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.
June 17, 2021
Senator Hassan Calls for Increased Investment in Cybersecurity for State and Local Governments during Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight Subcommittee Hearing
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan today led an Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight Subcommittee hearing about cyber threats to state and local entities and the consequences of cyberattacks on national security, the economy, and citizens’ lives. Joining the hearing was Sunapee School District Superintendent Russ Holden, who Senator Hassan invited to testify to share with the public how the District navigated a 2019 cyberattack.Read More
June 16, 2021
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, chair of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) subcommittee that oversees emerging threats, voted to advance top cybersecurity officials nominated by President Biden.Read More
June 10, 2021
Senator Hassan Questions Top Cybersecurity Nominees on Information Sharing, Prosecuting Cybercriminals, and Legacy IT Systems
WASHINGTON - U.S Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) questioned top cybersecurity nominees that President Biden put forward during a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing today.Read More
June 09, 2021
Senator Hassan Grills Colonial Pipeline CEO on the Company’s Lack of Cyber Preparedness During Committee Hearing
WASHINGTON - In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan yesterday grilled Colonial Pipeline President and CEO Joseph Blount, Jr. on his company’s cyber preparedness prior to the attack that spurred fuel shortages across the country. In response to Senator Hassan’s questioning, Mr. Blount admitted that Colonial Pipeline did not have a prior plan in place if hackers requested a ransom payment.Read More
June 08, 2021
Senate Passes Senator Hassan & Colleagues’ Bipartisan Bill to Outcompete China & Strengthen National Security
WASHINGTON - The Senate passed historic, bipartisan legislation today introduced by U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan to help the U.S. outcompete China and strengthen national security. The bipartisan United States Innovation and Competition Act also includes important priorities secured by Senator Hassan to help boost the economy and harden critical infrastructure.
June 08, 2021
Senator Hassan on Colonial Pipeline Hearing: ‘I’ve talked with small school districts in my state of New Hampshire that are better prepared for cyberattacks than Colonial Pipeline’
WASHINGTON - During a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) pressed Colonial Pipeline President and CEO Joseph A. Blount, Jr. on the recent cyberattack it experienced and its decision to pay hackers a ransom payment. When Senator Hassan asked Mr. Blount if the company had a cybersecurity plan prior to the attack that included guidance about paying a ransom, he said, “Senator specifically, no, no discussion about ransom and action to ransom.”Read More
June 08, 2021
Sens. Hassan, Cassidy & Rep. Slotkin Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Overhaul National Stockpile and Expand Domestic Manufacturing
WASHINGTON -– U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) and Representative Elissa Slotkin (D-MI-08) introduced the bipartisan Strengthening America’s Strategic National Stockpile Act to make long-overdue improvements to the Strategic National Stockpile, which is maintained by the federal government to ensure access to medical supplies during public health emergencies. This comprehensive, bipartisan bill will help reduce America’s dependence on foreign adversaries like China for critical supplies, boost domestic manufacturing, and improve transparency to ensure the effectiveness of the Strategic National Stockpile during future public health emergencies.Read More