“It is essential that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and effectively, and I will keep working to spur innovation in government, ensure fiscal responsibility, and root out waste, fraud, and abuse.” – Senator Hassan
As the top Democratic Senator on the Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management subcommittee and the Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth subcommittee, Senator Hassan is focused on working across the aisle to promote fiscal responsibility and improve innovation and efficiency within the federal government. She has consistently advocated for increased transparency in federal programs to ensure that federal dollars are being put to their best use.
During her time as Governor, Senator Hassan worked with members of both parties to enact two fiscally responsible, balanced budgets that protected critical economic priorities for Granite Staters while holding the line against a sales or an income tax – and she is taking the same approach to fiscal responsibility in the Senate.
Senator Hassan is working to increase transparency in the federal government by requiring the publication of details, costs, and performance metrics of every federal program above $1 million.
In an effort to strengthen oversight, Senator Hassan supports converting Congress’ annual appropriations process to a two-year budget cycle, with one year for appropriating federal dollars and the other year devoted to oversight of federal programs. In addition, the Senator cosponsored bipartisan legislation that would prevent members of Congress from receiving a paycheck if the two chambers fail to pass a budget.
In order to make government more efficient, Senator Hassan supported bipartisan legislation – that is now law – to increase oversight of taxpayer dollars by requiring federal agencies to provide an annual report to Congress on the status of recommendations meant to reduce unnecessary spending.
Senator Hassan is also working across the aisle to end senseless government shutdowns, and introduced a bipartisan bill that would provide automatic funding to keep the government’s doors from closing and prevent members of Congress from leaving Washington, DC, until a budget agreement is reached.
Senator Hassan will continue to fight for sound economic policies that support hard-working families and businesses, while ensuring that hard-earned taxpayer dollars are spent with transparency and for a sound purpose.
June 23, 2021
Senate Passes Hassan-Led, Bipartisan Resolution to Honor the 100th Anniversary of the Government Accountability Office
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate yesterday passed Senator Maggie Hassan’s (D-NH) bipartisan resolution recognizing July 1, 2021 as the 100th anniversary of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and commending the service of GAO to Congress and the United States. GAO provides nonpartisan, critical, and timely reports to Congress to improve government efficiency and save taxpayers billions of dollars.Read More
June 21, 2021
Senators Hassan, Braun Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Reduce Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in the Federal Government
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, Chair of the HSGAC Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight, and Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) introduced a bipartisan bill to create a system for identifying and eliminating wasteful federal programs.Read More
June 03, 2021
(b> - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Mike Crapo (R-ID) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers in urging Senate Appropriations Committee leadership to fully fund the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program for fiscal year (FY) 2022. PILT provides payments to counties with non-taxable federal land within their borders to offset lost property tax revenue.Read More
June 01, 2021
Senate Unanimously Passes Senator Hassan’s Bipartisan Bill to Continue Providing Rewards for Whistleblowers Who Help Root Out Waste, Fraud, and Corruption
WASHINGTON - The Senate unanimously passed bipartisan legislation that U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and others in introducing to preserve a whistleblower program that is in danger of being depleted due to its own success. The bipartisan CFTC Fund Management Act ensures that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) program that provides monetary rewards for whistleblowers can continue to operate without needing to spend a single taxpayer dollar by creating a separate account should the work of whistleblowers continue past the allocated cap for the initial program. The bill now heads to the House for consideration.Read More
May 27, 2021
Senators Hassan and Shaheen Introduce Bill to Protect Granite Staters from Unconstitutional Massachusetts Taxes
WASHINGTON -- Senators Maggie Hassan, Jeanne Shaheen, and colleagues today introduced legislation that would prevent other states from taxing Granite Staters who telework for companies located in another state. With more Americans than ever working remotely because of technological advances and the pandemic, the Multistate Worker Tax Fairness Act would simplify the tax code by establishing a simple, uniform standard based on physical presence in order to ensure that teleworkers are not taxed unfairly. Representative Chris Pappas will be co-leading the House companion bill.Read More
May 24, 2021
Senators Hassan and Grassley Introduce Bill to Strengthen Efforts to Root Out Waste, Fraud, & Abuse in Government
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) are today introducing the bipartisan Inspector General Testimonial Subpoena Authority Act, which would give Inspectors General the authority to subpoena former federal employees, as well as contractors and grantees, for in-person testimony, strengthening their ability to safeguard taxpayers.Read More
May 12, 2021
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), chair of the spending oversight subcommittee, led a hearing today to examine ways Congress can act on the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) annual report on duplication, overlap, and fragmentation in the federal government. The report includes recommendations to cut wasteful spending and help save taxpayer dollars.Read More