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October 20, 2011

SHAHEEN: SHALE GAS PRODUCTION MUST BE SAFE, RESPONSIBLE

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), chair of the Senate Energy Committee's Subcommittee on Water and Power, today held a hearing to assess the effects of shale gas production on water resources in the Eastern United States. While shale gas has the potential to provide significant amounts of affordable, clean electricity to both homeowners and businesses, Shaheen said, it must be produced responsibly. "As our country becomes more reliant on shale gas, it's imperative that w… Continue Reading


October 20, 2011

SHAHEEN: FALL OF QADDHAFI IS TURNING POINT

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement in response to reports of the death of former Libyan dictator Moammar Qaddhafi. "The final end of the Qaddhafi regime marks a welcome turning point for the people of Libya and for the world. Qaddhafi was a threat to his own people and to the United States. He sponsored terrorist acts against Americans and Europeans, and threatened a ma… Continue Reading


October 19, 2011

SHAHEEN CONTINUES FIGHT TO OPEN BERLIN PRISON

SHAHEEN CONTINUES FIGHT TO OPEN BERLIN PRISON (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke on the Senate floor today to support the Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations bill that would help open the Berlin prison in New Hampshire. The completed prison has sat vacant since its completion last year because of budget cuts. In the meantime, maintaining the empty prison is costing the government $4 million per year.… Continue Reading


October 19, 2011

SHAHEEN: GAY SOLDIER’S FAMILY ALLOWED TO ATTEND YELLOW RIBBON EVENT

(Washington, D.C.) - The Department of Defense has clarified regulations that will allow Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan of the New Hampshire National Guard to bring her same-sex partner to a yellow ribbon family reintegration event in North Conway this weekend, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced today. "This is terrific news for Charlie Morgan and her family," said Shaheen, who yesterday sent a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta asking him to get personally involved in the case. … Continue Reading


October 19, 2011

THE U.S. SUGAR PROGRAM: A TRICK ON CONSUMERS AND A TREAT FOR THE SUGAR INDUSTRY

(Washington, DC)- As they hand out Halloween cards and candy to their colleagues today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) have a message for their colleagues: repeal the federal government's costly sugar support program by supporting their Stop Unfair Giveaways and Restrictions (SUGAR) Act (S. 25).This bipartisan legislation would phase out the sugar support program to help save money for consumers and bring jobs back to American workers. "Halloween is the biggest day of… Continue Reading


October 18, 2011

SHAHEEN: GAY SOLDIER’S FAMILY SHOULD GET SAME RIGHTS AS OTHER FAMILIES

(Washington, D.C.) - In a letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) is urging the Department of Defense in the strongest terms to end a discriminatory policy that bans the same-sex spouses of returning National Guard Members from participating in official National Guard family events. Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan of the New Hampshire National Guard, recently returned from deployment in Kuwait, has been forbidden from bringing her same-sex spouse of … Continue Reading


October 18, 2011

SHAHEEN FIGHTS FOR HEATING AID FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE FAMILIES

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today joined 32 of her Senate colleagues in a bipartisan letter to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius calling on HHS to release Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds as quickly as possible. The Energy Information Administration projects that the price of heating oil will be 10 percent higher this winter than last, the highest average winter price ever predicted, with the average heating-o… Continue Reading


October 18, 2011

ISAKSON AND SHAHEEN: CONGRESS SHOULD MAKE SWITCH TO BIENNIAL BUDGETING

(Washington, DC) -With support for biennial budgeting growing, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) have published the below op-ed in the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call, calling on Congress to adopt their proposed biennial budgeting system. Biennial budgeting would switch Congress from an annual spending process to a biennial, two-year cycle-dedicating one year to passing spending bills and the other year to scrutinizing federal programs. Shaheen and Isakson recently… Continue Reading


October 14, 2011

LONG-DESERVED VETERANS CLINIC OPENS IN KEENE

(Keene, NH) - After mounting a multi-year effort to get the Monadnock region its first and only veterans' health services facility, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined local and federal officials to open the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) new Keene Outreach Clinic today. "It's so exciting to finally be at this point, where we're able to open these doors and welcome Keene-area veterans to their own clinic," Shaheen said. "Every man and woman who has served in uniform deserves ac… Continue Reading


October 14, 2011

SHAHEEN PRESENTS WWII VETERAN WITH MEDALS FOR SERVICE

(Gilford, NH) -U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) presented eleven medals to World War II veteran Donald Frost of Gilford today, honoring him for his long military service. A 20-year Navy veteran, Frost enlisted immediately following the attacks on Pearl Harbor and participated in the search for future President John F. Kennedy's sunken PT 109 while serving in World War II. "These medals represent a long overdue recognition of Donald Frost's commitment to protecting our country and defending o… Continue Reading


October 14, 2011

SENATORS COLLINS, SHAHEEN DEMAND ANSWERS ABOUT MISSING MISSILES IN LIBYA

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, are expressing deep concerns with the possible compromise of as many as 20,000 anti-aircraft missiles in Libya. In a letter sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta late Thursday, Senators Collins and Shaheen write, "We need to understand the potential number of missing weapons to accurately assess the ri… Continue Reading


October 12, 2011

SHAHEEN SUPPORTS U.S. AMBASSADOR TO RUSSIA NOMINEE

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs, today presided over a Foreign Relations Committee nomination hearing for Dr. Michael McFaul to be U.S. Ambassador to Russia. Shaheen praised McFaul, President Obama's top advisor on Russian policy, for his work in strengthening U.S.-Russia relations over the past two years and said she looked forward to his continued efforts to further bolster ties between the two nat… Continue Reading


October 12, 2011

SHAHEEN PRESENTS AWARD TO PORTSMOUTH SHIPYARD FOR ACHIEVEMENTS IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) stands with Under Secretary of the Navy Robert Work (second from left), Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations, and Environment Jackalyne Pfannenstiel (far right), and other award recipients at the Secretary of the Navy's Energy and Water Management Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today presented an award to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, recognizing its success at re… Continue Reading


October 12, 2011

SHAHEEN JOINS SENATORS TO URGE HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE TO DROP INVESTIGATION INTO PLANNED PARENTHOOD AND TO SUPPORT WOMEN’S HEALTH

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined ten Senators today in sending a letter to U.S. Representative Cliff Stearns (R-FL), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, urging him and his colleagues to abandon their investigation of Planned Parenthood and their affiliates and to focus instead on job creation and economic growth. The letter expresses the Senators' strong disapproval of the "frivolous and fiscally irresponsible" investigation, and under… Continue Reading


October 07, 2011

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF THERESE FOSTER

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today released the following statement on the passing of Foster's Daily Democrat owner and editor Therese Foster. "Terri Foster's passing represents a significant loss for the world of New Hampshire journalism. I've always admired the passion she brought to the newsroom, and her personal devotion to the people of the Seacoast and our state. "My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Foster family."… Continue Reading


October 07, 2011

SHAHEEN TO ACCEPT “NEW ENGLANDER OF THE YEAR” AWARD

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will accept the New England Council's "New Englander of the Year" award Tuesday at a ceremony in Boston. The award honors residents of New England for their leadership and impact on the region's quality of life and economy. "I am honored to receive this award and to have the opportunity to address the New England businesses community about my work to spur economic growth and help our region stay competitive. I'll continue to look for opport… Continue Reading


October 05, 2011

SHAHEEN: ARMY CORPS CONTRACTING CASE PROVES NEED FOR OVERSIGHT

(Washington, D.C.) - In the wake of a federal indictment alleging a $20 million fraud in an Army Corps of Engineering contract, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) called on Pentagon officials to preserve and strengthen the department's oversight capabilities as they implement coming budget reductions. "We cannot allow this kind of fraud to run unchecked," Shaheen said. "This kind of waste erodes trust in our government and makes our already difficult fiscal situation that much worse. We need ro… Continue Reading


October 05, 2011

SHAHEEN, BASS HONOR EAST ROCHESTER RESIDENT AS NEW HAMPSHIRE ‘ANGEL IN ADOPTION’

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Congressman Charles F. Bass (R-NH-02) today praised Don Chick of East Rochester, New Hampshire for being named a Congressional Angel in Adoption by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute for his work with children in New Hampshire's foster care system. Shaheen and Bass both nominated Chick, who will be honored at a ceremony on Capitol Hill this week. Shaheen said, "By volunteering his professional talents in his spare time to help … Continue Reading


October 04, 2011

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON RETIREMENT OF SUPREME COURT JUSTICE JAMES DUGGAN

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement regarding the retirement of Senior Associate Supreme Court Justice James Duggan. Duggan was confirmed as Supreme Court justice in 2001, after being nominated by then-Governor Shaheen. "During his distinguished career of public service, Justice Duggan has been the epitome of professionalism and integrity." "He has brought real-world experience and pragmatism to the bench, and has worked tirelessly to ensure j… Continue Reading


October 04, 2011

CHAIRMAN, RANKING MEMBER OF BUDGET COMMITTEE INDICATE SUPPORT FOR BIENNIAL BUDGETING

(Washington, D.C.) - Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R-AL) indicated at a hearing today of their committee that they were prepared to support a transition to biennial budgeting, similar to the proposal from Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) in their Biennial Budget Appropriations Act, S.211. "Chairman Conrad and Ranking Member Sessions' support is a critical step forward for biennial budgeting," Shaheen said. "Nobody understa… Continue Reading

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