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June 12, 2020

Senator Hassan Speaks with NH Educators on Challenges for Students, Teachers Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan spoke with New Hampshire educators over video conference today about the challenges that both teachers and students are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including broadband access, meeting special education needs, and reopening in the fall.

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June 12, 2020

NH Delegation Announces Nearly $1.5 Million to Support STEM Education For Granite State Students

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the lead Democrat on the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations subcommittee which funds the National Science Foundation (NSF), announced with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that the NSF has awarded the University of New Hampshire $1,499,000 for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Specifically, this funding would be used to support UNH’s Master Teaching Fellowship project, which aims to recruit Granite State teachers, certify them as Master Teaching Fellows by deepening their knowledge of STEM subjects and empowering them with new, effective teaching strategies in high-need school districts throughout New Hampshire.

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June 11, 2020

Senators Hassan & Shaheen Urge Senate Leadership to Provide Much-Needed Relief for Higher Education Institutions in Upcoming COVID-19 Legislation

WASHINGTON U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and a group of their colleagues today in urging Senate leadership to include $47 billion in financial support for students and institutions of higher learning in the upcoming COVID-19 relief package.

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June 11, 2020

Senator Hassan, Colleagues Call for Additional Funding for Public Health Education

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) in urging Senate leaders to include an additional $20 million in funding for the Regional Public Health Training Centers program in upcoming COVID-19 response legislation.

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June 10, 2020

To Protect Against State & Local Education Cuts, Senator Hassan Raises Need for Additional Federal Funding Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON – During a Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan raised the importance of Congress passing additional federal funding to support state and local governments, which have seen their budgets strained due to COVID-19-related revenue losses, in order to meet the needs of students as schools prepare to reopen in the fall.

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June 10, 2020

Senator Hassan Statement on Resignation of Perry Plummer

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement on the resignation of New Hampshire Department of Safety Assistant Commissioner Perry Plummer. In 2013, then-Governor Hassan appointed Plummer to be Director of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the State’s Homeland Security Advisor.  

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June 09, 2020

Senator Hassan Calls for Continued Support for States’ Unemployment Insurance Programs Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON – In a Senate Finance Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan raised with Department of Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia the importance of continuing to support states with their expanded unemployment insurance programs amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and ensure that all Granite Staters and Americans receive much-needed financial support during this challenging time.

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June 09, 2020

Following Call from Hassan, FEMA Agrees to Publicly Release PPE Projections

WASHINGTON – During a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) pressed the FEMA Administrator and additional top administration officials for specific projections and goals for COVID-19 response efforts.

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June 08, 2020

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Support Homeless Veterans During COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined a bipartisan group of their colleagues in introducing legislation to give the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) greater flexibility in caring for and meeting the needs of homeless veterans in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill was led by Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and companion legislation was also introduced in the House by Representatives Mike Levin (D-CA) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL). 

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June 08, 2020

Shaheen & Hassan Lead Bipartisan Push for Community Health Center Funding Amid COVID-19

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), along with a bipartisan group of 39 colleagues, called for the Senate to support community health centers in the next COVID-19 relief legislation. Community health centers provide Granite Staters with vital health care services, including primary care, behavioral health care and testing for COVID-19.

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June 08, 2020

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Help Veterans Dispose of Unwanted Medication

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan cosponsored bipartisan legislation to create safe, anonymous, and continuously available drop off centers for veterans to easily dispose of unwanted medications, including opioids.  

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June 07, 2020

NH Delegation Announces Nearly $400K in Funding Through CARES Act to Develop Plan to Bolster Domestic Supply Chain for Vaccines & PPE

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a 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 the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) will receive $399,138 in federal funding through the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was passed by Congress and signed into law. Specifically, the funding was awarded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Office of Advanced Manufacturing and will be used to support ARMI’s efforts to create and share a roadmap to bolster America’s domestic supply chain for vaccines and personal protective equipment for the COVID-19 and future pandemics.

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June 05, 2020

Senator Hassan Statement After Paycheck Protection Program Bill Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement after President Trump signed into law legislation to give small employers in New Hampshire and across the country more flexibility in using the federal funds provided to them through the Paycheck Protection Program.

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June 05, 2020

NH Delegation Applauds National Broadband Availability Map Program’s Expansion to Include New Hampshire

(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) applauded the addition of New Hampshire to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s National Broadband Availability Map (NBAM) program.

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June 05, 2020

Senator Hassan and Laura Landerman-Garber of Hollis Announce Cards 2 Connect Program for NH Veterans

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan and Laura Landerman-Garber of Hollis announced a new program, Cards 2 Connect, to help spread some joy to New Hampshire veterans who have been unable to see their loved ones due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Senator Hassan and Landerman-Garber encourage all Granite Staters to participate by writing a card that will be delivered to New Hampshire veterans.

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June 04, 2020

During Committee Hearing on Reopening College Campuses, Senator Hassan Pushes Department of Education to Help Students Economically Impacted by COVID-19

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, during a Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing today on reopening college campuses, urged the Department of Education to help ensure that college students can receive adjusted financial aid to account for changes in their financial situation, such as a lost job or income, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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June 04, 2020

Senators Hassan, Shaheen, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Create a Child Care Stabilization Fund

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and additional colleagues in introducing the Child Care is Essential Act to address the child care crisis exacerbated by COVID-19. The legislation would create a $50 billion Child Care Stabilization Fund to stabilize the child care sector and support providers in their efforts to safely reopen and operate.

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June 04, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan Urge DeVos to Rescind Harmful Title IX Rule and Focus on Student Safety

(Washington, D.C.) –  U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) – a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee – sent a letter with a group of Democratic Senators to Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos slamming her final Title IX rule, which will weaken protections for student survivors of sexual harassment and assault. In their letter, the Senators stressed that it was inappropriate to ask schools to implement this new rule within 100 days amid the COVID-19 crisis and urged her to rescind the rule and focus on school safety—whether the threat is sexual assault and harassment or COVID-19.

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June 04, 2020

Senator Hassan Statement on Senate Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Loan Program for Small Businesses and Nonprofits

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement after the Senate passed bipartisan legislation to give small employers in New Hampshire and across the country more flexibility in using the federal funds provided to them through the Paycheck Protection Program.

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June 03, 2020

Senator Hassan Highlights Importance of Postal Service to Rural NH Communities at Hearing to Consider Postal Board of Governors Nominees

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan highlighted the critical role that the United States Postal Service (USPS) plays in delivering vital supplies to households in New Hampshire and across the country, especially for those in rural communities and who experience mobility issues, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. USPS is expected to lose $13 billion this year as a result of the pandemic and will likely run out of funding by September unless Congress intervenes.   

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