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June 23, 2011

SHAHEEN: PETROLEUM RELEASE WILL GIVE FAMILIES NEEDED RELIEF AT THE PUMP

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released the following statement in response to the announcement that the United States will release 30 million barrels of oil from its strategic petroleum reserves, with another 30 million barrels released by additional countries, as part of an effort to offset oil supply disruptions in the Middle East. "I think this was a responsible and str… Continue Reading


June 23, 2011

SHAHEEN PRESSES FOR CONTINUED NATO SUPPORT IN AFGHANISTAN

SHAHEEN PRESSES FOR CONTINUED NATO SUPPORT IN AFGHANISTAN (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today questioned U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on NATO's continued commitment to operations in Afghanistan at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. Following the news last night that France will begin to draw down its troops in the country, Shaheen said she was concerned coalition withdrawals could become precipitous in the wake of President Obama's announcement… Continue Reading


June 22, 2011

SENATORS COBURN AND SHAHEEN INTRODUCE BILL TO REDUCE FEDERAL VEHICLE FLEET

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today introduced a bill that would save approximately $500 million by reducing the amount the federal government can spend on buying and leasing non-essential vehicles. In its recommendations, the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (President Obama's debt commission) strongly endorsed downsizing the federal vehicle fleet. This bill would trim the federal vehicle budget by 20 percent. "At a … Continue Reading


June 22, 2011

THREE GENERATIONS OF SHAHEEN WOMEN COME TOGETHER TO SUPPORT DIABETES RESEARCH

At left, Senator Shaheen speaks at the 2011 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Children's Congress in Washington on Tuesday. At right, Shaheen poses with her daughter Stefany, and granddaughter Elle, the co-chairs of the 2011 Children's Congress. (Photo Credit: JDRF) (Washington, DC) - With her daughter and granddaughter at her side, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) took part in the 2011 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Children's Congress this week, confirming … Continue Reading


June 22, 2011

SHAHEEN: OUTDATED SUGAR POLICY HURTS U.S. CONSUMERS

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen released the following statement after the USDA announced its intention to adjust sugar import quotas for 2011. (See USDA release here) "People in New Hampshire and across the country suffer from an outdated sugar policy that benefits sugar producers at the expense of consumers and businesses. Today's announcement by the USDA that they will adjust regulations on sugar sales in the United States once again highlights an unnecessary government prog… Continue Reading


June 21, 2011

SENATE VOTES TO CONFIRM PANETTA AS SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined Senate colleagues today in unanimously confirming Leon Panetta as the next United States Secretary of Defense. Panetta's nomination was approved unanimously by the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier this month. "With his extensive experience in Congress, as White House Chief of Staff, and more recently as CIA Director, Mr. Panetta has demonstrated himself extremely well-qualified to become our next Secretary of Defense," said Sha… Continue Reading


June 21, 2011

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES $135 MILLION LOAN GUARANTEE TO SUPPORT NEW HAMPSHIRE’S LARGEST WIND FARM

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today that Granite Reliable Power, LLC, has received a conditional loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy for up to $135.76 million to develop a wind generation project in Coos County, New Hampshire. The windpark will be the largest generator of wind energy in the state and is expected to bring over 200 jobs to the northern region of New Hampshire. "The development of new, alternative energy sources is an important cor… Continue Reading


June 20, 2011

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES $140,000 FOR BRIDGE IMPROVEMENT IN ANDOVER

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today announced the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) has won a $140,000 competitive federal grant from the Federal Highway Administration to improve the Route 11 Bridge over the Blackwater River in Andover. The award will support the installation of partially grouted riprap, a new, more cost-effective technology to protect the bridge from water damage. "Preserving the structural integrity of our bridges is both a public sa… Continue Reading


June 17, 2011

SHAHEEN MEASURES ON JOBS, SHIPYARD, NATIONAL GUARD, AND THE ELIMINATION OF WASTEFUL PROGRAMS INCLUDED IN NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today her support for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2012 (S.981), which includes several measures authored or supported by Shaheen. The bipartisan bill passed out of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) with Shaheen's support this week, and was formally released today. "The defense authorization bill contains important provisions regarding our national security, as well as the health and safety… Continue Reading


June 16, 2011

SHAHEEN AND COLLINS INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO EXPAND GESTATIONAL DIABETES RESEARCH

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced bipartisan legislation today that would address the growing danger of gestational diabetes, which affects millions of women and children across the country. The Gestational Diabetes Act of 2011 would enhance public health research on gestational diabetes, including research on screening, prevention, and identification of risk factors for the disease. "Up to 18 percent of all pregnancies in the United S… Continue Reading


June 16, 2011

SHAHEEN-SUPPORTED REPEAL OF ETHANOL SUBSIDY PASSES SENATE

(Washington, D.C.) -The U.S. Senate today voted to roll back a long-standing tax break for corn-based ethanol, a wasteful subsidy that U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen has fought to end. "We need to reduce our long-term deficits and debt, and one of the first places we should be looking at is wasteful subsidies," Shaheen said. "These ethanol subsidies are a giveaway to large agriculture companies, and they're an example of the spending hidden in our tax code that needs to be eliminated if we want to… Continue Reading


June 15, 2011

SHAHEEN WELCOMES NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESSES TO WASHINGTON FOR SHOWCASE

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and the New Hampshire State Society welcomed more than 20 New Hampshire businesses to Washington, DC to showcase the state's unique offerings at the second annual Experience New Hampshire reception. Guests sampled a wide variety of New Hampshire goods-from gourmet dishes from the state's restaurants to maple-sugar cotton candy -and enjoyed a wide array of attractions, including a replica of the world's largest candy counter, a First in the … Continue Reading


June 15, 2011

SHAHEEN HOSTS INAUGURAL NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESS DAY IN WASHINGTON

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) hosted more than 70 members of New Hampshire's business community today at the inaugural New Hampshire Business Day in Washington event. The event gives the New Hampshire business community an opportunity to come to Capitol Hill and hear from members of the administration and key congressional officials about federal programs and agencies that support, regulate, and offer research and technical assistance to businesses. "It is vital to New … Continue Reading


June 14, 2011

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES HER PROPOSAL TO EXTEND CRITICAL SMALL BUSINESS DEFENSE PROGRAM INCLUDED IN SENATE ARMED SERVICES BILL

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today continued her efforts to secure a long-term reauthorization of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, which allows small companies to compete for federal research and development dollars. Shaheen announced that her proposal to extend the Department of Defense (DOD) SBIR program through 2018 was included in the initial draft of the Senate Armed Services Committee Defense Authorization Bill for 2012. "Small businesses ar… Continue Reading


June 14, 2011

MAINE, NEW HAMPSHIRE SENATORS PUSH NAVY TO DEVELOP PLAN TO FUND INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS AT SHIPYARDS, INCLUDING PORTSMOUTH NAVAL SHIPYARD

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), all members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, along with Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME) have successfully included language in the Fiscal Year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act that would require the Secretary of the Navy to provide Congress with a plan to fund infrastructure improvements at each of our nation's four public shipyards, including the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Under th… Continue Reading


June 10, 2011

SHAHEEN: ENERGY EFFICIENCY BILL WILL SAVE CONSUMERS AND BUSINESSES MONEY

(Washington, DC) - At a business roundtable today at the North Conway Grand Hotel, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) led a discussion with area business leaders about how her new bipartisan energy efficiency package would help consumers and companies save money and create jobs. Shaheen highlighted the energy-saving lighting retrofits at the North Conway Grand Hotel and the cost-saving efficiency program used by the New Hampshire Electric Co-op, explaining how her bill would help expand initiat… Continue Reading


June 09, 2011

SHAHEEN-PORTMAN ENERGY SAVINGS AND INDUSTRIAL COMPETITIVENESS ACT OF 2011 FEATURED IN SENATE ENERGY COMMITTEE HEARING

(Washington, D.C.) -The bipartisan energy efficiency strategy proposed by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) would create private sector jobs, make our economy more competitive, and start addressing our energy needs, said witnesses today in a hearing before the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The hearing focused on the Shaheen-Portman bill, The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011 (S.1000), and on other legislation to conserve American energy use. … Continue Reading


June 09, 2011

SHAHEEN AND COCHRAN INTRODUCE ON-THE-JOB TRAINING ACT

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) introduced legislation today that would help Americans find and keep employment through on-the-job training (OJT) programs. "Today's job market is changing rapidly and on-the-job training is an effective and efficient way to transition workers to new industries by giving them both a new job and new skills," said Shaheen, a member of the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. "These programs are a cost-effe… Continue Reading


June 09, 2011

SHAHEEN VOICES SUPPORT FOR PANETTA CONFIRMATION

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) voiced her support for the confirmation of Leon Panetta as the next Secretary of Defense, during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing today. Shaheen, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Senate Armed Services Committee, met with Panetta this past month to discuss the national security threats currently facing the United States and the role New Hampshire men and women are playing in protecting the nation. "Whether it is… Continue Reading


June 09, 2011

SHAHEEN DISCUSSES ENERGY EFFICIENCY LEGISLATION AT ENERGY COMMITTEE HEARING

Thank you Chairman Bingaman and Ranking Member Murkowski for holding a hearing today on S. 1000, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, legislation that I developed with Sen. Rob Portman. A national energy efficiency strategy, like the one Senator Portman and I have introduced, can have an immediate impact on job growth in this country. It can make our economy more competitive and start addressing our nation's energy challenges. We have heard from business after business that t… Continue Reading

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