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May 20, 2015

SHAHEEN AND AYOTTE TO HOST FORUM ON VETERANS CHOICE CARD PROGRAM

(WASHINGTON, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) invite New Hampshire veterans to attend a public forum on Tuesday, May 26, at Saint Anselm College with officials from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to discuss the Veterans Choice Card program. New Hampshire veterans will have an opportunity to hear directly from VA officials and ask questions regarding their health care options under the Veterans Choice Card program. Representatives from VA New England… Continue Reading


May 19, 2015

ON SENATE FLOOR, SHAHEEN URGES ACTION ON HER AMENDMENTS TO TRADE BILL

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - During floor debate today about the Trade Promotion Authority legislation currently under consideration by the U.S. Senate, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) urged her colleagues to support two of her amendments to the legislation: the first, would boost small business exports and make sure that trade agreements work for small businesses, and the second, would eliminate a wasteful and duplicative government program on catfish regulation. Video of her remarks are availabl… Continue Reading


May 15, 2015

SHAHEEN APPOINTED TO U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY BOARD

(Washington, DC)- U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will serve on the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Naval Academy which provides broad oversight for morale, discipline, curriculum, instruction, equipment, fiscal affairs and other matters. Shaheen was appointed this week by Vice President Joe Biden. "It's hard to overstate the importance of our military service academies as they prepare the next generation of leaders to defend our country," said Shaheen. "It is an honor to assist in oversight o… Continue Reading


May 14, 2015

SHAHEEN PRIORITIES MAKE IT INTO COMMITTEE-APPROVED DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION BILL

(Washington, D.C.) - This afternoon, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), critical legislation to fund U.S. national security priorities and direct defense policy on issues ranging from pay and compensation for servicemembers to support for European allies threatened by Russian aggression. The legislation included several key national defense priorities put forward by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), several of which will… Continue Reading


May 14, 2015

CONGRESS PASSES SHAHEEN, AYOTTE BILL TO HELP FAMILIES OF FALLEN PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Senate today unanimously passed legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) that will ensure that death benefits paid to the families of public safety officers who lose their lives in the line of duty are not subject to federal income tax. The House of Representatives passed the legislation on Tuesday, and it now heads to the president to be signed into law. Last week, Ayotte and Shaheen met with local public safety officers i… Continue Reading


May 14, 2015

SHAHEEN PROPOSES TRADE AMENDMENT TO BOOST SMALL BUSINESS EXPORTS

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, has introduced an amendment to the Trade Promotion Authority legislation currently under consideration by the U.S. Senate that would boost exports by U.S. small businesses and make sure that trade agreements work for small businesses. The amendment takes a number of steps to help small businesses take advantage of trade, such as reauthorizing the State Trade a… Continue Reading


May 14, 2015

SHAHEEN INTRODUCES ACCESS TO QUALITY DIABETES EDUCATION ACT

(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today introduced the Access to Quality Diabetes Education Act legislation that would expand access to care for seniors with diabetes. "Chronic diseases, like diabetes, are the number one driver of healthcare costs in America," said Senator Shaheen. "One in every ten health care dollars and one in every three Medicare dollars in our country is spent on patients with diabetes. Education and care are critical for both improving the quality of… Continue Reading


May 13, 2015

VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE HEARS SHAHEEN’S TESTIMONY ON CHARLIE MORGAN ACT

(WASHGINTON, D.C.) - The U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs today heard testimony from Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) who made the case for the Charlie Morgan Equal Treatment Act, legislation extending veterans benefits to same-sex couples and their families regardless of where they live. During the committee hearing, Aleks Morosky, Deputy Legislative Director, National Legislative Service, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), announced his organization's support for the bill. Video of Senator… Continue Reading


May 13, 2015

SENATORS SHAHEEN AND COCHRAN INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN ON-THE-JOB TRAINING BILL

(Washington, DC) ­- U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would help Americans find new jobs and update their skills through on-the-job training (OJT) programs. The On-the-Job Training Act of 2015 authorizes the Department of Labor to award competitive grants to establish and support local OJT programs, which have been demonstrated to be the most effective training model to help people gain the skills they need to get and kee… Continue Reading


May 13, 2015

SHAHEEN AND AYOTTE INCLUDE NH PRIORITIES IN DEFENSE BILL

(WASHINGTON, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Chair and member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, respectively, worked together to include New Hampshire priorities in the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act during the subcommittee's consideration of the bill on Tuesday. The bill is now being considered by the full Senate Armed Services Committee. The Senators again rejected the Administration's reques… Continue Reading


May 12, 2015

SHAHEEN VOTES AGAINST PROCEEDING TO FAST TRACK TRADE LEGISLATION

(WASHINGTON, DC) - After voting against cloture on the motion to proceed to Trade Promotion Authority legislation, Senator Shaheen made the following statement: "The Senate Finance Committee passed a package of trade bills that included provisions to level the playing field for American workers and businesses, including measures to address currency manipulation and properly enforce trade agreements. Unfortunately, the Republican leadership in the Senate did not bring the entire Finance Committ… Continue Reading


May 12, 2015

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON RETIREMENT OF MANCHESTER POLICE CHIEF DAVID MARA

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement on the announced retirement of Manchester Police Chief David Mara: "Police Chief David Mara has demonstrated incredible commitment to the city of Manchester and its residents during his tenure leading the Department. Since 1986, David has served Manchester in uniform and has earned the respect and trust of its people while facing incredible challenges such as the growing problem of heroin and prescription dru… Continue Reading


May 12, 2015

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF MURDER OF OFFICER STEPHEN ARKELL

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement on the one-year anniversary of the murder of Brentwood Police Officer Stephen Arkell: "Today, I join with all of New Hampshire to remember the tragic death of Officer Stephen Arkell. Officer Arkell was senselessly murdered while answering the call of duty and bravely protecting his community. We will always be grateful for his heroism and commitment. Today my thoughts are with his wife, two daughters, his f… Continue Reading


May 12, 2015

SENATOR SHAHEEN CONGRATULATES WOMEN ON 20s MOVEMENT ON VOTE

(WASHINGTON, DC) - Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today congratulated the Women on 20s grassroots movement for mobilizing more than 600,000 people to vote for the woman they'd like to see on the $20 bill. With Mother's Day as the deadline for voting, the Women on 20s movement today announced Harriet Tubman as the winner of their online poll. Women on 20s also recently announced a new online initiative to urge action by the President using the hashtag #DearMrPresident. "Thanks to this extremely s… Continue Reading


May 11, 2015

SHAHEEN INTRODUCES BILL TO HELP VETERANS THROUGH DISABILITY CLAIMS APPEALS PROCESS

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today introduced a bill to help improve the quality and consistency of U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) disability claims appeals and help address the VA's oldest pending claims. Specifically, the bill would improve and expand pro bono legal services for veterans during their appeals process, and provide the Secretary of Veterans Affairs with additional authority to expedite consideration of unreasonably delayed claims. "It's appall… Continue Reading


May 11, 2015

AT SEWALLS FALLS BRIDGE, SHAHEEN CALLS FOR LONG-TERM FUNDING FOR NH INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS

(CONCORD, N.H.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today visited Sewalls Falls Bridge in East Concord to discuss the need for long-term federal transportation funding to replace the aging bridge and other critical infrastructure projects across New Hampshire. Shaheen was joined by Concord Mayor Jim Bouley and other city officials. "The problem is pretty simple: If there isn't a real commitment to finance repairs of our roads and bridges, they don't get fixed," said Shaheen. "The Sewalls Falls… Continue Reading


May 08, 2015

CO-CHAIRS OF FORMER GOVERNORS CAUCUS CALL FOR INVESTMENTS IN U.S. INFRASTRUCTURE

(WASHINGTON, DC) - In advance of Infrastructure Week, the Co-chairs of the Former Governors Caucus sent a letter calling on their colleagues in the Senate to commit to fully funding national infrastructure and avoid the kinds of short-term fixes that have become routine in recent years. The Senators noted that economists estimate that increasing infrastructure funding by one percent of real GDP would increase economic output over a three year period by $240 billion and add 730,000 jobs in 2015 … Continue Reading


May 08, 2015

NEW HAMPSHIRE AWARDED MORE THAN $1 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL FISHERY DISASTER RELIEF

Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) welcomed an announcement by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that New Hampshire will receive more than $1 million in fishery disaster relief to support New Hampshire's fishing industry, which have been struggling under onerous federal catch limits. The $1,044,351 that was made available by NOAA this week, follows $2.3 million in fishery disaster funds released to New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Maine las… Continue Reading


May 08, 2015

MONDAY IN CONCORD: SHAHEEN TO CALL FOR FEDERAL RESOURCES TO REPLACE SEWALLS FALLS BRIDGE

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will visit Sewalls Falls Bridge in Concord, on Monday, May 11 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the need for long-term, stable federal transportation funding to replace the aging bridge. Sewalls Falls Bridge, originally constructed in 1915, was closed in December after it was deemed unsafe for traffic. Prior to its closing the bridge's weight limit had been downgraded to 3 tons, a move that lengthened emergency response times to certain areas of Concord. Shaheen will be… Continue Reading


May 08, 2015

SHAHEEN HIGHLIGHTS SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCES AT ABLE EBENEZER BREWING COMPANY IN MERRIMACK

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Ranking Member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, visited Able Ebenezer Brewing Company in Merrimack today, to highlight National Small Business Week and the resources available by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to small businesses and entrepreneurs. "Small businesses like Able Ebenezer are the backbone of New Hampshire's economy," said Shaheen. "This veteran-owned business is making delicious beer and c… Continue Reading

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