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July 23, 2012

SHAHEEN PLEASED WITH AIR FORCE DECISION TO HOLD CONTRACTOR ACCOUNTABLE

(Washington, D.C.) - After a thorough internal investigation requested by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the United States Air Force has decided to seek reimbursement of $4.3 million in taxpayer dollars spent on repairs after poor contractor work caused several fires at a facility in Afghanistan. Shaheen has pushed the Air Force to heed the recommendation of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), who found that sub-standard construction by a contractor was to … Continue Reading


July 21, 2012

SHAHEEN APPLAUDS IOC DECISION TO ALLOW NEW HAMPSHIRE RUNNER AND SUDAN REFUGEE TO COMPETE IN OLYMPICS AS AN INDEPENDENT ATHLETE

(Washington, D.C.) -U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement in response to the International Olympic Committee's decision to allow Guor Marial, who went to high school in Concord, New Hampshire, to run in the Olympics as an independent athlete. "The Olympics is about bringing people together, it's about international cooperation and fierce competition. I am glad that Guor Marial will have a chance to run alongside the world's best athletes this summer in London. His st… Continue Reading


July 20, 2012

SHAHEEN TOUTS ECONOMIC BENEFIT OF LONG-TERM HIGHWAY LAW DURING TOUR OF PIKE INDUSTRIES

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) highlighted the economic benefits of the recently passed long-term transportation law during a tour of Pike Industries in West Lebanon today. Shaheen toured the facilities and spoke about how the long-term funding will give companies like Pike the certainty needed to invest and plan for the future. Pike Industries specializes in environmentally responsible construction services and employs 400 workers in New Hampshire. "Pike Industries is… Continue Reading


July 20, 2012

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON COLORADO SHOOTING

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement today in response to the shooting in Aurora, Colorado: "I am deeply saddened by the senseless act of violence in Colorado that has taken so many innocent lives and affected so many more. For all of those impacted by this unimaginable act, you are in my thoughts and prayers."… Continue Reading


July 20, 2012

SHAHEEN URGES IOC TO ALLOW NEW HAMPSHIRE RUNNER AND SUDAN REFUGEE TO COMPETE IN OLYMPICS AS AN INDEPENDENT ATHLETE

(Washington, D.C.) -U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) is strongly urging the International Olympic Committee to allow Guor Marial, who went to high school in Concord, New Hampshire, to run in the Olympics as an independent athlete. A refugee from Sudan's civil war, Marial is not allowed to run for South Sudan because as a new country it does not yet have a National Olympic Committee and therefore cannot send a team to London. The runner has qualified for the Olympics but has refused to compete … Continue Reading


July 19, 2012

SHAHEEN CALLS FOR VOTE ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY LEGISLATION

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke on the Senate floor today to urge Senate leadership to bring forward her bipartisan energy efficiency legislation, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act. Shaheen filed her bill as an amendment to the Bring Jobs Home Act, which was under consideration by the Senate today. Shaheen's bill, introduced with Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), would help businesses create jobs and save consumers money by establishing a national ene… Continue Reading


July 19, 2012

SHAHEEN CALLS FOR VOTE ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY LEGISLATION

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke on the Senate floor today to urge Senate leadership to bring forward her bipartisan energy efficiency legislation, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act. Shaheen filed her bill as an amendment to the Bring Jobs Home Act, which was under consideration by the Senate today. Shaheen's bill, introduced with Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), would help businesses create jobs and save consumers money by establishing a national ene… Continue Reading


July 19, 2012

SHAHEEN SUPPORTS BILL TO BRING JOBS BACK HOME TO AMERICA

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today voiced her support for legislation to end tax deductions for companies shipping jobs overseas and provide a tax credit to companies returning jobs back to the United States. The bill, the Bring Jobs Home Act, was introduced by Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and will be brought to the Senate floor for a vote today. "The offshoring of American jobs has hurt the middle class, and it continues to be a real problem," said Shaheen during … Continue Reading


July 18, 2012

SHAHEEN CONDEMNS BULGARIA BOMBING THAT KILLED ISRAELI TOURISTS

(Washington, D.C.) - During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) condemned the tragic bombing in Bulgaria that killed Israeli citizens. Today's hearing, which was chaired by Shaheen, focused in part on the nomination of Marcie B. Ries to be the Ambassador to the Republic of Bulgaria. Shaheen's remarks, as prepared for delivery, are below: As some of you may have already heard, this afternoon there was an explosion in Bulgaria on a bus carrying … Continue Reading


July 18, 2012

SHAHEEN WELCOMES POLARTEC CHIEF TO CAPITOL HILL TO DISCUSS NEW HAMPSHIRE JOB CREATION

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) welcomed Andy Vecchione, President and CEO of Polartec, LLC, to Capitol Hill today for a Senate steering and outreach committee meeting to discuss the importance of fostering innovation in our economy. Polartec, which manufactures advanced performance textiles, employs over 50 workers at its Hudson, NH facilities and hopes to continue its growth in the state. Mr. Vecchione has served as the company's President and CEO since 2004.… Continue Reading


July 17, 2012

SHAHEEN: SECRET MONEY HAS NO PLACE IN CAMPAIGNS

SHAHEEN: SECRET MONEY HAS NO PLACE IN CAMPAIGNS (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke on the Senate floor today to voice her support for the Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections (DISCLOSE) Act, which would bring transparency to corporate and special interest spending in elections. Shaheen is an original cosponsor of the legislation. Earlier in the day, an effort to bring the DISCLOSE Act up for a vote failed. Shaheen's remarks, as p… Continue Reading


July 17, 2012

SHAHEEN MEETS WITH NATIONAL GUARD CHIEF NOMINEE GENERAL FRANK GRASS

(Washington, D.C.)-U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today discussed several issues important to national security and New Hampshire National Guard members during a meeting with Lieutenant General Frank Grass, the President's nominee to become the next General and Chief for the National Guard Bureau. Shaheen and Grass spoke about basing decisions for the Air Force's new refueling tanker, proposed changes in military force structure that could affect the Guard, and the importance of National Gua… Continue Reading


July 17, 2012

HARBOR HOMES, INC. IN NASHUA AWARDED $1 MILLION GRANT TO COMBAT HOMELESSNESS AMONG VETERANS

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today that Harbor Homes in Nashua has been awarded a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the U.S Department of Labor as part of the Supportive Services for Veterans Families Program. The funding will allow Harbor Homes to provide employment, housing and VA benefits assistance to approximately 300 New Hampshire veterans and their families. Shaheen wrote a letter to Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric… Continue Reading


July 17, 2012

SHAHEEN: LONG-TERM DEAL NEEDED TO SOLVE DEBT PROBLEMS

Senator Shaheen today spoke at a press conference hosted by the Aerospace Industries Association about the need for a long-term, comprehensive deal that avoids the automatic cuts that will take effect if Congress does not act before January. Below are Shaheen's remarks, as prepared for delivery. Thank you for initiative taken by AIA to raise attention to impact of sequester through Dr. Fuller's report. We're here today to discuss the automatic cuts that are scheduled for January under the Bud… Continue Reading


July 17, 2012

SHAHEEN: SECRET MONEY HAS NO PLACE IN CAMPAIGNS

SHAHEEN: SECRET MONEY HAS NO PLACE IN CAMPAIGNS (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke on the Senate floor today to voice her support for the Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections (DISCLOSE) Act, which would bring transparency to corporate and special interest spending in elections. Shaheen is an original cosponsor of the legislation. Earlier in the day, an effort to bring the DISCLOSE Act up for a vote failed. Shaheen's remarks, as prep… Continue Reading


July 16, 2012

SHAHEEN AND AYOTTE HONOR FIREFIGHTERS FOR HEROIC RESPONSE TO USS MIAMI BLAZE

U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) were in Portsmouth today to honor the emergency first responders responsible for containing the fire aboard the USS Miami this past May. Shaheen and Ayotte presented a Senate Resolution recognizing the responders, which they introduced along with U.S. Senators Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Scott Brown (R-MA), Susan Collins (R-ME), John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT). The resolution commends the service of al… Continue Reading


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

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