Press Releases

September 18, 2020

Shaheen Leads NH Delegation in Announcing Additional Federal Funds for Seacoast Region Organizations to Combat Sexual Harassment and Assault

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that funds the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), announced with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Chris Pappas (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) that Soteria Solutions in Durham will receive $399,994 through the OVW’s Training and Technical Assistance (TA) Initiative. Soteria Solutions is a nonprofit organization that creates programs to prevent and combat sexual harassment and violence. The funding will be used to develop strategies that strengthen the development of campus needs and planning that prevent sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking. Soteria Solutions was co-founded by Jane Stapleton and Dr. Sharyn Potter, University of New Hampshire (UNH) researchers who established the Prevention Innovations Research Center (PIRC) at UNH.

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September 18, 2020

Senator Hassan Introduces Bipartisan Resolution Recognizing September 18 as National Concussion Awareness Day

WASHINGTON – Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced a bipartisan resolution in the Senate recognizing September 18, 2020 as National Concussion Awareness Day. The resolution was also introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressmen Bill Pascrell (D-NJ-9) and Don Bacon (R-NE-2). Last year, the same group of lawmakers introduced a similar measure recognizing September 20, 2019 as National Concussion Awareness Day.

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September 18, 2020

Senator Hassan Calls for Support for Students Financially Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic During Senate Hearing

WASHINGTON – During a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing yesterday, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan discussed the financial impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on students and called for additional steps to help them stay in school.

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September 18, 2020

NH Delegation Announces More than $2 Million in DOJ Grants to Combat Child Sex Trafficking

(Manchester, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, the Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that funds the Department of Justice (DOJ), announced with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that the University of New Hampshire (UNH) will receive $2,012,577 to fund three studies to combat child sex trafficking. Specifically, these studies will focus on improving law enforcement’s response to domestic child sex trafficking, assess the effectiveness of support programs for child survivors of sex trafficking and help law enforcement and policymakers better understand and respond to cyber abuse, such as sextortion, and cyber-stalking. 

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September 18, 2020

Senate Passes Cornyn, Hassan’s Jenna Quinn Law to Prevent Child Abuse

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) released the following statements after the Senate passed the Jenna Quinn Law last night, which would allow current grant funds to be used to train and educate students, teachers, caregivers, and other adults who work with children in a professional or volunteer capacity on how to prevent, recognize, and report child sexual abuse. The bill is named for Jenna Quinn, a Texan and child abuse survivor, and is modeled after successful reforms passed in Texas.

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September 17, 2020

On Constitution Day, Senator Hassan Encourages Granite Staters to Complete the Census

WASHINGTON – Today is Constitution Day, which marks the signing of the U.S. Constitution on this day in 1787. This Constitution Day, Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) is encouraging all Granite Staters to complete the census, which is mandated in Article I, Section II of the Constitution.

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September 17, 2020

Following Calls from Senator Hassan, Federal Agency Backs Ending Discriminatory Pay for Workers who Experience Disabilities

WASHINGTON – Following calls from U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights urged the repeal of a discriminatory federal policy that allows employers to pay subminimum wages to workers who experience disabilities. Earlier this year, the Senator wrote the Commission, calling on its members to support ending this discriminatory and unfair practice.

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September 17, 2020

Hassan, Shaheen Call for Answers on Department of Veterans Affairs Data Breach Affecting Veterans and Health Care Providers

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and colleagues in calling for answers from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) about a recent data breach that exposed veterans’ Social Security numbers and other sensitive information and impacted VA community care providers across the country. The VA publicly announced the data breach earlier this week.

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September 16, 2020

NH Delegation Announces More Than $1.8 Million in CARES Act Funding to Support Affordable Housing for Granite Staters

(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 $1,827,334 in funding through the CARES Act to support affordable housing for Granite Staters during the COVID-19 crisis. Specifically, funding was distributed to the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Housing Choice Voucher Program, which is used to help low-income, disabled and elderly people afford safe and decent housing in the private market.

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September 16, 2020

Senator Hassan Statement on Normalization of Relations between Israel and Bahrain and the UAE

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement on the agreements signed between Israel and Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to open full diplomatic relations:

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September 16, 2020

Senator Hassan Statement on the Death of Staff Sergeant Ronald J. Ouellette of Merrimack

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released a statement following news that Staff Sergeant Ronald J. Ouellette of Merrimack died on September 14 while serving in Kuwait as an Airman in the 42nd Aerial Port Squadron:

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September 16, 2020

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Call on Postmaster General to Fully Reverse Changes That Have Caused Delivery Delays of Prescription Medication

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), who serves on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) that oversees the Postal Service, and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined colleagues in urging Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to fully reverse the changes that he has made to the agency that have resulted in widespread delays, including for the delivery of medications for Granite Staters and Americans.

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September 15, 2020

NH Delegation Announces More Than $2.1 Million for Hudson & Bedford Fire Departments to Recruit & Train Firefighters

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $2,170,180 in federal funding to the Hudson and Bedford Fire Departments to recruit and train new firefighters. Specifically, the funding was awarded through the agency’s Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) program, which provides grants directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, "front line" firefighters available in their communities. Hudson will receive $1,098,456 and Bedford will get $1,071,724 in SAFER grant funding, which will allow the departments to hire four new firefighters each.

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September 15, 2020

Warren, Hassan, Colleagues to FDA: Maintain Public Trust in COVID-19 Vaccine Decisions by Making Reviews Transparent

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), members of the Senate Health, Education, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, led 13 senators in sending a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) calling on the agency to commit to full transparency in the COVID-19 vaccine review process amidst mounting political pressure from the President to approve a vaccine before Election Day. The lawmakers expressed concern that the Trump Administration has overruled scientists and pressured federal agencies to approve products based on weak evidence and urged the FDA to ensure transparency in vaccine review efforts in order to maintain public trust. 

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September 15, 2020

Senators Hassan, Cornyn, and Feinstein Request Details on Justice Department, FBI Efforts to Target Drug Trafficking on the Dark Web

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) are calling for the Department of Justice and FBI to provide more details on efforts to combat illegal drug trafficking on the dark web and prioritize prosecution of individuals who access the dark web for the anonymous distribution of illegal drugs.

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September 14, 2020

As the School Year Resumes Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Senators Lead Resolution Supporting Social & Emotional Learning Programs for Students

[WASHINGTON, DC] – With the school year resuming amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Angus King (I-ME) led the introduction of a resolution supporting social and emotional learning programs for students. The resolution expresses support for the implementation of evidence-based programs into classroom and virtual school curriculums to help students cope with the uncertainties and pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic they may be experiencing at school and at home.

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September 11, 2020

Shaheen Leads NH Delegation Letter to NBRC Federal Co-Chairman Raising Concerns with Commission’s Failure to Award Grants to Coos or Carroll County-Based Projects

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) led a letter yesterday on behalf of New Hampshire’s congressional delegation to Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) Federal Co-Chairman Harold Parker, raising concerns that the latest round of funding did not include a single grant awardee from Coos or Carroll County despite numerous applications from these counties. Last month, the delegation announced that New Hampshire agencies and organizations were awarded $4,443,428 by the NBRC. The NBRC provides federal support throughout northern New Hampshire and has funded grants that spur economic and community development in rural communities.

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September 11, 2020

On Anniversary of September 11th Attacks, Ernst and Hassan Work to Honor Troops Who Served in War on Terrorism

WASHINGTON – On the nineteenth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a combat veteran, continues her bipartisan work to honor servicemembers, fallen soldiers, their families, and all those impacted by the Global War on Terrorism. Today, she introduced bipartisan legislation with Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) to authorize the construction of a Global War on Terrorism Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

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September 11, 2020

Warren, Hassan, Reed Urge President Trump to Reverse Relocation of POW/MIA Flag at the White House

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and Ranking Member of SASC Jack Reed urged President Donald Trump to reverse the relocation of the POW/MIA Flag from atop the White House to an area not visible to the public. This decision by the White House appears inconsistent with the law the lawmakers passed last year to require the POW/MIA Flag be displayed whenever the American Flag is displayed on prominent federal properties to honor the more than 81,000 Americans who are listed as Prisoners of War (POW), Missing in Action (MIA), or otherwise unaccounted for from our nation's past wars and conflicts.

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September 11, 2020

NH Delegation Announces More Than $5.8 Million in CARES Act Funding to Help Address Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Vulnerable Granite Staters

(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 that New Hampshire will receive $5,826,951 in federal grants established under the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was passed by Congress and signed into law to help address the economic impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable Granite Staters. Specifically, the funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG) and can be used to expand community health facilities, child care centers, food banks and senior services, as well as support eviction prevention, rental deposit assistance and homelessness prevention programs.

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