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June 19, 2013

SHAHEEN HOSTS NEW HAMPSHIRE SMALL BUSINESSES IN WASHINGTON

(Washington, DC)- U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) hosted more than 150 members of the New Hampshire business community today for her 3rd Annual New Hampshire Business Day Luncheon. The event gives the New Hampshire business community an opportunity to come to Capitol Hill and hear directly from government leaders and key congressional officials about federal programs and agencies that support, regulate, and offer research and technical assistance to businesses. "New Hampshire is home to so m… Continue Reading


June 18, 2013

SHAHEEN WINS COMMITTEE PASSAGE OF KEY SMALL BUSINESS SUPPORT PROGRAM

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, voted Monday night for key small business bills giving access to capital and aiding in disaster recovery, including the bipartisan Commercial Real Estate and Economic Development (CREED) Act she introduced with Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA). The CREED Act would reauthorize the Small Business Administration's 504 refinancing program, which wo… Continue Reading


June 18, 2013

SHAHEEN AND AYOTTE REINTRODUCE SMALL BUSINESS EXPORT GROWTH ACT

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - As part of National Small Business Week, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today reintroduced the bipartisan Small Business Export Growth Act to help small businesses capitalize on export opportunities by removing red tape and improve federal export assistance programs for small businesses. The New Hampshire Senators crafted the legislation in response to industry feedback at their 2011 Small Business Committee field hearing. "Ninety-five perce… Continue Reading


June 17, 2013

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS WEEK

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Small Business Committee, released the following statement today to mark the beginning of National Small Business Week: "National Small Business Week is a great opportunity to renew our commitment to supporting the millions of small businesses across the country. These businesses are not only part of the fabric of our country, but they are a critical driver of the American economy, especially in New Hampshire where … Continue Reading


June 14, 2013

SHAHEEN: WE MUST PREVENT STUDENT LOAN RATE-HIKE

(Concord, N.H.) - Reaffirming her commitment to making college affordable for New Hampshire students and families, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today hosted a roundtable at Granite State College to highlight the need for Congressional action to prevent a student loan rate-hike from taking effect. If Congress fails to act, the interest rates on subsidized Stafford Loans are set to increase from 3.4% to 6.8% on July 1, which will add an average of $1,000 in debt to approximately 7.2 million … Continue Reading


June 13, 2013

SHAHEEN MEASURES INCLUDED IN CRITICAL NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) voted for the Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed the Armed Services Committee by a vote of 23-3. The annual bill authorizes all Department of Defense programs and major defense policy issues and includes a number of key provisions that were sponsored by Shaheen, Chair of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support. "Our men and women in uniform and their families … Continue Reading


June 12, 2013

SHAHEEN PROVISION TO ADDRESS MILITARY SEXUAL ASSAULT CRISIS INCLUDED IN NATIONAL DEFENSE BILL

(Washington, D.C.) - The Senate Armed Services Committee today approved language offered by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) to change the way the Department of Defense designates sexual assault prevention officers, adding a new level of accountability and scrutiny to the position after multiple Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) officers were reportedly accused of sexual assault in recent weeks. The bipartisan measure, which is modeled after standalone legislation that was introdu… Continue Reading


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

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