“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.
September 22, 2021
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Chair of the Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight Subcommittee, and Subcommittee Ranking Member Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced bipartisan legislation that would require government agencies to implement changes recommended by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to save taxpayer dollars and improve government efficiency. The Acting on the Annual Duplication Report Act of 2021 follows Senator Hassan’s subcommittee hearing this spring to examine ways Congress can act on the GAO’s annual report on duplication, overlap, and fragmentation in the federal government.Read More
September 15, 2021
Senators Hassan, Ernst Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Stop Taxpayer Dollars from Sitting Uselessly in Disbanded Federal Program
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) introduced a bipartisan bill to address ridiculous waste in the federal government by transferring taxpayer dollars sitting unused in a federal account to the Treasury Department’s general fund. Currently, $1.5 billion in federal funds still sit in the U.S. Enrichment Corporation Fund despite the U.S. Enrichment Corporation being disbanded and turned into a private, non-government entity in 1998.Read More
July 30, 2021
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Chair of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight, issued the following statement for National Whistleblower Appreciation Day. Senator Hassan also helped introduce a bipartisan resolution that the Senate passed designating today, July 30th, as National Whistleblower Appreciation Day.Read More
July 26, 2021
WASHINGTON - In case you missed it, CQ – Roll Call published an article on bipartisan legislation that U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and John Boozman (R-AR) introduced last week to require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide training to employees on reporting waste, fraud, and abuse.Read More
July 15, 2021
Senator Hassan Questions ICE Nominee on Preventing Drug Trafficking and Protecting New Hampshire’s Indonesian Community
WASHINGTON - At a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan questioned two key nominees - the Assistant Secretary at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Director of the U.S. Census Bureau — on their preparedness to handle drug trafficking, protect New Hampshire’s Indonesian immigrant community, and the 2030 census.Read More
July 12, 2021
WASHINGTON - Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) today sent a letter to President Biden urging the administration to promptly appoint a qualified individual as the Acting Inspector General to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and quickly nominate a permanent successor for the Senate’s consideration. This comes after embattled FHFA Inspector General Laura Wertheimer resigned following years of investigation by Grassley and a call for Biden to remove her from office.Read More
July 07, 2021
President Signs into Law Senator Hassan’s Bipartisan Bill to Continue Providing Rewards for Whistleblowers Who Help Root Out Waste, Fraud, and Abuse
WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden signed into law bipartisan legislation, which Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) helped introduce, to preserve a whistleblower program that provides rewards to individuals who help root out waste, fraud and abuse. The bipartisan CFTC Fund Management Act will ensure that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s (CFTC) program that provides monetary rewards for whistleblowers can continue to operate - without spending any taxpayer dollars. The program had been in danger of being depleted due to its own success.Read More