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May 30, 2014

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON SHINSEKI RESIGNATION

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement after the President accepted General Eric Shinseki's resignation as Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): "I have a tremendous amount of respect for General Shinseki and am thankful for his service to our country. But I also believed the VA needed new leadership to address the fundamental problems that plague the agency. New leadership, however, is only a first step; we still must fix the underlying problems at … Continue Reading


May 29, 2014

IN WAKE OF VETERANS AFFAIRS OIG REPORT, SHAHEEN REQUESTS BRIEFING ON NEW HAMPSHIRE FINDINGS

(Washington, DC) - In response to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) report confirming allegations of gross mismanagement of VA resources and criminal misconduct at VA facilities, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) is requesting a full briefing on the findings of rapid audit teams deployed across the VA enterprise, including at the Manchester and White River Junction VA Medical Centers that serve New Hampshire's veterans. In a letter sent today to VA Acting… Continue Reading


May 29, 2014

SHAHEEN SECURES GSA COMMITMENT TO LEAVE MCINTYRE BUILDING

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today welcomed the U.S. General Services Administration's (GSA) decision to vacate the McIntyre Federal Building in Portsmouth and to work with the City of Portsmouth to transfer the facility out of federal ownership. The agency made the announcement in a letter delivered to Shaheen this morning. "This is great news for the City of Portsmouth," Shaheen said. "I am looking forward to continue working with the GSA in whatever way possible to h… Continue Reading


May 29, 2014

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON SECRETARY SHINSEKI

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement this evening: "I have tremendous respect for General Shinseki and honor his service to this nation. He has worked with me to bring new veterans' health care services to New Hampshire and has made important progress in reducing the claims backlog. However, it has become clear that after six years as head of the Department of Veterans Affairs, General Shinseki has been unable to solve other fundamental problems that plague the ag… Continue Reading


May 28, 2014

SHAHEEN CO-SPONSORS BIPARTISAN VA ACCOUNTABILITY LEGISLATION

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today announced she is co-sponsoring bipartisan legislation, the VA Management Accountability Act, to give the Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary the authority to fire or demote senior level employees based on their performance. Shaheen supported identical language that was approved unanimously by the Senate Appropriations Committee last week as an amendment to the FY 2015 Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. "The Insp… Continue Reading


May 28, 2014

SHAHEEN, AYOTTE: COMPROMISE ON FISHERY DISASTER FUNDS WILL PROVIDE LONG AWAITED SUPPORT TO NEW HAMPSHIRE FISHING INDUSTRY

U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today welcomed an announcement by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that the New England states have reached a compromise on how to distribute $32.8 million in federal fishery disaster funds. The funds are part of $75 million in disaster relief resources that were secured earlier this year. The compromise outlines how the funds will be distributed between the states and will support New Hampshire's fishing indus… Continue Reading


May 27, 2014

SHAHEEN: SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CENTER WILL BE GOOD FOR JOBS, ECONOMY

(Raymond, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) this morning joined members of New Hampshire's congressional delegation as well as federal, state and local officials at a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating Southern New Hampshire's new Regional Economic Development Center (REDC). Shaheen supported REDC's grant application to the Economic Development Administration and in April of 2012 announced REDC's selection for a $432,000 grant which made the new center possible. "Southern New Hampshire'… Continue Reading


May 27, 2014

SHAHEEN JOINS STRAFFORD COUNTY SHERIFF TO HONOR MILITARY SERVICE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT

(Dover, NH) - This morning U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined Strafford County Sheriff David Dubois and other local officials at a Military Service Awards Presentation to recognize the military service of members of the Strafford County Sheriff's Department. The ceremony, led by David Dubois and members of the Strafford County Board of Commissioners and attended by veterans from the Riverside Rest Home and the Dover Center for Health and Rehabilitation, paid special recognition to the bra… Continue Reading


May 26, 2014

SHAHEEN STATEMENT IN OBSERVANCE OF MEMORIAL DAY

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement in recognition of Memorial Day: "On this Memorial Day we honor the men and women who gave their lives in defense of our country. One way we can pay tribute to our fallen heroes is by renewing our commitment to taking care of veterans who make it home. New Hampshire has a proud tradition of military service, and I join with everyone across our state in remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our security and… Continue Reading


May 23, 2014

SHAHEEN PRESENTS NEW HAMPSHIRE VETERANS WITH SERVICE MEDALS

(Manchester, NH - May 23, 2014 - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) awards service medals to Maurice Lavigne and Raymond Lakeman) (Manchester, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) this afternoon awarded service medals to two New Hampshire veterans, Maurice Lavigne and Raymond Lakeman, for their service during World War II and the Korean War. Both veterans earned the medals during their time in the Navy but were unable to secure them. Senator Shaheen's office assisted in obtaining the medals… Continue Reading


May 23, 2014

SHAHEEN: COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY IS CRITICAL FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE JOBS

(Manchester, NH - May 23, 2014 - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) discusses college affordability with New Hampshire business and education leaders) (Manchester, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) this morning hosted a roundtable discussion on college affordability and the impact investments in higher education have on New Hampshire's economy. While at Dyn in Manchester, Shaheen met with New Hampshire business and education leaders to discuss how her proposals to refinance student loans… Continue Reading


May 23, 2014

MONDAY: SHAHEEN TO PARTICIPATE IN MEMORIAL DAY PARADES

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will honor our nation's veterans this Memorial Day on Monday, May 26 at the Manchester Memorial Day Parade, beginning at 2:00 pm at Elm and Webster Streets and concluding with a ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park. Shaheen will deliver remarks at the ceremony commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War and honoring Vietnam veterans. Earlier, Shaheen will deliver remarks at the Plaistow Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony, which begins at 10:00 am at Poll… Continue Reading


May 22, 2014

ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE APPROVES DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL WITH SHAHEEN PRIORITIES

(Washington, D.C.) - The Senate Armed Services Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) this afternoon with key national defense priorities put forward by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), including support for the development of the KC-46A tanker to Pease Air National Guard Base and an extension of the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program. The annual defense bill authorizes all Department of Defense (DOD) programs and major defense policies, and… Continue Reading


May 22, 2014

FRIDAY IN MANCHESTER: SHAHEEN TO HOST ROUNDTABLE ON COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will host a roundtable on college affordability at Dyn in Manchester tomorrow, May 23, at 10:00 a.m. The group of education and business leaders will discuss the importance of making higher education affordable for students in New Hampshire and across the country as well as Dyn's partnership with Southern New Hampshire University. Shaheen has worked throughout her career to promote college affordability and in the Senate has supported numerous measures to help … Continue Reading


May 22, 2014

APPROPRIATIONS BILL CLEARS COMMITTEE WITH PEASE INVESTMENTS

(WASHINGTON, DC) - Continuing her efforts to bring the new KC-46A aerial refueling tankers to Pease Air National Guard Base, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today that federal resources for facility construction at Pease were included in the FY 2015 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies funding bill. The provisions backed by Shaheen were cleared by the full Senate Appropriations Committee today and will fund the development of major construction projects fo… Continue Reading


May 22, 2014

APPROPRIATIONS BILL INCLUDES SHAHEEN PROPOSALS TO ADDRESS VETERANS APPEALS BACKLOG

(WASHINGTON, DC) - Provisions authored by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) that will help reduce the veterans' disability claims backlog and improve health care access for New Hampshire veterans cleared the full Senate Appropriations Committee today as part of the FY 2015 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies funding bill. With Shaheen's provisions included, the appropriations bill will help reduce the VA disability claims appeals backlog, and increase accessibility t… Continue Reading


May 22, 2014

Shaheen, Shea-Porter Urge Immediate Action to Ensure Release of Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and U.S. Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) today urged the U.S. State Department to use every means of leverage at its disposal to ensure the release of Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag, a pregnant Sudanese woman who has been sentenced to 100 lashes and death by hanging for apostasy because she married a Christian man. Ms. Ibrahim is married to Daniel Wani, a man originally from Sudan with U.S. citizenship living in New Hampshire. "Meriam is e… Continue Reading


May 20, 2014

SHAHEEN AND AYOTTE LEAD ON MILITARY READINESS INVESTMENTS, REJECT BASE CLOSURES

(WASHINGTON, DC) - Today U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, rejected the Administration's request for another round of military base closures while supporting investments in military readiness that are important to Pease Air National Guard Base and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The two partnered on these priorities during the subcommittee's markup of this year's Defense … Continue Reading


May 20, 2014

THURSDAY: SHAHEEN STAFF TO HOLD OFFICE HOURS IN PITTSBURG, STEWARTSTOWN

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen's staff will hold office hours on Thursday in Pittsburg and Stewartstown. Specifically, staff will be available: Thursday, May 22 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Pittsburg Thursday, May 22 from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in Stewartstown Staff will be available to speak one-on-one with area residents who are seeking help with federal agencies on issues such as veterans' benefits, federal taxes, housing, immigration and Social Security. All area residents are encourag… Continue Reading


May 16, 2014

SHAHEEN, NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY DIRECTOR, LOCAL OFFICIALS DISCUSS EFFORTS TO ADDRESS NEW HAMPSHIRE OPIOID ABUSE

(Franklin, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) continued her efforts to combat New Hampshire's heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic this afternoon, hosting a roundtable in Franklin with White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Acting Director Michael Botticelli at Franklin Regional Hospital. Shaheen and Botticelli were joined by members of the Franklin Mayor's Drug Task Force, the New England High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) and the Franklin Drug-Free Communiti… Continue Reading

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