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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


April 06, 2011

SHAHEEN: SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION INTEGRAL TO ECONOMIC GROWTH

As prepared for delivery: Mr. President, as Congress and the Obama administration grapples with how to responsibly address our long-term deficit, we need to remember why it is so important to get on a path to balanced budgets. We need to address the long-term deficit because it is a threat to America's future prosperity. It's about economic growth and jobs. That's why the deficit matters. The deficit is not just some math problem where it's solved if the numbers add up right. The choices we ma… Continue Reading


April 04, 2011

SENATOR SHAHEEN ROLLS OUT INNOVATION INSPIRATION LEGISLATION

(Washington, D.C.) - High school students should have greater access to innovative programs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education-from robot competitions to engineering software challenges-U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire) said today at an event in the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Shaheen, joined by U.S. Senator Mark Begich (D-Alaska), was there to discuss her Innovation Inspiration School Grant Program, a bill she reintroduced today to help encourage stu… Continue Reading


April 04, 2011

DOD APPROVES FUNDS TO COMPLETE ARMY RESERVE CENTER IN PORTSMOUTH

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) announced that funding to complete the building of a new Army Reserve Center in Portsmouth has been approved by the Office of the Secretary of Defense. "Construction of the new Army Reserve Center will create jobs in the Seacoast area and will ensure that the professionals who keep our brave reserve members healthy will receive cutting edge training," Shaheen said. "We have already spent the money to start the pr… Continue Reading


April 01, 2011

SHAHEEN: SCIENCE, MATH EDUCATION KEY TO AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS

(Londonderry, N.H.) - High school students should have greater access to innovative programs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education -from robot competitions to engineering software challenges-U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) said today during a visit to Insight Technology in Londonderry. Shaheen was there to discuss her Innovation Inspiration School Grant Program, a bill she plans to reintroduce next week to help encourage students to study STEM fields and ensure the… Continue Reading


March 31, 2011

SHAHEEN: THE CLEAN AIR ACT HAS BEEN ONE OF THE GREATEST PUBLIC HEALTH SUCCESS STORIES WE HAVE EVER HAD IN THIS COUNTRY

As prepared for delivery: Mrs. SHAHEEN. Madam President, I am here to join my colleagues who have been on the floor of the Senate today, with the leadership of Senator Boxer, to oppose amendments that would undermine the Clean Air Act. The Clean Air Act has been one of the greatest public health success stories we have ever had in this country. In 1970, Republicans and Democrats came together to pass this landmark legislation to address air pollution that was leading to countless deaths and lif… Continue Reading


March 30, 2011

NH, MAINE SENATORS: FUNDING FOR MEMORIAL BRIDGE REPLACEMENT SECURED

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senators Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME), Susan Collins (R-ME), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) today announced the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has obligated $20 million in funding for the replacement of the Memorial Bridge between Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Kittery, Maine. Senators Snowe, Collins, and Shaheen joined forces last Congress to fight for the bridge funding and were successful in helping secure a Tiger II grant. But with that funding … Continue Reading


March 30, 2011

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES GRANTS FOR GORHAM FIRE DEPARTMENT

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) announced today that the Gorham Fire Department has been awarded money for operations and safety through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. "Our firefighters must be equipped with gear that keeps them safe so that they can do their jobs most effectively," Shaheen said. "I am also pleased that Gorham will use part of its grant for firefighter training so that the brave men and women who protect… Continue Reading


March 30, 2011

SHAHEEN: SMALL BUSINESS JOBS BILL CRITICAL TO AMERICAN ECONOMY

As prepared for delivery: Our future economic prosperity depends on whether this country continues to be a leader in science and innovation. We can't compete with India and China for low-wage manufacturing jobs. That is not our future. America's future is to be the global leader in science and technology. America makes the best, most innovative products and services. That ingenuity and excellence is our chief economic strength as a nation. As a former small business owner, I know it is busines… Continue Reading


March 29, 2011

SHAHEEN HONORS GERALDINE FERRARO

As prepared for delivery: Madam President, it is with deep sadness and great admiration that I rise today to honor the life of Geraldine Ferraro. Her trailblazing career in public service was an inspiration. Gerry's work as an Assistant District Attorney made her a champion for women and children, and social justice. The daughter of Italian immigrants, she worked her way through college. Following her graduation, she began her career in public service as a schoolteacher before eventually pursu… Continue Reading


March 29, 2011

SHAHEEN: EXCESSIVE ENERGY SPECULATION PUTS UNFAIR BURDEN ON AMERICAN FAMILIES AND BUSINESSES

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) today reiterated her call for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to act quickly to set limits on speculation in energy markets in light of recent gas price spikes. Increased speculation can lead to artificially high gas and home heating prices, putting an unnecessary burden on American families and businesses. "With gas prices higher than they've been in years, the CFTC must act now to prevent speculation from harming Americ… Continue Reading


March 24, 2011

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES GRANTS FOR NEW LONDON, ALTON FIRE DEPARTMENTS

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) announced today that the New London and Alton Fire Departments have been awarded money for operations and safety through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. "These funds will go toward sorely needed equipment upgrades for firefighters in New London and Alton, making them both safer and more effective on the job," Shaheen said. "Better gear means more efficient firefighting, and more effi… Continue Reading


March 23, 2011

SHAHEEN JOINS FEMALE SENATORS IN RENEWED CALL FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS IN NORTH AFRICA, MIDDLE EAST

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following weeks of tumult and protests in North Africa and the Middle East, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire)is joining her 16 female Senate Colleagues in emphasizing the vital importance of women's rights and political participation as leaders in North Africa and the Middle East consider constitutional reforms and shape new governments. In a resolution to be introduced next week, the Senators are reaffirming their commitment to representative and responsive democratic… Continue Reading


March 22, 2011

SHAHEEN, SENATORS WORK TO PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM SPIKE IN GAS PRICES

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) joined 48 Senators today in a letter to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House John Boehner urging them to abandon a proposal that would cut funding for the agency charged with reining in excessive speculation in U.S. energy markets, which can drive up oil prices. The House Republican spending bill, H.R. 1, would reduce funding for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) by one-third, forcing layoffs to… Continue Reading


March 18, 2011

SHAHEEN, BIPARTISAN GROUP OF SENATORS CALL FOR PRESIDENT TO SUPPORT COMPREHENSIVE DEFICIT REDUCTION

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) joined a bipartisan group of Senators today to call on President Barack Obama to support a comprehensive deficit reduction package in any negotiations on the budget. "These days, Americans are looking at their family budgets to see where cuts need to be made. Washington needs to make those tough choices too," Shaheen said. "That's why I am calling on President Obama to support a comprehensive deficit reduction package that looks at d… Continue Reading

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