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January 25, 2012

SHAHEEN: TV CHANNEL CONTRACT DISPUTE MUST END BEFORE SUPER BOWL

(Washington, D.C.) - With the New England Patriots scheduled to play in the Super Bowl just 11 days from now, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) is calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to step in and help resolve a TV contract dispute that could leave thousands of New Hampshire satellite TV subscribers with no way to watch the big game. Shaheen urged FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to help broker an agreement between DirecTV and Sunbeam Television Corporation, which owns the l… Continue Reading


January 25, 2012

SHAHEEN: CONGRESS MUST NOT LET FAA SHUT DOWN

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today called on the Senate to act quickly to avoid a repeat of last year's partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and renewed her call for a long-term extension of the critical agency. The FAA is operating under a short-term extension that expires at the end of the month. "We cannot allow a repeat of last year's shutdown, which left critical FAA personnel working without pay and threatened important investments in i… Continue Reading


January 24, 2012

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the below statement following President Obama's State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress: "In his speech tonight, the President focused on what has long been my number one priority-creating jobs for the American people. He challenged Congress to work together to find bipartisan solutions to our economic problems. "To foster economic growth, the President spoke of the need to concentrate on energy-an area where I … Continue Reading


January 24, 2012

SHAHEEN AND PORTMAN JOIN EACH OTHER AT STATE OF THE UNION TO ADVOCATE FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY

(Washington, D.C.) - Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH), authors of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 1000), issued the following statement today about their decision to sit together at tonight's State of the Union address: "We share a conviction that working together is the best way to solve our problems. True bipartisanship has to be about more than appearances - it has to include a commitment to finding bipartisan solutions. That's why we've worked … Continue Reading


January 23, 2012

SHAHEEN SUPPORTS DECISION BY EUROPEAN UNION TO BROADEN SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN

(Washington, DC) - United States Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today commended European Union (EU) governments for announcing expanded sanctions against the Iranian government for its continued illicit pursuit of a nuclear weapons program. The new sanctions target the Iranian regime's sources of funding for its nuclear program and include a phased embargo of Iranian crude oil imports into the European Union. "I applaud the European Union's decision to join with the United States in expanding sa… Continue Reading


January 20, 2012

SHAHEEN, AYOTTE ANNOUNCE NH STUDENTS SELECTED FOR 2012 SENATE YOUTH PROGRAM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte today announced the names of the two New Hampshire students who have been selected as delegates to the 50th Anniversary United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) that will be held March 3 - 10, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Ashley Chen of Nashua and Matthew Sanborn of Plymouth were selected to join more than 100 student delegates to attend USSYP's Washington Week, now in its 50th year. Each student delegate will receive a $5,000 unde… Continue Reading


January 19, 2012

NEW HAMPSHIRE TO RECEIVE REMAINDER OF FUNDING FOR HOME HEATING AID PROGRAM

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today that New Hampshire will receive $6.5 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for a critical home heating assistance program that will help families and seniors in need stay warm this winter. The payment from HHS to New Hampshire's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is the last the state will receive for Fiscal Year 2012. It brings the total LIHEAP funding issued to New Hampshire f… Continue Reading


January 18, 2012

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES $443,000 IN DISASTER RELIEF FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today announced New Hampshire will receive $443,000 in emergency disaster relief from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The funding, which includes $323,000 from the Farm Service Agency's (FSA) Emergency Conservation Program and $120,000 from the Natural Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS) Emergency Watershed Protection program, will help repair damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene and the October Nor'Easter. The funding wil… Continue Reading


January 11, 2012

SHAHEEN: EXTENSION OF SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAM IS GOOD NEWS FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE, NATIONAL ECONOMIES

(Seabrook, N.H.) - During a tour of energy technology company SustainX in Seabrook today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) discussed how the recent long-term extension of a federal small business program will help create jobs and foster innovation. Thanks in part to Shaheen's efforts, the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program was recently reauthorized for 6 years. The program allows small companies like SustainX to compete for federal research and development dollars, but had bee… Continue Reading


December 23, 2011

SHAHEEN: MANCHESTER JOB CORPS CENTER ANOTHER STEP CLOSER TO CONSTRUCTION

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today that the U.S. Department of Labor has begun the process of pre-soliciting qualified small business general contractors to construct a new jobs center in Manchester, New Hampshire. The pre-solicitation is now available at FedBizOpps.Gov "Today's news is a step in the right direction towards the construction and opening of the Jobs Corps Center in New Hampshire," Shaheen said. "At a time when too many New Hampshire citizens st… Continue Reading


December 22, 2011

NEW HAMPSHIRE TO GET $4.8 MILLION FOR HEATING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today that just in time for the holidays, New Hampshire will get an additional $4.8 million in funding for a critical heating assistance program crucial to keeping the state's most vulnerable citizens warm this winter. Shaheen spoke on the Senate floor last week to urge Congress and the Obama Administration to provide funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), crucial heating assistance for families and seni… Continue Reading


December 17, 2011

SHAHEEN: PAYROLL TAX CUT AND UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE EXTENSIONS WILL HELP AMERICAN FAMILIES

(Washington, D.C.) - Payroll tax cuts for workers and benefits for the unemployed have been extended for 2 months, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today. These measures will help American families at a crucial time, but need to be extended in the long-term to shore up our fragile economy. The Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011 passed the Senate today in an 89-10 vote and now heads to the President, who is expected to sign it soon. "As millions of unemployed and und… Continue Reading


December 16, 2011

SHAHEEN: HOME HEATING ASSISTANCE WILL HELP ENSURE FAMILIES ARE NOT LEFT IN THE COLD

(Washington, DC) - United States Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke today on the Senate floor to urge Congress to provide funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which provides crucial heating assistance for families and seniors in need during the winter. The Senate is expected to vote on a full-year spending bill later today, which would include almost $3.5 billion for LIHEAP, and send it to the President for his signature. The House passed the spending bill earlie… Continue Reading


December 15, 2011

SHAHEEN APPLAUDS FINAL PASSAGE OF DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) praised today's final passage of The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2012, which enhances our national security and supports our troops, while also saving taxpayer money by cutting unnecessary programs. The annual defense bill, which includes several measures authored or supported by Shaheen, authorizes all Department of Defense programs for the fiscal year and addresses major defense policy issues. It passed in an … Continue Reading


December 15, 2011

BERLIN PRISON BEGINS HIRING PROCESS

(Washington, DC) - After finally receiving the funding it needs to open, Berlin Federal Prison is now accepting applications from local residents for a variety of prison jobs including correctional officers and registered nurses, announced U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). Berlin Prison will employ 329 people, with 201 of those jobs being local hires. More than half of the local hires will be correctional officers. "We need to bring jobs back to the North Country and Berlin Federal Prison is … Continue Reading


December 14, 2011

SHAHEEN ENCOURAGES TAXPAYERS WITH MISSING REFUNDS TO CHECK WITH IRS

(Washington, DC) - Taxpayers who were expecting a refund this year on their federal income taxes and haven't yet received one are encouraged to use an online tool to help find information, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen's office announced today. The "Where's My Refund?" tool can be found on Shaheen's website: http://shaheen.senate.gov/. Information on this year's refunds will only be accessible for a few more weeks. "The 'Where's My Refund?' tool from the IRS is a convenient way for people to chec… Continue Reading


December 14, 2011

IN WAKE OF RECENT PROTESTS, SHAHEEN CHAIRS HEARING ON HUMAN RIGHTS IN RUSSIA

(Washington, D.C.) - As citizens continue to take to the streets in protest of Russia's recent flawed parliamentary elections, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today held a hearing to examine the state of human rights and the rule of law in Russia. Shaheen, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs, asked the panel of Obama Administration officials and diplomatic, human rights, and business experts about U.S. policy options regarding human rights in Russia. Bel… Continue Reading


December 13, 2011

SHAHEEN VOICES SUPPORT FOR PAYROLL TAX CUT EXTENSION

(Washington, DC) - United States Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke today on the Senate floor to urge her Senate colleagues to extend the payroll tax cut. Shaheen argued that failing to extend cuts would raise taxes on nearly all working Americans, harming a fragile economy and costing thousands of jobs. Senator Shaheen's remarks, as prepared for delivery, are below. Mr. President, in November, the private sector added 140,000 new jobs to our workforce. In fact, businesses have now cre… Continue Reading


December 13, 2011

SHAHEEN VOICES SUPPORT FOR PAYROLL TAX CUT EXTENSION

(Washington, D.C.) - United States Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke today on the Senate floor to urge her Senate colleagues to extend the payroll tax cut. Shaheen argued that failing to extend cuts would raise taxes on nearly all working Americans, harming a fragile economy and costing thousands of jobs. Senator Shaheen's remarks, as prepared for delivery, are below. Mr. President, in November, the private sector added 140,000 new jobs to our workforce. In fact, businesses have now created… Continue Reading


December 13, 2011

SHAHEEN, BASS WELCOME ARRIVAL OF CRUSADER AIRCRAFT TO McAULIFFE-SHEPARD DISCOVERY CENTER

CONCORD, NH - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Congressman Charles F. Bass (R-NH-02) today welcomed the arrival of a vintage 1956 U.S. Navy XF8U-2 Crusader jet to the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord. The aircraft was one of the series of jet planes tested by New Hampshire's own Alan Shepard, the United States' first astronaut. Shaheen and Bass worked with the U.S. Navy's National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Florida and the Department of Defense to secure a long-t… Continue Reading

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