Press Releases

November 22, 2019

Shaheen, Hassan and Kuster Announce $3 Million in Federal Funding for Claremont Municipal Airport

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded Claremont Municipal airport a $3 million federal grant. The federal funding was awarded under the agency’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Shaheen helped craft the omnibus funding legislation for fiscal year (FY) 2019 that included an additional $500 million for AIP projects. While a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, Senator Hassan helped advance the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which included important New Hampshire priorities. The law included $3.35 billion in mandatory funding for AIP, and instructs the FAA to prioritize small or medium-sized airports located outside of metropolitan areas, like Claremont Municipal, for airport improvement funding.

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November 22, 2019

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Stem Influx of Deadly Opioids & Other Synthetic Drugs

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) cosponsored bipartisan legislation, led by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), aimed at stopping the importation of deadly opioids and other synthetic drugs into the United States. While existing laws prohibit the importation and use of certain specific controlled substances, illicit drug makers and importers circumvent those laws by altering a single atom or molecule of an already controlled drug to create a new, yet significantly similar substance – which in turn can make it harder to crack down on the importation of these drugs.

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November 21, 2019

Senator Hassan Statement on Bipartisan Vote to Give Troops Pay Raise, Protect Transportation Funding

WASHINGTON – Today on a bipartisan basis, the U.S. Senate passed a funding bill to keep the government’s doors open. The bill included a 3.1 percent pay raise for U.S. service members and a bipartisan proposal that Senator Hassan cosponsored to protect $7.6 billion in highway funding, including $37.8 million for New Hampshire’s roads and bridges.

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November 21, 2019

Senators Hassan, Murkowski Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Seniors and People with Disabilities Struggling with Eating Disorders

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced bipartisan legislation to improve access to care for seniors and people living with disabilities who struggle with eating disorders.

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November 20, 2019

Shaheen, Hassan & Kuster Announce $7.7 Million in Federal Grants for NH Water Infrastructure Projects

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded more than $7 million in federal grants to the town of Bristol and the Forest Park Tenants’ Association Cooperative in Jaffrey to invest in water and wastewater infrastructure projects. The grants were awarded by the Rural Water and Wastewater Loans and Grants Program at the USDA. The USDA also allocated the towns more than $12 million in federal loans to assist with the water projects. Shaheen, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has historically worked to protect funding for this federal program during the yearly budget process.

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November 20, 2019

Senators Hassan, Collins Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Train More Doctors in Substance Misuse Recovery & Prevention

WASHINGTON – Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the bipartisan Opioid Workforce Act to support hospitals in hiring and training doctors in addiction medicine, addiction psychiatry, and pain management. The bipartisan legislation would create 1,000 new medical residency positions at teaching hospitals in New Hampshire, Maine, and across the country.

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November 20, 2019

Senator Hassan Presses FDA Commissioner Nominee on Opioid Crisis, Flavored E-Cigarettes

WASHINGTON – During Dr. Stephen Hahn’s nomination hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Senator Maggie Hassan pressed the nominee for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner for a full accounting of the FDA’s past actions regarding the approval and labeling of opioid products.

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November 19, 2019

Senators Hassan, Collins Lead Bipartisan Group of Senators in Calling on Secretary DeVos to Immediately Implement Fix to FAFSA Form

WASHINGTON – Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME), along with Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Tina Smith (D-MN), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), sent a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos calling for an immediate mid-cycle patch to the current FAFSA form so that students’ access to financial aid is not disrupted.

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November 19, 2019

Senators Hassan, Schumer, Peters Raise Concerns Over Funding Shortfall to State, Local Cybersecurity Support

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Ranking Member Gary Peters (D-MI) called on the Department of Homeland Security to resolve the shortfall in funding to the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) and the Election Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EI-ISAC).

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November 18, 2019

Senator Hassan: Trump Administration “Caving to Corporate Special Interests” by Walking Back Proposed E-Cigarette Flavor Ban

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement today in response to reports that the Trump Administration is walking back its proposed e-cigarette flavor ban. This decision comes only two months after the President announced that he planned to ban most flavored e-cigarettes, which have been linked to an increase in youth e-cigarette use. According to a recently released report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Youth Risk Behavior Survey, New Hampshire has the highest percentage of high school students in the nation reporting daily use of e-cigarettes.

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November 18, 2019

Senator Hassan Hosts Second Annual Innovate NH Entrepreneurship Forum

MANCHESTER – Senator Maggie Hassan today hosted the second annual Innovate NH Entrepreneurship Forum to bring innovators and entrepreneurs together to discuss what it takes to start and run a successful business in New Hampshire, as well as how to address the challenges they face. The Innovate NH Entrepreneurship Forum, which was held at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, included two panel discussions, the first moderated by Senator Hassan on workforce solutions for New Hampshire, and the second focused on innovation in the Granite State.

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November 15, 2019

Bipartisan Resolution to Honor Women Veterans Passes Senate Unanimously

Washington, D.C. - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), SASC member and 26-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), SASC and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee member, Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), SASC member and Ranking Member of the Military Personnel Subcommittee, and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) today applauded the unanimous passage of their bipartisan resolution to urge the U.S. Postal Service to issue a commemorative postage stamp series honoring women veterans of the Armed Forces and calling for the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee to recommend to the Postmaster General that such a stamp series be issued.

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November 15, 2019

Senators Hassan, Capito Introduce Bipartisan Bills to Spur Investment in Rural Broadband

WASHINGTON – Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced two bipartisan bills to help states, cities, and towns spur investment in rural broadband projects. The bills complement ongoing efforts in New Hampshire to provide local governments with innovative financing options for broadband projects, giving states and localities additional resources to invest in rural broadband.

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November 14, 2019

Senator Hassan Questions Nominee for FEMA Administrator

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan, the top Democrat on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management, questioned Peter Gaynor on his nomination to be Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Mr. Gaynor currently serves as Acting FEMA Administrator.

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November 14, 2019

Senator Hassan Raises Concerns Over Impact of U.S.- China Trade Policies on New Hampshire with the Chair of the Federal Reserve

WASHINGTON — At a Joint Economic Committee hearing yesterday, Senator Maggie Hassan questioned Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell about the Federal Reserve’s proper role in responding to unfair Chinese trade practices and the Administration’s trade policies that are harming New Hampshire businesses.

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November 14, 2019

Members of Northern New England Congressional Delegations Call on Customs and Border Patrol to Disclose Criteria & Effectiveness of Highway Checkpoints

(Washington, DC) – Yesterday, Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) sent a letter to the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) with Representatives Chris Pappas (D-NH1), Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH2), Peter Welch (D-VT At-Large) and Chellie Pingree (D-ME1), calling on the agency to provide information on the use of temporary highway checkpoints in northern New England over the past year. In the letter addressed to Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan, the group questioned whether the lack of arrests stemming from the random stops of vehicles on local highways warranted the harmful economic impact and inconvenience to travelers in the region.

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November 14, 2019

Senator Hassan, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support and Expand Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today led a number of her colleagues in introducing bipartisan legislation to support and expand programs such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a collaborative effort across the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont to use market-based tools to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector.

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November 14, 2019

NH Delegation Announce Nearly $800K in Federal Funding to NH DOJ to Combat Human Trafficking

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, the lead Democrat on the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, announced with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded $780,038 in federal funding to the New Hampshire Department of Justice (NHDOJ) in support of efforts to combat human trafficking in New Hampshire.

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November 13, 2019

Senators Shaheen and Hassan Introduce Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Legislation

(Washington) – Today, Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and all 47 Democratic Senators in introducing the Senate companion to the House-passed Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. The legislation – which would reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) through 2024 – includes important updates and reforms to the existing law to ensure women are protected and that survivors don’t face discrimination.

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November 13, 2019

As Youth E-Cigarette Use Continues to Rise, Senator Hassan Raises Alarm Over Delays in Efforts to Tackle the Crisis

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today pressed Mitch Zeller, Director of the Center for Tobacco Products at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), about the alarming rate of e-cigarette use among middle and high school students, as well her concerns over the response to the crisis by both the FDA and Juul, the nation’s largest e-cigarette company. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there are over 5 million youth e-cigarette users nationwide.

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