Press Releases

July 22, 2021

President Signs into Law Bipartisan Bill Cosponsored by Senator Hassan to Strengthen Support to Survivors of Violent Crimes

WASHINGTON – The President signed into law today bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Senator Maggie Hassan that will prevent deep cuts to programs that provide critical support and compensation to survivors of violent crimes, including survivors of child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, through the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). The Crime Victims Fund, which was established under VOCA, has faced a steep loss in revenue over the last four years, which threatens the program’s survival and future support for victims of crimes.

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July 22, 2021

Senate Passes Senator Hassan’s Bills to Support Veterans’ Job Opportunities & Benefits

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate unanimously passed three bipartisan bills that Senator Hassan worked to advance as a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee: the Hire Veteran Health Heroes Act, the Veterans’ Disability Compensation COLA Act, and the Ensuring Survivor Benefits During COVID-19 Act.

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July 21, 2021

Senator Hassan Joins Bipartisan Arctic Security Initiative Act to Address Emerging National Security Threats

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Chair of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight, joined Senators Angus King (I-ME) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) in supporting the Arctic Security Initiative Act of 2021, bipartisan legislation requiring the Department of Defense (DOD) to conduct a security assessment of the Arctic region and establish an Arctic Security Initiative with a five-year plan to fully resource the DOD and individual service-specific strategies for the Arctic that have been released over the past several years. U.S. Northern Command would lead the independent assessment in coordination with U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. European Command. 

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July 20, 2021

Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill Cosponsored by Senator Hassan to Strengthen Support to Survivors of Violent Crimes

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate today passed bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Senator Maggie Hassan that would prevent deep cuts to programs that provide critical support and compensation to survivors of violent crimes, including survivors of child abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, through the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). The Crime Victims Fund, which was established under VOCA, has faced a steep loss in revenue over the last four years, which threatens the program’s survival and future support for victims of crimes.

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July 20, 2021

Senator Hassan Presses Top Administration Officials on the Substance Use Disorder Crisis

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan participated in a Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control hearing on addressing the substance use disorder crisis. It is the first hearing Senator Hassan participated in as a member of this caucus.

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July 20, 2021

With Paralympic Athlete Becca Meyers Forced to Withdraw from Team USA, Senator Hassan Calls on U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee to Address Inequities

WASHINGTON - Following the news that Becca Meyers, a six-time Paralympic medalist and member of the U.S.A.’s Paralympics team, withdrew from the team after being denied a reasonable accommodation, Senator Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) called on the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee as well as the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to take action and ensure that all athletes are able to compete safely and with the necessary accommodations. 

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July 20, 2021

Senator Hassan Questions Dr. Fauci During Committee Hearing, Discusses Vaccinations for Children and Improvements to National Stockpile

WASHINGTON -- At a Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) questioned three top administration officials helping lead the federal COVID-19 response - Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and Dawn O’Connell, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

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July 17, 2021

Senator Hassan Discusses Importance of Broadening Access to Substance Use Disorder Treatment

NEW HAMPSHIRE - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined People’s Action and End Substance Use Disorder for a virtual event yesterday on the importance of medication assisted treatment and the need to pass the Mainstreaming Addiction Treatment (MAT) Act. Senator Hassan introduced the bipartisan MAT Act, legislation that would vastly increase access to life-saving addiction medicine by eliminating a duplicative bureaucratic hurdle—colloquially known as the “x-waiver”—currently blocking millions of highly trained health professionals from prescribing buprenorphine to their patients.

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July 16, 2021

Senators Hassan, Rubio Introduce Bill to Protect Low-Wage Workers from Non-Compete Agreements

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) reintroduced legislation to protect entry-level, low-wage workers from non-compete agreements that limit their employment opportunities and restrict their ability to negotiate higher wages and benefits. Specifically, the Freedom to Compete Act would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) to prevent employers from using non-compete agreements in employment contracts for certain non-exempt employees.

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July 16, 2021

Lawmakers Reintroduce Bipartisan Framework to Curb Spread of Rapidly Evolving Synthetic Drugs

WASHINGTON – As overdose deaths surge, fueled by synthetic opioids, lawmakers from both houses of Congress today reintroduced a framework to fight the rapid spread of deadly synthetic drugs, which can quickly be re-engineered to circumvent federal laws designed to outlaw them. The Stop Importation and Manufacturing of Synthetic Analogues (SIMSA) Act would allow for the temporary regulation of substances substantially similar to controlled drugs while more time-consuming testing, research and analysis can be performed. The proposal is designed to help law enforcement more rapidly respond to the fast-paced modification of synthetic drugs such as analogues to fentanyl, which have contributed to a near-30 percent spike in overdose deaths last year alone as the nation’s opioid epidemic continues. The legislation was introduced by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), respective current and former vice-chairs of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control. It’s cosponsored by Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.). Identical legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives by Representatives John Katko (R-N.Y.) and Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.).

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July 15, 2021

Shaheen, Hassan & Pappas Announce Nearly $1 Million for White Mountain Community Health Center to Respond to COVID-19 & Bolster Health Care Services

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced that White Mountain Community Health Center will receive $995,250 in American Rescue Plan funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The funding will boost the state’s response and mitigation efforts against the spread of COVID-19 and enhance health care services in the North Country.

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July 15, 2021

Senator Hassan Questions ICE Nominee on Preventing Drug Trafficking and Protecting New Hampshire’s Indonesian Community

WASHINGTON – At a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan questioned two key nominees — the Assistant Secretary at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Director of the U.S. Census Bureau — on their preparedness to handle drug trafficking, protect New Hampshire’s Indonesian immigrant community, and the 2030 census.

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July 15, 2021

Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill Cosponsored by Senators Hassan, Shaheen to Crack Down on the Chinese Government’s Human Rights Violations

WASHINGTON — The Senate passed bipartisan legislation last night that U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan joined in introducing, and was cosponsored by Senator Jeanne Shaheen, to help ensure that goods made with Uyghur forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region do not enter the United States.

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July 15, 2021

Senator Hassan Presses VA Secretary on VA’s Health Records Modernization Efforts to Ensure NH Veterans Receive Quality Health Care

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) participated in a Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing yesterday, where she pressed Department of Veterans Affairs’ Secretary Denis McDonough on the Department’s efforts to modernize its electronic health records. Improving the VA’s electronic health records system is essential to providing veterans with the high-quality medical care that they have earned and deserve.

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July 15, 2021

Senator Hassan Marks First Day of Child Tax Credit Payments

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement as families in New Hampshire and across the country begin to see the benefits of the expanded child tax credit starting today. Granite Staters can check their eligibility for the child tax credit payments here, and any Granite Stater who is eligible but has not previously filed their 2019 or 2020 tax return can sign up to receive their tax credit here.

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July 14, 2021

Senators Collins, Hassan Lead Call to Support Students in Rural Communities

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) led their colleagues in calling for continued federal resources to help students in rural communities. The Senators wrote to the leaders of the Education Appropriations Subcommittee to urge their continued support for the Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) and the Rural Postsecondary and Economic Development Grant Program, which provide crucial targeted assistance to rural students in Maine, New Hampshire, and rural communities across the country.  The letter was signed by eight Senators, including Senators Angus King (I-ME) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).  

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July 14, 2021

NH Delegation Announces More than $3.1 Million for NH Small Rural Hospitals to Bolster COVID-19 Testing & Mitigation

(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 small rural hospitals will receive $3,100,512 to bolster COVID-19 testing and mitigation. Specifically, the funding was allocated through the American Rescue Plan and awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP). Small rural hospitals — those with fewer than 50 beds and Critical Access Hospitals — are vital health care access points and trusted community resources. The federal dollars can be used by Granite State small rural hospitals to expand COVID-19 testing, boost access to testing and strengthen mitigation efforts. 

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July 14, 2021

Senator Hassan Joins Colleagues in Introducing Legislation to Support Direct Care Workforce and Family Caregivers

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) in introducing the Supporting Our Direct Care Workforce and Family Caregivers Act to authorize over $1 billion in supporting the direct care workforce and family caregivers. Given low wages and high turnover, the direct care workforce has long experienced staffing shortages.

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July 14, 2021

Senator Hassan’s Bill to Strengthen Security for Houses of Worship Passes Senate Committee

WASHINGTON – The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passed U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan’s bipartisan legislation to help strengthen security at houses of worship. The bipartisan Pray Safe Act, which Senator Hassan introduced with Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), would establish a federal clearinghouse through which faith-based organizations and houses of worship could access information on safety and security best practices, available federal grant programs, and training opportunities.

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July 13, 2021

Senator Hassan Statement on President Biden’s Announcement to Nominate Dr. Rahul Gupta as Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, issued the following statement after President Joe Biden announced that he will nominate Dr. Rahul Gupta to be the next Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), which focuses on addressing substance misuse.

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