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July 13, 2012

SHAHEEN: CHEMICAL WEAPONS IN SYRIA MUST BE SECURED

(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 Syria is relocating its stockpile of chemical weapons: "I am greatly concerned about reports that have surfaced of Syria's relocation of its chemical weapons arsenal. Syria has one of the largest chemical weapons programs in the world, and any decision to move these weapons in the midst of a deadly and brutal c… Continue Reading


July 13, 2012

SHAHEEN HELPS KICK OFF SAIL PORTSMOUTH 2012 FESTIVAL

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) delivered remarks today at the Welcome Ceremony of the Sail Portsmouth 2012 festival hosted by the Piscataqua Maritime Commission. The weekend-long festival brings historic vessels to the New Hampshire seacoast in a celebration of maritime tradition and features two replicas of historic ships, the 1776 Providence and the 1812 Pride of Baltimore II. Shaheen's remarks helped to celebrate the importance of the Granite State in America's maritime history.… Continue Reading


July 11, 2012

NEW HAMPSHIRE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AWARDED FEDERAL GRANTS TO BOLSTER CRIME PREVENTION

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today that three federal grants have been awarded to New Hampshire law enforcement departments to support crime prevention programs and police operations. The grants are part of the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program through the U.S. Department of Justice. "New Hampshire depends on a well-equipped, well-trained law enforcement workforce to protect our families and communities," said Shaheen. "This fundi… Continue Reading


July 06, 2012

SHAHEEN DISCUSSES NEW HAMPSHIRE ECONOMY AT LACONIA TOWN HALL

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) answers questions from a Laconia area resident at a Town Hall Forum at Lakes Region Community College in Laconia. Shaheen discussed important economic issues facing New Hampshire and joined officials in providing an update on efforts to create jobs and grow the economy.… Continue Reading


July 05, 2012

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES GRANT FOR RYE FIRE AND RESCUE DEPARTMENT

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today that the Rye Fire and Rescue Department has been awarded $343,760 for recruitment through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. "Having the necessary men and women needed to protect Rye and respond to emergencies is a top priority for the fire department," Shaheen said. "I am pleased that these funds will be used to add new firefighters to the department who are committed to keepi… Continue Reading


June 29, 2012

SHAHEEN: TRANSPORTATION BILL WILL CREATE JOBS, GROW ECONOMY

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today applauded Congressional passage of a long-term transportation bill that will fund federal highway and transit programs through 2014, avoiding a pending shutdown of the federal transportation program and providing critical certainty for New Hampshire transportation projects such as I-93. The legislation also prevents a pending increase in student loan interest rates. The legislation was passed by both chambers of Congress today and wi… Continue Reading


June 28, 2012

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT RULING ON HEALTH CARE

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act: "This law is already helping thousands of people in New Hampshire and it's going to help thousands more. When it's fully implemented, it will mean a reformed system that addresses costs and improves security and stability in health care coverage. Congress should work together in a bipartisan way on health care."… Continue Reading


June 26, 2012

SHAHEEN: HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATORS NOT WELCOME IN U.S.

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) continued her leadership in addressing human rights abuses in Russia and around the world today as she joined other members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to pass the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law of Accountability Act. Named after Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who was falsely imprisoned, denied medical care, and ultimately died while in Russian custody for exposing government corruption, the Magnitsky Act would deny trave… Continue Reading


June 25, 2012

SHAHEEN HONORS 96-YEAR-OLD CLUBMOBILE VOLUNTEER FOR SERVICE IN WWII

One day after she helped pass a Senate Resolution recognizing Red Cross Clubmobile volunteers, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) made a stop in Rye to personally thank Margo Harrington for her service as a Clubmobile volunteer during World War II. To help celebrate Harrington's 96th birthday a day earlier, Shaheen met with Harrington at her home to present her with a copy of the resolution honoring her courage and bravery. "This is part of history that needs to be remembered," Shaheen said dur… Continue Reading


June 25, 2012

U.S. SENATE PASSES RESOLUTION HONORING COURAGEOUS EFFORTS OF AMERICAN RED CROSS CLUBMOBILES

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The United States Senate has unanimously passed a Resolution recognizing thousands of American women who volunteered with the American Red Cross during World War II to help feed and entertain U.S. troops near overseas airfields and bases. Chosen through a rigorous interview process, these women served near the front lines, providing coffee and doughnuts to troops from converted busses that also contained built-in lounges in which service members could rest, listen to… Continue Reading


June 22, 2012

SHAHEEN AND AYOTTE CALL FOR POSTAL SERVICE COMMUNITY MEETING IN SUGAR HILL

(Washington, D.C.) - In a letter sent today to the United States Postal Service, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) expressed their concern over the nature of recent postal service changes at the town postal unit in Sugar Hill. Sugar Hill residents recently learned that retail postal service at the unit would be reduced to a single half-hour per day and that some services would be eliminated. The reduction was announced through a poster on the building's front door, whi… Continue Reading


June 21, 2012

SHAHEEN: NEW START ENHANCES U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY

(Washington, D.C.) - At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) questioned officials about the successful implementation of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty ("New START") to date and looked at how the treaty continues to strengthen America's national security, increases our insight into Russia's nuclear weapons program and contributes to stability between the world's two largest nuclear weapon powers, the United States and Russia. "The New S… Continue Reading


June 21, 2012

SHAHEEN SHARES STORIES FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE RESIDENTS ON THE EFFECTS OF STUDENT LOAN RATE INCREASES

Click on the image above to see more about how student loan rate increases would affect New Hampshire residents or visit http://www.shaheen.senate.gov/debt_stories/ (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) is urging her Senate colleagues to stop interest rates on subsidized Stafford Loans from doubling to 6.8 percent at the end of June. Shaheen recently asked constituents how they would be affected by an increase in student loan costs. Within days, more than 650 people wrote ba… Continue Reading


June 20, 2012

SENS. TOOMEY, SHAHEEN, LUGAR DISAPPOINTED IN DEFEAT OF BIPARTISAN SUGAR REFORM AMENDMENT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) expressed their disappointment today in the Senate's failure to pass a bipartisan amendment to the farm bill (S. 3240) that would reform the U.S. sugar program and reduce the cost of sugar. The amendment failed 46-53. The amendment would: Repeal the Feedstock Flexibility program, which will cost $193 million in the next 10 years. The program was added to the 2008 farm bill and requires the… Continue Reading


June 19, 2012

SHAHEEN SPEAKS ON SENATE FLOOR TO SUPPORT ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS

SHAHEEN SPEAKS ON SENATE FLOOR TO SUPPORT ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS Senator Jeanne Shaheen spoke on the Senate floor to voice her opposition to efforts to nullify the Environmental Protection Agency's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS). Shaheen said that this resolution would severely undermine the EPA's authority to protect our nation's air from harmful and dangerous pollutants. Shaheen's remarks, as prepared for delivery, are below: Mr. President, I rise today in strong opposition to… Continue Reading


June 19, 2012

SHAHEEN: CONCORD RECEIVES $4.71 MILLION GRANT FOR DOWNTOWN IMPROVEMENTS

(Washington, D.C.) - The City of Concord has won a competitive TIGER IV federal grant for $4.71 million to design and build its Downtown Complete Streets Improvement Project, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today. The funding will be used to upgrade transportation infrastructure in downtown Concord, reducing traffic congestion and improving safety for pedestrians and motorists. Concord officials estimate that these enhancements will reduce the vacancy rates of downtown buildings, in… Continue Reading


June 19, 2012

BIPARTISAN SUGAR REFORM AMENDMENT TO FARM BILL WOULD PROTECT BUSINESSES AND CONSUMERS

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Dick Lugar (R-IN) are calling on the Senate to protect the wallets of American businesses and families by voting in favor of their common-sense, bipartisan sugar reform amendment, which maintains the basic sugar program while providing needed reform. This compromise amendment would roll back unnecessary provisions in the sugar program that were introduced in 2008 and unfairly benefit wealthy sugar farmers at the exp… Continue Reading


June 19, 2012

SHAHEEN WELCOMES NH PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS TO WASHINGTON

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) met today with two United States Presidential Scholars from New Hampshire. Pictured above are Anupa Murali, a recent graduate of Bishop Brady in Concord, and Josh Bean, a recent graduate of Dover High School in Dover. The Presidential Scholars Program is run by the U.S. Department of Education and recognizes top recent high school graduates for academic excellence. Award recipients spend a week in Washington, DC, where they have an opportunity to meet U.S. governmen… Continue Reading


June 14, 2012

SENS. SHAHEEN AND TOOMEY URGE REFORM TO EXCESSIVE CROP INSURANCE PROGRAM

Sens. Shaheen and Toomey take questions at a press conference today outside the U.S. Capitol. WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) today urged the Senate to support their bipartisan amendment to end excessive federal crop insurance subsidies for large American farming operations. The Shaheen-Toomey amendment would cap crop insurance premium subsidies at $40,000, reducing the deficit by about $5.2 billion over 10 years, according to Congressional Budge… Continue Reading


June 13, 2012

SHAHEEN CALLS ON CONGRESS TO APPROVE LONG-TERM TRANSPORTATION BILL

Senator Shaheen spoke on the Senate floor today to urge Congress to approve a long-term reauthorization of the federal transportation program. The transportation program is currently operating under a short-term extension that expires June 30. The uncertainty surrounding the bill has had a major effect on important transportation projects in New Hampshire, particularly the I-93 project. Below are her remarks, as prepared for delivery: Mr. President, in the summer of 1919 a young Army Captain s… Continue Reading

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