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Senator Hassan Votes to Approve Bipartisan FY19 Funding Bill to Bolster National Security, Combat the Opioid Crisis, and Invest in Critical New Hampshire Priorities

Senator Hassan Votes to Approve Bipartisan FY19 Funding Bill to Bolster National Security, Combat the Opioid Crisis, and Invest in Critical New Hampshire Priorities

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today voted to approve a bipartisan appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2019 that bolsters national security and provides funding for critical New Hampshire priorities, including combating the devastating opioid epidemic, strengthening workforce training, protecting women’s health care, and more. The bill is one of several expected appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2019, which begins on October 1st. Senator Hassan voted for two other bipartisan appropriations bills earlier this summer.

“From investing in our national defense, to significantly increasing funding to combat the devastating opioid epidemic in New Hampshire and providing funding to strengthen workforce training, this bipartisan funding bill is an important step forward to strengthen the health and safety of our people and to support our businesses and economy,” Senator Hassan said. “In particular, I am pleased that this bipartisan bill includes a pay raise for the hard-working men and women who dedicate their lives to keeping our country safe, secure, and free, as well as funding to support career and technical education programs in New Hampshire, which we know play an important role in expanding economic opportunity for Granite Staters and building the strong workforce that our innovative businesses need to thrive. I will keep working across party lines to keep building a stronger, healthier, and safer New Hampshire and United States of America.”

 New Hampshire Priorities Included in This Bipartisan FY2019 Appropriations Bill:

  • $1.5 billion for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) funding for State Opioid Response Grants, including a set aside for states like New Hampshire that have higher mortality rates from opioid overdoses
  • Funds programs to strengthen the health care workforce, including those working to combat the opioid epidemic
  • 2.6 percent pay raise for all U.S. military personnel
  • Research and Development funding for New Hampshire defense companies that are dedicated to supporting the brave men and women who work to keep our country safe, secure, and free
  • Invests in Career and Technical Education State Grants
  • Increases funding for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education
  • Increases the maximum Pell Grant award to $6,195 – an increase of 1.6 percent from FY2018
  • Invests in apprenticeship opportunities
  • Preserves funding for the Title X program, which is the only federal grant program solely dedicated to family planning and related preventative services

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