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May 12, 2010

SHAHEEN, SHEA-PORTER CALL FOR EMERGENCY ACTION TO PROTECT NEW HAMPSHIRE FISHERMEN

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today met with Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to urge him to take immediate emergency action to increase catch limits on New Hampshire fishermen. New regulations, which went into effect on May 1, impose sharp reductions from 2009 catch limits and have put New Hampshire's small boat fleet at risk. "These low catch limits threaten the future of New Hampshire's fishing fleet and we need to do everything we… Continue Reading


May 11, 2010

SHAHEEN: TAXPAYERS DESERVE A FULL ACCOUNTING OF FEDERAL RESERVE EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE TO FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, an amendment to audit the Federal Reserve, which was cosponsored by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, was successfully adopted and will be included in the Wall Street Reform legislation currently before the Senate. The measure would also require the Federal Reserve to identify the banks, financial institutions, and foreign central banks that are currently receiving or have received emergency financial assistance from the Federal Reserve, as well as the dollar amounts… Continue Reading


May 10, 2010

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON NOMINATION OF SOLICITOR GENERAL ELENA KAGAN TO THE SUPREME COURT

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today released the below statement following President Obama's nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Shaheen first met Kagan in 2005 when Kagan served as Dean of Harvard Law School and Shaheen served as Director of the Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. While at the IOP, Shaheen invited Kagan to speak to a group of students about women's leadership. "Solicitor Genera… Continue Reading


May 06, 2010

SHAHEEN SPONSORED AMENDMENT TO PROTECT COMMUNITY BANKS ADOPTED

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Today, an amendment to protect community banks, which was cosponsored by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, was successfully adopted to be included in the Wall Street Reform legislation currently before the Senate. The amendment would ensure that community banks are not forced to pay more than their fair share for federal bank insurance. It passed by a vote of 98-0. "Community banks should not have to pay for Wall Street's reckless conduct," said Shaheen. "Community bank … Continue Reading


May 05, 2010

SHAHEEN: NO TAXPAYER FUNDS SHOULD BE USED TO BAIL OUT WALL STREET

Washington, D.C.)-U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced today that the Senate has adopted an amendment to the Wall Street reform legislation that would ensure that no taxpayer funds will be used to bail out financial institutions. The amendment, which Shaheen cosponsored, would hold Wall Street accountable for their reckless behavior and protect taxpayers. Last year, Shaheen was one of nine Democrats to vote against releasing $350 billion in additional bailout dollars because she didn't f… Continue Reading


May 05, 2010

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES PITTSFIELD FIRE DEPARTMENT TO RECEIVE NEARLY $120,000 FOR VEHICLE ACQUISITION

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced today that the Pittsfield Fire Department has been awarded $118,750 through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program for Vehicle Acquisition. "New Hampshire families depend on our brave firefighters and first responders to keep our communities safe," said Shaheen. "We must ensure that they have the resources they need to continue to do their jobs safely and effectively." The Assistance t… Continue Reading


May 05, 2010

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $265,000 FOR FIRE SAFETY IN DERRY

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced today that the Derry Fire Department has been awarded $265,050 through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program for Operations and Safety. "New Hampshire families depend on our brave firefighters and first responders to keep our communities safe," said Shaheen. "We must ensure that they have the resources they need to continue to do their jobs safely and effectively." The Assistance to … Continue Reading


April 30, 2010

SHAHEEN: AMERICAN TAXPAYERS SHOULD NEVER AGAIN HAVE TO BAILOUT WALL STREET

(Manchester, N.H.)-U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today discussed the need to pass Wall Street reform legislation to protect families and small businesses by holding big banks accountable for their risky decisions and preventing future financial collapse. Shaheen was joined for a press conference at Cobb Hill Construction in Concord today by Cobb Hill Owner Tom Avallone, whose business has slumped since commercial and residential buyers of their services aren't able to access the financing th… Continue Reading


April 30, 2010

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES NEARLY $1.4 MILLION FOR FLOOD DAMAGE IN COLEBROOK

(Washington, D.C.)-U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today announced that the Town of Colebrook will receive $1,397,600 from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration to repair flood damage. The funding will help repair damaged retaining walls, stabilize the town's industrial park, and help encourage economic development. "I'm pleased that this funding will help Colebrook get back on its feet after the devastating flooding of 2008," said Shaheen. "More work needs … Continue Reading


April 29, 2010

SHAHEEN: WE MUST MAKE ELECTIONS MORE TRANSPARENT, PROHIBIT EXCESSIVE CORPORATE CAMPAIGN SPENDING

(Washington, D.C.)-U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced her support for new legislation introduced today that would blunt the unprecedented flow of corporate and special interest donations into U.S. elections. The Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections (DISCLOSE) Act, of which Shaheen is an original co-sponsor, would bring transparency to the corporate-backed ads that will flood the airwaves in the 2010 midterm election and future election cycles. The legisla… Continue Reading


April 28, 2010

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $92,000 FOR FIRE SAFETY IN CHESTER

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced today that the Chester Fire Department has been awarded $92,074 through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program for Operations and Safety. The grant will be used to upgrade and replace the department's supply of self contained breathing gear. "Our firefighters and first responders deserve the best training and equipment we can offer," said Shaheen. "These brave firefighters put their liv… Continue Reading


April 23, 2010

SHAHEEN, INDIAN AMBASSADOR DISCUSS EXPANDING TRADE WITH NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESS LEADERS

(Manchester, NH)- U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, along with the Indian Ambassador to the United States, Meera Shankar, today toured local businesses and met with a number of New Hampshire business leaders. Shaheen and Shankar discussed the economic benefits of trade and investment ties between New Hampshire and India and the need to maintain open trade lines. Shankar is visiting New Hampshire at Shaheen's invitation. They visited ARC Energy in Nashua, GT Solar in Merrimack, and the Amoskea… Continue Reading


April 21, 2010

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES $10 MILLION FOR LARGE-SCALE ENERGY EFFICIENCY RETROFIT PROJECTS IN BERLIN, NASHUA, PLYMOUTH

(Washington, D.C.)-U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today announced that the New Hampshire Beacon Communities Project will receive $10 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to make residential, commercial, municipal, and industrial buildings in Berlin, Nashua, and Plymouth more energy efficient. The funding was announced today by Vice President Joe Biden as part of the Department of Energy's Retrofit Ramp-Up initiative, an effort to increase energy efficiency buildi… Continue Reading


April 21, 2010

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $30,000 FOR FIRE SAFETY IN KEENE

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced today that the Keene Fire Department has been awarded $30,806 through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program for Fire Prevention and Safety. "Our firefighters and first responders deserve the best training and equipment we can offer," said Shaheen. "These brave firefighters put their lives on the line every day to protect our communities, and we must ensure they have the resources they n… Continue Reading


April 18, 2010

SHAHEEN: FIVE MAJOR AIRLINES PLEDGE NO CARRY-ON FEES

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced today that the CEOs of five major airlines have committed to not charge passengers for carry-on luggage. Commitments were received from American, Delta, JetBlue, United, and US Airways. The announcement comes after a competing airline recently announced it would soon begin charging passengers a whopping $45 for overhead carry-on luggage, prompting Shaheen and five of her Senate colleagues to take action. "Consumers are tired of… Continue Reading


April 16, 2010

SHAHEEN HIGHLIGHTS ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY THROUGH ENERGY EFFICIENCY, WEATHERIZATION

(Washington, D.C.)-U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today discussed the positive impact of energy efficiency projects on job creation and economic growth at Winngate Village Apartments in Laconia. The 100-unit apartment community is undergoing weatherization, which was made possible through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding awarded to the Belknap-Merrimack Community Action Program. Shaheen was joined at the event by Cathy Zoi, the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency… Continue Reading


April 16, 2010

SHAHEEN: CLEAN ENERGY SECTOR WILL CREATE JOBS OF THE FUTURE

(Washington, D.C.)-U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today discussed the need to create a robust clean energy economy at Warner Power, a manufacturer of energy efficient power conversion systems and products. Shaheen was joined by Cathy Zoi, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. "Clean energy technologies will help us take control of our energy future, save consumers money, help make our country more energy independent, and create new … Continue Reading


April 16, 2010

SHAHEEN CALLS FOR INCREASED SUPPORT FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE DAIRY FARMERS

(Washington, D.C.)-U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today called on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to increase price supports for small New Hampshire dairy farmers facing low prices on milk products. While prices have increased due to last year's action, which Shaheen urged, prices remain too low for dairy farmers to make ends meet. "At a time when many dairy farmers are struggling to recover from last year's historically low prices, milk prices are projected to remain below the cost of p… Continue Reading


April 15, 2010

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $1 MILLION TO HELP NEW HAMPSHIRE UNEMPLOYED WORKERS FIND WORK

(Washington, D.C.)-U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today announced that the New Hampshire Department of Employment Security has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor for $1,123,648 to create individualized employment and job training assessments for unemployed workers across the state. This funding will enhance the work being done at one-stop career centers throughout New Hampshire by allowing staff to conduct in-person assessments to determine which services and/or training are… Continue Reading


April 14, 2010

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $87,000 FOR FIRE SAFETY IN BRENTWOOD, KINGSTON

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced today that the Brentwood and Kingston Fire Departments have been awarded $54,156 and $33,119, respectively, through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program for operations and safety. "Our firefighters and first responders deserve the best training and equipment we can offer, and these grants will provide an important boost in resources for the fire departments in Brentwood and Kingston," s… Continue Reading

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