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Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan were in Manchester on Tuesday to discuss a major opioid bill awaiting President Trump's signature.

The U.S. Senate passed the sweeping legislation, called the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, last week. 

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The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote today on whether to move forward with confirming Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. This follows hours of testimony yesterday from Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexual assault. Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen joined Morning Edition's Rick Ganley to talk about yesterday's hearing and today's vote.

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The U.S. Senate held a major hearing on PFAS chemical contamination Wednesday, with testimony from a local advocate.

New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan, who sits on the Senate subcommittee that held the hearing, and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who was a guest, questioned federal regulators for two hours.

They pushed for answers on the government's plans for more PFAS research, stricter standards and cleanup plans.

Both of New Hampshire U.S. Senators went on record last week saying they would vote against Brett Kavanaugh.

But the Democrats now say the Senate should hold off on any vote on Kavanaugh's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court until the Senate can examine the accusation made against him by Christine Blasey Ford.

In a statement, Maggie Hassan says Ford, now a California college professor, has shown great courage in speaking out and that "we must ensure the process treats her with dignity."

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Rye Harbor users are urging federal officials to prioritize a dredging project they say is long overdue.

About 700 boat captains, fishermen and other residents signed a petition that was given to staffers for New Hampshire’s U.S. Senators at the town selectman’s meeting Monday night.

Rye Harbor hasn’t been dredged since around 1990, and users say increasing sedimentation is becoming an economic burden and a safety risk for mariners.  

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Both of New Hampshire's Democratic U.S. senators said Monday they will vote against Brett Kavanaugh as a U.S. Supreme Court justice.

Shaheen said the nominee is out of step on the scope of a president's executive power, women's right to abortions and pre-existing conditions under the Affordable Care Act.

She also said she's frustrated by the "lack of documentation" produced by Republicans and the nominee's "refusal to answer basic questions about his judicial record and philosophy." She said she believes Republicans are deliberately concealing his record.

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New Hampshire's senators are joining an effort to hold the U.S. military more accountable for water contamination at sites like Pease International Tradeport.

The senators are co-sponsoring a bipartisan bill called the PFAS Accountability Act, along with Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, lead sponsor Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, and others.

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Senator Jeanne Shaheen was in Concord today where she addressed Russian interference in U.S. elections. She spoke at a New Hampshire Business and Industry Association luncheon.

She said, while she was pleased to hear yesterday's federal briefing about the threats, she was disappointed by President Trump's contradictory remarks at a rally later in the day.

"This is real folks. And we need to make sure that we have people who are in charge who are addressing it. And we need the president to stop undermining the efforts to do something about this threat," she said. 

The budget bill passed in the U.S. Senate Wednesday could advance childhood cancer research in New Hampshire.

A recent federal study says the Granite State had the nation's highest pediatric cancer rate from 2003 to 2014. Senator Jeanne Shaheen and others have called on federal health officials to do more to study the causes of that problem.

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U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire says her office is hearing of "widespread" computer hacker attempts of political parties and of her fellow Senate colleagues, and her own staff has turned over one matter for authorities to investigate.

Shaheen, a Democrat, appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday. She responded to the recent confirmation from Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri that Russian hackers unsuccessfully tried to access McCaskill's Senate computer system. McCaskill's up for re-election.

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A first-of-its-kind water treatment system has begun filtering high levels of toxic PFAS chemicals from the groundwater at Pease International Tradeport.

It’s the latest, biggest phase of millions of dollars in government response after PFAS was found in a drinking water well at Pease in 2014.


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Senator Jeanne Shaheen visited the Londonderry maker of honey wines Moonlight Meadery today. She stopped by to illustrate how local companies are impacted by the Trump administration's trade policies.

Distillery owner Michael Fairbrother says he was working on a deal with China that would have almost doubled his revenue. But thanks to retaliatory tariffs from China, Fairbrother says he's lost $750 thousand dollars in sales. 

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A recent federal study found the Northeast, and most of all New Hampshire, had the highest rate of childhood cancers in the country between 2003 and 2014.

Now, the state's congressional delegation wants to know what public health officials are doing to respond. They requested more information on the issue in a letter this week to the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

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New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is traveling to Brussels to participate in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Summit as a co-chair of the Senate NATO Observer Group.

Shaheen, a Democrat, co-chair Republican Sen. Thom Tillis, of North Carolina, were traveling Wednesday.

The group informs senators outside of national security committees about defense spending commitments of Alliance members; the process of upgrading military capabilities; the Alliance's counter-terrorism capability; and the ability of NATO member states to address non-conventional warfare.

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President Donald Trump has chosen Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Kavanaugh currently serves as a U.S. Circuit Judge on the D.C. Court of Appeals. He’s described as a conservative.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with New Hampshire's Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen about her thoughts on the president's pick.

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U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said Friday that Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen should resign unless she promptly implements a plan to reunite children separated from their parents at the southern border.

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New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is joining a legislative bid to get a federal study on certain industrial chemicals released.

The Environmental Protection Agency has reportedly spent months blocking publication of the report, from an arm of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The study reportedly shows that PFAS chemicals may pose more risk to humans than the EPA has previously said.

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New Hampshire's Democratic U.S. senators are encouraged that President Donald Trump is pursuing diplomacy with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, but are uneasy about Trump's pledge to end joint military exercises with South Korea.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said Tuesday the announcement "seems to have come as a complete surprise" to both South Korea and the Pentagon. Both she and Sen. Maggie Hassan said the concession also appears to have been made without anything more than vague assurances from North Korea.

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Senator Jeanne Shaheen raises concerns that President Donald Trump will promise too much and pin too much on one meeting with North Korea's dictator, in terms of long-sought efforts for denuclearization.

New Hampshire's senior senator spoke at length with Morning Edition host Rick Ganley about the negotiations set for next week in Singapore. She mentioned New Hampshire companies, from large manufacturers to small craft brewers, that worry about a trade war hurting their businesses.

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New Hampshire’s two U.S. Senators are split on an upcoming confirmation vote for Gina Haspel to lead the CIA.

Democrat Jeanne Shaheen says while she believes the use of torture is inconsistent with the nation’s values, she will vote for Haspel, citing her extensive experience within the CIA.

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U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., has introduced a bill that would authorize 4,000 additional visas for Afghans who have supported the U.S. mission in Afghanistan.

The bill would further extend the Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Program for the next fiscal year, helping Afghan interpreters and support staffers who face threats as a result of their service to apply for refuge in the United States. It also would strengthen the program's vetting process.

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New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Maine Sen. Susan Collins have introduced a bill that would help timber markets in New England.

The bill would reauthorize the Community Wood Energy program, which expires at the end of this year. It encourages the use of biomass-fueled energy for heating and power.

Shaheen, a Democrat, said the bill would help jumpstart markets for low-value wood, invest in rural energy needs and create in jobs in the state's forest-dependent communities.

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New Hampshire's two Democratic U.S. senators say President Donald Trump's decision to launch airstrikes in Syria is appropriate.

The United States, France and Britain fired military strikes on Saturday that were intended to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad for the alleged use of chemical weapons. U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan released statements in support of the intervention.

On Thursday, the State of New Hampshire filed a legal brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case South Dakota v. Wayfair, which is scheduled for oral arguments later this month.

The case could have huge ramifications for how businesses collect sales taxes when selling goods to customers across state lines.

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U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen applauded actions taken by the Trump administration to expel Russian diplomats and close Russia's consulate in Seattle, stemming from an alleged poison attack on an ex-spy in Britain.

 

Shaheen, D-NH, said Monday this sends a clear message to Russian President Vladimir Putin that the United States will continue to stand with the United Kingdom, "and will deliver retribution for the Kremlin's hybrid attacks" on Western nations.

    

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New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen says an Interstate 89 bridge project that crosses the Connecticut River into Vermont is getting $10 million in federal funding.

Shaheen, a Democrat, said Tuesday the funds would rehabilitate bridges that carry northbound and southbound traffic between Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Hartford, Vermont.

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New Hampshire Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan say they have helped to secure an agreement to provide an additional $6 billion to respond to the national opioid epidemic over the next two years.

The Democratic senators said Wednesday they also received assurances that the opioid funding formula will be improved to prioritize states like New Hampshire with high mortality rates from overdoses.

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U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is calling for an investigation into the U.S. Olympic Committee and the U.S. Gymnastics program regarding sexual abuse.

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Both New Hampshire’s U.S. senators said Monday they will not hold up a budget deal as leverage for immigration reform.

 

President Donald Trump ended the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program - or DACA - last year.  The program protected tens of thousands of kids who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Trump gave Congress until March to find a fix, but so far, it hasn’t been resolved.

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Two Republican senators, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and John Barrasso of Wyoming, called off a planned trip to Russia last week after the Kremlin denied a visa to New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Shaheen about what she's calling Russia's travel sanction.


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