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January 14, 2011

SHAHEEN CONTINUES CALL FOR ACTION ON SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION PROGRAM

(Hudson, N.H.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today continued her call for action on a critical small business innovation program that Congress has failed to reauthorize. Her comments today came during a tour of Spire Semiconductor, a manufacturing firm in Hudson. Shaheen, a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business, has supported reauthorizing the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, which allows small companies to compete for federal research and development d… Continue Reading


January 13, 2011

SHAHEEN CALLS ON CONGRESS TO PASS SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION PROGRAM

(Somersworth, N.H.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today criticized the failure of Congress to reauthorize a critical small business innovation program and said she would work to secure the program as a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business. Her comments came during a tour of Somersworth-based Airex Corporation, a manufacturing and engineering firm. Shaheen has supported reauthorizing the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, which allows small companies to c… Continue Reading


January 12, 2011

PURPLE HEART MEDALS AWARDED TO 22 NEW HAMPSHIRE VETERANS

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today announced Purple Heart medals will be posthumously awarded to the families of 22 New Hampshire veterans who died as prisoners of war. Of the soldiers being honored, 19 served in World War II and three served in the Korean War. The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the U.S. military who have been killed or wounded in combat. "These men gave their lives for America," Shaheen said. "Today, America recognizes their service and braver… Continue Reading


January 11, 2011

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL HEATING AID FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE FAMILIES

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today announced New Hampshire will receive an additional $13,924,612 in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which last winter provided heating aid to roughly 47,000 New Hampshire homes. The funds are in addition to the $19,767,875 HHS has already released to the state as of December 10, and bring New Hampshire's Fiscal Year 2011 total throug… Continue Reading


January 11, 2011

SHAHEEN PUSHES FOR FASTER ACTION ON EXCESSIVE SPECULATION IN ENERGY MARKETS

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today pushed the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to act quickly to set limits on speculation in energy markets, which can lead to artificially inflated prices at the pump and in heating bills for American families and businesses. "With U.S. citizens facing the highest energy costs since before the start of the financial crisis in 2008, it's imperative that the CFTC act to bring excessive speculation in the nation's energy… Continue Reading


January 06, 2011

SHAHEEN CALLS FOR BETTER OVERSIGHT OF AFGHAN RECONSTRUCTION FUNDS

(Washington, D.C.) - As part of her ongoing efforts to increase accountability and seek effective use of taxpayer dollars in Washington, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) called for dramatic overhaul of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), following new reports of wasted and ineffectual spending in reconstruction. "As our nation looks for solutions to our rapidly burgeoning national debt, well-meaning but poorly executed programs must be reformed or elim… Continue Reading


January 04, 2011

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES WATER AND WASTE LOANS AND GRANTS TO HELP NEW HAMPSHIRE TOWNS

(Washington, D.C.)- The precinct of Haverhill Corner and the town of Marlborough are receiving Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced today. Haverhill Corner's money will be used to install a new water storage tank and for other upgrades. Marlborough's funds will go towards replacing wells that do not meet the standards of the Environmental Protection Agency. "I'm glad to see these areas… Continue Reading


December 23, 2010

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES GRANTS FOR HOUSING COUNSELING PROGRAMS

(Washington, D.C.) - New Hampshire groups that provide critical assistance for families facing foreclosure have been awarded grants though the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced today. The grants are part of The Housing Counseling Assistance Program, which provides counseling to consumers on seeking, financing, maintaining, renting, or owning a home. "Middle class families in New Hampshire have faced unprecedented hardships in this h… Continue Reading


December 23, 2010

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE FOR GORHAM MILL WORKERS

(Washington, D.C.) - Income support and job training will now be available to workers laid off from the Gorham Paper Mill thanks to the U.S. Department of Labor's approval of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), announced U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen. The approval comes following a letter sent by Shaheen to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis in October urging the Department to assist the workers. "The Department of Labor's decision to provide trade adjustment assistance to out-of-work Gorham Mill … Continue Reading


December 22, 2010

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES REAUTHORIZATION OF SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION RESEARCH PROGRAM

(Washington, D.C.)-To help small businesses compete for federal research and development funds, the Senate today passed the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (SBTT) Program Reauthorization Act, cosponsored by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). The legislation passed by unanimous consent and now heads to the House, where it is expected to pass. The Small Business Innovation Research program helps thousands of small businesses com… Continue Reading


December 22, 2010

SHAHEEN APPLAUDS RATIFICATION OF NEW START

(Washington, D.C.) - Praising it as a measure that will strengthen America's national security and further the cause of controlling nuclear proliferation, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs, joined Senate colleagues to ratify the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty ("New START") today by a vote of 71 to 26. Shaheen worked tirelessly with Senate colleagues to fight for the ratification of NEW Start, which will allow th… Continue Reading


December 21, 2010

SMALL BUSINESS LENDING MEASURES EXTENDED IN SENATE BILL

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, today announced the temporary extension of provisions aimed at boosting lending to small firms as part of the Senate's passage of a continuing resolution funding bill. The continuing resolution now heads to the House of Representatives, where it is expected to pass. "As the engines of our economy, small businesses are critical to the creation of good-paying, … Continue Reading


December 21, 2010

SENATE BILL INCLUDES INCREASED HEATING ASSISTANCE FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE FAMILIES

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today announced Senate passage of a funding bill that includes increased funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which last winter provided heating aid to roughly 47,000 New Hampshire homes. The program was in danger of being funded at approximately $2 billion less than it was last year, but will receive full funding under the continuing resolution passed by the Senate today, which funds the government thr… Continue Reading


December 18, 2010

SHAHEEN LAUDS PASSAGE OF ‘DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL’ REPEAL

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today is proud to announce the Senate voted 65-31 to repeal the outdated and discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. Its repeal will improve our national security and bring equality to our military. "It is not often that the Senate gets the opportunity - with a single vote - to right a wrong, but we have done it here today," Shaheen said. "This was a historic vote - one for which this Senate will be remembered for a long ti… Continue Reading


December 18, 2010

SHAHEEN CALLS FOR REPEAL OF 'DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL' IN REMARKS ON SENATE FLOOR

As prepared for delivery. Mr. President, I am here today to express my strong support for the repeal of the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy and my great satisfaction at having passed this critical, bipartisan piece of legislation. I want to congratulate and thank Senators Lieberman and Collins for their strong, bipartisan leadership on this issue. I was proud to be a cosponsor of this bill, and I look forward to the President's signature in the coming days. It is not often that the Se… Continue Reading


December 17, 2010

SHAHEEN ADVOCATES FOR HEATING AID FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE FAMILIES

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today joined 34 of her Senate colleagues in a bipartisan letter to the Senate's Majority Leader and Republican Leader urging them to prevent deep cuts to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The program, which last winter provided heating assistance to roughly 47,000 New Hampshire homes, is in danger of being funded at approximately $2 billion less than it was last year. "With many New Hampshire households still reboun… Continue Reading


December 16, 2010

U.S. SENATORS: IT’S TIME TO VOTE ON NEW START

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs, today led a group of Senators in urging ratification of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty ("New START") in the current congressional session. The Senators cited critical national security concerns in delaying consideration of the treaty and warned of the consequences to America's nuclear security efforts around the globe. "This is too serious a topic to … Continue Reading


December 14, 2010

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON TAX COMPROMISE

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen released the following statement today regarding the tax compromise currently under debate in the U.S. Senate: "Middle class families and small businesses across the state have told me that they need tax relief in this still-fragile economy, and I am hopeful that the middle-class tax cuts, the extension of unemployment benefits, and the targeted tax cuts for businesses will help stimulate economic growth and create much needed jobs. I am d… Continue Reading


December 14, 2010

SHAHEEN THANKS RETIRING SENATOR JUDD GREGG FOR HIS SERVICE TO NEW HAMPSHIRE

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen spoke on the Senate floor today following retiring New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg's farewell address. Here are her prepared remarks: "Thank you, Senator Gregg, for your remarks just then, and thank you for your long service to the people of New Hampshire and the United States. "Senator Gregg and I have known each other a long time. In the New Hampshire political tradition, you learn to work together, with people on both sides of the ai… Continue Reading


December 13, 2010

SHAHEEN HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF SMALL BUSINESS INVESTMENT

(Salem, N.H.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today discussed the impact recent legislation has had on small businesses in New Hampshire during a tour of Mechanical Systems Incorporated, a full-service mechanical contractor and facilities service provider for commercial, industrial and retail projects based in Salem. In her remarks, Shaheen also detailed her work with a bipartisan group of more than 20 Senators to include language on deficit reduction in the pending federal legislation on t… Continue Reading

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