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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


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


March 13, 2009

SHAHEEN MEETS WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA AT THE WHITE HOUSE

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen met today with President Obama at the White House to discuss the path to economic recovery and the upcoming budget. Senators Dorgan (D-ND), Lincoln (D-AR) and Begich (D-AK) also attended the meeting. "It was a great pleasure to meet with President Obama and a few of my Senate colleagues at the White House today to share our concerns and discuss the steps we need to take to get our economy back on track," said Shaheen. "We discussed some of the… Continue Reading


March 12, 2009

GREGG AND SHAHEEN INTRODUCE TWO BILLS TO SUPPORT GOSS INTERNATIONAL IN TRADE DISPUTE

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Judd Gregg (R-NH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today introduced two pieces of legislation to support Goss International Corporation in its ongoing antidumping trade dispute with a Japanese competitor, Tokyo Kikai Seiskusho (TKS). In 2003, Goss International, which employs hundreds of workers at its Dover and Durham, New Hampshire locations, won a $31.6 million court judgment in an anti-dumping lawsuit against TKS, but the Japanese government instituted a "claw back" … Continue Reading


March 12, 2009

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES OVER $49 MILLION IN RECOVERY ACT FUNDING COMING TO NEW HAMPSHIRE FOR WEATHERIZATION AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced today that New Hampshire will receive $49,045,594 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding for weatherization and energy efficiency. The funding includes $23,218,594 for the Weatherization Assistance Program and $25,827,000 for the State Energy Program. "Investing in weatherization and energy efficiency will help our economy in the short-term by creating jobs, and New Hampshire families will enjoy long-term benefits t… Continue Reading


March 09, 2009

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA'S STEM CELL ORDER

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen released the following statement today applauding President Obama's executive order overturning the ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Shaheen's daughter Stefany and granddaughter Elle were present at the White House for today's signing ceremony. "Today, President Obama took a major step in restoring America's role as a leader in science and medicine by lifting the ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. … Continue Reading


March 09, 2009

SHAHEEN URGES RECOVERY FUNDING FOR RURAL BROADBAND INITIATIVES

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today led a bipartisan effort to urge Obama administration officials to make broadband access a priority for currently unserved rural communities as they allocate funding included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Shaheen, along with nine Senate colleagues, sent letters to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Acting Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Copps, and Acting Secretary of Commerce Otto Wolf. … Continue Reading


March 09, 2009

SHAHEEN, LOCAL HOUSING OFFICIALS, ADDRESS HOUSING CRISIS AT MANCHESTER ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

(Manchester, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today discussed the importance of getting the housing market moving again at a roundtable discussion in Manchester with New Hampshire housing advocates and a new first-time homebuyer. The meeting, which took place in first-time homebuyer Katie Wilson's newly purchased home, focused on the difficulties facing the housing industry, efforts to boost the housing market, and President Obama's "Making Home Affordable" housing plan. Shaheen and Wilson we… Continue Reading


March 06, 2009

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES ECONOMIC RECOVERY PACKAGE WILL DELIVER OVER $9.7 MILLION FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced today that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will deliver $9,774,576 to New Hampshire under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program. Today's announcement includes detailed funding levels for towns, cities, counties and the state that were determined by pre-existing federal formulas based on population and crime statistics. "Our state and local communities are facing severe budget crunches during this econ… Continue Reading


March 05, 2009

SHAHEEN: SMALL BUSINESSES DAMAGED IN 2008 ICE STORM ELIGIBLE FOR DISASTER LOANS FROM SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced today that the Small Business Administration (SBA) has determined that businesses that suffered economic harm from the December 2008 ice storm are eligible to receive Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). Shaheen wrote to the SBA on February 27 in support of a request to certify New Hampshire businesses as eligible for such loans. "I'm pleased the SBA has recognized the serious challenges that many New Hampshire businesses face due … Continue Reading


March 04, 2009

SHAHEEN ANNOUNCES OVER $712,000 FOR FIRE SAFETY IN GOFFSTOWN

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced today that the Goffstown Fire Department has been awarded $712,500 through the Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program for vehicle acquisition. "New Hampshire firefighters put their lives on the line to protect our communities every day," said Shaheen. "These funds will help ensure that firefighters in Goffstown have the equipment they need to do their job safely and effectively." The Assistance t… Continue Reading

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