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February 16, 2015

TUESDAY IN MANCHESTER AND TILTON: SHAHEEN TO HIGHLIGHT IMPACT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDING LAPSE AT LOCAL BUSINESSES

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will visit AssureTec in Manchester at 10:25 a.m. on Tuesday, February 17 to meet with company officials and discuss the impact a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding lapse would have on the company and national security. AssureTec develops and deploys high quality ID authentication solutions that help provide security at critical locations from borders to nuclear facilities. Currently, DHS funding is set to expire February 27. Later, Shaheen will visi… Continue Reading


February 12, 2015

ON SENATE FLOOR SHAHEEN HIGHLIGHTS BIPARTISAN PRIORTIES IN CLEAN HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDING BILL

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) spoke on the Senate floor this morning to call for passage of a clean bill, free of extraneous riders, to fund Department of Homeland Security (DHS) operations through the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2015. The clean DHS bill incorporates critical increases in funding and support for border security, cybersecurity, the Secret Service and other national security initiatives including complete disaster funding. Currently, DHS funding is set to… Continue Reading


February 12, 2015

SENATORS SHAHEEN, KIRK, TOOMEY INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN SUGAR REFORM BILL

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) today reintroduced the Sugar Reform Act, legislation that would save taxpayers and consumers money by rolling back unnecessary provisions that unfairly benefit a small group of sugar producers and processors. Current law protects domestic sugar producers by providing generous price support loans, restricting the amount sugar farmers can sell and the number of sugar imports, resulting in higher prices f… Continue Reading


February 12, 2015

SHAHEEN, TOOMEY, DURBIN, SESSIONS REINTRODUCE BILL TO REAUTHORIZE PROGRAM TO CURB PRESCRIPTION DRUG ADDICTION

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the National All-Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting (NASPER) program which provides grants to states to maintain, improve, and expand their prescription drug monitoring programs. Prescription narcotic drugs are the number one cause of overdoses in the United States with more than 22,700 reported deaths due to pres… Continue Reading


February 11, 2015

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON AUTHORIZATION OF MILITARY FORCE AGAINST ISIS

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement on the Obama Administration's request for an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against ISIS: "Congress has a solemn responsibility to our troops to ensure that any decision to send them into conflict is thoughtfully and thoroughly debated. The Administration's decision to pursue a congressionally approved AUMF is long overdue, and debating and passing a narrowly-defined authorization of force… Continue Reading


February 11, 2015

SHAHEEN, KIRK, LANKFORD, KING INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN ‘DRIVE LESS’ ACT TO SAVE TAXPAYERS $500 MILLION

(WASHINGTON, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) has re-introduced bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL), James Lankford (R-OK) and Angus King (I-ME) to save taxpayer dollars by reducing the federal funding available for the acquisition and leasing of new federal vehicles. The Domestic Reduction In Vehicle Expenditure and Lowering Emissions from State Sources Act, or the DRIVE LESS Act, moves on the recommendations of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibili… Continue Reading


February 11, 2015

SHAHEEN, AYOTTE, LEAHY, SANDERS CALL FOR FULL FEDERAL FUNDING FOR BEYOND YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) are calling on the Pentagon to continue its support of the Beyond Yellow Ribbon program, urging the department to utilize all allocated funding for the program. Last year, Congress appropriated $15 million for the Beyond Yellow Ribbon program which connects service men and women and their families with community support, including health care services, marriage and financia… Continue Reading


February 11, 2015

SENATORS SHAHEEN, COLLINS REINTRODUCE BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TO PROHIBIT LGBT DISCRIMINATION DURING JURY SELECTION PROCESS

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) today reintroduced legislation that would prevent discrimination against LGBT citizens during the federal jury selection process. The Jury ACCESS (Access for Capable Citizens and Equality in Service Selection) Act would amend federal statute to prohibit the practice of striking jurors in federal courts on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Shaheen-Collins effort is co-sponsored by Senators Sheldo… Continue Reading


February 10, 2015

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON THE DEATH OF KAYLA MUELLER

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement on the death of Kayla Mueller an American hostage held by ISIS: "I'm deeply saddened by Kayla Mueller's death and my thoughts are with all of Kayla's family and loved ones. Kayla was a humanitarian aid worker who dedicated her life to helping those in need. She embodied the caring and giving spirit that represents the best of our country. "ISIS has proven themselves time and time again to be nothing but cowa… Continue Reading


February 10, 2015

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON PASSING OF NEW HAMPSHIRE VETERAN DWIGHT CLARK

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement on the passing of New Hampshire Vietnam veteran Dwight Clark: "Throughout his life Dwight demonstrated an incredible commitment to his country, New Hampshire and his fellow service members, starting from his service in Vietnam, up through his time as American Legion Post 4 Commander. He was a strong voice for New Hampshire veterans, advocating for better access to healthcare for veterans across the state. I w… Continue Reading


February 10, 2015

SHAHEEN INTRODUCES LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE TO ENCOURAGE STEM EDUCATION, HELP STUDENTS MANAGE DEBT

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today reintroduced three pieces of legislation aimed at promoting education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects and helping borrowers better manage their student loan debt. SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING and MATH: The Innovation Inspiration School Grant Program Act establishes a grant program within the Department of Education to support STEM education efforts, particularly those that are considered to be non-tra… Continue Reading


February 09, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY: TOMORROW: Senators Shaheen and Booker, Houston Mayor Parker and Philadelphia Mayor Nutter to Host Press Conference Call to Discuss Department of Homeland Security Funding Deadline

Washington, DC - Tomorrow at 2 P.M. EST U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), U.S. Conference of Mayors Criminal and Social Justice Committee Chair, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, and U.S. Conference of Mayors Past President, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will host a press conference call to discuss the importance of fully funding the Department of Homeland Security through the remainder of the 2015 fiscal year. Currently Republicans are pursuing legislation that would be… Continue Reading


February 06, 2015

SHAHEEN, AYOTTE INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO PROTECT NEW HAMPSHIRE VETERANS CHOICE CARD PROGRAM

(Washington, DC) - In a letter this week to President Barack Obama, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) expressed opposition to a provision in the administration's Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 budget that seeks to cut funding from the Veterans Choice Card program. The senators urged the president to faithfully implement the expanded health care options for New Hampshire veterans included in the 2014 bipartisan Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act. Shaheen and Ayott… Continue Reading


February 04, 2015

TOMORROW: SHAHEEN TO HOST PRESS CONFERENCE CALL WITH NEW HAMPSHIRE FIREFIGHTERS ON IMPORTANCE OF HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDING

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Dave Lang, President of Professional Firefighters of New Hampshire, and Chief Kenneth Erickson of the Laconia Fire Department will host a press conference call tomorrow, February 5 at 2:00 p.m. to discuss the importance of fully funding the Department of Homeland Security in the interest of New Hampshire's public safety. Shaheen has repeatedly called for Congress to pass a clean bill, free of extraneous policy riders, to fully fund the department through the r… Continue Reading


February 04, 2015

ICYMI: U.S. Conference of Mayors Calls for “Clean” DHS Funding Bill

In case you missed it, earlier today the U.S. Conference of Mayors called on Congress to stop putting the Department of Homeland Security at risk of a shutdown and instead pass a "clean" bill funding the agency through the end of the fiscal year "The mayors are right - we cannot afford the consequences of shutting down the Department of Homeland Security," said Senator Shaheen. "The Department of Homeland Security plays a critical role in keeping our communities safe on a day to day basis. We n… Continue Reading


February 04, 2015

SHAHEEN REINTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH HEALTH CARE EQUITY FOR MILITARY WOMEN, DEPENDENTS

(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) re-introduced legislation, the Access to Contraception for Women Servicemembers and Dependents Act of 2015, which would overhaul current Department of Defense's (DoD) policy on contraceptive coverage and family planning counseling. Shaheen's bill would bring health care provided by the military in line with current law for civilian populations by ensuring that all women who receive health care through the United States military have ac… Continue Reading


February 03, 2015

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDING

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement on this afternoon's Senate vote on funding for the Department of Homeland Security: "As I've said repeatedly in recent days, we should not play politics with critical resources that keep our country safe. Using Department of Homeland Security funding as a political bargaining chip to advance other issues is both reckless and dangerous. Last week I introduced legislation that would fully fund the agency for th… Continue Reading


February 03, 2015

SHAHEEN, TOOMEY INTRODUCE BILL TO SAVE TAXPAYERS BILLIONS BY CAPPING WASTEFUL CROP INSURANCE PREMIUM SUBSIDIES

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would save taxpayers more than two billion dollars by capping federal crop insurance premiums for the largest farm businesses. The bill would cap crop insurance premium subsidies at $50,000, which the Congressional Budget Office estimates would reduce the deficit by about $2.2 billion over 10 years. "Taxpayers shouldn't be footing the bill for a crop insurance program that b… Continue Reading


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

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