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December 17, 2012

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON NEWTOWN TRAGEDY

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement today regarding the deadly shooting last Friday in Newtown, Connecticut. "After a heartbroken weekend where the nation grieved with the families of Newtown, it's time for elected leaders to come together and determine what we can do to help end the culture of violence that is leading to these tragedies. We need a comprehensive approach that includes improving access to mental health services, better enfor… Continue Reading


December 17, 2012

SHAHEEN TOURS POLARTEC IN HUDSON TO STRESS ECONOMIC IMPERATIVE OF RESOLVING BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS

(Hudson, N.H.) - With the January 1 deadline for automatic spending cuts and tax increases approaching, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke at Polartec, LLC in Hudson to discuss the need to resolve budget negotiations and protect the American economy and middle class. Shaheen called on Congress to avoid automatic spending cuts and tax increases and instead achieve a balanced deficit reduction plan that addresses discretionary spending, mandatory spending and revenues. "Across-the-board cut… Continue Reading


December 12, 2012

SENATOR SHAHEEN NAMED TO SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) was selected today by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to serve on the Senate Appropriations Committee, restoring New Hampshire's voice to the powerful committee that determines where the federal government spends taxpayers' money. Former Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) served on the Appropriations Committee from 1995 through 2010. "I'm honored to be chosen to serve on the Senate Appropriations Committee. It's important to have a New Hampshire… Continue Reading


December 12, 2012

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES $642,028 GRANT FOR LACONIA FIRE DEPARTMENT TO RECRUIT AND TRAIN FIREFIGHTERS

(Washington, D.C.) - The Laconia Fire Department has received a grant worth $642,028 through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program to recruit and train firefighters, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today. Shaheen sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in August in support of Laconia's application for funding. "Over the past eight years, the Laconia Fire Department has responded to an increasing number of emergencies while their st… Continue Reading


December 10, 2012

GENERAL COLIN POWELL JOINS RETIRED MILITARY LEADERS IN SUPPORT OF SHAHEEN AMENDMENT

(Washington, D.C.) - General Colin Powell, USA (Ret.), the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the 65th United States Secretary of State, joined a letter today with dozens of military leaders urging Congressional support for an amendment introduced by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) that would allow the Department of Defense to cover the cost of abortions for servicewomen who are survivors of rape and incest. The letter was sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member in the Senate an… Continue Reading


December 10, 2012

SHAHEEN: TIME IS NOW TO COME TOGETHER FOR LONG-TERM, BIPARTISAN DEAL TO ADDRESS DEBT AND DEFICIT

(Somersworth, N.H.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today spoke about the need for a comprehensive plan to address the United States debt and deficits during a tour of Velcro USA in Somersworth. Shaheen called on Congress to avoid the automatic spending cuts and tax increases scheduled to take effect January 1st and come to the table to achieve a balanced deficit reduction plan that addresses discretionary spending, mandatory spending and revenues. As she toured the company's manufacturing… Continue Reading


December 07, 2012

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT HEARING CASES ON SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement today in response to the Supreme Court's announcement that it will hear two constitutional challenges on the legality of same-sex marriage at the state and federal level. "I am glad to hear that the Supreme Court will consider these cases and am hopeful that they will strike down these discriminatory laws, paving the way for marriage equality." said Senator Shaheen. "Equality and freedom are at the core of… Continue Reading


December 07, 2012

SHAHEEN HELPS CELEBRATE HISTORY WITH NEW HAMPSHIRE’S ALL-FEMALE DELEGATION

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) helped celebrate the nation's first all-female delegation at a historic breakfast forum hosted by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. Shaheen was joined by Senator Kelly Ayotte, Governor-Elect Maggie Hassan and Representatives-Elect Carol Shea Porter and Ann McLane Kuster. The delegation spoke about the growing number of women in politics and the historic importance of New Hampshire becoming the first state in United States history to have an all-female… Continue Reading


December 06, 2012

SHAHEEN-PORTMAN ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROVISIONS APPROVED IN BOTH CHAMBERS OF CONGRESS WITH BROAD BIPARTISAN SUPPORT

(Washington, D.C.) - The Senate today passed important provisions from the bipartisan Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S.1000) introduced by U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) to help the country save money by using less energy. The provisions, which focus on industrial and federal agency efficiency, passed as part of the American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act (H.R. 6582). After passing with unanimous support in the Senate, the legisl… Continue Reading


December 06, 2012

SENATE PASSES NEW INTERNATIONAL STANDARD TO PUNISH GROSS VIOLATORS OF HUMAN RIGHTS

WASHINGTON, DC-U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) praised Senate action today that will send the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act to the President to be signed into law. This landmark legislation, passed 92-4 in conjunction with Permanent Normal Trade Relations for Russia, sets a precedent for future trade and other bilateral agreements by prohibiting gross violators of human rights in Russia from traveling to t… Continue Reading


December 06, 2012

BIPARTISAN GROUP OF SENATORS CALL ON ARMY TO ADDRESS CONCERN OVER CONTRACTORS WITH LINKS TO TERRORIST GROUPS

(Washington, D.C.) - A bipartisan group of senators led by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) sent a letter to the U.S. Army yesterday expressing concern over the growing backlog of referrals pending before the Army's Suspension and Debarment office and particularly the backlog of referrals on contractors with links to terrorist groups. The letter, sent to Army Secretary John McHugh and Army Chief of Staff General Raymond Odierno, specially called for greater responsiveness by the Army in proces… Continue Reading


December 05, 2012

SHAHEEN LEADS BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL GROUP IN SUPPORT OF PROVISION TO PROTECT SERVICEWOMEN

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Scott Brown (R-MA) today led a bipartisan group of members from both chambers of Congress in support of the Shaheen Amendment to allow the Department of Defense to cover the cost of abortions for servicewomen who are victims of rape or incest. Today's letter urged the leaders of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees to retain the Shaheen Amendment as they negotiate the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act (N… Continue Reading


December 05, 2012

SHAHEEN, RETIRED MILITARY OFFICERS CALL FOR EQUAL RIGHTS TO REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH FOR SERVICEWOMEN

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) held a press conference today alongside two high-ranking military officials calling on House and Senate conferees to follow the Senate's lead in supporting her provision that would allow the Department of Defense to cover the cost of abortions for servicewomen who are victims of rape or incest. The Shaheen Amendment would put Department of Defense rules in line with other federal policies and would help ensure that women in uniform receive … Continue Reading


December 04, 2012

SHAHEEN APPLAUDS SENATE PASSAGE OF CRITICAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today joined her Senate colleagues in a unanimous vote of 98-0 in favor of the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The annual bill includes a number of provisions authored or supported by Shaheen. "Ensuring our military has the equipment and the resources needed to defend our nation is one of our most important responsibilities," said Shaheen a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. "Overall this year's b… Continue Reading


November 30, 2012

SHAHEEN: WOMEN IN THE MILITARY DESERVE THE SAME HEALTH SERVICES AS THE CIVILIANS THEY PROTECT

(Washington, D.C.) - Ensuring that women in the military receive the same rights to reproductive health services as the civilians they protect is an issue of fundamental equality, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) said today in a speech on the Senate floor. Shaheen sponsored an amendment, which was included on a strong bipartisan vote during the Senate Armed Services Committee consideration of this year's National Defense Authorization Act, that would provide women in the military who are victi… Continue Reading


November 29, 2012

SHAHEEN HONORS SENATOR WARREN RUDMAN IN SPEECH ON SENATE FLOOR

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke on the Senate floor today to honor former New Hampshire Senator Warren B. Rudman. Senator Rudman (May 18, 1930-November 19, 2012) served as a United States Senator from New Hampshire from 1980 to 1993. Shaheen also introduced a Senate resolution with Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) that can be found here. Below are Shaheen's remarks, as prepared for delivery. Mr. President, I rise today to honor the life of a distinguished former memb… Continue Reading


November 29, 2012

SENATE RESOLUTION HONORING SEN. WARREN RUDMAN

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) submitted the following Senate Resolution honoring the life of former U.S. Senator Warren Rudman of New Hampshire. Relative to the death of the Honorable Warren B. Rudman, former United States Senator for the State of New Hampshire. Whereas Warren B. Rudman served in the United States Army during the Korean War with the rank of Lieutenant, earning the Bronze Star for action in combat as an infantry commander; Whereas Warren B. Rudm… Continue Reading


November 29, 2012

SHAHEEN HIGHLIGHTS WAYS TO SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES AT SENATE HEARING

(Washington, D.C.) - At a Senate Small Business Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) outlined legislative priorities to grow small businesses and questioned experts on the programs that will stimulate job creation. Shaheen spoke specifically about the importance of reauthorizing the Small Business Administration's (SBA) real estate refinancing program, which helps extend credit to small businesses at no cost to taxpayers. The hearing, titled "Creating Jobs and Growing t… Continue Reading


November 28, 2012

SHAHEEN: MILITARY BIOFUELS KEY TO ENERGY INDEPENDENCE

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today applauded the passage of an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that restored the Department of Defense's ability to invest in advanced biofuels. Senator Shaheen was a lead cosponsor and strong supporter of the amendment, which passed the Senate with significant bipartisan support by a vote of 62-37. "Reducing our dependence on foreign oil is critical to our national security," said Shaheen. "Advanced biofu… Continue Reading


November 28, 2012

NEW HAMPSHIRE GRANTED MAJOR DISASTER DECLARATION FOR HURRICANE SANDY RECOVERY

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today applauded the decision by President Barack Obama to grant a major disaster declaration for the state of New Hampshire following damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. The disaster declaration will grant assistance to help communities in the five northern counties of New Hampshire recover from damage caused by flooding and extreme wind. All New Hampshire counties will be eligible for Hazard Mitigation funds, which w… Continue Reading

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