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Senator Hassan Statement on Bipartisan Senate Vote to Pass Ukraine and Israel Security Funding

Click Here to View Senator Hassan’s Floor Remarks on Importance of Border Security and on Passing Bipartisan Security Assistance Package to Defend Democracy

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) released the following statement after the Senate passed a bipartisan security assistance package for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan. The package also includes the FEND Off Fentanyl Act, legislation Senator Hassan cosponsored that increases sanctions enforcement on people engaged in the illicit international trafficking of fentanyl and other opioids, as well as $400 million in funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program, which Senator Hassan successfully worked to expand:

“I was proud to join my colleagues this morning in protecting our national security by standing with the people of Ukraine and Israel and passing a bipartisan security assistance package.

“The people of Ukraine are fighting for their continued freedom and survival following Putin’s unconscionable invasion, the likes of which we have not seen since World War II. And the people of Israel are fighting for their own right to exist after facing a horrific terrorist attack on October 7th. Standing with these partners and allies is not only in line with Granite State and American values, but it is in our own national security interest – we must stand up to tyranny and terrorism in order to keep America safe, secure, and free.

“While it is shameful that Senate Republicans blocked consideration last week of a version of this bipartisan package that would have also addressed the crisis at the Southern border, it is important that support for our allies is moving forward. I will continue working to increase resources and technology at our borders in order to keep our country safe and crack down on fentanyl trafficking that has devastated communities all across New Hampshire and our country. And I am glad to see bipartisan legislation included in today’s national security package that increases sanctions enforcement on fentanyl traffickers. Additionally, this package will help more houses of worship and nonprofits in New Hampshire and across the country improve their security. No one should be worried about their safety while they are worshipping in a church or volunteering at a nonprofit in their community.

“House Republicans should put aside partisan politics and take up this bill immediately. Authoritarians in Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran are watching to see what our country will do, and whether or not Americans will remain united in our commitment to stand by our allies and stand strong for our national security.”