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Shaheen calls for federal help to address heroin ‘epidemic’

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) said the federal government needed to be doing more to help states deal with heroin and prescription drug addiction problems.

“We must work together at the local, state and federal level to stop this troubling trend that is hurting our communities and claiming too many lives,” Shaheen said.

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McCain: NATO allies must spend 2 percent of GDP on defense

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said NATO members needed to spend at least 2 percent of their GDP on defense in order to stop Russia from invading neighboring countries.

“Considering what President Putin is doing right now in Ukraine, it is more important than ever for every NATO ally to spend at least 2 percent of its GDP on defense,” McCain said.

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Hoeven warns EPA not to regulate livestock emissions

Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) warned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) not to regulate livestock emissions while cracking down on methane emitters.

“Imposing costly and unnecessary regulations on livestock emissions will not only hurt our livestock producers, but American families and our economy,” Hoeven said in a press release.

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Ayotte: ‘We must act now’ on more Russian sanctions

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) said she is drafting legislation that would place U.S. sanctions on Russia’s banks and energy sector.

“The administration should not delay any longer in imposing immediate and severe sanctions on Russia's banking and financial sector,” Ayotte said Tuesday. “We must act now — before it's too late.”

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Blumenthal slams GM for failing to replace ignition switches

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said it was “unacceptable” that General Motors (GM) still hasn’t given dealerships the replacement part needed to fix faulty ignition switches.

“Having failed to deliver new ignition switches to dealers last week as promised, GM CEO Mary Barra says now they’ll be there as soon as possible,” Blumenthal said. “That vague assurance is unacceptable when dangerously defective cars remain on the road and GM fails to provide adequate warning.” 

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