Press Releases

May 24, 2019

Senator Hassan Announces Key New Hampshire Leadership Staff

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today announced two key New Hampshire leadership staff, naming Jennifer Kuzma to serve as State Director and Corey Garry to serve as Deputy State Director following the departure of State Director Mike Ollen.

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May 24, 2019

Senator Hassan Recognize Elizabeth Guillotte and Richard “Ricky” Mazur of Franklin High School as May 2019 Granite Staters of the Month

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan this week recognized Elizabeth Guillotte of Hill, New Hampshire?, and Richard “Ricky” Mazur of Franklin, New Hampshire, as the May 2019 Granite Staters of the Month for their dedication to helping their classmates who are unable to afford basic necessities like clothing and toiletries. 

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May 23, 2019

Senator Hassan Statement on Release of Draft Legislative Package To Lower Health Care Costs That Includes Proposals to End Surprise Medical Billing

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today released the following statement in response to draft legislation to lower health care costs released by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA), the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, which includes proposals to end surprise medical billing:

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May 23, 2019

Enzi, Hassan introduce bill to improve education of drug products that could help drive down costs

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., introduced bipartisan legislation today that would enhance education of biosimilar drug products in an effort to increase competition and lower the cost of biologic medicines.

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May 23, 2019

Senator Hassan Presses Acting DHS Secretary McAleenan on Number of Critical National Security Concerns, Including the Release of the “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh and the 245 Cases of Migrant Children Separated at the Border After Federal Court Ruled Separations Must End

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today pressed acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Kevin McAleenan on a number of critical national security concerns during a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing, including the release of convicted American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh and the 245 cases of child separation that have occurred since a federal judge ruled that these separations must end.

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May 23, 2019

Senators Hassan, Scott and Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Fix to the Kiddie Tax for Nation’s Students

WASHINGTON —Today, U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Tim Scott (R-SC), and fourteen of their colleagues introduced a bipartisan fix to the Kiddie Tax to ensure that 1.3 million undergraduate and 15,000 graduate students’ scholarships and grant aid are being taxed at a lower rate. Due to a provision in the 2017 tax law, taxes on student scholarships for non-tuition expenses were raised.

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May 23, 2019

Fox News: New Hampshire Senator Demands Answers Over Early Release of ‘American Taliban’

WASHINGTON – In case you missed it, Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, was on Fox & Friends First this morning, where she discussed the early release of convicted American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh who is being released from federal prison today after serving 17 years of his 20 year-sentence.

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May 23, 2019

U.S. House Passes Bipartisan Bill Introduced by Senators Hassan and Rubio to Prioritize Veterans' Employment, Transition, Education Benefits at VA

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives this week passed a bipartisan companion bill to legislation introduced by Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) to prioritize veterans’ employment, transition, and education benefits at the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). The bipartisan Veterans’ Education, Transition, and Opportunity Prioritization Plan (VET OPP) Act of 2019 was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressmen Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio) and Mike Levin (D-Cali.), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity.

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May 22, 2019

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Cosponsor Legislation to Overturn President Trump’s Expansion of Junk Health Insurance Plans

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and Senator Jeanne Shaheen, yesterday joined the entire Democratic caucus in cosponsoring the No Junk Plans Act  to overturn President Trump’s expansion of junk health insurance plans that do not have to provide health care coverage for Granite Staters and Americans with pre-existing conditions. Companion legislation passed the House of Representatives last week.

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May 22, 2019

U.S. Senator Tina Smith, Rep. Sean Casten, Senate and House Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Nation’s Energy Storage Capabilities

WASHINGTON, D.C. [05/22/2019]—Today, U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and Representative Sean Casten (D-Ill.)—along with a bipartisan group of Senate and House colleagues—introduced their Promoting Grid Storage Act of 2019, which would boost research and development of cutting-edge technologies to increase energy storage capabilities for America’s electric grid and enable the expanded use of clean energy. 

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May 22, 2019

Casey, Cassidy, Hassan, Young Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Remove Unnecessary Barriers for Students with Disabilities

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Todd Young (R-IN) introduced the Respond, Innovate, Succeed, and Empower (RISE) Act to help ease the burden of transitioning to college for students with disabilities. The legislation would amend the Higher Education Act (HEA) and clarify that students with previous documentation of a disability would be able to continue using that documentation as proof when they transition to higher education. This would help ensure students who receive special education or accommodations because of a disability do not need to spend time and money to go through unnecessary new diagnostic testing.

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May 21, 2019

Senators Hassan, Grassley Request Information on Steps DHS is Taking to Address Rise in Domestic Terrorism

WASHINGTON – Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) today sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan expressing concern over the rise in domestic non-Foreign Terrorist Organization inspired terrorism over the last few years, and requesting information about what steps DHS has taken to mitigate and prevent this threat to protect the safety and security of Americans.

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May 21, 2019

Senator Hassan Conducts First Federal Spending Oversight Hearing as Ranking Member of Key Subcommittee

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today conducted her first hearing as Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (HSGAC) Subcommittee on Federal Sending Oversight and Emergency Management (FSO). The focus of the hearing was the 2019 report from the Government Accountability’s Office (GAO) on how to reduce duplication in the federal government and save taxpayer dollars.

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May 21, 2019

U.S. Senate Unanimously Passes Bipartisan Bill to Lower Taxes on Gold Star Families, Reverse Mistake in GOP Tax Law

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate today unanimously passed bipartisan legislation that Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, recently introduced with Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Doug Jones (D-AL) and colleagues from both parties to provide tax relief for children receiving benefits who have lost a parent serving in the military. Senator Jeanne Shaheen is also a cosponsor of the bill.

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May 20, 2019

Six More Senators Join Bipartisan STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act as Momentum Builds

WASHINGTON – Six more Senators today cosponsored the bipartisan STOP Surprise Medical Bills Act as momentum builds for the legislation that Senator Maggie Hassan and her colleagues introduced last week. The addition of Senators Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Ben Cardin (D-MD), John Kennedy (R-LA), Bob Casey (D-PA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Sheldon Whitehouse (R-RI) as cosponsors brings the total cosponsors of the legislation to 14 senators – seven Republicans and seven Democrats. They join Senator Hassan, Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Todd Young (R-IN), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Tom Carper (D-DE), Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH).

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May 20, 2019

Senator Hassan, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Ensure Pregnant Mothers Can Access Affordable Health Care During and After Pregnancy

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan joined her colleagues last week to introduce legislation to expand health care options for expectant mothers. The Healthy Maternal and Obstetric Medicine (Healthy MOM) Act, would ensure that all women eligible for coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance marketplaces, as well as women eligible for other individual or group health plan coverage, can access affordable health coverage throughout their pregnancies. The bill would establish a special enrollment period (SEP) for expectant mothers. Right now, marriage, divorce, giving birth, adoption, and changing jobs are considered qualifying life events that trigger a special enrollment period. However, becoming pregnant is not considered a qualifying event. 

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May 20, 2019

Senators Shelby, Hassan Express Concern Over Anticipated Release of Convicted American Taliban Fighter John Walker Lindh and Other Terrorist Offenders

WASHINGTON – Senators Richard Shelby (R-AL) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sent a letter last week to Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons Hugh Hurwitz expressing concern over the anticipated release of convicted American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh and other terrorist offenders. The Senators also requested further information about what steps the federal government is taking to ensure public safety upon the release of these individuals.

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May 17, 2019

U.S. Senate Unanimously Passes Bipartisan Legislation Cosponsored by Senator Hassan to Prevent Police Suicide

WASHINGTON – During National Police Week, the United States Senate unanimously passed bipartisan legislation Senator Hassan cosponsored to help prevent police suicide. The Supporting and Treating Officers in Crisis, which was introduced by Senators Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) aims to address suicide within the law enforcement community.

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May 17, 2019

Senators Hassan and Capito Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Close the Rural-Urban Digital Divide

WASHINGTON – Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) yesterday reintroduced the bipartisan Rural Reasonable and Comparable Wireless Access Act to help close the rural-urban digital divide and expand access to broadband in rural parts of New Hampshire, West Virginia, and across the country.

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May 17, 2019

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Introduce Legislation to Protect Students, Reduce Bullying and Harassment at Colleges and Universities

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and Senator Jeanne Shaheen, joined their colleagues this week in introducing legislation to help reduce bullying and harassment, including cyberbullying, at colleges and universities across the country.

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