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February 05, 2019

Shaheen Leads Letter to Pompeo Urging Women’s Inclusion in Peace Negotiations Between the U.S. and Taliban

**Shaheen's Bipartisan Women, Peace and Security Act, which Bolsters the Role of Women in Peace Negotiations & Conflict Resolution Around the World, Became Law in 2017 ** (Washington, DC) - Last night, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) sent a letter with Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), the Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to prioritize women'… Continue Reading


February 04, 2019

Shaheen Statement on the Retirement of Department of Safety Commissioner John Barthelmes

(Washington, DC)-U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen issued the following statement after Department of Safety Commissioner John Barthelmes delivered a notice of retirement. Barthelmes served as State Police Colonel when Shaheen served as governor of New Hampshire. "Commissioner Barthelmes has been a steady hand at the Department of Safety, and I applaud his outstanding career in public service, which began as a New Hampshire State Police Officer," said Shaheen. "He rose through the ranks to eventually… Continue Reading


February 01, 2019

Shaheen Applauds Largest Seizure of Fentanyl at Port of Entry

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) applauded a record-level seizure of fentanyl by U.S. Custom and Border Protection (CPB) yesterday at the Arizona border. More than 250 pounds of fentanyl was hidden in a tractor-trailer and found by CPB after a scan during a secondary inspection. Shaheen underscored that CPB's seizure demonstrates how critical technological investments are to properly screen vehicles at ports of entry, secure our border and stop the flow of illegal drugs into… Continue Reading


February 01, 2019

Shaheen Statement on President Trump’s Withdrawal from Russia Nuclear Arms Treaty

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration's announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia. "The Kremlin is a bad actor and hasn't been in compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty for some time, but if the United States is to withdraw, there must be … Continue Reading


February 01, 2019

Shaheen, Hassan & Burr Renew Bipartisan Push to Save LWCF

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) to reintroduce legislation to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Shaheen, Hassan and Burr, along with a bipartisan group of Senators, are calling for the program's renewal with increased urgency since its lapse in September 2018. "The Land and Water Conservation Fund plays an important role in strengthening the Granite State's outdoor recreation … Continue Reading


February 01, 2019

Shaheen, Capito Lead Bipartisan Letter Calling on EPA to Set Federal Drinking Water Standards for PFOA and PFOS

**Following Reports that the EPA Will Not Set Federal Drinking Water Standards for PFOA & PFOS, Bipartisan Group Calls on EPA to Show Leadership to Keep Water Safe & Protect American Families** (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) led a bipartisan letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging the agency to develop federal drinking water standards for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and pe… Continue Reading


January 30, 2019

Shaheen, Isakson Reintroduce Bipartisan Budget Reform Legislation

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) today reintroduced their bipartisan budget reform legislation that would overhaul the way Congress budgets federal dollars to strengthen oversight of government spending and pave the way to tackle the nation's debt. The Biennial Budgeting and Appropriations Act would convert the annual appropriations process for federal tax dollars to a two-year budget cycle with one year devoted to appropriating federal dollars a… Continue Reading


January 30, 2019

NH Delegation Reintroduces Paycheck Fairness Act to Close Gender Wage Gap

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) today reintroduced the Paycheck Fairness Act, bicameral legislation that would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and guarantee that women can challenge pay discrimination and hold employers accountable. "Ensuring pay equity for men and women is about showing every woman that her work is valued the same as a man's," said Shaheen. "Despite legislat… Continue Reading


January 30, 2019

Shaheen, Collins Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Prohibit LGBT Discrimination In Jury Selection Process

(Washington, DC) - Yesterday, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) reintroduced the Jury Access for Capable Citizens and Equality in Service Selection (ACCESS) Act, which would prevent discrimination against LGBT citizens during the federal jury selection process. The bipartisan bill would prohibit discrimination against jurors in federal courts on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. A companion bill was introduced in the House of Representatives today by … Continue Reading


January 29, 2019

Shaheen Urges EPA to Show Leadership & Protect NH Families from PFOA & PFOS Contamination

***Shaheen Announces Andrea Amico, Co-Founder of Testing for Pease, as State of the Union Guest to Raise Awareness for Combating Chemical Exposure** (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement in response to Politico's report that the Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will not set a drinking water limit for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), which have been linked to a variety of adverse heal… Continue Reading


January 29, 2019

In Case You Missed It: On Senate Floor, Shaheen Urges Bipartisan Compromise to Keep the Government Open & Enhance Border Security

**SHAHEEN: Protecting our borders shouldn't be an exercise in partisanship** **Watch Shaheen's remarks in full here** (Washington, DC) - Last night, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke on the Senate Floor to urge members of both parties to work across the aisle to keep the government open. Shaheen highlighted the lasting effects of the government shutdown and emphasized the necessity of passing bipartisan legislation to secure our borders and fund the government in order to avoid another… Continue Reading


January 28, 2019

NH Delegation Introduces Bicameral Bills to Honor Christa McAuliffe & Reaffirm Commitment to STEM Education

NH Delegation Honors Life & Legacy of Christa McAuliffe on 33rd Anniversary of Space Shuttle Challenger Tragedy (Washington, DC) - The New Hampshire Congressional delegation introduced bicameral bills that would create a commemorative coin to honor Christa McAuliffe and reaffirm Congress' commitment to invest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. The Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act of 2019 would create a $1 coin honoring the Concord educator who died… Continue Reading


January 25, 2019

Shaheen, Hassan Welcome Temporary Agreement to Reopen Government Based on Bipartisan Framework

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) issued the following statements after President Trump announced that he has agreed to reopen the government. The Senate will soon vote on a bill that opens the government for three weeks and allows for negotiations on border security legislation - a framework proposed by Senators Shaheen and Hassan yesterday. "I'm very relieved that the President has finally agreed to reopen the government and we need to pass this … Continue Reading


January 25, 2019

Shaheen & Tillis – Senate NATO Observer Group Co-Chairs – Laud Greece’s Vote Recognizing the Republic of North Macedonia

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Thom Tillis (R-NC), co-chairs of the Senate North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Observer Group, issued the following joint statement in response to the Greek parliament's vote ratifying the Prespes Agreement, which recognizes the renamed Republic of North Macedonia. The agreement ends a 27-year dispute between the nations and will allow The Republic of North Macedonia to be included in the next NATO enlargement round and join the t… Continue Reading


January 24, 2019

Shaheen & Hassan Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Eliminate Penalties for Federal Workers When Accessing Money From Retirement Savings During Shutdown

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) to introduce the Emergency Relief for Federal Workers Act of 2019 to ensure that federal employees can access money from their Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) without penalty. The bill would waive penalties and contribution prohibitions as a result of financial hardship during the government shutdown. Shaheen and Hassan previously cosponsored legislation that was signed into law to en… Continue Reading


January 23, 2019

Shaheen & Senate Small Business Democrats Call for SBA’s Plan to Address the Shutdown’s Growing Loan Backlog

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) sent a letter yesterday with Democratic Members of the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee to the Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Linda McMahon requesting the SBA's plan for addressing the backlog of loan approvals, which continues to grow as the government shutdown drags on. In their letter, the Senators note that the SBA's loan processing centers are not processing loans during the shutdown, causing s… Continue Reading


January 23, 2019

Shaheen Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Delays in Federal Resources to State Energy Assistance Programs

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Susan Collins (R-ME), Chris Coons (D-DE) and Jack Reed (D-RI) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to encourage state-driven energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives that reduce energy costs for low-income households, spur private sector energy innovation and improve emergency planning and response. The Investing in State Energy Act would prevent undue delay in distributing grants through the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)… Continue Reading


January 18, 2019

Shaheen Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Delay Health Insurance Tax for Two Years and Help Reduce Premiums for Granite Staters

(Washington, DC) - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced the Health Insurance Tax Relief Act with Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Doug Jones (D-AL), John Barrasso (R-WY), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Tim Scott (R-SC). The bipartisan legislation would provide a two-year delay of the Health Insurance Tax (HIT). The tax is a fee to health insurers on their health policy premiums that increases costs on nearly everyone in the marketplace, from seniors to small businesses. This legi… Continue Reading


January 18, 2019

Following Shaheen Provision Being Signed Into Law, NBRC Announces Grants for Communities Impacted by Forest Product Plant Closures

(Washington, DC)- U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, applauded the Northern Border Regional Commission's (NBRC) announcement that grant applications for communities impacted by forest product plant closures are now being accepted for fiscal year (FY) 2019. In addition to securing $20 million in NBRC funding in the FY 2019 spending bill that was signed into law, Shaheen included language to ensure portions of NBRC funds be directed to assis… Continue Reading


January 17, 2019

Shaheen Introduces Legislation to Improve & Expand Child Care Affordability For Working Families

The Right Start Child Care and Education Act Would Reform US Tax Code to Increase Access to Affordable Child Care (Washington, DC)- U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) reintroduced legislation yesterday, the Right Start Child Care and Education Act, to make child care more affordable and accessible for Granite State families, and millions more throughout the United States, by reforming the nation's federal tax code. Specifically, Shaheen's bill would increase outdated dollar limits on child car… Continue Reading

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