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January 05, 2021

Senators Hassan, Collins Successfully Protect Funding for Rural, Low-Income School Districts in NH, ME, and Across the Country

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) successfully reversed a Department of Education decision that jeopardized funding for rural, low-income school districts in New Hampshire, Maine, and across the country. A provision they negotiated that was included in the year-end government funding bill that was signed into law prevents a funding cliff for a number of school districts that receive funding through the Rural Low Income Schools (RLIS) program, under the Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP), the only dedicated federal funding stream to support rural schools.

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December 23, 2020

Senator Hassan’s Bipartisan Measure to End Surprise Medical Billing Included in Year-End Funding Package that Passed House and Senate

WASHINGTON – In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan successfully fought to include a provision in the year-end package that passed the House and Senate earlier this week to help end the practice of surprise medical billing, which Senator Hassan has led bipartisan efforts on for the past two years.

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December 18, 2020

Following Senator Hassan’s Bipartisan Bills Over Nonconsensual Sexual Videos, Pornhub Announces Changes and Credit Card Companies Block Charges on Pornhub

WASHINGTON – In case you missed it, Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) introduced bipartisan bills to help victims of so-called “revenge porn” sue their perpetrators and to empower survivors of rape and sex trafficking – as well as those whose images are distributed without their consent – to sue pornographic websites including Pornhub. Their bills followed comprehensive reporting from the New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof about the immense pain and difficulties of children and individuals whose videos are non-consensually shared on Pornhub.

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December 15, 2020

Senator Hassan Holds Virtual Roundtable on Challenges Facing Long-Term Care Facilities in New Hampshire Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON – In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan yesterday held a virtual roundtable on the challenges facing long-term care facilities in New Hampshire as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a heavy toll on residents and staff at these facilities. The Senator was joined by leaders from the VA Medical Center, AARP-NH, Senior Helpers of Southern New Hampshire, and administrators at long-term care facilities in Portsmouth, Manchester, and West Stewartstown.

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December 15, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan Share Details of Two Bipartisan COVID-19 Emergency Relief Bills

(Washington, DC) – 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.

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December 08, 2020

Senator Hassan Held Third Annual Innovate NH Entrepreneurship Forum

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.

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December 04, 2020

Senator Hassan Co-Leads Hearing on State and Local Cybersecurity Threats Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON – In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan organized and co-led a hearing yesterday on the importance of bolstering cybersecurity for state and local governments and other entities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Senator Hassan, the Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management, heard from a range of witnesses, including Brandon Wales, Acting Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and Denis Goulet, Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Information Technology, on how Congress and the federal government can better assist state and local governments in preventing and responding to cyberattacks.

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December 04, 2020

U.S. Chamber Applauds Sen. Maggie Hassan’s Efforts to Break Gridlock and Deliver Pandemic Relief by the End of the Year

WASHINGTON, D.C.?– The U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCC) strongly supports the bipartisan group of lawmakers who have put forward a new pandemic relief package to be passed by the end of the year. The following statement can be attributed to Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley.

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November 21, 2020

Gold Star mother Natalie Healy calls for national Global War on Terrorism memorial

by Alexander LaCasse

EXETER — Gold Star mother Natalie Healy said the time is long overdue for the American government to dedicate a memorial to the men and women of the armed services killed fighting the Global War on Terrorism.

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November 12, 2020

Gold Star Sister Steph Ouellette Calls for Global War on Terrorism Memorial in Veterans Day Op-Ed

NEW HAMPSHIRE -- In case you missed it, Gold Star sister Steph Ouellette of Manchester called for a Global War on Terrorism Memorial in an op-ed that ran on Veterans Day. 

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November 09, 2020

Following Calls from the NH Delegation to Investigate Low-Quality Food Supplies Provided for Families in Need, USDA Announces New Distributor to NH Food Bank

(Washington, DC) – Following a letter from U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) expressing concern about the delivery of inferior, low-quality food products for Granite State families in need amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it has selected a new distributor for the New Hampshire Food Bank under the Farmers to Families Food Box Program.

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October 30, 2020

New Data Shows Success of VA Program that Hassan, Bipartisan Senators Are Working to Make Permanent

WASHINGTON – In case you missed it, U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) are working to make permanent a new program at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that helps connect new veterans with critical VA services, including mental health support. As first reported in the Military Times, newly released data shows that in the first nine months of the Solid Start program, the VA successfully contacted almost 70,000 newly separated veterans, including over 12,000 veterans who had sought mental health support in their last year of service. 

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October 29, 2020

Senators Hassan, Johnson Introduced Bipartisan Legislation to Bolster DHS Visa Security Teams to Help Prevent Terrorists from Entering the United States

WASHINGTON – In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), chairman of the Committee, have introduced bipartisan legislation to help bolster the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) visa security screening process, which helps prevent terrorists and other national security threats from entering the United States.

 

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October 23, 2020

TIME Op-Ed by Senators Hassan, Murkowski on Their Bipartisan Efforts to Ensure a Future COVID-19 Vaccine is Safe and Effective

WASHINGTON – In case you missed it, U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) wrote a piece for TIME on the importance of a transparent vaccine review process that maintains key oversight measures to ensure that a future COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective and to boost public confidence. The Senators recently introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure that the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention follow well-established measures so that COVID-19 vaccines meet rigorous standards that the public can rely on.

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October 20, 2020

Senator Hassan Meets with Veterans’ Advocates to Discuss How to Strengthen Support Amid Pandemic

NEW HAMPSHIRE – In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan hosted a virtual roundtable yesterday to discuss the importance of strengthening support for New Hampshire veterans amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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October 19, 2020

Senator Hassan Held a Virtual Roundtable with Granite Staters to Discuss the Importance of Preserving the Affordable Care Act

NEW HAMPSHIRE – In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan hosted a virtual roundtable last week with Granite Staters on the importance of protecting the Affordable Care Act as Senate Republicans rush to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court in an effort to repeal the law. The Senator spoke with Granite Staters about what repealing the Affordable Care Act would mean for their families or their communities, including the loss of its protections for millions of people with pre-existing conditions.

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October 16, 2020

Senator Hassan Hosts Virtual Roundtable on Importance of Federal Funding for Broadband Expansion in NH

NEW HAMPSHIRE – In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan held a virtual roundtable yesterday on the importance of federal funding to help expand broadband in New Hampshire.

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October 16, 2020

Senator Hassan Works to Address Delays in Veterans' Benefits Amid COVID-19

WASHINGTON – In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan is working to address delays in veterans receiving benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amid the COVID-19 pandemic. After hearing from New Hampshire veterans who have experienced delays, Senator Hassan is urging the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), which maintains the records of millions of veterans, to speed up the processing of veterans’ records requests so that benefit claims can be adjudicated. The Union Leader reported on the Senator’s efforts and interviewed William Fuller of Littleton, a Granite Stater who has been directly impacted by these delays.

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October 09, 2020

Senator Hassan Holds Virtual Roundtable to Discuss Challenges NH College Students Are Facing Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

NEW HAMPSHIRE – In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan held a virtual roundtable discussion yesterday with New Hampshire college students who participate in the U.S. Department of Education’s TRIO program, which provides educational resources and support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Senator was joined by students and TRIO staff from the University of New Hampshire, Keene State College, and Plymouth State University.

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October 07, 2020

Senator Hassan Calls on West Point to Provide Female Cadets with Better-Fitting Uniforms

WASHINGTON – In case you missed it, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) urged Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy to review West Point’s uniform policy to ensure that all cadets have access to uniforms that fit. Stars and Stripes, a military newspaper that covers matters concerning the U.S. Armed Forces, reported on Senator Hassan’s letter to the Army Secretary.

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