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May 20, 2014

SHAHEEN AND AYOTTE LEAD ON MILITARY READINESS INVESTMENTS, REJECT BASE CLOSURES

(WASHINGTON, DC) - Today U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, rejected the Administration's request for another round of military base closures while supporting investments in military readiness that are important to Pease Air National Guard Base and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The two partnered on these priorities during the subcommittee's markup of this year's Defense … Continue Reading


May 20, 2014

THURSDAY: SHAHEEN STAFF TO HOLD OFFICE HOURS IN PITTSBURG, STEWARTSTOWN

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen's staff will hold office hours on Thursday in Pittsburg and Stewartstown. Specifically, staff will be available: Thursday, May 22 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Pittsburg Thursday, May 22 from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in Stewartstown Staff will be available to speak one-on-one with area residents who are seeking help with federal agencies on issues such as veterans' benefits, federal taxes, housing, immigration and Social Security. All area residents are encourag… Continue Reading


May 16, 2014

SHAHEEN, NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY DIRECTOR, LOCAL OFFICIALS DISCUSS EFFORTS TO ADDRESS NEW HAMPSHIRE OPIOID ABUSE

(Franklin, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) continued her efforts to combat New Hampshire's heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic this afternoon, hosting a roundtable in Franklin with White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Acting Director Michael Botticelli at Franklin Regional Hospital. Shaheen and Botticelli were joined by members of the Franklin Mayor's Drug Task Force, the New England High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) and the Franklin Drug-Free Communiti… Continue Reading


May 16, 2014

TOMORROW IN PORTSMOUTH: SHAHEEN TO DELIVER GREAT BAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS

Tomorrow in Portsmouth, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will deliver the 2014 commencement address at Great Bay Community College. The ceremony will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the GBCC Portsmouth Campus. Saturday evening, Shaheen will attend the second annual Veterans Count Salute Our Soldiers Gala at the Service Credit Union Headquarters in Portsmouth at 6:15 p.m. Shaheen will join Governor Maggie Hassan and U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) in leading the Pledge of Allegiance at the event supp… Continue Reading


May 15, 2014

FRIDAY IN FRANKLIN: SHAHEEN TO HOST ROUNDTABLE ON HEROIN AND PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE WITH WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OF NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL POLICY ACTING DIRECTOR MICHAEL BOTTICELLI, MAYOR’S DRUG TASK FORCE

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Acting Director Michael Botticelli will host a roundtable discussion on the ongoing challenges facing local communities dealing with the heroin and opioid addiction epidemic in New Hampshire this Friday, May 16 at 2:00 p.m. in Franklin. Shaheen and Botticelli will meet with members of the Franklin Mayor's Drug Task Force at the Franklin Regional Hospital to discuss how law enforcement, health officials and … Continue Reading


May 15, 2014

SHAHEEN: CUTS TO TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM WILL HURT JOBS, ECONOMY

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) is calling on Senate Appropriators to oppose cuts to the Transportation Investments Generating Economic Return (TIGER) program proposed in the House so that states can continue to improve and expand their transportation infrastructure, promoting job creation and economic development. The TIGER program provides funding for a wide variety of transportation projects, from freight rail to bridge projects in New Hampshire. "In New Hampshire, TIGE… Continue Reading


May 14, 2014

SHAHEEN FILES AMENDMENT TO TAX BILL TO PROMOTE JOBS, ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR VETERANS

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today filed an amendment to promote job creation and economic opportunity for U.S. veterans to legislation extending expired job-creating tax credits currently under consideration by the Senate. The Veterans Hiring Act would cut payroll taxes for businesses that hire veterans creating immediate incentives for employers to provide jobs for veterans. "The men and women who serve in our armed forces deserve our support while deployed and when t… Continue Reading


May 14, 2014

SHAHEEN REFILES INTERNET SALES TAX AMENDMENT TO PROTECT NEW HAMPSHIRE BUSINESSES

(WASHINGTON, DC) - In a continued effort to protect non-sales tax states like New Hampshire from a potential Internet sales tax requirement, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) filed an amendment today to exempt businesses from states that do not impose sales taxes from having to collect sales taxes for other jurisdictions on online sales. Shaheen's amendment to the tax extenders bill mirrors one she filed last year on the online sales tax bill. "An internet sales tax for small businesses that d… Continue Reading


May 13, 2014

SENATOR SHAHEEN HONORS FALLEN OFFICER STEPHEN ARKELL

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) honored the memory of fallen Brentwood Police Officer Stephen Arkell on the Senate floor this afternoon. Arkell was tragically killed yesterday in the line of duty. Senator Shaheen's remarks as prepared for delivery are included below: Floor Remarks on Officer Stephen Arkell May 13, 2014 Madam President - it's with great sadness that I rise today to honor the memory of Brentwood Police Officer Stephen Arkell. Officer Arkell's life was t… Continue Reading


May 13, 2014

SHAHEEN, RUBIO INTRODUCE HEZBOLLAH SANCTIONS LEGISLATION

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today introduced the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2014, a bipartisan effort to block the terrorist organization's financing and limit the group's access to logistical support. Hezbollah has been a dangerous and destabilizing force in the Middle East and around the world for more than three decades, committing countless acts of terrorism, vi… Continue Reading


May 13, 2014

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON BRENTWOOD OFFICER STEVE ARKELL

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement on the death of Brentwood Police Officer Steve Arkell: "I was deeply saddened to learn of Officer Steve Arkell's tragic passing and I join the entire state in mourning his loss. Like all of our first responders, Officer Arkell courageously put his life on the line to protect others and that heroic commitment to protecting our citizens will never be forgotten. My thoughts are with his family, his loved ones, and the entire Brent… Continue Reading


May 12, 2014

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY LEGISLATION

(WASHINGTON, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement on Senate consideration of her bipartisan energy efficiency legislation: "I'm disappointed the Senate failed to advance my bipartisan plan to create almost 200,000 jobs, reduce pollution and save taxpayers billions. I worked hard with Senator Portman and a countless number of business and environmental interests to craft a smart, pragmatic energy bill because we knew that was in the best interests of our econ… Continue Reading


May 12, 2014

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS WEEK

(WASHINGTON, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Small Business Committee, released the following statement marking the beginning of National Small Business Week: "National Small Business Week is a great opportunity to highlight the contributions of the millions of small businesses across the country while renewing our support of these critical drivers of our economy. This is particularly true in New Hampshire where 96 percent of the state's employers are small busi… Continue Reading


May 09, 2014

MONDAY IN MILFORD: SHAHEEN TO CELEBRATE GRAND OPENING OF AIRMAR TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION’S NEW MANUFACTURING FACILITY

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will celebrate the grand opening of Airmar Technology Corporation's new manufacturing facility in Milford at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 12. Airmar currently employs more than 200 in New Hampshire and its advanced manufacturing investments have made them a national leader in the production of high-tech electronics, including the development of innovative sensor technology used for a wide variety of applications such as fishing, navigation, and meteorology. During he… Continue Reading


May 08, 2014

BIPARTISAN COALITION INTRODUCES BILL TO EXTEND, REFORM SPECIAL IMMIGRANT VISA PROGRAM

(WASHINGTON, DC) - Continuing a bipartisan effort to honor the service of civilians assisting the U.S. mission in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and John McCain (R-AZ) and Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced the bipartisan Afghan Allies Protection Extension Act. The legislation, co-sponsored by Senators Shaheen, McCain, Ben Cardin (D-MD), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Ed Markey (D-MA), Rob Portman (R-OH,), Saxby Chambliss (… Continue Reading


May 07, 2014

SHAHEEN, COLLINS INTRODUCE BILL TO EXPAND ACCESS TO NATIONAL PARKS FOR DISABLED VETERANS

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) today introduced the Wounded Veterans Recreation Act to amend the decade-old Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA) and make all veterans with a service-connected disability eligible for a free, lifetime pass allowing entry to National Parks and other recreational lands and waters held by the United States. Under the 2004 law, veterans need to be classified as having a 100 percent permanent disability by th… Continue Reading


May 07, 2014

SHAHEEN INTRODUCES NEW LEGISLATION TO ADDRESS VETERANS APPEALS BACKLOG

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today introduced the Veterans Appeals Improvement Act which aims to reduce the disability claims appeals backlog by immediately increasing the VA's capacity in underserved areas, including New Hampshire. The Government Accountability Office reports that nationally, the number of appeals awaiting a decision grew 76 percent from fiscal years 2009 to 2012 and during that period, the average processing time increased 57 percent, from 293 days to … Continue Reading


May 07, 2014

TOMORROW ON CAPITOL HILL: SHAHEEN, BIPARTISAN COALITION TO HOST PRESS CONFERENCE TO INTRODUCE SPECIAL IMMIGRANT VISA BILL

(Washington, DC) -U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) will hold a press conference tomorrow, Thursday, May 8 at 10:30 a.m. in the Mansfield Room (S-207) with Representatives Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) and Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) to introduce the bipartisan Afghan Allies Protection Extension Act. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Shaheen and John McCain (R-AZ) in the Senate and Representatives Blumenauer and Kinzinger in the House, will extend and reform the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program f… Continue Reading


May 06, 2014

SHAHEEN JOINS EFFORT TO HELP STUDENTS MANAGE LOAN DEBT

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today joined Senate colleagues to introduce the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, legislation that would allow those with outstanding student loan debt to refinance at lower interest rates currently offered to new borrowers. Many borrowers with outstanding student loans have interest rates of nearly 7 percent or higher for their undergraduate loans, while students taking out new undergraduate loans currently pay a rate of 3.86… Continue Reading


May 06, 2014

SHAHEEN, LOWEY RE-INTRODUCE PEACE CORPS EQUITY ACT

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and U.S. Representative Nita Lowey (NY-17) today re-introduced the bipartisan Peace Corps Equity Act in the Senate and House which would extend basic reproductive health care services to all Peace Corp volunteers. Currently, female Peace Corps volunteers -unlike most women with federal health care coverage - are denied abortion coverage in the case of rape, incest or when the life of the woman is endangered. The legislation would bring the P… Continue Reading

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