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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


March 17, 2011

SHAHEEN PRESSES FOR CONSTRUCTION, MODERNIZATION FUNDS FOR PORTSMOUTH SHIPYARD

(Washington, D.C.) - At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) raised concerns about the lack of federal investment in the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard with leading Armed Forces and Defense Department officials. The Navy has stated that the backlog of facility improvements at the Shipyard is $513 million, but a November report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found it could be even higher. "Military construction investments are the met… Continue Reading


March 17, 2011

SHAHEEN, AYOTTE CALL FOR TRANSPARENT AND OBJECTIVE PROCESS FOR DETERMINING WHERE TO STATION NEW AIR FORCE TANKER

(Washington, D.C.) - As the Air Force develops the basing competition criteria for the new KC-46A air refueling tanker, Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) urged top Air Force officials to conduct a methodical and transparent process based on clearly defined metrics - which plays to the strengths of Pease Air National Guard base. The senators emphasized this point today at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee, of which both are members. "Since 9/11, the men an… Continue Reading


March 17, 2011

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES GRANTS FOR PELHAM AND MERRIMACK FIRE DEPARTMENTS

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) announced today that the Pelham and Merrimack Fire Departments have been awarded money for operations and safety through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. "It is crucial that our firefighters have the equipment and tools they need to keep themselves and their communities safe," Shaheen said. "These grants will allow for gear upgrades that increase safety, and the modernized equipment will all… Continue Reading


March 16, 2011

SHAHEEN: SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAM KEY TO FUTURE PROSPERITY

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 16, 2011

SHAHEEN MEETS WITH PRESIDENT OF GEORGIA, MIKHEIL SAAKASHVILI

(Washington, D.C.)-U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), the Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs and the Co-Chair of the Atlantic Council Task Force on Georgia, today met with Georgia President Mikheil Saakashvili. The pair discussed the U.S.-Georgia relationship as well as Georgia's democratic and economic reform initiatives and Georgia's military commitment in Afghanistan. "Today's meeting with Georgia President Mikheil Saakashvili was informative and produc… Continue Reading


March 15, 2011

SHAHEEN WORKS TO CURB ABUSE OF AFGHANISTAN ASSISTANCE FUNDS

(Washington, D.C.) - Amid mounting reports of reconstruction dollars fueling corruption throughout Afghanistan, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) today questioned whether a key official charged with coordinating and bringing greater accountability to international assistance efforts is sufficiently empowered to execute his job. At a Senate Armed Services committee hearing, Shaheen asked General David Petraeus (Commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan) and Michele Flournoy (Under Secretary of … Continue Reading


March 14, 2011

SHAHEEN CONTINUES FIGHT FOR MEMORIAL BRIDGE FUNDING

(Portsmouth, N.H.) - Standing with Portsmouth's Memorial Bridge behind her, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) today called efforts to cut funding for the bridge "irresponsible" and vowed to fight to ensure it gets the money it needs for crucial infrastructure improvements. "These reckless cuts would have damaging effects on our economy and our workforce. Memorial Bridge is important to our shipyard workers and critical to the flow of goods and services between Maine and New Hampshire. Build… Continue Reading


March 11, 2011

SHAHEEN: BUDGET FIGHT HURTS LOCAL BUSINESSES

(Manchester, N.H.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) called on colleagues to finish protracted budget negotiations, which are creating a climate of uncertainty that's hurting local businesses. During a visit to one such company, Velcro USA in Manchester, Shaheen also said her biennial budgeting bill could help change the way Washington does business, by moving Congress from an annual spending process to a two-year cycle and allowing for a more thoughtful process that would reduce governmen… Continue Reading


March 10, 2011

SHAHEEN MOVES TO PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM SPIKE IN GAS PRICES

(Washington, D.C.) - With gas and home heating oil prices spiking, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) today raised concerns about the possible role of Wall Street oil speculation and whether government regulators have the tools they need to combat it. Shaheen's letter to the chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) asks for an assessment of speculation's role in the price spikes and the potential effects of proposed cuts to the agency in the House Republican spending bill. … Continue Reading


March 10, 2011

NAVY COMMITS $100 MILLION FOR UPGRADES AND MODERNIZATION AT PORTSMOUTH NAVAL SHIPYARD

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senators Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME), Susan Collins (R-ME), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today announced that the U.S. Navy intends to invest approximately $100 million during Fiscal Year 2012 in facility upgrades and modernization at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The funding, provided through the Sustainment, Restoration and Modernization (SRM) budget, would be used for energy conservation and repairs to submarine enclosures, building renovations, repair to … Continue Reading


March 09, 2011

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF JOURNALIST DAVID BRODER

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) released the following statement today on the passing of Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post political reporter David Broder. "For nearly five decades, David Broder was a fixture in the New Hampshire presidential primary, and I had the pleasure of crossing paths with him several times during my political career-first through my own involvement in presidential campaigns and later as an elected official. He exemplified journalism at it… Continue Reading


March 09, 2011

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON TODAY’S SENATE VOTES ON GOVERNMENT FUNDING BILLS

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) released the following statement today after voting against passage of H.R. 1, the House Republican funding bill, and in support of an alternative, Inouye Amendment #149. H.R. 1 failed 44-56 and the Inouye Amendment failed 42-58. Both required 60 votes for passage. "We need to reduce the deficit, but we need to make smart cuts, not reckless cuts. In the last two weeks, I have voted in support of more than $10 billion in cuts, but the Hou… Continue Reading


March 09, 2011

SHAHEEN CONTINUES FIGHT FOR EXTENSION OF CRITICAL SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAM

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) today lauded the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship's passage of a bill that would extend a critical small business innovation program. The bill, which would authorize the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program for the next eight years, was introduced by Shaheen and a bipartisan group of her fellow Small Business Committee members on March 4. It now heads to the floor for the full Senate's consideration. "… Continue Reading

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