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, 2020
In Bipartisan Call to President Trump, Senator Hassan and Colleagues Urge Coordinated Delivery of Protective Equipment to First Responders
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan joined a bipartisan group of her colleagues in again calling for a strong, coordinated federal effort to address the national shortage of personal protective equipment for health care workers, police officers, fire fighters, and EMTs. This shortage unnecessarily exposes first responders to COVID-19 and will hamper the ability of emergency personnel to serve on the front lines during this public health crisis.Read More
April 02, 2020
Senator Hassan, Colleagues Press Administration to Further Support Children in Child Welfare System Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and other colleagues in urging the Trump Administration to issue national guidance to child welfare agencies that are continuing to protect and support children during the COVID-19 outbreak. In a letter sent to Vice President Mike Pence and the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, the senators urged the administration to issue comprehensive guidance to ensure that youth have access to the full range of support services required to meet their educational, health, and housing needs, regardless of where they live.Read More
April 02, 2020
NH Delegation Announces $11.7 Million From New COVID-19 Law to Help NH’s Vulnerable Homeless Population & Provide Support to Community Health Facilities, Food Banks and Other Community Services
( U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a negotiator of the recent COVID-19 economic response bill, and Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced today that New Hampshire is set to receive $11.7 million in additional funding to assist New Hampshire’s vulnerable homeless population and to address other local needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was recently passed by Congress and signed into law last week. Funds in this announcement come in addition to the $1.25 billion in aid that the new law provides to compensate New Hampshire for COVID-19 response efforts and the $147 million for schools, transit, law enforcement, child care, low-income heating and other needs that the Delegation announced on Tuesday to help the state through this crisis. The funds announced today will be administered through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program, and can be used to expand community health facilities, child care centers, food banks and senior services, as well as supporting eviction prevention, rental deposit assistance and homelessness prevention programs.Read More
March 31, 2020
Following Outreach from Hassan & Shaheen, Major Insurance Companies Announce Policy to Waive Cost-Sharing for COVID-19 Expenses, Including Testing and Treatment
WASHINGTON - Following outreach from U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen, two major insurance companies, Humana and Cigna, have announced that they will waive in-network and out-of-network cost-sharing for COVID-19 medical expenses, which includes testing and treatment, for both presumptive and confirmed COVID-19 cases. Humana and Cigna’s decision comes after Senators Hassan and Shaheen urged insurance companies to cover all COVID-19-related treatment and services without cost-sharing requirements, which would allow Granite Staters and Americans to get tested, assessed, and treated without the fear of unexpected medical bills.Read More
March 31, 2020
NH Congressional Delegation Calls on the President to Swiftly Approve Governor Sununu’s Disaster Declaration Request
WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen and U.S. Representatives Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas called on President Donald Trump to swiftly approve Governor Chris Sununu’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration for New Hampshire in response to COVID-19.Read More
March 31, 2020
NH Delegation Announces $147 Million in Additional Funding That NH Can Expect From New Law to Respond to COVID-19
(Washington, DC)-U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a negotiator of the recent COVID-19 economic response legislation, and Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced $147 million that New Hampshire can expect from this new law that was signed by the President on Friday. This funding is in addition to the $1.25 billion that the state will receive to compensate for COVID-19 emergency response efforts. Further allocations to New Hampshire through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and other response legislation will be announced as they become available.Read More
March 27, 2020
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement after the House passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that the Senate passed unanimously on Thursday. The legislation now heads to the president’s desk for signature.Read More