Press Releases

May 18, 2017

Senator Hassan Leads Letter to Secretaries Perdue and Zinke Urging them to Make it Easier for New England Small Businesses to Export Goods

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) led a letter with Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Ed Markey (D-MA) to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke urging them to make it easier for New England small businesses to import and export goods by making Boston an inspection site for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

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May 17, 2017

Senators Shaheen, Hassan Attend Bipartisan Senate Briefing with DEA on Illicit Fentanyl Crisis

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) attended a briefing for a bipartisan group of senators by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg on recent interactions with the Chinese government in addressing the illicit fentanyl crisis in America. Illicit fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times more powerful than morphine.

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May 17, 2017

At Commerce Committee Hearing, Senator Hassan Highlights Bill to Prevent Opioid Misuse Among Student Athletes

WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Maggie Hassan highlighted the importance of the Student and Student Athlete Opioid Misuse Prevention Act, which was introduced by Senator Jeanne Shaheen and cosponsored by Senator Hassan. The legislation helps combat the heroin, fentanyl, and opioid crisis in New Hampshire and across the country by increasing prevention programs in schools, communities, and youth athletic associations to reduce the risk of opioid misuse among students and student athletes.

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May 17, 2017

Shaheen, Hassan Join Senate Democrats to Introduce Student Loan Refinancing Legislation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined 34 of their Democratic colleagues today to reintroduce the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act. The legislation would allow those with outstanding student loan debt to refinance at the interest rates offered to new federal borrowers in the 2016-2017 school year. A previous version of the bill was voted on in the 113th Congress, and every Senate Democrat and three Senate Republicans voted to move the bill forward.

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May 17, 2017

Senator Hassan Statement on Appointment of Former FBI Director Robert Mueller as Special Counsel

WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement on the Department of Justice's appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel:

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May 17, 2017

Senator Hassan Statement on Trump-DeVos Proposed Budget Cuts to Federal Education Initiatives

WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement on reported plans from President Trump and Secretary DeVos to cut $10.6 billion from federal education initiatives:

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May 17, 2017

Senator Hassan Delivers Floor Speech Highlighting Importance of Net Neutrality

WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Maggie Hassan delivered remarks on the Senate floor, highlighting the importance of net neutrality to promoting innovation, supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses, and encouraging economic growth in New Hampshire and across the nation. The Senator also underlined the critical role of net neutrality in protecting consumers from unfair practices.

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May 16, 2017

Following Defunding Reports, Shaheen and Hassan Introduce Legislation to Preserve and Protect the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduced legislation to reauthorize the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), which directs the National Drug Control Strategy and acts as the lead federal agency working to coordinate policy to combat the opioid epidemic. Earlier this month, reports indicated that the Trump administration's pending budget proposal would effectively eliminate ONDCP, which oversees the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) and Drug Free Communities programs. The legislation introduced by Shaheen and Hassan would reauthorize ONDCP, increase funding for successful programs, and streamline the office to ensure efficient use of resources.

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May 15, 2017

Senator Hassan Statement on Peace Officers Memorial Day

WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day:

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May 12, 2017

Senator Hassan Celebrates Older Americans Month at New Hampshire Association of Senior Centers Conference

CONCORD - Marking Older Americans Month, Senator Maggie Hassan today addressed the New Hampshire Association of Senior Centers Conference, emphasizing the importance of ensuring that older Granite Staters have the support they need to remain active participants in economic and civic life in New Hampshire.

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May 12, 2017

Senator Hassan, Colleagues Urge DOJ Inspector General to Investigate Political Interference with Russia Investigation

WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Tom Carper (D-DE), and Kamala Harris (D-CA), all members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, in sending a letter to the to the Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General calling for an inquiry into possible political interference with the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged involvement with Russia during the 2016 presidential election.

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May 11, 2017

Senator Hassan Helps Introduce Legislation to Encourage and Expand Employee-Owned Companies

WASHINGTON - Today, building on her efforts to expand middle class opportunity and support innovative businesses in New Hampshire, Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined in introducing two pieces of legislation to help encourage and expand employee-owned companies.

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May 11, 2017

Bipartisan Measures Authored, Cosponsored by Senator Hassan Approved by Senate HELP Committee

WASHINGTON - Today, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved a bipartisan bill authored by Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), the Opioid Addiction Risk Transparency Act. The committee also approved the bipartisan Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aid Act, which Senator Hassan cosponsored with three of her colleagues. Both bills were included in the committee's markup of the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017.

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May 10, 2017

Senator Hassan Statement on Secretary Price’s Visit to New Hampshire

WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement on Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price's visit to New Hampshire to discuss the ongoing substance misuse crisis:

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May 09, 2017

Senator Hassan Participates in Floor Debate in Opposition to Scott Gottlieb for FDA Commissioner

WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Maggie Hassan spoke on the Senate floor, voicing her opposition to President Trump's nominee for Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Scott Gottlieb.

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May 09, 2017

Senator Hassan Statement on President Trump’s Firing of FBI Director Comey

WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement on President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey:

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May 08, 2017

Senator Hassan Meets with DEA Agents to Discuss Carfentanil, Ongoing Efforts to Combat the Substance Misuse Crisis in New Hampshire

BEDFORD - Today, Senator Maggie Hassan visited the New Hampshire office of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), where she received a briefing from Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jon DeLena and other members of the DEA office in Bedford. The Senator received updates from agents on the front lines about what they are seeing on the ground, including the recent occurrence of carfentanil and the increase in the use of methamphetamine.

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May 08, 2017

Senator Hassan Statement on New Futures’ Report Detailing Economic Impact of Alcohol and Drug Misuse

CONCORD - Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement after New Futures announced that the cost of alcohol and drug misuse on the New Hampshire economy was more than $2.36 billion in 2014:

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May 08, 2017

Senators Hassan, Cantwell Lead Letter to FCC Chairman Highlighting Importance of Net Neutrality to Women Across America

WASHINGTON - Today, Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH)and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) led a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Paihighlighting the importance of net neutrality to women across Americaand urging him to reconsider the proposal he outlined last month to roll back critical online consumer protections by dismantling current net neutrality rules.

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May 05, 2017

Senators Hassan and Young Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Ensure Health Care Providers Understand Addiction Risks of “Abuse-Deterrent” Opioids

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Todd Young (R-IN) yesterday introduced a bipartisan bill, the Opioid Addiction Risk Transparency Act, that takes steps to combat the opioid crisis by helping ensure that health care providers understand the addiction risks of "abuse-deterrent" opioids so that they can communicate these risks to patients.

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