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January 30, 2015

SATURDAY IN LONDONDERRY: SHAHEEN TO AWARD CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL TO MEMBERS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE CIVIL AIR PATROL

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will join New Hampshire elected officials and New Hampshire military officials to honor members of the New Hampshire Wing of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) who served during World War II on Saturday, January 31 at 2:00 p.m. in Londonderry. The ceremony will be held at the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire and will honor World War II New Hampshire CAP members with the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's highest civilian honor. Shaheen will offer remarks celebratin… Continue Reading


January 29, 2015

SHAHEEN REINTRODUCES BILL TO LIMIT FEDERAL SPENDING ON OFFICIAL PORTRAITS

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) has today re-introduced legislation to curb excessive spending on oil paintings of government officials. Her legislation, the Responsible Use of Taxpayer Dollars for Portraits Act of 2015, would cap the amount of taxpayer dollars that could be spent on the portraits and limit the practice to those officials in the line of succession for the presidency. "Taxpayers shouldn't pay for a portrait that costs more than many Americans make in a year… Continue Reading


January 28, 2015

SHAHEEN OFFERS AMENDMENT TO PROMOTE CONSERVATION IN PRIVATELY OWNED U.S. FORESTS

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced an amendment to Keystone XL legislation before the Senate to provide incentives to private forest owners willing to undertake improved forest management activities that will sequester and store more carbon on their land. The practice, known as "carbon sequestration," can offset sources of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to mitigate the impact of climate change. "My amendment outlines a common-sense approach to help New Hampshire'… Continue Reading


January 28, 2015

SHAHEEN, MIKULSKI INTRODUCE HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDING BILL TO MAINTAIN ESSENTIAL U.S. COUNTERTERRORISM AND SECURITY OPERATIONS

(Washington, DC) - Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) introduced Tuesday night a complete, clean bill to fund DHS operations through the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2015. Shaheen and Mikulski used the House and Senate's December DHS compromise to write their bill (S.272), and kept it free of extraneous policy riders that would thre… Continue Reading


January 28, 2015

SHAHEEN TO SERVE AS RANKING MEMBER OF EUROPEAN AFFAIRS SUBCOMMITTEE

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today that she will serve as Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation for the 114th Congress. The Europe Subcommittee has jurisdiction over critical issues related to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), European Union (EU), and Russia, as well as global responsibility for regional security cooperation. "We are facing significant foreign poli… Continue Reading


January 27, 2015

SHAHEEN REINTRODUCES CHARLIE MORGAN MILITARY SPOUSES EQUAL TREATMENT ACT

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) reintroduced the Charlie Morgan Military Spouses Equal Treatment Act, legislation extending veterans benefits to same-sex couples and their families regardless of where they live. The legislation is named after the late New Hampshire National Guard Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan who passed away in 2013 after a battle with breast cancer; after her passing, Morgan's wife and daughter were initially ineligible to receive certain sur… Continue Reading


January 27, 2015

SHAHEEN, MIKULSKI LEAD DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS EFFORT CALLING ON MCCONNELL TO PASS HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDING BILL WITHOUT EXTRANEOUS POLICY RIDERS

(Washington, DC) - Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) are leading a full Democratic caucus effort calling on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to pass a clean bill that funds the Department of Homeland Security for the remainder of the fiscal year. The letter was signed by forty-five Senators, including two Independents, who caucus wi… Continue Reading


January 26, 2015

SHAHEEN: WE CANNOT PLAY POLITICS WITH HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDING

(Concord, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) this morning toured the New Hampshire Information and Analysis Center (NHIAC) to highlight the importance of approving homeland security funding for the remainder of this fiscal year in the interest of public safety and preparedness. While congress is currently facing a February 27th deadline to fund the Department of Homeland Security, certain lawmakers are threatening to add extraneous legislative riders to a funding bill that could lead to a … Continue Reading


January 23, 2015

MONDAY IN CONCORD: SHAHEEN TOURS NEW HAMPSHIRE INFORMATION AND ANALYSIS CENTER

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will be briefed by New Hampshire Commissioner of Safety John Barthelmes, as well as Colonel Robert Quinn and Director Perry Plummer, on the New Hampshire Information and Analysis Center (NHIAC) and its capabilities at the NHIAC in Concord, Monday, January 26 at 10:45 AM. Shaheen, who was recently appointed as Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Department of Homeland Security will tour the facility following the briefing. Shaheen's visit… Continue Reading


January 23, 2015

SHAHEEN, AYOTTE CONGRATULATE NEW HAMPSHIRE STUDENTS SELECTED FOR SENATE YOUTH PROGRAM

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) announced today that two outstanding New Hampshire students have been selected as delegates to the 53rd annual U.S. Senate Youth Program (USSYP) in Washington, D.C. Devin McMahon of East Hampstead and Jessie Osgood of Henniker will join more than 100 students from across the nation in Washington during the week of March 7-14 to experience the federal government in action. "Devin and Jessie represent the best of New… Continue Reading


January 22, 2015

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON ANNIVERSARY OF ROE V. WADE DECISION

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement on the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision: "Women can and should be trusted to make medical decisions in consultation with their families and doctors, not the government or their employers. Roe v. Wade was a landmark decision that rightfully recognized that women should be in charge of their own reproductive health care decisions. On this anniversary, I am committed to fighting all a… Continue Reading


January 21, 2015

SHAHEEN STAFF TO HOLD OFFICE HOURS IN PETERBOROUGH, LACONIA, CONWAY, SALEM, PORTSMOUTH, HANOVER

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen's staff will hold office hours over the next two weeks in Peterborough, Laconia, Conway, Salem, Portsmouth and Hanover. Specifically, staff will be available: Thursday, January 29 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Peterborough Friday, January 30 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. in Laconia Monday, February 2 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Conway Tuesday, February 3 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Salem Tuesday, February 3 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Portsmouth We… Continue Reading


January 21, 2015

SHAHEEN, AYOTTE ANNOUNCE RELEASE OF ADDITIONAL LIHEAP FUNDING FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will release additional Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds for FY 2015. Following repeated calls from Shaheen and Ayotte asking the Administration to bolster the home-heating assistance program, New Hampshire will receive more than $25 million for the 2015 fiscal year. "LIHEAP assistance provides a lifeline for low-income fa… Continue Reading


January 21, 2015

NEW ENGLAND LAWMAKERS CALL FOR ASSESSMENT OF FAIRPOINT EMERGENCY NETWORK CAPABILITIES

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Representatives Peter Welch (D-VT) and Annie Kuster (D-NH) are calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to assess the ability of FairPoint Communications to operate emergency communications networks in New Hampshire and Vermont. In a letter to Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the FCC, the lawmakers specifically cited concerns about outages in both New Hampshire and Vermont that have c… Continue Reading


January 21, 2015

Senators Reintroduce DISCLOSE Act on Anniversary of Citizens United Decision

Washington, DC - Five years ago today, the Supreme Court issued its disastrous Citizens United decision, which opened the floodgates for unlimited, secret spending in American elections. Today, to mark this anniversary, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) reintroduced the DISCLOSE Act, legislation that would crack down on so-called "dark money" by requiring organizations that spend money to influence elections to disclose their spending as well as their major sources of funding in a timely m… Continue Reading


January 20, 2015

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement on President Barack Obama's State of the Union address: "Every time I'm in New Hampshire, the message I hear from people throughout the state is clear: people want Congress to work across the aisle to strengthen our middle class and expand economic opportunity. While we've seen economic improvement in recent years, too many are being left behind, and more must be done to move our economy forward. "We should … Continue Reading


January 20, 2015

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY AMENDMENT CLEARING SENATE WITH BIPARTISAN SUPPORT

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement after a targeted energy efficiency amendment that she introduced with Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) passed the Senate 94-5: "Even though this amendment is attached to a bill that the President has vowed to veto, its passage demonstrates the broad, bipartisan support energy efficiency enjoys in the Senate. I hope we can soon schedule a stand-alone vote on the larger Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency bill that the… Continue Reading


January 20, 2015

SHAHEEN BRIEFED AT NATIONAL CYBERSECURITY AND COMMUNICATIONS INTEGRATION CENTER BY HOMELAND SECURITY OFFICIALS

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) met with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials this morning at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) to discuss U.S. preparedness and strategy in confronting emerging cybersecurity threats. As the senior Democrat on the Subcommittee, Shaheen has a critical role in determining national security funding priorities, including the need to focus on ever-increasing cyber threats. "Strategic investments in protecting our c… Continue Reading


January 19, 2015

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement in honor of Martin Luther King Day: "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired and motivated our country with his message of equality and justice for all Americans, and his message is as important today as ever. As a high school teacher in Mississippi during integration, I witnessed firsthand the damaging consequences of discrimination and intolerance, but I also witnessed just how powerful Dr. King's efforts were to changing our co… Continue Reading


January 16, 2015

SHAHEEN HOSTS NEW HAMPSHIRE FIRST RESPONDER AT STATE OF THE UNION

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will host Bill McQuillen, a Portsmouth firefighter and Secretary-Treasurer of the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire, as her guest at next week's State of the Union address. The State of the Union will be delivered by President Obama Tuesday, January 20 at 9:00 PM. Shaheen selected McQuillen as her guest this year as a way to show her appreciation for New Hampshire's first responders. "New Hampshire's first responders are some of the nation's best, p… Continue Reading

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