Press Releases

May 01, 2021

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation To Expand Access to Service Dogs and Dog Therapy for Veterans with Mental Health Challenges

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan cosponsored the Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) for Veterans Therapy Act, bipartisan legislation that authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) to create a pilot program on dog training therapy and provide service dogs to veterans with mental health challenges regardless of whether they have mobility issues.

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April 30, 2021

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Urge Treasury Department to Provide Guidance to New Hampshire and Other States on Uses for American Rescue Plan Funding

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen are urging the Treasury Department to quickly provide New Hampshire and other states guidance on allowable uses for the state and local COVID-19 relief funds in the American Rescue Plan, which Senators Hassan and Shaheen helped pass into law.

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April 30, 2021

Shaheen & Hassan Join Senate Effort Urging Treasury, IRS to Reverse Trump Administration’s Rule that Eliminated Disclosure Requirements for Groups Engaged in Political Activity

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined a letter led by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Jon Tester (D-MT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) urging the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to reverse the Trump Administration’s decision to eliminate disclosure requirements for certain tax-exempt organizations that engage in political activity.

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April 30, 2021

Senator Hassan Recognizes Emily Kim Ae Sun Hunter of Chester as April’s Granite Stater of the Month

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan recognized Emily Kim Ae Sun Hunter of Chester today as April’s Granite Stater of the Month for organizing a peaceful gathering in downtown Portsmouth to demonstrate support for New Hampshire’s Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Emily’s efforts are in response to a surge in hate crimes against members of the AAPI community. Senator Hassan recently voted to pass legislation to help combat the surge in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across the country.

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April 30, 2021

Senators Hassan and Rubio Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Expedite Public Service Loan Forgiveness for Service Members

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced bipartisan legislation to expedite student loan forgiveness for service members. The bipartisan Recognizing Military Service in Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Act would allow service members who pause their student loan payments while deployed or on extended active duty orders to count that period of time toward their student loan forgiveness – which is currently not allowed. Senator Hassan is leading efforts to strengthen the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program to help ensure that millions of public servants -- such as fire fighters, law enforcement, teachers, and members of the military -- qualify for the loan forgiveness that they have earned.

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April 29, 2021

Senate Passes Bipartisan Water Infrastructure Bill with Senator Hassan’s Amendment to Help Combat PFAS Contamination

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined her Republican and Democratic colleagues today in passing the bipartisan Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act. The bill included a provision that Senator Hassan authored to help communities combat water contamination, including PFAS.

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April 29, 2021

Senator Hassan Raises Concerns from Granite Staters Over Pandemic-Related Relief During Finance Hearing

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today during a Senate Finance Committee hearing raised concerns from Granite Staters who have experienced delays in receiving pandemic-related relief, including Economic Impact Payments.  

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April 29, 2021

Senator Hassan Continues Push to Broaden Access to Substance Use Disorder Treatment During Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON – During a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan continued her push to broaden access to substance use disorder treatment, specifically by expanding access to medication-assisted treatment. The Senator also spoke about expanding youth suicide prevention efforts.

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April 28, 2021

Senator Hassan Statement on President Biden’s Joint Address to Congress

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) issued the following statement after President Biden’s Joint Address to Congress tonight:

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April 28, 2021

NH Delegation Announces More than $6.8 Million in Federal Funding to Conserve Merrimack River Watershed

(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 the Merrimack River Watershed Council will receive $6,857,745 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program. The funding will allow the Council to protect source water areas along the Merrimack River watershed, revitalize habitats for vulnerable fish and wildlife species and boost climate resilience. As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Shaheen has historically supported funding for the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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April 28, 2021

Senator Hassan Discusses Importance of Battery Storage Technology to Support Clean Energy and Promote Energy Efficiency During Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan discussed the importance of battery storage technologies in order to support clean energy solutions, as well as improving energy efficiency, during a Senate Finance Committee hearing yesterday.

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April 28, 2021

Senators Hassan, Collins Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Data on Direct Support Workforce

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME), both members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, introduced bipartisan legislation to address the critical need for more Direct Support Professionals in the workforce. Direct Support Professionals assist with communication, provide on-the-job coaching, and help with daily living needs for individuals who experience disabilities. Unfortunately, home- and community-based service providers in New Hampshire, Maine, and across the country are struggling to recruit and retain Direct Support Professionals.

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April 28, 2021

Senator Hassan Leads Hearing on Reducing Wasteful Government Spending & Saving Taxpayer Dollars by Updating IT Systems

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), chair of the spending oversight subcommittee, led a hearing yesterday to discuss the costs of the federal government running outdated and inefficient information technology systems, as well as the barriers to modernizing those systems. 

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April 28, 2021

Senator Hassan Invites Adam Hammill of Berlin as Virtual Guest for President Biden’s Joint Address to Congress

WASHINGTON - Adam Hammill of Berlin, owner of Exile Burrito and a Coast Guard veteran, will be Senator Maggie Hassan’s virtual guest for President Joe Biden’s joint address to Congress tonight. Hammill opened his new restaurant during the pandemic, however like many new businesses, he was not eligible to receive COVID-19 relief. Hammill raised this concern with Senator Hassan, who successfully worked across the aisle to ensure that new businesses like Adam’s will be able to access payroll assistance through the Employee Retention Tax Credit.

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April 27, 2021

Senators Hassan, Collins Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Train More Doctors in Substance Use Disorder Recovery & Prevention

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME), both members of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, reintroduced the bipartisan Opioid Workforce Act to support hospitals in hiring and training doctors in addiction medicine, addiction psychiatry, and pain management. The bipartisan legislation would create 1,000 new medical residency positions focused on addiction medicine at teaching hospitals in New Hampshire, Maine, and across the country. Each hospital can have up to 25 positions through the legislation.

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April 27, 2021

Senator Hassan Amendment to Help Combat PFAS Contamination Included in Bipartisan Water Infrastructure Package

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan’s amendment to help more communities across New Hampshire combat toxic contamination in their drinking water was included in the bipartisan Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act of 2021, which the Senate will vote to advance today. The broader package will help strengthen drinking water and wastewater infrastructure to help ensure that communities across the country have access to clean drinking water. 

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April 27, 2021

Following Push from Senator Hassan, Biden Administration Expands Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment

WASHINGTON – Today, the Biden administration announced that it is removing some requirements that limited health care providers’ ability to prescribe buprenorphine, a critical medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorder. Senator Hassan has led the bipartisan push in Congress to eliminate a waiver for prescribing buprenorphine. Today’s announcement removes some of the most burdensome requirements associated with getting the waiver.

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April 26, 2021

Senator Hassan Joins in Reintroducing Affordable Child Care and Early Learning Bill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan helped reintroduce the Child Care for Working Families Act, a comprehensive bill to ensure that hard-working families have access to affordable, high-quality child care and preschool.

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April 26, 2021

Senators Hassan, Shaheen, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Promote Energy Efficiency

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined their colleagues in introducing legislation to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote energy efficiency by consolidating current energy tax incentives in a way that would help incentivize investments in clean energy and transportation, as well as promote energy conservation.  

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April 26, 2021

Senator Hassan Continues Push to Improve Postal Services for Granite Staters During Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which oversees the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), questioned nominees last week for the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service about improving postal services in New Hampshire, particularly for rural communities. This hearing builds on Senator Hassan’s ongoing efforts to address mail delivery delays in New Hampshire.

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