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January 04, 2019

Hassan-Portman Bipartisan Bill to Bolster Cyber Defenses at Department of Homeland Security Signed into Law

WASHINGTON – The President has signed into law bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) that will help strengthen cyber defenses at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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January 04, 2019

Bipartisan Bill Cosponsored By Senator Hassan to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Improve Efficiency in Government Signed into Law

WASHINGTON – Bipartisan legislation, cosponsored by Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), to improve government efficiency was signed into law today by President Trump. The bipartisan Good Accounting Obligation in Government (GAO-IG) Act, which was introduced by Senators Todd Young (R-IN) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), would help maintain fiscal responsibility and improve efficiency in government by increasing oversight of taxpayer dollars spent by federal agencies. The GAO-IG Act requires federal agencies to provide annual reports to Congress on the status of implementing recommendations from the Office of Inspector General (IG) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

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January 03, 2019

President Signs into Law Bipartisan Legislation Cosponsored by Senator Hassan to Ensure Veterans Receive Full Housing Benefits

WASHINGTON — President Trump today signed into law the Forever GI Bill Housing Payment Fulfillment Act, bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Senator Maggie Hassan to ensure that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reimburses student veterans for missed or underpaid Forever GI Bill housing benefits. The bill was introduced by U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Brian Schatz (D-HI), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies.

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January 03, 2019

Shaheen & Hassan Announce $3.8M to Support Early Childhood Care & Education

(Washington, DC) — U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today announced $3,843,557 from the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Child Care to the University System of New Hampshire. This Preschool Development Grant will strengthen New Hampshire’s early childhood education system and work to improve outcomes for children, families, schools and communities. Specifically, this grant will fund research on child and family systemic needs and the development of a strategic plan to create a comprehensive coordinated early childhood care and education system

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January 02, 2019

Senator Hassan Joins Colleagues in Holding VA Accountable for Misuse of Suicide Prevention Funds

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today joined 20 of her colleagues in trying to hold the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) accountable for misusing its resources for suicide prevention.

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January 02, 2019

President Signs Into Law Bipartisan Legislation Cosponsored by Senator Hassan to Help Combat Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Types of Dementia

WASHINGTON – President Trump this week signed into law bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Senator Maggie Hassan that will create a public health infrastructure to help combat Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.

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December 21, 2018

Senate Passes Bipartisan Legislation Cosponsored by Senator Hassan to Simplify Process for Granite State Students Applying for Federal Financial Aid

WASHINGTON – The Senate unanimously passed this week bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, that would simplify the process for Granite State students applying for federal financial aid. The bipartisan Faster Access to Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Act would make it easier for students in New Hampshire and across the country to file their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by having the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) securely send the Department of Education their federal tax information with one click. In addition to simplifying the process for filing the FAFSA, the legislation would also make the process for some student loan borrowers to pay back their loans more efficient. The legislation now heads to the U.S. House of Representatives.

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December 21, 2018

President Signs Into Law Hassan Bill to Help Department of Homeland Security Better Identify Potential Terrorist Threats

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump this week signed into law legislation, introduced by Senator Maggie Hassan, that will help the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) better identify potential terrorist threats.

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December 21, 2018

Hassan Joins Colleagues to Call on Trump Administration to Stop Pushing Health Insurance Plans That Weaken Pre-Existing Condition Protections

(Washington, DC) — Today, Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mark Warner (D-VA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), and 38 of her colleagues in calling on the Trump Administration to withdraw recent changes that makes it easier for states to promote “junk” plans. These health care plans typically lack protections for people with pre-existing conditions and would increase costs for millions of Americans. Under the Administration’s new guidance, states can use federal subsidies to pay for these subpar plans by utilizing a section of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) intended to give states additional flexibility to implement targeted improvements that expand coverage, reduce costs and provide more comprehensive benefits. The Senators argue that the Administration is improperly using Section 1332 to allow states to do the exact opposite.

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December 21, 2018

Shaheen, Hassan & Shea-Porter Announce $625K to Support Families in Public Housing on New Hampshire’s Seacoast

(Washington, DC) — U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) today announced $624,797 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) ROSS Service Coordinator program to support families in public housing on New Hampshire’s Seacoast. These grants include $239,250 to Dover, $170,547 to Rochester and $225,000 to Portsmouth, and will provide funding for each city to hire service coordinators to assess public housing residents’ needs, access job training and assist with job placement.

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December 20, 2018

Senator Hassan Statement on the Resignation of Secretary Mattis

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement after Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned in protest of President Trump’s national security policies:

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December 20, 2018

Shaheen, Hassan & Kuster Applaud $666K Grant to Support Manufacturing Growth in Winchester

(Washington, DC) — U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) today applauded the announcement of $666,000 from the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) to the Winchester Economic Development Corporation to establish a manufacturing-focused industrial park. This funding will be used to make infrastructure investments that are necessary to establish the 24-acre first phase of a 55-acre manufacturing-focused industrial park and will create an estimated 243 jobs and $19 million in private investment in the region.

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December 20, 2018

Bipartisan Farm Bill with Hassan-Supported Provision to Reauthorize Northern Border Regional Commission and Other Critical New Hampshire Priorities Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON – President Trump signed into law today the bipartisan Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 – also known as the “Farm Bill” – that includes a provision Senator Maggie Hassan cosponsored to reauthorize the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) for five years and expand the program to Cheshire and Belknap counties. The bipartisan legislation also includes additional resources and support for critical New Hampshire priorities, including boosting New Hampshire’s agricultural industry, helping to prevent Granite Staters from going hungry, expanding access to broadband, and supporting efforts to combat the opioid crisis.

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December 20, 2018

President Signs Into Law Bipartisan Legislation Cosponsored by Senator Hassan to Improve Access to Maternal Care in Rural and Underserved Areas

WASHINGTON – President Trump this week signed into law bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Senator Maggie Hassan to improve access to maternal care in rural and underserved areas in New Hampshire and throughout the United States. The bipartisan Improving Access to Maternity Care Act will help reduce shortages in maternity care by identifying areas lacking maternal health professionals and incentivizing providers to practice in these underserved communities. This bill would create a designation for maternity care for use under the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), which would help the NHSC to boost the maternity care workforce in underserved areas through its loan repayment and scholarship programs. The legislation was introduced by Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).

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December 20, 2018

Bipartisan Hassan-Portman Hack DHS Act to Strengthen Cyber Defenses at DHS Heads to President’s Desk for Signature

WASHINGTON – Two bipartisan bills introduced by Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) to help strengthen cyber defenses at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are headed to the President’s desk for signature.

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December 19, 2018

Senator Hassan on New Congressional Report on the Diversion of Prescription Opioids

WASHINGTON – Senator Hassan released the following statement on a new report from the House Energy and Commerce Committee that found that drug distributors and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) failed in their responsibility to prevent the diversion of prescription opioids for illicit uses:

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December 19, 2018

NH Delegation Urges Administration to Work with NH Fish & Game to Support NH Public Lands

(Washington, DC) — U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) sent a letter to Acting Chief of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Vicki Christiansen, and Acting Director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS), Margaret Everson, today, urging them to meet with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department to discuss potential funding options to cover federal land management costs that have fallen to states and local entities.

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December 19, 2018

Senator Hassan Statement on New Report that Trump Administration Has Left Millions for Veteran Suicide Prevention Unspent

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement today after a report from the Government Accountability Office revealed that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has left millions of dollars budgeted for veteran suicide prevention unspent. The report shows that as of September, the VA had spent less than 1 percent of its $6.2 million budget for suicide prevention outreach. The VA has estimated that an average of 20 veterans die by suicide every day.

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December 19, 2018

Senate Approves Bipartisan Legislation Cosponsored by Senator Hassan to Ensure Veterans Receive Full Housing Benefits

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate yesterday unanimously approved the Forever GI Bill Housing Payment Fulfillment Act, bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Senator Maggie Hassan, to ensure that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reimburses veterans for missed or underpaid Forever GI Bill housing benefits. The bill now moves to the U.S. House of Representatives for a vote. The bill was introduced by U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Brian Schatz (D-HI), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies.

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December 19, 2018

Senator Hassan Recognizes Schilling Beer Co. as December 2018 Granite Staters of the Month

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today recognized Dr. Bruce Cozzens, his sons Jeff, Stuart, and Matt; long-time friend John Lenzini, as well as Head Brewer Chris Deapo of Schilling Beer Co. as December 2018’s Granite Staters of the Month for their work to help those impacted by the Northern California wildfires.  

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