March 15, 2017

Senate Committee Votes to Approve Bipartisan Measure Introduced by Senator Hassan to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Improve Efficiency in Federal Spending

Senate Committee Votes to Approve Bipartisan Measure Introduced by Senator Hassan to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Improve Efficiency in Federal Spending

Senator Also Votes to Approve Measures to Prevent Identity Theftand to Protect Government Whistleblowers

WASHINGTON - Today, the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee voted to approve a bipartisan measure Senator Hassan (D-NH) joined in introducing to help maintain fiscal responsibility by improving transparency about federal government spending. Senator Hassan serves as a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Senator Hassan joined Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), John McCain (R-AZ), Rob Portman (R-OH), Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Mike Enzi (R-WY),in introducing the Taxpayer Right to Know Act, which requires the federal government to publicize the details, costs, and performance metrics of every federal program above $1 million.

"Maintaining fiscal responsibility by improving transparency around federal spending will help make government spendingmore efficientand iscritical to protecting the priorities our people, businesses, and economy need to thrive,"Senator Hassan said."I was proud to join colleagues from both parties in introducing this measure, and I will continue working across party lines to ensure long-term fiscal responsibility and to eliminate wasteful federal spending,"

Social Security Fraud Prevention Act

As part of her efforts to protect the safety and economic security of all Granite Staters and Americans, Senator Hassan also voted to approve the bipartisanSocial Security Fraud Prevention Act, which restricts the inclusion of Social Security Numbers on documents that the federal government sends by mail, helping reduce the risk of identity theft.

"Identity theft threatens the safety of our people and businesses, and the stability of our economy," said Senator Hassan. "By restricting the inclusion of Social Security Numbers on documents sent by the federal government, this bipartisan measure will help protect Granite Staters' sensitive information from being comprised and enhance public safety."

Follow the Rules Act

The Senator also voted to approve the Follow the Rules Act, a bipartisan measure that amends current statute to protect whistleblowers by prohibiting retaliatoryactions against employees who refuse to obey an order that would require them to violate federal rules or regulations.

"We need to do everything we can to encourage and protect whistleblowers who expose government fraud, waste, and abuse," Senator Hassan said. "The bipartisan Follow the Rules Act will help strengthen government accountability by protecting whistleblowers from retaliation."

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