May 15, 2019

Bipartisan Hassan-Backed Bills to Strengthen Fiscal Responsibility, Improve Government Efficiency Pass Committee

Senator Also Votes to Approve Bipartisan Legislation to Prevent Terrorist and Foreign Fighter Travel

WASHINGTON – Today, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, on which Senator Maggie Hassan serves, voted to approve several bipartisan bills that Senator Hassan has supported to strengthen fiscal responsibility and improve efficiency within the federal government.

The Committee voted to approve the bipartisan Federal Agency Customer Experience (FACE) Act that Senator Hassan introduced with Senator James Lankford (R-OK) to allow agencies to efficiently and effectively assess customer satisfaction with government services through brief surveys. The bipartisan Stopping Improper Payments to Deceased People Act, which Senator Hassan introduced with her colleagues to help save millions of federal dollars by curbing erroneous payments to deceased individuals, also passed out of the Committee. The Committee also voted to approve a bipartisan bill Senator Hassan introduced with Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) that puts limits on taxpayer-funded benefits for former U.S. presidents, including expenses for their travel, personal staff, office space, and communications after they leave office.

“I am pleased that the Committee voted to approve these bipartisan, commonsense measures that will enhance fiscal responsibility and make our government work better and more efficiently for Granite Staters and all Americans,” said Senator Hassan, Ranking Member on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (HSGAC) subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management. “I hope to see these bills pass the full Senate without delay so that the federal government can better serve the American people.”

As part of her efforts to strengthen the country’s counterterrorism efforts, Senator Hassan also voted to approve bipartisan legislation that would help stop terrorist and foreign fighter travel. Senator Hassan also voted for the bipartisan Supply Chain Counterintelligence Training Act that would establish and implement a counterintelligence training program for officials with supply chain risk management responsibilities. The Committee also approved bipartisan legislation Senator Hassan introduced with Senator Rubio (R-FL) earlier this year to strengthen counterterrorism efforts at the Department of Homeland Security.  

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