February 24, 2016

SHAHEEN: The Senate has maintained an important bipartisan tradition of considering Supreme Court nominees

Washington, DC-U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) made the following statement after Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee announced in a letter yesterday that they will not hold a hearing on the President's nomination to the Supreme Court: "Since the beginning of our nation, the Senate has maintained an important bipartisan tradition of considering Supreme Court nominees. I hope the Senate can find a way to move forward and look to the example set in 1988, a presidential election year… Continue Reading

February 23, 2016

Shaheen, Blumenthal & Leahy Introduce Sexual Assault Survivors Rights Legislation in the Senate

(Washington, DC)-Today, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), introduced legislation that codifies basic rights for survivors of sexual assault. The Sexual Assault Survivors' Rights Act builds on the success of the Crime Victims' Rights Act to address unique challenges faced by sexual assault survivors, particularly regarding notice, access, and preservation of sexual assault eviden… Continue Reading

February 23, 2016

Shaheen Statement on the President’s Plan to Close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement after President Obama announced a plan that he's submitting to Congress to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility: "For far too long, the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility has undermined our nation's standing in the world and has served as a recruitment tool for terrorists. Last year, it cost the American taxpayer nearly a half billion dollars to house around 100 detainees. I believe we can and we must… Continue Reading

February 22, 2016

Shaheen Denounces Agency Decision to Impose Costly Fee on NH Fishermen

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) denounced a decision by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to force New Hampshire fishermen to pay for a costly regulation beginning March 1. The agency announced on Friday that it will force fishermen in New England to start paying for an at-sea observer program, which monitors catch sizes for conservation purposes. The program, which was previously paid for by NOAA, will cost fishermen an estimated $700 per day on fi… Continue Reading

February 22, 2016

Shaheen Statement on Passing of Former Portsmouth Mayor Eileen Foley

(Manchester, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement on the passing of former Portsmouth Mayor, Eileen Foley: "Billy and I were very saddened to learn of the passing of Eileen Foley, and our thoughts today are with her daughter, Mary Carey, and the entire Foley family. Eileen leaves behind an incredible legacy in the Seacoast Region. She carried on a great family tradition of public service and played an invaluable role in Portsmouth's renaissance. She was not … Continue Reading

February 19, 2016

Shaheen Statement on the Passing of Former Keene Mayor Pat Russell

(Manchester, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement on the passing of former Keene Mayor, Pat Russell: "Pat was one of the first women I met in politics and was a dear friend and mentor. New Hampshire has lost one of its finest public servants. Throughout her career, she broke down barriers for women in public service and was an inspiration to many. She was a tremendously effective advocate for her community and always spoke up for those who didn't have a voic… Continue Reading

February 18, 2016

In Manchester, Shaheen Visits Addiction Treatment Center as Senate Prepares to Take Up Legislation to Tackle the National Heroin and Opioid Crisis

**Shaheen is Leading an Effort in Congress to Pass an Emergency Funding Bill that will Quickly Provide Resources to First Responders and Treatment Providers** **Today, She Also Welcomed the Endorsement of the National Governor's Association for Providing Emergency Funding to States** Senator Shaheen meets with Serenity Place CEO Sharon Drake. A high quality version of this photo is here. (Manchester, NH) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) visited Serenity Place, an addiction treatm… Continue Reading

February 17, 2016

In Claremont, Shaheen Encourages Planned Parenthood Staff, Denounces Attacks on Women’s Reproductive Healthcare

**Her call follows the indictment in Texas of anti-choice group that produced deceptive videos of Planned Parenthood staff** **Shaheen takes a tour of clinic that was vandalized twice last year** (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) visited the Planned Parenthood clinic in Claremont that was vandalized twice last year and delivered words of encouragement to staff. The second attack on the facility in October of last year forced it to close for nearly six weeks. Senator … Continue Reading

February 12, 2016

Following Floor Action by Shaheen, Senate Confirms Key National Security Nominees

(Washington, DC) The U.S. Senate today confirmed seven nominees for key national security positions, following a week of floor speeches by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and other Senators highlighting unacceptably long delays in their confirmation. "I'm pleased that these nominees have been confirmed so they can get to work protecting our nation," said Shaheen. "It was unacceptable for these nominees to face lengthy delays for purely political reasons at the expense of our safety. Unfortunatel… Continue Reading

February 11, 2016

As Senate Takes Up Legislation to Tackle Heroin Crisis, Senate Democrats Call for Passage of Shaheen’s Emergency Supplemental Funding Bill

(February 11, 2016 - Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) speaks about the need to pass her emergency supplemental funding bill) Senator Shaheen's full remarks can be viewed here. (Washington, DC) - Today, as the Senate begins to consider legislation to address the opioid addiction crisis gripping the country, a group of Senators gathered on Capitol Hill to call for the passage of U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)'s emergency supplemental funding bill for first responders and … Continue Reading

February 11, 2016

Shaheen Introduces Legislation to Cut Red Tape That's Contributing to VA Choice Card Reimbursement Delays

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced legislation to streamline and simplify the billing process for reimbursing health care providers administering care to veterans in the Veterans Affairs Choice Card Program. Currently, Choice Card Program regulations and agency bureaucracy have resulted in lengthy payment delays for care providers, threatening provider participation in the program and access to care for veterans. Last month, Shaheen wrote to VA Secretary Robe… Continue Reading

February 11, 2016

Shaheen Amendment to Help Small Businesses Boost Exports Heads to President’s Desk

(Washington, DC) - Today, the Senate passed a trade enforcement bill that includes Senator Jeanne Shaheen's (D-NH) amendment to boost exports by U.S. small businesses. The President is expected soon to sign the broader trade bill, known as the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, into law. Shaheen's amendment provides a number of initiatives to help small businesses take advantage of trade, such as reauthorizing the successful State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grant progra… Continue Reading

February 11, 2016

Shaheen, Collins Lead Letter Calling for Accountability in UN Peacekeeping Forces Following Multiple Reports of Sexual Abuse

(Washington, DC)-Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) led a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Samantha Power calling for action and accountability following multiple reports of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeeping forces in the Central African Republic. "Vulnerable populations around the world entrust peacekeepers with their safety and security. It is unacceptable that some guardians are engaging … Continue Reading

February 11, 2016

At Senate Hearing Shaheen Questions Officials on Response to Zika Virus

Watch the full video here. (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) questioned top U.S. health officials at a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor Health and Human Services and Education on the U.S. response to the Zika virus. Shaheen asked Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases about the threat of Zika to Americans and how their departm… Continue Reading

February 11, 2016

Senate Committee Advances Shaheen-Supported Legislation to Address Opioid Crisis

(Washington, DC) - Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced legislation, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) that authorizes a series of new initiatives to help stem the tide of the heroin and opioid crisis. Senator Shaheen also renewed her call for the Senate to advance emergency funding for first responders and treatment providers. In an op-ed published today on, Senators Shaheen and Angus King (I-ME) called … Continue Reading

February 10, 2016

Shaheen Applauds Senate Passage of North Korean Sanctions Legislation That Includes Her Amendment to Protect Efforts to Recover Remains of American Servicemembers

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen voted for the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016, which passed the Senate today by a vote of 96-0. As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Shaheen successfully amended the legislation in committee to protect efforts to recover the remains of American servicemembers in North Korea. "The United States must make it clear to Kim Jung Un's regime that their belligerent behavior will not go unanswered," said Shaheen. … Continue Reading

February 10, 2016

On Senate Floor Shaheen Continues Effort to Confirm Stalled National Security Nominees

Watch Senator Shaheen's full floor speech here. (Washington, DC) - This afternoon, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) returned to the Senate floor to once again call for the confirmation of Adam Szubin to be Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Crimes. Shaheen called on the Banking Committee to move the nomination while discussing the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016. Shaheen noted that the confirmation of Mr. Szubin is important to give the Treasury Department … Continue Reading

February 09, 2016

Shaheen Statement on Internet Sales Tax Legislation

(Washington, DC) U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) made the following statement after reports that Senate Republican leadership has agreed to advance the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act: "Internet sales tax legislation would be bad for New Hampshire's economy and our small businesses. I will continue to do everything in my power as U.S. Senator to prevent this legislation from advancing in Congress. The last thing our small businesses need is this unnecessary red tape." Senator Shaheen h… Continue Reading

February 09, 2016

Shaheen Statement on President’s FY2017 Budget

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) made the following statement on the President's budget, which was revealed today: "The federal government needs to be doing much more to address the heroin and opioid pandemic and I'm relieved that the President's budget reflects the urgency of this crisis," said Shaheen. "Congress must work with the administration to address this crisis and approve additional funding for our first responders and treatment providers." "I welcome the substan… Continue Reading

February 04, 2016

Shaheen Welcomes Long-overdue Steps by the FDA to Strengthen Regulations of Opioid Drugs

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today welcomed the announcement by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of their new comprehensive action plan for opioid drugs to reduce the impact of addiction on American families and communities. "For far too long, the FDA has had a laissez-faire attitude towards highly addictive opioid medications," said Shaheen. "Today's announcement is long-overdue and I hope represents a broader course correction for the agency. Opioid painkillers … Continue Reading

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