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Senator Hassan Secures Key New Hampshire Priorities in Government Funding Bill

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate today passed a government funding package for fiscal year 2022 that includes key New Hampshire priorities championed by Senator Maggie Hassan. The package now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

 

“First, this bill addresses the threat facing our country today from Russia. Putin's unprovoked, unconscionable war on Ukraine has already caused heartbreaking devastation, and as this crisis evolves, we need to continue to show that we stand with the Ukrainian people. This package does that by including robust emergency funding to support Ukraine in military and humanitarian aid.

 

“This bipartisan government funding package also tackles some of the most pressing needs and challenges facing New Hampshire, and I am glad that Republicans and Democrats came together and found agreement. This package delivers critical funding for many of the issues that I hear about most from Granite Staters, including supporting veterans and service members, strengthening resources for small businesses, making higher education more affordable and accessible, investing in rural broadband, addressing mental health and suicide prevention, and keeping our country safe, secure and free.

 

“Granite Staters understand how important it is that we address the mental health crisis and I was pleased to see this package include efforts I have focused on, including strengthening support for the Suicide Prevention Lifeline and increasing access to mental health services in our schools.

 

“We have more work to do to address the challenges facing our state and our country, but this package is an important step forward in providing vital resources. I look forward to the President signing it into law.”

 

Key priorities in this year’s government funding package that Senator Hassan helped secure include:

 

Assistance for Ukraine 

 

  • $13.6 billion in military and humanitarian assistance for Ukraine

 

Public Safety and National Security 

  • Reauthorizes the Violence Against Women Act that Senator Hassan cosponsored, and includes Senator Hassan’s bipartisan bill to help victims who have intimate images shared non-consensually (sometimes called “revenge porn”) seek compensation and relief in federal court
  • A measure backed by Senator Hassan to give law enforcement more flexibility to go after fentanyl-related substances by extending the designation of fentanyl analogues as Schedule I drugs until December 31, 2022
  • $23 billion to help Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) address the high volume of migrants at the southern border
  • Gives the Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate synthetic nicotine to help address the youth vaping crisis, a step that Senator Hassan has repeatedly called for
  • Provides $2.6 billion for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to increase national cybersecurity and infrastructure resilience, which includes an increase in funding for cybersecurity coordinators – a position that Senator Hassan led bipartisan efforts to establish 
  • A Hassan-backed measure to require companies that manage critical infrastructure to report significant cybersecurity incidents to the federal government to help prevent future attacks
  • $720 million to help fire departments secure critical equipment and hire additional fire fighters

 

Support for NH Military Installations: 

 

  • Funding for the procurement of two Virginia-class submarines, which are maintained and repaired by the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
  • $475 million in funding for Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

 

Service Members, Veterans, and Military Families 

 

  • A 2.7 percent pay raise for U.S. service members
  • A bipartisan measure backed by Senator Hassan to ensure that all members of Reserve components and the National Guard are eligible to be buried in state veterans cemeteries, including the NH State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen
  • Increased funding to address PFAS contamination in military communities and continues the PFAS health impact study
  • More than $100 billion for veteran services including medical care, rural health programs, veterans’ homelessness prevention, and mental health

 

Transportation & Housing 

  • Releases billions of additional dollars in road, highway, bridge, and other transportation funding from last year’s bipartisan infrastructure law – which is on top of the funding that has already gone out the door – and includes increases in guaranteed funding for New Hampshire projects
  • Over $2.2 billion for Capital Investment Grant program, including critical provisions that could help push forward the Capitol Corridor project 
  • $775 million for National Infrastructure Investments, which can help bring more funds to New Hampshire to build important projects like Manchester’s Millyard revitalization
  • A 21 percent increase in funding for a program to help house older Americans 

 

Health Care 

 

  • $101 million to successfully transition the Suicide Prevention Lifeline to 988, which Senator Hassan helped establish
  • Significant additional funding to help increase the availability of mental health services in schools, which builds on Senator Hassan’s bipartisan efforts to expand suicide prevention training in schools
  • Includes important measures cosponsored by Senator Hassan to improve maternal health, including providing funding to help improve the maternal health care system and increase vaccination rates for pregnant and postpartum women 

 

Education and Workforce 

 

  • Increases the maximum Pell Grant award by $400, the largest increase in more than a decade, which Senator Hassan pushed for
  • $20 million that Senator Hassan helped secure with Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) to help students at colleges in rural communities meet their education goals and access employment opportunities

 

Small Businesses and Economic Development 

 

  • Significant increase for the Small Business Administration, including $138 million for Small Business Development Centers and $24 million for Women’s Business Centers, such as the Center for Women & Enterprise in New Hampshire

 

Energy and Environment 

  • The largest increase ever in clean and renewable energy to help cement American leadership on the path to a global clean energy economy
  • More than $2.7 billion to improve the country’s clean drinking water infrastructure, building on clean water funding in the bipartisan infrastructure bill that Senator Hassan helped pass into law
  • Increased funding for coastal resiliency programs, building on coastal resiliency funding Senator Hassan negotiated and secured in infrastructure law 

 

Rural Communities

 

  • $35 million for the Northern Border Regional Commission, which Senator Hassan has long supported 
  • More than $550 million for rural broadband

 

Fiscal Responsibility 

 

  • Includes a measure based on a bipartisan bill Senator Hassan introduced to address waste in the federal government by transferring $841 million in taxpayer dollars that are currently sitting unused in a federal account to help clean up hazardous waste at former uranium enrichment sites   


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