“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.
February 06, 2020
Houses Passes Bipartisan Hassan-Lankford Legislation to Increase Transparency and Curb Wasteful Spending
WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives this week unanimously passed the bipartisan Taxpayers Right-to-Know Act, introduced by Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and James Lankford (R-OK), that would require the federal government to publicize the details, costs, and performance metrics of government programs. This bipartisan legislation, which would increase transparency and curb wasteful spending, was voted out of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee last year.Read More
January 30, 2020
WASHINGTON - In case you missed it, Senator Maggie Hassan wrote an op-ed highlighting the role of craft breweries in New Hampshire’s economy and her successful efforts to extend tax cuts for the craft beverage industry in the recent bipartisan government funding agreement. Senator Hassan recently visited Rockingham Brewing Company in Derry to discuss the importance of supporting craft breweries throughout New Hampshire.Read More
January 29, 2020
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Finance Committee who voted to advance the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), released the following statement after President Trump signed into law the bipartisan bill implementing the trade agreement:Read More
January 16, 2020
WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan today voted to send bipartisan legislation implementing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to the President for his signature. As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Hassan helped to advance the bill, citing feedback from New Hampshire businesses and workers, as well as improved labor and enforcement standards. The deal is also supported by key New Hampshire business leaders.Read More
January 14, 2020
Senator Hassan Highlights Recent Extension of Craft Beer Tax Cuts at Rockingham Brewing Company in Derry
DERRY - In case you missed it, Senator Maggie Hassan highlighted the recent extension of the craft beverage tax cuts that help support local breweries during a visit to Rockingham Brewing Company yesterday. The Senator discussed her efforts to extend the craft beverage tax cut in the government funding bill for fiscal year 2020 – which is now law – and reaffirmed her commitment to making these tax cuts permanent. The Senator is a cosponsor of the bipartisan Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act – a bill that would permanently extend the reduction in excise taxes for craft breweries, while also cutting red tape and streamlining outdated, burdensome federal regulations that hold businesses back.Read More
January 10, 2020
CONTOOCOOK - Senator Maggie Hassan discussed how the bipartisan U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement will help support dairy farmers in New Hampshire during a visit today to Contoocook Creamery. Earlier this week, Senator Hassan voted in the Senate Finance Committee to advance the USMCA, which was the next major step forward in the trade agreement going into effect.Read More
January 07, 2020
WASHINGTON - Citing the benefits to New Hampshire businesses, workers, and consumers, as well as improved labor and enforcement standards, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today voted to support the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) during a Senate Finance Committee markup. The Senate Finance Committee has jurisdiction over trade policy, and today’s vote marks the next major step forward in consideration of the deal.Read More