Standing Up for the North Country
“I have long fought to support the North Country’s people, businesses, and beautiful natural resources, which are central to our state’s tourism industry and economic viability. I will continue working to strengthen communities in the North Country, including focusing on efforts to protect our environment, increase access to broadband, and support New Hampshire’s travel and tourism industry.” – Senator Hassan
From strengthening the Northern Border Regional Commission, to expanding rural broadband and investing in rural health care, Senator Hassan is working to ensure that all North Country communities can thrive.
Senator Hassan has helped successfully fight back efforts to eliminate the Northern Border Regional Commission, a federal-state partnership that helps spur economic and community development in northern New Hampshire, while also increasing funding for the program by 50 percent. She also worked to pass a five-year reauthorization and expansion of the program in the bipartisan Farm Bill in 2018.
Additionally, Senator Hassan has fought to protect the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which funds a wide range of projects in the North Country, including homeownership assistance efforts, the development of more affordable housing, public facility improvements, and economic development projects. The Senator is also working to protect funding for TIGER/BUILD grants, which help boost investment in critical infrastructure projects across New Hampshire.
Senator Hassan is focused on ensuring that underserved areas in the North Country receive the federal support that they need to expand broadband coverage. In the 21st century innovation economy, access to high-speed internet isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. She introduced the bipartisan Rural Reasonable and Comparable Wireless Access Act to help close the rural-urban digital divide and expand access to broadband in rural parts of New Hampshire. She also authored the bipartisan AIRWAVES Act that makes meaningful investments in rural broadband infrastructure.
The Senator is also focused on strengthening rural health care delivery systems and improving access to services for individuals living in underserved areas, including supporting legislation to expand access to high-quality maternity care so that mothers in rural areas can receive the care that they need.
Senator Hassan will continue focusing on spurring economic and community development in this critical region.
June 14, 2021
Following Request by Senator Hassan, GAO Releases Comprehensive Report Detailing How Postal Service Handles Complaints
WASHINGTON - Following a request from U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the committee that oversees the United States Postal Service (USPS), the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a comprehensive report detailing how USPS handles customer complaints. The report found that despite implementing a new online system to track customer complaints, the Postal Service is still not meeting its performance goals for customer service – which includes timeliness in responding to customer complaints.Read More
June 04, 2021
NH Delegation Announces More than $24.5 Million through December Relief Legislation to Combat COVID-19 Health Disparities among High-Risk & Underserved Granite State Communities
(Manchester, NH) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) today announced that New Hampshire will receive $24,568,498 to address COVID-19 related health disparities among communities considered to be high-risk and medically underserved, including communities of color and Granite Staters in rural areas. Specifically, the funding is being awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act that was passed by Congress and signed into law in December and will allow the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services to boost COVID-19 testing and contact tracing capabilities. The funding will also help create and deploy new mitigation and prevention services, improve data collection and empower community partners to address COVID-19 health disparities.Read More
May 28, 2021
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senators John Thune (R-SD), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), and Jerry Moran (R-KS) in introducing the bipartisan Rural Connectivity Advancement Program (RCAP) Act of 2021. The bipartisan bill would dedicate a portion of proceeds from congressionally mandated Federal Communications Commission (FCC) spectrum auctions to be used for the buildout of broadband networks, which would help strengthen connectivity in rural communities in New Hampshire and throughout the country.Read More
May 21, 2021
Senator Hassan, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Postal Service and Improve Agency’s Long-Term Financial Stability
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate committee that oversees the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), joined a bipartisan group of her colleagues in introducing legislation to overhaul the Postal Service and improve the agency’s long-term financial stability. The bipartisan Postal Service Reform Act would eliminate requirements that have decimated the Postal Services’ finances, increase transparency and accountability at the agency, and strengthen support for postal workers.Read More
May 18, 2021
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to help states, cities, and towns spur investment in rural broadband projects. The bill complements ongoing efforts in New Hampshire by providing state and local governments with innovative financing options for broadband projects, giving states and localities access to additional tools to invest in rural broadband.
May 13, 2021
Shaheen, Risch, Hassan Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Facilitate Disaster Assistance for Rural Small Businesses
(Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Jim Risch (R-ID), senior members of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) reintroduced the Disaster Assistance for Rural Small Businesses Act. Their bipartisan legislation would allow rural communities to more easily access emergency relief in the wake of a natural disaster.Read More
May 11, 2021
WARNER, KING, MANCHIN & HASSAN APPLAUD TREASURY GUIDANCE ON IMPLEMENTATION OF EMERGENCY BROADBAND FUNDS
WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Angus King (I-ME), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) praised new guidance by the Biden administration regarding the implementation of the $10 billion Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund (CCPF) that the senators successfully worked to include within the American Rescue Plan. This new guidance follows strong advocacy by the four senators, who previously urged the Treasury Department to ensure that CCPF funds can be used to support increased broadband adoption and access, in addition to supporting new broadband deployment.Read More