Senator Hassan Also Votes to Advance Key Bipartisan Bills to Support First Responders and Strengthen Border Security
WASHINGTON – Today, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee advanced bipartisan legislation that Senator Maggie Hassan pushed for, including a bill to help provide surplus government computers to nonprofit computer refurbishers — who would then repair and distribute these computers to veterans and others who need them.
"This bipartisan bill will help more veterans, students, and seniors have access to a computer, which will help them to do everything from completing homework to making doctor's appointments,” said Senator Hassan. “I urge my colleagues in the Senate to pass this commonsense, bipartisan bill.”
“Owning a computer is the foundation of digital equity and it’s the thing that unlocks opportunity for folks to be able to participate in the modern economy. Thanks to Senator Hassan and the support of the committee, this bill moves to the Senate floor, and if passed will make a large supply of free and low-cost devices available for veterans, students, seniors, and so many others who need it,” said Scot Henley, Executive Director of Digitunity, based in North Conway, NH. Digitunity is a national nonprofit focused on advancing digital equity through device ownership.
The Computers for Veterans and Students Act would allow certified, nonprofit refurbishing organizations to directly obtain, refurbish, and distribute repairable, surplus government computers to serve veterans, students, and seniors in need of a device. Additionally, the legislation would require each nonprofit computer refurbisher receiving computers to provide training programs in the use of this technology.
Senator Hassan also voted to pass additional critical bills through the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing, including: