Press Releases

October 18, 2021

Shaheen, Hassan Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Letter Urging VA to Open Eligibility for Burial in State Veterans Cemeteries to All Service Members

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) led a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers in a letter today calling on the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to implement reforms to the Veterans Cemetery Grants Program. They asked that all members of Reserve Components and the National Guard be granted eligibility for burial in state veterans’ cemeteries, so long as their service was terminated under honorable conditions.  

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October 18, 2021

Senator Hassan Calls on Biden Administration to Address Shortage and Slow Turnaround Time of COVID-19 Tests

WASHINGTON – Following reports and stories shared by Granite Staters that a lack of testing availability and slow testing turnaround times are impacting families, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) called on the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure that testing supplies are going to the areas with the highest need. Just this past summer, national daily testing demand surged from 450,000 tests in early July to 1.5 million by the end of August, and this demand dovetails with students heading back to school, where testing is necessary to help reduce the spread of the virus. 

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October 15, 2021

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Return Billions of Dollars in Unclaimed Savings Bonds to Americans

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, cosponsored bipartisan legislation to help Americans claim more than $26 billion in unredeemed savings bonds. The Unclaimed Savings Bond Act of 2021 would require the Department of the Treasury to provide information to states to help the states locate the rightful owners of bonds that the Treasury deems are either lost, stolen, destroyed or “unclaimed.” The bill was introduced by Senator John Kennedy (R-LA).  

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October 14, 2021

NH Delegation Announces Nearly $300K to Support Project to Strengthen Climate Resilience in Coastal Granite State Communities

(Manchester, NH) – Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Chair of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations subcommittee which funds the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, (NOAA) announced with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) that NOAA will award $299,990 to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES). Specifically, the funding would support a new DES program titled, “Advancing Scale-Appropriate Climate Resilience: The New Hampshire Coastal Neighbors Technical Assistance Program.” The program will help strengthen climate resilience in coastal Granite State communities by supporting a neighborhood-scale, peer-to-peer technical assistance approach to future coastal flood risk assessments and resilience planning. The program seeks to identify how this approach can boost engagement and information shared among coastal residents at-risk of sea-level rise and coastal flooding. 

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October 14, 2021

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Civics Education in the Classroom

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, cosponsored a bill that will strengthen civics education in American classrooms. The bill, the Constitution Education Is Valuable In Community Schools (CIVICS) Act, was introduced by Senators Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Angus King (I-ME). 

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October 14, 2021

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Build More Than 2 Million Affordable Housing Units

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) cosponsored bipartisan legislation to increase investment in affordable housing and strengthen housing opportunities for Granite Staters including veterans, survivors of domestic violence, and other underserved people. The bill was introduced by Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Todd Young (R-IN), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Rob Portman (R-OH). 

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October 12, 2021

Senator Hassan Statement on Opening of U.S.-Canada Border to Vaccinated Canadians

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Homeland Security Committee which oversees the Department of Homeland Security, issued the following statement after news that the U.S. will allow fully vaccinated Canadians to travel across the U.S.-Canada border:

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October 12, 2021

Senator Hassan Tours Cancer Detection and Treatment Company iCAD in Nashua During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

NASHUA – In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) toured iCAD, an innovative business in Nashua that provides cancer detection and therapy solutions for a variety of different cancers, including breast cancer. The company uses Artificial Intelligence technology to help health care providers more quickly and accurately detect breast cancer in patients.

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October 10, 2021

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Cosponsor Legislation to Crack Down on Puppy Mills & Expand Protections for Dogs

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen cosponsored legislation to help crack down on puppy mills by creating stronger standards for veterinary care, housing, and breeding for dogs. The Puppy Protection Act would ensure that dogs within breeders’ care have suitable and safe enclosures, access to outdoor areas, and regularly interact with other dogs and humans.

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October 09, 2021

NH Delegation Announces $1.3M in AmeriCorps Funding to Enhance Participation & Retention in NH Programs

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced that New Hampshire has received $1,307,965 to increase the AmeriCorps living allowance to make service more accessible and inclusive, and to incentivize individuals to participate in the program. The funding is provided through both AmeriCorps and the American Rescue Plan, which was signed into law in March.

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October 09, 2021

Senator Hassan Joins in Introducing Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Diplomacy in the Arctic

WASHINGTONU.S. Senator Maggie Hassan joined in introducing the bipartisan Arctic Diplomacy Act of 2021, legislation led by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) that will strengthen national security by elevating Arctic issues in U.S. foreign policy. The bill establishes an Assistant Secretary of State for Arctic Affairs who will lead and conduct U.S. foreign policy in the Arctic region and on Arctic issues.

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October 08, 2021

Senator Hassan Celebrates Opening of Currier Museum of Art Exhibition

MANCHESTER –  U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan today delivered remarks at the opening for the Currier Museum of Art’s new exhibition “WPA in NH: Philip Guston and Musa McKim.” 

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October 08, 2021

President Signs Bill Cosponsored by Senator Hassan to Help Veterans with Disabilities Receive Benefits

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden today signed a bill cosponsored by U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) to automatically provide cost-of-living increases to Veterans Affairs benefits for certain veterans with disabilities and dependent survivors.

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October 08, 2021

Senate Passes Bipartisan Resolution Sponsored by Shaheen & Hassan to Commemorate National Community Policing Week

(Washington, DC) – Last night, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), John Cornyn (R-TX) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) announced the passage of their resolution designating October 3rd through October 9th as “National Community Policing Week.” The bipartisan resolution recognizes the service and sacrifice of the law enforcement community and underscores the importance of community policing. The resolution encourages civilians, law enforcement agencies and public servants to work together to find solutions to improve public safety, strengthen community relationships and build trust.

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October 08, 2021

Senate Passes Hassan and Ernst’s Bipartisan Bill to Combat Veteran Suicide

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate voted unanimously to pass bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and Joni Ernst (R-IA), a combat veteran, that would direct the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to designate one week per year as “Buddy Check Week” to organize outreach events and educate veterans on how to conduct peer wellness checks.

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October 07, 2021

Senator Hassan, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Designating October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, led a bipartisan group of his colleagues in introducing a bipartisan resolution designating October 2021 as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The resolution recognizes the grave threat cyber-attacks, including ransomware attacks, pose to our national security and highlights simple steps individuals and businesses can take to protect their networks. U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Mike Rounds (R-SD), John Cornyn (R-TX), Angus King (I-ME), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Peters to introduce the resolution.

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October 06, 2021

Shaheen Leads NH Delegation in Announcing Over $2 Million to Protect Survivors of Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence in NH

Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Chair of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that funds the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), announced today with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that New Hampshire will receive $2,091,532 in OVW grants. The funding will support projects that help survivors find safety and justice, as well as those that train an array of professionals to address the prevalence of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking across our communities.

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October 06, 2021

Senator Hassan Votes to Advance Bipartisan Bills to Strengthen Cybersecurity

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, chair of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight, voted to advance bipartisan bills today to help strengthen cybersecurity across the federal government and improve public-private coordination.

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October 06, 2021

Following Push from Senator Hassan, Dept. of Education Announces Reforms to Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

WASHINGTON – Following a push from U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, the Biden administration today announced critical changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program to expand the program, as well as take steps to fix the program for service members.

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October 06, 2021

Shaheen & Hassan Introduce the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act with Group of 47 Lawmakers

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined 47 other Senators, led by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), in introducing the?John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.?The bill would restore the landmark Voting Rights Act (VRA) and stop the scourge of voter suppression.  The legislation is named for an icon of the Civil Rights movement, the late Congressman John Lewis, and reflects an update to legislation introduced in the last Congress. 

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