“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.
September 23, 2021
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan cosponsored bipartisan legislation to provide an additional $60 billion in revitalization funds to support independent restaurants and small franchises in New Hampshire and across the country as the industry continues to deal with long-term challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The bipartisan Real Economic Support That Acknowledges Unique Restaurant Assistance Needed to Survive (RESTAURANTS) Act of 2021 would allow restaurant owners to apply for grants to help cover eligible expenses, including payroll, rent, utilities, and even food.Read More
September 20, 2021
(Manchester, NH) - Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) applauded the announcement that New Hampshire will receive $3,412,971 to combat youth homelessness.Read More
September 17, 2021
Shaheen, Hassan Lead Letter to President Biden to Urge Opening of U.S.-Canada Border to Vaccinated Canadians by October
(Manchester, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today sent a letter to President Biden with Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Jon Tester (D-MT) Angus King (I-ME), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Gary Peters (D-MI), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) urging his administration to allow vaccinated Canadians to travel to the U.S. through land ports of entry. Noting the economic and familial strains caused by the continued restrictions at the U.S.-Canada border, the Senators asked the President to lift travel restrictions before October, create a public plan to reopen land ports of entry to vaccinated Canadians and appoint an interagency lead to spearhead coordination.Read More
August 30, 2021
LACONIA – In case you missed it, on Friday U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan attended the ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening for Colonial Theatre in Laconia, where she celebrated the historic efforts to revitalize Colonial Theatre.Read More
August 27, 2021
LACONIA - Today, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan delivered remarks at Colonial Theatre’s ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony, where attendees celebrated the historic efforts to revitalize the venue. The Senator highlighted how this will support the arts and the local economy.
August 27, 2021
( U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) hosted a virtual meeting with the New Hampshire Congressional delegation and representatives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Canadian Consul General in Boston and numerous Granite State industry representatives on re-opening the U.S.-Canada border to vaccinated Canadians and the impact it has had on New Hampshire.Read More
August 11, 2021
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement after the Senate moved forward on the Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Resolution:Read More