“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.
February 04, 2020
WASHINGTON -Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement tonight in response to President Trump’s State of the Union address. The Senator brought as her guest Laconia Police Officer Eric Adams, who has gained national recognition for his work as Laconia’s Prevention, Enforcement, and Treatment Coordinator. In this role – the first of its kind in New England – Officer Adams has helped revolutionize the way that law enforcement across the country approach combating substance misuse.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 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
January 06, 2020
WASHINGTON - Citing improved labor and enforcement standards, as well as feedback from New Hampshire businesses and workers, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan said today that she will support the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement when the Senate Finance Committee, on which she serves, considers the trade agreement tomorrow.Read More
December 19, 2019
WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statements after the Senate passed bipartisan government funding legislation. The package, which also includes key bills and tax fixes that the Senator has worked on, already passed the U.S. House of Representatives and will now head to the President’s desk for a signature.Read More
December 12, 2019
WASHINGTON - In case you missed it, The New York Times published an article today highlighting efforts in Congress to curb evictions, including Senator Maggie Hassan’s bill, the Prevent Evictions Act, that would support landlords and tenants alike through cost-effective solutions to keep families in their homes. The bipartisan funding bill that the Senate passed in October included a piece of Senator Hassan’s bill that instructs the Department of Housing and Urban Development to move forward its analysis of eviction prevention insurance.Read More