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March 22, 2012

SHAHEEN CONTINUES CALL TO CUT FUNDING FOR WASTEFUL WEAPONS PROGRAM

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined a bipartisan group of senators yesterday in a letter to Senate military spending leaders urging them to cut funding for development of an air defense system the U.S. military no longer intends to buy. The letter calls on the heads of the Senate Armed Services and Appropriations Committees to reject a $400.9 million Department of Defense request in President Obama's 2013 budget for the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) progr… Continue Reading


March 21, 2012

SHAHEEN PRAISES BIPARTISAN VOTE IN SUPPORT OF SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE

(Washington, D.C.) -U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the below statement following the news that the New Hampshire House voted to reject a bill that would have repealed same-sex marriage. The vote was 202-133 against the repeal. "I want to praise all the Democrats and Republicans in the New Hampshire House who came together today to stand up against efforts to repeal gay marriage in our state. We must continue to push back against discrimination and any efforts to undo the progress … Continue Reading


March 21, 2012

SHAHEEN, AYOTTE: NOW IS NOT THE TIME FOR NEW BRAC ROUND

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today reiterated their opposition to a new Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round, noting that costs from the 2005 BRAC round were far greater than initially projected. During today's Armed Services Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee hearing, Senators Shaheen and Ayotte referenced a 2009 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report revealing that the most recent BRAC process, which occurred in 2005, … Continue Reading


March 20, 2012

SHAHEEN PREVIEWS NATO 2012 SUMMIT AT NATIONAL SECURITY FORUM

(Washington, D.C.) - At a congressional forum today previewing the upcoming NATO 2012 Summit in Chicago, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) outlined the alliance's most pressing global security issues. As host of the forum, Shaheen delivered opening remarks and introduced the featured panelists, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former U.S. Senator and Navy Secretary John Warner (R-VA). In May, leaders from the international community will convene in Chicago for the NATO 2012 Sum… Continue Reading


March 19, 2012

SENATORS WELCOME NEW CONTRACT FOR MODERNIZATION WORK AT PORTSMOUTH NAVAL SHIPYARD

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME), Susan Collins (R-ME), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) welcomed today's announcement that the U.S. Navy has contracted with Environmental Chemical Corp., a Massachusetts-based firm, for additional modernization work at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY). The $38 million contract will allow for energy and building renovation to the West End Waterfront Support Facility, Building 174. Today's contract award is in addition to a pre… Continue Reading


March 19, 2012

SHAHEEN: TO START MEETING OUR ENERGY CHALLENGES, WE MUST INVEST IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY

(Philadelphia, PA) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) led a roundtable discussion at the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster (GPIC) for Energy-Efficient Buildings today to outline why America must invest in energy efficiency for the sake of our economy and national security. GPIC, one of five energy innovation hubs around the country launched by the Department of Energy, asked Shaheen to discuss legislation she introduced in May that creates a national energy efficiency strategy. By ince… Continue Reading


March 19, 2012

SHAHEEN: WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST GETS $4M TO REBUILD AND REPAIR ROADS DAMAGED BY HURRICANE IRENE

(Washington, D.C.) - The U.S. Forest Service received more than $4 million in disaster relief funding to repair trails and roads at White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today. The roads were damaged last August by the heavy rains and flash floods that resulted from Hurricane Irene. "Hurricane Irene had a devastating impact on many areas in the state and these funds will ensure that repair work can be completed," Shaheen said. "These roads… Continue Reading


March 15, 2012

SHAHEEN URGES SENATE TO PASS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO FIGHT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

SHAHEEN SPEAKS ON SENATE FLOOR IN SUPPORT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT Shaheen was joined on the Senate floor by U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Patty Murray (D-WA), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Kay Hagan (D-NC). In addition to the women speaking, Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Susan Collins (R-ME), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Claire McCaskill (D-… Continue Reading


March 15, 2012

SHAHEEN CALLS FOR EXTENSION OF CRITICAL SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAMS

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) took to the Senate floor today to fight for extensions to a pair of critical small business programs as part of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, which is currently under debate in the Senate. Shaheen called for reauthorizations to both the Export-Import Bank, which helps small businesses sell their products overseas, and the Small Business Administration's 504 refinancing program, which helps small firms refinance their real… Continue Reading


March 15, 2012

SHAHEEN PRESSES NAVY SECRETARY ON PORTSMOUTH NAVAL SHIPYARD MODERNIZATION EFFORTS

(Washington, D.C) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today continued her push to support investment in infrastructure at New Hampshire's Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing this morning, Shaheen pressed U.S. Navy Secretary Raymond Mabus on the steps being taken to support the shipyard's modernization efforts and to increase the military's energy independence. Last year, Shaheen supported a bipartisan amendment in the Defense Authorization bill requiring the… Continue Reading


March 15, 2012

SHAHEEN URGES SENATE TO PASS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO FIGHT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and her Senate colleagues spoke on the Senate floor today about the importance of reauthorizing the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act, which would continue to help law enforcement combat domestic violence across the nation. Shaheen was joined on the Senate floor by U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Patty Murray (D-WA), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Kay Hagan (D-NC). In addition to the women speaking, Senators … Continue Reading


March 15, 2012

SHAHEEN CALLS FOR EXTENSION OF CRITICAL SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAMS

SHAHEEN CALLS FOR EXTENSION OF CRITICAL SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAMS (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) took to the Senate floor today to fight for extensions to a pair of critical small business programs as part of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, which is currently under debate in the Senate. Shaheen called for reauthorizations to both the Export-Import Bank, which helps small businesses sell their products overseas, and the Small Business Administration's … Continue Reading


March 14, 2012

SHAHEEN APPLAUDS PASSAGE OF TRANSPORTATION BILL THAT WILL CREATE JOBS AND IMPROVE INFRASTRUCTURE

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) applauded the Senate's passage today of a critical transportation reauthorization bill that will create jobs and invest in infrastructure projects critical to America's safety and economy. The bill passed 74-22. "This bill will create jobs, fund critical transportation needs in New Hampshire such as I-93 and keep American companies on the road to success," Shaheen said. "I am glad we have been able to make improvements to the bill that pre… Continue Reading


March 12, 2012

SHAHEEN: ENERGY INDEPENDENCE CRITICAL TO U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY

(Norfolk, VA) - Energy independence makes our military more effective and our nation safer, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) said today at a Senate Energy Committee field hearing she held on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge in Norfolk, VA. Shaheen called a hearing of her Subcommittee on Water and Power to learn more about the Navy's successful energy initiatives, including those exemplified by the U.S.S. Kearsarge. Shaheen was joined at the hearing by U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA). Former U.S.… Continue Reading


March 08, 2012

SHAHEEN, AYOTTE ANNOUNCE NEW FACILITY FOR NH VETS CENTER

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) announced today that the Department of Veterans Affairs will relocate the Manchester Veterans Center to a newly renovated facility in Hooksett. Earlier this week, Shaheen and Ayotte sent a joint letter to Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki urging his department to approve a contract that would allow the Vets Center to relocate. The Hooksett property was identified nearly 25 months ago, yet delays in the appro… Continue Reading


March 08, 2012

SNOWE, SHAHEEN, AYOTTE WELCOME CONTRACT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR MODERNIZATION WORK AT PORTSMOUTH NAVAL SHIPYARD

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) welcomed an announcement that the U.S. Navy has contracted with Environmental Chemical Corp., a Massachusetts-based firm, to begin structural repairs and modernization work at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY). The $38 million contract will allow for energy and structural repairs to the consolidated submarine operations, Building 178, to create a state-of-the-art, energy efficient shipyard indus… Continue Reading


March 08, 2012

SHAHEEN SPEAKS ON SENATE FLOOR IN CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

SHAHEEN SPEAKS ON SENATE FLOOR IN CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke on the Senate floor today in commemoration of International Women's Day. Today marks the 101st anniversary of the first International Women's Day, which recognizes the achievements of women around the world. Shaheen's remarks, as prepared for delivery, are below. Mr. President, Today, we come to the floor to commemorate International Women's Day - a d… Continue Reading


March 07, 2012

NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESSES AND STAKEHOLDERS CALL FOR IMMEDIATE PASSAGE OF FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION BILL

(Washington, D.C.) -U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today forwarded a letter to Congressional leaders from 56 New Hampshire businesses and other transportation stakeholders, calling for immediate renewal of America's surface transportation programs. The letter comes as the U.S. Senate debates a critical transportation bill, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act. It has been more than two years since the last federal transportation bill expired and new legislation is needed t… Continue Reading


March 07, 2012

SHAHEEN CONTINUES TO PRESS MILITARY ON SAFETY OF SYRIAN WEAPONS ARSENALS

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today continued her push to ensure that Syria's extensive weapons stockpiles do not fall into the wrong hands if President Assad's regime collapses. At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Shaheen questioned Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta about the security of Syria's chemical weapons and portable anti-aircraft missiles. Shaheen also asked Panetta to compare the situation in Syria to that in Libya, where thousands of such missile… Continue Reading


March 06, 2012

SHAHEEN QUESTIONS PENTAGON OFFICIAL ABOUT SAFETY OF SYRIAN WEAPONS STOCKPILES

(Washington, D.C.) - At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) questioned General James Mattis, Commander of U.S. Central Command, about the security of Syria's vast weapons arsenals in light of the rising violence in that country. Experts estimate that Syria has one of the largest chemical weapons programs in the world and senior U.S. officials have described a "nightmare scenario" if these weapons fall into the wrong hands as a result of the collap… Continue Reading

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