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March 15, 2012

SHAHEEN PRESSES NAVY SECRETARY ON PORTSMOUTH NAVAL SHIPYARD MODERNIZATION EFFORTS

(Washington, D.C) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today continued her push to support investment in infrastructure at New Hampshire's Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing this morning, Shaheen pressed U.S. Navy Secretary Raymond Mabus on the steps being taken to support the shipyard's modernization efforts and to increase the military's energy independence. Last year, Shaheen supported a bipartisan amendment in the Defense Authorization bill requiring the… Continue Reading


March 15, 2012

SHAHEEN URGES SENATE TO PASS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO FIGHT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and her Senate colleagues spoke on the Senate floor today about the importance of reauthorizing the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act, which would continue to help law enforcement combat domestic violence across the nation. Shaheen was joined on the Senate floor by U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Patty Murray (D-WA), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Kay Hagan (D-NC). In addition to the women speaking, Senators … Continue Reading


March 15, 2012

SHAHEEN CALLS FOR EXTENSION OF CRITICAL SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAMS

SHAHEEN CALLS FOR EXTENSION OF CRITICAL SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAMS (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) took to the Senate floor today to fight for extensions to a pair of critical small business programs as part of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, which is currently under debate in the Senate. Shaheen called for reauthorizations to both the Export-Import Bank, which helps small businesses sell their products overseas, and the Small Business Administration's … Continue Reading


March 14, 2012

SHAHEEN APPLAUDS PASSAGE OF TRANSPORTATION BILL THAT WILL CREATE JOBS AND IMPROVE INFRASTRUCTURE

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) applauded the Senate's passage today of a critical transportation reauthorization bill that will create jobs and invest in infrastructure projects critical to America's safety and economy. The bill passed 74-22. "This bill will create jobs, fund critical transportation needs in New Hampshire such as I-93 and keep American companies on the road to success," Shaheen said. "I am glad we have been able to make improvements to the bill that pre… Continue Reading


March 12, 2012

SHAHEEN: ENERGY INDEPENDENCE CRITICAL TO U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY

(Norfolk, VA) - Energy independence makes our military more effective and our nation safer, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) said today at a Senate Energy Committee field hearing she held on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge in Norfolk, VA. Shaheen called a hearing of her Subcommittee on Water and Power to learn more about the Navy's successful energy initiatives, including those exemplified by the U.S.S. Kearsarge. Shaheen was joined at the hearing by U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA). Former U.S.… Continue Reading


March 08, 2012

SHAHEEN, AYOTTE ANNOUNCE NEW FACILITY FOR NH VETS CENTER

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) announced today that the Department of Veterans Affairs will relocate the Manchester Veterans Center to a newly renovated facility in Hooksett. Earlier this week, Shaheen and Ayotte sent a joint letter to Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki urging his department to approve a contract that would allow the Vets Center to relocate. The Hooksett property was identified nearly 25 months ago, yet delays in the appro… Continue Reading


March 08, 2012

SNOWE, SHAHEEN, AYOTTE WELCOME CONTRACT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR MODERNIZATION WORK AT PORTSMOUTH NAVAL SHIPYARD

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) welcomed an announcement that the U.S. Navy has contracted with Environmental Chemical Corp., a Massachusetts-based firm, to begin structural repairs and modernization work at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY). The $38 million contract will allow for energy and structural repairs to the consolidated submarine operations, Building 178, to create a state-of-the-art, energy efficient shipyard indus… Continue Reading


March 08, 2012

SHAHEEN SPEAKS ON SENATE FLOOR IN CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

SHAHEEN SPEAKS ON SENATE FLOOR IN CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke on the Senate floor today in commemoration of International Women's Day. Today marks the 101st anniversary of the first International Women's Day, which recognizes the achievements of women around the world. Shaheen's remarks, as prepared for delivery, are below. Mr. President, Today, we come to the floor to commemorate International Women's Day - a d… Continue Reading


March 07, 2012

NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESSES AND STAKEHOLDERS CALL FOR IMMEDIATE PASSAGE OF FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION BILL

(Washington, D.C.) -U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today forwarded a letter to Congressional leaders from 56 New Hampshire businesses and other transportation stakeholders, calling for immediate renewal of America's surface transportation programs. The letter comes as the U.S. Senate debates a critical transportation bill, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act. It has been more than two years since the last federal transportation bill expired and new legislation is needed t… Continue Reading


March 07, 2012

SHAHEEN CONTINUES TO PRESS MILITARY ON SAFETY OF SYRIAN WEAPONS ARSENALS

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today continued her push to ensure that Syria's extensive weapons stockpiles do not fall into the wrong hands if President Assad's regime collapses. At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Shaheen questioned Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta about the security of Syria's chemical weapons and portable anti-aircraft missiles. Shaheen also asked Panetta to compare the situation in Syria to that in Libya, where thousands of such missile… Continue Reading


March 06, 2012

SHAHEEN QUESTIONS PENTAGON OFFICIAL ABOUT SAFETY OF SYRIAN WEAPONS STOCKPILES

(Washington, D.C.) - At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) questioned General James Mattis, Commander of U.S. Central Command, about the security of Syria's vast weapons arsenals in light of the rising violence in that country. Experts estimate that Syria has one of the largest chemical weapons programs in the world and senior U.S. officials have described a "nightmare scenario" if these weapons fall into the wrong hands as a result of the collap… Continue Reading


March 02, 2012

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION ADVOCATES FOR PATENT OFFICE TO LOCATE SATELLITE OFFICE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a letter to the Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Reps. Charles Bass (R-NH) and Frank Guinta (R-NH), urged the agency to consider New Hampshire as a location for a new satellite office. The Patent and Trademark Office, which is the federal agency responsible for issuing patents, currently is in the process of evaluating options for two additional satellite offices by 2014. As the fie… Continue Reading


March 01, 2012

SHAHEEN CONGRATULATES SERBIA ON STEP TOWARD EU MEMBERSHIP

(Washington, D.C.)-U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs, congratulated the Serbian government for taking a critical step towards membership in the European Union (EU). Serbia is expected to officially achieve candidate status at a meeting of EU ministers today. The move, which follows closely after Serbia and Kosovo reached an important regional cooperation agreement, allows Serbia to begin formal accession talks with EU … Continue Reading


March 01, 2012

SHAHEEN: NATO CRITICAL TO U.S. SECURITY

(Washington, D.C.) - At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) said the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) remains critical to U.S. security and discussed several outstanding issues for the upcoming NATO Summit in Chicago. Shaheen, a member of both the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Armed Services Committee, received testimony from Admiral James Stavridis, NATO'S Supreme Allied Commander. Shaheen's opening statement, as prep… Continue Reading


March 01, 2012

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON VOTE TO REJECT BLUNT AMENDMENT

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement after voting against the Blunt Amendment, which was rejected by the Senate in a vote of 51-48. "This was a dangerous and politically motivated proposal and I'm glad the Senate has rejected it. It would have undermined health care for women and families across the nation, putting employers and insurance companies between patients and their doctors. It's time for Congress to turn its attention back to the eco… Continue Reading


February 29, 2012

SHAHEEN SPEAKS OUT AGAINST ATTACKS ON WOMEN'S HEALTH

Senator Shaheen spoke on the Senate floor today calling for a equal and fair health care plan that allowed individuals and their doctors to be in charge of making their own health care decisions. Below are Shaheen's remarks, as prepared for delivery: Mr. President, over the last year my colleagues and I have come to the floor to speak out against the attack on women's health. We have seen assaults on Planned Parenthood, on federal funding for family planning, and on contraception. But now w… Continue Reading


February 28, 2012

SHAHEEN, AYOTTE PRESS MILITARY TO CONSIDER PEASE FOR NEW TANKERS

(Washington, D.C.) - At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) jointly made the case for making the Pease Air National Guard base a home of the Air Force's newest refueling tanker. The Senators lauded the work done by the New Hampshire Air National Guard's 157th Air Refueling Wing and pressed the United States Air Force to conduct a transparent and objective process as it decides where to place the new KC-46A air refueling ta… Continue Reading


February 28, 2012

SHAHEEN: WE CAN DO MORE TO CUT DUPLICATIVE PROGRAMS

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen called on Congress to look at the results of a new GAO report on duplicative programs in government as a first step to making smart cuts to the federal budget. "Once again, this GAO report reminds us that there are smart options on the table when it comes to responsibly, effectively reducing the deficit. As I have said before, we must look at eliminating outdated and unnecessary programs as a common-sense first step towards a comprehensive defici… Continue Reading


February 27, 2012

SHAHEEN DELIVERS GEORGE WASHINGTON’S FAREWELL ADDRESS ON SENATE FLOOR

(Washington, D.C.) - As part of a time-honored Senate tradition, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today read President George Washington's 1796 Farewell Address on the Senate floor in commemoration of Washington's birthday. Shaheen's reading marked the 150th anniversary of the tradition, under which the Senate selects one of its members to read the speech each year, alternating parties. Published in September 1796, Washington used the address to announce his decision not to seek a third term… Continue Reading


February 22, 2012

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES $4.9 MILLION GRANT FOR RIVER VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today that River Valley Community College in Claremont has been selected for a $4,998,775 job training grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant will fund education, training and job placement assistance to provide New Hampshire workers with the skills needed to compete for American jobs that are often filled by foreign workers. In a letter of support sent to the Department of Labor this past November, Shaheen said that … Continue Reading

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