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December 23, 2011

SHAHEEN: MANCHESTER JOB CORPS CENTER ANOTHER STEP CLOSER TO CONSTRUCTION

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today that the U.S. Department of Labor has begun the process of pre-soliciting qualified small business general contractors to construct a new jobs center in Manchester, New Hampshire. The pre-solicitation is now available at FedBizOpps.Gov "Today's news is a step in the right direction towards the construction and opening of the Jobs Corps Center in New Hampshire," Shaheen said. "At a time when too many New Hampshire citizens st… Continue Reading


December 22, 2011

NEW HAMPSHIRE TO GET $4.8 MILLION FOR HEATING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today that just in time for the holidays, New Hampshire will get an additional $4.8 million in funding for a critical heating assistance program crucial to keeping the state's most vulnerable citizens warm this winter. Shaheen spoke on the Senate floor last week to urge Congress and the Obama Administration to provide funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), crucial heating assistance for families and seni… Continue Reading


December 17, 2011

SHAHEEN: PAYROLL TAX CUT AND UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE EXTENSIONS WILL HELP AMERICAN FAMILIES

(Washington, D.C.) - Payroll tax cuts for workers and benefits for the unemployed have been extended for 2 months, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today. These measures will help American families at a crucial time, but need to be extended in the long-term to shore up our fragile economy. The Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011 passed the Senate today in an 89-10 vote and now heads to the President, who is expected to sign it soon. "As millions of unemployed and und… Continue Reading


December 16, 2011

SHAHEEN: HOME HEATING ASSISTANCE WILL HELP ENSURE FAMILIES ARE NOT LEFT IN THE COLD

(Washington, DC) - United States Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke today on the Senate floor to urge Congress to provide funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which provides crucial heating assistance for families and seniors in need during the winter. The Senate is expected to vote on a full-year spending bill later today, which would include almost $3.5 billion for LIHEAP, and send it to the President for his signature. The House passed the spending bill earlie… Continue Reading


December 15, 2011

SHAHEEN APPLAUDS FINAL PASSAGE OF DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) praised today's final passage of The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2012, which enhances our national security and supports our troops, while also saving taxpayer money by cutting unnecessary programs. The annual defense bill, which includes several measures authored or supported by Shaheen, authorizes all Department of Defense programs for the fiscal year and addresses major defense policy issues. It passed in an … Continue Reading


December 15, 2011

BERLIN PRISON BEGINS HIRING PROCESS

(Washington, DC) - After finally receiving the funding it needs to open, Berlin Federal Prison is now accepting applications from local residents for a variety of prison jobs including correctional officers and registered nurses, announced U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). Berlin Prison will employ 329 people, with 201 of those jobs being local hires. More than half of the local hires will be correctional officers. "We need to bring jobs back to the North Country and Berlin Federal Prison is … Continue Reading


December 14, 2011

SHAHEEN ENCOURAGES TAXPAYERS WITH MISSING REFUNDS TO CHECK WITH IRS

(Washington, DC) - Taxpayers who were expecting a refund this year on their federal income taxes and haven't yet received one are encouraged to use an online tool to help find information, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen's office announced today. The "Where's My Refund?" tool can be found on Shaheen's website: http://shaheen.senate.gov/. Information on this year's refunds will only be accessible for a few more weeks. "The 'Where's My Refund?' tool from the IRS is a convenient way for people to chec… Continue Reading


December 14, 2011

IN WAKE OF RECENT PROTESTS, SHAHEEN CHAIRS HEARING ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN RUSSIA

(Washington, D.C.) - As citizens continue to take to the streets in protest of Russia's recent flawed parliamentary elections, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today held a hearing to examine the state of human rights and the rule of law in Russia. Shaheen, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs, asked the panel of Obama Administration officials and diplomatic, human rights, and business experts about U.S. policy options regarding human rights in Russia. Bel… Continue Reading


December 13, 2011

SHAHEEN VOICES SUPPORT FOR PAYROLL TAX CUT EXTENSION

(Washington, DC) - United States Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke today on the Senate floor to urge her Senate colleagues to extend the payroll tax cut. Shaheen argued that failing to extend cuts would raise taxes on nearly all working Americans, harming a fragile economy and costing thousands of jobs. Senator Shaheen's remarks, as prepared for delivery, are below. Mr. President, in November, the private sector added 140,000 new jobs to our workforce. In fact, businesses have now cre… Continue Reading


December 13, 2011

SHAHEEN VOICES SUPPORT FOR PAYROLL TAX CUT EXTENSION

(Washington, D.C.) - United States Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke today on the Senate floor to urge her Senate colleagues to extend the payroll tax cut. Shaheen argued that failing to extend cuts would raise taxes on nearly all working Americans, harming a fragile economy and costing thousands of jobs. Senator Shaheen's remarks, as prepared for delivery, are below. Mr. President, in November, the private sector added 140,000 new jobs to our workforce. In fact, businesses have now created… Continue Reading


December 13, 2011

SHAHEEN, BASS WELCOME ARRIVAL OF CRUSADER AIRCRAFT TO McAULIFFE-SHEPARD DISCOVERY CENTER

CONCORD, NH - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Congressman Charles F. Bass (R-NH-02) today welcomed the arrival of a vintage 1956 U.S. Navy XF8U-2 Crusader jet to the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord. The aircraft was one of the series of jet planes tested by New Hampshire's own Alan Shepard, the United States' first astronaut. Shaheen and Bass worked with the U.S. Navy's National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Florida and the Department of Defense to secure a long-t… Continue Reading


December 13, 2011

SHAHEEN, BLUMENTHAL LEAD CALL FOR REVIEW OF ELECTRIC GRID RELIABILITY

(Washington, D.C.) - Following a series of major electric outages that have left millions of New Englanders without power in recent years, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators from the region led by Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) today called for a hearing to review our nation's electric grid reliability standards. In a letter to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Senators highlighted the fact that power outages not only pose a threat to public safety, but… Continue Reading


December 13, 2011

SHAHEEN: CRITICAL SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION PROGRAM IS CLOSER TO LONG-TERM EXTENSION

(Washington, DC) - A critical small business research program integral to American innovation is one step closer to a long-term extension, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today. Late last night, negotiators for the House and Senate said they had reached agreement on a 6-year extension of the Small Business Innovation Research program (SBIR) to be included in the final version of the defense authorization bill, which is expected to pass before the end of this year. "Small businesses… Continue Reading


December 12, 2011

SHAHEEN PUSHES FOR BETTER OVERSIGHT OF U.S. TAXPAYER DOLLARS IN AFGHANISTAN

(Washington, DC) -U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today strongly urged Pentagon leaders to go after a construction contractor whose shoddy work and cost overruns endangered workers and left U.S. taxpayers on the hook for $4.3 million. In a letter to the Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment (AFCEE), Shaheen urged the Pentagon agency to heed the recommendations of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), who said the agency should demand repayment f… Continue Reading


December 08, 2011

SHAHEEN CHAIRS HEARING TO EXAMINE WATER SUPPLY ISSUES

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power, today held a hearing to explore the opportunities and challenges facing domestic and global water supplies. Shaheen asked the hearing's panel of environmental, military, public, and private officials how they believed issues such as national security, energy, health, climate change, and technological innovation will be affected by water supplies in both the … Continue Reading


December 08, 2011

SHAHEEN STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF RICHARD CORDRAY AS NEXT DIRECTOR OF THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today released the following statement in support of the nomination of Richard Cordray to be Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: "For too long Wall Street engaged in reckless behavior that seriously harmed our economy, with little regard for regular Americans struggling to support their families and plan their financial futures. "The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will play an important role in protecting consumers … Continue Reading


December 07, 2011

LIEBERMAN, MCCAIN, SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON RUSSIAN ELECTIONS

Washington, DC- Today, Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT), John McCain (R-AZ) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the statement below on the unrest following the Russian elections: "We condemn the sweeping arrests of hundreds of opposition leaders, journalists, and human rights activists in Russia and the use of violence against peaceful protesters by Russian security forces. We call upon the Russian government to release all of the political prisoners it has unjustly detained and clarify the where… Continue Reading


December 07, 2011

SHAHEEN JOINS BIPARTISAN GROUP OF SENATORS IN PUSH TO RESTORE LIHEAP FUNDING

(Washington, D.C.) - With energy costs rising and the coldest months of winter approaching, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined a bipartisan group of Senators today to keep pressure on Congress to restore funding for a critical heating assistance program. Shaheen and her colleagues introduced the LIHEAP Protection Act, which would maintain level funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) at last year's level of $4.5 billion, and help low-income households and senior… Continue Reading


December 07, 2011

SHAHEEN PRESSES EUROPEAN LEADERS TO BROADEN SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN

(Washington, DC) - United States Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today urged European Union (EU) officials to expand existing sanctions against the Iranian government to help stop Iran's proliferation of nuclear weapons. In a letter sent to EU High Representative Baroness Catherine Ashton, Shaheen called on European leaders to join the United States in sanctioning the entities facilitating or funding Iran's illicit activities. "While I applaud the European Union's decision to expand its targeted… Continue Reading


December 02, 2011

SHAHEEN APPLAUDS INVESTMENT IN ENERGY EFFICIENT UPGRADES

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement about President Obama's announcement of a $4 billion investment in energy upgrades to federal and private sector buildings: "I applaud President Obama's announcement today on this bold public-private partnership. With businesses and consumers across the country tightening their belts, energy efficiency is one of the fastest, cheapest, and most effective ways to save money and strengthen the economy. The bip… Continue Reading

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