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July 24, 2019

Bipartisan Hassan-Backed Bills to Strengthen Government Accountability, Save Taxpayer Dollars Pass Committee

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC), on which Senator Maggie Hassan serves, approved several bipartisan bills that Senator Hassan co-sponsored to save taxpayer dollars and improve government accountability and transparency.

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July 24, 2019

NH Delegation Announces New Federal Grant Funding to Support Franklin First Responders on Front Lines of Opioid Epidemic

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representative Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development agency has awarded $48,600 in federal funding to the city of Franklin. The funding will be used to purchase a new ambulance, allowing the city to more adequately respond to medical emergencies, including substance misuse, in what is a hard-hit area in the opioid epidemic. The fire department has two ambulances, with one currently out of service, significantly reducing the city’s emergency response capability.

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July 24, 2019

Senator Hassan Statement on Passing of Dr. Ed Kois

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement on the passing of Dr. William “Ed” Kois, who led the Manchester VA Medical Center’s Spinal Cord Clinic and served as one of the lead whistleblowers regarding conditions at the Manchester VAMC in 2017:

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July 24, 2019

Senator Hassan Meets with Acting FDA Commissioner, Presses for Answers on FDA’s Actions Regarding the Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan yesterday met with Acting Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Ned Sharpless calling for a fuller accounting of the FDA’s decision-making processes for the approval and labeling of opioid drugs. The meeting follows a March 2019 letter from Senators Hassan and Ed Markey (D-MA) to former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb outlining a number of specific questions about the FDA’s actions regarding the opioid crisis.

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July 23, 2019

Gardner, Hassan, Colleagues Reintroduce Bipartisan AIRWAVES Legislation to Support Wireless Innovation and Close the Urban-Rural Divide

Washington, D.C. – Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today reintroduced the Advancing Innovation and Reinvigorating Widespread Access to Viable Electromagnetic Spectrum (AIRWAVES) Act, which will encourage the federal government to continue to free up spectrum for commercial licensed and unlicensed use and leverage the success of spectrum auctions to help close the urban-rural divide.

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July 23, 2019

Senate Passes Hassan-Backed Bipartisan Legislation to Cover Care for 9/11 First Responders

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today voted to approve the bipartisan Never Forget the Heroes Act – which she cosponsored – to permanently reauthorize funding for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. The bipartisan legislation ensures that 9/11 first responders receive health care coverage for illnesses contracted during their heroic actions on and around the day of the attack. The bipartisan legislation passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives last week, and is now on its way to the President’s desk for a signature.

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July 23, 2019

Senator Hassan Votes to Confirm Mark Esper as Secretary of Defense

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement after voting to confirm Mark Esper as the next Secretary of Defense:

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July 23, 2019

Senators Hassan, Tillis Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Expand R&D Tax Credit for New and Small Businesses

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) today introduced bipartisan legislation to double the refundable research and development (R&D) tax credit for startups and extend it to more small businesses. The R&D tax credit supports the efforts of businesses to invest in the development of new, innovative products that lead to job creation and a stronger economy.

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July 19, 2019

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Bills to Expand and Preserve Affordable Housing Options

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan cosponsored two bipartisan bills this week to expand affordable housing in New Hampshire and across the country by strengthening the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit while continuing investments in affordable housing. A recent report showed that New Hampshire ranks 12th worst in the country for rental housing affordability for workers, and another recent report found that for the sixth year in a row, rents have increased in the state.  

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July 18, 2019

Senators Lankford, Hassan, Johnson, Sinema, Ernst Introduce Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act

WASHINGTON, DC – Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Ron Johnson (R-WI), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and Joni Ernst (R-IA) today introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act (S. 2177), which would require the federal government to make public the details, costs, and assessments related to every federal program. Currently, taxpayers send their hard-earned dollars to Washington and never really know how they are used, where they go, and the effectiveness of the programs they fund. The House companion version of the Taxpayers Right-to-Know Act was also introduced by Reps. Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Jim Cooper (D-TN). CLICK HERE for specific details about the bill.

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July 18, 2019

Senators Hassan, Gardner Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Save Newborn Babies’ Lives

WASHINGTON Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) today introduced the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act, a bipartisan bill to help save lives and improve the health of newborn babies by providing 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 17, 2019

Shaheen, Portman and Hassan Introduce Energy Efficiency Legislation

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Rob Portman (R-OH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduced the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (ESIC), which will improve energy efficiency in three key sectors – buildings, industrial, and the federal government. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Chris Coons (D-DE), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) are cosponsors of the legislation. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, residential and commercial buildings accounted for about 40 percent of total U.S. energy consumption in 2018.  In addition, reports from the U.S. Department of Energy have found that the federal government is the largest single energy consumer in the country. By improving energy efficiency in these three key sectors, this legislation will help reduce emissions, protect the environment, and create jobs. The legislation also includes important provisions to reduce water usage and promote water conservation. A summary of the bill is here.

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July 17, 2019

Legislation to End Surprise Medical Bills Passes Key House Committee

WASHINGTON – The House Energy and Commerce Committee today passed legislation to end surprise medical bills. Last month, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, on which Senator Hassan serves, also passed legislation to address this critical priority.

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July 12, 2019

Senator Hassan Discusses Need to Reverse Wayfair Ruling on Internet Sales Tax With Online Retailers at NobleSpirit

PITTSFIELD – Senator Maggie Hassan today visited NobleSpirit to discuss the Supreme Court’s backward ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc. with the leadership of NobleSpirit and other online retailers in New Hampshire. The Wayfair ruling requires businesses in non-sales tax states to collect sales tax for other states, creating a burdensome new tax collection system that many small businesses are struggling to comply with.

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July 11, 2019

Bipartisan Bill Cosponsored by Senator Hassan to Prevent Law Enforcement Officer Suicide Passes House, Moves to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON – The United States House of Representatives yesterday overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan bill cosponsored by Senator Maggie Hassan that restores grant funding for law enforcement support services and allows grant recipients to use funds to establish suicide-prevention programs and mental health services for law enforcement officers. 

“Law enforcement officers are often involved in traumatic and dangerous situations that can take a heavy toll on their mental health,” Senator Hassan said. “This bipartisan bill would provide law enforcement with the support that they need to improve their mental and physical health as they work every day to keep our communities safe.”

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July 11, 2019

NH Delegation Responds to Trump’s Opposition to Their Efforts to Ban DoD Use of PFAS Firefighting Foam

(Washington, DC)— U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, with Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01), issued the following statement after the White House announced a potential veto of the House version of the defense authorization bill, which would ban the Department of Defense from using firefighting foam containing PFAS chemicals, an effort that has been strongly supported by New Hampshire’s Congressional Delegation. 

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July 11, 2019

Senators Hassan, Murkowski Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Increase Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment for Substance Use Disorder

WASHINGTON – Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) yesterday introduced bipartisan legislation that would help health care providers more effectively treat patients suffering from substance use disorder. The bipartisan Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment (MAT) Act would eliminate an outdated requirement that needlessly restricts health care providers from prescribing buprenorphine, a proven medication-assisted treatment that has helped countless Americans struggling with substance use disorder. Companion legislation has also been introduced in the House of Representatives.

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July 10, 2019

Senators Shaheen, Enzi and Hassan Applaud Senate Passage of Their Legislation that Honors Christa McAuliffe

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) issued the following statements after the Senate passed their Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act last night, bipartisan legislation cosponsored by 81 Senators to create a commemorative coin to honor Christa McAuliffe, the Concord educator who died aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986. The bill further reaffirms American commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, with proceeds from the coin supporting STEM education.

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July 09, 2019

Senators Hassan and Shaheen Participate in Events in D.C. and New Hampshire To Highlight What’s At Stake Ahead of Oral Arguments To Overturn Health Care Law

WASHINGTON – To highlight what’s at stake ahead of today’s oral arguments in the Texas v. United States lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act, Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen joined Senate and House Democrats on the steps of the Capitol, where they held up photos of constituents who would be hurt if the Trump Administration succeeds in repealing the health care law through the courts. Senator Hassan held up a photo of Rosie from Amherst, NH who was born with cystic fibrosis. Senator Shaheen highlighted Ellie of Kingston, NH who was born with a rare and serious heart defect. Both Rosie and Ellie would face huge financial consequences if protections for people with pre-existing conditions were repealed.

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July 09, 2019

NH Delegation Announces Over $4.5 Million in Federal Funding for Manchester Airport

(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 $4,556,533 in federal funding for renovation projects and equipment purchases at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT).

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