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May 14, 2014

SHAHEEN FILES AMENDMENT TO TAX BILL TO PROMOTE JOBS, ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR VETERANS

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today filed an amendment to promote job creation and economic opportunity for U.S. veterans to legislation extending expired job-creating tax credits currently under consideration by the Senate. The Veterans Hiring Act would cut payroll taxes for businesses that hire veterans creating immediate incentives for employers to provide jobs for veterans. "The men and women who serve in our armed forces deserve our support while deployed and when t… Continue Reading


May 14, 2014

SHAHEEN REFILES INTERNET SALES TAX AMENDMENT TO PROTECT NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESSES

(WASHINGTON, DC) - In a continued effort to protect non-sales tax states like New Hampshire from a potential Internet sales tax requirement, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) filed an amendment today to exempt businesses from states that do not impose sales taxes from having to collect sales taxes for other jurisdictions on online sales. Shaheen's amendment to the tax extenders bill mirrors one she filed last year on the online sales tax bill. "An internet sales tax for small businesses that d… Continue Reading


May 13, 2014

SENATOR SHAHEEN HONORS FALLEN OFFICER STEPHEN ARKELL

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) honored the memory of fallen Brentwood Police Officer Stephen Arkell on the Senate floor this afternoon. Arkell was tragically killed yesterday in the line of duty. Senator Shaheen's remarks as prepared for delivery are included below: Floor Remarks on Officer Stephen Arkell May 13, 2014 Madam President - it's with great sadness that I rise today to honor the memory of Brentwood Police Officer Stephen Arkell. Officer Arkell's life was t… Continue Reading


May 13, 2014

SHAHEEN, RUBIO INTRODUCE HEZBOLLAH SANCTIONS LEGISLATION

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2014, a bipartisan effort to block the terrorist organization's financing and limit the group's access to logistical support. Hezbollah has been a dangerous and destabilizing force in the Middle East and around the world for more than three decades, committing countless acts of terrorism, vi… Continue Reading


May 13, 2014

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON BRENTWOOD OFFICER STEVE ARKELL

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement on the death of Brentwood Police Officer Steve Arkell: "I was deeply saddened to learn of Officer Steve Arkell's tragic passing and I join the entire state in mourning his loss. Like all of our first responders, Officer Arkell courageously put his life on the line to protect others and that heroic commitment to protecting our citizens will never be forgotten. My thoughts are with his family, his loved ones, and the entire Brent… Continue Reading


May 12, 2014

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY LEGISLATION

(WASHINGTON, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement on Senate consideration of her bipartisan energy efficiency legislation: "I'm disappointed the Senate failed to advance my bipartisan plan to create almost 200,000 jobs, reduce pollution and save taxpayers billions. I worked hard with Senator Portman and a countless number of business and environmental interests to craft a smart, pragmatic energy bill because we knew that was in the best interests of our econ… Continue Reading


May 12, 2014

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS WEEK

(WASHINGTON, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Small Business Committee, released the following statement marking the beginning of National Small Business Week: "National Small Business Week is a great opportunity to highlight the contributions of the millions of small businesses across the country while renewing our support of these critical drivers of our economy. This is particularly true in New Hampshire where 96 percent of the state's employers are small busi… Continue Reading


May 09, 2014

MONDAY IN MILFORD: SHAHEEN TO CELEBRATE GRAND OPENING OF AIRMAR TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION’S NEW MANUFACTURING FACILITY

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will celebrate the grand opening of Airmar Technology Corporation's new manufacturing facility in Milford at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 12. Airmar currently employs more than 200 in New Hampshire and its advanced manufacturing investments have made them a national leader in the production of high-tech electronics, including the development of innovative sensor technology used for a wide variety of applications such as fishing, navigation, and meteorology. During he… Continue Reading


May 08, 2014

BIPARTISAN COALITION INTRODUCES BILL TO EXTEND, REFORM SPECIAL IMMIGRANT VISA PROGRAM

(WASHINGTON, DC) - Continuing a bipartisan effort to honor the service of civilians assisting the U.S. mission in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and John McCain (R-AZ) and Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced the bipartisan Afghan Allies Protection Extension Act. The legislation, co-sponsored by Senators Shaheen, McCain, Ben Cardin (D-MD), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Ed Markey (D-MA), Rob Portman (R-OH,), Saxby Chambliss (… Continue Reading


May 07, 2014

SHAHEEN, COLLINS INTRODUCE BILL TO EXPAND ACCESS TO NATIONAL PARKS FOR DISABLED VETERANS

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) today introduced the Wounded Veterans Recreation Act to amend the decade-old Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA) and make all veterans with a service-connected disability eligible for a free, lifetime pass allowing entry to National Parks and other recreational lands and waters held by the United States. Under the 2004 law, veterans need to be classified as having a 100 percent permanent disability by th… Continue Reading


May 07, 2014

SHAHEEN INTRODUCES NEW LEGISLATION TO ADDRESS VETERANS APPEALS BACKLOG

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today introduced the Veterans Appeals Improvement Act which aims to reduce the disability claims appeals backlog by immediately increasing the VA's capacity in underserved areas, including New Hampshire. The Government Accountability Office reports that nationally, the number of appeals awaiting a decision grew 76 percent from fiscal years 2009 to 2012 and during that period, the average processing time increased 57 percent, from 293 days to … Continue Reading


May 07, 2014

TOMORROW ON CAPITOL HILL: SHAHEEN, BIPARTISAN COALITION TO HOST PRESS CONFERENCE TO INTRODUCE SPECIAL IMMIGRANT VISA BILL

(Washington, DC) -U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will hold a press conference tomorrow, Thursday, May 8 at 10:30 a.m. in the Mansfield Room (S-207) with Representatives Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) and Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) to introduce the bipartisan Afghan Allies Protection Extension Act. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Shaheen and John McCain (R-AZ) in the Senate and Representatives Blumenauer and Kinzinger in the House, will extend and reform the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program f… Continue Reading


May 06, 2014

SHAHEEN JOINS EFFORT TO HELP STUDENTS MANAGE LOAN DEBT

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today joined Senate colleagues to introduce the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, legislation that would allow those with outstanding student loan debt to refinance at lower interest rates currently offered to new borrowers. Many borrowers with outstanding student loans have interest rates of nearly 7 percent or higher for their undergraduate loans, while students taking out new undergraduate loans currently pay a rate of 3.86… Continue Reading


May 06, 2014

SHAHEEN, LOWEY RE-INTRODUCE PEACE CORPS EQUITY ACT

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and U.S. Representative Nita Lowey (NY-17) today re-introduced the bipartisan Peace Corps Equity Act in the Senate and House which would extend basic reproductive health care services to all Peace Corp volunteers. Currently, female Peace Corps volunteers -unlike most women with federal health care coverage - are denied abortion coverage in the case of rape, incest or when the life of the woman is endangered. The legislation would bring the P… Continue Reading


May 06, 2014

SENATE ADVANCES SHAHEEN ENERGY EFFICIENCY BILL TO CREATE JOBS, SAVE BILLIONS, LOWER POLLUTION

(Washington, DC) - The U.S. Senate today advanced Senator Jeanne Shaheen's (D-NH) bipartisan energy efficiency legislation, the Shaheen-Portman Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, which would help create jobs, reduce pollution, and save consumers billions. The bill cleared a key procedural hurdle this morning in the Senate, advancing on a 79-20 vote to begin debate on the legislation which has attracted significant bipartisan support as well as endorsements from both industry and … Continue Reading


May 05, 2014

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON COUNCILOR PIGNATELLI

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement after Executive Councilor Debora Pignatelli announced her retirement: "For almost 30 years Deb worked tirelessly on behalf of her constituents and her leadership in Concord will be missed. She has been a great friend of mine for many years and was a valued colleague when we served together in the State Senate. I wish her, her husband Mike, and her entire family the best as they begin the next chapter of their lives."… Continue Reading


May 02, 2014

NEW HAMPSHIRE DELEGATION WELCOMES RELEASE OF ADDENDUM TO NORTHERN PASS DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement after the United States Department of Energy released an addendum to the Northern Pass draft Environmental Impact Statement: "We appreciate that the Department of Energy acted upon our request to release the addendum to the Northern Pass draft Environmental Impact Statement. It is critical that New Hampshire citize… Continue Reading


May 02, 2014

SUNDAY IN CONCORD: NEW HAMPSHIRE CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO HONOR CHARLIE COMPANY, 238TH MEDEVAC UNIT AT FREEDOM SALUTE

The New Hampshire congressional delegation will join state and military officials at a Freedom Salute to honor members of Charlie Company, the 238th MEDEVAC unit for their successful mission in Afghanistan on Sunday, May 4 at 11:00 a.m. in Concord. The 238th MEDEVAC unit returned from Afghanistan earlier this year after deploying to Afghanistan in July of 2013, where they provided 24/7 area MEDEVAC support to coalition forces throughout Afghanistan. During their deployment Charlie Company soldi… Continue Reading


May 02, 2014

SHAHEEN, AYOTTE, KUSTER HOST AIR FORCE SECRETARY DEBORAH LEE JAMES AT PEASE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE

(Portsmouth, NH) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Representative Annie Kuster (NH-2) hosted Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James at Pease Air National Guard Base in Portsmouth this morning for a facility tour and meetings with the servicemen and women of the New Hampshire Air National Guard's 157th Air Refueling Wing. Last year, after months of advocacy by the New Hampshire congressional delegation, the 157th Air Refueling Wing at Pease was selected as the first … Continue Reading


May 01, 2014

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON RE-NOMINATION OF CHERYL LAFLEUR AS A FERC COMMISSIONER

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement after the White House announced plans to re-nominate Cheryl LaFleur to serve as a Commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: "This is great news for New England and New Hampshire's energy future. Cheryl's knowledge of energy issues, particularly her expertise on the Northeast region, make her a valuable member of the commission. Her continued leadership on FERC will ensure that the Northeast an… Continue Reading

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