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February 22, 2012

SENATORS INTRODUCE BILL TO PROTECT VETERANS’ HEALTHCARE FROM BUDGET CUTS

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced that she has joined U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Mark Begich (D-AK) in introducing a bill to ensure that healthcare for U.S. veterans will be fully exempt from any across-the-board cuts to federal spending mandated by last year's bipartisan Budget Control Act (BCA). Under that measure, which Shaheen continues to support, the budget will automatically be reduced by across-the-board cuts of over $100 billion per year, starti… Continue Reading


February 22, 2012

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF REP. JIM POWERS

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today released the following statement on the passing of state Rep. Jim Powers of Portsmouth: "Rep. Jim Powers has been a longtime friend to me and to New Hampshire. Jim has always worked tirelessly on behalf of Portsmouth and he has served his community and constituents with dedication and honor. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Powers family at this difficult time."… Continue Reading


February 22, 2012

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES TAX INCENTIVE FOR NH BUSINESSES HIRING VETERANS

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today announced important information on a new tax credit available to New Hampshire businesses offering job opportunities to veterans. Shaheen supported language in the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 to offer an expanded Work Opportunity Tax Credit to businesses and certain tax-exempt organizations that hire unemployed veterans. The VOW to Hire Heroes Act became law in November 2011. The tax credit, as high as $9,600 per veteran for busin… Continue Reading


February 21, 2012

SENATORS CALL ON ELECTION COMMISSION TO MAKE CAMPAIGN-RELATED SPENDING MORE TRANSPARENT

(Washington, D.C.) - Voters deserve to know who is paying for political advertisements, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and 10 of her fellow Senators wrote today in a letter to the Federal Election Commission (FEC). As the FEC considers changes to its rules in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC, the Senators called on the Commission to implement broad disclosure and disclaimer requirements so that voters know who is funding campaign-related commercials. Throu… Continue Reading


February 21, 2012

SHAHEEN HIGHLIGHTS JOB CREATION, ENERGY EFFICIENCY AT OPENING OF NEW HIGH-TECH MANUFACTURER IN HOLLIS

(Hollis, N.H.) - During a tour of Warner Power's new facility in Hollis today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) praised the innovative high-tech manufacturer for creating jobs in New Hampshire and investing in energy efficiency. "Warner Power is an example of a truly innovative company that is bringing good manufacturing jobs to New Hampshire," Shaheen said. "Small businesses are the lifeline of our economy, especially here in New Hampshire. We have to continue to support businesses like Warn… Continue Reading


February 17, 2012

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON PAYROLL TAX CUT

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement after voting in support of the payroll tax cut extension in the Senate today. The tax cut passed 60-36 with bipartisan support and heads to the President for his signature. "Getting our economy moving again is my top priority, and a full-year extension of these provisions is a crucial part of getting that done. It will put more than $1,000 back into the pockets of the average New Hampshire middle class fami… Continue Reading


February 16, 2012

SHAHEEN: BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT NEEDED TO MOVE HIGHWAY BILL FORWARD

SHAHEEN: BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT NEEDED TO MOVE HIGHWAY BILL FORWARD (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke on the Senate floor today about the need to pass a federal transportation bill to fund critical highway and transit programs. Shaheen said the bill is critical to completing work on New Hampshire's badly congested Interstate 93. While a project to widen Interstate 93 is underway, it cannot be completed without the security of a long-term agreement. Shaheen'… Continue Reading


February 16, 2012

SHAHEEN: BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT NEEDED TO MOVE HIGHWAY BILL FORWARD

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke on the Senate floor today about the need to pass a federal transportation bill to fund critical highway and transit programs. Shaheen said the bill is critical to completing work on New Hampshire's badly congested Interstate 93. While a project to widen Interstate 93 is underway, it cannot be completed without the security of a long-term agreement. Shaheen's remarks, as prepared for delivery, are below: Mr. President, we voted 85-… Continue Reading


February 16, 2012

SHAHEEN, AYOTTE URGE PENTAGON TO SUPPORT NATIONAL GUARD REINTEGRATION PROGRAMS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today joined several colleagues in sending a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta requesting continued support for the National Guard reintegration programs, which include the New Hampshire National Guard's Deployment Cycle Support Program (DCSP) -- a model for providing strong support for New Hampshire service members and their families. The New Hampshire DCSP prepares and supports service members and their fami… Continue Reading


February 16, 2012

SHAHEEN: HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSERS IN RUSSIA SHOULD NOT GET US VISAS

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs, joined other senators today on the floor of the Senate to discuss human rights in Russia and the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act (S. 1039), which she helped introduce as an original cosponsor. Below are Shaheen's remarks, as prepared for delivery: Mr. President - I want to begin by thanking my colleagues, Senator Cardin and Senator Wicker, for coming dow… Continue Reading


February 14, 2012

SHAHEEN DISCUSSES IMPORTANCE OF PASSING BIPARTISAN SUGAR ACT

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke on the Senate floor today about the importance of bipartisanship and the need to eliminate unnecessary government programs. Shaheen discussed the bipartisan SUGAR Act, which would phase out the sugar support program and save consumers billions of dollars, and she honored the bill's cosponsor Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), who is currently recovering from a stroke. Below are Senator Shaheen's remarks, as prepared for delivery. Video is av… Continue Reading


February 14, 2012

PANETTA: PORTSMOUTH SHIPYARD CRITICAL TO INDUSTRIAL BASE, DEFENSE INFRASTRUCTURE

(Washington, D.C.) - At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing today with U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) expressed her misgivings about the Defense Department's request for another Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round and the lack of investment in our nation's public shipyards. In response to Shaheen's questions, Panetta reaffirmed the Defense Department's support for America's p… Continue Reading


February 14, 2012

SHAHEEN TO HOST SENIOR CONSUMER PROTECTION SESSION IN NASHUA

Join United States Senator Jeanne Shaheen for a Senior Consumer Protection Forum Tuesday, February 21, 201210:30 am to 12:00 pm Nashua Senior Activity Center70 Temple StreetNashua, NH with Derek Rill of the Federal Trade Commission James Boffetti of the NH Attorney General's Office Topics Will Include: Identity Theft Telemarketing and Robocalls Credit and Loan Offers Charities and Fundraising Fraud Purchasing Club Memberships Government Grant Scams Medical Discount Plans Swee… Continue Reading


February 13, 2012

SHAHEEN EXPRESSES CONCERNS OVER YOUTH FARMING RESTRICTIONS

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today expressed concerns over a proposed ruling by the Obama Administration to restrict youth agricultural labor. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Shaheen wrote: "Family farms in New Hampshire and across the country rely on hard-working young people to help with farm operations, and youth in turn gain valuable experience and skills by working on farms in their communities." This past September, the U.S. Department of La… Continue Reading


February 07, 2012

SHAHEEN: ALL WOMEN DESERVE ACCESS TO CRITICAL HEALTH SERVICES

SHAHEEN: ALL WOMEN DESERVE ACCESS TO CRITICAL HEALTH SERVICES Senator Shaheen spoke on the Senate floor today to emphasize the importance of providing women with access to critical health services. Shaheen's remarks, as prepared for delivery, are below: Mr. President, almost two years ago this institution voted to end discrimination against women by health insurance plans. We voted to make it easier for women to seek referrals to see the health specialists they need. And we voted to gi… Continue Reading


February 07, 2012

SHAHEEN, AYOTTE SUPPORT PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN MANCHESTER VA MEDICAL CENTER AND DARTMOUTH MEDICAL SCHOOL

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Continuing their efforts to facilitate access and improve care for New Hampshire's veterans, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today urged the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to approve an application to establish a partnership between the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) Manchester and Dartmouth Medical School. In a letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, Senators Shaheen and Ayotte expressed support for the affiliation, which wou… Continue Reading


February 06, 2012

SHAHEEN: LONG-TERM FAA EXTENSION IS GOOD FOR ECONOMY

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today her intention to vote in favor of the four-year extension of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) scheduled for a vote in the Senate tonight. The FAA has been operating under short-term extensions since 2007, and Shaheen has repeatedly called for a long-term extension to ease uncertainty for workers and provide the agency with the direction it needs to engage in long-term planning. The bill has already passed the House. … Continue Reading


February 03, 2012

SHAHEEN: JOB TRAINING IS INTEGRAL TO OUR FUTURE ECONOMIC SUCCESS

(Merrimack, N.H.) - To keep our economy competitive we must invest in workforce training, U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) said today during a tour of Elbit Systems of America's Merrimack facility. Through New Hampshire's job training fund, Elbit has received three grants and invested its own matching funds to help workers acquire the skills needed to perform high-tech manufacturing jobs at its Merrimack plant. Shaheen, who helped create the state fund as governor, discussed her efforts to sup… Continue Reading


February 03, 2012

SHAHEEN APPLAUDS KOMEN FOR THE CURE DECISION TO RESTORE FUNDING TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the below statement regarding Susan G. Komen for the Cure's decision to continue funding Planned Parenthood breast cancer screenings. The breast cancer charity had previously said it would stop funding Planned Parenthood grants. "This is a major win for the thousands of women nationwide who rely on Planned Parenthood for critical breast cancer screenings and a tribute to all who raised their voices in reaction to Komen's initial … Continue Reading


February 03, 2012

SHAHEEN TOURS DERRY CENTRAL FIRE STATION

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen toured the Derry Central Fire Station and met with Derry Fire Chief George Klauber this morning. Shaheen also met with on-duty firefighters and toured the facility's Emergency Response Center during her visit.… Continue Reading

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