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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


January 15, 2015

NEW HAMPSHIRE DELEGATION CALLS FOR TRANSPARENCY FOR PROPOSED PIPELINE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In response to concerns from New Hampshire residents, U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Representatives Annie Kuster (D-NH) and Frank Guinta (R-NH) are calling for an open and transparent process before any final decision is made regarding the route for Kinder Morgan's proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project. In letters to Kinder Morgan Public Affairs Director Allen Fore and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Cheryl LaFleur, the dele… Continue Reading


January 13, 2015

SHAHEEN, ISAKSON, INTRODUCE BIENNIAL BUDGETING LEGISLATION TO REFORM CONGRESS’ BROKEN BUDGETING PROCESS

View today's remarks by Sens. Shaheen and Isakson on introduction of the bill online here WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA), today reintroduced the bipartisan Biennial Budgeting and Appropriations Act in an effort to reform Congress' broken budgeting process. The legislation would convert Congress' annual appropriations process to a two-year budget cycle. This commonsense reform would require Congress to become better stewards of the taxpayers' mone… Continue Reading


January 12, 2015

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON NEW HAMPSHIRE NAVY SEAL WILLIAM “BLAKE” MARSTON

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement on William "Blake" Marston, a Navy SEAL from Concord, New Hampshire who was killed in a parachute training exercise: "William 'Blake' Marston valiantly served in the Navy for six years and over the course of his career he always demonstrated an incredible commitment to his fellow servicemembers, the state of New Hampshire and our country. I was saddened to learn of his tragic passing and my thoughts are with his loved ones and … Continue Reading


January 09, 2015

SUNDAY IN HOOKSETT: SHAHEEN TO ADDRESS 3rd BATTALION, 197th FIELD ARTILLERY UNIT DEPLOYMENT CEREMONY

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will take part in a deployment ceremony, seeing off the 3rd Battalion, 197th Field Artillery Unit of the New Hampshire Army National Guard on Sunday, January 11, at 2:00 p.m. in Hooksett. Shaheen will offer remarks honoring the 197th which will be deployed to the CENTCOM area of operations in support of Operation Spartan Shield. At the ceremony Shaheen will also be joined by New Hampshire elected officials and representatives of the New Hampshire National Guard… Continue Reading


January 09, 2015

SHAHEEN NAMED RANKING MEMBER OF SENATE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today she has been appointed to serve as Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Department of Homeland Security for the 114th Congress. Shaheen, a member of the Appropriations and Armed Services Committees, will serve as the senior Democrat on the Subcommittee and, will play a critical role in this capacity in determining national security funding priorities, including the need to focus on ever-increasing cyber threats. "Providin… Continue Reading


January 08, 2015

SHAHEEN, JOHNSON, MANCHIN, AYOTTE, COLLINS REINTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO PROTECT RIGHTS OF MOTORCYCLE RIDERS

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Susan Collins (R-ME) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation that would prohibit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) from issuing grants to states for motorcycle-only checkpoints. The NHTSA initiated the Motorcycle Law Enforcement Demonstration Program in 2009, which provided states with funds to conduct discriminatory, motorcycle-only checkpoints wher… Continue Reading


January 08, 2015

SHAHEEN, COLLINS REINTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO EXPAND ACCESS TO NATIONAL PARKS FOR DISABLED VETERANS

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R- ME) today reintroduced legislation that would make all veterans with a service-connected disability eligible for a free, lifetime pass granting entry to National Parks and other recreational lands and waters held by the United States. Currently, such a pass is available only to veterans with a 100 percent disability rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Shaheen-Collins bill would expand eligibility for the… Continue Reading


January 08, 2015

Shaheen and Portman Introduce Targeted Energy Efficiency Bill

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) today announced the introduction of the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015, which contains key energy efficiency provisions that will strengthen the economy and reduce pollution. The senators intend to introduce the legislation as an amendment to legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline, which the Senate will begin debating next week. Majority Leader McConnell and Senator Lisa Murkowski, Chairman of the U… Continue Reading


January 08, 2015

FOLLOWING CONGRESSIONAL URGING, HOUSING ADMINISTRATION MAKES HOME MORTGAGES MORE AFFORDABLE, ACCESSIBLE

(Washington, DC) - Yesterday, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced that it will lower annual mortgage insurance premiums by a full half percentage point, thereby lowering a typical first-time homebuyer's annual mortgage payment by nearly $900. The change comes following a letter sent last month by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and a coalition of Senators urging the FHA to lower premiums for homebuyers. "This is a welcome announcement that will make a real difference for pote… Continue Reading


January 07, 2015

SHAHEEN, COLLINS REINTRODUCE BILL TO INCREASE GESTATIONAL DIABETES RESEARCH

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME), co-chairs of the Senate Diabetes Caucus, today reintroduced their bipartisan legislation the Gestational Diabetes Act which would enhance public health research on gestational diabetes, including research on screening, prevention, and identification of risk factors for the disease. The bill is aimed at lowering the incidence of women developing diabetes during pregnancy and preventing women and their children from d… Continue Reading


January 07, 2015

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON TERRORIST ATTACK IN FRANCE

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement condemning the terrorist attack in Paris, France today that has reportedly killed at least 12 people: "I am deeply saddened and outraged by the horrific shooting today in Paris, and I strongly condemn this cowardly act of terrorism. France is not alone in mourning the lives lost in this attack, and my thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their loved o… Continue Reading

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