Press Releases

February 03, 2021

Senator Hassan Questions Education Secretary Nominee on Reopening Schools and Expanding Career Pathways Programs

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today participated in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee nomination hearing for Dr. Miguel Cardona, President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to be the Secretary for the Department of Education.

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February 02, 2021

Senator Hassan Joins Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs

WASHINGTON – Providing a new opportunity to build on her bipartisan work supporting veterans, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan will join the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, which conducts oversight of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and advances legislation on matters pertaining to veterans, including education, health care, VA benefits, and job training.

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February 02, 2021

Senator Hassan Votes to Confirm Alejandro Mayorkas as DHS Secretary

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statement after the Senate voted on a bipartisan basis today to confirm Alejandro Mayorkas as Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security:  

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February 01, 2021

Shaheen & Hassan Call for Inclusion of Lifesaving LIHEAP Utility Assistance in COVID-19 Relief Package

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sent a letter with a group of 44 Senators calling for the inclusion of robust supplemental funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in the next COVID-19 relief package. U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) led the letter.

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February 01, 2021

NH Delegation Announces More than $8.4 Million in HUD Funding to Support Emergency Housing for Vulnerable Populations in NH

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) $8,427,680 for New Hampshire organizations to provide emergency housing and other housing assistance to vulnerable homeless individuals and families throughout New Hampshire. Specifically, the funding was provided through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Continuum of Care Program, which provides funding for efforts by nonprofits, states and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals, families and youth, as well as persons fleeing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

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February 01, 2021

Senator Hassan Continues Her Efforts to Help Address Delays in Veterans’ Records & Benefits

WASHINGTON – Building on her previous efforts to help ensure that veterans receive their Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits in a timely fashion, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) is urging the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), which maintains the personnel, health, and medical records of millions of veterans, to immediately use the $50 million included in the December COVID-19 relief and government funding package to address its backlog of veterans’ record requests. Many veterans and their families need documentation through the NPRC in order to get the benefits that they are entitled to.

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February 01, 2021

Senator Hassan Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort to Strengthen VA Solid Start Program that Helps New Veterans During Transition to Civilian Life

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) is leading a bipartisan, bicameral effort to strengthen the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Solid Start program, which aims to contact every veteran multiple times by phone in the first year after they leave active duty to check in and help connect them to VA programs and benefits. Senator Hassan, along with Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Representatives Elissa Slotkin (D-MI), Jack Bergman (R-MI), and David Joyce (R-OH), are requesting a non-partisan Government Accountability Office assessment of the Solid Start program and how it could be strengthened.

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February 01, 2021

Senator Hassan, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Prevent Goods Made with Forced Uyghur Labor From Entering United States

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined a bipartisan group of her Senate colleagues in reintroducing the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act. This bipartisan bill will help ensure that goods made with Uyghur forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) do not enter the United States. Earlier this year, the State Department issued a determination that the Chinese Communist Party is committing crimes against humanity and genocide against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang.

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February 01, 2021

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Re-introduce Paycheck Fairness Act

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen joined their colleagues in reintroducing the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would help eliminate the gender wage gap and guarantee that women can challenge pay discrimination and hold employers accountable. The bill would end the practice of pay secrecy and strengthen the available remedies for wronged employees.

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February 01, 2021

Senator Hassan Continues Her Efforts to Help Address Delays in Veterans’ Records & Benefits

WASHINGTON – Building on her previous efforts to help ensure that veterans receive their Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits in a timely fashion, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) is urging the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), which maintains the personnel, health, and medical records of millions of veterans, to immediately use the $50 million included in the December COVID-19 relief and government funding package to address its backlog of veterans’ record requests. Many veterans and their families need documentation through the NPRC in order to get the benefits that they are entitled to.

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February 01, 2021

Senators Hassan, Cassidy to Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Education about Drug Products that Could Help Lower Health Care Costs

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) are reintroducing bipartisan legislation to enhance education about biosimilar drug products in an effort to increase competition and lower the cost of biologic medicines.

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January 29, 2021

Senator Hassan, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Prevent Goods Made with Forced Uyghur Labor From Entering United States

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined a bipartisan group of her Senate colleagues in reintroducing the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act. This bipartisan bill will help ensure that goods made with Uyghur forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) do not enter the United States. Earlier this year, the State Department issued a determination that the Chinese Communist Party is committing crimes against humanity and genocide against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang.

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January 29, 2021

Senator Hassan Recognizes Elliot Perry of Bedford as January 2021 Granite Stater of the Month

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan recognized Elliot Perry of Bedford today as January’s Granite Stater of the Month for raising money to build two accessible playgrounds at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) locations in Lebanon and Manchester to help improve the experience of children who visit these facilities.

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January 29, 2021

Senator Hassan Meets with Transportation Secretary Nominee, Pete Buttigieg

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan met virtually today with President Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg.

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January 29, 2021

Following Push from Senator Hassan, Biden Administration Expands Financial Aid Flexibility for Students Financially Impacted by COVID-19

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) successfully worked on a bipartisan basis last year to ensure that the Department of Education allows financial aid administrators to adjust financial aid packages for students who are financially impacted by COVID-19 and other economic downturns in the 2021-2022 school year and moving forward. Senator Hassan -- along with incoming Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA), Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), and former Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) -- also called last year for the Department of Education to take immediate action to allow flexibility for the current school year, which the Department of Education did today.

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January 28, 2021

Shaheen, Hassan Announce Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin to Available be Made Available as U.S. Recognizes 35th Anniversary of Challenger Tragedy

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) issued the following statements after the Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin became available for pre-order today, which is the 35th anniversary of the Challenger tragedy. Shaheen led the bipartisan legislation with Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Hassan to create the commemorative coin in honor of Christa McAuliffe, the Concord teacher who died aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986. Proceeds from this coin will promote American commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.

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January 28, 2021

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Join Bipartisan Group Calling on FCC to Prioritize Smaller, Rural Providers for COVID-19 Telehealth Support

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) are part of a bipartisan group of Senators calling on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to ensure that smaller, rural health care providers receive their fair share of the COVID-19 Telehealth Program funding authorized in the recent government funding and COVID-19 relief bill.

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January 28, 2021

Senator Hassan Statement on Reopening of ACA Marketplace, Allowing More Americans to Get Health Insurance During the COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement after the Biden administration announced the upcoming reopening of the Affordable Care Act’s online marketplace in an effort to ensure that more Americans have access to affordable health care:

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January 28, 2021

Senators Hassan, Cornyn Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support National Guard's Role in Cybersecurity

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced a bipartisan bill to support the National Guard’s role in helping state and local governments improve their cybersecurity infrastructure. The bill was initially introduced last year, and the Senators are reintroducing it this year in the wake of the SolarWinds attack and continued cyberattacks connected to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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January 28, 2021

Senator Hassan Meets with Labor Secretary Nominee

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, met virtually today with President Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Labor, Marty Walsh:

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