Wilfork have had family members a… Continue Reading


March 26, 2013

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT PROP. 8 HEARINGS

(Washington, D.C.) -U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement as the Supreme Court begins hearing arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry, a challenge to the constitutionality of California's ban on same-sex marriage: "Equality and freedom are at the core of who we are as Americans, and that means freedom for all of us, not just some of us," Shaheen said. "I'm glad the Supreme Court is hearing the challenges to Prop. 8 and DOMA because legalized discrimination is absolu… Continue Reading


March 25, 2013

SHAHEEN: BUDGET RESOLUTION RESPONSIBLY REINS IN SPENDING, PROTECTS ECONOMIC INTERESTS

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) voted for a responsible budget resolution that reins in the country's debt and deficit and sets us on a more sustainable, long-term fiscal path. The Budget Resolution (S. Con. Res. 8) cleared the Senate by a vote of 50-49. "American families and businesses have dealt with too many manufactured budget crises, so I'm pleased to have passed legislation that promotes our economic interests in a long-term fashion," Shaheen said. "This bud… Continue Reading


March 22, 2013

SHAHEEN, ISAKSON PRAISE SENATE PASSAGE OF BIENNIAL BUDGETING AMENDMENT

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) today praised Senate passage of their amendment that would reform the current budget and appropriations system by converting it from an annual process to a two-year cycle. The amendment was adopted into the budget resolution being debated on the floor. Shaheen and Isakson's amendment, S.Amdt.­­­138, was agreed to by a vote of 68 to 31. Since the budget resolution is a non-binding blueprint, Shaheen an… Continue Reading


March 22, 2013

SENATOR SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON FAA'S DECISION TO CLOSE NASHUA AIRPORT TOWER

(Washington, DC) - Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement responding to the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) decision to close the Nashua Airport tower due to automatic budget cuts that have been implemented at the federal level: "I'm disappointed by FAA's decision to close Nashua Airport's tower, not only because of the potential economic consequences but also because this decision comes after the FAA recently spent $24 million to upgrade the runway. The decisio… Continue Reading


March 22, 2013

SENATE PASSES SHAHEEN BUDGET AMENDMENT PROTECTING WOMENS HEALTH CARE ACCESS

(Washington, DC) - This afternoon the U.S. Senate passed Senator Jeanne's (D-NH) budget amendment (#438) that would protect women's access to primary, preventative and reproductive health care by a vote of 56-43. Shaheen's amendment would establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to protect a woman's access to health care, including primary and preventive health care, family planning and birth control, and employer-provided contraceptive coverage, such as the access that is provided under the Af… Continue Reading


March 22, 2013

SHAHEEN, PATRIOTS DEFENSIVE LINEMAN VINCE WILFORK TO RAISE DIABETES AWARENESS AT DERRY MIDDLE SCHOOL

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and New England Patriots All-Pro Defensive Lineman Vince Wilfork will team up on Diabetes Alert Day this Tuesday, March 26 at 10:30 a.m. at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School in Derry to promote diabetes awareness and encourage healthy living. Shaheen and Wilfork will speak at a school-wide assembly with approximately 750 students before holding a joint press availability to highlight their efforts to support diabetes research and education. Diabetes Alert Day is s… Continue Reading


March 21, 2013

PHOTO RELEASE: SHAHEEN, AYOTTE MEET WITH OPIC LEADERSHIP

(Washington, DC. March 21, 2013. L-R Senator Jeanne Shaheen, OPIC Board Member Jim Demers, Senator Kelly Ayotte, OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield) (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) this afternoon met with leadership from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) to discuss the organization's ongoing efforts to encourage U.S. private sector investment in emerging markets. Shaheen and Ayotte met with OPIC Board Member and New Hamps… Continue Reading


March 21, 2013

SENATOR SHAHEEN RESPONDS TO DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ANNOUNCING DECISION TO DELAY FURLOUGH NOTICES

(Washington, DC) - Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement responding to the Defense Department announcing that it has decided to delay sending furlough notices to civilian employees by two weeks: "I'm encouraged by this news and am hopeful that the Pentagon now has the flexibility in its budget to blunt at least some of the impact the automatic budget cuts will have on civilian employees. Ultimately, we still need a long term, balanced plan to address our debt and def… Continue Reading


March 21, 2013

BIPARTISAN SENATE AND HOUSE GROUP TACKLES DUPLICATIVE AND WASTEFUL CATFISH INSPECTION PROGRAM

(Washington, DC) - A bipartisan group of lawmakers from both the Senate and House are taking on a particularly wasteful use of taxpayer dollars today by introducing legislation to amend the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act (2008 Farm Bill). The new legislation would repeal a redundant program tasked with inspecting and grading catfish. U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and John McCain (R-AZ), along with 8 other senators, introduced S. 362 today to abolish this duplicative program that wastes… Continue Reading


March 20, 2013

SHAHEEN MEETS WITH TOP U.S. TRAVEL REPRESENTATIVES, PROMOTES NEW HAMPSHIRE TOURISM

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) met with CEO's of major travel companies today at a Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee meeting to promote travel and tourism in the United States and New Hampshire. Shaheen has long been a champion of nontraditional and rural travel destinations and the USTA's efforts in building Brand USA, a public-private partnership established to increase foreign travel to the United States. Brand USA was established in 2010 through the Travel … Continue Reading


March 20, 2013

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON REPORTS OF SYRIAN CHEMICAL WEAPON USE

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, issued the following statement in response to reports that chemical weapons have been utilized in Syria. "The reports of chemical weapon use in Syria raise grave concerns over the security of this extremely unstable region and the safety of the people of Syria and our allies in the Middle East," said Shaheen. "There is no question that Syria holds significant chemica… Continue Reading


March 19, 2013

SHAHEEN, COLLINS, AYOTTE, KING STATEMENT ON DEFENSE DEPARTMENT FURLOUGH NOTICES

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Susan Collins (R-ME), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Angus King (I-ME) released the following statement responding to reports that indicate the Defense Department plans to issue furlough notices to civilian employees, including those at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, later this week: "These furloughs are a product of an entirely avoidable situation and it's disappointing that Congress and the President failed to replace the automatic cuts known as… Continue Reading


March 19, 2013

SHAHEEN, COLLINS, AYOTTE, KING STATEMENT ON DEFENSE DEPARTMENT FURLOUGH NOTICES

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Susan Collins (R-ME), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Angus King (I-ME) released the following statement responding to reports that indicate the Defense Department plans to issue furlough notices to civilian employees, including those at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, later this week: "These furloughs are a product of an entirely avoidable situation and it's disappointing that Congress and the President failed to replace the automatic cuts known as '… Continue Reading


March 14, 2013

ISAKSON, SHAHEEN INTRODUCE BIENNIAL BUDGETING AND APPROPRIATIONS ACT

WASHINGTON -U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) reintroduced the bipartisan Biennial Budgeting and Appropriations Act (S. 554) today on Capitol Hill in an effort to reform Congress' broken budgeting process. The legislation, which Isakson has filed as an amendment to the Continuing Resolution, would convert the annual spending process to a two-year budget cycle. This commonsense reform would force Congress to become better stewards of the taxpayers' money by placing Co… Continue Reading


March 14, 2013

SHAHEEN AND COLLINS INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO SUPPORT DIABETES PREVENTION AND CARE

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME), co-chairs of the Senate Diabetes Caucus, have introduced new legislation to establish a commission of health care experts to advance diabetes care and prevention. The bill, the National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission Care Act, would bring together public and private sector experts in diabetes research and treatment to offer insight improving clinical care for diabetes patients. "Every 17 seconds, people of eve… Continue Reading

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