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October 21, 2021

Senators Hassan, Ernst Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Fight ‘Pink Tax’ on Women’s Military Uniforms

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and Joni Ernst (R-IA) introduced bipartisan legislation to help address gender inequity in the military. The bipartisan legislation would reduce out-of-pocket costs for military uniforms for all service members and would help address the cost disparity for women service members, who often pay more for uniform items.

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October 21, 2021

NH Delegation Announces More than $159K to Support Purchase of Bulletproof Vests for Granite State Law Enforcement Officers

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Chair of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that funds the Department of Justice (DOJ), and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01), announced that the DOJ awarded 43 New Hampshire communities and Cheshire County $159,403 to support the purchase of bulletproof vests for Granite State law enforcement officers. Specifically, the funding was awarded through the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP), which provides critical federal resources to law enforcement agencies across the country to allow them to acquire this potentially lifesaving gear.

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October 21, 2021

Senate Passes Hassan-Backed Bipartisan Resolution Designating Week in October as “National 4-H Week”

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan resolution cosponsored by Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) to designate one week in October as “National 4-H Week.” Senator Hassan participated in 4-H when she was in middle and high school. The resolution supports the designation of October 3 through October 9, 2021 as “National 4-H Week” and recognizes the important role of 4-H in youth development and education.

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October 21, 2021

House Passes Senator Hassan’s Bipartisan Bill to Overhaul National Stockpile and Expand Domestic Manufacturing

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives passed the companion to Senator Maggie Hassan’s bipartisan bill to make long-overdue improvements to the Strategic National Stockpile, which is maintained by the federal government to ensure access to medical supplies during public health emergencies.  

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October 20, 2021

Following Push from Senator Hassan, VA Working to Connect Veterans with Local VA Vet Centers

WASHINGTON – A top official at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) told U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan today that the VA is working to implement elements of Senator Hassan’s bipartisan bill to connect newly separated veterans with their local VA Vet Centers. The bill, which Senator Hassan introduced with Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) earlier this month, would help ensure that the VA quickly connects new veterans with local VA Vet Centers that can provide tailored, professional counseling to help eligible veterans during their transition to civilian life.

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October 20, 2021

Senator Hassan Discusses How Expanded Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Coverage Are Helping Address the Substance Misuse Crisis at Senate Hearing

WASHINGTON – At a Senate Finance Committee today, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan discussed how expanded Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid coverage are helping to address the substance misuse crisis in New Hampshire.

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October 20, 2021

Senator Hassan Joins Senators Shaheen, Padilla in Introducing Bill to Limit Air Pollution from Toxic PFAS Chemicals

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Alex Padilla (D-CA) yesterday introduced the Prevent Release of Toxics Emissions, Contamination, and Transfer Act, or the PROTECT Act. The legislation would add certain PFAS chemicals to the Environmental Protection Agency’s list of Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs), thereby requiring their regulation under the Clean Air Act. This would expand the number of facilities that would have to adopt technology to reduce PFAS emissions. Senator Hassan also cosponsored the legislation.

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October 20, 2021

Shaheen, Hassan Urge HHS to Prioritize Frontline Rural Health Care Providers’ Access to Critical Federal Funding

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan joined U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Susan Collins (R-ME), Jon Tester (D-MT), Angus King (I-ME) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) in calling on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to protect rural health care providers’ access to funds set aside for them in the Provider Relief Fund (PRF). In their bipartisan letter, they urge the agencies to follow Congressional intent behind language included in the American Rescue Plan approving applications for rural funding only for those providers that meet the clear statutory definition of ‘rural provider.’  

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October 19, 2021

Senator Hassan Pushes Customs and Border Protection Nominee on Border Security, Taking Action Against Drug Trafficking, and Prioritizing U.S.-Canada Border Trade

WASHINGTON – At a U.S. Senate Finance Committee hearing today, Senator Maggie Hassan questioned Chief Chris Magnus – nominee to be the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – about border security, taking action against drug trafficking, and prioritizing U.S.-Canada travel and trade.

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October 18, 2021

With Temperatures Forecast to Fall and Energy Costs Projected to Rise, Shaheen & Hassan Call for Swift Release of LIHEAP Heating Help

(Washington, DC) – With colder weather around the corner and energy costs projected to precipitously increase this winter, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers led by Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) urging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to release funds for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) as swiftly and at the highest level possible. 

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October 18, 2021

Shaheen, Hassan Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Letter Urging VA to Open Eligibility for Burial in State Veterans Cemeteries to All Service Members

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) led a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers in a letter today calling on the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to implement reforms to the Veterans Cemetery Grants Program. They asked that all members of Reserve Components and the National Guard be granted eligibility for burial in state veterans’ cemeteries, so long as their service was terminated under honorable conditions.  

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October 18, 2021

Senator Hassan Calls on Biden Administration to Address Shortage and Slow Turnaround Time of COVID-19 Tests

WASHINGTON – Following reports and stories shared by Granite Staters that a lack of testing availability and slow testing turnaround times are impacting families, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) called on the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure that testing supplies are going to the areas with the highest need. Just this past summer, national daily testing demand surged from 450,000 tests in early July to 1.5 million by the end of August, and this demand dovetails with students heading back to school, where testing is necessary to help reduce the spread of the virus. 

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October 15, 2021

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Return Billions of Dollars in Unclaimed Savings Bonds to Americans

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, cosponsored bipartisan legislation to help Americans claim more than $26 billion in unredeemed savings bonds. The Unclaimed Savings Bond Act of 2021 would require the Department of the Treasury to provide information to states to help the states locate the rightful owners of bonds that the Treasury deems are either lost, stolen, destroyed or “unclaimed.” The bill was introduced by Senator John Kennedy (R-LA).  

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October 14, 2021

NH Delegation Announces Nearly $300K to Support Project to Strengthen Climate Resilience in Coastal Granite State Communities

(Manchester, NH) – Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Chair of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations subcommittee which funds the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, (NOAA) announced with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) that NOAA will award $299,990 to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES). Specifically, the funding would support a new DES program titled, “Advancing Scale-Appropriate Climate Resilience: The New Hampshire Coastal Neighbors Technical Assistance Program.” The program will help strengthen climate resilience in coastal Granite State communities by supporting a neighborhood-scale, peer-to-peer technical assistance approach to future coastal flood risk assessments and resilience planning. The program seeks to identify how this approach can boost engagement and information shared among coastal residents at-risk of sea-level rise and coastal flooding. 

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October 14, 2021

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Civics Education in the Classroom

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, cosponsored a bill that will strengthen civics education in American classrooms. The bill, the Constitution Education Is Valuable In Community Schools (CIVICS) Act, was introduced by Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Angus King (I-ME). 

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October 14, 2021

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Build More Than 2 Million Affordable Housing Units

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) cosponsored bipartisan legislation to increase investment in affordable housing and strengthen housing opportunities for Granite Staters including veterans, survivors of domestic violence, and other underserved people. The bill was introduced by Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Todd Young (R-IN), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Rob Portman (R-OH). 

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October 12, 2021

Senator Hassan Statement on Opening of U.S.-Canada Border to Vaccinated Canadians

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Homeland Security Committee which oversees the Department of Homeland Security, issued the following statement after news that the U.S. will allow fully vaccinated Canadians to travel across the U.S.-Canada border:

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October 12, 2021

Senator Hassan Tours Cancer Detection and Treatment Company iCAD in Nashua During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

NASHUA – In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) toured iCAD, an innovative business in Nashua that provides cancer detection and therapy solutions for a variety of different cancers, including breast cancer. The company uses Artificial Intelligence technology to help health care providers more quickly and accurately detect breast cancer in patients.

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October 10, 2021

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Cosponsor Legislation to Crack Down on Puppy Mills & Expand Protections for Dogs

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen cosponsored legislation to help crack down on puppy mills by creating stronger standards for veterinary care, housing, and breeding for dogs. The Puppy Protection Act would ensure that dogs within breeders’ care have suitable and safe enclosures, access to outdoor areas, and regularly interact with other dogs and humans.

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October 09, 2021

NH Delegation Announces $1.3M in AmeriCorps Funding to Enhance Participation & Retention in NH Programs

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced that New Hampshire has received $1,307,965 to increase the AmeriCorps living allowance to make service more accessible and inclusive, and to incentivize individuals to participate in the program. The funding is provided through both AmeriCorps and the American Rescue Plan, which was signed into law in March.

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