Press Releases

April 15, 2019

Shaheen, Hassan Announce $4.7 Million in AmeriCorps Funding for New Hampshire Programs

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) announced today that New Hampshire has received $4,767,926 in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps and other national service programs. The funding from CNCS will support 232 AmeriCorps members in New Hampshire. The funding is an increase of more than $600,000 from last year’s funding level.

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April 12, 2019

JOINT STATEMENT: Following Weeks of Advocacy on Behalf of Shipyard, New Hampshire & Maine Senators Encouraged by New Secretary of Defense Memo Indicating Critical National Security Projects at PNSY May Not Be Impacted by Emergency Declaration

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Susan Collins (R-ME), Angus King (I-ME) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) issued a joint statement in response to a new memo from Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan that directs military construction projects with fiscal year (FY) 2019 award dates be exempt from having their funding diverted to pay for a border wall due to President Trump’s emergency declaration. This specific criteria means that the four current projects at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) with FY 2019 award dates – which had funding specifically appropriated by Congress and signed into law – should not lose funding. In March, the Department of Defense (DOD) provided a list of military construction projects that included the PNSY priorities, which were under threat of losing funding as a result of the emergency declaration. The list came in response to questioning from Senators on the Senate Armed Services Committee, including Senator Shaheen.

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April 12, 2019

Senator Hassan Discusses Bipartisan Gateway to Careers Act at Manchester Community College

MANCHESTER – Senator Maggie Hassan today visited Manchester Community College, where she heard about the partnership Manchester Community College has formed with Catholic Medical Center to fill critical medical assistant roles. The Senator met with students in the medical assistant apprenticeship program, leaders from Manchester Community College and Community College System of New Hampshire, and staff from Catholic Medical Center. During the visit, Senator Hassan discussed the bipartisan Gateway to Careers Act, which she reintroduced this week to support and expand upon such partnerships to bolster economic opportunity and help ensure that innovative businesses have the highly skilled workforce they need.

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April 12, 2019

Senator Hassan Joins in Introducing Resolution on Financial Literacy Month

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tim Scott (R-SC), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Doug Jones (D-AL), co-chairs of the financial literacy caucus, introduced a resolution declaring April as Financial Literacy Month in effort to highlight the importance of learning and maintaining healthy financial habits. According to a 2017 report by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), approximately 25 percent of households in the United States are unbanked or underbanked and have limited or no access to savings, lending, and other basic financial services. Financial literacy empowers individuals to make wise financial decisions and reduces the difficulty of making decisions in an increasingly complex economy.

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April 12, 2019

Senator Hassan Joins in Introducing Bipartisan Legislation To Establish Investment Tax Credit For Energy Storage

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan yesterday joined her colleagues in introducing the bipartisan Energy Storage Tax Incentive and Deployment Act of 2019 to establish an investment tax credit (ITC) for business and home use of energy storage.

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April 11, 2019

Portman, Hassan Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Transparency of Federal Advisory Committees

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today introduced the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) Amendments, legislation that will impose stricter ethics requirements on advisory committee members, require agencies to make more information about committees public, make the procedures for establishing a committee and selecting members more transparent, and extend FACA to cover additional advisory committees that are currently exempt. Advisory committees are generally composed of individuals outside government who advise, and consult with, federal agencies on policy-making.  The text of the bill is here.

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April 11, 2019

Senators Hassan and Collins Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Grandfamilies Affected by Substance Misuse and Other Trauma

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pension Committee, and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) today introduced the bipartisan Help Grandfamilies Prevent Child Abuse Act to better support kinship caregivers – the vast majority of whom are grandparents – who have taken over as primary caregivers for children exposed to substance misuse or other trauma.

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April 11, 2019

Senators Hassan and Shaheen Cosponsor Legislation to Cut Taxes for Hard-Working Granite Staters and Families

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senator Jeanne Shaheen, joined their colleagues this week in introducing the Working Families Tax Relief Act, which would cut taxes for hard-working Granite Staters and families by expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC).

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April 11, 2019

Senator Hassan Statement on 2018 Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Economic Impact Report

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement today on the 2018 Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Economic Impact Report:

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April 11, 2019

Senator Hassan Calls for Finance Committee to Hold A Hearing on Impact of Wayfair Internet Sales Tax Decision on Small Businesses

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan yesterday called for the Senate Finance Committee to hold hearings on how the Supreme Court’s backward ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc. – which will require New Hampshire businesses to collect sales tax for other states – will create burdensome red tape for Granite State businesses. She made the request during a Senate Finance hearing, and followed up with a letter to Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR).

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April 10, 2019

At Senate HELP Committee Hearing, Senator Hassan Discusses PROTECT Students Act that Would Safeguard Students and Veterans from Predatory Higher Education Practices

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today discussed the comprehensive legislation she recently introduced with Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Democratic Whip, to protect students, including servicemembers and veterans, and taxpayers from predatory and anti-student higher education practices and to ensure that higher education meets the needs of hard-working students, during a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing. As Senator Hassan works with fellow HELP Committee members to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, the Preventing Risky Operations from Threatening the Education and Career Trajectories of Students Act of 2019, also known as the PROTECT Students Act, represents common-sense consumer protections for students and holds predatory institutions, including for-profit schools, accountable when they engage in unfair, deceptive, and other fraudulent practices.   

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April 10, 2019

Senators Hassan, Young, Kaine and Gardner Reintroduce Bipartisan Gateway to Careers Act To Expand Economic Opportunity and Support Innovative Businesses

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and Senators Todd Young (R-IN), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Cory Gardner (R-CO), today reintroduced the bipartisan Gateway to Careers Act to help expand economic opportunity for hard-working Americans and to support innovative businesses in need of a strong workforce.

 

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April 10, 2019

Senators Hassan, Young, Kaine and Gardner Reintroduce Bipartisan Gateway to Careers Act To Expand Economic Opportunity and Support Innovative Businesses

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and Senators Todd Young (R-IN), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Cory Gardner (R-CO), today reintroduced the bipartisan Gateway to Careers Act to help expand economic opportunity for hard-working Americans and to support innovative businesses in need of a strong workforce.

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April 09, 2019

Senator Hassan Expresses “Profound Concern” About Turmoil at Department of Homeland Security During Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today expressed her “profound concern” with the latest turmoil at the topmost levels at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) during a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee focused on the southern border.

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April 08, 2019

Senator Hassan Statement on Resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement on the resignation of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Senator Hassan serves as the ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management:

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April 05, 2019

At University of New Hampshire Law School Forum, Senator Hassan Discusses Bipartisan Efforts to Tackle Rising Costs of Health Care

CONCORD – Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, delivered remarks today at a University of New Hampshire (UNH) School of Law forum on the rising costs of health care, where she discussed her bipartisan efforts to lower health care costs for hard-working Granite Staters and all Americans.

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April 05, 2019

Casey, Dingell, Hassan Continue Fight Against Campus Sexual Assault

Washington, D.C. - Although great strides have been made in advancing protections against sexual violence on college campuses, students with disabilities still suffer a disproportionate number of violent sexual crimes. A recent Last year, a report from the National Council on Disability, “Not on the Radar: Sexual Assault of College Students with Disabilities,” found that the needs of these students are often not addressed under existing policies. To address this gap and build upon the work of the landmark Jeanne Clery Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell (D-MI-12) and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduced the Safe Equitable Campus Resources and Education (SECuRE) Act.

 

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April 04, 2019

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Better Detect PFAS Contamination

WASHINGTON – As part of her efforts to ensure that all Granite Staters and Americans have access to clean drinking water, Senator Maggie Hassan today cosponsored bipartisan legislation to better detect contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water and in the environment.

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April 03, 2019

Senator Hassan Applauds Senate and House Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Improve Medicaid

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, applauded the unanimous Senate passage yesterday of bipartisan legislation to help improve Medicaid, which includes a provision backed by Senator Hassan to close a loophole that allows the pharmaceutical industry to exploit taxpayer dollars. The bipartisan Medicaid Services Investment and Accountability Act of 2019 passed the House of Representatives last month and now heads to the President’s desk for a signature.

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April 03, 2019

Reps. Wenstrup, Levin, Sens. Rubio, Hassan Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Prioritize Veterans' Employment, Transition, Education Benefits at VA

Washington, D.C. - Today, Representatives Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) and Mike Levin (D-Cali.), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, and Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) introduced the Veterans’ Education, Transition, and Opportunity Prioritization Plan (VET OPP) Act of 2019. The bipartisan bill is cosponsored by Reps. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity. It is supported by multiple Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs). 

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