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April 29, 2013

SHAHEEN TOUTS ENERGY EFFICIENCY AT FAVORITE FOODS

(Somersworth, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the co-author of the bipartisan Energy Savings and Industrial Competiveness Act, this morning toured the Somersworth facilities of Favorite Foods, a New Hampshire foodservice distributor, to discuss her energy efficiency legislation and learn how the company has reduced its energy consumption by using energy efficient technologies. Favorite Foods has implemented several energy efficiency initiatives to cut their energy costs and would furt… Continue Reading


April 26, 2013

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON FAA FURLOUGH LEGISLATION

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement after the House and Senate both passed legislation to reverse the sequester-driven furloughing of 15,000 Federal Aviation Administration air traffic controllers: "With the safety, efficiency and integrity of our air travel system on the line, I am glad Congress was finally able to come together in a bipartisan way to avoid future furloughing of air traffic controllers. However, we can't stop here. We sti… Continue Reading


April 25, 2013

SHAHEEN, AYOTTE ANNOUNCE NEW HAMPSHIRE MILITARY SERVICE ACADEMY DAY

(Washington, D.C.) -U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, invite New Hampshire students interested in attending any of the country's military service academies to attend New Hampshire Military Service Academy Day on Saturday, May 11, in Concord. The event will feature representatives from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy and th… Continue Reading


April 24, 2013

SHAHEEN PRESSES FOR COST SAVINGS, EFFICIENCY, OVERSIGHT IN FY 2014 DEFENSE SPENDING

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Chair of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, led a subcommittee hearing today to consider the FY 2014 Defense Authorization bill and budget priorities for the Department of Defense's installation projects and environmental programs. Shaheen looked to the witnesses testifying - which included representatives from each of the military services and the Office of the Secretary of Defense - to identify sav… Continue Reading


April 24, 2013

SHAHEEN, SHEA-PORTER, KUSTER CALL FOR THOROUGH INVESTIGATION OF OIL SANDS PIPELINE PROPOSAL

(Washington, D.C.)- Calling for protection for New Hampshire's environment and economy, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter (NH-1) and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-2) sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry this week requesting a thorough investigation before allowing implementation of any proposal to allow existing New Hampshire pipelines to reverse their flow and transport oil sands products. Portland Pipe Line Corporation (PPLC) currently operates a… Continue Reading


April 24, 2013

SHAHEEN FILES ADDITIONAL AMENDMENT TO INTERNET SALES TAX LEGISLATION

(Washington, DC) - Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today filed an additional amendment to the internet sales tax legislation that the Senate is considering this week. Similar to her first amendment, this amendment would protect businesses in non-sales tax states from having to collect sales taxes from other jurisdictions on their online sales. This amendment specifically restricts states from collecting taxes from businesses that are predominantly located in non-sales tax states like New Hampshir… Continue Reading


April 24, 2013

SHAHEEN FILES AMENDMENT TO INTERNET SALES TAX LEGISLATION

(Washington, DC) - Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today filed an amendment to the internet sales tax legislation that the Senate is considering this week. This amendment would exempt businesses from states that don't impose sales taxes from having to collect sales taxes from other jurisdictions on their online sales. The full text of the amendment is attached. "The Internet sales tax legislation that the Senate is considering this week is bad for New Hampshire small businesses and our country… Continue Reading


April 24, 2013

ON SENATE FLOOR, SHAHEEN SPEAKS OUT AGAINST INTERNET SALES TAX

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke on the Senate floor Tuesday evening in opposition to the Internet sales tax legislation that the Senate is considering this week. Shaheen is opposed to the measure - which would require online retailers to establish a costly and burdensome sales tax collection infrastructure - and plans to file amendments to the bill to exempt New Hampshire from the new regulations. To watch Shaheen's remarks, click here. Shaheen is part of a bipar… Continue Reading


April 24, 2013

ON SENATE FLOOR, SHAHEEN SPEAKS OUT AGAINST INTERNET SALES TAX

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke on the Senate floor Tuesday evening in opposition to the Internet sales tax legislation that the Senate is considering this week. Shaheen is opposed to the measure - which would require online retailers to establish a costly and burdensome sales tax collection infrastructure - and plans to file amendments to the bill to exempt New Hampshire from the new regulations. To watch Shaheen's remarks, click here. Shaheen is part of a bipar… Continue Reading


April 22, 2013

BIPARTISAN GROUP OF SENATORS PROTEST DECISION TO RUSH ONLINE SALES TAX BILL TO SENATE FLOOR

WASHINGTON, DC - In a letter today to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), along with Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jon Tester (D-MT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), expressed serious concerns that the "Marketplace Fairness Act" (S. 743) is being rushed to the Senate floor for a vote this week - despite the fact that it has not gone through the regular committee process. Last week, Leader Reid used a procedural maneuv… Continue Reading


April 22, 2013

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON INTERNET SALES TAX LEGISLATION

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement on Internet sales tax legislation that the Senate is considering this week: "This Internet sales tax legislation is bad for New Hampshire small businesses who shouldn't be forced to collect sales taxes for other states. I strongly oppose this measure because it would put a serious burden on small businesses that rely on the Internet to tap into growing markets, expand their operations, and create jobs. Mand… Continue Reading


April 22, 2013

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON EARTH DAY

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement commemorating Earth Day: "Earth Day is a time to both celebrate New Hampshire's natural beauty and renew our commitment to conserving our natural resources for future generations. We must do more to protect our environment and we have an opportunity to do so while simultaneously boosting our economy if we invest in clean energy and energy efficiency. These are priorities that I've worked on throughout my car… Continue Reading


April 18, 2013

SHAHEEN HOLDS FIRST HEARING AS CHAIR OF READINESS SUBCOMMITTEE, QUESTIONS TOP MILITARY LEADERS ON STATE OF U.S. ARMED FORCES

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) questioned top U.S. military leaders on the readiness of the U.S. Armed Forces today as she chaired her first hearing as the Chair of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support. The witnesses testifying at the hearing included General John Campbell, Vice Chief of Staff for the U.S. Army; Admiral Mark Ferguson, Vice Chief of Naval Operations; General John Paxton, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps; and Gen… Continue Reading


April 18, 2013

SHAHEEN WELCOMES STATE DEPARTMENT ACTION ON INSPECTOR GENERAL VACANCY

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement after Secretary Kerry announced that the State Department is taking steps to fill its critical inspector general vacancy during a Senate Foreign Relations hearing earlier today: "Inspectors General provide critical oversight for our government agencies and taxpayers. We need a permanent inspector general at the State Department, so I'm encouraged by Secr… Continue Reading


April 18, 2013

SHAHEEN, PORTMAN RENEW PUSH FOR BIPARTISAN ENERGY EFFICIENCY BILL

(Washington, DC) - In a renewed push for a national energy efficiency strategy, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) will team up again today on Capitol Hill to reintroduce the Shaheen-Portman Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness (ESIC) Act. Industry leaders, energy efficiency advocates and environmental stakeholders will join the senators this morning to show their support for the legislation. The reintroduced Shaheen-Portman legislation offers a deficit-neutral… Continue Reading


April 17, 2013

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON DEFEAT OF MANCHIN-TOOMEY LEGISLATION

(Washington, DC) - Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement after the Senate failed to advance the Manchin-Toomey background check legislation aimed at reducing gun violence: "In New Hampshire we have a long tradition of safe and legal firearm ownership and that is a tradition I support and respect," said Shaheen. "But, as Americans, we also have a responsibility to work to reduce gun violence and to prevent horrible tragedies like the Newtown shooting. "Conducting back… Continue Reading


April 17, 2013

SHAHEEN, AYOTTE: HAGEL SHOULD ALLOW NAVY TO CANCEL FURLOUGHS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a letter today to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) are urging Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to provide maximum flexibility to the service branches in an effort to avoid furloughing civilian employees. As a result of sequestration cuts, Department of Defense civilian workers - including those at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard - will be furloughed for 14 days. "Under sequestration, we have learned recently that the… Continue Reading


April 15, 2013

ON TAX DAY, SHAHEEN INTRODUCES BILL TO SIMPLIFY TAX RETURN

(Washington, DC) - Today, on income tax day, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) introduced legislation to streamline the federal tax return process. Shaheen's Simpler Tax Filing Act would pave the way for the Internal Revenue Service to provide many tax filers with a one-page tax return already filled out with the taxpayer's information, known as a "simple return," in turn saving American taxpayers billions in tax preparation fees. "Tax Day in America has become tantamount to billions of dol… Continue Reading


April 12, 2013

SHAHEEN INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO BOOST GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY AND CONTRACTOR OVERSIGHT

(Washington, DC) - Advancing her efforts for government oversight and fiscal responsibility, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) has introduced legislation to boost oversight and accountability when it comes to federal contractors. The Government Contractor Accountability Act of 2013 (S.664) would make federal agencies act on Inspectors General recommendations when it comes to potential cost-saving measures or on reimbursement for poor contractor performance and cost overruns. "This commons… Continue Reading


April 11, 2013

SHAHEEN WELCOMES NAVY DECISION TO NAME NEW COMBAT SHIP AFTER THE CITY OF MANCHESTER

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) welcomed news today that the United States Navy will be naming a new Littoral Combat Ship USS Manchester in recognition of Manchester, New Hampshire. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus personally called Shaheen this morning to give the news and inform her that the ship's expected completion date would be August 2016. "The naming of USS Manchester is a tremendous honor for the city of Manchester and a testament to the incredible work carried … Continue Reading

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