“Too many people are being left behind in today’s changing global economy, and we must do more to ensure that everyone who works hard has the opportunity to get ahead and stay ahead. As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, my top priority is to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship, while also building the highly skilled workforce that innovation based businesses need to grow and thrive.” – Senator Hassan
To help lay the foundation for the next generation of economic growth, Senator Hassan is focused on fostering innovation, eliminating barriers for entrepreneurs, increasing participation in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields, and expanding access to broadband.
As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Hassan introduced bipartisan legislation to double the refundable research and development (R&D) tax credit and extend it to more small businesses. The R&D tax credit supports the efforts of businesses to invest in the development of new, innovative products that lead to job creation and a stronger economy.
Additionally, as part of her efforts to support New Hampshire and America’s entrepreneurs, the first bill Senator Hassan introduced was the Reigniting Opportunity for Innovators (ROI) Act, which would help provide the student loan debt relief necessary for entrepreneurs to start up and grow innovative small businesses.
To ensure that our economy works for everyone, Senator Hassan has supported efforts to include more women, minorities, and people who experience disabilities in STEM fields.
Access to high-speed, reliable internet is also crucial to the success of people and businesses in the 21st century economy. Senator Hassan has been a leader in the push to expand high-speed internet to rural areas in New Hampshire and across the country.
To help close the urban-rural digital divide, Senator Hassan joined in introducing the bipartisan AIRWAVES Act, which establishes a spectrum pipeline that will provide more capacity for wireless providers to improve existing service and expand to new areas. Senator Hassan also introduced the bipartisan MAP Broadband Act to help improve the accuracy of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mobile broadband coverage maps to ensure that federal investments in expanding broadband are directed toward areas – such as rural parts of New Hampshire – that need it the most.
Net neutrality is also critical to promoting innovation, supporting hard-working people, and encouraging economic growth. Net neutrality ensures that internet service providers treat all sites on the internet equally, and do not impede the ability of businesses and consumers to access certain services or information. Senator Hassan is working to try to overturn the FCC’s backward decision to repeal net neutrality protections.
Senator Hassan will continue fighting to ensure that all hard-working Granite Staters and Americans have the support and resources that they need to succeed in the 21st century innovation economy.
January 06, 2021
Inc. Magazine Highlights Senator Hassan’s Efforts to Provide Student Loan Debt Relief to Young Entrepreneurs
WASHINGTON - In case you missed it, Inc. Magazine recently published an article on how student loan debt has prevented many young people from starting their own businesses and highlighted Senator Maggie Hassan’s legislation to help provide student loan debt relief to young entrepreneurs as a potential policy solution to this problem. The article discusses the importance of supporting entrepreneurship in order to create new jobs and help the economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.Read More
January 05, 2021
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, today met virtually with President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Treasury, Janet Yellen.Read More
December 04, 2020
NH Delegation Announces Nearly $2.4 Million in CARES Act Funding for Dartmouth College to Support Research to Enhance Health Care Providers’ Response to COVID-19
( U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded Dartmouth College $2,396,689 in federal funding appropriated under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support ongoing research aimed at enhancing American health care providers’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the funding was awarded though HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and will allow researchers at Dartmouth to investigate how COVID-19 has impacted primary and patient care in the nation, particularly the adoption of new health care delivery methods such as telehealth, as well as explain variations in the impact of COVID-19 on health care providers and the patients they serve. The information gathered in this study will be used to create guidance that will help lawmakers and health care providers strengthen the delivery of primary care during this and any future pandemic.Read More
November 18, 2020
Senator Hassan Reintroduces Legislation to Provide Student Loan Debt Relief to Young Entrepreneurs Starting Innovative Small Businesses
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan reintroduced the Reigniting Opportunity for Innovators Act to help provide student loan debt relief to young entrepreneurs starting innovative small businesses. Senator Hassan originally introduced the bill in 2017 and it was the first piece of legislation she introduced in the Senate.Read More
October 20, 2020
Senators Hassan, Young Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Innovative Businesses and Startups' Research and Development
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Todd Young (R-IN), both members of the Senate Finance Committee, introduced the bipartisan American Innovation and Jobs Act to support research and development (R&D) investments by innovative small businesses and startups.Read More
October 16, 2020
Shaheen, Hassan & Kuster Announce $26M in Federal Support for New Senior Housing Facility in Franklin
( U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representative Annie Kuster (NH-02) that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded the Peabody Home in Franklin $26 million in direct loans to construct a senior housing facility. The federal dollars were awarded through the USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program. As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Shaheen fights to secure and boost funding for this program at the USDA each year in government funding legislation.Read More
October 02, 2020
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan took a virtual tour of the University of New Hampshire’s (UNH) new COVID-19 testing laboratory this week and discussed the need to expand testing in New Hampshire and across the country.Read More