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Other, 2019

Sen. Shaheen cosponsored legislation to ban "assault weapons."

Candidate's Website, 2017

"This tax bill asks middle-class families to foot the bill for massive tax breaks for the wealthy and large corporations-that's just unacceptable. Further adding $1.5 trillion to the national debt to pay for these tax cuts will undermine our ability to address real challenges facing the middle class and small businesses. This could have been a bipartisan tax bill that provides significant relief to those who need it most but that's not what Republican leadership chose to do. Instead this bill doesn't remotely resemble real tax reform and is an enormous missed opportunity. It does virtually nothing to simplify the tax code which is the top concern I hear from New Hampshire small businesses. Going forward Congress must do better and allow the public into the legislative process particularly for legislation that touches the lives of all Americans."

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Candidate's Website, 2017

Sen. Shaheen opposed the AHCA plan to repeal and replace the ACA/"Obamacare", in part due to the plan to convert Medicaid into a block grant. According to news coverage on her website, "Shaheen said if the bill passes in its current form, Medicaid would become a block grant given to the states with no requirements to cover children, people in nursing homes and the disabled - 'all of those people right now who are covered for their health care under the Medicaid program.'"

Candidate's Website, 2014

"Senator Shaheen helped champion legislation that enacted strong pay-as-you-go-rules into law. This law requires Congress to offset any new mandatory federal spending by finding a way to pay for it. A similar rule played a significant role in fighting deficits during the 1990s, but was repealed in 2002."

Candidate's Facebook Page, 2018

"Because of President Trump's decision to end the DACA program, as of today, an estimated 14,586 Dreamers across the country have lost their status and have had their lives upended. Dreamers are children, students and workers who were brought to this country through no fault of their own and should be able to continue to live productive lives. I'm urging Congress to come up with a bipartisan plan as soon as possible so that Dreamers stay in this country and live without fear of deportation."

Candidate's Website, 2018

"Offshore tax abuses cost the U.S. Treasury an estimated $100 billion each year in lost tax revenues. Senator Shaheen cosponsored a bill that would crack down on offshore tax havens and abusive tax shelters that corporations use to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. She also supported a new law that eliminates more than $12 billion in corporate tax loopholes. For example, one of these loopholes allowed multinational corporations to claim certain tax credits without reporting the income that led to those credits in the first place."

Candidate's Twitter Feed, 2017

"As we celebrate progress we have made, we must preserve & protect all essential health benefits, including substance misuse treatment #ACA7"

Candidate's Twitter Feed, 2019

"If you can't pass a background check, you shouldn't have access to a gun - that's just common sense. I'm joining @ChrisMurphyCT to introduce legislation to expand background checks because we need to act to make our communities safer."

Candidate's Facebook Page, 2018

"Today I spoke on the Senate floor to oppose an anti-choice bill that would restrict women's reproductive health, criminalizing abortion procedures after 20 weeks by imprisoning and/or fining physicians who don't comply with burdensome and unnecessary documentation procedures. Late-term abortions often are done under life-threatening and heartbreaking circumstances, including the diagnosis of severe fatal abnormalities or serious risks to the life of the mother. In these difficult circumstances, a woman consults with her doctor and with other people she trusts. A woman needs the freedom to consider every medical option. Additionally, this legislation contains a dangerous provision that only allows a minor who became pregnant as a result of sexual assault to seek an abortion after twenty weeks if she has reported the crime, ignoring statistics that show only a small percentage of sexual assaults and rapes are reported to police. Congress needs to respect the women of this country and their right to make their own healthcare decisions without the unwelcome involvement of politicians and law enforcement agencies."

Candidate's Facebook Page, 2018

"Today I spoke on the Senate floor to oppose an anti-choice bill that would restrict women's reproductive health, criminalizing abortion procedures after 20 weeks by imprisoning and/or fining physicians who don't comply with burdensome and unnecessary documentation procedures. Late-term abortions often are done under life-threatening and heartbreaking circumstances, including the diagnosis of severe fatal abnormalities or serious risks to the life of the mother. In these difficult circumstances, a woman consults with her doctor and with other people she trusts. A woman needs the freedom to consider every medical option. Additionally, this legislation contains a dangerous provision that only allows a minor who became pregnant as a result of sexual assault to seek an abortion after twenty weeks if she has reported the crime, ignoring statistics that show only a small percentage of sexual assaults and rapes are reported to police. Congress needs to respect the women of this country and their right to make their own healthcare decisions without the unwelcome involvement of politicians and law enforcement agencies."

Candidate's Website, 2017

"Senator Shaheen is a dedicated advocate for women's reproductive rights and a fervent defender of Planned Parenthood which provides approximately 12,000 women in New Hampshire with access to necessary care."

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Candidate's Facebook Page, 2018

"Attorney General Jeff Sessions just announced that he will rescind policies that prevent interference with legal marijuana production. While the Trump Administration pays lip service to a national opioid crisis that is killing tens of thousands of Americans, instead it has announced its intention to waste taxpayer dollars to pursue legal, non-lethal drug use and legally operating small businesses."

Candidate's Website, 2015

"Today U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) offered her support to legislation raising the national minimum wage from $7.25 to $12.00 by the year 2020. The Raise the Wage Act, of which Shaheen is an original cosponsor, would increase wages for nearly thirty eight million Americans. The legislation would be particularly beneficial to New Hampshire, which does not have a state minimum wage law and instead relies on the current federal minimum wage."

Candidate's Website, 2019

"Shaheen believes that we need to support the development of alternative energy. She co-sponsored and voted for a Renewable Electricity Standard during the 111th Congress that would require all utilities to obtain 25 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025. She also supported the Recovery Act, which made one of the largest investments in alternative energy in our country's history. In order to support the development of alternative energy, she will fight for strong incentives for alternative energy-such as wind, solar and biomass. She has also pushed for the extension of tax credits for renewable energy, investments in renewable energy technology research and development, and putting a price on greenhouse gases through a national climate program."

Candidate's Website, 2019

"Shaheen believes that we need to support the development of alternative energy. She co-sponsored and voted for a Renewable Electricity Standard during the 111th Congress that would require all utilities to obtain 25 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025. She also supported the Recovery Act, which made one of the largest investments in alternative energy in our country's history. In order to support the development of alternative energy, she will fight for strong incentives for alternative energy-such as wind, solar and biomass. She has also pushed for the extension of tax credits for renewable energy, investments in renewable energy technology research and development, and putting a price on greenhouse gases through a national climate program."

Candidate's Twitter Feed, 2018

"Escalating this trade war will be disastrous for NH. Already the President's tariffs have cost American jobs and hurt NH small business, and China's inevitable retaliation will harm them even more. The President must end this now."

WMUR, 2019

"Shaheen's spokesperson said Friday the senator supports a continuing investigation by Congress but does not currently believe the House should move forward with an impeachment inquiry."

Candidate's Website, 2019

"For too long, Washington has procrastinated while roads, bridges, water and wastewater infrastructure in New Hampshire and across the country have crumbled. Further, there's a severe lack of access to broadband internet, particularly in rural areas of New Hampshire, that is holding back local economies, and I'm glad the issue was included in today's discussion. It's now time to put aside petty politics and invest in projects that are critical to public safety and the future of our economy. I will continue to work across the aisle to deliver bipartisan infrastructure legislation to the President's desk."

Candidate's Facebook Page, 2020

Shaheen has voiced opposition to federal efforts that interfere with states' legalization of marijuana.  However, she has not endorsed nationwide legalization.  For example, in 2018 she posted on Facebook, "Attorney General Jeff Sessions just announced that he will rescind policies that prevent interference with legal marijuana production. While the Trump Administration pays lip service to a national opioid crisis that is killing tens of thousands of Americans, instead it has announced its intention to waste taxpayer dollars to pursue legal, non-lethal drug use and legally operating small businesses."

2019

Sen. Shaheen co-sponsored the 2017 Medicare for All Act introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders. However, Shaheen did not co-sponsor in 2019.

According to the Concord Monitor, "'In the near term, there are faster ways to reach universal coverage by building on the progress we've made through the Affordable Care Act, while addressing the high cost of care and medications,' Shaheen said in a statement. A spokeswoman, Sarah Weinstein, did not clarify whether Shaheen would vote for the bill if it came before the floor."

Candidate's Website, 2019

"Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), joined by U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Diane Feinstein (D-CA), introduced the Choose Medicare Act to give every individual who is not already eligible for Medicaid or Medicare the opportunity to enroll in Medicare as an individual. The Choose Medicare Act also gives every employer the ability to purchase Medicare for their employees."

Candidate's Twitter Feed, 2017

"There are cost-effective ways to improve border security & end trafficking-an expensive wall is not one. Taxpayers will be on the hook"

Candidate's Website, 2019

" Hundreds of overdose deaths a year in New Hampshire cannot become the norm - we have to continue battling this epidemic and the federal government can be doing much more to help hard-hit states like New Hampshire. The reality is our state still doesn't have the capacity and resources to get treatment to everyone who needs it. That's why I introduced the Turn the Tide Act to provide long-term funding for treatment and other means to address this crisis. President Trump and Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle agree on the need to continue fighting this epidemic. I hope they will join me in making this a priority during the appropriations process."

Candidate's Website, 2017

"U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) released the following statement after the President signed into law Russia sanctions legislation that was approved by the Senate and the House with overwhelming bipartisan support. ... 'This law also takes appropriate steps to further sanction North Korea and Iran for their destabilizing actions. With these new sanctions, we are sending a resounding message that we are willing to exert bipartisan, American leadership, particularly in response to threats against our own country and against democracies worldwide.'"

Other, 2008

Shaheen said the [Social Security] system's 'not in a crisis' but under attack by Republicans pushing a privatization agenda. She said it's irresponsible to talk about raising the retirement age or cutting benefits to Social Security-dependent senior citizens while $12 billion a month is spent on the Iraq war. She said the system's trust fund will be strengthened when Bush administration policies that relied on the fund are reversed."

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Other, 2008

Shaheen said the [Social Security] system's 'not in a crisis' but under attack by Republicans pushing a privatization agenda. She said it's irresponsible to talk about raising the retirement age or cutting benefits to Social Security-dependent senior citizens while $12 billion a month is spent on the Iraq war. She said the system's trust fund will be strengthened when Bush administration policies that relied on the fund are reversed."

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Candidate's Website, 2014

"Jeanne is a co-sponsor of legislation to reverse the Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case, legislation that will protect women's rights to birth control and contraception."

Candidate's Twitter Feed, 2018

"Russia is aiding and abetting a mass murderer, and there should be consequences. There shouldn't be any hesitation to apply new sanctions, which are necessary to send a message to the Kremlin that their reckless support for Assad's brutality will not be tolerated. The United States must consistently demonstrate to Vladimir Putin that violations of international norms will be met with swift and harsh retaliation."

Candidate's Website, 2019

  • "Pell Grants - Jeanne supported legislation to increase the maximum Pell Grant to $5,500 to help lower- income students afford college.
  • "Student Loans - Jeanne backed 2013 legislation that froze student loan interest rates and supported bipartisan legislation in 2014 to keep those rates low. And Jeanne has introduced legislation to let students refinance their student loan debt at lower interest rates.
  • "Student Debt - Jeanne supported important student loan reforms that help students manage their debt and reward public service with loan forgiveness after 10 years of service. Jeanne has introduced legislation to give students comprehensive tools to manage and repay their student loan debt.
  • "Saving for College - As governor, Shaheen helped New Hampshire families pay for college by launching a tax-free college tuition savings plan."

Other, 2019

"Shaheen said a carbon tax and promoting energy efficiency are the two best ways to help reduce fossil fuel use."

Candidate's Twitter Feed, 2017

"Pres Trump's decision to not recertify Iran Deal exacerbates a nuclear crisis & undermines credibility & negotiation leverage of U.S."

Candidate's Twitter Feed, 2019

"The President's intention to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement is reckless. I introduced legislation to prohibit the Trump administration from pulling out of the accord. It's time for Congress to #ActOnClimate."

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