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.
January 01, 2021
National Defense Bill Becomes Law with Key Priorities Secured by Senator Hassan to Support Granite Staters & Americans
WASHINGTON - Today on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis, the U.S. Senate overrode the President’s veto to pass into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, which includes key priorities that Senator Hassan introduced and championed to protect the national security of Granite Staters and all Americans. Bipartisan amendments that Senator Hassan introduced to address drone threats to service members overseas and create a cybersecurity state coordinator in each state are included in the legislation.Read More
December 27, 2020
WASHINGTON - President Trump today signed into law a year-end government funding package with substantial COVID-19 relief for Granite Staters based on a bipartisan compromise that Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) helped negotiate. The package also includes a number of other priorities that Senator Hassan fought for, including provisions to help end surprise medical billing, which Senator Hassan has led bipartisan efforts on for the past two years.Read More
December 22, 2020
WASHINGTON - Last night, the Senate passed a year-end government funding package with substantial COVID-19 relief for Granite Staters based on a bipartisan compromise that Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) helped negotiate. The package also includes a number of other priorities that Senator Hassan fought for, including provisions to help end surprise medical billing, which Senator Hassan has led bipartisan efforts on for the past two years.Read More
December 18, 2020
Senators Hassan, Rosen, Sinema Call for Review of Federal Agencies’ Efforts to Help Protect K-12 Schools From Cyber Threats
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), who all serve on the Senate Homeland Security Committee, called for an independent Government Accountability Office review of federal agencies’ efforts to help protect K-12 schools from cyber threats, particularly as the COVID-19 pandemic has caused many schools to shift more of their education online. Senator Hassan recently co-led a Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing on strengthening cybersecurity for state and local governments and other entities, including schools, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Read More
December 18, 2020
WASHINGTON - The Senate passed bipartisan legislation led by Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, and Mike Lee (R-UT) that will help strengthen counterterrorism efforts by requiring federal agencies to report to Congress after a terrorist attack with information about exactly what happened and recommendations to prevent future attacks.Read More
December 18, 2020
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, today met with President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas.Read More
December 18, 2020
Following Senator Hassan’s Bipartisan Bills Over Nonconsensual Sexual Videos, Pornhub Announces Changes and Credit Card Companies Block Charges on Pornhub
WASHINGTON - In case you missed it, Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) introduced bipartisan bills to help victims of so-called “revenge porn” sue their perpetrators and to empower survivors of rape and sex trafficking – as well as those whose images are distributed without their consent – to sue pornographic websites including Pornhub. Their bills followed comprehensive reporting from the New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof about the immense pain and difficulties of children and individuals whose videos are non-consensually shared on Pornhub.Read More