Press Releases

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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July 30, 2019

Hassan Joins Senate Democrats In Introducing Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Hassan joined U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), along with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and the entire Senate Democratic Caucus in introducing the Democracy for All Amendment, a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. FEC and other disastrous court decisions, help get big money out of politics, and put power back in the hands of the American people.

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July 30, 2019

Senator Hassan Discusses Local Impact of US-Mexico-Canada Agreement at Senate Finance Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON – At a Senate Finance Committee hearing today on the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), Senator Maggie Hassan discussed the impact the deal could have on New Hampshire farmers and small businesses.

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July 30, 2019

Senator Hassan Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Local, State, and National Cyber Defenses

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today introduced the bipartisan Advancing Cybersecurity Continuing Diagnostics and Mitigation Act, which would update and improve federal agencies’ cybersecurity, and make additional cyber defense resources available to state and local governments.

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July 30, 2019

Senate Passes Bipartisan Hassan-Lankford Bill to Improve Federal Government’s Customer Service

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate passed the Federal Agency Customer Experience (FACE) Act of 2019, a bipartisan bill, introduced by Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and James Lankford (R-OK), to better assess and improve the customer service experience for Americans dealing with federal agencies.

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July 26, 2019

Senator Hassan Recognizes Caroline Dillon of Rochester as July 2019 Granite Stater of the Month

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today recognized Caroline Dillon of Rochester for her work ensuring that every public high school and middle school in New Hampshire provides free feminine hygiene products to students who cannot afford them.

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July 26, 2019

NH Delegation Announces More than $3 Million for NH Projects through NBRC

(Washington, DC)— U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today with Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that New Hampshire agencies and organizations have been awarded $3,768,293 from the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) for various projects that invest in the Granite State’s economic and community development. This is an increase of nearly a million dollars for New Hampshire compared to last year’s awards.

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July 26, 2019

Senators Hassan, Paul Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Cut Government Waste and Save Taxpayer Dollars

WASHINGTON – Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced legislation that would require government agencies to implement changes recommended by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to save taxpayer dollars and improve government efficiency.

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July 26, 2019

Senators Hassan, Collins Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Expand Innovative Clean Energy Storage Technology

WASHINGTON – Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the bipartisan Battery Storage Innovation Act to expand access to innovative clean energy storage technology.   

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July 25, 2019

House Passes Bipartisan Legislation Introduced by Senators Hassan, Gardner to Help Save Newborn Babies’ Lives, Moves One Step Closer to Becoming Law

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation that Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced in the U.S. Senate to help save lives and improve the health of newborn babies. The bipartisan Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act will provide federal funding for comprehensive and standardized newborn screening tests for conditions such as critical congenital heart disease, cystic fibrosis, and hearing loss. The tests can identify treatable conditions that, if caught early, can prevent serious illness, lifetime disabilities, and even death.

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July 25, 2019

Senator Hassan Helps Advance Major Bipartisan Bill to Lower Prescription Drug Prices

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today helped advance major bipartisan legislation through the Senate Finance Committee on one of her top priorities: lowering the cost of prescription drugs. The Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act would enact a cap on out-of-pocket prescription drug costs for Medicare Part D beneficiaries and crack down on pharmaceutical companies that raise drug prices higher than inflation. The bill would save Medicare beneficiaries more than $30 billion in premiums and out-of-pocket costs, and would save taxpayers $100 billion in Medicare and Medicaid spending.

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July 25, 2019

Senators Lankford, Hassan Discuss Bipartisan Bill to End Government Shutdowns with “Fix the Debt” Members

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) discussed their bipartisan legislation to end government shutdowns on a conference call with members of Fix the Debt, an organization that brings together Americans on both sides of the aisle to promote fiscal responsibility.

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July 25, 2019

Senator Hassan Blasts Rule Allowing Dark Money to Finance Opioid Misinformation Campaigns in Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan, during a Senate Finance Committee hearing yesterday, blasted a ruling by the Treasury Department and the IRS that allows “dark money” groups to hide the identities of their major donors from law enforcement. That Treasury/IRS ruling could make it more difficult for law enforcement to hold opioid manufacturers accountable for funding the spread of fraudulent misinformation on opioid addiction. The ruling was made without any public notice or comment period.

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