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April 09, 2009

SHAHEEN WELCOMES SEVENTH GRANDCHILD, REESE EMORY BELLABONA

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen welcomed her seventh grandchild to the world yesterday evening as baby Reese Emory Bellabona was born at 8:05pm at Portsmouth Hospital in Portsmouth, NH. Reese weighed in at 8 pounds 3 ounces, and both baby and mother are doing well. Reese continues the unbroken streak of boys as the third son of Shaheen's daughter Stacey and husband Ryan. Shaheen's oldest daughter Stefany and husband Craig have three girls and one boy.… Continue Reading


April 07, 2009

SHAHEEN URGES PRESIDENT OBAMA TO ADDRESS CREDIT CRISIS FACING AUTO DEALERS

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today led a bipartisan group of 32 Senators in calling on President Obama to address the growing credit crisis facing auto dealers by making changes in the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF) to increase auto dealers' access to credit. The bipartisan group wrote a letter to President Obama urging him to take swift action in support of auto dealers, a key provider of jobs and economic growth… Continue Reading


April 06, 2009

SHAHEEN CONTINUES COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CARE REFORM DISCUSSION WITH LOCAL HEALTH CARE ADVOCATES IN MANCHESTER

(Manchester, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today discussed how to achieve comprehensive health care reform by lowering costs and expanding access with New Hampshire health care advocates, providers, and consumers. "The rising cost of health care is hurting our families, our small businesses, and is undermining America's economic strength," said Senator Shaheen. "We've already taken some positive steps toward addressing health care by expanding health insurance for children and workers… Continue Reading


April 06, 2009

SHAHEEN DISCUSSES FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYER TAX CREDIT WITH HOUSING ADVOCATES AND TAX EXPERTS IN NASHUA

(Nashua, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today discussed the importance of getting the housing market moving again at a roundtable discussion in Nashua with New Hampshire housing advocates, tax experts, and prospective homebuyers. The meeting focused on how new homeowners can take advantage of the first-time homebuyer tax credit now, as the April 15th tax filing deadline approaches. "The first-time homebuyer tax credit is an important tool in our efforts to get the housing market moving … Continue Reading


April 03, 2009

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF SENATE BUDGET RESOLUTION

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen released the following statement today applauding passage of the Senate budget resolution: "We've taken another important and necessary step toward economic recovery by passing a budget that makes needed investments in health care and education, cuts taxes for middle class families, and puts our nation on the path toward a balanced budget. "This Congress and this President inherited an enormous deficit and tremendous challenges, and this… Continue Reading


April 01, 2009

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES OVER $1.1 MILLION COMING TO BELKNAP-MERRIMACK COUNTY CAP IN HEAD START FUNDING

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced today that the Belknap-Merrimack County Community Action Program (CAP) in Concord will receive $1,172,376 in discretionary grant funding for Head Start programs through the Department of Health and Human Services. "As a former teacher, I know that early childhood education is the key to future success in school, and Head Start programs play a crucial role making sure all children are ready for school," said Shaheen. "I'm glad these f… Continue Reading


April 01, 2009

UPDATED: SENATE PASSES SHAHEEN BUDGET AMENDMENT TO INCREASE OVERSIGHT AND PROTECT TAXPAYERS FROM FRAUDULENT FHA MORTGAGE LENDERS

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen applauded Senate passage today of her deficit-neutral amendment to the Senate budget resolution to 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 re… Continue Reading


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

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