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May 03, 2012

SHAHEEN: SHUTDOWN OF EXPORT-IMPORT BANK WILL HURT NH BUSINESSES

(Laconia, NH) - A shutdown of the Export-Import Bank would be devastating to New Hampshire businesses that rely on the bank for its role in helping U.S. companies sell their goods overseas, said U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) in a visit today to New Hampshire Ball Bearings' Laconia facility. The bank will shut down on May 31 if Congress does not pass a reauthorization. "The Export-Import Bank fills a crucial role in our economy by making it possible for American companies to sell their go… Continue Reading


May 02, 2012

SHAHEEN: DON’T DOUBLE STUDENT LOAN RATES

(Keene, NH) - New Hampshire students could face more than $30 million in increased student loan costs if Congress does not find a bipartisan solution that prevents interest rates from doubling on federally subsidized student loans, Senator Jeanne Shaheen said today at Keene State College. New Hampshire has the highest average student debt in the nation. Interest rates on subsidized Stafford Loans are set to increase from 3.4% to 6.8% on July 1, which will add an average of $1,000 to the debt … Continue Reading


May 02, 2012

SHAHEEN: SKILLED WORKFORCE IS CRITICAL TO JOB CREATION AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

(Hanover, NH) - A skilled manufacturing workforce will help create high-quality jobs and keep our economy globally competitive, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) said today during a visit to high-tech manufacturer Hypertherm in Hanover. Shaheen toured the company's facilities and discussed how recent federal grants to River Valley Community College are helping unemployed workers gain apprenticeships and on-the-job training at manufacturing firms like Hypertherm. "The high-tech jobs created at… Continue Reading


May 01, 2012

SHAHEEN REQUESTS AUDIT OF CONFERENCE SPENDING AT AGENCIES

(Washington, DC) - With taxpayers across the country expressing outrage over the recent discovery of inappropriate spending by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) at a Las Vegas conference, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) requested that all top-level Administration agencies submit a detailed report on their conference spending. Shaheen sent letters to the inspectors general of all 15 Cabinet-level agencies asking them to ensure that use of taxpayer funds is in line with federal law… Continue Reading


April 27, 2012

SHAHEEN WELCOMES ADMINISTRATION RULING TO RESPECT FAMILY FARMS, RURAL COMMUNITIES ON YOUTH LABOR LAWS

(Washington, DC) - US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) praised the Obama Administration's decision to withdraw a proposed rule that would have restricted the ability of young people to work on family farms. Shaheen asked the Administration to reconsider the proposed rule on youth agricultural labor in a letter to U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis in February and cosponsored legislation to block the rule. "Young people who work on farms in New Hampshire and across the county learn valuable skill… Continue Reading


April 26, 2012

SHAHEEN PRAISES SENATE PASSAGE OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT

(Washington, DC) - US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) praised the Senate's 68-31 vote to pass the Violence Against Women Act, which provides federal funding for critical services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and urged the House to take up the bill. If Congress does not reauthorize the Act by the end of the fiscal year in September, federal grants to states and local service providers will be at risk. "I've had the chance to visit several crisis centers around New Hampshire… Continue Reading


April 26, 2012

SHAHEEN SPEAKS ON SENATE FLOOR IN SUPPORT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT

SHAHEEN SPEAKS ON SENATE FLOOR IN SUPPORT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT (Washington, D.C.) - Senator Shaheen spoke on the Senate floor today to urge her colleagues in the Senate to come together to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Shaheen spoke about her recent visits to family centers in New Hampshire, which would be unable to offer essential services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault if Congress does not reauthorize this legislation. Shaheen's remark… Continue Reading


April 26, 2012

U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SUPPORTS SHAHEEN-PORTMAN ENERGY EFFICIENCY LEGISLATION

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world's largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses and organizations, is urging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to take up the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 1000), authored by U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH). The Shaheen-Portman bill would establish an energy efficiency strategy to increase the use of existi… Continue Reading


April 26, 2012

SENATORS INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO BOLSTER SMALL BUSINESS ACCESS TO CAPITAL

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine), Mary L. Landrieu (D-Louisiana), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire) have introduced legislation, S.2364, that would extend for one year a provision allowing small business owners to use Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 loans to refinance existing commercial mortgages. The measure, originally enacted as part of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, did not become operational until February 2012, significantly shortening the peri… Continue Reading


April 26, 2012

SHAHEEN: HOUSE SHOULD WORK WITH SENATE ON LONG-TERM TRANSPORTATION BILL

SHAHEEN: HOUSE SHOULD WORK WITH SENATE ON LONG-TERM TRANSPORTATION BILL Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today called on the House of Representatives to begin working with the Senate on a final version of a long-term federal transportation bill to fund critical highway and transit programs. In remarks on the Senate floor, Shaheen spoke specifically of the bill's importance to completing work on New Hampshire's badly congested Interstate 93. The nation's federal transp… Continue Reading


April 26, 2012

SHAHEEN: WHEN NEW HAMPSHIRE RESIDENTS FLIP THE SWITCH, THEY EXPECT THE LIGHTS TO GO ON

CAPTION: U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke with Tom Getz, former Chairman of the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, after today's hearing. (April 26, 2012. Washington, DC) (Washington, DC) - A documented increase in severe weather-related power outages in New Hampshire and across the country demands a coordinated response from regulators and the power industry, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) said today. Shaheen pressed witnesses during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Co… Continue Reading


April 25, 2012

SHAHEEN: HOUSE SHOULD WORK WITH SENATE ON LONG-TERM TRANSPORTATION BILL

SHAHEEN: HOUSE SHOULD WORK WITH SENATE ON LONG-TERM TRANSPORTATION BILL (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today called on the House of Representatives to begin working with the Senate on a final version of a long-term federal transportation bill to fund critical highway and transit programs. In remarks on the Senate floor, Shaheen spoke specifically of the bill's importance to completing work on New Hampshire's badly congested Interstate 93. The nation's federal tra… Continue Reading


April 25, 2012

SHAHEEN: CAPPING INSURANCE ASSISTANCE TO LARGE FARMS COULD SAVE $1 BILLION A YEAR

(Washington, D.C.) - Cutting excessive insurance subsidies to large farms could save taxpayers billions of dollars, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) said today. Shaheen called on the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture to consider implementing crop insurance reforms recommended in a recent General Accountability Office (GAO) report. The program helps farmers pay their insurance premiums to protect against risks associated with farming. The GAO report found that about a third of premium supp… Continue Reading


April 25, 2012

SHAHEEN, AYOTTE ANNOUNCE NEW HAMPSHIRE MILITARY SERVICE ACADEMY DAY

(Washington, D.C.) -U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, invite New Hampshire students interested in attending any of the country's military service academies to attend New Hampshire Military Service Academy Day on Saturday, May 12, in Concord. The event will feature representatives from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy and th… Continue Reading


April 25, 2012

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES $12 MILLION FOR WASTEWATER TREATMENT PROJECT IN CONWAY

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today announced a $12,093,000 package of grants and loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for a wastewater treatment project in Conway. The award will fully fund the construction of a pipeline from Conway Village's wastewater plant to one in North Conway that has the capacity to take on additional treatment. The village's current wastewater facility is operating at capacity and uses outdated technology that does not treat the… Continue Reading


April 24, 2012

SHAHEEN: VETERANS’ HEALTH CARE PROGRAM WILL NOT BE SUBJECT TO AUTOMATIC CUTS

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today welcomed the announcement from White House budget officials that funding for veterans' health care programs will not be subject to automatic budget cuts. The announcement follows a bill introduced in February by Shaheen and U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Mark Begich (D-AK) that ensured that health care for U.S. veterans would be fully exempt from any across-the-board cuts to federal spending mandated by last year's bipartisan deal … Continue Reading


April 23, 2012

SHAHEEN CONTINUES CALL TO REAUTHORIZE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT

(Rochester, NH) - Law enforcement officials and service providers for victims of domestic violence joined U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today to explain why Congress must reauthorize and extend the Violence Against Women Act. Shaheen toured the Strafford County Family Justice Center (SCFJC) in Rochester. For nearly 20 years, the Act has provided federal funding for critical services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Unless Congress reauthorizes it before the end of the … Continue Reading


April 20, 2012

SHAHEEN AND AYOTTE FEATURED GUESTS AT PORTSMOUTH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BREAKFAST

U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) answer questions at a breakfast forum hosted by the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce. Shaheen and Ayotte, who are the nation's first bipartisan, all-female delegation in the Senate, were featured speakers at the forum and provided updates on important issues affecting the Seacoast region.… Continue Reading


April 19, 2012

SENATORS SHAHEEN, PORTMAN URGE LEADERS REID, MCCONNELL TO TAKE UP BIPARTISAN ENERGY SAVINGS AND INDUSTRIAL COMPETITIVENESS ACT

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire) today sent a letter urging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to take up their bipartisan Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (ESIC) as quickly as possible. The Shaheen-Portman bill would establish a national energy efficiency strategy to increase the use of existing energy efficiency technologies in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors of our… Continue Reading


April 18, 2012

SHAHEEN CALLS TO PROTECT U.S. POSTAL SERVICES

SHAHEEN CALLS TO PROTECT U.S. POSTAL SERVICES Senator Shaheen spoke on the Senate floor today about the importance of protecting the U.S. Postal Service from unnecessary cuts and ensuring the reliable service Americans have come to expect. The Postal service employs 550,000 Americans nationwide and serves as a lynchpin for an industry that contributes over a trillion dollars to our economy, Shaheen said. (April 18)… Continue Reading

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