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March 17, 2021

NH Delegation Announces $350.5 Million to NH for School Funding in American Rescue Plan

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Representative Annie Kuster, and Representative Chris Pappas announced today that through the American Rescue Plan, New Hampshire K-12 schools will receive $350,501,633 to help schools safely reopen and support students. The American Rescue Plan includes Senator Hassan’s amendment to require schools receiving these funds to develop and make public reopening plans, as well as dedicated funding that Senator Hassan helped secure for students who experience disabilities.

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March 17, 2021

NH Delegation Announces More than $9 Million Secured in December COVID-19 Relief to Combat the Substance Use Disorder Epidemic & Support Mental Health Services in NH

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that New Hampshire will receive $9,443,931 in federal grants allocated under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act that was passed by Congress and signed into law in December. Specifically, the funding was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and will support efforts to combat the substance use disorder epidemic and bolster access to mental health services in the state during the COVID-19 pandemic. During negotiations for the emergency COVID-19 relief legislation that passed Congress and was signed into law in December, Shaheen successfully fought for the inclusion of language – which Hassan supported – providing $4.25 billion in funding for substance use disorder treatment and mental health care.
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March 17, 2021

Shaheen, Hassan Meet with First Lady Dr. Jill Biden to Discuss COVID Relief for NH Families & Funding to Safely Reopen Schools

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) met with First Lady Dr. Jill Biden at the White House ahead of the First Lady’s visit to the Christa McAuliffe elementary school in New Hampshire later this afternoon. They discussed how the American Rescue Plan will help families recover from the economic and public health crisis, and how the education funding in the package will help New Hampshire schools more fully and safely reopen. 
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March 17, 2021

Peters, Sullivan, Hassan & Tillis Bipartisan Bill to Protect Firefighters from Hazardous PFAS Chemicals Advances in Senate

WASHINGTON, DC – Legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) to help protect the health and safety of firefighters, emergency responders and the communities they serve has advanced in the Senate. The legislation was unanimously approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where Peters serves as Chair. 
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March 17, 2021

Blackburn Introduces Legislation Honoring Gold Star Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) along with Senators Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Joni Ernst (R- Iowa), Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) introduced the Sergeant First Class Sean Cooley and Specialist Christopher Horton Congressional Gold Star Family Fellowship Program Act. The legislation would create a fellowship program in the Senate to offer an opportunity for Gold Star family members to participate in the system of government for which their loved one gave his or her life. 

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March 17, 2021

Shaheen & Hassan Help Reintroduce Bicameral Legislation to Close Dangerous Loophole to Protect Domestic Violence Survivors

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and a group of Senators in reintroducing strongly-supported legislation to protect domestic violence survivors from gun violence. The Lori Jackson Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act is narrowly crafted to close loopholes that allow domestic abusers to legally obtain weapons. The bill is named in memory of Lori Jackson, an Oxford, Connecticut mother of two who was tragically shot and killed by her estranged husband, who had legally obtained a handgun even though he was subject to a temporary restraining order. 
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March 16, 2021

NH Delegation Announces Nearly $7 Million in Federal Grants for Manchester, Lebanon & Pease Airports from December COVID Relief Legislation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Representative Annie Kuster, and Representative Chris Pappas announced today that through the American Rescue Plan, New Hampshire K-12 schools will receive $350,501,633 to help schools safely reopen and support students. The American Rescue Plan includes Senator Hassan’s amendment to require schools receiving these funds to develop and make public reopening plans, as well as dedicated funding that Senator Hassan helped secure for students who experience disabilities.
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March 16, 2021

During American Legion’s Buddy Check Week, Ernst, Hassan Work to Combat Veteran Suicide

WASHINGTON—During the American Legion’s Buddy Check Week, U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H) are teaming up to help combat veteran suicide. Their bipartisan bill would direct the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to designate one week per year as “Buddy Check Week” to organize outreach events and educate veterans on how to conduct peer wellness checks.
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March 16, 2021

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

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduced the Federal Advisory Committee Transparency Act, 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 the Federal Advisory Committee Act (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. U.S. Representatives James Comer (R-KY), Ranking Member of House Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform have introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives. The text of the bill is here.
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March 16, 2021

Murray, Scott, Hassan Release GAO Report On Retirement Cybersecurity Which Recommends Department of Labor Issue Guidance

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Congressman Bobby Scott, Chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, and Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) released a report from the Government Accountability Office looking at the risk cybersecurity threats pose to retirement plans that serve over 100 million people. GAO conducted its investigation in response to an inquiry the Members sent in 2019
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March 16, 2021

Senator Hassan, Business Leaders Discuss How Her Bipartisan R&D Bill Will Help Boost Domestic Manufacturing During Finance Hearing

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) participated in a Senate Finance Committee hearing today, where she discussed how her bipartisan American Innovation and Jobs Act, which would strengthen and expand research and development (R&D) tax incentives, will help boost domestic manufacturing and help U.S. businesses outcompete foreign manufacturers. Senator Hassan led in introducing this bipartisan legislation along with Senators Todd Young (R-IN), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Ben Sasse (R-NE), all members of the Senate Finance Committee.

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March 16, 2021

Senator Hassan Leads Virtual Roundtable with Granite Staters to Discuss How the American Rescue Plan Will Help Lower Health Care Costs

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan hosted a virtual roundtable discussion yesterday with Granite Staters to discuss how the American Rescue Plan, which was signed into law last week, will help lower health care costs for many Granite Staters who purchase health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces.

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March 16, 2021

Senators Hassan, Young, Cortez Masto, Portman, and Sasse Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Innovative Businesses and Startups' Research and Development

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Todd Young (R-IN), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Ben Sasse (R-NE), all members of the Senate Finance Committee, introduced the bipartisan American Innovation and Jobs Act to support research and development (R&D) investments by innovative small businesses and startups. At 10 AM today, the Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on supporting domestic manufacturing through the tax code.
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March 15, 2021

Senator Hassan Joins in Introducing Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Vaccine Access for NH Veterans & their Families

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, joined her colleagues in introducing bipartisan legislation to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all veterans, their spouses, and their caregivers through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). While the Manchester VA Medical Center and many other VA Medical Centers offer vaccines to veterans who receive their health care through the VA, current law restricts the VA from providing no-cost vaccine options for veterans not enrolled in VA services.

 

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March 13, 2021

Senators Hassan, Ernst Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Save Taxpayer Dollars by Modifying Composition of Currency

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to allow the U.S. Mint to adjust the metal content of circulating coins to save taxpayer dollars. The U.S. Mint estimates that by adjusting the metal content of circulating coins, the federal government could save between $10-17 million a year.

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March 12, 2021

Senator Hassan Leads Push to Fully Reimburse NH Schools for Personal Protective Equipment and Other Emergency Supplies

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) is leading a group of her colleagues in calling on the Biden administration to fully reimburse schools in New Hampshire and across the country for emergency COVID-19 related expenses, including personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies.

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March 11, 2021

Cornyn, Hassan Introduce the Jenna Quinn Law to Help Prevent Child Abuse

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today introduced the Jenna Quinn Law, 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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March 11, 2021

Senator Hassan Receives Bipartisan Policy Center Award

U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) was awarded the Bipartisan Policy Center’s 2021 Senate Legislative Action Award. Senator Hassan received this award along with Senator Todd Young (R-IN), who she joined in a virtual conversation hosted by the Center about the importance of bipartisanship and breaking through partisan gridlock. The Senators’ conversation can be found here and begins at 18:30. 
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March 11, 2021

Senator Hassan Statement on President Biden Signing the American Rescue Plan into Law

WASHINGTON – After President Joe Biden today signed the American Rescue Plan into law, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan pledged to work with the administration to get this much-needed relief out the door to the American people without delay.

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March 11, 2021

Senator Hassan Discusses NH Veterans’ Exposure to PFAS Toxic Chemicals During Veterans’ Affairs Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan yesterday highlighted the danger that toxic chemicals, such as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), pose to veterans, and their families, who have served on military bases during a hearing of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. 

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