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April 19, 2021

Senator Hassan Joins in Reintroducing Bill to Allow Workers to Earn Paid Sick Days

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined in reintroducing the Healthy Families Act to allow workers to use paid sick leave to stay home when they are sick or to care for a sick family member. The bill would also cover workers who seek preventive medical care or assistance related to domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault.

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April 19, 2021

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Health Care Access to National Guard and Reserve Retirees

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) cosponsored the TRICARE Fairness for National Guard and Reserve Retirees Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to expand health care coverage to National Guard and Reserve retirees who are eligible to receive retirement pay before age 60.

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April 19, 2021

Senator Hassan Joins DEA and Manchester Police Leaders to Encourage Granite Staters to Participate in Drug Take Back Day

MANCHESTER – Ahead of Drug Take Back Day on April 24, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan visited the Manchester Police Department to encourage Granite Staters to participate in Drug Take Back Day. The Senator was joined by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Associate Special Agent in Charge of the New England Field Division Jon DeLena and Manchester Police Chief Al Aldenberg.  

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April 16, 2021

To Mark Child Abuse Prevention Month, Senator Hassan Joins New Hampshire Students to Discuss Their Work to Prevent Child Abuse

NEW HAMPSHIRE – In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan today spoke with New Hampshire high school students, who are ambassadors of Granite State Children’s Alliance’s KNOW & TELL Peer-to-Peer Program, about their work to empower high school students to know the signs of abuse and neglect in their friends and peers.

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April 16, 2021

Senators Hassan, Wyden Lead Push to Challenge Abusive Tax Deductions by Opioid Companies

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chairman of the Committee, led a group of their colleagues in urging the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to challenge any abusive tax deductions that opioid companies may take for settlements that they are paying out related to their role in fueling the opioid epidemic.

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April 16, 2021

Thune, Hassan Introduce Bills to Bolster the United States’ Leadership in Quantum Information Science

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) recently introduced two bills that aim to better position the United States to be globally competitive in quantum information science (QIS). The Quantum Network Infrastructure and Workforce Development Act – led by Senator Thune – would strengthen national security by advancing U.S. capabilities in quantum networking and establishing a more comprehensive approach to workforce development. The Quantum for Universal Advancement in Nationwide Technology Use and Modernization (QUANTUM) for National Security Act of 2021 – led by Senator Hassan – would bolster the efforts of the Department of Defense (DoD) to engage in QIS by utilizing existing partnerships, scholarships, and research programs within the DoD.  

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April 16, 2021

Senator Hassan Discusses Importance of Holding Predatory For-Profit Colleges Accountable with Education Department Nominee

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan discussed the importance of holding for-profit colleges accountable with President Biden’s nominee for Undersecretary of Education, James Kvaal, during a Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing yesterday. The Senator also spoke about her bipartisan efforts to encourage innovation in higher education and support adult learners.

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April 15, 2021

Shaheen, Hassan & Kuster Announce More than $239K Grant to Berlin Housing Authority to Expand Access to New Economic Opportunities for Residents

(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 Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced that the Berlin Housing Authority will receive a $239,250 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Specifically, the funding was allocated through HUD’s Resident Opportunities & Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) grant program, which aims to link residents with training opportunities, job placement organizations and local employers – helping families access good-paying jobs and strengthening our local economy.

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April 15, 2021

Senator Hassan Discusses Surprise Medical Billing, Substance Use Disorder Funding During Finance Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, during a Senate Finance Committee hearing today, raised the importance of implementing bipartisan legislation she worked to pass into law to help end surprise medical billing. She also discussed avoiding a steep drop-off in grant funding to address substance misuse and supporting home- and community-based care.

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April 15, 2021

Senator Hassan Questions Veterans Affairs General Counsel Nominee on Whistleblower Protections and Delays in Veterans’ Benefits

WASHINGTON – During a Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing yesterday, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan questioned Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) General Counsel Nominee Richard Sauber on whistleblower protections and what the VA is doing to address backlogs in the processing of veterans’ VA benefits.

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April 15, 2021

Senators Hassan, Cramer, Cassidy Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support New Veterans During Transition to Civilian Life

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), all members of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, reintroduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen the Solid Start program, created by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in 2019, to contact every veteran three times by phone in the first year after they leave active duty to check in and help connect them to VA programs and benefits. The Senators first introduced the bill last year, and following a roundtable that Senator Hassan held with women veterans in New Hampshire earlier this year, the newly reintroduced bipartisan legislation includes specific language to help connect women veterans to VA resources. Another new provision ensures that the VA provides information about state and local resources, as well as connections to local chapters of Veterans Service Organizations.  

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April 14, 2021

Senators Hassan, Rubio Reintroduce Bipartisan Legislation to Prioritize Veterans' Employment, Transition, Education Benefits at the VA

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and Marco Rubio (R-FL) reintroduced the bipartisan Veterans’ Education, Transition, and Opportunity Prioritization Plan (VET OPP) Act 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 14, 2021

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced by Senators Hassan, Cassidy to Help Lower Drug Costs Heads to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON – Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) to enhance education about biosimilar drug products passed the U.S. House of Representatives today and now heads to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law. The Senators’ bipartisan Advancing Education on Biosimilars Act would help increase competition and lower the cost of biologic medicines.

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April 14, 2021

Following Calls from Senator Hassan, Biden Administration Takes Steps to Reverse the Previous Administration’s Harmful Title X Gag Rule

WASHINGTON – Following calls from U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, the Biden administration proposed a new rule today that would rescind the former administration’s Title X policies – known as the ‘gag rule’ -- that severely curtailed access to vital family planning and sexual health services.

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April 14, 2021

Shaheen, Hassan, Colleagues Push to Allow States to Address PFAS Contamination through American Rescue Plan Funds

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined U.S. Senator Angus King (I-ME) and a bipartisan group of Senators in a letter urging Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to allow state, tribal, and local governments to use funds allocated through the American Rescue Plan to address contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including in local water supplies. In their letter, the Senators highlight the potentially dangerous effects of PFAS contamination on human health and the environment.

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April 14, 2021

Senators Hassan, Cassidy Reintroduce Bipartisan Bills to Increase Vaccination Rates for Expectant Mothers

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) reintroduced two bipartisan bills to increase maternal vaccination rates and ensure that these vaccines are free of cost for Medicaid enrollees. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that pregnant patients receive a flu shot, as well as the tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine, which helps prevent whooping cough in newborns and infants.

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April 14, 2021

Senator Hassan, Bipartisan Group of Colleagues Urge Biden Administration to Fully Fund Measure to Help United States Out-Compete China by Increasing Domestic Semiconductor Production

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan joined a bipartisan group of her colleagues in urging the Biden administration to support fully funding a Hassan-backed measure that is now law to help out-compete China and secure domestic supply chains by rebuilding semiconductor manufacturing on American soil. Semiconductors are used in many kinds of electronic devices including computers and smart phones and are essential to the United States’ economy and security. However, in part due to increased demand during the pandemic, the United States is currently experiencing a shortage of this critical technology.

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April 14, 2021

NH Delegation Announces More than $2.7 Million in Federal Grants for Pease, Lebanon & Manchester Airports

(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 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded $2,740,000 in federal grants to support infrastructure, operations and safety at Pease, Lebanon and Manchester Airports. The federal funding was awarded under the agency’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Shaheen, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has long been a strong supporter of funding for AIP in annual government funding legislation.

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April 13, 2021

Senator Hassan Presses IRS Commissioner on Delayed Tax Returns, Expanding Outreach on Small Business Relief Programs

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) questioned Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Charles Rettig today on what the agency is doing to address delayed IRS tax returns and expand outreach to small businesses about COVID-19 relief available to them.

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April 13, 2021

Senator Hassan Statement on Nomination of Anne Milgram to Head Drug Enforcement Administration

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) released a statement on President Joe Biden’s announcement that he will nominate Anne Milgram to be Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). If confirmed, Milgram would be the first Senate-confirmed Administrator at the DEA in nearly six years:

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