Press Releases

September 14, 2018

Senators Shaheen, Hassan, and Congresswoman Shea-Porter Announce Grant to Improve Dover’s Transportation Infrastructure With Innovative Technologies

WASHINGTON – Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today announced a grant of more than $649,000 to improve Dover’s transportation infrastructure through the use of innovative technologies. The City of Dover will implement a number of Automated Traffic Signal Performance Measures (ATSPMs), which will help improve efficiency, safety, air quality, and mobility for area residents by improving data collection at the Central Avenue traffic stops. The grant will also go toward improving highway efficiency by integrating the New Hampshire Department of Transportation’s (NHDOT) Traffic Management Center (TMC) in Concord to Dover’s traffic control system. The goal is to improve traffic conditions by seamlessly diverting cars to Dover’s parallel street network in case of an incident on Spaulding Turnpike, thus decreasing the time commuters are stuck in traffic.

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September 13, 2018

Senator Hassan Emphasizes Need for Greater Federal Support for Small Companies Facing Cyber Threats

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today emphasized the need for greater federal support for small companies and service providers in the face of cyber threats and highlighted the importance of strengthening cyber resiliency during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing.

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September 13, 2018

Bipartisan Hassan-Portman Hack DHS Act Clears Key House Committee Hurdle

WASHINGTON – Today, the bipartisan Hack Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Act that was introduced by Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) passed out of the House Committee on Homeland Security, getting one step closer to passing the House of Representatives and being sent to the President’s desk for signature. 

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September 12, 2018

Senator Hassan Votes to Approve Final Version of Bipartisan Funding Bill that Includes Critical New Hampshire Priorities

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today voted to approve the final version of a bipartisan appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2019 that provides funding for critical New Hampshire priorities, including combating the opioid crisis, Veterans Affairs, military construction, energy and water infrastructure, and more. After years of resorting to continuing resolutions, this is the first time in more than 10 years that the Senate has followed the regular appropriations process, sending more than one appropriations bill to the President’s desk before the end of the fiscal year.

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September 12, 2018

Shaheen, Hassan & Shea-Porter Priorities to Address Mitigation Efforts at Hampton & Portsmouth Unveiled in Final Version of Water Infrastructure Bill

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) issued the following statements after the final version of the bipartisan America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 was announced following Senate and House negotiations. The biennial legislation authorizes water infrastructure projects around the country, and Shaheen, Hassan and Shea-Porter helped secure approval of mitigation efforts at Hampton and Portsmouth Harbors.

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September 11, 2018

New Hampshire Delegation Announces More than $2.85 Million in Federal Grants to Address Veterans Homelessness, Support Veterans and their Families in Need of Housing Assistance

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster today announced more than $2.85 million in federal Department of Veterans Affairs grants to address veterans homelessness and to support housing assistance for Granite State veterans and their families.

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September 11, 2018

Senator Hassan Statement on Anniversary of 9/11

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement today on the anniversary of September 11, 2001:

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September 10, 2018

Senator Hassan Announces Opposition to Judge Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan wrote an op-ed today announcing her opposition to Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to serve on the Supreme Court. See below for highlights, or click here for the full Medium post.

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September 07, 2018

Senator Hassan Joins in Calling for Secretary DeVos to Testify on Proposal to Arm Teachers with Guns

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today joined her Committee colleagues today in requesting that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testify about her plans to arm teachers using money meant for improving education. 

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September 06, 2018

Senator Hassan Statement on Asylum Ruling for Members of New Hampshire Indonesian Community

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement today in response to a Board of Immigration Appeals ruling allowing members of New Hampshire’s Indonesian community who are challenging deportation orders to reopen their asylum cases:

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September 05, 2018

Senator Hassan Statement on Oral Arguments in Partisan Lawsuit to Eliminate Protections for Pre-Existing Conditions

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement today as oral arguments began in Texas v. United States, a partisan lawsuit brought by Republican Attorneys General across the country – that has the support of the Trump Administration – seeking to eliminate protections for pre-existing conditions:

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September 05, 2018

NH Delegation Announces $2.1M in Grants for Fire Safety

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced $2.1 million in Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. These grants include $700,566 to Londonderry, $735,612 to Windham and $642,964 to Hudson. SAFER grants strengthen communities’ ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards, and this funding will allow Londonderry, Windham and Hudson to hire additional firefighters and maintain 24-hour fire department staffing to ensure adequate fire safety protection.

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September 05, 2018

Senator Hassan Questions TSA Administrator About Proposed Cuts to Critical Airport Security Programs

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today participated in a Senate Commerce Committee hearing where she pressed Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator David Pekoske about the Trump Administration and TSA’s continued efforts to eliminate critical airport security programs, such as Visible Intermodal Protection and Response (VIPER) teams and Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Reimbursements grants. Senator Hassan also confronted the witness regarding reports that the TSA was considering eliminating screenings for 150 smaller airports, leaving those airports and flights vulnerable to threats.

 

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September 05, 2018

Senator Hassan Joins in Introducing Comprehensive Bill To Address Skyrocketing Cost of Prescription Drugs

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today joined Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) and a number of her colleagues in introducing comprehensive legislation to address the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs that are weighing down far too many hard-working Granite Staters and Americans. The Affordable Medications Act will help hold large pharmaceutical companies accountable for high prices and bring down costs for both consumers and taxpayers by allowing Medicare to negotiate the price of prescription drugs, permitting the safe importation of affordable prescription drugs from places like Canada, ending the senseless tax breaks for drug companies that allow them to take tax deductions on the billions of dollars they spend on advertising, and more.

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September 04, 2018

Shaheen, Hassan & Shea-Porter Announce $450,000 in VAWA Funding for Strafford County to Support Domestic Violence Survivors

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) announced today that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded $449,139 in federal funding through the Office on Violence Against Women to the Strafford County Family Justice Center (SCFJC) for programming that helps survivors of domestic violence. Shaheen, the lead Democrat of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, has led efforts in Congress to support survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and has secured historic federal funding through the yearly appropriations process to fund the Office on Violence Against Women.

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August 31, 2018

Senator Hassan Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Freeze Pay For Federal Workers at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and Pease Air National Guard Base

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement in response to a letter President Trump sent to Congress yesterday stating that he will freeze pay for civilian federal employees, which would include civilian workers at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and Pease Air National Guard Base in New Hampshire.

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August 31, 2018

NH Delegation Announces $14.3M in Grants for Urban Community Development in New Hampshire

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced $14,333,057 in grants for urban community development and affordable housing in New Hampshire from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These grants include an $8,849,833 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), a $3,879,488 HOME Grant, an $870,215 Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and a $733,521 Housing Opportunities for Persons with Aids (HOPWA) Grant. These grants are an increase of nearly $1.7 million from the previous year. The grants will support efforts to expand affordable housing throughout New Hampshire, particularly for people experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness, and expand economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate income individuals.

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August 30, 2018

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Join Colleagues to Condemn Secretary DeVos for Proposed Rule that Supports Predatory For-Profit Colleges

WASHINGTON - Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen today joined 44 of their colleagues in submitting a comment letter to Secretary Betsy DeVos urging the Department of Education to abandon her plan to weaken the “borrower defense” rule, a proposal that will effectively deny students who were cheated or defrauded by predatory for-profit colleges the relief they are entitled to under law. 

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August 30, 2018

Senator Hassan Statement on Removal of Tariffs that Harmed Local Newspapers

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement today regarding the International Trade Commission’s (ITC) decision to remove tariffs on Canadian groundwood paper imports, a measure that will bring relief to local newspapers in New Hampshire and across the country:

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August 29, 2018

Shaheen, Hassan Announce $1.8M to Prevent Youth Substance Use in New Hampshire

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) announced $1.875 million in Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grants from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to 12 local drug prevention coalitions in New Hampshire. The grants will provide local community coalitions funding to prevent youth substance use, including prescription drugs and opioids, in Nashua, Souhegan Valley, Merrimack, Raymond, Kingston, Somersworth, Franklin, Keene, Lebanon, Winchester, Littleton, and Jaffrey.

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