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May 11, 2012

SHAHEEN TO EU: DON’T WAVER ON IRAN OIL SANCTIONS

(Washington, D.C.) - Continuing her support for strong sanctions against Iran, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs, today urged European leaders to hold firm on plans to implement broad sanctions against Iran's oil industry as Iran continues its illicit pursuit of a nuclear weapons program. "It is critical that the U.S. and Europe present a strong, unified front in our efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon,… Continue Reading


May 10, 2012

SHAHEEN ON SENATE FLOOR: COME TO NEW HAMPSHIRE!

SHAHEEN ON SENATE FLOOR: COME TO NEW HAMPSHIRE! (Washington, D.C.) - With this week marking National Travel and Tourism Week, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke on the Senate floor today to highlight New Hampshire's new tourism campaign and invite more Americans to visit the Granite State. She also spoke about the importance of travel and tourism to New Hampshire's economy. Below are Shaheen's opening remarks, as prepared for delivery. Mr. President, With the weather warming, … Continue Reading


May 10, 2012

SHAHEEN ON SENATE FLOOR: COME TO NEW HAMPSHIRE!

(Washington, D.C.) - With this week marking National Travel and Tourism Week, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke on the Senate floor today to highlight New Hampshire's new tourism campaign and invite more Americans to visit the Granite State. She also spoke about the importance of travel and tourism to New Hampshire's economy. For video of Shaheen's remarks, please click here. Below are Shaheen's opening remarks, as prepared for delivery. Mr. President, With the weather warming, famil… Continue Reading


May 10, 2012

SHAHEEN RELEASES INTERACTIVE MAP OF EX-IM BANK IMPACT IN NH

(Washington, D.C.) -Continuing her work to prevent a shutdown of the Export-Import Bank, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today released an interactive map of the bank's impact on New Hampshire businesses. The bank will shut down on May 31 if Congress does not pass a reauthorization. The map, posted on Shaheen's website, plots the locations of 27 New Hampshire companies that have received export financing support from the Export-Import bank between 2007 and 2012. To use the interactive map, go … Continue Reading


May 10, 2012

SHAHEEN CHAIRS SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS HEARING TO PREVIEW NATO 2012 SUMMIT

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) chaired a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing today to examine what the United States has at stake at the upcoming NATO 2012 Summit in Chicago. On May 20, leaders from the international community will meet in Chicago for the NATO 2012 Summit. This year's summit will be the first to take place on U.S. soil since 1999. Shaheen, the Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs and a member of the Senate Armed… Continue Reading


May 09, 2012

SHAHEEN: CONGRESS MUST COME TOGETHER TO STOP INCREASE IN STUDENT LOAN INTEREST RATES

SHAHEEN: CONGRESS MUST COME TOGETHER TO STOP INCREASE IN STUDENT LOAN INTEREST RATES (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke today on the Senate floor urging Congress to find a bipartisan solution to avoid an increase in student loan costs. New Hampshire already has the highest average student debt in the nation at $31,408 per student. That could increase by a combined total of $30.5 million if Congress does not stop interest rates on subsidized Stafford Loans fro… Continue Reading


May 09, 2012

SHAHEEN: CONGRESS MUST COME TOGETHER TO STOP INCREASE IN STUDENT LOAN INTEREST RATES

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke today on the Senate floor urging Congress to find a bipartisan solution to avoid an increase in student loan costs. New Hampshire already has the highest average student debt in the nation at $31,408 per student. That could increase by a combined total of $30.5 million if Congress does not stop interest rates on subsidized Stafford Loans from increasing from 3.4% to 6.8% on July 1. Shaheen met with students at Keene State College and… Continue Reading


May 09, 2012

PASSWORD PROTECTION ACT OF 2012

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined other senators and congressmen today in introducing legislation aimed at curbing the growing practice of employers requiring prospective or current employees to provide access to password-protected accounts as a condition for employment. The Password Protection Act of 2012, drafted in consultation with major technology companies and legal experts, addresses this problem by enhancing current law to ensure that compelling or coercing … Continue Reading


May 08, 2012

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES GRANTS FOR COLLEGE PREP

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today announced two grants for New Hampshire colleges that are helping local high-school students prepare for and get into college through the Upward Bound program. The U.S. Department of Education granted $477,880 to the University of New Hampshire and $421,760 to Keene State College. "A college education can be critical to a young person's prospects in today's economy, but some students face special challenges in not only entering, but a… Continue Reading


May 08, 2012

SHAHEEN AND AYOTTE MEET WITH NEW HAMPSHIRE AIR NATIONAL GUARD TO COORDINATE EFFORTS ON TANKER DECISION

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) met with leadership of the New Hampshire Air National Guard in Washington today to discuss how to best coordinate their efforts to convince the Air Force to base its newest refueling tanker at the Pease Air National Guard Base. The Senators, both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, discussed with Guard leaders how they could best emphasize Pease Air National Guard Base's unique advantages as a base for … Continue Reading


May 08, 2012

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON STUDENT LOAN VOTE

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement after voting in favor of a measure to stop interest rates from doubling on federally subsidized student loans. The measure was blocked when a vote to end the filibuster on the bill failed in a 52-45 vote. Sixty votes are needed to end a filibuster. "I hear from students across New Hampshire about how important a college education is to their future prospects. During these difficult economic times, and with … Continue Reading


May 03, 2012

SHAHEEN: CONGRESS MUST COME TOGETHER TO STOP STUDENT LOAN RATES FROM DOUBLING

(Plymouth, NH) - We need to ensure that American students can afford college and Congress must find a bipartisan solution to stop interest rates from doubling on federally subsidized student loans, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) said today at Plymouth State University. New Hampshire already has the highest average student debt in the nation at $31,408 per student. That could increase by a combined total of $30.5 million if Congress doesn't stop interest rates on subsidized Stafford Loans fr… Continue Reading


May 03, 2012

SHAHEEN DISCUSSES NEW HAMPSHIRE ECONOMY AT CLAREMONT TOWN HALL

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) answers questions from Upper Valley residents at a Town Hall Forum in Claremont. Shaheen discussed important economic issues facing the Claremont region and joined local officials in providing an update on efforts to help create jobs and grow the economy.… Continue Reading


May 03, 2012

SHAHEEN: SHUTDOWN OF EXPORT-IMPORT BANK WILL HURT NH BUSINESSES

(Laconia, NH) - A shutdown of the Export-Import Bank would be devastating to New Hampshire businesses that rely on the bank for its role in helping U.S. companies sell their goods overseas, said U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) in a visit today to New Hampshire Ball Bearings' Laconia facility. The bank will shut down on May 31 if Congress does not pass a reauthorization. "The Export-Import Bank fills a crucial role in our economy by making it possible for American companies to sell their go… Continue Reading


May 02, 2012

SHAHEEN: DON’T DOUBLE STUDENT LOAN RATES

(Keene, NH) - New Hampshire students could face more than $30 million in increased student loan costs if Congress does not find a bipartisan solution that prevents interest rates from doubling on federally subsidized student loans, Senator Jeanne Shaheen said today at Keene State College. New Hampshire has the highest average student debt in the nation. Interest rates on subsidized Stafford Loans are set to increase from 3.4% to 6.8% on July 1, which will add an average of $1,000 to the debt … Continue Reading


May 02, 2012

SHAHEEN: SKILLED WORKFORCE IS CRITICAL TO JOB CREATION AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

(Hanover, NH) - A skilled manufacturing workforce will help create high-quality jobs and keep our economy globally competitive, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) said today during a visit to high-tech manufacturer Hypertherm in Hanover. Shaheen toured the company's facilities and discussed how recent federal grants to River Valley Community College are helping unemployed workers gain apprenticeships and on-the-job training at manufacturing firms like Hypertherm. "The high-tech jobs created at… Continue Reading


May 01, 2012

SHAHEEN REQUESTS AUDIT OF CONFERENCE SPENDING AT AGENCIES

(Washington, DC) - With taxpayers across the country expressing outrage over the recent discovery of inappropriate spending by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) at a Las Vegas conference, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) requested that all top-level Administration agencies submit a detailed report on their conference spending. Shaheen sent letters to the inspectors general of all 15 Cabinet-level agencies asking them to ensure that use of taxpayer funds is in line with federal law… Continue Reading


April 27, 2012

SHAHEEN WELCOMES ADMINISTRATION RULING TO RESPECT FAMILY FARMS, RURAL COMMUNITIES ON YOUTH LABOR LAWS

(Washington, DC) - US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) praised the Obama Administration's decision to withdraw a proposed rule that would have restricted the ability of young people to work on family farms. Shaheen asked the Administration to reconsider the proposed rule on youth agricultural labor in a letter to U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis in February and cosponsored legislation to block the rule. "Young people who work on farms in New Hampshire and across the county learn valuable skill… Continue Reading


April 26, 2012

SHAHEEN PRAISES SENATE PASSAGE OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT

(Washington, DC) - US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) praised the Senate's 68-31 vote to pass the Violence Against Women Act, which provides federal funding for critical services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and urged the House to take up the bill. If Congress does not reauthorize the Act by the end of the fiscal year in September, federal grants to states and local service providers will be at risk. "I've had the chance to visit several crisis centers around New Hampshire… Continue Reading


April 26, 2012

SHAHEEN SPEAKS ON SENATE FLOOR IN SUPPORT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT

SHAHEEN SPEAKS ON SENATE FLOOR IN SUPPORT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Shaheen spoke on the Senate floor today to urge her colleagues in the Senate to come together to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Shaheen spoke about her recent visits to family centers in New Hampshire, which would be unable to offer essential services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault if Congress does not reauthorize this legislation. Shaheen's remark… Continue Reading

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