NEW: Shaheen inaugurates numerous national security measures through the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

June 09, 2022

**Shaheen’s bipartisan bill to increase global cooperation in combating synthetic drug trafficking removes crucial hurdle for committee**

**The only woman on the Senate Foreign Relations CommitteeShaheen is also successfully pushing through her bipartisan resolution in support of Ukrainian women at the frontline of the humanitarian crisis and war efforts against Russia and her bipartisan resolution designating an official International Women’s Day**

** Shaheen co-sponsored legislation recognizing Moldova for its leadership in assisting Ukraine and supporting Finland and Sweden joining NATO also passes the Senate Foreign Relations Committee **

(Washington, DC) – US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the only female member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and chair of the SFRC Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperationissued the following statement after several Shaheen-led and supported bills cleared a crucial committee hurdle:

“While divisions in Congress often make most of the headlines, there are a number of issues that unite us and where important work – and progress – is happening every day. The legislation that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved this morning reaffirms that. I appreciate the support lawmakers have shown today to advance my legislation, which addresses a range of national security priorities: combating fentanyl trafficking, recognizing the heroism of Ukrainian women in frontline of the war, as well as the bills I co-sponsored to increase support for NATO and our partners in the region amid Putin’s unprovoked war in Ukraine,” said Shaheen.

She continued, “I am especially pleased to have good faith partners like Senator Portman and others who have worked with me to get these important measures passed in the Senate. My fentanyl trafficking legislation with Senator Portman is key to addressing a major source of the deadly epidemic of substance use disorders that has gripped New Hampshire and communities across the country, and my bipartisan resolution with every woman in the Senate sends a powerful message to the global community that the United States stands firmly with Ukrainian heroes on the front lines fighting for their freedom and democratic values ​​around the world. The other resolutions I have worked on to clear this significant committee hurdle send a similar, unified message – ranging from showing strong support for Finland and Sweden joining NATO to congratulating of our partners in Moldova for the opening of their borders and the safety of Ukrainian refugees. These resolutions underscore the solidarity and strength of our global community in the face of Putin’s belligerence. I am encouraged by the work of the committee today and will continue to work across the aisle to advance additional measures that reinforce key US foreign policy priorities.

The following bills spearheaded and supported by Shaheen include:

  • Emerging Narcotics Through Additional Nations to Produce Lasting Results (FENTANYL) Act: This bipartisan legislation drafted by Sen. Shaheen and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) would increase global cooperation in the fight against synthetic drug trafficking. It would authorize two programs through the Department of State that would build foreign law enforcement capacity to detect synthetic drugs and certain chemical precursors, and carry out an international exchange program for demand reduction experts. drug. After clearing the committee, it will then go to the Senate for consideration.
  • Resolution in support of Ukrainian women on the front lines of the humanitarian crisis and war efforts against Russia: In April, Shaheen led a bipartisan group of female senators on this resolution, which recognizes the role of women in all aspects of defending Ukraine and preserving Ukraine’s freedom. The resolution recognizes that women are often the targets of deliberate violence during conflicts, as evidenced by Russia’s attacks on maternity hospitals and the use of rape as a weapon of war. This resolution calls on all countries to provide aid to refugees and support the women in Ukraine who provide security for families and children, deliver supplies and weapons, administer medical care, fight as part of the armed forces and more. Again. The resolution will now await consideration by the Senate.
  • International Women’s Day: Senator Shaheen led her bipartisan resolution with Senator Collins (R-ME) through the committee today, which recognizes International Women’s Day and honors the achievements of women and girls around the world. The resolution also highlights the significant barriers that still stand in the way of full equality and success for women.
  • Bipartisan resolution commending Moldova’s leadership in supporting Ukrainian refugees: Bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Shaheen commending Moldova for its extraordinary efforts on behalf of Ukrainian refugees fleeing Putin’s illegal war on Ukraine and expressing support for Moldova’s sovereignty and ongoing reforms has been passed by the committee Senate for Foreign Relations. This resolution is led by Senators Ron Johnson (R-WI), Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Jim Risch (R-ID).
  • Bipartisan resolution in favor of Finland and Sweden joining NATO: A bipartisan resolution co-sponsored by Senator Shaheen in favor of Finland and Sweden joining NATO was unanimously approved by the committee this morning.

Shaheen, a member of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, leads an action in the US Senate in support of Ukraine in response to Vladimir Putin’s belligerence, which also threatens the stability and security of Eastern Europe and allies in the NATO. Shaheen recently led a bipartisan congressional delegation with Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) to the Balkans to convey continued U.S. support to its allies amid Russian aggression against Ukraine and implications for European security in the region. In addition, legislation co-led by Shaheen to expedite military assistance to Ukraine and Eastern European countries was recently enacted. In February, Shaheen led a successful bipartisan effort with Portman to pass a resolution that conveys a renewed and overwhelmingly bipartisan message from the U.S. Senate of fierce support for Ukraine. Earlier this year, Shaheen and Portman led a bipartisan delegation to Ukraine, where they met with President Zelenskyy and members of his administration. Ahead of the Shaheen-Portman congressional delegation’s visit to Ukraine in January, Shaheen led a bipartisan group of lawmakers in Eastern Europe, including Ukraine, last June. Last month, Shaheen led a bipartisan resolution with Senators Johnson, Menendez and Jim Risch commending Moldova for its extraordinary efforts to help Ukrainian refugees and expressing support for its sovereignty and ongoing pro-democracy reforms.

Later this month, Shaheen will lead a bipartisan Congressional delegation with Senate NATO Observer Group co-chairman Thom Tillis (R-NC) to the NATO summit in Spain.



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