Press Releases

September 25, 2020

Following Efforts from Senator Hassan, EPA Approves Disposal Site That Will be Used for Rye Harbor Dredging Materials

WASHINGTON – Following efforts from U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it has designated an Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site at Isles of Shoals North, which will help serve Rye Harbor when it begins its dredging project this fall. Senator Hassan advocated for the continued authorization of this critical disposal site last year, and worked with Senator Shaheen and Representative Pappas earlier this year to secure $4 million for the Rye Harbor dredging project.  

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September 25, 2020

Senator Hassan Recognizes Kristina Folcik of Tamworth as September’s Granite Stater of the Month

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan recognized Kristina Folcik of Tamworth as September’s Granite Stater of the Month. As an endurance athlete and survivor of domestic violence, Kristina recently completed a 100-mile nonstop hike across part of New Hampshire’s Appalachian Trail in tribute to women in abusive relationships. She became the first person to ever complete that portion of the trail in one continuous trek. 

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September 25, 2020

Senator Hassan, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Improve Mental Wellness for Veterans

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), a combat veteran, and Doug Jones (D-AL) in introducing bipartisan legislation to help improve mental wellness for veterans. The Senators’ bipartisan bill would 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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September 25, 2020

Senators Hassan, Paul Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Save Taxpayer Dollars and Eliminate Duplicative Government Programs

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Chairman of the Subcommittee, introduced bipartisan legislation to save taxpayer dollars and eliminate duplicative government programs.

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September 24, 2020

Senator Hassan Presses FBI Director on Agency’s Efforts to Combat Opioid Trafficking on the Dark Web

WASHINGTON – During the Senate Homeland Security Committee’s annual Threats to the Homeland hearing, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) questioned FBI Director Christopher Wray on combating illegal drug trafficking on the dark web, ransomware threats, and counterterrorism efforts.   

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September 23, 2020

On Senate Floor, Hassan Honors Justice Ginsburg’s Legacy, Denounces Republicans’ Hypocrisy in Rushing to Fill her Seat & Overturn Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON – In a Senate floor speech last night, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan honored the legacy of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and denounced Senate Republicans for trying to ignore the precedent that they set and instead rush through a Supreme Court nominee instead of working with Democrats on a comprehensive COVID-19 relief bill.

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September 23, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan and Kuster Applaud $3.52 Million Grant to Strengthen Flood Control Infrastructure in Bristol

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representative Annie Kuster (NH-02) issued the following statements in response to the announcement by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) that Bristol will receive a $3.52 million federal grant to make flood control infrastructure improvements that will help protect businesses in the town’s downtown commercial district:

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September 23, 2020

Senator Hassan Secures Commitment from CDC and FDA to Conduct Key Oversight Measures in Vaccine Review Process

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, during a during a Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing today, secured commitments from Dr. Stephen Hahn, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that their agencies would conduct key oversight measures during the COVID-19 vaccine review process to help ensure that any potential COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective and that the American public have confidence in the vaccine.

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September 23, 2020

Shaheen & Hassan Join Senate Call to Ensure Landmark Agent Orange Exposure Bill is Included in Final Annual Defense Legislation

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) – the Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee – and a group of lawmakers on a letter to the Senate and House Armed Services Committees as they negotiate the final text of the fiscal year (FY) 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), urging the lawmakers to include a landmark Agent Orange exposure bill. The bill, which was included as an amendment to the Senate version of the annual defense legislation that overwhelmingly cleared the chamber in July, would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide benefits to veterans suffering from conditions related to their exposure to the dangerous pesticide Agent Orange.

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September 23, 2020

Enzi, Hassan applaud House passage of bill to protect against counterfeit medical products

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., applauded the House for unanimously passing bipartisan legislation that would help protect patients from counterfeit medical products. The House legislation is a companion to a bill Enzi and Hassan introduced in July

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September 23, 2020

Senator Hassan, Colleagues Urge Judge to Reject $3.5 Million Bonus for CEO of Bankrupt Purdue Pharma

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan joined Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and colleagues in urging Judge Robert D. Drain to reject Purdue Pharma’s proposal to pay President and CEO Craig Landau a bonus of up to $3.5 million. Purdue’s opioid marketing campaign accelerated an opioid epidemic that has claimed an estimated 400,000 lives.

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September 23, 2020

Shaheen & Hassan Call for Financial Assistance for Bus & Passenger Ferry Industries in Next COVID-19 Relief Package

(Washington, DC) —U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan joined a group of Senators in calling for the next COVID-19 relief package to include the Coronavirus Economic Relief for Transportation Services (CERTS) Act, legislation they cosponsored that would authorize $10 billion in emergency economic relief funding for America’s bus, motorcoach and passenger ferry industries impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter was led by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI).

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September 22, 2020

Senator Hassan Receives Update from Smiths Medical on Efforts to Manufacture Vaccine Supplies

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan received a virtual tour of Smiths Medical and heard about its efforts to manufacture integrated hypodermic needle and syringe products to administer a potential COVID-19 vaccine.

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September 22, 2020

NH Delegation Announces More than $4.5 Million to Renovate & Modernize Northcoast Railroad

(Washington, DC) – 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) today announced the award of $4,562,905 in funding through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program to invest in renovating and modernizing the New Hampshire Northcoast (NHN) railroad line. Shaheen, Hassan and Pappas sent a letter of support for this grant award.

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September 22, 2020

Senator Hassan, Colleagues Call for Answers on Americans Being Left on the Hook for COVID-19 Testing Costs

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) led eight of her colleagues, including Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), in raising concerns about individuals being charged for COVID-19 diagnostic tests. While the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the CARES Act, both signed into law earlier this year, require health insurance plans to cover costs associated with COVID-19 testing, there are troubling reports of insured individuals receiving unexpected bills for their COVID-19 diagnostic tests.

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September 22, 2020

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Provide Long-Term Financial Assistance for Small Businesses, Nonprofits Hardest Hit by the COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) cosponsored bipartisan legislation to provide additional financial assistance to small and mid-sized employers that have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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September 22, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan to DHS IG: Investigate Alleged Forced Hysterectomies at ICE Facility

(Washington, DC)— U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined a group of Senators last week in calling on the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general to expeditiously investigate a whistleblower complaint alleging forced hysterectomies at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Ocilla, GA.

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September 21, 2020

NH Delegation Announces More than $7.9 Million to Support Granite State Law Enforcement & Services for Crime Victims

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that funds the Department of Justice (DOJ), announced with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that DOJ awarded $7,942,122 in federal funds for New Hampshire to support Granite State law enforcement agencies, strengthen the New Hampshire criminal justice system and bolster services for victims of crime in the state. Of these funds:

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September 21, 2020

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Help Law Enforcement Better Detect and Track Fentanyl & Other Synthetic Opioids

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, cosponsored bipartisan legislation to ensure that personnel at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have the tools that they need to more easily detect synthetic opioids like fentanyl, which are contributing to the devastating substance misuse crisis in New Hampshire and across the country.

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September 18, 2020

Senator Hassan Statement on the Passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement regarding the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:  

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