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February 12, 2013

SHAHEEN: CONGRESS MUST COMPROMISE TO AVOID AUTOMATIC CUTS

(Washington, DC) - Today U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) denounced Congress' current inability to arrive at "a long-term solution to address this country's deficits" at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the impact of budget sequestration. Shaheen also renewed her call for bipartisan action to avoid the impact of automatic budget cuts. Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey and each member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff te… Continue Reading


February 11, 2013

SHAHEEN, GILLIBRAND APPLAUD DOD DECISION TO EXTEND BENEFITS TO LGBT MILITARY FAMILIES

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today applauded the decision by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to extend a slate of benefits to LGBT military families. Together, Shaheen and Gillibrand have been vocal advocates calling for the extension of benefits to LGBT servicemen and women and their families since the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell in 2011. Some of the extended benefits announced by Secretary Panetta this morning include access to fami… Continue Reading


February 11, 2013

NEW HAMPSHIRE DELEGATION: PEASE IDEAL FOR KC-46A

(Washington, D.C.) - In a letter to Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) along with Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-1) and Annie Kuster (NH-2) encouraged the Air Force to select Pease Air National Guard Base as a home for the new KC-46A aerial refueling tanker. Last month, the Air Force announced that Pease - home to the 157th Air Refueling Wing - was one of five finalists to receive the KC-46A, which will replace the Eis… Continue Reading


February 10, 2013

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON PASSING OF CHARLIE MORGAN

Washington, DC - Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement this morning on the passing of Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan of the New Hampshire National Guard: "Charlie Morgan epitomized courage - in her military service, her fight for LGBT equality, and her battle with cancer. She showed us how to live and to die with dignity. I am honored I got to know Charlie and my heart goes out to her wife Karen, her daughter Casey Elena and her entire family."… Continue Reading


February 07, 2013

SHAHEEN: WE MUST LEARN FROM BENGHAZI ATTACKS, WORK TOGETHER TO PREVENT FUTURE ATTACKS

(Washington, D.C.) - Today U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) continued her efforts as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee to learn from the mistakes that were made in Libya in order to implement policies to prevent and protect diplomats overseas from future attacks. Since the attacks in Benghazi, Senator Shaheen has used her position as a member of the Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees to call for more accountability from federal officials and ensure that they are tak… Continue Reading


February 07, 2013

SHAHEEN INVITES DERRY VETERAN AS GUEST OF HONOR FOR STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today that Derry native David Taylor will be the Senator's guest of honor at Tuesday's State of the Union address in Washington. Taylor, an Army veteran and former Derry Fire Explorer, was wounded by an improvised explosive device while serving on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2011. He lost a leg below the knee as a result of his injuries. As her guest of honor, Taylor will join Shaheen in the House Chamber for the joint… Continue Reading


February 07, 2013

SHAHEEN CALLS FOR SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE HEARING ON ADMINISTRATION’S USE OF DRONES

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement this morning calling for a public hearing of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to examine the Obama Administration's use of drones overseas. Shaheen is a member of both the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the Senate Committee on Armed Services. "Drones play a critical role in our national security as they have been very effective in devastating core parts of al Qaeda. However, that doesn'… Continue Reading


February 07, 2013

SHAHEEN CONTINUES CALL FOR SWIFT PASSAGE OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT

SHAHEEN CONTINUES CALL FOR SWIFT PASSAGE OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke on the Senate floor today to urge her colleagues to come together and reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) without further delay. Shaheen has been a strong advocate of VAWA and has visited crisis centers across New Hampshire to emphasize the essential services the program offers to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Shaheen was introd… Continue Reading


February 06, 2013

SHAHEEN: PERMANENT IG’S NECESSARY TO PROTECT TAXPAYER DOLLARS

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) today urged President Barack Obama to fill six vacancies for permanent Inspectors General at key federal agencies to improve government oversight and accountability that could result in the savings of billions in taxpayer dollars. According to a 2012 report from the Government Accountability Office, Inspectors General identified $43.3 billion in potential savings to the government during FY2009. Presently there are 32 Inspectors General … Continue Reading


February 06, 2013

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON CORRIDOR TRANSIT STUDY

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement in support of the Capitol Corridor transit study which was approved by the New Hampshire Executive Council by a 4-1 vote this morning. The study will explore the viability of a commuter rail line along the Merrimack River corridor from the Massachusetts border to Concord. "I'm pleased that the Executive Council is moving forward with this important viability study that will help officials make critical deci… Continue Reading


February 05, 2013

THURSDAY: SHAHEEN STAFF TO HOLD EXTENDED OFFICE HOURS IN DOVER, MANCHESTER, NASHUA, KEENE, BERLIN AND CLAREMONT

THURSDAY: SHAHEEN STAFF TO HOLD EXTENDED OFFICE HOURS IN DOVER, MANCHESTER, NASHUA, KEENE, BERLIN AND CLAREMONT Members of U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen's staff will hold extended office hours on Thursday, February 7 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Shaheen's office locations in Dover, Manchester, Nashua, Keene, Berlin and Claremont. The staff members will be available to speak one-on-one with area residents who are seeking help with federal agencies on issues such as veterans' benefits, fede… Continue Reading


February 05, 2013

SENATE PASSES SHAHEEN SUPPORTED BILL STRENGTHENING EMBASSY SECURITY

(Washington, D.C.) - Legislation cosponsored by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) that will bolster security at U.S. embassies and other diplomatic facilities worldwide cleared the Senate late Monday by unanimous consent. The bill, sponsored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), aims to prevent further tragedies such as the deadly assault last year at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya that killed four Americans by transferring already existing resources to boost security at high threat diplomati… Continue Reading


February 04, 2013

SHAHEEN: TIME IS NOW TO REAUTHORIZE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement this afternoon as the Senate began consideration of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA). "Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act and providing critical services to victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence is a top priority of mine. Since 2011, there have been roughly 16 million reported incidents of domestic violence in the United States and all of us share an obligation to stop t… Continue Reading


February 04, 2013

SHAHEEN, COLLINS CALL ON SENATE LEADERSHIP TO ACT, AVOID AUTOMATIC DEFENSE CUTS

(Washington, DC) - In a letter to Senate leaders Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have called for a balanced, bipartisan deficit reduction solution that protects jobs and national security interests. The letter and call for action comes in the wake of the United States Navy announcing extraordinary budget-cutting measures in preparation for further cuts under sequestration. The New England senators lambasted Congress' inaction in the p… Continue Reading


January 31, 2013

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON REDUCTION OF COD CATCH ALLOTMENTS

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement on the New England Fishery Management Council's decision to approve drastic cuts in cod catch limits in the Gulf of Maine: "The New England Fishery Management Council's decision to reduce catch limits on cod is certainly disappointing and will have a devastating impact on New Hampshire fishermen. The new limits will not only put the livelihood of our state's fishermen at risk, but will also threaten the his… Continue Reading


January 30, 2013

SHAHEEN CONGRATULATES LONDONDERRY THIRD GRADER FOR NATIONAL ART AWARD

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) met with Annabella Wu and her father, Yongge Wu, at the United States Capitol on Tuesday. Annabella was in Washington to participate in the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Reflections Art Exhibit Opening and Ribbon Cutting ceremony at the U.S. Department of Education, where a video of her award-winning dance choreography was featured. The National PTA's Reflections Program encourages art in education and honors students who submit theme-based photog… Continue Reading


January 30, 2013

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON DISAPPOINTING GDP REPORT

"Today's disappointing growth report underscores the need for our primary focus to remain on fostering economic growth and job creation. It also highlights the importance of avoiding the automatic cuts in the sequester, which will recklessly slash investments in education, research, and other critical areas of job growth, and to instead come to a long-term, comprehensive agreement to address our debt and deficits in a fair and responsible manner."… Continue Reading


January 29, 2013

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON CONFIRMATION OF SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on the confirmation of Senator John Kerry as the next U.S. Secretary of State. The Senate voted to confirm Kerry's nomination in an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 94-3. "I have known Secretary Kerry for many years and have had the opportunity to see firsthand the exceptional leadership he has provided for the United States. During our time in the Senate … Continue Reading


January 29, 2013

SHAHEEN, BIPARTISAN COALITION OF SENATORS INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO INCREASE VISAS FOR HIGHLY SKILLED WORKERS

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined a bipartisan group of Senators today in introducing the Immigration Innovation Act of 2013. The bill, also referred to as the I-Squared Act of 2013, offers a specific plan to address the shortage of visas and green cards for highly skilled immigrants working in science and technology fields and is already supported by businesses and business advocacy groups nationwide. "New Hampshire is one of the country's greatest incubators for… Continue Reading


January 29, 2013

SHAHEEN: WE MUST PROVIDE CRITICAL RELIEF TO N.H. FISHERMEN AND COASTAL ECONOMIES

SHAHEEN: WE MUST PROVIDE CRITICAL RELIEF TO N.H. FISHERMEN AND COASTAL ECONOMIES (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke on the Senate floor Monday to reiterate her call for Congress to grant disaster relief funding for fishermen in New Hampshire. Shaheen successfully urged the U.S. Department of Commerce to declare a disaster for New England fishermen and fishing communities struggling with revenue losses and the impact of fishery management decisions. The disaste… Continue Reading

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