November 17, 2017

Shaheen Statement on Senate GOP Tax Bill

(Washington, DC) - Today, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement on the Senate Republican tax bill, which was approved by the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday evening: "We need bipartisan tax reform that simplifies our tax code to help small businesses and delivers meaningful relief to middle-class families. Sadly, the tax bill approved last night is a partisan effort that doesn't meet any of those goals," said Senator Shaheen. "This bill would add over one and a half … Continue Reading

November 17, 2017

Shaheen Joins Bipartisan Group of Senators to Introduce Legislation to Address Military Sexual Assault and Protect Service Members

**The Military Justice Improvement Act would establish an impartial, fair and accountable Military Justice System** (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined a bipartisan group of 13 Senators to re-introduce the Military Justice Improvement Act. In recent months, scandal after scandal has shown that despite years of efforts and small reforms, sexual assault and harassment remain pervasive in the military. Top officials in the military continue to assert that they alone will… Continue Reading

November 17, 2017

Shaheen Statement on Scott Murray Nomination

(Washington, DC) - Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement in response to President Trump's nomination of Merrimack County Attorney Scott Murray to serve as the U.S. Attorney for New Hampshire: "I'm pleased that the President has selected a nominee to fill this position, which is exceptionally important to our state's fight against the opioid epidemic," said Senator Shaheen. "I appreciate Scott Murray's continued service to the Granite State, and Merrimack County in part… Continue Reading

November 16, 2017

Defense Bill with Shaheen’s NH and National Security Priorities Heads to President’s Desk

**Establishment of First-ever Nationwide PFC Water Contamination Study** ** Critical Investments in Pease Air National Guard Base & Protection of Jobs at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard** **Ban on Moscow-Based Software Company with Kremlin Ties** **Increase in Visas for Afghan Interpreters** (Washington, DC) - Today, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the annual legislation that authorizes federal defense priorities for the fiscal year. Senator… Continue Reading

November 16, 2017

Shaheen Finds Bipartisan Common Ground to Address Gun Violence, Introduces Bill to Fix Federal Background Check Legislation

**Bill will improve and enforce records reporting by federal agencies and states** (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Tim Scott (R-SC), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Dean Heller (R-NV) in introducing the Fix NICS Act to ensure federal and state authorities comply with existing law and accurately report relevant criminal history records to the National Instant Crim… Continue Reading

November 15, 2017

Shaheen and Hassan Call on DHS to Accept DACA Applications Delayed by Postal Service

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined a group of 24 Democratic Senators in sending a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) expressing their concern with recent reports that DHS has rejected renewal requests for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that were received after the application deadline due to U.S. Postal Service processing delays, and called on the Department to take immediate action to reverse this decisio… Continue Reading

November 15, 2017

Shaheen & McCain Pen Letter to Tillerson Regarding Depletion of Foreign Service, Request Removal of Hiring Freeze & Resumption of Promotions

**Senators point to statistics that show a dramatic decrease in experienced diplomats** (Washington, DC)-Today, the Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Subcommittee on State Department and USAID Management Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee Senator John McCain (R-AZ), delivered a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressing their concern regarding management decisions that have significantly depleted experienced … Continue Reading

November 14, 2017

Shaheen Introduces Bipartisan Opioid Funding Formula Bill to Prioritize NH and Other Hardest-Hit States

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced the Targeted Opioid Formula Act with Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) to prioritize federal funding for states that have been hardest hit by the opioid epidemic, including New Hampshire and West Virginia. The bill would require the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which operates under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to take… Continue Reading

November 14, 2017

Shaheen, Collins, Isakson, Menendez Introduce International Violence Against Women Act

**Bipartisan legislation would make combating violence against women and girls a top U.S. diplomatic priority** (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) led Susan Collins (R-ME), Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) in re-introducing the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA), bipartisan legislation that would ensure combatting gender-based violence around the world remains a top diplomatic and development priority for the United States. "One in three wom… Continue Reading

November 13, 2017

Shaheen Urges Saudi Arabia To Curb Rhetoric Amid Escalating Tensions with Lebanon

Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement in light of the growing crisis in Lebanon: "I'm very concerned by Saudi Arabia and Iran's attempts to drag Lebanon into their long-standing battle for influence. This is a dangerous game that could have devastating consequences. I urge all actors involved to cease the unhelpful rhetoric of war and present the circumstances behind the sudden resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri as soon as poss… Continue Reading

November 09, 2017

Shaheen, Cornyn Call on DOJ to Provide Guidance on Boosting Support for Forensic Labs In Efforts to Combat Opioid Epidemic

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and John Cornyn (R-TX) led a letter with a bipartisan group of 30 senators to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asking him to provide Congress with information detailing how the Department of Justice (DOJ) is supporting and prioritizing forensic science service providers across the nation as a part of a broader approach to combat the opioid epidemic. "The opioid crisis knows no boundaries; it reaches into homes in every community … Continue Reading

November 09, 2017

Shaheen Calls on State Department to Investigate Reported Persecution of LGBTQ People in Azerbaijan

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined a bipartisan group of senators calling on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to investigate news reports that authorities have conducted raids and detained people in Azerbaijan because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In a letter to Tillerson, the senators called for an investigation following recent reports of raids conducted in September in Azerbaijan's capital, Baku, when authorities detained more than 50 gay and transg… Continue Reading

November 08, 2017

Shaheen Secures Key New Hampshire and National Security Priorities in Federal Defense Bill

**Establish National PFC Water Contamination Study, Invest in Pease Air National Guard Base & Protect Jobs at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard** **Ban on Moscow-Based Software Company with Kremlin Ties** **Increase in Visas for Afghan Interpreters** (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen's (D-NH) amendments to the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), annual legislation that authorizes federal defense programs, were included in the final version of the bill after S… Continue Reading

November 08, 2017

Shaheen Helps Introduce Bill To Permanently Close Gun Loophole Used By Texas Shooter

Shaheen is an original cosponsor of the Domestic Violence Loophole Closure Act, which will ensure anyone convicted of domestic violence in military court cannot legally purchase a firearm. Washington, DC - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) helped introduce the Domestic Violence Loophole Closure Act with U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ). The bipartisan legislation would close the background check loophole exploited by the Sutherland Springs, Texas shooter a… Continue Reading

November 08, 2017

Shaheen’s Legislation to Fund a Nationwide Health Study on Water Contaminants Included in Annual Defense Bill

**Amendment directs the Department of Defense to fund a national health study on PFOA and other emerging contaminants found in drinking water systems, such as the contamination around Haven Well at the Pease International Tradeport** (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement after the release of the final Senate- and House-negotiated defense authorization bill, which includes her bipartisan amendment that directs the Department of Defense to fun… Continue Reading

November 08, 2017

Shaheen Introduces Bill to Eliminate $21 Billion in Hidden Ag Subsidies

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) reintroduced the Harvest Price Subsidy Prohibition Act with Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ). The bipartisan, bicameral legislation eliminates a costly but little-publicized crop insurance subsidy known as the Harvest Price Option (HPO). The bill would save taxpayers $21.1 billion according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. A companion bill was also introduced in the House of Representatives today by Congressman John J. Duncan, … Continue Reading

November 08, 2017

Shaheen on Senate Floor: RT America and Sputnik Must Register as Foreign Agents

**SHAHEEN ON HER LEGISLATION TO ENFORCE FOREIGN AGENTS REGISTRATION ACT: "Let's give the Department of Justice the tools it needs to investigate and expose RT America, and to fight back against the Kremlin's interference in our democracy." ** Watch the remarks here (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke on the Senate floor today to discuss her bipartisan legislation to strengthen compliance with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) and give the Department of Justice … Continue Reading

November 07, 2017

Shaheen and Toomey Introduce Bipartisan Sugar Reform Bill to Cut Costs and Protect American Jobs

(Washington, DC) - Today, Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) introduced the Sugar Policy Modernization Act. The bill, which is cosponsored by a bipartisan group of 16 senators, makes commonsense reforms to the federal sugar support program that will save money and protect American jobs. "Reform of the federal sugar program is long overdue. Our current policies create heavy costs for consumers and put American jobs at risk," said Senator Shaheen. "This bipartisan bill will help… Continue Reading

November 06, 2017

Shaheen Helps Introduce Bicameral Bill to Protect Domestic Abuse Survivors from Gun Violence

Washington, DC - Last week, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) helped introduce the Lori Jackson Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act, a bill designed to protect domestic violence survivors from gun violence. The bill will help close loopholes that allow domestic abusers to legally obtain weapons, and strengthen protections for survivors of domestic violence and abuse. According to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in July 2017, more than 55% of fema… Continue Reading

November 03, 2017

Shaheen at St. Anselm’s: Eliminating Student Loan Interest Deduction Disproportionally Impacts NH

SHAHEEN: "Reforming the tax code is necessary but it shouldn't be paid for by graduates already bearing a tremendous debt burden" **80,000 Granite Staters take advantage of this deduction** (Manchester, NH) - Today, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) hosted a roundtable discussion with the New Hampshire College and University Council on the House Republican tax bill which was introduced yesterday and eliminates the student loan interest tax deduction. 80,000 Granite Staters take advantage of thi… Continue Reading

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