Press Releases

January 25, 2021

Shaheen, Hassan & Kuster Announce More than $1.2 Million to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center to Address Health Care Workforce Shortages in Rural NH

(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), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon $1,231,238 in federal funding to help address health care workforce shortages communities in rural New Hampshire are facing. Specifically, the funding was awarded through the DOL Employment and Training Administration’s H-1B Rural Healthcare Grant Program, which supports employment and training programs that increase the number of individuals training in health care occupations that will serve rural communities across the country.

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January 25, 2021

Senator Hassan Meets with Education Secretary Nominee

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, met virtually today with President Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona.

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January 25, 2021

NH Delegation Announces Nearly $150K in AmeriCorps Funding to Expand Community Services for Senior Citizen Volunteers

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) – a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee – announced with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that the Friends Program in Concord has been awarded $149,811 in AmeriCorps funding to support their AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers in the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) Program which engages people 55 and older in volunteer services to meet critical community needs and provide them with an enriching experience. The funds were awarded as part of a grant competition to increase the impact of national service in New Hampshire.  

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January 22, 2021

Senators Hassan, Cotton, Warren Call for Return of POW/MIA Flag to Atop the White House

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Tom Cotton (R-AR), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) are calling on President Joe Biden to return the POW/MIA flag to its place atop the White House, with the American flag, which is required by the Senators' National POW/MIA Flag Act that became law in November 2019. "We write to request that you restore the POW/MIA flag to its rightful place atop the White House," wrote the Senators. "As you may be aware, last year the POW/MIA flag was removed fro… Continue Reading


January 22, 2021

NH Delegation Announces More than $2.8 Million to Combat the Substance Use Disorder Epidemic & Support Mental Health Services in NH Secured in COVID-19 Relief

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, 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 $2,859,647 in federal grants allocated under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act that was passed by Congress and signed into law last month. Specifically, the funding was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and will support efforts to combat the substance use disorder epidemic and bolster access to mental health services during the COVID-19 pandemic. During negotiations for the emergency COVID-19 relief legislation that passed Congress and was signed into law last month, Shaheen successfully fought for the inclusion of language providing $4.25 billion in funding for substance use disorder treatment and mental health care.

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January 22, 2021

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Applaud Announcement that Schools Will Be Reimbursed for COVID-Related Reopening Costs

WASHINGTON – Today, President Joe Biden announced upcoming Executive Orders to strengthen the COVID-19 public health response, including key measures called for by Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).

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January 21, 2021

Shaheen & Hassan Respond to Biden Executive Order Seeking to Fully Utilize Defense Production Act, Bolster U.S. Supply Chain to Combat COVID-19

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) issued the following statements in response to President Joe Biden signing an Executive Order to fully utilize the Defense Production Act (DPA) and fill supply shortfalls for essential medical equipment and supplies needed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Executive Order follows the Senators’ call earlier this week for President Biden to quickly utilize his authorities under the DPA.

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January 21, 2021

Senator Hassan Statement on the Inauguration of President Joe Biden

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement after the inauguration of Joe Biden as the next President of the United States and Kamala Harris as the next Vice President of the United States:  

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January 19, 2021

Following Shaheen-led Effort, Army Corps Approves Funding for Portsmouth Navigation Project

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) issued the following statements in response to the Army Corps of Engineers’ (The Corps) release of their Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Work Plan, which includes $18,232,000 for the Portsmouth Harbor and Piscataqua River Navigation Improvement Project.

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January 19, 2021

NH Delegation Announces $575,000 to Help Expand Career Pathways Opportunities in New Hampshire

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and Senator Jeanne Shaheen, along with Representatives Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas, announced a $575,000 federal grant through the U.S. Department of Education to help New Hampshire expand access to career pathway opportunities and prepare students for careers in STEM-oriented fields. Senator Hassan wrote a letter of support for the grant award last year.

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January 19, 2021

Senator Hassan Questions Homeland Security Secretary Nominee on Terrorism and Cybersecurity Threats

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today participated in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee nomination hearing for Alejandro Mayorkas, President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to be the Secretary for Homeland Security. Senator Hassan focused her questioning on addressing terrorist threats and strengthening federal, state, and local cybersecurity.

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January 19, 2021

Senator Hassan Questions Treasury Secretary Nominee on Expanding R&D Tax Credit, Raising Awareness of Additional Relief for Small Businesses, and Combating Terrorist Financing

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today participated in a Senate Finance Committee nomination hearing for President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to be Secretary for the Department of Treasury, Dr. Janet Yellen. The Senator questioned Dr. Yellen about a number of economic priorities, including the importance of expanding the Research and Development (R&D) tax credit for startups, raising awareness about COVID-19 relief available to small businesses, and combating terrorist financing.

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January 16, 2021

Senator Hassan Greets NH National Guard Members at Joint Base Andrews Ahead of Inauguration

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan greeted members of the New Hampshire Army and Air National Guard upon their arrival at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland today ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week. Approximately 50 members of the New Hampshire Army and Air National Guard are supporting the security mission within D.C. ahead of and during the inauguration.

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January 15, 2021

Shaheen, Hassan & Bipartisan Group Call on CDC to Boost COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Funding for Smaller States Shortchanged by CDC Formula

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sent a letter today with a bipartisan group of Senators to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding the formula used to distribute federal funding to states for COVID-19 vaccine administration efforts, which leaves smaller states at a distinct disadvantage. The Senators requested that the CDC use available discretionary funds to bolster funding for states like New Hampshire, which are receiving significantly fewer dollars under the revised allocation method for these grants relative to what the states would have received under traditional approach to allocations. The letter is also signed by U.S. Senators Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Jack Reed (D-RI), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Tom Carper (D-DE), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Chris Coons (D-DE), Jon Tester (D-MT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Ben Schatz (D-HI).

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January 15, 2021

Senator Hassan Statement Ahead of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released a statement ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 18:

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January 15, 2021

Public Lands in NH Benefit from Shaheen-Hassan Co-Sponsored Legislation that Fully Funds LWCF & Addresses Maintenance Backlog on U.S. Public Lands

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) announced that five New Hampshire projects will benefit from funding through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund established by the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) to support outdoor recreation, conservation efforts and address maintenance needs. As a result of the bipartisan GAOA cosponsored by Shaheen and Hassan that was signed into law last year, the LWCF’s now-mandatory, full authorized funding level of $900 million was allocated to projects and programs in the fiscal year (FY) 2021 government funding legislation that became law in December. In addition, Congress listed specific projects to receive deferred maintenance funding for FY 2021 from the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund, which will provide up to $9.5 billion over the next five years to tackle deferred maintenance needs on public lands throughout the country. In New Hampshire, this backlog amounts to more than $43 million.

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January 15, 2021

Shaheen, Hassan & Bipartisan Group Call on CDC to Boost COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Funding for Smaller States Shortchanged by CDC Formula

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sent a letter today with a bipartisan group of Senators to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding the formula used to distribute federal funding to states for COVID-19 vaccine administration efforts, which leaves smaller states at a distinct disadvantage. The Senators requested that the CDC use available discretionary funds to bolster funding for states like New Hampshire, which are receiving significantly fewer dollars under the revised allocation method for these grants relative to what the states would have received under traditional approach to allocations. The letter is also signed by U.S. Senators Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Jack Reed (D-RI), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Tom Carper (D-DE), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Chris Coons (D-DE), Jon Tester (D-MT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Ben Schatz (D-HI).

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January 15, 2021

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Hold Resource Panel for Granite State Small Businesses, Nonprofits Following Re-Opening of Paycheck Protection Program and Additional Federal Relief

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen hosted a public panel where New Hampshire small businesses and nonprofits learned about support available to them through the COVID-19 relief and government funding package that the Senators helped negotiate and pass into law.

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January 15, 2021

Following Bipartisan Push from Senator Hassan, Administration Increases Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment

WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that it will roll back a requirement that limited physicians’ ability to prescribe buprenorphine, a medication that helps to treat opioid addiction. The Department will eliminate the need for most physicians to obtain the so-called “X” waiver in order to prescribe buprenorphine.

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January 14, 2021

Senator Hassan Statement on President-Elect Biden’s Newly Announced COVID-19 Emergency Relief Plan

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement after President-elect Joe Biden unveiled his American Rescue Plan to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic:

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