July 20, 2015

Shaheen: Lack of Stable Highway Funding is Hurting New Hampshire Jobs, Economy

(West Lebanon, NH) - As Congress prepares to take up transportation funding legislation this week, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) met with New Hampshire construction contractors at Pike Industries today to discuss the need for legislation that provides stable funding for road and bridge construction. The current authorization of the highway bill is set to expire July 31st threatening important infrastructure projects and planning in New Hampshire. "The message I heard today from everyone wh… Continue Reading

July 17, 2015

Ranking Member Shaheen Statement on Anniversary of the Downing of Flight MH17

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on European Affairs, released the following statement on the one-year anniversary of the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17: "Today, it is important that we remember the 298 innocent lives that were lost one year ago when Flight MH17 was shot down over Ukrainian territory controlled by Russian-backed separatists. I continue to support the work of the Joint Investigative Team and the Du… Continue Reading

July 16, 2015

Shaheen Applauds Senate Passage of Elementary & Secondary Education Reform Bill

Washington, DC - This afternoon, Senator Jeanne Shaheen voted in favor of broad reforms to elementary and secondary education policy, known as The Every Child Achieves Act (S.1177). The Senate passed this legislation by a bipartisan vote of 81 to 17. This legislation reforms and updates many problematic policies that were put in place by the No Child Left Behind law passed in 2002. "As a former teacher and governor, I know that it's the teachers and administrators on the ground in our local s… Continue Reading

July 16, 2015

Shaheen Amendment to Target Wasteful Catfish Inspection Program for Elimination Added to Agriculture Budget Bill

(WASHINGTON, DC) - An amendment to target for elimination a wasteful and duplicative catfish program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offered by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) was approved by the Senate Committee on Appropriations today. The amendment directs the USDA to review wasteful duplicative programs within the agency, which includes the USDA program that's charged with inspecting and grading catfish, despite the Food and Drug Administration also having an inspection progr… Continue Reading

July 15, 2015

Shaheen Bill to Protect Rights of Motorcyclists Included in Highway Bill

(WASHINGTON, DC) - Today the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved legislation authored by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) that would prevent discriminatory motorcycle-only check points. The Stop Motorcycle Funding Checkpoint Act would protect the rights of motorcyclists by prohibiting federal funds from being used for motorcycle-only check points. "Motorcycles are an important part of New Hampshire's identity and economy and checkpoints that target just motorcyclists… Continue Reading

July 14, 2015

New Hampshire Air National Guard Lauded at Senate Armed Services Committee Hearing

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, discussed the importance of Pease Air National Guard base in New Hampshire and the deployment of the new KC-46A Aerial Refueling Tankers at a hearing on the nominations of General Darren W. McDew, USAF, to be commander of U.S. Transportation Command and General Paul J. Selva, USAF, to be Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Shaheen, who has been a strong supporter of Pease's bid… Continue Reading

July 14, 2015

Shaheen Legislation Encourages Small Business Growth Through Energy Efficiency

(Washington, DC) - Today U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, introduced legislation to boost small business competitiveness through energy efficiency. The Small Business Energy Efficiency Act would help small businesses reduce energy costs by extending the Small Business Administration's (SBA) 504 lending program to businesses looking to invest in energy efficiency improvements. "Energy costs can be a significant cha… Continue Reading

July 14, 2015

Shaheen Statement on Iran Deal

(WASHINGTON, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) gave the following statement after the administration announced a deal with Iran intended to curb Iran's nuclear capabilities: "Throughout negotiations, I've been adamant that the United States must prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and that hardnosed diplomacy is the preferred means of doing so. Earlier this year, Congress passed legislation, which I supported, that allows the House and Senate to consider this weighty agreement i… Continue Reading

July 13, 2015

Ranking Member Shaheen Welcomes Eurozone Agreement with Greece

(WASHINGTON, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, today made the following statement on the agreement reached in Brussels to tackle Greece's debt and prevent a Greek exit from the Eurozone: "I welcome the news that European leaders have reached an agreement that sets out a path to resolve the crisis over Greece's debt. No agreement is perfect, but one that holds out the prospect for a s… Continue Reading

July 10, 2015

Shaheen Introduces Bill to Promote Forest Conservation

(WASHINGTON, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen yesterday introduced the Forest Incentives Program Act of 2015 (S.1733) to promote conservation on privately-owned U.S. forests and increase the use of biological products, such as wood, in building construction. "Forestland conservation is not only critical to preserving the environment for future generations, it also makes economic sense," said Shaheen. "This bill will benefit our rural economies by creating and preserving jobs on American forest… Continue Reading

July 09, 2015

Shaheen and Ayotte Applaud EPA Order Regarding Haven Well

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today applauded an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) order that requires the Air Force to act immediately to begin restoration of the Haven Well in Portsmouth and to prevent the further spread of contamination."We welcome today's order requiring the Air Force to immediately begin restoration of the Haven Well and to mitigate the potential for further contamination. We hope the Air Force will take this opportunity … Continue Reading

July 09, 2015

Shaheen Staff to Hold office Hours in Hampton, Windham, Antrim, Franklin, New London & Plymouth

(WASHINGTON, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen's staff will hold office hours during July and August in Hampton, Windham, Antrium, Franklin, New London & Plymouth to help residents seeking help with federal agencies on issues such as veterans' benefits, federal taxes, housing, immigration, and Social Security in one-on-one meetings. All area residents are encouraged to attend. For more information on the services available, or if you have any questions, please call (603) 647-7500. Please n… Continue Reading

July 09, 2015

Shaheen Amendment Repealing Global Gag Rule & Restoring International Family Planning Funds Passes Appropriations Committee

(WASHINGTON, DC) - A key amendment to restore funding for international family planning and reproductive health offered by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) was approved in a full committee markup of the Senate Committee on Appropriations today. The amendment was added to the FY2016 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill. "An estimated 225 million women in developing countries are unable to access family planning services," said Shaheen. "Providing greater access to family planning a… Continue Reading

July 08, 2015

Shaheen Champions STEM Education on Senate Floor

(WASHINGTON, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today spoke on the Senate floor about provisions she included in education reform legislation to support science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). She also spoke about a screening and discussion she hosted last night of CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap about the need to close the gender gap in tech jobs. Video can be found here. Shaheen's amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act supports STEM after-school learning programs by making … Continue Reading

July 08, 2015

In Letter to President, Ranking Member Shaheen Calls for Prioritization of Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

(WASHINGTON, DC) - In a letter to the President, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, is urging federal agencies to fully support veteran-owned small businesses by participating in the Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development (IATF). The IATF was designed by Congress in 2008 to bring together federal agencies to improve and streamline the way the government supports veteran-owned small businesses.… Continue Reading

July 07, 2015

Shaheen, Davis, Host Film Screening & Discussion in U.S. Capitol on Gender Gap in Tech Jobs

(WASHINGTON, DC) - Tonight, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Representative Susan Davis (D-CA) hosted a discussion and movie screening on the enormous gender gap that exists in computer science related jobs. Senator Shaheen and Representative Davis were joined by Robin Hauser Reynolds, director of the documentary CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap which was shown at the event, and United States Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith. "For our country to remain the global leader in technology de… Continue Reading

July 07, 2015

Shaheen Provisions Supporting STEM After-School Programs Included in Education Reform Legislation

SHAHEEN PROVISIONS SUPPORTING STEM AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS INCLUDED IN EDUCATION REFORM LEGISLATION (WASHINGTON, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) included several key provisions supporting after-school education programs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in the reauthorization of legislation currently under consideration in the Senate that determines national elementary and secondary education policy. "We need more of our students to discover a passion for science, eng… Continue Reading

July 01, 2015

Shaheen Leads Call for Answers on VA Failure to Provide Benefits to WWII Veterans Tested with Mustard Gas Exposure

(WASHINGTON, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) yesterday led a letter to U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Robert McDonald questioning the Department's failure to provide benefits to veterans who were subjected to mustard gas tests by the U.S. military during their WWII service. The letter follows a series of reports by National Public Radio last week that exposed both the nature of the testing, and the failure of the VA to provide benefits despite assurances… Continue Reading

June 30, 2015

Shaheen Statement on Imminent Expiration of Export-Import Bank Charter

(WASHINGTON, DC) - With just hours to go until the expiration of the Export-Import Bank's charter at midnight tonight, Senator Shaheen made the following statement: "Since 2007, the Export-Import Bank has supported over 2,300 jobs in New Hampshire. Last year alone, the bank supported $29.2 million in Granite State exports, 60% of which came from small businesses," said Shaheen. "Over the past few months, I've talked to businesses across New Hampshire that export everything from high-tech jet en… Continue Reading

June 29, 2015


(June 29, 2015 - Mobile, AL - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen addresses attendees at the keel laying of the USS Manchester) (June 29, 2015 - Mobile, AL -Senator Shaheen displays welded initials on section of future USS Manchester hull. From left to right: Mr. Tim McCue, Vice President, LCS Program, Austal USA; Mr. Erwin Miranda, welder, Austal USA; U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH); Mr. Craig Perciavalle, President, Austal USA; and CAPT Joe Tuite, USN, Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast.) … Continue Reading

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