Press Releases

March 01, 2021

Senators Hassan, Shaheen, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Allow Importation of More Affordable Prescription Drugs from Canada

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and Senate Finance Committee, and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined their colleagues in reintroducing bipartisan legislation to lower the cost of health care by allowing individuals to import safe prescription drugs from Canada.

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March 01, 2021

Sen. Hassan joins Sens. Collins & Manchin to introduce adaptive vehicles for veterans legislation

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) in introducing bipartisan legislation that would reduce the financial burden for severely disabled veterans who require special adaptive equipment to drive a motor vehicle.  The Advancing Uniform Transportation Opportunities (AUTO) for Veterans Act would make these veterans eligible to receive a grant to help purchase a new adaptive vehicle once every ten years, helping them to drive safely and maintain their independence.  Companion legislation was introduced in the House by Representatives Dan Meuser (R-PA) and  David Trone (D-MD).

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March 01, 2021

Senators Hassan, Lee Introduce Bipartisan Counterterrorism Bill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Chair of the Emerging Threats Subcommittee of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, and Mike Lee (R-UT) today introduced the bipartisan Reporting Efficiently to Proper Officials in Response to Terrorism (REPORT) Act, which requires federal agencies to report to Congress after a terrorist attack with information about exactly what happened and recommendations to prevent future attacks.

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February 28, 2021

In Honor of Black History Month, Senator Hassan Recognizes Vernis Jackson of Portsmouth as February’s Granite Stater of the Month

WASHINGTON – In honor of Black History Month, Senator Maggie Hassan recognized Vernis Jackson of Portsmouth as February's Granite Stater of the Month for elevating the stories and cultures of African Americans on the Seacoast and around the world through founding the Seacoast African American Cultural Center, and helping establish the African Burying Ground Memorial Park in downtown Portsmouth.

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February 28, 2021

Senator Hassan, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Close Loophole That Encourages For-Profit Colleges to Target Veterans & Service Members

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and the Veterans Affairs Committee, joined Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and others in introducing bicameral legislation to help end the for-profit college industry’s aggressive recruiting of veterans, service members, and their families. The Protecting Our Students and Taxpayers (POST) Act would prohibit for-profit colleges and universities from receiving more than 85 percent of their revenue from the federal government, as well as change how federal revenue is calculated to include all federal funds, including Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill and Department of Defense Tuition Assistance benefits. The Senators’ efforts comes as for-profit colleges have seen an uptick in enrollment due to the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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February 26, 2021

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Join in Introducing Bipartisan Legislation to Provide Veterans with Disabilities Full Military Benefits

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and Jeanne Shaheen joined a bipartisan group of their colleagues in introducing the Major Richard Star Act, bipartisan legislation to provide combat-injured veterans with less than 20 years of military service their full benefits.

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February 26, 2021

Senator Hassan Questions President Biden’s Nominees for Key Public Health Positions about Substance Misuse and Pandemic Fatigue During Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) questioned President Joe Biden’s nominees for Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, and Assistant Secretary of Health at the Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Rachel Levine, on the substance misuse crisis and pandemic fatigue during a hearing yesterday of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.

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February 26, 2021

Senators Hassan, Moran, Cortez Masto, and Cramer Lead Bipartisan Call for Additional Assistance to Help Hardest-Hit Businesses Retain Employees

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) led a bipartisan call to Senate leadership to help businesses hardest hit with major revenue losses because of the pandemic retain employees by improving access to the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) in the upcoming COVID-19 relief package.

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February 26, 2021

Grassley, Hassan, Ernst, Baldwin Introduce Bill to Save CFTC Whistleblower Program from Potential Financial Shortfall

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) along with his colleagues Sens. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) introduced the CFTC Fund Management Act to expand a whistleblower reward fund in danger of drying up due to the increasing success of the program. This bipartisan bill allows the commission to set aside more money from fines collected to pay whistleblower awards and secures the long-term success of the program without spending a single taxpayer dollar.

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February 26, 2021

Senators Hassan, Thune Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Support Passenger Rail in New Hampshire and Across the Country

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and John Thune (R-SD) reintroduced the Railroad Rehabilitation and Financing Innovation Act, bipartisan legislation to improve the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) loan program, which is designed to provide direct loans to help develop passenger and short line railroads in New Hampshire and across the country. The bipartisan legislation would make it easier for businesses and communities to apply for this loan program and increase the flexibility of it. The loan could be used to help finance projects like the Capitol Corridor Project that would connect Manchester and Nashua to Boston via commuter rail.

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February 25, 2021

Biden Administration Heeds Call Led by Senator Hassan, Announces Unemployment Insurance Fix

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that it will heed calls led by U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) to fix a policy that has limited the ability of workers whose hours have been reduced or were temporarily laid off from receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). Senator Hassan was joined in her call by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Mark Warner (D-VA).

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February 25, 2021

Shaheen & Hassan Introduce DISCLOSE Act to Crack Down on Dark Money in Elections

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) reintroduced the DISCLOSE Act with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), legislation that would require organizations spending money in federal elections to disclose their donors and guard against hidden foreign influence in our democracy.

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February 25, 2021

King, Hassan, Warner Urge FCC to Use COVID Broadband Programs to Help Close the Digital Divide

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and Mark Warner (D-Va.) sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), urging the Commission to administer the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBBP) in a way that helps address the longstanding digital divides that block too many Americans from securing a reliable, affordable broadband connection. In their letter, the Senators encourage the FCC to design the program in a way that helps to establish a “durable, scalable model for future digital equity efforts,” and lays out specific steps to ensure that all Americans can access this essential 21st century tool.

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February 25, 2021

Hassan, Murkowski, Tonko, Turner Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Broaden Access to Addiction Treatment

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Representatives Paul D. Tonko (D-NY) and Michael Turner (R-OH) announced the reintroduction of their Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment (MAT) Act, legislation that would vastly increase access to life-saving addiction medicine by eliminating a duplicative bureaucratic hurdle—colloquially known as the “x-waiver”—currently blocking millions of highly trained health professionals from prescribing buprenorphine to their patients.

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February 25, 2021

In Her First Hearing as a Member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Senator Hassan Pushes VA to Ensure Veterans Receive their COVID-19 Vaccine

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) took part in her first Senate Veterans Affairs’ Committee hearing yesterday where she highlighted the importance of ensuring that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is doing everything that it can to distribute COVID-19 vaccines quickly and efficiently to veterans in New Hampshire and across the country.

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February 25, 2021

At White House, Senator Hassan and Bipartisan Colleagues Discuss Securing U.S. Supply Chain and Confronting Chinese Government with President Biden and Vice President Harris

WASHINGTON – At the White House today, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and a bipartisan group of her colleagues discussed strengthening the U.S. supply chain with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. President Biden is signing an Executive Order today to address supply chain vulnerabilities in pharmaceutical products and critical minerals, including those used to create semiconductors, for high-tech manufacturing and defense technology.

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February 23, 2021

Shaheen, Hassan and Kuster Announce More than $1.6 Million for Keene Dillant-Hopkins Airport

(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 Keene Dillant-Hopkins Airport will receive $1,611,110 to rehabilitate taxiway pavement at the facility. Specifically, the funding was awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) through federal dollars allocated by the CARES Act and government funding legislation passed by Congress and signed into law in December.

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February 23, 2021

Heeding NH Delegation Call, Treasury Department to Broaden Use of Federal Rental Assistance Funds

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) issued the following statements in response to new guidance from the Department of Treasury regarding the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program that broadens the permissible use of emergency rental funds. Last week, Shaheen led a New Hampshire congressional delegation letter to Secretary Yellen, urging the Department to make changes that expand the use of these funds to help address the housing crisis in New Hampshire, and to assist with other important utilities like internet and telephone services, which are particularly important for Granite Staters to stay connected amid the pandemic.

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February 23, 2021

Senator Hassan Joins in Introducing EAGLES Act Mass Violence Prevention Bill

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of lawmakers in both chambers of Congress today reintroduced the EAGLES Act, legislation named for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Eagles, which would expand the U.S. Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) with a greater focus on school violence prevention.

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February 23, 2021

Senator Hassan Questions Deputy Treasury Secretary Nominee on Out-of-State Taxes and Relief to New Hampshire New & Small Businesses

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today questioned President Joe Biden’s nominee to be Deputy Treasury Secretary, Wally Adeyemo, during a Senate Finance Committee hearing. The Senator questioned Mr. Adeyemo on a number of important economic priorities for New Hampshire, including Senator Hassan’s bipartisan efforts to prevent other states from taxing Granite Staters working in New Hampshire and ensuring that New Hampshire small businesses receive the COVID-19 relief that that they need. 

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