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June 30, 2014

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT HOBBY LOBBY DECISION

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement on the Supreme Court ruling in the Hobby Lobby case involving women's access to contraceptive health coverage: "Women should be making decisions about their health care with their doctors, not their employers. Today's Supreme Court decision unfortunately jeopardizes basic health care coverage and access to contraception for a countless number of women and I'm very disappointed by the ruling. Blocking access to contraception wil… Continue Reading


June 27, 2014

SHAHEEN, NEW HAMPSHIRE ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS HOLD ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON STATE'S HOUSING MARKET, EFFORTS TO HELP HOMEOWNERS

(Bedford, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined a roundtable discussion with members of the New Hampshire Association of Realtors (NHAR) this afternoon to discuss the current state of the New Hampshire real estate market and its impact on the New Hampshire economy. Shaheen joined NHAR members for a discussion of concerns and priorities in the New Hampshire real estate market and her efforts in Washington to support the housing market and affordable housing. "While we have seen improv… Continue Reading


June 27, 2014

SHAHEEN CALLS FOR EMERGENCY ACTION TO STOP GAS PRICE SPIKES CAUSED BY OIL SPECULATORS

(WASHINGTON, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined a coalition of Senators in introducing legislation to give federal regulators emergency power to stop speculators from taking advantage of turmoil in Iraq to drive up oil prices and make motorists pay more for gasoline. The legislation introduced Thursday is sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and is cosponsored by 14 Senators, including Shaheen. "Higher prices for fuel caused by excessive speculation continue to hurt consume… Continue Reading


June 26, 2014

FRIDAY IN NEWTON: SHAHEEN TO ATTEND DEDICATION CEREMONY FOR HALO MARITIME DEFENSE SYSTEMS

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will deliver remarks at a dedication ceremony for HALO Maritime Defense Systems (HMDS) in Newton on Friday, June 27th at 10:00 a.m. HMDS develops sea barriers to protect critical maritime infrastructure from waves, weather, and military attacks and will dedicate its new technical development center to the late Robert Bishop co-founder of HMDS and father of company co-founder & CTO, Justin Bishop. Later, Shaheen will host a realtors roundtable in Bedford at… Continue Reading


June 26, 2014

SHAHEEN INTRODUCES BILL TO SUPPORT, EXPAND AFTERSCHOOL STEM EDUCATION PROGRAMS

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today introduced legislation to strengthen and expand afterschool programs that focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields and help encourage students to pursue careers in STEM. The Supporting Afterschool STEM Act would provide resources to support afterschool STEM programing and strengthen state, local and community partnerships that research has demonstrated is critical in building STEM-relevant skills and inter… Continue Reading


June 26, 2014

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT BUFFER ZONE DECISION

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement on the Supreme Court ruling this morning striking down the Massachusetts buffer zone law: "Buffer zone laws exist to protect women from harassment and intimidation as they seek medical care and in the absence of these protections, we are compromising public safety. We must be able to respect First Amendment rights while also protecting women at the same time, and I am disappointed by the Supreme Court's decision which will have… Continue Reading


June 26, 2014

ON ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF DOMA REPEAL, SHAHEEN, TITUS CALL FOR EQUAL BENEFITS FOR LGBT MILITARY FAMILIES

(Washington, DC) - On the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and U.S. Representative Dina Titus (NV-1) are calling on congress to pass legislation to extend benefits to all same-sex military families. The call follows an announcement last week by the Department of Justice that some federal agencies, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, are prohibited from offering ben… Continue Reading


June 25, 2014

SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION BOOSTING BIPARTISAN SHAHEEN-BACKED JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS

(Washington, DC) - The U.S. Senate approved bipartisan legislation today to improve the nation's workforce development system and prioritize on-the-job training (OJT) programs that have been championed by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). With OJT programs included, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) will modernize and improve existing federal workforce development programs, help workers attain the skills necessary for 21st-century jobs, and foster the modern workforce that ev… Continue Reading


June 25, 2014

SHAHEEN, TOOMEY, DURBIN, SESSIONS INTRODUCE 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) have introduced 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 22,000 reported deaths due to prescri… Continue Reading


June 25, 2014

SHAHEEN CONTINUES PUSH FOR AUDITS OF VA FACILITIES

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) yesterday called on Acting Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Sloan Gibson to establish ongoing, random, external audits to verify VA facility compliance with current policy and future reforms. The call follows a damning report that officials at the Phoenix VA Medical Center altered the time of death for veterans to conceal that they were awaiting appointments when they passed away. "The ongoing problems at the VA continue … Continue Reading


June 24, 2014

SHAHEEN WELCOMES UPHOLDING OF BAN ON LGBT JUROR DISCRIMINATION IN 9TH CIRCUIT COURTS

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) welcomed the decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to decline to reconsider its earlier holding that it is unconstitutional for a juror to be excluded on the basis of sexual orientation and that sexual orientation warrants the same strong legal protections in jury selection as other categories, such as women and minorities. The 9th Circuit Court's decision to not take up the issue again supports the concept behind Shaheen's bipart… Continue Reading


June 23, 2014

SHAHEEN CONGRATULATES SGT. RYAN PITTS ON MEDAL OF HONOR AWARD

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) congratulated Sergeant Ryan Pitts of Nashua today after it was announced he will receive the Medal of Honor for his heroism during the battle of Wanat on July 13, 2008 against an armed enemy at Wanat Vehicle Patrol Base, Kunar Province. Pitts enlisted in the Army after graduating from Souhegan High School in Amherst and later graduated from the University of New Hampshire with honors after completing his service in Afghanistan. The battle of … Continue Reading


June 23, 2014

SHAHEEN HONORS MEMORY OF LANCE CORPORAL BRANDON GARABRANT ON SENATE FLOOR

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) went to the Senate floor this evening to pay tribute to fallen New Hampshire Marine Lance Corporal Brandon Garabrant of Greenfield. Garabrant was killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan Friday. Shaheen's remarks as prepared for delivery are included below: Madam President, it is with a heavy heart that I rise to honor the life and service of U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Brandon Garabrant, a native of Greenfield, New Hampshire … Continue Reading


June 23, 2014

SHAHEEN, AYOTTE WELCOME REPORTED RELEASE OF MERIAM YAHIA IBRAHIM ISHAG

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today welcomed reports that the Sudanese Court of Appeals has announced it intends to release Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag from prison. Ibrahim is the mother of two young children and married to Daniel Wani - a man originally from Sudan, now a U.S. citizen living in Manchester, New Hampshire. Ibrahim was jailed and sentenced to death by hanging for her Christian faith. "Meriam's imprisonment and death sentence for exer… Continue Reading


June 20, 2014

SHAHEEN: JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS SEVERE INEQUITIES IN FEDERAL BENEFITS FOR SAME-SEX MILITARY COUPLES

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) reacted with disappointment today to a Department of Justice announcement that declared that some federal agencies have been unable to extend benefits to same-sex couples in spite of last year's Supreme Court ruling striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), further underscoring the need to pass her Charlie Morgan Act. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is one department that because of current law is unable to grant important benefits … Continue Reading


June 20, 2014

SHAHEEN SHOWCASES NEW HAMPSHIRE FOR WASHINGTON, DC

(Click here to watch the Experience New Hampshire video) U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), New Hampshire's congressional delegation and the New Hampshire State Society welcomed more than 40 New Hampshire businesses and organizations to Capitol Hill last week for the fifth annual Experience New Hampshire event. The event gave New Hampshire businesses and organizations the opportunity to showcase their products and services to policy makers in Washington, DC. The event followed the fourth annua… Continue Reading


June 19, 2014

APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE APPROVES BIPARTISAN SHAHEEN AMENDMENT PROTECTING WOMEN’S HEALTH CARE

(Washington, DC) - The Senate Appropriations Committee today cleared U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen's (D-NH) bipartisan amendment permanently repealing the Global Gag Rule - also referred to as the "Mexico City Policy" - in the State and Foreign Operations (SFOPS) appropriations bill. The Global Gag Rule prohibits organizations funded by the United States from providing abortions or family planning services to women across the world, even if these activities are supported solely with non-US funds. … Continue Reading


June 19, 2014

APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE APPROVES SHAHEEN PROVISION PROTECTING PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS

(Washington, DC) - The Senate Appropriations Committee today cleared a provision backed by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) to bring health care equity for reproductive health services to female Peace Corps volunteers. The State and Foreign Operations (SFOPS) appropriations bill would correct an inequity in Peace Corps reproductive health care coverage that prevents the Peace Corps from providing abortion coverage for volunteers in the case of rape, incest or when the life of the woman is enda… Continue Reading


June 19, 2014

BIPARTISAN COALITION INTRODUCES SUGAR REFORM AMENDMENT TO APPROPRIATIONS BILL

(Washington, DC) - A bipartisan coalition led by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today introduced an amendment to an appropriations package currently under Senate consideration to cut a wasteful spending practice under the broken U.S. sugar program. The Sugar Reform and Taxpayer Protection Amendment would specifically ban the practice of taxpayer dollars going to extremely large, multi-million dollar sugar processors through a program that has already cost taxpayers more than $250 million in … Continue Reading


June 18, 2014

SHAHEEN, JOHNSON, MANCHIN, AYOTTE INTRODUCE AMENDMENT TO TRANSPORTATION APPROPRIATIONS BILL TO PROTECT RIGHTS OF MOTORCYCLE RIDERS

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today introduced a bipartisan amendment to the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill that would prohibit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) from issuing grants to states for motorcycle-only checkpoints for one year. The amendment is similar to legislation introduced by the Senators earlier this year. The NHTSA initiated … Continue Reading

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