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February 11, 2016

Shaheen Amendment to Help Small Businesses Boost Exports Heads to President’s Desk

(Washington, DC) - Today, the Senate passed a trade enforcement bill that includes Senator Jeanne Shaheen's (D-NH) amendment to boost exports by U.S. small businesses. The President is expected soon to sign the broader trade bill, known as the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, into law. Shaheen's amendment provides a number of initiatives to help small businesses take advantage of trade, such as reauthorizing the successful State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) grant progra… Continue Reading


February 11, 2016

Shaheen, Collins Lead Letter Calling for Accountability in UN Peacekeeping Forces Following Multiple Reports of Sexual Abuse

(Washington, DC)-Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) led a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Samantha Power calling for action and accountability following multiple reports of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeeping forces in the Central African Republic. "Vulnerable populations around the world entrust peacekeepers with their safety and security. It is unacceptable that some guardians are engaging … Continue Reading


February 11, 2016

At Senate Hearing Shaheen Questions Officials on Response to Zika Virus

Watch the full video here. (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) questioned top U.S. health officials at a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor Health and Human Services and Education on the U.S. response to the Zika virus. Shaheen asked Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases about the threat of Zika to Americans and how their departm… Continue Reading


February 11, 2016

Senate Committee Advances Shaheen-Supported Legislation to Address Opioid Crisis

(Washington, DC) - Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced legislation, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) that authorizes a series of new initiatives to help stem the tide of the heroin and opioid crisis. Senator Shaheen also renewed her call for the Senate to advance emergency funding for first responders and treatment providers. In an op-ed published today on FoxNews.com, Senators Shaheen and Angus King (I-ME) called … Continue Reading


February 10, 2016

Shaheen Applauds Senate Passage of North Korean Sanctions Legislation That Includes Her Amendment to Protect Efforts to Recover Remains of American Servicemembers

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen voted for the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016, which passed the Senate today by a vote of 96-0. As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Shaheen successfully amended the legislation in committee to protect efforts to recover the remains of American servicemembers in North Korea. "The United States must make it clear to Kim Jung Un's regime that their belligerent behavior will not go unanswered," said Shaheen. … Continue Reading


February 10, 2016

On Senate Floor Shaheen Continues Effort to Confirm Stalled National Security Nominees

Watch Senator Shaheen's full floor speech here. (Washington, DC) - This afternoon, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) returned to the Senate floor to once again call for the confirmation of Adam Szubin to be Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Crimes. Shaheen called on the Banking Committee to move the nomination while discussing the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016. Shaheen noted that the confirmation of Mr. Szubin is important to give the Treasury Department … Continue Reading


February 09, 2016

Shaheen Statement on Internet Sales Tax Legislation

(Washington, DC) U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) made the following statement after reports that Senate Republican leadership has agreed to advance the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act: "Internet sales tax legislation would be bad for New Hampshire's economy and our small businesses. I will continue to do everything in my power as U.S. Senator to prevent this legislation from advancing in Congress. The last thing our small businesses need is this unnecessary red tape." Senator Shaheen h… Continue Reading


February 09, 2016

Shaheen Statement on President’s FY2017 Budget

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) made the following statement on the President's budget, which was revealed today: "The federal government needs to be doing much more to address the heroin and opioid pandemic and I'm relieved that the President's budget reflects the urgency of this crisis," said Shaheen. "Congress must work with the administration to address this crisis and approve additional funding for our first responders and treatment providers." "I welcome the substan… Continue Reading


February 04, 2016

Shaheen Welcomes Long-overdue Steps by the FDA to Strengthen Regulations of Opioid Drugs

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today welcomed the announcement by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of their new comprehensive action plan for opioid drugs to reduce the impact of addiction on American families and communities. "For far too long, the FDA has had a laissez-faire attitude towards highly addictive opioid medications," said Shaheen. "Today's announcement is long-overdue and I hope represents a broader course correction for the agency. Opioid painkillers … Continue Reading


February 04, 2016

Bipartisan bill from Shaheen, Coons, Risch would keep 7(a) loans available to small businesses

**Bill gives Congress flexibility to increase the limit on SBA 7(a) loans when demand is high** **Last year, small business loans were suspended because of high demand** WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Jim Risch (R-Idaho) today introduced the "Help Small Businesses Access Affordable Credit Act," which would ensure that American small businesses are able to access affordable credit during periods of high demand for 7(a) loans. Specifically, the b… Continue Reading


February 03, 2016

On Senate Floor, Shaheen Denounces Obstruction of Key National Security Nominees

(Washington, DC) U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen took to the Senate floor in an attempt to secure the confirmation of five nominees for key national security positions in the administration today, but was blocked by Republicans each time. Video is available here. Senator Shaheen pointed out that one of the Republican obstructionists, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), was not even present to explain his objections, instead campaigning for President in New Hampshire. The President's nominees whose work conti… Continue Reading


February 03, 2016

Shaheen Welcomes Introduction in the House of Her Emergency Funding Bill to Address the Heroin Crisis

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) welcomed the introduction in the House of her bill to provide $600 million in emergency funding to address the heroin and opioid epidemic. Shaheen's bill was introduced in the House today by Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02). "The federal government needs to do much more to stem the tide of this crisis, that I believe is now a pandemic," said Shaheen. "I welcome Congressman Courtney's introduction in the House of my emergency funding bill t… Continue Reading


February 02, 2016

Shaheen Calls for End to Taxpayer-Funded, Partisan Planned Parenthood Investigations

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), as well as Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and their Democratic colleagues called for an end to ongoing, politically-motivated House and Senate investigations into Planned Parenthood, in light of the many independent state investigations across the country that have cleared Planned Parenthood of wrongdoing. The Democrats joined … Continue Reading


February 02, 2016

Shaheen Welcomes President’s Budget Proposal to Provide Additional Funding to Address Heroin and Opioid Crisis

**Announcement follows Shaheen's letter to the White House calling for increased resources in the FY2017 budget to respond to the crisis** **Shaheen continues to push for a vote on her $600 million emergency funding bill to address heroin crisis** (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) welcomed the announcement by the White House that President Obama's Fiscal Year 2017 Budget will include $1.1 billion in new funding to address the heroin and opioid abuse epidemic that is… Continue Reading


January 29, 2016

Shaheen Welcomes Announcement of Rescheduled Northern Pass Hearings

(Manchester, NH) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) welcomed the Department of Energy's (DOE) announcement of the time and location of rescheduled hearings on the proposed Northern Pass transmission project. Late last year, Shaheen and Governor Maggie Hassan urged DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz to include a public hearing in northern Coos County to better accommodate the input of citizens in the region. "Granite Staters must have ample opportunity to review this project and have their voic… Continue Reading


January 28, 2016

As Senate Considers North Korean Sanctions Bill, Shaheen Successfully Adds Amendment that Preserves Efforts to Recover Servicemember Remains

**Legislative change was inspired by New Hampshire POW/MIA organization** **This amended legislation is expected to pass Congress and be signed into law by President Obama** (Washington, DC) - Today in a meeting of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) successfully amended North Korea sanctions legislation to protect efforts to recover the remains of American servicemembers in North Korea. Senator Shaheen introduced the amendment after the Coalition of Familie… Continue Reading


January 28, 2016

In Hearing to Reauthorize SBIR/STTR Programs, Shaheen Invites New Hampshire Small Business to Testify

(Washington, DC)- U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the lead Democrat of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, invited Dr. Robert Kline-Schoder, President of Hanover-based Creare, to discuss the importance of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs at a committee hearing to consider their reauthorization. This year, Shaheen will be drafting legislation to permanently reauthorize the programs, which are currentl… Continue Reading


January 28, 2016

Shaheen Statement on the Passing of Martin Gross

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement on the passing of former Concord Mayor Martin Gross: "Billy and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Martin Gross. Marty was one of the very first people I met when I started out in politics. He was an inspiring and dedicated public servant who gave so much to the state he loved. New Hampshire owes him a great debt of gratitude. Right up until the end of his life, he was a man of great enthusiasm… Continue Reading


January 27, 2016

Shaheen Calls for Coordinated Federal Response to Zika Virus

(Washington, DC)-Responding to alarming projections for the spread of the Zika virus, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) sent a letter to key federal agencies today calling for an aggressive and coordinated response to protect Americans. The letter, sent to Secretary of State John Kerry, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, also urges these agencies to quickly notify Congress of what resources they need to mount this defense. "As the Zika virus spreads, the feder… Continue Reading


January 27, 2016

Shaheen at Senate Hearing Urges Action to Get More Federal Resources to Fight Heroin Epidemic

**Highlighted her emergency funding bill to support public health and law enforcement** **Also urged action on her legislation to address the growing backlog of heroin and fentanyl cases at New Hampshire's state forensics lab** WATCH SENATOR SHAHEEN'S FULL TESTIMONY HERE (Washington, DC)- Today at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on the national heroin and opioid epidemic, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) delivered testimony urging immediate action by Congress to provide additional… Continue Reading

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