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April 21, 2011

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON EARTH DAY

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement in recognition of Friday's Earth Day. "From the shores of the Great Bay to the Great North Woods, Earth Day is a time to celebrate New Hampshire's natural beauty, and to remember our obligation to preserve our natural resources for future generations. It is an opportunity to reflect on the implications of our energy and environmental practices as a nation, and to recommit to finding new solutions to improve … Continue Reading


April 20, 2011

PHOTO RELEASE: SHAHEEN MEETS WITH WINDHAM HIGH ROBOTICS TEAM, TALKS WITH TOWN OFFICIALS IN SALEM AND PELHAM, VISITS LONDONDERRY FIRE STATION

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) met with town leaders in Salem and Pelham to receive updates on town issues and listen to any questions or concerns they had related to federal matters on Tuesday, April 19. Shaheen also toured Londonderry's new fire station and visited Windham High School to talk about her efforts to boost science and technology education. In Londonderry, Shaheen toured the new North/West Fire Station, visited with on-duty firefighters, and met with town officials. Shahee… Continue Reading


April 20, 2011

SHAHEEN CONTINUES URGENT CALL FOR RELEASE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE REPORTER BEING HELD IN LIBYA

(Washington, D.C.) -U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) continued her efforts to assist in securing the release of Rochester, New Hampshire native James Foley from captivity in Libya by urging the Turkish government to continue to put pressure on the Libyan regime to end Foley's detainment and speed his return home. Turkey currently represents U.S. interests on the ground in the capital of Libya. "I am deeply concerned about the well-being of James Foley and the current conditions of his detain… Continue Reading


April 19, 2011

NEW HAMPSHIRE TO RECEIVE $1.47 MILLION TO TURN AROUND LOWEST-ACHIEVING SCHOOLS

(Washington, D.C.) - New Hampshire will receive $1.47 million to assist its lowest-achieving schools through the School Improvement Grants (SIG) program, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today. The funds are part of $546 million available to states for the SIG program in fiscal year 2010. In fiscal year 2009, states received a total of $3.5 billion for the SIG program. "As a former teacher, I am so proud of the education that New Hampshire offers its students," Shaheen said. "Every… Continue Reading


April 19, 2011

SHAHEEN: TO STAY COMPETITIVE, WE NEED TO TRAIN THE NEXT GENERATION OF INNOVATORS

(Windham, N.H.) - America must lead in science and technology education to retain its competitive edge in the global economy, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) said today during a visit to Windham High School. Shaheen spoke about her Innovation Inspiration School Grant Program, which would give high school students greater access to innovative programs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. The Senator met with members of the school's FIRST (For Inspiration of Science… Continue Reading


April 18, 2011

SHAHEEN URGES DEFENSE DEPARTMENT TO STOP SPENDING MONEY TO DEVELOP A SYSTEM IT HAS NO PLANS TO BUY

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) wrote a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates urging the Department not to spend $804 million over the next two years developing an underperforming, over-budget air defense system that the U.S. no longer intends to purchase. "To successfully maintain our military edge, preserve our readiness, enhance our defense capabilities, and lead in a dangerous 21st century environment, we need to ensure that every defense dollar is spent effective… Continue Reading


April 16, 2011

ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR NATION-WIDE NATIONAL GUARD YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAMS INCLUDED IN FY11 APPROPRIATIONS BILL

(Washington, D.C.) - The office of U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today announced that an additional $16 million was approved by Congress for nation-wide National Guard Yellow Ribbon reintegration programs in the recently passed FY11 funding bill signed by the President earlier this week. Senator Shaheen will be working to ensure that the New Hampshire National Guard's Deployment Cycle Support Program (DCSP) is eligible to compete for that additional funding. Without an additional so… Continue Reading


April 15, 2011

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES EXTENDED COMMENT PERIOD FOR NORTHERN PASS

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today announced the public comment period for the proposed Northern Pass transmission project has been extended from April 12 to June 14. The decision by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to extend the deadline comes on the heels of a letter from Shaheen, U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and U.S. Representative Charlie Bass (R-NH) to the DOE requesting an extension so more New Hampshire residents could have time to make their voices hea… Continue Reading


April 15, 2011

SHAHEEN: HOUSE BUDGET NOT RESPONSIBLE

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement in response to the House of Representatives budget plan, expected to pass today: "The budget under consideration in the U.S. House today is not a comprehensive or responsible approach to deficit reduction. To meaningfully tackle our long term deficits and debt, defense spending and revenues must be addressed as well. In addition, it is irresponsible to privatize Medicare, shifting billions of dollars in hea… Continue Reading


April 15, 2011

SHAHEEN URGES ADMINISTRATION TO FIGHT WTO RULING ON CHINA TRADE VIOLATIONS

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined a bipartisan group of Senators in a letter to United States Trade Representative Ambassador Ron Kirk urging the Administration to "take all steps necessary" to rectify a recent World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that would jeopardize the United States' ability to carry out trade investigations against China. "Competitive trade is critical to creating jobs and getting our economy back on track," Shaheen said. "I have met with loca… Continue Reading


April 14, 2011

SHAHEEN TO SUPPORT FY11 BUDGET COMPROMISE

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced her intention to support H.R. 1473, the compromise bill funding the remainder of FY 2011 appropriations and released the following statement: "This legislation is a necessary compromise that begins to tackle our deficit by reducing spending, while still funding critical investments in our economy. It is unfortunate that the House demanded Senate floor votes on their ideological proposals to eliminate funding for women's health programs … Continue Reading


April 14, 2011

SHAHEEN SUPPORTS “SERVE” ACT TO PROTECT SANCTITY OF MILITARY FUNERALS

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today joined a bipartisan group of Senate colleagues to announce the introduction of a bill to protect military funerals from disruption by outside groups. The Sanctity of Eternal Rest for Veterans, or "SERVE" Act (S.815), would amend existing federal laws to help prevent disruptions at military funerals, while maintaining protestors' First Amendment rights. The legislation, led by U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME), defines the time an… Continue Reading


April 13, 2011

SHAHEEN: BIG BANKS MUST TREAT HOMEOWNERS FAIRLY

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement regarding the announcement that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is taking enforcement action against national financial companies for unsafe and unsound foreclosure practices. More information from the OCC can be found here: http://www.occ.treas.gov/news-issuances/news-releases/2011/nr-occ-2011-47.html "We need big banks to start treating homeowners fairly and that's why I have repeatedl… Continue Reading


April 13, 2011

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES GRANT FOR NEW BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today that the New Boston Fire Department has been awarded money for recruitment through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. "It is important that the New Boston Fire Department has the men and women it needs to protect its community," Shaheen said. "I am glad the fire department will be able to provide increased emergency response with additional medical technicians." The New Boston F… Continue Reading


April 11, 2011

SHAHEEN: GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT MANAGE SUGAR MARKET

(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) "Today, the USDA announced that it would allow more sugar to be sold in the United States for the rest of the year. Whether this has any impact on U.S. sugar prices, currently one-and-a-half times the world average, remains to be seen. "In a free-market economy, it should not be up to the government how much sug… Continue Reading


April 08, 2011

SHAHEEN: UNNECESSARY SHUTDOWN WILL HURT NEW HAMPSHIRE ECONOMY

As prepared for delivery: Mr. President, it now, unfortunately, seems likely that the federal government will shutdown at midnight tonight. It didn't have to be this way. I was very disappointed to read accounts of some of our colleagues in the other chamber literally applauding when they were told a shutdown was coming. Well the people of New Hampshire aren't applauding this, Mr. President. They don't want a shutdown. Because they know a shutdown is bad for the economy. Let me start by goin… Continue Reading


April 08, 2011

Shaheen Pledges to Forego Pay if Government Shuts Down

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) has joined a bipartisan group of Senate and House colleagues in pledging to forego her federal salary in the event of a government shutdown. Shaheen signed on to a "No Budget, No Pay" letter from U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) last night. The letter urges the President, Vice President, and all Members of the House and Senate to give their salaries to the U.S. Treasury Department or donate them to charities should a shutdown occur. "I hope… Continue Reading


April 07, 2011

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON POTENTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

(Washington, D.C.) - Senator Shaheen released the following statement regarding a potential government shutdown: "I hope we won't have a shutdown, because it would have a real effect on people and a real impact on the economy. It's totally unnecessary, because there's agreement on the need for significant cuts to the budget and the size of those cuts, but the House continues to demand that ideological policy provisions be included. Putting 800,000 people out of work to score political points on… Continue Reading


April 07, 2011

SHAHEEN: CLEAN ENERGY SOLUTIONS CRITICAL TO COMPETITIVENESS

(Washington, D.C.) - Biofuels and other clean energy solutions are critical for our country's long-term economic competitiveness, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) said introducing a New Hampshire company that had led in the production of cellulosic ethanol. She spoke during the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Companies like Mascoma-an innovative clean energy company based in Lebanon New Hampshire-will help reduce our country's dependence on foreign oil and address skyrocketi… Continue Reading


April 06, 2011

SHAHEEN SUPPORTS DEFICIT REDUCTION MEASURES

(Washington, D.C.) -U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today supported two deficit reduction measures that would reduce wasteful spending. Both were passed by the U.S. Senate. "If we are serious about deficit reduction, we have to eliminate duplicative government programs. We have to stop giving millionaires unemployment benefits. We have to make smart choices that eliminate wasteful spending," Shaheen said. The spending cut measures were proposed by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) as amendments to… Continue Reading

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