Press Releases

August 13, 2019

NH Delegation Announces $3.8 Million for STEM Programs at UNH & Dartmouth

(Washington, DC)— U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced with Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that the National Science Foundation awarded Dartmouth College and the University of New Hampshire (UNH) $3.8 million for projects that invest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Dartmouth will receive $2,791,391 for a project that targets STEM undergraduate curriculum. UNH will receive $999,558 for a project that prioritizes training and retention of STEM students in an effort to increase degree completion of low-income undergraduates in STEM fields. Specifically, the UNH funding would pay for scholarships for STEM students transferring from Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth to UNH.

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August 13, 2019

Senator Hassan Joins in Introducing a Bipartisan Resolution Honoring the Battle of the Bulge 75th Anniversary

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan joined in introducing a bipartisan resolution to honor the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge.

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August 12, 2019

NH Delegation Announces Over $4 Million Headed to NH to Combat Foreign and Domestic Terrorist Threats

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today announced with Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that the Department of Homeland Security has awarded $4,077,500 to the State of New Hampshire through the State Homeland Security Program and $150,000 to seven New Hampshire religious institutions through the Nonprofit Security Grant Program. Senator Hassan serves as the Ranking Member of the Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management Subcommittee of the Senate Homeland Security Committee and Senator Shaheen is a senior member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee.

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August 07, 2019

Senator Hassan Statement on Announcement that Major Video Game Manufacturers Will Make Loot Box Odds More Transparent

WASHINGTON – Following Senator Hassan’s efforts to raise awareness on the potential dangers of loot boxes, the three major video game console manufacturers – Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo – announced today that they will require that any video game developed for use on their gaming consoles disclose the odds of receiving winnings from loot boxes. The announcement was made at a loot box workshop hosted by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which came in response to Senator Hassan’s advocacy.

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August 07, 2019

Senator Hassan Visits Businesses in Keene and Gilsum, Discusses Impact of Administration’s Tariffs and Importance of Supporting Family-Friendly Policies

KEENE – Senator Maggie Hassan visited businesses in Keene and Gilsum yesterday, hearing about their priorities and discussing her bipartisan efforts to support innovation, expand economic opportunity, and help grow New Hampshire’s economy.

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August 07, 2019

Senator Hassan Addresses Need to Expand Substance Misuse Treatment Options at Riverbend Community Mental Health

CONCORD – Senator Maggie Hassan visited Riverbend Community Mental Health yesterday to discuss the importance of expanding medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorder, and the ways Riverbend is supporting families and communities struggling with addiction.

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August 06, 2019

Senator Hassan Leads Letter to Education Department, IRS on Students’ Access to Financial Aid

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan led a letter from 10 senators urging the Education Department and the IRS to ensure that tax form changes following passage of the Republican tax law do not jeopardize students’ access to financial aid.

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August 06, 2019

NH Delegation Announces Nearly $150K for NH to Combat Recidivism Among Granite Staters Struggling with Substance Use Disorder

(Washington, DC)— U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced with Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance has awarded New Hampshire $149,405 through the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) Program. The RSAT program helps states develop and institute programs at correctional and detention facilities for those struggling with substance use disorder in an effort to stem the tide of the crisis and reduce recidivism related to drug related offenses. Shaheen is the Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that funds Department of Justice programs.

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August 05, 2019

Senator Hassan Kicks Off National Health Center Week at Lamprey Health Care in Nashua

NASHUA – Senator Maggie Hassan today kicked off National Health Center Week at Lamprey Health Care, where she spoke with clinic directors and practitioners from Lamprey Health Care and Greater Nashua Mental Health about the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs, as well as her work to help advance major bipartisan legislation to lower prescription drug costs.

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August 02, 2019

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Improve Access to Broadband in New Hampshire

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan cosponsored bipartisan legislation to expand access to broadband in rural and underserved communities in New Hampshire by improving the accuracy of broadband maps.

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August 02, 2019

Senator Hassan, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Measure to Protect American Consumers, Small Businesses and Manufacturers from Costly Tariffs

WASHINGTON — Senator Maggie Hassan joined her colleagues in introducing bipartisan legislation, the Trade Certainty Act, that would ensure that presidents – regardless of which party holds the White House – cannot use the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) to impose tariffs unilaterally. The IEEPA was not intended to be used as a trade tool, and no president has used it to place tariffs on imported products since the legislation’s enactment in 1977. The Trade Certainty Act clarifies Congress’ intent by specifying that the IEEPA does not grant the executive branch the power to impose tariffs or quotas on imported goods.

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August 01, 2019

Shaheen, Hassan Call for FIFA to Provide Pay Equity for Female Soccer Athletes

(Washington, DC) –This week, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) in introducing a Senate Resolution calling on the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to immediately eliminate gender-based pay discrimination between male and female athletes. 

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August 01, 2019

Senator Hassan Votes to Pass Bipartisan Budget Agreement

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) released the following statement after the Senate voted on a bipartisan basis to approve the budget agreement:

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August 01, 2019

Peters, Gardner, Sullivan & Hassan Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Fire Fighters from Hazardous PFAS Chemicals

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Cory Gardner (R-CO), Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today introduced bipartisan legislation to help protect the health and safety of firefighters and emergency responders who are frequently exposed to harmful per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in firefighting foams as they work to keep communities safe. PFAS substances have been linked to a number of health problems, including certain cancers. The Protecting Firefighters from Adverse Substances (PFAS) Act of 2019 would direct federal agencies to develop best practices, training, and educational programs to reduce, limit and prevent exposure to PFAS, also known as ‘forever chemicals’ because they do not naturally breakdown. The bill would also require guidance to be issued on alternative foams and personnel protective equipment that do not contain PFAS.

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August 01, 2019

Senators Hassan, Collins Welcome Department of Labor Rule to Support Retirement Security, Call for Additional Action

WASHINGTON – This week, the Department of Labor announced a rule to expand the ability of small businesses to offer retirement savings plans to their employees. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) – who introduced legislation earlier this year that further helps Americans save for retirement – issued the following statement in response:

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July 31, 2019

Senator Maggie Hassan Statement on Canadian Drug Importation

WASHINGTON – In response to the announcement from the Departments of Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration of a proposal that would allow Americans to import some prescription drugs from Canada and other countries, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement:

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July 31, 2019

Hassan-Backed Bill to Support First Responders Heads to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON -- Today the United States Senate passed the Hawley-Hartzler National Urban Search and Rescue Parity Act to support first responders. The bill is a response to a misguided policy that currently bars federal employees from assisting with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) efforts.

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July 31, 2019

Hassan and Shaheen Reintroduces Bill to Protect Small Businesses From Burdensome Internet Sales Tax Collection Requirement

(Washington, DC)— U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, reintroduced the Online Sales Simplicity and Small Business Relief Act with Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), the lead Democrat of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR). The bill would stop states with a sales tax from creating red tape for small businesses as a result of the Supreme Court ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. This ruling overturned a previous precedent, and has allowed states to collect sales tax from out-of-state businesses. This new burden hurts small businesses, especially in states like New Hampshire and Oregon which don’t have a sales tax, forcing owners to navigate collecting sales taxes for more than 10,000 taxing jurisdictions across the country.

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July 31, 2019

Senator Hassan Blasts Big Pharma on Senate Floor for Putting Profits Before People

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today took to the Senate floor to blast pharmaceutical companies for putting profits before people. A recent report from the Drug Enforcement Administration found that nearly 290 million prescription pain pills were sent to New Hampshire from 2006-2012.

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July 30, 2019

Shaheen, Hassan Join Colleagues in Renewed Call for FCC to Protect Community Television Channels

(Washington, DC) – Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and 12 of their colleagues in urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to protect public, educational and governmental (PEG) stations as it proposes changes to the rules governing agreements between Local Franchising Authorities and cable operators. Currently, towns and cities across the country are permitted to require as part of cable franchise agreements that cable operators meet demonstrated community needs by providing in-kind contributions that benefit schools, public safety buildings and PEG channels. However, the Commission’s current proposal would permit cable companies to assign a value to these contributions, and then subtract that amount from the franchise fees the cable operator pays the local community. The FCC will vote on this change at its meeting on Thursday, August 1. If implemented, the Order would force local governments to decide between supporting PEG stations in cable franchise agreements and supporting other important services for critical community institutions like schools and libraries. 

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