Transportation & Infrastructure
“A modern and strong infrastructure is central to the success of New Hampshire and America’s people, businesses, and economy, and I will continue pushing for meaningful federal investments to expand rural broadband, and fix our highways, roads, and bridges.” – Senator Hassan
Strengthening both New Hampshire and America’s transportation and broadband infrastructure is critical to meeting the needs of the 21st century economy.
Senator Hassan authored the bipartisan AIRWAVES Act that would support meaningful investments in rural broadband infrastructure in places like New Hampshire, helping to strengthen local economies and provide businesses and individuals in rural areas with the resources that they need to get ahead and stay ahead.
To help close the urban-rural digital divide, the Senator also introduced the bipartisan Rural Reasonable and Comparable Wireless Access Act, which would help close the rural-urban digital divide and expand access to broadband in rural parts of New Hampshire and across the country.
The Senator has also worked with her colleagues in New Hampshire’s congressional delegation to help secure significant investments in transportation infrastructure, including nearly $8 million to repair transportation infrastructure in Granite State communities impacted by severe flooding, $11.8 million for the Manchester airport, $13.5 million for Portsmouth International Airport at Pease, and a $10 million grant to rehabilitate two regionally significant bridges connecting New Hampshire and Vermont. And she is working with Senator Jeanne Shaheen to pass the SAFE Bridges Act, which would make long-overdue investments in the nation’s aging bridges.
To ensure that all Granite Staters and Americans have access to clean, safe drinking water, Senator Hassan is working to improve water infrastructure and protect clean drinking water supplies, including combatting PFAS drinking water contamination in communities across New Hampshire.
Additionally, Senator Hassan worked with the rest of the New Hampshire delegation to secure funding for critical priorities for the state in the bipartisan America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, which authorized water infrastructure projects around the country. The comprehensive bipartisan bill included approval for mitigation efforts at Hampton and Portsmouth Harbors – a victory for the fishing industry in New Hampshire that has been hurt by severe sand shoaling in recent years.
Senator Hassan will continue working across the aisle to strengthen New Hampshire’s infrastructure to ensure that all Granite Staters and Americans have access to high-speed internet, safe drinking water, navigable waters, and well-maintained roads, bridges, and airports.
March 24, 2020
President Signs into Law Bipartisan Bill Cosponsored by Senators Hassan, Shaheen to Improve Accuracy of FCC’s Broadband Maps
WASHINGTON - As communities in New Hampshire and across the country experience an even greater need for reliable broadband amid the COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump signed into law bipartisan legislation cosponsored by U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen to improve the accuracy of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) broadband maps, which help determine where billions of dollars in federal funding is distributed for broadband expansion.Read More
March 19, 2020
Hassan, Shaheen Urge Federal Communications Commission To Expand Access To Telehealth Services For Rural Communities
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen joined a bipartisan group of their colleagues in urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to increase support to health care providers through the Rural Health Care Program to help them deliver and expand telehealth services for rural communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.Read More
March 17, 2020
Hassan, Shaheen Urge FCC to Ensure That All Students Can Remotely Continue Education During Coronavirus Emergency
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen today joined their colleagues in calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to help provide Wi-Fi hotspots or devices with Wi-Fi capability to students who lack internet access at home. The letter requests that the FCC temporarily allow schools to utilize funding through the federal E-Rate program, which provides discounts to help eligible schools and libraries in the United States obtain affordable telecommunications and internet access. Temporarily expanding the funding to allow schools to support broadband access in students’ homes will give students in need the ability to access their classwork online. New Hampshire recently made the decision to close all public schools for three weeks to contain the spread of the coronavirus, increasing the urgency of ensuring that students have the support that they need.Read More
March 11, 2020
WASHINGTON - Bipartisan legislation cosponsored by U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen to expand access to broadband in rural and underserved communities in New Hampshire by improving the accuracy of broadband maps has been approved by both the Senate and House and now goes to the President’s desk to become law.Read More
March 04, 2020
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan today introduced the Capital Investment Grant Program Improvement Act to help spur federal investment in passenger rail from Boston to Nashua and Manchester. The bill would increase funding for the federal Capital Investment Grant program and prioritize projects connecting smaller cities to existing passenger rail in larger cities, making it easier for New Hampshire to secure the grant funding needed to move forward with passenger rail.Read More
February 21, 2020
KEENE - In case you missed it, Senator Maggie Hassan yesterday hosted a roundtable with state, regional, and local officials to talk about their work in the Monadnock Region to expand broadband access. The Senator also discussed two bipartisan bills inspired by Chesterfield’s broadband project that would give states, cities, and towns additional tools to spur investment in rural broadband projects.Read More
February 19, 2020
( Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded $5,744,000 in federal grants to support infrastructure, operations and safety at Manchester, Lebanon and Pease Airports. The federal funding was awarded under the agency’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Shaheen, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, helped craft the omnibus funding legislation for fiscal year (FY) 2020 that included $3.75 billion for AIP.Read More