Bolstering Public Safety
“Protecting our communities is the most important responsibility of any government, and I am committed to working every day to ensure that all Granite Staters and Americans are safe in the event of an emergency.” – Senator Hassan
Senator Hassan’s top priority is working to keep Americans safe, secure, and free.
The fentanyl, heroin, and opioid crisis is the most pressing public health and safety challenge facing New Hampshire. To combat this crisis, the Senator is focused on a comprehensive approach including strengthening treatment, prevention, recovery, and law enforcement efforts. She joined in introducing the bipartisan INTERDICT Act, which the President signed into law, to help supply Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers with the technology that they need to detect and intercept fentanyl and other illegal synthetic opioids. Senator Hassan is working to ensure that local and state law enforcement has access to the same high-tech screening devices as well.
The Senator is also working to ensure that local law enforcement has the resources that they need to keep our communities safe. Senator Hassan worked to secure significant federal funding for police and fire departments across the state that help pay for necessary equipment and additional staff. She is also focused on making sure that those on the front lines receive the support that they need to improve their mental and physical health, and cosponsored bipartisan legislation – that is now law – to establish suicide-prevention programs for law enforcement.
Additionally, as part of her efforts to keep Americans safe, Senator Hassan is working to combat all forms of terrorism—both foreign terrorist organizations, like ISIS and Al-Qaeda, and also homegrown and domestic terrorists. The Senator is focused on priorities including strengthening Visa Security teams that help make decisions about granting U.S. visas to foreign nationals, holding state sponsors of terrorism accountable, and cracking down on terrorist financing.
Senator Hassan is also focused on finding thoughtful solutions to address security and humanitarian challenges at the Southern border. The Senator has visited both the southern and northern borders multiple times, and supports pursuing a range of solutions to strengthen border security, including hiring additional agents, constructing better roads along the border, and providing new technology so that agents on the ground can keep up with the evolving tactics that cartels are using.
Given the increasing number of cyber threats to government agencies and critical infrastructure, Senator Hassan is working on a range of bipartisan priorities to strengthen cybersecurity efforts. These efforts include partnering with Republican Senator Rob Portman to introduce the DHS Cyber Incident Response Teams Act, to encourage private sector participation to help prevent cyberattacks. Senator Hassan also teamed up with Senator Portman to introduce the bipartisan Hack DHS Act, which the President signed into law, to strengthen cyber defenses at the Department of Homeland Security.
Furthermore, Senator Hassan believes it is long past time that Congress take real action to prevent senseless acts of gun violence. She supports expanding criminal background checks and banning assault weapons that have made it far too easy for dangerous individuals to inflict mass casualties and deaths. She supports legislation to require states to implement extreme risk protection orders – sometimes known as “red flag laws”, which allow courts to issue time-limited restraining orders to restrict access to firearms when there is evidence that an individual is planning to harm them self or others.
Senator Hassan will always place the safety and security of Granite Staters and Americans first, and she will continue to push for bipartisan solutions to tackle our country’s most pressing public safety challenges.
April 07, 2021
Senator Hassan Pushes for Action to Combat Scammers Who Are Using the COVID-19 Pandemic to Defraud Granite Staters and Americans
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan is pushing the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to use the funding that Congress provided in the American Rescue Plan to help combat scammers who are using the COVID-19 pandemic to defraud Americans. The Federal Trade Commission has recorded 1,461 reports in New Hampshire of pandemic-related fraud, identity theft, and other scams with a cumulative loss to Granite Staters of $954,000. These reported scams sharply increase in mid-March 2020, with spikes in early January 2021 and March 15, 2021.Read More
April 06, 2021
Senator Hassan Visits Lamprey Health Care and Nashua Fire Station 4 to Discuss COVID-19 Relief Funding
NASHUA — Yesterday, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan visited Lamprey Health Care to see its Mobile Health Unit, which was purchased through funding that the center received through the federal CARES Act. The Mobile Health Unit is providing critical primary health, as well as COVID testing and vaccinations, to underserved communities in Nashua and on the Seacoast. Senator Hassan recently joined the rest of the delegation in announcing that New Hampshire received an additional $20 million in vaccine funding for New Hampshire community health centers, including more than $3 million to Lamprey Health Care.Read More
April 01, 2021
Following Calls from Senator Hassan, Biden Administration Pledges to Increase Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment and Target Drug Trafficking on the Dark Web
WASHINGTON - Following calls from U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), the Biden administration announced today that it would work to remove unnecessary barriers to prescribing buprenorphine, a proven medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorder, as well as strengthen efforts to target illicit drug trafficking on the dark web.Read More
March 17, 2021
Senate Committee Advances Bipartisan Hassan Bills to Strengthen Counterterrorism Efforts, Cut Wasteful Spending
WASHINGTON - The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) today advanced key bipartisan bills introduced and cosponsored by U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH). Senator Hassan serves as the Chair of the HSGAC Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight.
March 17, 2021
Peters, Sullivan, Hassan & Tillis Bipartisan Bill to Protect Firefighters from Hazardous PFAS Chemicals Advances in SenateWASHINGTON, DC – Legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) to help protect the health and safety of firefighters, emergency responders and the communities they serve has advanced in the Senate. The legislation was unanimously approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where Peters serves as Chair.Read More
March 17, 2021
Shaheen & Hassan Help Reintroduce Bicameral Legislation to Close Dangerous Loophole to Protect Domestic Violence Survivors( U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and a group of Senators in reintroducing strongly-supported legislation to protect domestic violence survivors from gun violence. The Lori Jackson Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act is narrowly crafted to close loopholes that allow domestic abusers to legally obtain weapons. The bill is named in memory of Lori Jackson, an Oxford, Connecticut mother of two who was tragically shot and killed by her estranged husband, who had legally obtained a handgun even though he was subject to a temporary restraining order.Read More
March 11, 2021
WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today introduced the Jenna Quinn Law, which would allow current grant funds to be used to train and educate students, teachers, caregivers, and other adults who work with children in a professional or volunteer capacity on how to prevent, recognize, and report child sexual abuse. The bill is named for Jenna Quinn, a Texan and child abuse survivor, and is modeled after successful reforms passed in Texas.Read More