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November 03, 2011

SHAHEEN: INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT CRITICAL TO ECONOMIC GROWTH

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke on the Senate floor Wednesday to emphasize the importance of investing in American infrastructure to help create jobs and maintain competitiveness in the global economy. Below are her remarks, as prepared for delivery: I would like to take this opportunity to speak to you all about S. 1769, an important piece of legislation that would put millions of Americans back to work rebuilding our nation's roads, bridges, airports, and railways. The bill before u… Continue Reading


November 03, 2011

SHAHEEN: INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT CRITICAL TO ECONOMIC GROWTH

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke on the Senate floor Wednesday to emphasize the importance of investing in American infrastructure to help create jobs and maintain competitiveness in the global economy. Below are her remarks, as prepared for delivery: I would like to take this opportunity to speak to you all about S. 1769, an important piece of legislation that would put millions of Americans back to work rebuilding our nation's roads, bridges, airports, and railway… Continue Reading


November 03, 2011

IN WAKE OF STORM, SHAHEEN AND AYOTTE PUSH FOR MORE OVERSIGHT OF ELECTRIC GRID

(Washington, D.C.) - After more than 315,000 customers were left without power in New Hampshire following this past weekend's storm, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today called for a federal review of national reliability standards for America's electric power grid. In a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, the Senators noted that reliability seems to be declining. Three separate major outages i… Continue Reading


November 02, 2011

SHAHEEN URGES FDA TO ISSUE CLEAR AND REASONABLE GUIDANCE ON ARTIFICIAL PANCREAS

SHAHEEN URGES FDA TO ALLOW FURTHER RESEARCH ON ARTIFICIAL PANCREAS (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) at a press conference today urged the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue clear and reasonable guidance by the end of this year on the artificial pancreas, a device that could improve the lives of millions of Americans living with diabetes. The artificial pancreas combines medical devices that already exist - insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors - to… Continue Reading


November 02, 2011

SHAHEEN EXAMINES IMPLICATIONS OF EUROPEAN DEBT CRISIS FOR UNITED STATES

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Subcommittee on European Affairs, today held a hearing to analyze the potential impact of the ongoing European debt crisis on the global economy and U.S. strategic interests. Shaheen asked the hearing's panel of financial and economic experts about these issues, and how they believed Greece's surprise decision to hold a referendum on the Eurozone deal announced last week would affect the o… Continue Reading


November 01, 2011

SHAHEEN: BERLIN PRISON ONE STEP CLOSER TO FINALLY OPENING

(Washington, DC) - Berlin Prison is one step closer to getting the funding it needs to finally open, announced U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), who hailed the passage today of the Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations bill in a 69-30 vote in the Senate. The bill includes $6.6 billion in funding for the Bureau of Prisons, and specifically prioritizes funding for the three prisons nationwide that have been completed but are awaiting funding to open-including Berlin Prison. The complete… Continue Reading


November 01, 2011

SHAHEEN SEEKS DISASTER RELIEF FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) last night sent a letter to President Obama urging him to support New Hampshire Governor John Lynch's request for federal disaster relief in the wake of this past weekend's heavy snowfall and high winds. Approximately 150,000 households and businesses in New Hampshire are still without power, and utilities estimate that it will take several days to restore power to all customers. "With many local roads still closed and families across the… Continue Reading


October 31, 2011

SHAHEEN: LIHEAP FUNDING IS NOT ENOUGH

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) said the recent Obama Administration decision to release only $1.7 billion for the Low Income Home Heating Program (LIHEAP) makes no sense given the record price of heating oil and the early arrival of cold, snowy weather in New Hampshire and throughout the Northeast. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Friday it would release only $1.7 billion in LIHEAP funds under the temporary spending measure that Congress passe… Continue Reading


October 26, 2011

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF PERKINS BASS

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today released the following statement on the passing of former U.S. Congressman Perkins Bass: "Perkins Bass embodied the ideals of public service. As a major in the Army Air Force during World War II, as a New Hampshire state representative and state senator, as a U.S. Congressman, and finally as a Peterborough selectman, he devoted his entire life to serving his country, his state, and his community. "His common-sense leadership and his … Continue Reading


October 24, 2011

SHAHEEN: BIOMASS A BOON FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE ECONOMY, ENERGY INDEPENDENCE

(Goffstown, N.H.) - Biomass heating can help create jobs in New Hampshire and transition our country to a clean energy economy, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) said today during a visit to online wood pellet retailer WoodPellets.com in Goffstown. "Biomass presents an excellent opportunity to keep our energy dollars at home, instead of shipping them overseas to foreign oil-producing nations like Saudi Arabia and Venezuela," Shaheen said. "At the same time, it allows businesses and consumer… Continue Reading


October 24, 2011

SENS. SHAHEEN, BROWN LEAD COALITION TO PRESERVE CRITICAL SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAMS

Washington, DC - In a letter to the leaders of the Senate and House Committees on Small Business, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Scott Brown (R-MA), and several other Senate colleagues are pressing for the passage of a long-term reauthorization of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The letter comes amidst an effort in the House Small Business Committee that would dramatically change the hallmarks of these currently success… Continue Reading


October 21, 2011

SHAHEEN RESPONSE TO PRESIDENT’S ANNOUNCEMENT ON IRAQ

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement following the President's announcement about Iraq: "I applaud the President's announcement that after nearly nine years of war our combat troops will finally be coming home from Iraq. "This war has been costly. We have spent more than $800 billion on the conflict in Iraq, and 4,479 men and women in uniform have given the ultimate sacrifice, including 23 service members from New Hampshire who lost their liv… Continue Reading


October 20, 2011

SHAHEEN: SHALE GAS PRODUCTION MUST BE SAFE, RESPONSIBLE

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), chair of the Senate Energy Committee's Subcommittee on Water and Power, today held a hearing to assess the effects of shale gas production on water resources in the Eastern United States. While shale gas has the potential to provide significant amounts of affordable, clean electricity to both homeowners and businesses, Shaheen said, it must be produced responsibly. "As our country becomes more reliant on shale gas, it's imperative that w… Continue Reading


October 20, 2011

SHAHEEN: FALL OF QADDHAFI IS TURNING POINT

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement in response to reports of the death of former Libyan dictator Moammar Qaddhafi. "The final end of the Qaddhafi regime marks a welcome turning point for the people of Libya and for the world. Qaddhafi was a threat to his own people and to the United States. He sponsored terrorist acts against Americans and Europeans, and threatened a ma… Continue Reading


October 19, 2011

SHAHEEN CONTINUES FIGHT TO OPEN BERLIN PRISON

SHAHEEN CONTINUES FIGHT TO OPEN BERLIN PRISON (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke on the Senate floor today to support the Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations bill that would help open the Berlin prison in New Hampshire. The completed prison has sat vacant since its completion last year because of budget cuts. In the meantime, maintaining the empty prison is costing the government $4 million per year.… Continue Reading


October 19, 2011

SHAHEEN: GAY SOLDIER’S FAMILY ALLOWED TO ATTEND YELLOW RIBBON EVENT

(Washington, D.C.) - The Department of Defense has clarified regulations that will allow Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan of the New Hampshire National Guard to bring her same-sex partner to a yellow ribbon family reintegration event in North Conway this weekend, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced today. "This is terrific news for Charlie Morgan and her family," said Shaheen, who yesterday sent a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta asking him to get personally involved in the case. … Continue Reading


October 19, 2011

THE U.S. SUGAR PROGRAM: A TRICK ON CONSUMERS AND A TREAT FOR THE SUGAR INDUSTRY

(Washington, DC)- As they hand out Halloween cards and candy to their colleagues today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) have a message for their colleagues: repeal the federal government's costly sugar support program by supporting their Stop Unfair Giveaways and Restrictions (SUGAR) Act (S. 25).This bipartisan legislation would phase out the sugar support program to help save money for consumers and bring jobs back to American workers. "Halloween is the biggest day of… Continue Reading


October 18, 2011

SHAHEEN: GAY SOLDIER’S FAMILY SHOULD GET SAME RIGHTS AS OTHER FAMILIES

(Washington, D.C.) - In a letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) is urging the Department of Defense in the strongest terms to end a discriminatory policy that bans the same-sex spouses of returning National Guard Members from participating in official National Guard family events. Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan of the New Hampshire National Guard, recently returned from deployment in Kuwait, has been forbidden from bringing her same-sex spouse of … Continue Reading


October 18, 2011

SHAHEEN FIGHTS FOR HEATING AID FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE FAMILIES

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today joined 32 of her Senate colleagues in a bipartisan letter to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius calling on HHS to release Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds as quickly as possible. The Energy Information Administration projects that the price of heating oil will be 10 percent higher this winter than last, the highest average winter price ever predicted, with the average heating-o… Continue Reading


October 18, 2011

ISAKSON AND SHAHEEN: CONGRESS SHOULD MAKE SWITCH TO BIENNIAL BUDGETING

(Washington, DC) -With support for biennial budgeting growing, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) have published the below op-ed in the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call, calling on Congress to adopt their proposed biennial budgeting system. Biennial budgeting would switch Congress from an annual spending process to a biennial, two-year cycle-dedicating one year to passing spending bills and the other year to scrutinizing federal programs. Shaheen and Isakson recently… Continue Reading

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