Press Releases

November 14, 2019

Senator Hassan Questions Nominee for FEMA Administrator

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan, the top Democrat on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management, questioned Peter Gaynor on his nomination to be Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Mr. Gaynor currently serves as Acting FEMA Administrator.

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November 14, 2019

Senator Hassan Raises Concerns Over Impact of U.S.- China Trade Policies on New Hampshire with the Chair of the Federal Reserve

WASHINGTON — At a Joint Economic Committee hearing yesterday, Senator Maggie Hassan questioned Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell about the Federal Reserve’s proper role in responding to unfair Chinese trade practices and the Administration’s trade policies that are harming New Hampshire businesses.

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November 14, 2019

Members of Northern New England Congressional Delegations Call on Customs and Border Patrol to Disclose Criteria & Effectiveness of Highway Checkpoints

(Washington, DC) – Yesterday, Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) sent a letter to the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) with Representatives Chris Pappas (D-NH1), Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH2), Peter Welch (D-VT At-Large) and Chellie Pingree (D-ME1), calling on the agency to provide information on the use of temporary highway checkpoints in northern New England over the past year. In the letter addressed to Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan, the group questioned whether the lack of arrests stemming from the random stops of vehicles on local highways warranted the harmful economic impact and inconvenience to travelers in the region.

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November 14, 2019

Senator Hassan, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support and Expand Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Programs

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today led a number of her colleagues in introducing bipartisan legislation to support and expand programs such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a collaborative effort across the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont to use market-based tools to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector.

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November 14, 2019

NH Delegation Announce Nearly $800K in Federal Funding to NH DOJ to Combat Human Trafficking

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, the lead Democrat on the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, announced with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded $780,038 in federal funding to the New Hampshire Department of Justice (NHDOJ) in support of efforts to combat human trafficking in New Hampshire.

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November 13, 2019

Senators Shaheen and Hassan Introduce Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Legislation

(Washington) – Today, Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and all 47 Democratic Senators in introducing the Senate companion to the House-passed Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. The legislation – which would reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) through 2024 – includes important updates and reforms to the existing law to ensure women are protected and that survivors don’t face discrimination.

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November 13, 2019

As Youth E-Cigarette Use Continues to Rise, Senator Hassan Raises Alarm Over Delays in Efforts to Tackle the Crisis

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today pressed Mitch Zeller, Director of the Center for Tobacco Products at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), about the alarming rate of e-cigarette use among middle and high school students, as well her concerns over the response to the crisis by both the FDA and Juul, the nation’s largest e-cigarette company. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there are over 5 million youth e-cigarette users nationwide.

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November 13, 2019

Senate Passes Peters, Johnson and Hassan Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Government Systems from Counterintelligence Threats

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate unanimously approved bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Ron Johnson (R-WI), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to address cybersecurity while purchasing information technology equipment for the government. U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) also cosponsored the legislation. The Supply Chain Counterintelligence Training Act would ensure that all executive agency offic… Continue Reading


November 12, 2019

Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill Cosponsored by Senator Hassan to Save Taxpayer Dollars, Help FEMA Improve its Ability to Efficiently and Effectively Respond to Natural Disasters

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan, ranking member on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management Subcommittee, applauded Senate passage of the bipartisan Federal Advance Contracts Enhancement Act, which Senator Hassan cosponsored to help save taxpayer dollars and improve the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) ability to efficiently and effectively respond to natural disasters.

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November 12, 2019

Shaheen, Hassan and Pappas Announce $1.9 Million in Federal Funding to Advance Solar Technologies

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced with Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) the award of $1.9 million in federal grant money to advance new solar technologies. The grants were awarded through the Department of Energy‘s (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office, which aims to support research projects that will lower solar energy costs, strengthen the manufacturing of solar technology and harden the cybersecurity of solar systems.

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November 08, 2019

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Expand Access to Assistive Technology for Seniors and People Experiencing Disabilities

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan is cosponsoring a bipartisan bill, led by Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, to help expand access to affordable assistive technology for seniors and individuals who experience disabilities. Assistive technology includes items such as hearing aids, wheelchair ramps, or devices to help individuals who are non-verbal to communicate.

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November 08, 2019

Kuster, Shaheen and Hassan Announce $30,000 USDA Rural Development Grant for Franklin

(Concord, NH) — Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced with U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Rural Development has awarded the City of Franklin a $30,000 grant. The funding will be used to help further economic development in the city. Specifically, Franklin is hoping to attract investors to finish the re-purposing and revitalization of the core downtown business district, with specific properties being targeted for re-development or renovations.  Kuster wrote a letter of support for the grant earlier this year.

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November 06, 2019

Shaheen, Hassan & Kuster Announce $12 Million for NHDOT Bridge Project on Connecticut River

(Washington, DC) — U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced with Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (D-NH02) that the Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded the New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) $12 million through the Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grant program (known formerly as the TIGER Grant program). The funding was approved for a project to construct a new bridge to bypass two aging bridges on the Connecticut River and rehabilitate the older bridges for recreational use. Shaheen has historically secured federal funding for the BUILD Grant program. In government funding legislation that recently passed the Senate, Shaheen helped boost funding for the BUILD Grant program by $100 million, totaling $1 billion for fiscal year (FY) 2020.

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November 06, 2019

Senators Hassan and Lee’s Bipartisan REPORT Act Advances Out of Homeland Security Committee, Bill Would Help Prevent Future Terrorist Attacks

WASHINGTON – The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee today advanced several critical bills backed by Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) to bolster the country’s national security and protect the safety of all Americans.   

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November 05, 2019

Senator Hassan Addresses Foreign & Domestic Terrorist Threats, Ransomware Attacks at Homeland Security Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today questioned several of the nation’s top security officials about the rising threats of ISIS affiliates, growing domestic terrorism threats, and cybersecurity during the Senate Homeland Security Committee annual Threats to the Homeland hearing. Senator Hassan and other members of the Committee questioned FBI Director Chris Wray, Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis David Glawe, and National Counterterrorism Center Acting Director Russell Travers.

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November 05, 2019

Warren, Murkowski, McSally, Tester, Harris, Sullivan, Gillibrand and Hassan Introduce Bipartisan Resolution to Honor Women Veterans

Boston, MA - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), SASC member and 26-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), SASC and Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee member, Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), SASC member and Ranking Member of the Military Personnel Subcommittee, and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) today introduced the Senate companion to a House resolution urging the U.S. Postal Service to issue a commemorative postage stamp series honoring women veterans of the Armed Forces and calling for the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee to recommend to the Postmaster General that such a stamp series be issued.

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November 04, 2019

Senator Hassan Statement on President Trump Moving Forward with Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today released a statement following President Trump’s decision to notify the international community that the United States plans to officially withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement on November 4, 2020. Senator Hassan today also joined her colleagues in introducing a new resolution that calls for the United States to remain in the Paris Climate Agreement.

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November 01, 2019

Senator Hassan Addresses Rural Broadband, Ransomware Attacks on State & Local Governments at Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON – At a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing yesterday, Senator Maggie Hassan discussed how to increase broadband access in New Hampshire’s rural communities, as well as what more must be done to protect state and local governments from ransomware and other cyber threats.

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November 01, 2019

NH Delegation Announces More Than $1.2 Million for Youth Substance Use Prevention Efforts in New Hampshire

(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 $1,250,000 in Drug Free Communities (DFC) grants from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to 10 local drug prevention coalitions in New Hampshire. The grants will provide local community coalitions funding to prevent youth substance use, including prescription drugs and opioids, in Souhegan Valley, Nashua, Franklin, Jaffrey, Winchester, Haverhill, Raymond, Somersworth, Keene and the Upper Valley region. These funds were awarded as part of ONDCP’s initial round of FY 2019 grants for the program.

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November 01, 2019

With Open Enrollment Beginning Today, Senator Hassan Urges Granite Staters to Shop for Health Insurance Options

WASHINGTON – Open enrollment for health insurance plans offered under the Affordable Care Act marketplace begins today, and Granite Staters have until December 15th to sign up for a marketplace plan or change their current plan by visiting HealthCare.gov.  

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