“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 14, 2021
Senator Hassan, Representative Kuster Heard from NH Entertainment Industry Leaders on Challenges They’re Facing Amid COVID and Discussed Additional Federal Funding Headed to NH Venues
NEW HAMPSHIRE - In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan and Representative Annie Kuster held a virtual roundtable this week with leaders of New Hampshire’s entertainment industry where they heard from participants about the challenges that they are facing and discussed the additional relief that Senator Hassan and Representative Kuster helped secure in the latest COVID-19 relief package to help New Hampshire’s live-entertainment venues, independent movie theaters, and museums. The package included key provisions of the Save Our Stages Act, which was cosponsored by Senator Hassan and Representative Kuster, that provides grants to live venues and theaters to help these venues retain jobs and stay afloat amid COVID-related losses.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 27, 2020
WASHINGTON - President Trump today signed into law a year-end government funding package with substantial COVID-19 relief for Granite Staters based on a bipartisan compromise that Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) helped negotiate. The package also includes a number of other priorities that Senator Hassan fought for, including provisions to help end surprise medical billing, which Senator Hassan has led bipartisan efforts on for the past two years.Read More
December 22, 2020
WASHINGTON - Last night, the Senate passed a year-end government funding package with substantial COVID-19 relief for Granite Staters based on a bipartisan compromise that Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) helped negotiate. The package also includes a number of other priorities that Senator Hassan fought for, including provisions to help end surprise medical billing, which Senator Hassan has led bipartisan efforts on for the past two years.Read More
December 15, 2020
( Yesterday afternoon, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) – a senior member of the Senate Appropriations and Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committees – and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) shared additional details for the two bipartisan, bicameral COVID-19 emergency relief bills. The Bipartisan COVID-19 Emergency Relief Act of 2020, shared by Senators Shaheen, Hassan, Manchin (D-WV), Collins (R-ME), Warner (D-VA), Cassidy (D-LA), Murkowski (D-AK), King (I-ME), Romney (R-UT), Portman (R-OH) and Durbin (D-IL), and Representatives Reed (NY-23) and Gottheimer (NJ-05), would provide as much as $748 billion in relief to American students, families, businesses, workers and health care providers during this crisis. The Bipartisan State and Local Support and Small Business Protection Act of 2020, shared by Senators Manchin, Collins, Cassidy, Murkowski, Romney and Portman would provide $160 billion in funding for state and local governments and liability protections. The bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers have been part of ongoing bipartisan talks over the past few weeks to deliver urgently needed COVID-19 emergency relief.Read More
December 08, 2020
WASHINGTON - In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan yesterday hosted the third-annual Innovate NH Entrepreneurship Forum as part of her efforts to support New Hampshire’s entrepreneurs and ensure that they have the tools that they need to launch innovative businesses and thrive. The event focused on challenges that small businesses and startups are facing amid the pandemic.Read More
December 02, 2020
Senators Hassan, Shaheen and Bipartisan Group of Colleagues Push to Include Tax Relief Measure for Craft Breweries in End-of-Year Package
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and a bipartisan group of their colleagues are pushing to include a bipartisan proposal to provide tax relief for craft breweries in an end-of-year legislative package.Read More