Press Releases

September 27, 2021

Senator Hassan Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Improve Oversight of Cryptocurrency Mining Operations in Foreign Counties

 WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Joni Ernst (R-IA) are introducing bipartisan legislation today to help improve oversight of cryptocurrency mining operations in foreign countries. The bill would require the Treasury Department to report to Congress on virtual currencies and their use globally – including how other countries are using and mining cryptocurrencies, and how cryptocurrency mining operations are impacting supply chains, including for critical technologies like semiconductors. 

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September 25, 2021

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Mental Health Access Improvement Act

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan cosponsored a bipartisan bill to allow older Americans access to licensed mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists through Medicare. By providing these mental health professionals the opportunity to participate in the Medicare program, this bill expands the number of mental health providers available to our nation’s seniors.

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September 24, 2021

Senator Hassan, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Address Campus Bullying and Harassment

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined colleagues in introducing the Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act of 2021, legislation to address bullying and harassment, including cyberbullying, at colleges and universities around the country. The bill’s re-introduction and Senator Hassan’s cosponsorship comes during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and the anniversary of the death of Tyler Clementi, a freshman at Rutgers University, who lost his life to suicide in 2010 after his roommate and another student invaded his privacy and harassed him due to his sexual orientation.

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September 23, 2021

Senator Hassan Highlights Ways to Strengthen Cybersecurity Workforce at Senate Hearing

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan today questioned top administration cybersecurity officials on ways to strengthen cybersecurity at all levels of government during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

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September 23, 2021

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Support Hard-Hit Restaurants in New Hampshire

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan cosponsored bipartisan legislation to provide an additional $60 billion in revitalization funds to support independent restaurants and small franchises in New Hampshire and across the country as the industry continues to deal with long-term challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The bipartisan Real Economic Support That Acknowledges Unique Restaurant Assistance Needed to Survive (RESTAURANTS) Act of 2021 would allow restaurant owners to apply for grants to help cover eligible expenses, including payroll, rent, utilities, and even food.

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September 23, 2021

To Help Offset NH Executive Council’s Disastrous Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood and Family Planning Providers, NH Delegation Sends Letter to Biden Admin to Expedite Reversal of Title X Gag Rule

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and U.S. Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) sent a letter to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to ask for its immediate approval of a rule change to reverse the Title X Gag Rule that decimated federal funding for the majority of New Hampshire’s family planning centers.  

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September 22, 2021

Senators Hassan, Paul Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Cut Government Waste and Save Taxpayer Dollars

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Chair of the Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight Subcommittee, and Subcommittee Ranking Member Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced bipartisan legislation that would require government agencies to implement changes recommended by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to save taxpayer dollars and improve government efficiency. The Acting on the Annual Duplication Report Act of 2021 follows Senator Hassan’s subcommittee hearing this spring to examine ways Congress can act on the GAO’s annual report on duplication, overlap, and fragmentation in the federal government.

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September 21, 2021

Senators Braun and Hassan call for enforcement of hospital price transparency rule in letter to CMS

WASHINGTON — Senator Mike Braun and Senator Maggie Hassan called for robust enforcement of key health care price transparency requirements in a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Chiquita Brooks-Lasure. The senators applauded CMS’ recent efforts to enhance compliance of the Price Transparency Rule in hospitals and requested the results of CMS’s current oversight efforts of non-compliant hospitals to ensure that Americans have access to the most transparent and up-to-date prices.

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September 21, 2021

Senator Hassan Questions National Security Officials on Threats to the Country 20 Years After 9/11

 WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan participated in a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on the key national security threats facing the country 20 years after 9/11. During the hearing, the Senator questioned Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and FBI Director Christopher Wray on how the United States is preparing to protect the country against a possible resurgence of Al-Qaeda.

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September 21, 2021

After Bipartisan Bill is Blocked on Senate Floor, Ernst, Hassan Continue Push for Global War on Terrorism Memorial

WASHINGTON—After their bipartisan bill was blocked on the Senate floor, U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), a combat veteran of the Global War on Terrorism, and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, are continuing their push to build a new memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to honor those who served in the Global War on Terrorism. Ernst and Hassan, along with Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation President/CEO Marina Jackman and Gold Star wife Jane Horton, held a press conference today calling on Congress to pass their bill.

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September 21, 2021

Senator Hassan Statement on Treasury Department’s Actions to Counter Illicit Use of Cryptocurrency

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Chair of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, issued the following statement after the Treasury Department today announced a number of actions to crack down on the use of cryptocurrency for receiving ransomware payments and conducting other illegal activities:

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September 21, 2021

Senator Hassan Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Improve Mental Health for New Mothers and Address High Rate of Maternal Suicide

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced bipartisan legislation today to improve maternal mental health outcomes for pregnant and postpartum patients, including working to address postpartum depression and anxiety, and maternal suicide – which is a leading cause of maternal mortality and morbidity in the United States.

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September 20, 2021

NH Delegation Hosts Press Conference with NH Family Planning Providers Defunded Due to Executive Council Vote

(Manchester, NH) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) hosted a virtual press conference today with representatives from New Hampshire family planning providers that will be impacted by the New Hampshire Executive Council’s recent vote to terminate contracts for family planning providers across the state. Representatives from Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, Equality Health Center and Lovering Health Center participated in the press event.

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September 20, 2021

NH Delegation Applauds More than $3.4 Million in HUD Funding to Combat Youth Homelessness in NH

(Manchester, NH) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) applauded the announcement that New Hampshire will receive $3,412,971 to combat youth homelessness.  

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September 20, 2021

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Assist Caregivers with Out-of-Pocket Expenses

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) cosponsored bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to provide working family caregivers in New Hampshire and across the country with a tax credit of up to $5,000 to assist with out-of-pocket caregiving expenses.

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September 17, 2021

Shaheen, Hassan Lead Letter to President Biden to Urge Opening of U.S.-Canada Border to Vaccinated Canadians by October

(Manchester, NH) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today sent a letter to President Biden with Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Jon Tester (D-MT) Angus King (I-ME), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Gary Peters (D-MI), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) urging his administration to allow vaccinated Canadians to travel to the U.S. through land ports of entry. Noting the economic and familial strains caused by the continued restrictions at the U.S.-Canada border, the Senators asked the President to lift travel restrictions before October, create a public plan to reopen land ports of entry to vaccinated Canadians and appoint an interagency lead to spearhead coordination. 

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September 17, 2021

Senator Hassan Delivers Remarks at Smokey Bear Award Ceremony to Honor Capt. Doug Miner

ALLENSTOWN – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan today recognized Captain Doug Miner of the New Hampshire Forest Protection Bureau, who was awarded the Smokey Bear Award for his tireless efforts in wildfire prevention, at a ceremony at the NH Fire Protection Bureau Regional Office in Bear Brook State Park. The Smokey Bear Award is the highest honor that one can receive for wildland fire prevention education, and Captain Miner was chosen in part because of his incredible efforts to coordinate the year-long celebration of Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday.

 

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September 17, 2021

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Address Security Threat Posed by Huawei, Other Chinese State-Backed Tech Companies

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan cosponsored the bipartisan Secure Equipment Act of 2021 that would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to close a loophole and help prevent telecommunications equipment sold by companies that pose a national security threat from being deployed in the United States. These companies include Chinese state-backed or directed firms such as Huawei, ZTE, Hytera, Hikvision, and Dahua.

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September 17, 2021

In Response to NH Executive Council Vote to Defund Granite State Family Planning Organizations, NH Delegation Urges Biden Admin to Swiftly Award Supplemental Assistance Directly to Impacted Providers

(Manchester, NH) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) led a letter with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) today to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra calling on HHS to award supplemental grants directly to the New Hampshire family planning providers that were recently defunded by the New Hampshire Executive Council and are not receiving Title X program funds.

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September 16, 2021

Senator Hassan Gives Remarks at POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony at Pease Air National Guard Base

NEWINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, paid tribute to prisoners of war and those still missing in action at the annual POW/MIA Recognition Day event at Pease Air National Guard Base. The ceremony comes one day before National POW/MIA Recognition Day, which is on Friday, September 17.

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