Press Releases

June 24, 2020

Senator Hassan Emphasizes Need to Improve Procurement and Distribution of Strategic National Stockpile Supplies

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan emphasized the need to improve the procurement and distribution of supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile, which is maintained by the federal government to ensure access to medical supplies during public health emergencies, during a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing today. Senator Hassan, who serves as ranking member of the subcommittee that oversees the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), questioned the witnesses on what more needs to be done to ensure that the Strategic National Stockpile is well-managed and includes the necessary supplies to better respond to public health crises.

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June 24, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan Join Senate Democrats on Legislation to Rename Bases & Other Military Assets Named for the Confederacy Within One Year

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) – a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee – introduced legislation today with Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and 34 Senate Democrats, led by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), requiring the Pentagon to remove all names, symbols, displays, monuments and paraphernalia that honor or commemorate the Confederate States of America and anyone who voluntarily served it from all military bases and other assets of the Department of Defense. The Pentagon must rename the assets within one year. The legislation is a standalone bill, based on Warren’s amendment – which Senator Shaheen supported – that was added to the fiscal year (FY) 2021 National Defense Authorization Act that passed the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) earlier this month.

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June 24, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan & Senate Democrats Call on Trump & McConnell to Protect Dreamers Following Landmark Supreme Court Decision

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sent letters with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and a group of Senate Democrats to President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, urging immediate action to protect Dreamers following the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision last week. The Court ruled against President Trump’s effort to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protects young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. 

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June 23, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan Push to Ensure Survivors of Domestic Violence Can Access Their Economic Impact Payment

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sent a letter with a group of 35 Senators, led by Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Charles Rettig urging them to take action to ensure that survivors of domestic violence can access their Economic Impact Payment. Domestic violence survivors face unique barriers that can keep them from being able to access their economic recovery rebates they are legally entitled to under the law. 

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June 23, 2020

Senator Hassan Highlights Need to Strengthen Federal Response to COVID-19 Pandemic As Cases Continue to Rise Across the Country

WASHINGTON – U.S Senator Maggie Hassan discussed the need to strengthen the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic during a Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing today. The hearing, titled Lessons Learned to Prepare for the Next Pandemic, comes as COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the country.

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June 23, 2020

Senators Hassan, Warren, Casey, Schumer Call for Answers on Nursing Homes’ Access to Adequate Personal Protective Equipment

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) are calling for answers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) about nursing home and long-term care facility access to personal protective equipment following reports that FEMA is shipping insufficient and defective personal protective equipment to these facilities.

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June 23, 2020

Senator Hassan Calls for Answers on Wayfair Sales Tax Compliance Software, Impact on Small Businesses

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) led a letter with Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) to tax compliance software companies about the affordability and accuracy of their products, which many small businesses use to comply with the Supreme Court’s problematic Wayfair decision. Two years ago on June 21, 2018, the Supreme Court’s Wayfair decision required businesses – even if they are located in non-sales tax states – to collect sales tax for other states and jurisdictions, creating a burdensome new tax collection system that small businesses are struggling to comply with.

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June 22, 2020

Senator Hassan Joins In Introducing Bipartisan Legislation to Help Non-Profits During COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined her colleagues in introducing the Protecting Nonprofits from Catastrophic Cash Flow Strain Act, bipartisan legislation to help keep non-profits afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. This bipartisan legislation was led by Senators Tim Scott (R-SC), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Ron Wyden (D-OR). Instead of paying unemployment taxes, many non-profits reimburse states for 100 percent of the unemployment benefits collected … Continue Reading


June 22, 2020

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Call for Additional School Funding as Teachers, Students, and Families Prepare for the Fall

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and additional colleagues in calling for at least $175 billion for the Elementary and Secondary Education Relief Fund in any future COVID-19 relief package. The pandemic has led to massive revenue shortfalls for state and local governments, which means K-12 schools may face severe budget cuts while also working to adequately prepare for either in-person or remote learning (or some combinatio… Continue Reading


June 22, 2020

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Increase Flexibility for State COVID-19 Relief Funds

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan cosponsored a bipartisan bill led by Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK) that would make clear that the federal relief funds provided to local governments in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act can be used to replace revenue shortfalls resulting from the pandemic. "In order to save countless lives, businesses in New Hampshire and states across the country closed and people stayed at home to do their part in slowing the spread of COVI… Continue Reading


June 22, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan & Senate Democrats Call on Trump & McConnell to Protect Dreamers Following Landmark Supreme Court Decision

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sent letters with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and a group of Senate Democrats to President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, urging immediate action to protect Dreamers following the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision last week. The Court ruled against President Trump’s effort to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protects young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.

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June 19, 2020

Hassan, Enzi Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Address Coin Shortage, Save Taxpayer Dollars By Modifying Composition of Currency

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) introduced bipartisan legislation to allow the U.S. Mint to adjust the metal content of circulating coins in an effort to save taxpayer dollars. The bill could also help the U.S. Mint to produce more coins as banks face a temporary coin shortage due to COVID-19. The U.S. Mint estimates that by adjusting the metal content of coins, the federal government could save between $10-17 million a year.

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June 18, 2020

Shaheen & Hassan Join Group of Senators in Push to Bring Equality Act to a Vote

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Susan Collins (R-ME), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) and a group of Senators in calling for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring the Equality Act to the Senate floor for a vote.

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June 18, 2020

Senators Hassan, Grassley, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Bolster Inspector General Protections

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Gary Peters (D-MI), and additional colleagues introduced bipartisan legislation today that helps to strengthen protections for Inspectors General (IGs), who conduct independent oversight of federal agencies.  

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June 18, 2020

Senator Hassan Statement on Supreme Court DACA Decision

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

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June 18, 2020

Senator Hassan Participates in COVID-19 Focused Hearings on Manufacturing PPE, Expanding Telehealth

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan participated in two Senate hearings today on the COVID-19 pandemic where she highlighted the need to manufacture additional personal protective equipment and expand telehealth services to respond to this public health emergency.   

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June 17, 2020

Senate Passes Hassan-Backed Bipartisan Bill to Aid Victims of Identity Theft

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate yesterday passed bipartisan legislation, introduced by U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and other colleagues, to require the Social Security Administration (SSA) to provide a single point of contact to help Americans who are victims of identity theft.

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June 17, 2020

Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill Backed by Shaheen & Hassan to Permanently Fund LWCF, Address Maintenance Backlog on NH Public Lands

(Washington, DC)— Today, the Senate passed the Great American Outdoors Act, bipartisan legislation cosponsored by U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and provide mandatory funding for deferred maintenance on public lands. The LWCF helps preserve and maintain critical lands for national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and recreational areas in New Hampshire and across the country. 

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June 16, 2020

NH Delegation Calls for Increased Support to Non-Profit Organizations Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen and U.S. Representatives Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas today called on House and Senate leaders to include significant support for non-profit organizations in upcoming COVID-19 response legislation.

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June 15, 2020

Senator Hassan Leads Virtual Roundtable with NH Child Care Providers, Leaders

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan today led a virtual roundtable where she heard from New Hampshire child care providers and leaders about their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and the importance of continuing to support child care centers as parents return to work and need safe, reliable child care for their kids.

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