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June 14, 2016

Shaheen Decries Failure to Extend the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Program

**Senators Shaheen and McCain led fight for amendment to extend visa program for Afghans who have supported the U.S. mission in Afghanistan and face threats from the Taliban and other terror groups** **On Senate floor last week, Shaheen called on the Senate to continue to support these brave men and women** (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) decried the Senate's failure to vote on her amendment to the FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would have … Continue Reading


June 14, 2016

Shaheen Statement on New Hampshire Supreme Court’s Ruling on Rape Shield Law

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement on the New Hampshire Supreme Court ruling that personal information of a rape victim could be made public if a defendant appeals the withholding of that information after a conviction. "I don't believe it serves our justice system or the public to disclose the personal sexual history of a sexual assault victim. Sexual assault remains one of the most underreported crimes in our justice system and I am deeply c… Continue Reading


June 12, 2016

Shaheen Statement on Orlando Shooting

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen released the following statement on the shooting in Orlando, Florida: "‎I was horrified to learn of the tragic mass shooting in Orlando. My thoughts are with the victims, their families, the first responders and medical staff. While much is still unknown, this is already the deadliest mass shooting in our nation's history. Once again, a deranged and hateful individual has indiscriminately taken human life and had the ready means to do so. We must not grow numb t… Continue Reading


June 09, 2016

Small Business Committee Approves Shaheen Bill to Assist Small Businesses Led by National Guard and Reserve Members

(Washington, DC) - Last night, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the lead Democrat on the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, successfully advanced legislation in committee to improve access to Small Business Administration (SBA) programs for members of the National Guard and Reserves. The National Guard and Reserve Entrepreneurship Support Act would improve and increase access to the Military Reservists Economic Injury Disaster Loan (MREIDL) and the Repayment Deferral f… Continue Reading


June 07, 2016

Shaheen Responds to Funding Levels for Opioid Crisis in Labor, HHS Appropriations Bill

**Bill Includes Increases for Shaheen-Championed Programs That Provide Treatment, Prevention for Opioid Addiction** **Shaheen Renews Her Call for Congress to Pass Emergency Funding to Address Opioid Crisis** (Washington D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), member of the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement in reaction to the fiscal year 2017 Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Educat… Continue Reading


June 07, 2016

On Senate Floor Shaheen Calls for Extension of Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Program

*Shaheen calls for passage of her amendment to authorize 4,000 additional visas and extend program through 2017** *Shaheen: When we make a promise to those people who helped us on the ground we need to abide by that promise.** You can watch Shaheen's full speech here. (Washington, DC) - This morning, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) went to the Senate floor to call for a vote on her amendment to the FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would preserve the Afghan Special … Continue Reading


June 06, 2016

Shaheen, Rubio Introduce Resolution Urging European Union to Designate Hizballah as Terrorist Organization

(Washington D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced a resolution urging the European Union (EU) to designate Hizballah in its entirety as a terrorist organization. Currently, the EU designates only Hizballah's so-called military wing as a terrorist organization. The resolution also urges the EU to increase pressure on the group through facilitating better cross-border cooperation between EU member countries to combat Hizballah, issuing arrest warrants… Continue Reading


June 03, 2016

Following Shaheen Letter Voicing Zika Concerns, World Health Organization Responds by Announcing It Will Evaluate Risks of Holding the 2016 Olympic Games as Scheduled

(Washington, DC) -The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Margaret Chan, has responded to a letter from U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) calling on the WHO to evaluate the public health risks of holding the 2016 Summer Olympics Games in Brazil. In her letter, Shaheen calls for a careful examination by the WHO of the potential for the Olympic Games to greatly accelerate the global outbreak of the Zika virus. In response, Dr. Chan expressed her appreciation for Senator S… Continue Reading


May 27, 2016

Shaheen Delivers Commencement Address at Boston College Law School

**Calls on 2016 Graduates to Defend Independent Judicial and Legal System; Shield Institution from Partisan Politics** **Video of Her Speech Broadcast on Facebook Live; Full remarks available on Medium** (BOSTON) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) addressed graduates at the Boston College Law School commencement ceremony this morning. Shaheen's remarks to the 2016 graduates centered on the democratic foundation of an independent judiciary and impartial legal system in the United States, whic… Continue Reading


May 26, 2016

Shaheen Introduces Amendment to Extend Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Program through 2017 and Authorize 4,000 Additional Visas

(Washington, DC) - Today U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), with the bipartisan support of Chairman McCain (R-AZ), Ranking Member Reed (D-RI) and Senator Tillis (R-NC), filed an amendment to the FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would preserve the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program, which allows Afghans who supported the U.S. mission in Afghanistan and face threats as a result to apply for refuge in the United States. This amendment would extend the Afghan SIV progr… Continue Reading


May 26, 2016

Shaheen Introduces Legislation to Assist Small Businesses Led By National Guard and Reservists

**The National Guard and Reserve Entrepreneurship Support Act would improve access to Small Business Administration (SBA) programs that provide counseling, loan repayment, and emergency assistance** **Her bill would also direct SBA to work with National Guard and State Adjutant Generals to improve outreach and generate awareness of programs** (WASHINGTON, D.C.) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), lead Democrat on the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, today introduc… Continue Reading


May 25, 2016

Shaheen-Isakson Backed Small Business Lending Program to Be Implemented

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the lead Democrat on the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, and U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) welcomed today's announcement by the Small Business Administration (SBA) that it has published a rule for the implementation the "504 Refi" program. The 504 Refi program will allow small businesses to refinance existing qualified commercial real estate debt and help lower monthly mortgage payments. Last year, Shaheen and Isak… Continue Reading


May 25, 2016

SHAHEEN-MCCAIN-AYOTTE RESOLUTION DISAPPROVING WASTEFUL CATFISH INSPECTION PROGRAM PASSES SENATE

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), John McCain (R-AZ), and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today applauded the Senate passage of a Resolution of Disapproval that condemns the duplicative U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program to inspect catfish. The program costs taxpayers millions, saddles American businesses with heavy, duplicative regulation, and exposes our economy to a lawsuit at the World Trade Organization. "The time has come to put an end to this harmful, unnecessary and… Continue Reading


May 25, 2016

Shaheen Leads Effort to Eliminate Duplicative and Wasteful Catfish Inspection Program

**On Senate floor, Shaheen discusses effort to end unnecessary program** **Bipartisan effort aimed to eliminate program that wastes millions of taxpayer dollars** You can watch Senator Shaheen's full remarks here. (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today is leading an effort in the Senate to end the duplicative and wasteful U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) catfish inspection program, which costs taxpayers money and hurts businesses. Senator Shaheen successfully rall… Continue Reading


May 25, 2016

Shaheen Statement on Release of Ukrainian Servicewoman Nadiya Savchenko from Russian Prison

(WASHINGTON) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the lead Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations European Affairs Subcommittee, reacted to the release of Ukrainian fighter pilot Nadiya Savchenko from a Russian prison in a prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine. In March, Savchenko was sentenced to 22 years in prison by a Russian court after a six month show trial. Savchenko has been held by Russia since June 2014, when she was captured by Russian-backed separatists in Eastern Ukrain… Continue Reading


May 24, 2016

JOINT STATEMENT & SUMMARY OF RANKING MEMBER SHAHEEN AND CHAIRMAN HOEVEN ON THE FY2017 HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS BILL

WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Senator John Hoeven (R-N.D.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following joint statement and summary of priorities following the subcommittee's approval of the Fiscal Year 2017 appropriations bill: "As a result of our joint efforts, we have a strong product that addresses the Department's needs. The bill recommends $48.1 billion in total discretionary appropriations to support DHS's critical … Continue Reading


May 23, 2016

Senate Passes Shaheen-Blumenthal-Leahy Legislation to Empower Survivors of Sexual Assault

**The Sexual Assault Survivors' Rights Act was authored by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen with the input of Amanda Nguyen, a survivor of sexual assault** **Shaheen spoke on the Senate Floor prior to the vote** (Washington, DC) - Legislation authored by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) to establish basic rights for survivors of sexual assault passed the Senate unanimously this evening. Introduced by Shaheen, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the Sexual Assault Survivors' R… Continue Reading


May 19, 2016

Shaheen Welcomes Drinking Water Advisory Standards from Environmental Protection Agency

(Washington, DC) - Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) welcomes the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) release of updated lifetime drinking water health advisory standards for Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) at 70 parts per trillion, issued today. Shaheen called EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in April to discuss the elevated levels of the chemical PFOA detected in multiple New Hampshire communities. During the call, Shaheen urged Administrator McCarthy for the … Continue Reading


May 17, 2016

As Senate Takes Action to Address Zika Virus, Shaheen Renews Her Call for Emergency Funding to Address Opioid Addiction

**Today the Senate advanced more than $1 billion to address Zika but has yet to pass emergency funding for those on the frontlines of the opioid crisis** **Shaheen on opioid crisis: We need emergency funding, and we need it now** You can watch Shaheen's full remarks here. (Washington, DC) - Today, the U.S. Senate advanced $1.1 billion in funding to combat the spread of the Zika virus in the United States. U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) expressed her support for the Zika funding, and fo… Continue Reading


May 17, 2016

Shaheen Calls on World Health Organization to Evaluate Public Health Risks of Holding 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil

**Nearly two million people in Brazil have contracted the Zika virus since its initial outbreak** **Shaheen voices concern for athletes, spectators, and public who risk exposure and global acceleration of the Zika outbreak** **Shaheen's letter follows an earlier press conference held by the World Health Organization on the topic** (Washington, DC) - Today, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) urged the World Health Organization to break their silence on the potential for the 2016 Summer Olympic Game… Continue Reading

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