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June 21, 2021

States Newsroom/NH Bulletin: Cyberattack on New Hampshire School District Illustrates Growing Threat to States and Localities

WASHINGTON – In case you missed it, States Newsroom, which includes the New Hampshire Bulletin, reported on a U.S. Senate hearing led by Senator Maggie Hassan last week on the need to address the threat of cyberattacks on state and local entities. Sunapee School District’s Superintendent, Russell Holden, was one of the witnesses and discussed the ransomware attack that hit Sunapee School District in 2019.

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June 21, 2021

Expansion of broadband to help rural medical services

The COVID-19 pandemic underscored the need to expand broadband infrastructure as a critical and necessary piece of the nation’s overall infrastructure needs, according to U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan (D- N.H.) during roundtable discussion held Friday.

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June 14, 2021

Senator Hassan Successfully Pushes for Update to Mask Requirement for Commercial Fishermen in New Hampshire

WASHINGTON – In case you missed it, following advocacy led by U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Coast Guard announced updated guidance stating that commercial fishermen who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear a mask while outside on a commercial fishing vessel. Prior to this updated guidance, commercial fishermen were required to wear a mask while they work. The updated guidance comes after Senator Hassan and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) pushed the agencies to loosen restrictions for fully vaccinated commercial fishermen after hearing from fishermen in their states that wearing a mask while they work is unsafe.

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June 14, 2021

Senator Hassan Op-Ed: Boosting American Competitiveness and Outcompeting China

WASHNGTON — In case you missed it, the Union Leader published an op-ed by U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan on recently passed bipartisan legislation to improve American competitiveness that she joined in introducing. The bill includes important priorities secured by Senator Hassan to help boost the economy and harden critical infrastructure. In the piece, Senator Hassan discusses how the bipartisan United States Innovation and Competition Act will help the U.S. outcompete China and strengthen national security by investing more than $200 billion in domestic research and development, manufacturing, and workforce training. 

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June 09, 2021

Senator Hassan Grills Colonial Pipeline CEO on the Company’s Lack of Cyber Preparedness During Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON – In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan yesterday grilled Colonial Pipeline President and CEO Joseph Blount, Jr. on his company’s cyber preparedness prior to the attack that spurred fuel shortages across the country. In response to Senator Hassan’s questioning, Mr. Blount admitted that Colonial Pipeline did not have a prior plan in place if hackers requested a ransom payment.

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June 02, 2021

Union Leader on Senator Hassan’s Efforts to Pass Into Law Bipartisan Legislation to Help U.S. Outcompete China

NEW HAMPSHIRE – In case you missed it, the Union Leader reported on U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan’s virtual roundtable discussion yesterday about the need to boost U.S. competitiveness in order to outcompete China and strengthen U.S. national security.

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May 28, 2021

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Introduce Legislation to Prevent Other States from Unconstitutionally Taxing Granite Staters

WASHINGTON – In case you missed it, U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen introduced a bill to prevent other states from unconstitutionally taxing Granite Staters who telework for companies located in another state. With more Americans than ever working remotely because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Multistate Worker Tax Fairness Act would simplify the tax code by establishing a simple, uniform standard based on physical presence in order to ensure that teleworkers are not taxed unfairly. Representative Chris Pappas will be co-leading the House companion bill.  

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May 12, 2021

Senator Hassan Secures Commitment from Top Health Official that Next Round of Potential COVID-19 Booster Shots Would Be Free to Americans

WASHINGTON – In case you missed it, Dr. David Kessler, Chief Science Officer for COVID Response in the Biden administration, said that the next round of COVID-19 booster shots would be free to the public if the boosters are deemed necessary in response to a question from Senator Maggie Hassan during a Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing.

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May 05, 2021

Senator Hassan, Representative Pappas Highlight Their Bipartisan ‘Green Alert’ Bill

WASHINGTON – In case you missed it, the Union Leader reported on a virtual roundtable held by U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan and Representative Chris Pappas to discuss mental health challenges faced by veterans and service members. They specifically highlighted their bipartisan bill to help states implement ‘Green Alert’ systems to help find missing, at-risk veterans. Senator Hassan and Representative Pappas were joined by veterans and leaders of Veterans Service Organizations who have experience working to prevent veteran suicide in New Hampshire.  

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May 04, 2021

Senators Hassan & Rubio Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Expedite Public Service Loan Forgiveness for Service Members

WASHINGTON – In case you missed it, Yahoo News reported on a bipartisan bill introduced by Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) to expedite student loan forgiveness for service members. The bipartisan Recognizing Military Service in Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Act would allow service members who pause their student loan payments while deployed or on extended active duty orders to count that period of time toward their student loan forgiveness – which is currently not allowed.

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May 04, 2021

Seacoast Online: 'We will be there for them': Grandparents starting over with kids hope for support

Hassan and Collins, both members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension Committee, reintroduced the bipartisan Help Grandfamilies Prevent Child Abuse Act to better support kinship caregivers. 

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April 30, 2021

Wall Street Journal on Senator Hassan's Federal IT Hearing

WASHINGTON – In case you missed it, The Wall Street Journal reported on a hearing that U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan chaired earlier this week on the costs of legacy IT systems and the barriers to modernizing these systems. During the hearing, the Senator emphasized the enormous costs of legacy IT systems and also focused on the impact that legacy IT systems have on the federal government’s ability to provide efficient customer service and protect against cyber threats. As Chair of the Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight Subcommittee, Senator Hassan is working across the aisle to cut waste, fraud, and abuse in the federal government.

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April 29, 2021

Senators Hassan and Ernst Op-Ed on Addressing Veterans’ Mental Health Challenges

WASHINGTON – In case you missed it, the Eagle-Tribune published a piece that U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and Joni Ernst (R-IA), a combat veteran, wrote on bipartisan efforts that they are working on to address veterans’ mental health challenges.

 

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April 22, 2021

American Legion: Senate praises American Legion, other VSOs for pandemic efforts

by The American Legion

Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., introduced a resolution in the U.S. Senate honoring veteran service organizations (VSOs) that provided relief to the country during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. S.Res.143 — “A resolution to honor and recognize the patriotism and service to the United States provided by Veterans Service Organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic” passed the Senate by unanimous consent on April 21.

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April 16, 2021

Seacoast Breweries Benefit from Tax Relief Pushed by Senator Hassan

WASHINGTON – In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan successfully led efforts to permanently extend the reduction in excise taxes for craft breweries in the December COVID-19 relief and government funding package, and Seacoast breweries are already feeling the economic boost. Senator Hassan originally worked to extend these tax cuts in the bipartisan government funding bill in 2019. The Senator will continue working with members of both parties to support craft brewers and local businesses across New Hampshire.

 

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April 13, 2021

Senator Hassan & Carolyn Timbie of Atkinson Work to Honor World War I Hello Girls

WASHINGTON – In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, recently joined a bipartisan group of her colleagues in introducing the Hello Girls Congressional Gold Medal Act to honor the groundbreaking service of the women who served as telephone operators during World War I, and who were crucial in connecting American and French forces on the front lines. Carolyn Timbie of Atkinson, the granddaughter of Grace Banker, who served as Chief Operator of the U.S. Army Signal Corps – also known as the Hello Girls – recently spoke with local media outlets about the importance of recognizing the Hello Girls for their brave service. 

 

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April 09, 2021

Senator Hassan Visits Berlin Fire Station to Discuss Relief She Helped Secure in the American Rescue Plan to Support Fire Fighters Across New Hampshire

BERLIN – In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan met with fire fighters at the Berlin Fire Station this week to discuss the additional relief that the Senator helped secure in the American Rescue Plan to support fire stations in New Hampshire. Senator Hassan led efforts to include $300 million in the American Rescue Plan for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant programs that provide resources to fire stations across the country to help with hiring, retention, and critical supplies. Additionally, as a result of a FEMA grant that the Senator joined in announcing last year, the Berlin Fire Department recently received new breathing apparatuses, which they began using this week. 

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April 01, 2021

Senator Hassan Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Health Care for Veterans with Toxic Exposure

WASHINGTON – In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan introduced bipartisan legislation to fundamentally reform and improve how veterans exposed to toxic substances receive health care and benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Senator Hassan recently joined Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) for a virtual press conference to highlight the Toxic Exposure in the American Military (TEAM Act) which they worked together to introduce.  

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March 29, 2021

Murkowski, Hassan, Cassidy, Rosen Reintroduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Give Patients Safe, Timely Access to Treatment

Washington, DC— U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Jacky Rosen (D-NV) introduced the Safe Step Act of 2021, legislation to put reasonable limits on step therapy. Companion legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representative Raul Ruiz (D-CA-36) Brad Wenstrup, D.P.M. (OH-02), Lucy McBath (GA-06), and Mariannette Miller-Meeks, M.D. (IA-02).

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March 27, 2021

Senator Hassan Joins Senator Braun, Colleagues in Reintroducing No Budget, No Pay Act

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) and colleagues in reintroducing the bipartisan No Budget, No Pay Act, which would require members of Congress to pass the annual budget resolutions and all appropriations bills by the start of the fiscal year, October 1st, otherwise members will not be paid, with retroactive pay prohibited. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Rick Scott (R-FL), John Barrasso (R-WY), Richard Burr (R-NC), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) also joined in reintroducing the bill. 

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