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December 18, 2018

Shaheen Statement on Passage of Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Bill: A Giant Step Towards a Fairer Justice System in this Country

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement after voting in favor of legislation that passed the Senate 87-12 to reform the federal criminal justice system, known as the First Step Act. "This bipartisan legislation is a giant step towards a fairer justice system in this country," said Shaheen. "For far too long, over incarceration has led to recidivism, poverty and broken communities, undermining, rather than contributing to, our public safety. This legi… Continue Reading


December 15, 2018

Shaheen Statement on Texas Court Decision to Strike Down Affordable Care Act

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement after a Texas judge ruled on a partisan lawsuit from Republican Attorneys General striking down the entire Affordable Care Act: "The recklessness of this ruling can't be overstated, as it puts the health care of millions of Americans and tens of thousands of Granite Staters in jeopardy," said Shaheen. "The American people overwhelmingly support the Affordable Care Act, and it is disgraceful that partisans, led… Continue Reading


December 14, 2018

Shaheen Urges Forest Service to Institute Competition to Explore New Uses for Mass Timber

(Washington, DC) - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to support an award program for educational institutes who explore new potential uses for mass timber. In a letter the Senators point to the previous success of similar programs through USDA and the U.S. Forest Service, and highlight that the innovative solutions developed through a potential competition would help create a stronger and healthie… Continue Reading


December 14, 2018

Shaheen, Hassan & Shea-Porter Announce $3.7 Million for Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction in Manchester

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) today announced $3,694,854 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for lead based paint hazard reduction in Manchester. This funding will allow the City of Manchester to perform healthy home assessments and address lead hazards in 180 housing units to ensure the safety and security of low and very low-income families with children. "The presence of lead … Continue Reading


December 13, 2018

Shaheen, Murkowski Lead Bipartisan Letter Urging CDC and ATSDR to Prioritize Studies on Health Effects of Firefighters’ Exposure to PFAS

Shaheen Established the First-ever Nationwide PFAS Health-Impact Study in the FY2018 Defense Bill Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) led a bipartisan group of 21 Senators in a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), requesting that the agencies take additional steps to ensure that the health effects of occupational exposure to per-and polyfluoralkyl subs… Continue Reading


December 13, 2018

Shaheen, Hassan Call for FERC Commissioner McNamee’s Recusal from Future Business Involving Potential Subsidization of Coal and Nuclear Plants

Shaheen Has Led Efforts in the Senate to Improve Transparency at the FERC Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sent a letter with a group of 15 Senators yesterday, calling for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Commissioner Bernard McNamee to recuse himself from any future business at FERC involving the potential subsidization of coal and nuclear plants. In their letter, the Senators expressed concerns regarding Mr. McNamee's actions in his pr… Continue Reading


December 13, 2018

Shaheen Successfully Amends and Helps Pass Bipartisan Resolution Ending U.S. Support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen Civil War

Shaheen speaks at a bipartisan press conference Wednesday on the need for Congress to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for human rights abuses. **Shaheen successfully amended the resolution that passed the Senate today to prohibit resumption of refueling of Saudi coalition aircraft in Yemen civil war** (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement after the Senate passed a bipartisan resolution that ends U.S. military support for the Saudi-led coalitions inv… Continue Reading


December 12, 2018

On Senate Floor: Shaheen Highlights the Corrosive Influence of Dark Money in Politics

**Shaheen Urges Colleagues to Take Action to Overturn the Trump Administration's Rule that Would Open Up Our Elections to Even More Secret Spending** **Watch Shaheen's remarks in full here** (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke on the Senate floor highlighting the corrosive influence of dark money in politics and urging her colleagues to overturn a recent Trump administration rule that would increase the amount of dark money allowed in the political process. Follo… Continue Reading


December 11, 2018

Senate Passes Farm Bill that Includes Shaheen-Kuster Provisions to Expand Northern Border Regional Commission to Cheshire and Belknap Counties, and Strengthen Program

**NBRC provisions passed the Senate along with critical NH priorities championed by Shaheen for Granite State Farmers and Rural Communities** **Legislation now heads to the House of Representatives to be voted on along with bipartisan provisions backed by Kuster to benefit NH** (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of both the House Agriculture Committee and Farm Bill Conference C… Continue Reading


December 11, 2018

Shaheen Statement on Final Version of Farm Bill That Includes Critical NH Priorities for Granite State Farmers and Rural Communities

**Bill Includes Shaheen's Bipartisan Legislation to Revitalize America's Forest Economy & Support the Development and Delivery of Oilheat Technology** **Shaheen Successfully Adds Provision to Reauthorize the NBRC for 5 years and Expand its Reach to Additional New Hampshire Counties, including Cheshire and communities in Belknap** (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement on the final bill text for the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 - the Fa… Continue Reading


December 08, 2018

Shaheen Statement on Nomination of General Mark Milley to Serve as Next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement in response to President Trump's announcement that he'll nominate Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley to serve as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, succeeding General Joseph Dunford. "General Milley has had an outstanding military career and is well respected by U.S. and world leaders, which makes him well suited to be nominated for this esteemed posit… Continue Reading


December 07, 2018

Shaheen Statement on Nomination of William Barr to Serve as U.S. Attorney General

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the lead Democrat of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement in response to President Trump's nomination of William Barr to serve as the next U.S. Attorney General: "The position of Attorney General is critical in any administration, but that role carries significant and heightened responsibilities today," said Shaheen. "From ensuring the Special Counsel's investigatio… Continue Reading


December 07, 2018

Shaheen Introduces Bill to Protect Small Businesses From Burdensome Internet Sales Tax Collection Requirement

Legislation Bans Retroactive Taxation, Creates an Exemption for Small Businesses & Establishes Timeline for Businesses to Adjust to New Regulations (Washington, DC)- U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, introduced the Online Sales Simplicity and Small Business Relief Act with Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), the lead Democrat of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR). The bill w… Continue Reading


December 06, 2018

Shaheen Informs WWII Veteran Francis Byrne That He’ll Be Awarded Purple Heart

Secretary of the Army Mark Esper informed Senator Shaheen of the good news in a phone call this evening which Senator Shaheen relayed to Francis Byrne Senator Shaheen's office has been working on Francis Byrne's application for a Purple Heart since August (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced that World War II veteran and Manchester resident Francis Byrne will finally be awarded a Purple Heart. Francis Byrne fou… Continue Reading


December 06, 2018

Shaheen, Hassan & Shea-Porter Announce $7.5M to Rehabilitate the Main Wharf at Market Street Marine Terminal

**Senator Shaheen Has Led Years-long Funding Effort for Critical Local Infrastructure Project** (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) announced $7,504,854 from the U.S. Department of Transportation to the Pease Development Authority, Division of Ports and Harbors (PDA-DPH) for the Main Wharf Rehabilitation and Modification Project. This funding will allow PDA-DPH to rehabilitate approximately 17,500 squ… Continue Reading


December 06, 2018

Shaheen Leads Bipartisan Call to Secretary Perry to Stop Unnecessary Delays Over Weatherization Program Funding

(Washington, DC)- Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) sent a bipartisan letter with Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Jack Reed (D-RI), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Chris Coons (D-DE) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) to U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry regarding delayed guidance and documentation for the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). The letter comes after the Department of Energy (DOE) missed an important deadline to deliver information concerning state allocations to WAP grantees. Persiste… Continue Reading


December 06, 2018

Shaheen & Leahy Legislation to Support Small Businesses with National Guard and Military Reservists Passes the Senate

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) issued the following statements after their legislation to support small businesses with National Guard and Military Reservists unanimously passed the Senate. The National Guard and Reserve Entrepreneurship Act will assist small businesses when essential employees, including small business owners, are called up as part of National Guard or Reservist duties, by improving existing loan and deferral programs of the Smal… Continue Reading


December 04, 2018

Shaheen Nominates Granite State Students for United States Service Academies

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) has nominated 38 New Hampshire students to the United States Service Academies. The nominees will next be considered by the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Naval Academy and West Point for appointment to the Class of 2023. "Year after year, I am impressed by the spirit of patriotism that inspires so many young Granite Staters to apply to attend our country's four military academies. This year's nominees embody tha… Continue Reading


December 02, 2018

Shaheen Statement on China's Commitment to Control Trafficking of Fentanyl

SHAHEEN: "This is an important breakthrough that will help save lives but this commitment must be followed by diligent implementation by the Chinese government" (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after reports that the Trump administration reached an agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping that includes a commitment by China to classify fentanyl as a controlled substance: "This is an i… Continue Reading


December 01, 2018

Shaheen Statement on Passing of U.S. President George H.W. Bush

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement on the passing of United States President George H.W. Bush: "Today, I join a grateful nation in mourning the passing of President George H.W. Bush," said Senator Shaheen. "An exemplary of the greatest generation, his dedication to family and country were unwavering and unmatched. Billy and I send our warmest condolences to the entire Bush family as they lay to rest their beloved patriarch. May he rest in everla… Continue Reading

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