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January 31, 2011

SHAHEEN LEADS TALKS ON EXPORTS AND SMALL BUSINESS

(Bedford, N.H) - As part of her efforts to focus on economic policies that boost exports from New Hampshire and the nation, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today led roundtable discussions with small business owners and trade associations on the federal resources available to small businesses who want to sell their goods overseas. She was joined by Export-Import Bank Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg for a pair of roundtable discussions with small business owners and trade associ… Continue Reading


January 28, 2011

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES $16 MILLION FOR IMPROVEMENTS AT PORTSMOUTH NAVAL SHIPYARD

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced today the Department of the Navy will invest $16 million in construction and modernization work on Dry Dock No. 1 at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The dry dock is one of three used for submarine engineering overhauls. In a November 2010 letter to Jacob Lew, Director of the President's Office of Management and Budget, Senators Shaheen, Olympia Snowe, and Susan Collins expressed concern that the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard has had… Continue Reading


January 27, 2011

SHAHEEN: HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN BELARUS MUST END

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs, today called on the United States and its European partners to work together at pressuring Belarus on adherence to basic standards of democracy and human rights. At a hearing she convened, Shaheen pressed for sanctions against the Belarusian regime for the human rights violations committed against opposition candidates and protesters in the wake of the recent pr… Continue Reading


January 27, 2011

SHAHEEN TO SERVE ON ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today her committee assignments for the 112th Congress. She will now serve on the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services. In addition, she will continue to serve on the following committees: Chairwoman for the Subcommittee on European Affairs for the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship "I look forwar… Continue Reading


January 27, 2011

ISAKSON, SHAHEEN INTRODUCE BIENNIAL BUDGET APPROPRIATIONS ACT

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., today introduced the Biennial Budget Appropriations Act that would switch Congress from an annual spending process to a two-year cycle, with one year for appropriating federal dollars and the other year devoted to oversight of federal programs. Isakson has sponsored biennial budgeting proposals every year since he came to the Senate in 2005, while Shaheen has firsthand experience with biennial budgeting from he… Continue Reading


January 26, 2011

SHAHEEN LAUDS EXTENSION OF SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION PROGRAM

(Washington, D.C.) - A critical small business innovation program will be extended for the short-term, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today. While she applauded this as a step in the right direction, Shaheen continues to fight for a long-term reauthorization of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. SBIR allows small companies to compete for federal research and development dollars. Despite bipartisan support, Congress has failed to pass a long-term reaut… Continue Reading


January 26, 2011

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES HUDSON FIRE DEPARTMENT TO RECEIVE $135,000 FOR OPERATIONS AND SAFETY

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced today that the Hudson Fire Department has been awarded $135,000 through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program for operations and safety. The department will use the grant to make improvements to its digital radio communications systems. More specifically, the department will purchase equipment that automatically searches for the strongest radio signal in the area, allowing firefighters to c… Continue Reading


January 25, 2011

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen released the below statement following President Obama's State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress: "Since coming to Washington, I've made jobs my principal focus, and we heard from President Obama tonight that he shares that dedication. The overarching challenge facing New Hampshire and the nation is how we remain competitive in an increasingly global economy. As a former small business owner, I know it is business, not g… Continue Reading


January 25, 2011

SHAHEEN PUSHES TO ELIMINATE DOUBLE SUBSIDIES FOR GOLD AND SILVER MINING INDUSTRY

(Washington, D.C.) - As part of her ongoing efforts to end antiquated and unnecessary government programs, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today introduced a bill that would end tax breaks for mining companies that are already mining public lands for free. The Elimination of Double Subsidies for the Hardrock Mining Industry Act of 2011 would protect taxpayers and reduce the federal deficit, and has earned the support of both taxpayer advocate and environmental groups. "Mining incentiv… Continue Reading


January 25, 2011

SHAHEEN: MORE HEATING ASSISTANCE FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE FAMILIES

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today announced the release of an additional $1,795,158 in emergency heating aid for New Hampshire families under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The award, which comes from LIHEAP emergency contingency funding that HHS can distribute at its discretion, is in addition to money the agency has already released to New Hampshire and brings the state's total to $3… Continue Reading


January 25, 2011

SHAHEEN: STOP SUGAR’S SWEET DEAL

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today introduced a bipartisan bill that would phase out the sugar support program and save consumers billions of dollars. The SUGAR (Stop Unfair Giveaway and Restrictions) Act, co-sponsored by Mark Kirk (R-IL), comes as part of Shaheen's effort to eliminate unnecessary government programs. "The sugar support program costs consumers $4 billion a year-to disproportionally benefit a limited group of wealthy sugar producers," Shaheen sai… Continue Reading


January 24, 2011

SHAHEEN DISCUSSES HOW TO KEEP AMERICA COMPETITIVE

(Bedford, N.H.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) spoke today about the challenges in keeping the American economy competitive in a globalized marketplace and the solutions available for meeting those challenges. Her remarks to the New England Council focused on exports, innovation, deficit reduction and a comprehensive energy policy. Shaheen, a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business, has been a long-time advocate of supporting innovation and increasing small business expo… Continue Reading


January 19, 2011

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES LANCASTER FIRE DEPARTMENT TO RECEIVE $475,000 FOR VEHICLE ACQUISITION

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced today that the Lancaster Fire Department has been awarded $475,000 through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program for vehicle acquisition. "New Hampshire's firefighters are working every day to make sure our communities are safe," said Shaheen. "It is crucial they have the funding and equipment required to keep themselves safe and to continue to do their important jobs." The Assistance to F… Continue Reading


January 18, 2011

SHAHEEN: ACT ON SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION PROGRAM

(Manchester, N.H.) - Continuing her call for action on an effective small business innovation program, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today visited Active Shock in Manchester, who joined her in support of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Shaheen, a member of the Senate Committee on Small Business, is advocating for a long-term reauthorization of the program, which allows small companies to compete for federal research and development dollars. Despite bipartisan … Continue Reading


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

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