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September 23, 2014

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON AIRSTRIKES AGAINST ISIL IN SYRIA

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement after the announcement that the United States has conducted airstrikes against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets in Syria: "Striking ISIL targets in Syria sends the clear message that the United States and its allies will take the fight to these terrorists wherever they are. I have supported and will continue to support aggressive action to destroy ISIL in Iraq and Syria, and I am encouraged that the United S… Continue Reading


September 22, 2014

SENATE ADVANCES AYOTTE, SHAHEEN BILL TO HELP FAMILIES OF FALLEN PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS

WASHINGTON, DC - The Senate recently passed legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) that will ensure that death benefits paid to the families of public safety officers who lose their lives in the line of duty are not subject to federal income tax. While current law states that federal survivor benefits are not subject to federal taxation, New Hampshire law enforcement personnel have expressed concerns about an ambiguity in the law regarding the tax … Continue Reading


September 19, 2014

FDA PROPOSES REVISED FOOD SAFETY RULES IN RESPONSE TO BIPARTISAN REQUEST FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE LAWMAKERS

New Hampshire's Congressional delegation welcomed an announcement today from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revising four proposed Food Safety Modernization rules and initiating a 75-day public comment period on the new proposals. The FDA agreed to issue a second draft of these rules for public comment in response to a bipartisan letter led by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-2) and signed by Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH… Continue Reading


September 19, 2014

SHAHEEN’S REQUEST FOR FEDERAL INVESTMENTS TO FIGHT NEW HAMPSHIRE’S HEROIN, PRESCRIPTION DRUG ADDICTION EPIDEMIC GRANTED

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced today the approval of Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program funding from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to address New Hampshire's heroin and prescription drug epidemic as well as her cosponsorship of bipartisan legislation to combat synthetic drugs designed to mimic the effects of controlled substances and circumvent existing federal drug laws. Communities throughout New Hampshire will receive DFC funding support, which Shah… Continue Reading


September 19, 2014

SENATE PASSES BILL TO OFFER REWARD FOR INFORMATION ON THE MURDERS OF AMERICAN JOURNALISTS

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) today hailed the Senate's unanimous passage of a bill authorizing up to $10 million in rewards for information leading up to the arrest and conviction of any individuals involved in the kidnapping and murders of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, who were natives of New Hampshire and Florida, respectively. The bill would update the State Depar… Continue Reading


September 18, 2014

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON VOTE TO TRAIN AND EQUIP SYRIAN REBELS

"I have supported and will continue to support aggressive action to disrupt and degrade ISIL's ability to threaten our citizens and our interests, and training and equipping vetted, moderate members of the Syrian opposition is an important component of the effort to confront ISIL."… Continue Reading


September 17, 2014

Senator Shaheen, Governor Hassan Announce Five New Hampshire Projects to Receive Northern Border Regional Commission Grant

CONCORD - Governor Maggie Hassan and U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen today announced that five New Hampshire projects will receive grant funding from the Northern Border Regional Commission to help spur economic and community development in the North Country. Totaling $968,365, the five grants will be awarded to the Women's Rural Entrepreneurial Network (WREN), the Town of Littleton, the Coos Economic Development Council, the Northern Community Investment Corporation (NCIC) and the University of Ne… Continue Reading


September 17, 2014

SHAHEEN: FEMALE SERVICEMEMBERS DESERVE ACCESS TO BASIC HEALTH CARE

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) welcomed today's introduction of House companion legislation to her bill, the Access to Contraception for Women Servicemembers and Dependents Act of 2014. The bill, introduced in the House of Representatives by Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) with 58 original cosponsors, would overhaul current Department of Defense (DoD) policy on contraceptive coverage and family planning counseling by bringing health care provided through the military in… Continue Reading


September 17, 2014

SHAHEEN, AYOTTE CALL FOR INVESTIGATION INTO BOARD OF VETERANS APPEALS BACKLOG

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) are calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to launch an independent investigation into allegations of mismanagement at the Board of Veterans Appeals that have contributed to significant wait times for veterans seeking appeals claims. Shaheen and Ayotte's letter to VA Secretary Robert McDonald comes after a senior attorney at the Board of Veterans Appeals made allegations at a recent House Veterans' Affair… Continue Reading


September 16, 2014

SHAHEEN: WE MUST HELP STUDENTS MANAGE LOAN DEBT

(Click here to watch Senator Shaheen's floor remarks) (Washington, DC) - This afternoon on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) called for passage of the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act to help borrowers in New Hampshire and across the country manage their student loan debt. The legislation, of which Shaheen is an original cosponsor, would allow those with outstanding student loan debt to refinance at lower interest rates. Senate Republicans later blocked a moti… Continue Reading


September 16, 2014

SHAHEEN QUESTIONS TOP DEFENSE OFFICIALS ON U.S. STRATEGY CONFRONTING ISIL, RESPONSE TO FOLEY AND SOTLOFF FAMILIES

(WASHINGTON) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) questioned top administration officials, U.S. Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, at a Senate Armed Services Committee today on U.S. strategy to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Shaheen, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, specifically pressed the officials on ISIL's growth and recruiting efforts and the Administration's respon… Continue Reading


September 15, 2014

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON EQUAL PAY VOTE

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement after equal pay legislation was voted down in the Senate 52-40: "Paying women less than their male counterparts for equal work hurts women, families and the economy in New Hampshire and across the country. Pay discrimination needs to end, and Republicans in the Senate did a serious disservice to working women everywhere by putting politics ahead of doing what's right for the country. I'll continue to fight fo… Continue Reading


September 15, 2014

NEW HAMPSHIRE DELEGATION CALLS ON FCC TO ENSURE FEDERAL PROGRAM EXPANDS BROADBAND INTERNET ACCESS TO STATE’S RURAL AREAS

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Representatives Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02), are calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to ensure that a federal communications program - The Connect America Fund - effectively expands broadband access to thousands of New Hampshire residents in currently underserved areas. The Connect America Fund was created by the FCC within the Universal Service Fund (USF) to accelerate… Continue Reading


September 11, 2014

SHAHEEN STATEMENT FOLLOWING BRIEFING ON ISIL

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement after attending a briefing on the President's strategy for defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL): "While I recognize that the President has some existing authorities to target ISIL, I strongly believe he should come to Congress to get the authorization and bipartisan political support that will be required for the long-term fight to destroy these terrorists. As a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, I … Continue Reading


September 11, 2014

Casey, Shaheen, Nadler and Pelosi Lead Over 120 Members of Congress in Filing of Supreme Court Brief in Pregnant Worker Discrimination Case

Washington, DC- Today, U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced that they have led 123 members of Congress in filing an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court on behalf of Peggy Young. In her case, Young v UPS, Ms. Young argues that she was discriminated against in the workplace when her employer refused to provide modifications to her job that would have allowed her to continue working d… Continue Reading


September 11, 2014

SHAHEEN, AYOTTE JOIN WOMEN SENATORS IN URGING NFL COMMISSIONER TO INSTITUTE ZERO-TOLERANCE POLICY FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today joined a bipartisan group of Senate women in writing National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell to urge the league to institute a zero-tolerance policy for domestic violence. "We were shocked and disgusted by the images we saw this week of one of your players violently assaulting his now-wife and knocking her unconscious, and at new reports that the NFL may have received this video months ago. Tragica… Continue Reading


September 11, 2014

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON 13th ANNIVERSARY OF SEPTEMBER 11th

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement marking the 13th anniversary of September 11, 2001: "Thirteen years ago this morning our nation was struck by a senseless act of terrorism that took the lives of nearly 3,000 people, including ten New Hampshire residents. I, along with every American, still remember the shock, horror and anger we felt as we watched the tragedy unfold. Today, we remember and honor the lives of those lost but also the courage and sacrifice of the… Continue Reading


September 10, 2014

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS ON ISLAMIC STATE

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement after President Barack Obama spoke about his strategy for confronting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS): "I have consistently called for a serious, comprehensive strategy to destroy ISIS that includes strong U.S. leadership of an international coalition, increased assistance to partner forces battling ISIS on both sides of the Iraq-Syria border, and intensified efforts to deny the group access to the… Continue Reading


September 10, 2014

SHAHEEN STATEMENT ON EQUAL PAY VOTE

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement after equal pay legislation advanced in the Senate 73-25. "Pay discrimination is not fair, it's not right, and it has to end. It hurts our economy and families in New Hampshire and all across the country when women, who are a growing part of the workforce, make less than their male counterparts for equal work."… Continue Reading


September 10, 2014

SENATE APPROVES BIPARTISAN RESOLUTION HONORING AMERICAN JOURNALISTS MURDERED BY ISIS, CONDEMNING TERRORIST GROUP

(Washington, DC) - On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a bipartisan resolution honoring the lives of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff who were brutally murdered by the terrorist organization known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The resolution, which strongly condemns ISIS, is sponsored by U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ). The bipartisan resolution recognizes the … Continue Reading

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