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December 21, 2012

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON KERRY NOMINATION TO SECRETARY OF STATE

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement today in response to the nomination by President Obama of Senator John Kerry (D-MA) to serve as the next United Sates Secretary of State. "Senator Kerry carries tremendous international qualifications and has proven himself time and again as a strong leader for our country," Shaheen said. "Having had the opportunity to work closely with him as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I have the u… Continue Reading


December 21, 2012

SHAHEEN AMENDMENT PASSED BY CONGRESS

(Washington, D.C.) - Both Houses of Congress have approved a provision introduced by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) that will repeal a policy in place since 1981 that denied women in the military coverage for abortion in cases of rape or incest. The Shaheen Amendment was included in the National Defense Authorization Act approved by the House of Representatives yesterday by a vote of 315-107 and by the Senate today in a vote of 81-14. The bill will now go to President Obama for his signature. "… Continue Reading


December 20, 2012

SHAHEEN: WE NEED TO LEARN FROM THE MISTAKES OF BENGHAZI

(Washington, D.C.) - At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) pushed State Department officials for additional answers on the deadly attacks that took the lives of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya. In the wake of a new report by the Accountability Review Board, Shaheen questioned William Burns, Deputy Secretary of State, and Thomas Nides, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, on how the United States could learn from the mistake… Continue Reading


December 18, 2012

SHAHEEN AMENDMENT INCLUDED IN FINAL DEFENSE BILL

(Washington, D.C.) - Congressional conferees have approved a repeal of a policy in place since 1981 that denied women in the military coverage for abortion in cases of rape or incest. An effort led by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will put Department of Defense rules in line with other federal policies and ensure that women in uniform receive the same reproductive rights as the civilians they protect. "With the inclusion of my amendment in the final defense bill, we've made an important step … Continue Reading


December 18, 2012

LONDONDERRY MARCHING BAND SELECTED TO REPRESENT NEW HAMPSHIRE AT PRESIDENTIAL PARADE

(Washington, D.C.) - After representing New Hampshire in the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Parade, the Londonderry High School Marching Lancer Band is returning to Washington for an encore performance. The Marching Lancers were selected today to represent the Granite State in the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Parade on January 21, 2013 in Washington. Senator Shaheen sent a letter this October to the Presidential Inaugural Committee in support of the Marching Lancers' application. "The Londond… Continue Reading


December 17, 2012

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON PASSING OF SENATOR INOUYE

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement today on the passing of Senator Daniel Inouye. "Senator Daniel Inouye was a remarkable man who lived his life with an incredible commitment to our country. As a soldier and as a Senator, he demonstrated an unbreakable resolve and a fierce devotion to the United States. With his passing, our country has lost a hero."… Continue Reading


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

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