Press Releases

March 15, 2017

Senator Maggie Hassan Delivers Maiden Floor Speech, Focuses on Efforts to Combat the Heroin, Opioid, and Fentanyl Epidemic

WASHINGTON - Calling attention to the importance of working across party lines to combat the heroin, opioid, and fentanyl crisisand the need for continued federal action, Senator Maggie Hassan today delivered her first official speech on the U.S. Senate floor.

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March 14, 2017

Senator Hassan Joins Colleagues in Calling on Education Department to Explain Delay of Gainful Employment Rule

WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined a group of her Senate colleagues in calling on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to explain the Department's decision to delay the implementation of the Gainful Employment rule, which cracks down on for-profit higher education institutions that fail to prepare students for good-paying jobs that allow them to repay their student debt. Last week, the Department of Education announced it would postpone the deadline for failing schools to submit appeals of their debt-to-earnings rates and delay the use of a new disclosure template to provide students better information about their programs.

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March 14, 2017

Senator Maggie Hassan Statement on the Resignation of U.S. Attorney for New Hampshire Emily Gray Rice

CONCORD - Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement on the resignation of U.S. Attorney for New Hampshire Emily Gray Rice, who was among the 46 U.S. Attorneys asked to resign last week by the Trump Administration:

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March 13, 2017

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Lead Roundtable Discussion on Substance Misuse with Laconia Police Department, Treatment and Recovery Providers

LACONIA - Today, Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen led a roundtable discussion on substance misuse with Laconia Police Chief Chris Adams, Fire Deputy Chief Shawn Riley, and local recovery and treatment providers who expressed their concerns about the harmful impact that repealing the Affordable Care Actwould have onefforts to combat the heroin, opioid, and fentanyl crisis. Participants at the roundtableparticularly highlighted the critical role thatNew Hampshire's bipartisan Medicaid expansion plays in providing access to substance misuse treatment services.

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March 13, 2017

Senator Hassan Statement on CBO Report That Shows Trumpcare Would Lead to Premium Hikes, Especially for Older Americans

WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office's report showing that Trumpcare would lead to huge premium hikes, with older Americans experiencing "substantial" hikes:

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March 10, 2017

As a Result of Recent Threats to Jewish Community Centers and Muslim Institutions, Senator Hassan Joins Bipartisan Letter Urging DHS to Increase Critical Federal Security Funds in FY ‘18

WASHINGTON - In the wake of threats to Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) and Muslim institutions across the nation, Senator Maggie Hassan has joined a bipartisan Senate coalition urging the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to increase funding to help protect vulnerable cultural and religious institutions.

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March 10, 2017

Senator Hassan Statement on the Passing of Keene Police Chief Brian Costa

KEENE - Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement on the passing of Keene Police Chief Brian Costa:

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March 10, 2017

Senator Hassan, Commerce Democrats Call for Answers from FCC Chairman Pai

WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Ranking Member Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) and all 12 Democrats on the Senate Commerce Committee in calling for answers from Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai about his views on the news media and his ability to be an independent regulator over the industry.

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March 09, 2017

Senator Hassan Statement on Her Opposition to CMS Administrator Nominee Seema Verma

WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement on her opposition to the nomination of Seema Verma, President Trump's nominee to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS):

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March 08, 2017

Senator Maggie Hassan Statement on Decision of New Hampshire Attorney General Joe Foster to Step Down at End of His Term

CONCORD - Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement on New Hampshire Attorney General Joe Foster's decision to step down at the end of his term:

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March 08, 2017

Senator Hassan Presses DHS Deputy Secretary Nominee on Impact of Proposed Cuts to TSA, Coast Guard on National Security and Drug Interdiction Efforts

WASHINGTON - Today, in the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee (HSGAC) hearing on Elaine Duke's nomination for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Deputy Secretary, Senator Maggie Hassan pressed Ms. Duke on reports that the Trump Administration is considering deep cuts to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Coast Guard in order to pay for the President's border wall, and on the impact that such cuts would have on national security and drug interdiction efforts.

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March 08, 2017

Senator Hassan Statement Following Her Meeting with Secretary of Labor Nominee Alex Acosta

WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement after meeting with Alex Acosta, President's Trump's nominee to serve as Secretary of the Department of Labor. As a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Hassan will participate in hearings on Mr. Acosta's nomination.

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March 08, 2017

Senator Hassan to Trump Administration: Restore Coast Guard Budget

WASHINGTON - In a bipartisan letter sent today, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined a bipartisan group of 23 Senators including Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Gary Peters (D-MI), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) in urging Office of Management and Budget Administrator Mick Mulvaney not to make a devastating $1.3 billion dollar cut to the budget of the United States Coast Guard.

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March 07, 2017

Senator Hassan Highlights Devastating Impact of New House Health Care Repeal Bill on New Hampshire’s Effort to Combat Substance Misuse Crisis

WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Maggie Hassan spoke out against the new House bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act and New Hampshire's bipartisan Medicaid expansion plan, force older Americans and middle class families to pay more while providing tax breaks for insurance CEOs and the wealthiest Americans, force drastic cuts to New Hampshire's traditional Medicaid program for children, seniors and people with disabilities, and defund Planned Parenthood.

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March 07, 2017

Senators Shaheen, Hassan Call on DHS and DOJ to Address Threats to Jewish Institutions Across the Country

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined all 100 Senators in urging the Trump Administration to take action in response to the recent anonymous bomb threats made against Jewish Community Centers (JCC's), Jewish Day Schools, and Synagogues. In a bipartisan letter that will be sent to Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and FBI Director James Comey, the Senators stressed the importance of these centers within their communities, and offer suggestions for deterring the threats of violence.

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March 07, 2017

Senator Hassan’s Staff to Hold Open Office Hours Across the Granite State

NEW HAMPSHIRE - Senator Maggie Hassan's staff will hold open office hours this week at town and city halls across New Hampshire in order to engage with Granite Staters in local communities and address their issues and concerns. The Senator's staff will be in Bedford, Dover, Hudson, Lancaster, Lincoln, Londonderry, Merrimack, Peterborough, Plymouth and Wolfeboro from Wednesday, March 8, through Friday, March 10.

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March 06, 2017

Senator Hassan Visits Cramer Fabrics in Dover to Highlight the Importance of New Hampshire Innovative Businesses

DOVER - Today, Senator Maggie Hassan visited Cramer Fabrics, an innovative New Hampshire business that is developing and manufacturing highly engineered industrial textiles for use across the globe. Senator Hassan received a briefing on Cramer Fabrics' work and a tour of the facility, where she learned about how Cramer Fabrics is partnering with education systems to strengthen their workforce.

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March 06, 2017

Senator Hassan’s Statement on the Trump Administration’s Latest Attempt at a Backdoor Muslim Ban

WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement on the Trump Administration's latest attempt at a backdoor Muslim ban:

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March 06, 2017

Senator Hassan, Colleagues Demand Answers on High Prices of Drug for Patients with Rare Genetic Disorder

WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and seven colleagues sent a letter on Friday to the chairman and CEO of Marathon Pharmaceuticals, Jeffrey S. Aronin, demanding answers regarding the initial proposed pricing scheme for Marathon Pharmaceuticals' recently approved steroid for use in patients with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). Marathon intended to sell its treatment, Emflaza (deflazacort), for $89,000, despite the fact that deflazacort is not a new innovation for DMD.

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March 03, 2017

Shaheen, Hassan Introduce Bill to Establish Permanent Funding to Expand Access to Substance Misuse Treatment

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined a group of 9 senators to re-introduce the Budgeting for Opioid Addiction Treatment Act (LifeBOAT Act),which would establish a permanent funding stream to provide and expand access to substance misuse treatment. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Angus King (I-ME), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Elizabeth Warren, (D-MA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are also original co-sponsors of the legislation.

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