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May 18, 2011

SHAHEEN EXPRESSES RELIEF AND JOY THAT NEW HAMPSHIRE JOURNALIST HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM LIBYA

(Washington, DC) -U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today that New Hampshire native James Foley, a journalist who had been imprisoned in Libya since April, has been freed. Shaheen spoke to James' mother, Diane Foley, who had received a call from her son after he was released. "I am tremendously relieved and overjoyed to hear that James Foley has been released from his imprisonment in Libya and can return home to reunite with his family and friends," Shaheen said. "Since James went m… Continue Reading


May 16, 2011

SHAHEEN: END OIL SUBSIDIES TO REDUCE OUR DEFICIT

As prepared for delivery: Mr. President, today we are considering an important piece of legislation that would reduce our deficit by ending needless subsidies for the nation's largest oil companies. At a time when Americans are paying these companies four dollars for a gallon of gasoline, it might be surprising to some that these same companies are receiving four billion dollars a year in subsidies from the American Taxpayer. This legislation would end six of these separate tax handouts.… Continue Reading


May 16, 2011

SHAHEEN: END OIL SUBSIDIES TO REDUCE OUR DEFICIT

SHAHEEN: END OIL SUBSIDIES TO REDUCE OUR DEFICIT (Washington, DC) - Continuing her support for the elimination of unnecessary government programs to reduce the national deficit, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen spoke on the Senate floor tonight in favor of legislation that would end outdated tax subsidies for oil companies. With record deficits, Shaheen said that ending these giveaways is a common sense first step toward fixing the federal budget. "As we emerge from this historic recession and… Continue Reading


May 16, 2011

SHAHEEN: FUNDING SECURED FOR UMBAGOG LAND PRESERVATION PROJECT

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today that $2.24 million has been awarded to the Androscoggin Headwaters land preservation project at Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge in Errol, New Hampshire. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) awarded the money from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to purchase almost 3,000 acres of additional land that will become part of the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge. This money comes as part of the Department of Interior's … Continue Reading


May 16, 2011

SHAHEEN OUTLINES EFFORTS TO SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS, BOOST AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS AT MANCHESTER SMALL BUSINESS KICK-OFF

(Manchester, NH) - In her keynote address at Manchester's Small Business Week kick-off luncheon today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke about what needs to be done in the Senate to support small businesses and foster a positive business climate. "As a former small business owner, I know it is business, not government, that creates jobs. But I believe government has a critical role to play in helping small businesses weather tough economic times and helping create the business environme… Continue Reading


May 13, 2011

SHAHEEN, AYOTTE: FUNDING SECURED FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE NATIONAL GUARD DEPLOYMENT CYCLE SUPPORT PROGRAM

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today announced that the New Hampshire National Guard will receive $2 million to support the Guard's Deployment Cycle Support Program. The funding comes after Shaheen and Ayotte, working closely with the leadership of the state's Guard leadership, highlighted the clear value of the program in several direct communications with Pentagon officials. "This New Hampshire Deployment Cycle Support Program has a tremendous t… Continue Reading


May 13, 2011

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON PURCHASE OF GORHAM MILL BY PATRIARCH PARTNERS

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement today regarding the purchase of the Gorham Paper Mill by Patriarch Partners. "I am pleased that we are one critical step closer to getting the Gorham Paper Mill operational again and getting residents of the North Country back to work with today's purchase of the Gorham Mill by Patriarch Partners. It is crucial that we get North Country residents back to work, and I will continue to do all I can to get the m… Continue Reading


May 12, 2011

SHAHEEN AND PORTMAN INTRODUCE A NATIONAL EFFICIENCY STRATEGY FOR TODAY AND THE FUTURE

(Washington, D.C.) - Noting the need for immediate action on U.S. energy policy and for policies that encourage job growth and keep our economy competitive, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would enact a national energy efficiency strategy. The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011 contains a broad package of low-cost tools that would reduce barriers for businesses, homeowners and consumers looking to… Continue Reading


May 10, 2011

SHAHEEN JOINS SENATORS TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO END TAX SUBSIDIES FOR “BIG 5” OIL COMPANIES

(Washington, DC) - With the nation's five largest oil companies taking home nearly $1 trillion in profits over the past decade, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined a group of Democratic Senators today as an original co-sponsor of legislation that would end the unfair tax subsidies that benefit oil companies at the expense of taxpayers. "At a time when we are focused on reducing our longterm deficits, and at a time when families are paying more than $4 per gallon at the pump, it makes no s… Continue Reading


May 10, 2011

SHAHEEN DISCUSSES THE NUCLEAR THREAT AT CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) delivered a keynote address Tuesday at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace during the Arms Control Association's (ACA) annual meeting "Reducing the Nuclear Danger." Shaheen, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Chair of the Subcommittee on European Affairs, has been a strong advocate for nuclear non-proliferation and was a leading voice in ratifying the New START Treaty. This bilateral arms agreement between the U… Continue Reading


May 10, 2011

SHAHEEN AND GRAHAM INTRODUCE RESOLUTION AFFIRMING U.S. SUPPORT FOR GEORGIAN SOVEREIGNTY

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced a resolution today affirming U.S. support for the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of the country of Georgia and calling upon Russia to remove its occupying forces from Abkhazia and South Ossetia. "As we continue to strive to achieve a Europe that is whole, free, and at peace, it is critical that we recognize the tenuous situation that remains in Georgia today," Shaheen said. "It's be… Continue Reading


May 09, 2011

SHAHEEN AND AYOTTE: VETERANS DESERVE ACCESS TO LOCAL, QUALITY CARE

(Washington, D.C.) - As part of ongoing efforts to address New Hampshire's lack of a full-service veterans hospital, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) are reintroducing legislation that would ensure all veterans have access to local, quality health care. The Veterans Health Equity Act would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to ensure that New Hampshire has a full-service veterans hospital, or that comparable services are provided by contracting with in-sta… Continue Reading


May 05, 2011

SHAHEEN OP-ED: BIN LADEN’S DEATH IS CAUSE FOR RELIEF, BUT NOT FOR REST

The following op-ed was published in the Union Leader on May 5, 2011. THIS WEEK, Americans everywhere bore witness to an extraordinary and historic event. Once again, thousands of Americans spontaneously gathered in Washington, D.C., and at ground zero in New York City. This time - nearly 10 years after the horrible and tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001 - it was not an occasion for mourning and sadness but for relief, hope and renewal. Osama bin Laden is dead. All of us will remember where we w… Continue Reading


May 05, 2011

SHAHEEN QUESTIONS PANEL ON FUTURE OF RELATIONSHIP WITH PAKISTAN FOLLOWING BIN LADEN'S DEATH

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs, expressed major concern during a full committee hearing today that the most wanted and identifiable terrorist in the world was found only 30 miles north of Pakistan's capital. Shaheen questioned the expert panel on how the Pakistani government is reacting to Osama bin Laden's death. "Does bin Laden's death in any way affects the strategic calculation of Pakistan's m… Continue Reading


May 04, 2011

SHAHEEN: DELAY OF SMALL BUSINESS BILL IS BAD FOR NH ECONOMY, NATIONAL SECURITY

(Washington, D.C.) - Citing its importance to not only creating jobs but also to national security, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) today voted to move forward with reauthorization of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program in the Senate. The "cloture" vote would have ended debate, so that a final vote for passage could be scheduled. It required 60 votes to pass and failed 52-44. "SBIR is a bill that benefits our present and future economic well-being, as well as our nationa… Continue Reading


May 03, 2011

SHAHEEN TO PANEL: WHAT EFFECT WILL BIN LADEN’S DEATH HAVE ON WAR IN AFGHANISTAN?

Shaheen Seeks Answers on How Bin Laden's Death Will Impact War in Afghanistan (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs, asked witnesses at a full committee hearing today about what effect Osama Bin Laden's death may have on the war in Afghanistan. "I think it's fitting … that we're having this discussion two days after Osama Bin Laden has been killed … what impact will the death of Osama Bi… Continue Reading


May 03, 2011

ON WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY, SHAHEEN CONTINUES CALL FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE REPORTER IMPRISONED IN LIBYA

(Washington, DC) - Today on World Press Freedom Day, Shaheen issued the following statement, continuing her call for the release of Rochester, New Hampshire native James Foley from detainment in Libya: "On World Press Freedom Day, I call on Libya's leaders to immediately release journalist James Foley and his colleagues. Detaining journalists, foreign or domestic, is recognized worldwide as a tool of oppression and further delegitimizes your regime in the eyes of the world," Shaheen said. "The … Continue Reading


May 02, 2011

SHAHEEN PUSHES FOR FAIRNESS IN REGULATION FOR FISHERMEN

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined a bipartisan group of Senators and Congressmen in a letter to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) urging it to reconsider the way it will distribute a proposed deduction in Atlantic Bluefin tuna catch limits among various fishing groups. The proposal has the potential to punish fishing fleets that have complied with their quotas to account for the quota overrun of one fleet that hasn't. "For the 90 percent of t… Continue Reading


May 02, 2011

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON DEATH OF OSAMA BIN LADEN

(Washington, D.C.)-U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the below announcement following the death of Osama bin Laden: "Osama bin Laden is dead. These are words the American people have been waiting to hear for nearly ten years - since the day he brazenly attacked the United States and murdered over 3,000 innocent victims on September 11th, 2001. This is a fitting end for the face of global terrorism - an evil madman whose hatred of freedom and disregard for innocent human life knew no … Continue Reading


April 28, 2011

SHAHEEN OFFERS SUPPORT FOR NATIONAL SECURITY NOMINATIONS

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the below statement regarding the Obama administration's announcement of the following nominations to its national security team: CIA Director Leon Panetta to serve as Secretary of Defense, General David Petraeus to serve as CIA Director, Ambassador Ryan Crocker to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, and … Continue Reading

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