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April 26, 2021

Senators Hassan, Shaheen, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Promote Energy Efficiency

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined their colleagues in introducing legislation to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote energy efficiency by consolidating current energy tax incentives in a way that would help incentivize investments in clean energy and transportation, as well as promote energy conservation.  

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April 26, 2021

Senator Hassan Continues Push to Improve Postal Services for Granite Staters During Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which oversees the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), questioned nominees last week for the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service about improving postal services in New Hampshire, particularly for rural communities. This hearing builds on Senator Hassan’s ongoing efforts to address mail delivery delays in New Hampshire.

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April 25, 2021

Senators Hassan, Sasse Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Secure Critical Infrastructure

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Chair of the Emerging Threats Subcommittee, and Ben Sasse (R-NE) introduced a bipartisan bill to help ensure that the Department of Homeland Security is identifying and addressing risks to critical infrastructure. Critical infrastructure includes systems that support the economy, public health, and national security -- for instance nuclear reactors, electrical grids, banks, and hospitals.

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April 24, 2021

Rural NH Communities & Businesses to Receive USDA Federal Funding to Expand Access to Clean Energy & Revitalize Local Infrastructure

(Manchester, NH) – 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 announcement by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development program that rural New Hampshire communities, farmers and businesses will receive federal funding that will help replace water and sewer system infrastructure, as well as increase access to renewable energy sources and improve energy efficiency.

 

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April 24, 2021

President Signs Into Law Bipartisan Legislation Introduced by Senators Hassan & Cassidy to Help Lower Health Care Costs by Improving Education about Drug Products

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden today signed into law bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) to enhance education about biosimilar drug products in an effort to increase competition and lower the cost of biologic medicines.

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April 23, 2021

Portman, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Provide Relief to Parents of Children with Disabilities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Angus King (I-ME), Chris Coons (D-DE), Mike Braun (R-IN), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) have introduced Domenic and Ed’s Law. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation would allow a parent whose child develops a total and permanent disability to qualify for student loan discharge. Representative Jim Langevin (D-RI) has introduced companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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April 23, 2021

NH Delegation Announces More than $405K in Federal Funding through American Rescue Plan for NH Head Start Programs

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $405,105 in federal grants from the American Rescue Plan to Head Start programs in New Hampshire. Recipients include Southern New Hampshire Services, Community Action Program Belknap-Merrimack Counties, the Community Action Partnership of Strafford County and Southwestern Community Services.

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April 22, 2021

Senator Hassan Votes to Pass Legislation to Combat Surge in Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) voted to pass the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, introduced by Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), to help combat the surge in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across the country.

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April 22, 2021

Senate Passes Bipartisan Resolution Introduced by Senators Hassan & Tillis to Honor Veterans Service Organizations for Supporting Veterans Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan resolution introduced by U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Thom Tillis (R-NC), both members of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, to honor Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) for their work supporting veterans amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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April 22, 2021

Senators Hassan & Ernst, Representative Pappas & Miller-Meeks Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Support “Green Alert” Systems to Help Locate At-Risk Missing Veterans

WASHINGTON – Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Representatives Chris Pappas (NH-01) and Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-02) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would help states implement “Green Alert” systems to locate at-risk veterans when they go missing so that they can receive appropriate care, similar to the AMBER Alert system for children or Silver Alert system for older Americans.

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April 21, 2021

Shaheen & Hassan Join Bipartisan Push to Support Renewable Energy & New Hampshire’s Forest Products Industry

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) helped reintroduce bipartisan legislation that would incentivize the use of energy efficient biomass heaters in homes and businesses instead of relying on fossil fuel energy. The updated Biomass Thermal Utilization (BTU) Act would amend the federal tax code to incentivize the use of energy efficient wood boilers, stoves and heaters through tax credits for capital costs incurred in commercial and industrial installations. The bill will also extend the residential credit passed last year through 2028.

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April 21, 2021

Senator Hassan, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Outcompete China, Invest in U.S. Science and Technology Innovation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined 13 of her colleagues, including seven Republican Senators and six additional Democratic Senators, in introducing the bipartisan Endless Frontier Act. The bill advances and solidifies the United States’ leadership in scientific and technological innovation through increased investments in the discovery, creation, and manufacturing of technology critical to U.S. national security and economic competitiveness. The bipartisan legislation further targets support to ensure new research investments translate into American industries and manufacturing and high-tech jobs in regions across the country to become global centers of emerging technology.

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April 21, 2021

Senator Hassan Releases Statement Ahead of Earth Day

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement ahead of Earth Day:

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April 21, 2021

Collins, Hassan, Lankford, Bennet Introduce Legislation to Help Military Families Save for Retirement

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), James Lankford (R-OK), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) introduced the Military Spouses Retirement Security Act, a bipartisan bill that would help spouses of active duty service members save for retirement by expanding access to employer-sponsored retirement plans.

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April 21, 2021

Senators Hassan and Collins Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Support Grandfamilies Affected by Substance Misuse and Other Trauma

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME), both members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, reintroduced the bipartisan Help Grandfamilies Prevent Child Abuse Act to better support kinship caregivers – the vast majority of whom are grandparents – who have taken over as primary caregivers for children exposed to substance misuse or other trauma. Companion legislation was also introduced in the House by Representatives Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA) and Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA). The bipartisan bill would also encourage state and local child welfare agencies to work with the National Technical Assistance Center on Grandfamilies and Kinship Families. Congress created this Center through the American Rescue Plan to provide comprehensive services and supports to grandparents who have taken over as primary caregivers. 

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April 20, 2021

Following Revealing Report, Ernst, Pappas, Hassan, and Hinson Take Action to Crack Down on Sexual Harassment at VA

WASHINGTON – Following the release of a government watchdog report exposing alarming instances of sexual harassment by employees and management failures at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and Representatives Chris Pappas (D-N.H.) and Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa) are introducing bipartisan and bicameral legislation to drastically improve policies and oversight and to crack down on harassment at the department.

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April 20, 2021

Rubio, Hassan Reintroduce Legislation Prioritizing Veterans' Employment and Education Program at the VA

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) reintroduced the bipartisan Veterans’ Education, Transition, and Opportunity Prioritization Plan (VET OPP) Act (S. 1093) to prioritize veterans’ employment, transition, and education benefits at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Representatives Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) and Mike Levin (D-CA) introduced companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

 

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April 20, 2021

Senator Hassan Discusses Importance of Strengthening Workforce Development Programs During Senate Hearing

WASHINGTON – During today’s Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) emphasized the importance of strengthening workforce development programs, as well as engaging employers in the development of these programs.  

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April 20, 2021

Senator Hassan Introduces Bill to Boost Capital Access for Rural Businesses and Women-Owned Businesses

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, today introduced legislation with Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR) to expand rural and women entrepreneurs’ access to capital. The bill builds on Senator Hassan’s successful effort to provide support to new businesses in the American Rescue Plan.

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April 19, 2021

NH Delegation Applauds HHS Announcement of More than $77 Million for NH Child Care Providers from American Rescue Plan

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) applauded the announcement that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will award New Hampshire $77,393,843 in grants from the American Rescue Plan to provide relief for child care providers and support working families who need access to affordable child care. This funding is an allotment of the $39 billion included in the American Rescue Plan to support the child care sector, which has been among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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