September 23, 2015

As Show Trial Begins, Shaheen Calls on Russia to Immediately Release Ukrainian Fighter Pilot Held Captive

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the lead Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations European Affairs Subcommittee, sent a letter to the Russian ambassador calling for the immediate release of Ukrainian fighter pilot Nadiya Savchenko. Savchenko has been held by Russia since June of 2014, when she was captured by Russian-backed separatists in Eastern Ukraine and taken across the border. Despite broad condemnation from the international community, yesterday a Russian cou… Continue Reading

September 22, 2015

Shaheen, Ayotte, Klobuchar, and Collins Introduce #FreeThe20 Resolution with All 20 Women Senators

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Susan Collins (R-ME) today introduced the bipartisan #FreeThe20 resolution with all 20 women senators to support the empowerment of women and urge countries to release women held unjustly. Earlier this month, US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power launched a U.S. government-wide #FreeThe20 campaign, urging governments around the world to release female political prisoners. The Sen… Continue Reading

September 22, 2015

As Path is Cleared for Implementation of Iran Agreement, Shaheen Urges Unified Response from European Allies to Any Iran Violations

(Washington, DC) - Last week marked the end of the 60 day period established by Congress to review the international agreement intended to curb Iran's nuclear capabilities, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). As the lead Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations European Affairs Subcommittee, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) has sent a letter to our European allies who partnered with the United States in negotiations urging a unified response to any Iranian violation of the agre… Continue Reading

September 21, 2015

Shaheen, Blumenthal, Brown, Schatz, Gillibrand, and Mikulski Exhort State Department to Increase Protections, Support for Iraqi Religious Minorities Facing Inhumane Crimes from ISIS

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Barbara Mikulski (D-M.D.) urged the U.S. Department of State to take stronger action to protect religious minorities - especially women and children - against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). A recent report by The New York Times documented horrific atrocities committed by ISIS against Yazidis, C… Continue Reading

September 18, 2015

NH Delegation Calls for New Environmental Review of Northern Pass Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), along with Representatives Ann McLane Kuster (NH-2) and Frank Guinta (NH-1), called on the Department of Energy (DOE) to add a supplement to the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Northern Pass Transmission project to analyze the newest "preferred route" proposal. The letter follows a request from several New Hampshire conservation groups that DOE postpone the currently scheduled public heari… Continue Reading

September 18, 2015

Shaheen, Leahy, Burr & Collins Lead Bipartisan Letter Pressing For Continuation of Land And Water Conservation Program

(WASHINGTON, DC)- With the expiration of the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) fast approaching, a bipartisan coalition of 51 senators led by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Susan Collins (R-ME) is calling on Majority Leader McConnell and Minority Leader Reid to permanently reauthorize and adequately fund the nation's premier federal conservation program, now in its 50th year. The authorization for the program expires on September… Continue Reading

September 17, 2015

Shaheen: No GOP Candidate Should Have Difficulty Identifying an American Woman Who Has Contributed To Our Nation's History

(Washington, DC) - During last night's CNN debate, the candidates for the Republican nomination for President were asked who they would like to see on the $10 bill. Suggestions from some candidates included a candidate's wife, mother, two historic women who were not Americans, and a dismissal of the question by Carly Fiorina who called it a "meaningless gesture." Today, Senator Shaheen responded to how this question was addressed in last night's debate: "Our paper currency is an important part … Continue Reading

September 17, 2015

Shaheen, Ayotte Dispute Fees for NH Fishermen

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) sent a letter to the Department of Commerce Acting Inspector General David Smith calling for a full investigation into the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) at-sea monitoring program for the Northeast Multispecies Fishery, which includes New Hampshire's coastal region. On August 4, 2015, NOAA announced it would end its funding the program on October 31, and will require individual fishermen… Continue Reading

September 17, 2015

Shaheen Presses Federal Agency Leader Not to Shift Burdensome Fees to NH Fishermen

(Washington, DC) -U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today advocated for New Hampshire fishermen in a phone call with Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Shaheen specifically urged the Administrator not to force New Hampshire fishermen to pay expensive new fees - more than $700 per trip - to cover the cost of the agency's at-sea observer program, which monitors catch sizes and collects data in the region. NOAA announced last mont… Continue Reading

September 17, 2015

Shaheen Calls Meeting of European Ambassadors to Discuss Refugee & Migration Crisis in Europe

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the lead Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, called a meeting yesterday of Senators and European Ambassadors and senior diplomats to discuss the refugee and migration crisis in Europe, with specific attention paid to the recent surge in Syrian refugees. Representatives of the European Union, Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and the United Kingdom met on Capitol Hill to dis… Continue Reading

September 17, 2015

As Syrian Refugee Crisis Grows, Shaheen Leads Calls for Senate Vote to Confirm USAID Administrator

(Washington, DC) - This morning, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) led a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calling for an immediate vote on the nomination of Gayle Smith to head the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Smith's nomination has been held up for over four months with press reports indicating that only one Senator is blocking her nomination. Last night, Shaheen and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met with Smith to discuss the range of humanitarian efforts … Continue Reading

September 16, 2015

Shaheen Welcomes $3.59 Million in Affordable Care Act Funding for New Hampshire Community Health Centers

(Washington, DC) -U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today welcomed the announcement of $3.59 million in federal funding for New Hampshire community health centers. These funds will help expand access to health care for thousands of Granite Staters who have become insured through the Affordable Care Act. $2.59 million will go to ten community health centers across the state, allowing them to serve roughly 3,000 new patients. Clinics will have flexibility to use these funds to address the particu… Continue Reading

September 14, 2015

Hassan, Shaheen Host Heroin Roundtable Discussion in Nashua, Participate in Manchester Walking Tour with Director of National Drug Control Policy

(September 14, 2015 - Manchester, NH - Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Governor Maggie Hassan and Director of National Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli hear from Manchester law enforcement about the city's heroin addiction epidemic) (Nashua, NH) - This morning, Governor Maggie Hassan and U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) hosted Director of National Drug Control Policy, Michael Botticelli, at a roundtable discussion in Nashua on how New Hampshire can better partner with the federal government to … Continue Reading

September 14, 2015

In Case You Missed It: Shaheen in Military Times Calls for More Support of Veteran Small Businesses

In case you missed it, on Friday an op-ed from U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) was published by the Military Times calling for passage of legislation to support veterans starting small businesses. "Nearly seven in 10 veterans say finding a job is their biggest challenge after leaving the military. One big answer to this challenge is to provide generous support - including credit, counseling and technical assistance - to tens of thousands of veterans who aspire to start their own businesses.… Continue Reading

September 11, 2015

Shaheen Calls for Swift Action to Remedy Delay of Army Childcare Subsidies

(Washington, DC) - In a letter yesterday, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) called for the U.S. General Service's Administration (GSA) to take swift action to resolve its mishandling of the Army's childcare subsidy program which was revealed by the GSA's Inspector General (IG) on Tuesday. The IG report provides examples of family hardship due to delayed payments that include bankruptcy, burdensome out-of-pocket expenses and career disruption. Shaheen's letter to GSA Administrator Denise Roth… Continue Reading

September 11, 2015

Shaheen, Cantwell, and Gillibrand Applaud Release of Small Business Administration Rule to Support Women-Owned Small Businesses

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the lead Democrat on the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, and Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today applauded the announcement by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) that they have finalized a rule to increase opportunities for women-owned small businesses (WOSB) to win federal contracts. The rule follows the inclusion last year of the senators' legislation, the Women's Small Busines… Continue Reading

September 11, 2015


(Portsmouth, NH) -- U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement marking the 14th anniversary of September 11, 2001: "Fourteen years ago today, the world watched in horror as a senseless act of terrorism took the lives of nearly 3000 people, including ten New Hampshire residents. Today, with heavy hearts we remember those who lost their lives and continue to pray for strength and peace for their loved ones. As I join with law enforcement officials in Portsmouth to remembe… Continue Reading

September 09, 2015

Shaheen Welcomes New Funds for Drug Court in Nashua

(WASHINGTON, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today welcomed the announcement of a new Federal grant for the Hillsborough County Adult Drug Court - Southern District based in Nashua. The grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is $324,997 per year for the next three years, and will allow the court to hire more staff, expand the type of treatment services offered, and serve more participants. "The crisis of heroin and opioid abuse is the most urgent public health chal… Continue Reading

September 09, 2015

Shaheen Speaks in Support of Iran Deal on Senate Floor

(Washington, DC) - On the Senate floor this afternoon U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke in support of the international agreement to restrict Iran's nuclear program. Senator Shaheen's floor speech can be viewed here. Senator Shaheen is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Senate Armed Services Committee. Here are her remarks, as prepared for delivery: Mr. President, I have long stated my conviction that we must prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. I sup… Continue Reading

September 08, 2015

Hassan, Shaheen Applaud $1.25 Million in Grants to Address Youth Substance Abuse in New Hampshire

CONCORD - Governor Maggie Hassan and U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today applauded the announcement of $1.25 Million in federal funding for New Hampshire youth substance abuse prevention programs. The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program run by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy will distribute ten grants of $125,000 to programs across the state. "The substance abuse crisis is the most pressing public health and safety challenge facing our state, and education, awarenes… Continue Reading

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