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March 12, 2013

SHAHEEN, AYOTTE ASK DOE TO CLARIFY PROCEDURES ON NORTHERN PASS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - New Hampshire U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte are asking the Department of Energy to clarify procedures that are being used to prepare for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) related to Northern Pass Transmission's proposal to construct energy lines across the US-Canadian border into northern New Hampshire. The Senators made this request yesterday in a letter sent to the Department of Energy. In the letter, Shaheen and Ayotte specifically cite concerns fr… Continue Reading


March 12, 2013

SHAHEEN, COLLINS HELP PASS INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY RESOLUTION

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) today hailed the final passage of a Senate resolution commemorating the 102nd International Women's Day, which celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future while also recognizing the obstacles women continue to face in the struggle for equal rights and opportunities. International Women's Day takes place annually on March 8. "I am proud that the Senate came together… Continue Reading


March 12, 2013

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON PASSING OF JIM FINNEGAN

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement today on the passing of retired Union Leader editorial writer Jim Finnegan: "Jim Finnegan was a strong and colorful advocate for the Union Leader's editorial positions and conservative causes. Agree with him or not, he was an influential and important voice in New Hampshire for decades. My thoughts and prayers go out to Jim's entire family." ###… Continue Reading


March 11, 2013

SHAHEEN ENCOURAGED BY HAGEL RESPONSE ON MILITARY SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today welcomed a letter from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel responding to her concerns over the decision by the Air Force to overturn the sexual assault conviction of Lieutenant Colonel James Wilkerson. Senator Shaheen and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) wrote to Hagel last week calling for detailed information on the case and an immediate review of the authority of commanders to unilaterally dismiss charges against convicted offenders. In his… Continue Reading


March 08, 2013

SHAHEEN: EXPORT REFORMS COULD BOLSTER SMALL BUSINESSES, INCREASE TRADE AND CREATE JOBS

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, today welcomed news that the White House is taking important steps to modernize and reform our nation's export control system. Once in place, the new reforms will simplify and streamline outdated and complex export rules that are currently in place and will allow small- and medium-sized businesses to more easily export their products… Continue Reading


March 07, 2013

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT

(Washington, D.C.) -U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement after President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) into law this afternoon. "The Violence Against Women Act is a proven tool in supporting victims but also social service providers and law enforcement officials who combat the epidemic of domestic violence in America. This legislation will bring much needed services to millions of domestic violence victims across the country. While I regret … Continue Reading


March 06, 2013

SHAHEEN MEETS WITH GENERAL WILLIAM FRASER, REITERATES PEASE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE SUPPORT

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) met today with General Will Fraser, Commander of the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), to discuss important issues facing the New Hampshire National Guard and to continue her advocacy of Pease Air National Guard Base as an optimal location for the KC-46A tanker. As the single manager for global, land and sea transportation for the Department of Defense, USTRANSCOM is one of the military's primary operators of refueling aircraft. … Continue Reading


March 06, 2013

DELEGATION MAKES CASE FOR PEASE TO AIR NATIONAL GUARD

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a letter to the recently appointed Director of the Air National Guard, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) along with Representatives Carol Shea-Porter (NH-1) and Annie Kuster (NH-2) expressed continued support for Pease Air National Guard Base and the 157th Air Refueling Wing to receive the KC-46A tanker. In January, the Air Force announced that Pease was one of five Air National Guard finalists to receive the KC-46A, which will replace the Ei… Continue Reading


March 04, 2013

BOXER, SHAHEEN CALL ON DEFENSE SECRETARY HAGEL TO IMMEDIATELY REVIEW DISMISSAL OF SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel asking that he immediately review the decision of an Air Force Lieutenant General to overturn the sexual assault conviction of a Lieutenant Colonel by a military jury. In the case, Lieutenant Colonel James Wilkerson was convicted of aggravated sexual assault by a jury of his peers after he allegedly groped a physician assistant as she slept in a guest bedr… Continue Reading


March 04, 2013

MARCH 7: 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, March 7 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 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, federal taxes, housing, immigration and Social Security. All area residents are encouraged to attend. For more information on the… Continue Reading


March 01, 2013

SHAHEEN: INDISCRIMINATE CUTS IRRESPONSIBLE, CONGRESS MUST ACT

(Manchester, N.H.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) met with small business and community leaders, teachers and students across New Hampshire today to renew her call for bipartisan, comprehensive action on the country's deficit and debt. Shaheen, who has repeatedly called for Congress to come together and develop a balanced and fair plan to reduce our debt and deficits, visited Manchester, Keene and Milford the day after Congress failed to reach a bipartisan agreement to avert automatic, a… Continue Reading


March 01, 2013

SHAHEEN JOINS 211 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO FILE HISTORIC AMICUS BRIEF ON DOMA CASE BEFORE SUPREME COURT

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen joined 211 members of Congress today in filing an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court in U.S. v. Edith Schlain Windsor, a landmark challenge to Section 3 of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act also known as DOMA. The brief outlines a legal rationale for repealing DOMA on grounds that it is unconstitutional. "LGBT Americans and families deserve equal treatment under the law but as long as DOMA remains in place, same-sex couples will be w… Continue Reading


February 28, 2013

Senators Coburn and Shaheen Reintroduce Bill to Reduce Federal Vehicle Budget

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - U.S. Sens. Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today introduced a bill that would reduce the federal funding available for the acquisition and leasing of new federal vehicles by 20 percent. The legislation would save approximately $500 million by reducing the amount the federal government can spend on buying and leasing non-essential vehicles according to President Obama's debt commission, the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, which also… Continue Reading


February 28, 2013

SHAHEEN: SEQUESTER THE WRONG WAY TO DEAL WITH OUR DEFICIT

(Washington, DC) ­- U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) expressed her disappointment today at the Senate's failure to reach a bipartisan agreement to avert the automatic, across-the-board federal budget cuts that will begin tomorrow. Two proposals were considered in the Senate today but both did not gain the 60 votes needed for passage. The first, which failed by a vote of 38 to 62, would have kept the same level of spending cuts but would have given authority to the President to rearrange … Continue Reading


February 28, 2013

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN’S ACT

(Washington, D.C.) -U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement commending the Congressional reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The House approved the bipartisan Senate bill 286-138 and it will now head to the President's desk for his signature. "The Violence Against Women Act is a critical, bipartisan piece of legislation that will bring comprehensive and critical services to the millions of domestic violence victims across the country. While I re… Continue Reading


February 27, 2013

SHAHEEN MEETS WITH NATIONAL WOMEN’S LEADERS, RENEWS COMMITMENT TO PROTECTING ACCESS TO REPRODUCTIVE HEALTHCARE

(Washington, DC) ­-U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) convened with national women's health care advocates today at a Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee meeting to promote efforts to protect and enhance women's access to health services, including preventative and reproductive care. At the meeting, Shaheen also renewed her call for the House to pass the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act, a bill that cleared the Senate with strong bipartisan support earlier this month. … Continue Reading


February 26, 2013

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON HAGEL CONFIRMATION VOTE

(Washington, D.C.) -U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after the Senate voted to confirm Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel: "Chuck Hagel is a man who valiantly defended our country in Vietnam and will bring proven leadership skills and a strong record of service to the Pentagon. I am pleased that the Senate confirmed his nomination this afternoon and am confident that he will be the type of strategic leader… Continue Reading


February 26, 2013

SHAHEEN CALLS FOR BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL ACTION ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY AT HOUSE ENERGY AND COMMERCE SUBCOMMITTEE

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy Power today to provide expert insight into energy efficiency policy and renew her call for bipartisan, bicameral action on the issue which will help create jobs and save businesses and consumers money. Shaheen, who coauthored the bipartisan Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S.1000) with Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), is a recognized leader in energy efficien… Continue Reading


February 21, 2013

SHAHEEN APPLAUDS ANNOUNCEMENT OF $1 MILLION LOAN TO CITY OF BERLIN

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) applauded the announcement that the city of Berlin has received a $1 million loan from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development project to repair the Godfrey Dam raw water transmission line. The Godfrey Dam serves as the primary storage reservoir for the city's water supply. "Godfrey Dam is an important priority and this loan will provide for necessary repairs to help keep Berlin's water supply clean and safe,… Continue Reading


February 21, 2013

SHAHEEN RECEIVES PERFECT SCORE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL, PUBLIC HEALTH RECORD

(Washington, D.C.) - The League of Conversation Voters recognized U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today for her record of protecting public health and the environment. Shaheen received a 100 percent rating on the National Environmental Scorecard for her votes in the 112th Congress and has been a leading voice on energy issues, particularly with a focus on energy efficiency and clean energy technologies, throughout her career. "Senator Shaheen was on the right side on every important envir… Continue Reading

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