Press Releases

September 21, 2018

President Trump Signs Bipartisan Funding Bill Supported by Senator Hassan with Critical New Hampshire Priorities

Senator Hassan issued the following statement today on President Trump signing the bipartisan funding bill below into law:

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September 20, 2018

Senator Hassan Discusses the Importance of Bolstering Cybersecurity with Students and Faculty at UNH

DURHAM – Senator Maggie Hassan today visited the University of New Hampshire, where she spoke with faculty and students about how they are developing skills to respond to cyberattacks. She also highlighted her efforts to bolster cybersecurity at the federal level, including the Hack DHS Act, a bipartisan bill that would establish a bug bounty pilot program to strengthen cyber defenses at the Department of Homeland Security by using “white-hat,” or ethical, hackers to identify vulnerabilities in the DHS networks and data systems.

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September 20, 2018

Senator Hassan Applauds Approval of New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Application for Federal Opioid Response Grants

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan applauded federal approval of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services’s application for $22.9 million in federal opioid response grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which the Senator and the Congressional Delegation helped secure.

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September 20, 2018

Senators Markey, Warren, Shaheen and Hassan Introduce Legislation to Protect Nashua River and its Tributaries

Washington (September 20, 2018) – Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) introduced a legislation (S.3468) to designate portions of the Nashua, Squannacook, and Nissitissit Rivers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire as scenic rivers under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. This legislation is a companion to a bill introduced by Rep. Niki Tsongas (MA-03) and Rep. Ann Kuster (NH-02) in the House of Representatives (H.R.6825). The Senate legislation would create a locally appointed advisory committee that works with state and federal agencies to protect values intrinsic to the river and directs the rivers to be managed in accordance with the Nashua, Squannacook, and Nissitissit Rivers Stewardship Plan, while preserving existing uses. It follows up on the recommendations of a study commissioned by Congress in 2014 that assessed the potential inclusion of these rivers in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

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September 19, 2018

NH Delegation Announces $119K in Grants for Crisis Intervention Training for NH’s First Responders

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced $119,297 in federal grants to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of New Hampshire from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The grant will fund crisis intervention training for New Hampshire’s first responders.

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September 18, 2018

Senator Hassan Presses ICE, Customs and Border Protection Officials on Agencies’ Effort to Lift Restrictions on Detaining Children Indefinitely

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today pressed immigration officials on the Trump Administration’s efforts to lift restrictions on detaining children indefinitely during a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The Senator questioned Executive Associate Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Matthew Albence and Acting Deputy Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection Robert Perez on their agencies’ support for lifting restrictions imposed by the Flores settlement, which currently places restrictions on detaining children for more than 20 days.

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September 18, 2018

Cornyn, Hassan Introduce Bill to Secure Federal Agencies’ Cyber Networks

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today introduced the Advancing Cybersecurity Diagnostics and Mitigation Act, which would help federal agencies update and improve their cyber posture.

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September 18, 2018

Senator Hassan Votes to Approve Final Version of Bipartisan FY19 Funding Bill to Bolster National Security, Combat the Opioid Crisis, Strengthen Workforce Training, Invest in Education, and More

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today voted to approve the final version of a bipartisan funding bill for fiscal year 2019 that invests in critical New Hampshire priorities, including bolstering national security, combating the opioid crisis, strengthening workforce training, investing in education, and more. The funding bill ensures that New Hampshire will receive $22.9 million in State Opioid Response Grants for fiscal year 2019 on top of the state’s $22.9 million for fiscal year 2018.

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September 18, 2018

Duckworth, Casey, Hassan, Klobuchar Introduce Legislation to Strengthen the ADA & Help Small Businesses Become Accessible

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) introduced legislation today with the Ranking Member of the Senate Aging Committee Bob Casey (D-PA), U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) to make it easier for small businesses to become accessible for people with disabilities and help those businesses comply with the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Disabled Access Credit Expansion Act bolsters the existing Disabled Access Credit (DAC), which helps businesses pay for renovations by doubling the maximum tax credit and allowing more small businesses to receive it. The legislation also invests in programs that mediate ADA-related disputes to avoid additional litigation and help individuals and businesses understand the ADA.

 

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September 17, 2018

Major Bipartisan Bill to Combat Opioid Crisis Passes Senate, Includes Key Measures Authored by Senator Hassan

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee voted to approve a major bipartisan bill to combat the deadly opioid epidemic that is ravaging communities in New Hampshire and across the country. The bipartisan legislation includes the Opioid Crisis Response Act, which Senator Hassan helped develop as a member of the HELP Committee, as well as other key measures that the Senator either authored or cosponsored to strengthen prevention, treatment, recovery, and law enforcement efforts.

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September 17, 2018

Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill Cosponsored by Senator Hassan to Prohibit “Pharmacy Gag Clauses” That Cause Consumers to Pay Higher Prices for Prescription Drugs

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan bill co-sponsored by Senator Maggie Hassan to prohibit so-called “pharmacy gag clauses” that conceal prescription drug prices from patients passed the U.S. Senate today. Pharmacy gag clauses forbid pharmacists from proactively telling consumers if their prescription would cost less if they paid for it out of pocket rather than through their insurance plan, and pharmacists who disobey these clauses can face significant penalties. The bipartisan Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act would forbid these gag clauses.

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September 17, 2018

NH Delegation Announces $20 Million Research Grant to UNH

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced a $20 million National Science Foundation (NSF) award to New Hampshire’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NH EPSCoR) at the University of New Hampshire. This grant will fund NH BioMade, a five-year project aimed at expanding New Hampshire’s research capacity in the design and development of potentially lifesaving biomaterials using 3D printing. Critically, this project will build research capacity across New Hampshire, developing a strong workforce for biotechnology and advanced manufacturing through additional hiring, workforce training and education.

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September 17, 2018

Bipartisan Bill Cosponsored by Senators Shaheen and Hassan to Support State and Local Veterans Treatment Courts Signed into Law

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan bill cosponsored by Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan to support state and local veterans treatment courts was signed into law today by President Trump. The Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act requires that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hire additional Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) specialists to ensure that justice-involved veterans have greater access to effective and tailored treatment.

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September 17, 2018

Senator Hassan Meets with Grandparents and Families Impacted by the Opioid Epidemic at New Futures

CONCORD- Senator Maggie Hassan visited New Futures today to hear from grandparents who have taken on parenting roles for their grandchildren as a result of the opioid epidemic. Senator Hassan also discussed her efforts to ensure that these grandparents have the support they need, including cosponsoring the bipartisan Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act, which President Trump recently signed into law. 

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September 17, 2018

Senator Hassan Delivers Speech Ahead of Vote on Major Bipartisan Legislation to Combat the Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, delivered a speech today on the Senate floor ahead of a vote to pass major bipartisan legislation to help combat the devastating opioid crisis and save lives. This bipartisan bill includes legislation that Senator Hassan helped develop as a member of the HELP Committee, as well as other key measures that the Senator either authored or cosponsored to strengthen prevention, treatment, recovery, and law enforcement efforts.

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September 17, 2018

Shaheen, Hassan & Shea-Porter Announce $207K in Grants to Combat Veteran Homelessness

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) announced $207,175 in federal grants to provide rental assistance for homeless veterans in Manchester and Bedford from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These grants include $78,704 to the Manchester Housing & Redevelopment Authority for Manchester and $128,471 to the New Hampshire Housing Finance Agency for Bedford, and will provide homeless veterans with vouchers to access affordable housing as well as housing support from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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September 17, 2018

Shaheen, Hassan & Shea-Porter Announce $500K To Expand Medication-Assisted Treatment for Substance Abuse Disorder in Seacoast

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) announced $502,729 in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Service grants from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The grant will fund Greater Seacoast Community Health’s efforts to expand medication-assisted treatment for vulnerable populations in Somersworth and the Seacoast region.

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September 16, 2018

Senator Hassan Statement on Sexual Assault Allegation Against Judge Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement on Professor Ford’s allegation of sexual assault by Judge Brett Kavanaugh:

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September 14, 2018

Senator Hassan Participates in Groundbreaking Ceremony for Boulder Point Veterans Housing Project

PLYMOUTH – Senator Maggie Hassan today participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for Boulder Point Veterans Housing project, where she applauded Harbor Homes, Partnership for Successful Living, and everyone who is making the project possible for their efforts to provide affordable housing to veterans and their families in the region.

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September 14, 2018

NH Delegation Announces $3.3M in Federal Funding for Urban Community Development & Affordable Housing on New Hampshire Seacoast

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced $3,290,637 in federal grants for urban community development and affordable housing investments in New Hampshire from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These grants include a $3 million Housing Trust Fund (HTF) Grant for the state of New Hampshire and a $290,637 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the city of Rochester. The grants will support efforts to expand affordable housing throughout New Hampshire and expand economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate income individuals, and support efforts to preserve and construct rental housing for extremely low-income families.

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