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April 01, 2009

SHAHEEN FLOOR STATEMENT ON SENATE BUDGET RESOLUTION

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen made the following remarks on the floor of the U.S. Senate yesterday evening in support of the priorities laid out in the Senate budget resolution: Floor Statement - As prepared for delivery U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen March 31, 2009 Mr. President, I rise today to speak in support of the underlying budget resolution we are considering today. I want to thank the Chairman for his leadership and for all the good work he and his staff have … Continue Reading


April 01, 2009

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES OVER $1.4 MILLION COMING TO BERLIN TRI-COUNTY CAP IN HEAD START FUNDING

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced today that the Tri-County Community Action Program (CAP) in Berlin will receive $1,420,446 in discretionary grant funding for Head Start programs through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Shaheen visited the Berlin Tri-County CAP two weeks ago and hosted a roundtable with regional economic development leaders to discuss the unique economic challenges facing North Country residents and businesses. "As a former teacher… Continue Reading


April 01, 2009

SHAHEEN INTRODUCES BUDGET AMENDMENT TO INCREASE OVERSIGHT AND PROTECT TAXPAYERS FROM FRAUDULENT FHA MORTGAGE LENDERS

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today introduced a deficit-neutral amendment to the Senate budget resolution that would help protect taxpayers from the growing foreclosure crisis by enhancing the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) ability to investigate and remove fraudulent mortgage lenders from Federal Housing Administration (FHA) programs. The number of FHA-insured mortgages has grown dramatically in recent years, but HUD's ability to detect and remove fraudu… Continue Reading


March 31, 2009

Budget Floor Statement

Mr. President, I rise today to speak in support of the underlying budget resolution we are considering today. I want to thank the Chairman for his leadership and for all the good work he and his staff have put into developing this budget resolution. The American people chose a new direction, and that's what President Obama and this Congress are working to deliver. I'm proud of what we've been able to accomplish so far: · An economic recovery package that's already… Continue Reading


March 30, 2009

SHAHEEN, NEW HAMPSHIRE AUTO DEALERS DISCUSS CREDIT ISSUES FACING THE AUTO INDUSTRY, OBAMA'S NEW AUTO INDUSTRY STABILZATION PLAN

(Manchester, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today met with New Hampshire auto dealers in Dover to discuss how the current credit crunch is affecting their businesses and what needs to be done to get credit moving again. The meeting followed an announcement by the Obama Administration regarding a new proposal to stabilize the American auto industry and ensure long term prospects for success. "The American auto industry is a pillar of our economy and a source of deep pride for our country … Continue Reading


March 27, 2009

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES OVER $1.6 MILLION IN RECOVERY ACT FUNDING COMING TO NEW HAMPSHIRE FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced today that New Hampshire will receive $1,660,216 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding for community health centers through the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Increased Demand for Services grant program. This funding will not only help serve the growing number of New Hampshire residents who have lost their health insurance during the economic crisis, it will create or retain jobs by allowing community h… Continue Reading


March 27, 2009

SHAHEEN: SERVE AMERICA ACT WILL ENGAGE THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS IN HELPING TO SOLVE OUR NATIONAL CHALLENGES THROUGH SERVICE

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen applauded Senate passage of the bipartisan Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, legislation that will greatly increase volunteer opportunities nationally and in New Hampshire. The legislation provides funding for an additional 175,000 Americans to serve through the AmeriCorps program and creates additional volunteer corps with new missions, including a Clean Energy Corps to encourage energy efficiency and conservation measures. Shaheen cosponsored… Continue Reading


March 27, 2009

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA'S NEW AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN STRATEGY

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S Senator Jeanne Shaheen released the following statement today in support of President Obama's new strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan: "For far too long, the war in Iraq has distracted us from the grave threat posed by terrorists in the Afghanistan and Pakistan border area. President Obama today laid out a comprehensive strategy to address the dangers we face in this region, including specific goals and benchmarks to define and measure progress - critical strategi… Continue Reading


March 26, 2009

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES OVER $12.5 MILLION IN RECOVERY ACT FUNDING COMING TO NEW HAMPSHIRE FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CONSERVATION

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced today that New Hampshire will receive $12,522,900 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding for energy efficiency and conservation programs through the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program. This funding complements over $49 million in ARRA funding that Shaheen announced two weeks ago for similar conservation efforts for the State Energy Program and the Weatherization Assistance Prog… Continue Reading


March 25, 2009

Serve America Act Floor Statement

Mr. President, I rise today in support of the pending legislation, S. 277, the Serve America Act. I commend my colleagues Senators Kennedy, Hatch, Mikulski and Enzi for their leadership in crafting a bill that so clearly embodies the spirit of America - to give back to our country and to work together to build a nation that can continue to offer endless opportunity to generations to come. This bill couldn't come at a more critical time in our nation's history. More and more people need hel… Continue Reading


March 25, 2009

THURSDAY: SHAHEEN TO CHAIR FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE CONFIRMATION HEARING

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen will chair a Senator Foreign Relations Committee hearing Thursday to consider the nominations of Rose Gottemoeller as Assistant Secretary of State for Verification and Compliance and Philip Gordon as Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. Shaheen is Chair of the Subcommittee on European Affairs, which has jurisdiction over NATO, the European Union, Russia, Turkey, Kosovo, NATO efforts in Afghanistan, and energy security is… Continue Reading


March 23, 2009

SHAHEEN CONDUCTS FOREIGN RELATIONS TRIP TO NATIONAL SECURITY AND FOREIGN POLICY FORUM IN BRUSSELS

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen this weekend joined a bipartisan congressional delegation at the Brussels Forum, an annual three-day conference in Brussels, Belgium that convenes international leaders to discuss the most critical national security issues affecting U.S. and European interests. Shaheen was invited in her capacity as Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs to attend the forum, where she held public and private meetings with foreign he… Continue Reading


March 19, 2009

NH DELEGATION URGES WHITE HOUSE TO INCREASE REIMBURSEMENT TO NEW HAMPSHIRE FOR ICE STORM COSTS

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senators Judd Gregg and Jeanne Shaheen and Representatives Carol Shea-Porter and Paul Hodes today joined in support of Governor Lynch's appeal to President Barack Obama and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to increase the federal cost-share allocation for costs incurred during the December 2008 ice storm. "As the snow begins to melt in New Hampshire, we are reminded of the remaining damage to many communities throughout our state from the severe and ov… Continue Reading


March 19, 2009

SHAHEEN, NH SMALL BUSINESS OWNER DISCUSS CREDIT CRUNCH AT SENATE HEARING

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today discussed the challenges small businesses face in securing credit at a Senate Small Business Committee hearing where Mark Lane, owner of Newfields-based Coed Sportswear Inc., gave his first-hand account of how the economic crisis is affecting his business. Shaheen introduced Lane at the hearing where he gave testimony about being forced to slash his staff from 80 to 40 employees because he cannot get a new line of credit from a bank, despite… Continue Reading


March 19, 2009

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES $1 MILLION FOR MANCHESTER-BOSTON REGIONAL AIRPORT

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced today that the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport has been awarded $1 million through the U.S. Department of Transportation to acquire an aircraft rescue firefighting vehicle. "Manchester-Boston Regional Airport plays a vital role to New Hampshire's economy and serves as a gateway to our state," said Senator Shaheen. "This funding will go a long way toward ensuring the safety of all of us who use the airport." "During this perio… Continue Reading


March 18, 2009

SHAHEEN, DEMOCRATIC SENATORS DEMAND AIG RENEGOTIATE BONUS CONTRACTS IMMEDIATELY

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, along with 43 of her Senate Democratic colleagues, called on AIG to immediately renegotiate contracts that award employees with multi-million dollar bonus payments and to make taxpayers whole for their investment in saving the company. In a letter to AIG Chairman and CEO Edward Liddy, the Senators made it clear they expect an immediate update on their efforts to recoup these payments and that they stand ready to enact legislation to do so if AIG… Continue Reading


March 18, 2009

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES OVER $8,300 FOR FIREFIGHTER RECURITMENT IN LINCOLN

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced today that the Town of Lincoln Volunteer Fire Department has been awarded $8,350 through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Program (SAFER) to help them recruit and retain firefighters. "New Hampshire firefighters put their lives on the line to protect our communities every day," said Shaheen. "These funds will help ensure that firef… Continue Reading


March 17, 2009

SHAHEEN URGES ECONOMIC RECOVERY FUNDING FOR NORTHERN BORDER REGIONAL COMMISSION

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today led a bipartisan effort of Northeastern Senators calling on the U.S. Department of Commerce to directly fund the Northern Border Regional Commission which would help parts of New Hampshire, Maine, New York, and Vermont strengthen local economies and create jobs. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) the Economic Development Administration is authorized to transfer $50 million to regional economic development commis… Continue Reading


March 16, 2009

SHAHEEN JOINS PRESIDENT OBAMA AT WHITE HOUSE, APPLAUDS STEPS TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen joined President Obama at the White House today where he discussed his administration's commitment to provide crucial aid to small businesses hard hit by the slumping economy. At the White House last Friday, Shaheen urged Obama to expedite the implementation of provisions authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to make credit more available to small businesses. Today, the President announced that his administration would en… Continue Reading


March 14, 2009

SHAHEEN HOSTS ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON CHALLENGES FACING NORTH COUNTRY WITH ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LEADERS IN BERLIN

(Berlin, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today spoke with regional economic development leaders at a roundtable discussion in Berlin about the unique economic challenges facing North Country residents and businesses, the work Shaheen has already done to benefit the North Country, and the path toward rebuilding the region's economy. Larry Kelly of Tri-Country Community Action Programs (CAP) hosted the meeting and highlighted the work they are doing to help area residents as they face an uncert… Continue Reading

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