WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan today announced that she will join the Senate Finance Committee in January, positioning her to continue leading on efforts to expand economic opportunity and support job-creating businesses. The Senator will also continue to serve on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and the Joint Economic Committee.
“I’m excited to join the Senate Finance Committee, where I’ll be well-positioned to fight to protect and strengthen Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, and to help spur job creation and economic growth,” Senator Hassan said. “These committee assignments will allow me to build on our bipartisan efforts over the past two years on key New Hampshire priorities including combating the opioid crisis, lowering health care costs, expanding economic opportunity and supporting innovative businesses, and keeping America safe, secure, and free.”
These assignments have been agreed to by the Democratic Conference and are subject to ratification by the full Senate when the 116th Congress convenes in January.
See below for more background on the Senator’s committee assignments:
The Senate Finance Committee has jurisdiction over matters relating to taxation and revenues, trade agreements and tariffs, as well as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and other health and human services programs. In her new role on this committee, Senator Hassan will fight for vital New Hampshire priorities including protecting and strengthening Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid; working to provide tax relief to hard-working families and small businesses and end corporate special interest tax giveaways; and ensuring that U.S. trade policy supports small businesses and workers.
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee is the principal oversight committee of the United States Senate, overseeing homeland security policies and reviewing government efficiency and effectiveness more broadly. Building on her work over the past two years, Senator Hassan will continue to focus on countering terrorist threats from both international terrorist organizations and homegrown terrorists, as well as strengthening the country’s cyber defenses.
The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) has broad jurisdiction over America’s health care, education, employment and retirement policies. Continuing her service on the HELP Committee, Senator Hassan will build on her work to combat the opioid crisis; lower health care costs and address surprise medical bills; strengthen workforce training and hold down the cost of higher education; and protect American workers’ rights and retirement security.
The Joint Economic Committee – a joint committee of the United States Senate and House – is tasked with overseeing the health of the United States economy and recommending policies to build a stronger economic future. As a member of this committee, Senator Hassan will continue her efforts to keep the American economy moving in the right direction.