December 15, 2015

Shaheen Welcomes Funding for New Hampshire to Improve Sexual Assault Prosecutions and Provide Justice for Victims

(Washington, DC) - Today, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) applauded the announcement that New Hampshire will receive a $400,000 grant to improve the prosecution of sexual assault cases in the state. The funds will go towards developing new best practices for New Hampshire's justice system and strengthening the collaborative efforts of sexual assault victim services providers, law enforcement agencies, and medical forensic services providers. "It takes tremendous bravery to report a sexual assault… Continue Reading

December 12, 2015

Shaheen Statement on Historic International Agreement Reached at Paris Summit to Address Climate Change

(Manchester, NH)--Senator Jeanne Shaheen made the following remarks after the announcement that negotiators at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris adopted an agreement to curb climate change. Senator Shaheen participated in the discussions earlier this month as part of a congressional delegation and has been a strong supporter of a broad international agreement to reduce global warming. "This agreement is an unprecedented achievement and affirms New Hampshire's leadership r… Continue Reading

December 11, 2015

Shaheen Statement on the Death of Corporal Andrew Aimesbury

(Manchester, NH)-Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) made the following remarks after learning of the death of Cpl. Andrew Aimesbury: "Today, New Hampshire mourns the loss of a native son and a hero who gave his life for his country," said Shaheen. "Corporal Aimesbury answered the call of duty and bravely defended our nation. Andrew was taken far too soon and my heart goes out to his parents, sister, and other loved ones as they deal with this tragic loss."… Continue Reading

December 11, 2015

Shaheen Congratulates UNH Students on Proposal to Counter Violent Extremism

(Durham, NH) - This morning, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the lead Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, met with marketing students at the University of New Hampshire who have developed a media campaign proposal for the State Department on how to counter violent extremism in communities and online. The Department of State provided grants to students across the country to develop anti-extremism media campaign proposals. The students at UNH will compete agai… Continue Reading

December 11, 2015

Shaheen Statement on Senate Passage of Bill to Address Mental Health Crisis in Criminal Justice System

(Washington, D.C.) U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today applauded Senate passage of legislation she co-sponsored that would provide mental health services for people in the criminal justice system. The Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act, authored by Senator Al Franken (D-MN), would help reduce recidivism rates for offenders by providing more resources to law enforcement, the courts and correctional facilities to treat mental health issues. "There's a growing consensus that prison s… Continue Reading

December 10, 2015

Following Return from Paris Climate Talks, Shaheen Joins U.S. Senate Delegation on Senate Floor to Discuss the Need for Action on Climate Change

**Notes New Hampshire is already seeing impacts of climate change** **Calls for global agreement to address threat of climate change*** (Washington, DC) - Following her recent return from the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke on the Senate floor about the urgent need to address the growing threat of climate change. Shaheen was joined on the floor by colleagues who were also part of the U.S. Senate delegation to Paris, where they parti… Continue Reading

December 10, 2015

Shaheen Applauds Committee Approval of Emily Gray Rice Nomination for U.S. Attorney for NH

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Emily Gray Rice to serve as U.S. Attorney for the District of New Hampshire: "Today's vote reflects Emily's strong credentials for this job," said Shaheen. "I have no doubt that the Senate will approve her nomination and that she will work tirelessly to fulfill the responsibilities of this post." Upon her confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Ms. … Continue Reading

December 09, 2015

Shaheen Applauds Big Win In Effort to Prevent an Internet Sales Tax

(Washington, DC)-This afternoon, legislation was introduced - which is expected to soon become law - to permanently extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) without proposals to impose taxes on internet sales. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) has been a strong proponent in the Senate of extending ITFA permanently, without the threat of an internet sales tax to New Hampshire businesses. For years, supporters in Congress of an internet sales tax have tried to add this legislation to ITFA. "For yea… Continue Reading

December 09, 2015

Shaheen's STEM Legislation to Become Law as Part of No Child Left Behind Reform

**Says legislation will "help inspire the next generation of American innovators"** **Calls "long overdue" reforms to No Child Left Behind that turn over more control to states and local school districts** (Washington, DC)-Today, the Senate passed legislation that makes broad reforms to elementary and secondary education policy, known as The Every Student Succeeds Act. Included is Senator Shaheen's legislation that expands funding opportunities for after-school education and other innov… Continue Reading

December 09, 2015

Shaheen's STEM Legislation to Become Law as Part of No Child Left Behind Reform

**Says legislation will "help inspire the next generation of American innovators"** **Calls "long overdue" reforms to No Child Left Behind that turn over more control to states and local school districts** (Washington, DC)-Today, the Senate passed legislation that makes broad reforms to elementary and secondary education policy, known as The Every Student Succeeds Act. Included is Senator Shaheen's legislation that expands funding opportunities for after-school education and other innovati… Continue Reading

December 08, 2015

Shaheen on Senate Floor Calls for Passage of Bill to Prevent Suspected Terrorists on No Fly List From Purchasing Firearms

**Asks those opposed to the bill: "If the No-Fly List is not good enough for keeping guns out of the hands of terrorists, why is it worthwhile for protecting commercial airline flights from terrorists?"** **Points to due process already in place for those who have been wrongly placed on the No Fly List** (Washington, DC) - Following the horrific shooting in San Bernardino that was carried out by radicalized individuals, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today called for passage of legislat… Continue Reading

December 04, 2015

Shaheen Departs for Climate Summit in Paris

(Washington, DC) - Late last night following Senate votes, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) departed on a congressional delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. Senator Shaheen and her colleagues will participate in high-level discussions to encourage a broad international agreement to reduce global warming. Shaheen will also attend security briefings with officials following the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris last month. "Granite Staters understand the urgency … Continue Reading

December 04, 2015


(Washington, DC) - Today, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced changes to the public review process for the proposed Northern Pass Transmission project to include a hearing in Colebrook, New Hampshire, following requests from Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Governor Maggie Hassan. Shaheen called DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz and Hassan wrote a letter, urging DOE to include a hearing in northern Coos County in its public hearings schedule to better accommodate citizens in the North Country. Th… Continue Reading

December 04, 2015

Shaheen Priorities in Highway Bill Head to President's Desk

**Includes Shaheen-authored legislation to stop discriminatory motorcycle-only checkpoints and reauthorizes the Export-Import Bank** **Long-term transportation bill also provides increase in funds for New Hampshire and financial certainty for road and bridge projects across the state** (Washington, DC)-Last night, the Senate passed a long-term highway transportation bill, which includes several priorities championed by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). In addition to providing financial certaint… Continue Reading

December 03, 2015

Senator Shaheen's Statement on Decision to Open All Military Combat Roles to Women

(Washington, DC)-U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, gave the following statement after Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that all military combat roles will now be open to women. "Our servicewomen have proven time and time again that they are up to any task given to them," said Shaheen. "Women across this country are answering the call of duty in ever-greater numbers and it's important that no position be off-limits because of their gend… Continue Reading

December 03, 2015

On Senate Floor, Shaheen Announces Amendment to Address Heroin and Opioid Abuse With a Vote Expected Later Today

**Dedicates $17.5 billion to significantly ramp-up the federal government's efforts to combat substance abuse and treatment for mental health** **Amendment to Republican's Affordable Care Act repeal bill that will be voted on later today, would provide resources to the front lines of the epidemic** **Shaheen also denounces Republican legislation that repeals New Hampshire's Medicaid Expansion and defunds Planned Parenthood** (Washington, DC) - This morning, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen … Continue Reading

December 01, 2015

Shaheen Denounces Senate Republican Bill That Repeals New Hampshire's Medicaid Expansion, Defunds Planned Parenthood

(Washington, DC)- Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) strongly denounced Republican legislation that would repeal key parts of the Affordable Care Act and defund Planned Parenthood. The Senate is expected to vote on this legislation by the end of the week. "A vote for this bill is a vote to deny Granite Staters access to health care," said Shaheen. "In New Hampshire, this reckless proposal would revoke healthcare coverage for over 44,000 low-income families now covered under Medicaid, e… Continue Reading

November 25, 2015


(Washington, DC)-This afternoon, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) denounced the U.S. Department of Agriculture's decision to implement new harmful regulations on seafood businesses by setting up a new, separate catfish inspection program. The USDA catfish inspection program will duplicate existing U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations on seafood, burdening many American businesses with overlapping sets of regulations from two separate federal agencies. "I am extremely disappointed wi… Continue Reading

November 24, 2015


(MANCHESTER, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen's staff will hold office hours next week in several locations across New Hampshire to help residents seeking assistance with federal agencies on issues such as veterans' benefits, federal taxes, housing, immigration, and Social Security in one-on-one meetings. All area residents are welcome to attend. For more information on the services available, or if you have any questions, please call (603) 647-7500. Please note: These events will be attende… Continue Reading

November 23, 2015

Shaheen Announces Emergency Funding Bill to Address Opioid and Heroin Abuse Epidemic

**Supplemental appropriations bill would provide $600 million for prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery** **Also, in a letter to HHS, Shaheen requests that agency uses all available authority to address this "public health emergency"** (Manchester, NH) - Today, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced emergency funding legislation to address the heroin and opioid abuse epidemic that is devastating communities in New Hampshire and acro… Continue Reading

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