A Strong National Defense
“Nothing is more important than keeping America safe, secure, and free. My top priority is protecting the homeland and ensuring that the United States Military remains both the strongest fighting force in the world, and also the greatest force for good.” – Senator Hassan
Senator Hassan is working across party lines to ensure that America’s service members have the support that they need to carry out their vital missions, to combat both foreign and domestic terrorist threats, and to confront any nation that may seek to break international norms or undermine American interests, including Russia, Iran, North Korea, and China.
As a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Senator Hassan has worked on bipartisan legislation to eliminate the ability of foreign terrorist organizations like ISIS and Al-Qaeda, or their followers, to attack the homeland by cracking down on terrorist financing and penalizing any country that supports, funds, or provides a safe haven to terrorists.
Senator Hassan also successfully worked to pass the bipartisan DHS Data Framework Act – which is now law – to help ensure that analysts at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can more efficiently identify terrorist threats.
Due to the increasing number of cyber threats to government agencies and critical infrastructure, Senator Hassan introduced the bipartisan Hack DHS Act, which the President signed into law, to strengthen cyber defenses at DHS. The bipartisan Hack DHS Act utilizes ethical hackers to help identify unique and undiscovered vulnerabilities within DHS’s networks that bad actors could exploit.
Additionally, Senator Hassan worked to include critical priorities for New Hampshire and the entire country in the National Defense Authorization Act, including securing a pay raise for all U.S. military personnel and directing crucial funding for projects at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and the New Hampshire National Guard, which are integral to America’s security.
Senator Hassan is also working to pursue a range of bipartisan solutions to address the security and humanitarian challenges at the southern border. Senator Hassan has visited both the northern and southern borders to hear firsthand from agents on the ground about what resources and support they need.
Senator Hassan will continue fighting to ensure that all of America’s national security professionals – from the intelligence community to the military – have the resources and support that they need to strengthen national security and keep all Granite Staters and Americans safe, secure, and free.
July 02, 2020
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate today added to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) a bipartisan amendment from Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI). The amendment helps to combat the threat that small, unmanned aircraft systems (drones) pose to U.S. service members worldwide.Read More
June 29, 2020
Hassan, Cornyn, Peters, & Portman Introduce Bipartisan Amendment to NDAA to Bolster Cybersecurity at All Levels of Government
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), John Cornyn (R-TX), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Rob Portman (R-OH) filed a bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021 to require the Department of Homeland Security to establish a Cybersecurity State Coordinator position in every state. Each state would have its own federally funded Cybersecurity Coordinator, who would be responsible for helping to prevent and respond to cybersecurity threats by working with federal, state, and local governments as well as schools, hospitals, and other entities. This amendment mirrors the Cybersecurity State Coordinator Act that the Senators introduced earlier this year, and in March, the Homeland Security Committee voted on a bipartisan basis to approve this legislation.Read More
May 22, 2020
As Economy Begins to Reopen Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Senator Hassan Urges Defense Department to Release More Information on Its Plan to Safely Resume Normal Operations at Home and Abroad
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan urged the Department of Defense to release additional information on its plan to resume normal operations at home and abroad as more parts of the economy begin to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the Senator calls for the Department to implement health screening measures, such as fever screenings, to better protect workers’ health, and also calls on the Department to pay particular attention to workers with high-risk family members who face greater danger from exposure to the virus.Read More
May 22, 2020
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) led Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and James Lankford (R-OK) in calling on the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office to investigate ongoing delays to the KC-46 aircraft program that are preventing the aircraft from being used in operational missions, including at Pease Air National Guard Base in New Hampshire. Senators Hassan and Lankford serve on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee – the top Senate oversight committee – and the Government Accountability Office prioritizes requests from this committee.Read More
April 28, 2020
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and James Lankford (R-OK), both members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, called for answers on what the Department of Homeland Security, FBI, and Intelligence Community are doing to address ongoing and emerging terrorist threats amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Read More
April 14, 2020
Washington, D.C.-Members of the Maine and New Hampshire Congressional Delegations wrote to the Department of Defense (DOD) to express their concern with an updated policy that reduces the paid administrative leave options available to public shipyard workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The updated guidance creates impediments to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard workers staying home if necessary to protect public health or the health of a vulnerable family member during this public health crisis.Read More
March 12, 2020
Bipartisan Hassan-Led Bills to Bolster Cybersecurity at All Levels of Government Pass Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
WASHINGTON - The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee yesterday approved bipartisan legislation introduced by Senator Maggie Hassan to establish a Cybersecurity State Coordinator position in every state. Each state’s coordinator would help their state to prevent and respond to cybersecurity threats by working with federal, state, and local governments as well as schools, hospitals, and other entities.Read More