September 20, 2016

Shaheen, Collins Lead Push to Ensure Continued Support for Special Diabetes Program

**Letter is cosigned by a bipartisan group of 74 Senators** Copy of the signed letter available here (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME), the co-chairs of the Senate Diabetes Caucus, coauthored a letter to Senate leadership recognizing the importance of the Special Diabetes Program (SDP) that was signed by 74 bipartisan Senators. "The groundbreaking discoveries made possible by this program are already improving care for the more than 29 million… Continue Reading

September 19, 2016

Shaheen Statement on the Passing of General Robert W. Cone

(Washington, DC)- U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement on the passing of General Robert W. Cone, a Manchester native and retired four-star general in the U.S. Army who last served as the Commanding General of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. In 2009, Gen. Cone served as the commander of III Corps, deploying to Iraq to serve as Deputy Commanding General for Operations, the second highest-ranking military officer in United States Forces - Iraq. He was respons… Continue Reading

September 15, 2016

Military Leadership & Diplomats Urge Congress to Extend Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Program Championed by Senator Shaheen

(Washington, DC)- U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) welcomed comments from military leadership and diplomats during Senate hearings today in strong support of the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program. The Afghan SIV program allows Afghans who faithfully supported the U.S. mission in Afghanistan and are under threat because of this service to apply for refuge in the United States. In the past few years, the SIV program has been sustained through the annual National Defense Authorization A… Continue Reading

September 15, 2016

Shaheen Secures Senate Approval of Portsmouth Navigation Project

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) successfully secured Senate approval of a navigation improvement project that will benefit Portsmouth Harbor and the regional economy. The widening needed for the uppermost turning basin on the Piscataqua River was authorized as part of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which passed the Senate today by a vote of 95-3. "This project is a smart investment in the future of commerce in the Seacoast region," said Senator Shaheen. "Port… Continue Reading

September 15, 2016


(Washington, DC)- This morning, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the lead Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security, called for a Senate hearing to examine the evidence that Russia is trying to interfere in our nation's upcoming elections in November and explore the foreign policy implications. In her letter to the leadership of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Shaheen lists recent alarming developments, including reports that Russia hacke… Continue Reading

September 13, 2016


(Washington, DC)- U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and David Perdue (R-GA), members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a bipartisan resolution in support of Lebanon, a country under enormous strain due to the conflict in Syria. The resolution applauds Lebanon's hosting of more than 1,000,000 Syrian refugees and recognizes the direct threat posed by ISIS and the unique political challenges the country faces. It also encourages Lebanon's continued efforts to curb the influenc… Continue Reading

September 13, 2016

Shaheen Applauds New HUD Rules Clarifying Protections for Victims of Harassment and Domestic Violence

**Shaheen introduced legislation in July to establish housing protections for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault** **Shaheen: Survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault have so many obstacles to overcome - safe housing shouldn't be one of them** (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement in reaction to the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) announcement to clarify legal standards for victims of domestic violence… Continue Reading

September 13, 2016

Senators Shaheen, Cardin, Boxer, Menendez, Coons, Murphy and Kaine Introduce Resolution to Commemorate the 15th Anniversary of NATO’s Invocation of Article V

(Washington D.C.) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Chris Coons (D-DE), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Tim Kaine (D-VA), members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, this week introduced a resolution to commemorate the 15th anniversary of NATO's invocation of Article V in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States. Article V enshrines the principle of collective defense, meaning that an atta… Continue Reading

September 11, 2016

Shaheen Statement on 15th Anniversary of September 11th Terrorist Attacks

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement marking the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001: "Fifteen years ago, Americans awoke on a Tuesday to go about their daily lives; by 9 a.m., we watched the world change forever. A senseless act of terrorism took the lives of nearly 3,000 men, women and children, including 10 Granite Staters. We lost many heroic first responders who ran toward danger to help others to safety, and the brave men and women who … Continue Reading

September 10, 2016

Shaheen Welcomes Safe Relocation of Iranian Dissidents in Iraq to Albania

(Washington, DC) -- U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees, ‎released the following statement on the successful relocation to Albania of the last members of the Iranian dissident group, the Mujahedeen e-Khalq, who were being housed at Camp Liberty, Iraq. "The United States had an obligation to find a safe sanctuary for these individuals, and I'm very relieved we've upheld our promise," said Shaheen. "Members of thi… Continue Reading

September 08, 2016

Shaheen Urges European Union to Reject Sweden’s Petition to Ban Importation of American Lobster

(Washington, DC)- U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and lead Democrat on the European Affairs subcommittee, sent a letter to the Director of the European Commission Directorate-General for Environment, Daniel Calleja Crespo, today in response to the European Union's (EU) decision to move forward with consideration of Sweden's petition to ban European imports of the American Lobster by declaring it an invasive species. In her letter, Shaheen stre… Continue Reading

September 08, 2016

Shaheen Introduces Legislation to Improve Opioid Prescription Safety

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced legislation that would require prescription medications to include a label warning if the drug contains opiates that could cause addictive behavior. The legislation is known as Carl's Law in recognition of Carl Messinger, a Granite Stater who was recovering from substance use disorder when he was prescribed a medicine that, unknown to him, contained an opioid. Carl relapsed following the incident and eventually overdosed, however, … Continue Reading

September 07, 2016

Shaheen Welcomes Support from Distinguished Military Leaders for Effort to Extend the Visa Program for Afghan Interpreters Who Have Supported the U.S. Mission

**Letter Signed by 36 Distinguished Military Leaders--Including Two Medal of Honor Recipients--Calls on Congress to Honor Armed Forces Code: "Leave no one behind" ** **Letter also signed by organizations representing hundreds of thousands of veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces** (Washington, DC)-Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) welcomed a letter in support of extending the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program that was distributed to Congress and signed by 36 distinguished retired milit… Continue Reading

September 06, 2016

Shaheen, Rep. Wasserman Schultz & Advocacy Groups Applaud House Passage of Shaheen-Authored Legislation to Establish Basic Rights for Sexual Assault Survivors

**The Sexual Assault Survivors' Rights Act was passed in the House as part of the Survivors' Bill of Rights Act of 2016** **Shaheen: The Sexual Assault Survivors' Rights Act is now one giant step closer to reaching the President's desk** (Washington DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) issued the following statements after legislation authored by Sen. Shaheen and introduced by Rep. Wasserman Schultz to establish basic rights for survivors of sexual… Continue Reading

September 02, 2016

Shaheen Applauds Announcement of Approximately $1.5 Million in Grants to Address Youth Substance Abuse in New Hampshire

(Manchester, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) applauded today's announcement of approximately $1.5 million in federal funding for New Hampshire youth substance abuse prevention programs. The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program, run by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, will distribute twelve grants of up to $125,000 to community coalitions across the Granite State for preventing youth substance use. Senator Shaheen used her position on the Senate Appropriatio… Continue Reading

September 01, 2016

Shaheen-Hosted Discussion with Agriculture Secretary Results in 10 New Transitional Housing Units for New Hampshire

(Manchester, NH) - As a result of a roundtable meeting hosted by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and members of the Hillsborough County Adult Drug Court in May, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced new national initiatives to use USDA's rural development resources to help fill the need for transitional housing for people recovering from opioid and other substance use disorders. The new initiative will open up 10 new rental assistance u… Continue Reading

August 31, 2016

Shaheen Statement on New FDA Labeling Requirement for Opioid, Benzodiazepine Medications Aimed to Reverse Opioid Abuse Epidemic

(Manchester, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement in reaction to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) announcement that it is requiring class-wide changes to drug labeling to better inform health care providers and patients of the serious risks associated with the combined use of certain opioid medications and benzodiazepines, a class of commonly-used drugs prescribed to treat conditions such as anxiety, insomnia and seizure disorders. Today's announce… Continue Reading

August 24, 2016

Shaheen Congratulates Strafford County on New Grant from U.S. Department of Justice to Help Families Affected by Domestic Violence

(Manchester, N.H.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) offered her congratulations to Strafford County after it was announced that it would receive a Justice For Families Grant totaling $588,015 from the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women for the Strafford County Supervised Visitation and Exchange Center. The Office on Violence Against Women currently administers 24 grant programs authorized by the Violence Against Women Act, which was strongly supported by Sena… Continue Reading

August 11, 2016

At New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, Shaheen Discusses Her New Legislation to Provide Housing Protections For Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

(Concord, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) visited the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (NHCADSV) today for a roundtable discussion on her recently introduced legislation to provide legal protections to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault who face housing discrimination. The Fair Housing for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survivors Act of 2016, which has been endorsed by NHCADSV and more than 30 national organizations, would establish a nat… Continue Reading

August 11, 2016

Shaheen, Capito Urge National Guard to Allocate Funding Based on State Overdose Rates

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) are calling on the National Guard to update its funding model to accurately reflect the severity of the nation's drug epidemic. In a letter to General Frank Grass, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, the senators urge the National Guard to more effectively allocate funds to address the drug epidemic in states with high concentrations of overdose fatalities. In New Hampshire and West Virginia, states with extr… Continue Reading

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