Press Releases

September 23, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan and Kuster Applaud $3.52 Million Grant to Strengthen Flood Control Infrastructure in Bristol

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representative Annie Kuster (NH-02) issued the following statements in response to the announcement by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) that Bristol will receive a $3.52 million federal grant to make flood control infrastructure improvements that will help protect businesses in the town’s downtown commercial district:

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September 23, 2020

Senator Hassan Secures Commitment from CDC and FDA to Conduct Key Oversight Measures in Vaccine Review Process

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, during a during a Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing today, secured commitments from Dr. Stephen Hahn, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that their agencies would conduct key oversight measures during the COVID-19 vaccine review process to help ensure that any potential COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective and that the American public have confidence in the vaccine.

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September 23, 2020

Shaheen & Hassan Join Senate Call to Ensure Landmark Agent Orange Exposure Bill is Included in Final Annual Defense Legislation

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) – the Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee – and a group of lawmakers on a letter to the Senate and House Armed Services Committees as they negotiate the final text of the fiscal year (FY) 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), urging the lawmakers to include a landmark Agent Orange exposure bill. The bill, which was included as an amendment to the Senate version of the annual defense legislation that overwhelmingly cleared the chamber in July, would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide benefits to veterans suffering from conditions related to their exposure to the dangerous pesticide Agent Orange.

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September 23, 2020

Senator Hassan Presses for Details on DHS Counterterrorism Efforts, PPE for Schools and Communities During Homeland Security Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON – During the nomination hearing for Chad Wolf to be Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) pressed for answers on the Department’s work to address threats from ISIS and shortcomings in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) efforts to ensure schools and communities have the personal protective equipment that they need amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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September 23, 2020

Enzi, Hassan applaud House passage of bill to protect against counterfeit medical products

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., applauded the House for unanimously passing bipartisan legislation that would help protect patients from counterfeit medical products. The House legislation is a companion to a bill Enzi and Hassan introduced in July

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September 23, 2020

Senator Hassan, Colleagues Urge Judge to Reject $3.5 Million Bonus for CEO of Bankrupt Purdue Pharma

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan joined Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and colleagues in urging Judge Robert D. Drain to reject Purdue Pharma’s proposal to pay President and CEO Craig Landau a bonus of up to $3.5 million. Purdue’s opioid marketing campaign accelerated an opioid epidemic that has claimed an estimated 400,000 lives.

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September 23, 2020

Shaheen & Hassan Call for Financial Assistance for Bus & Passenger Ferry Industries in Next COVID-19 Relief Package

(Washington, DC) —U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan joined a group of Senators in calling for the next COVID-19 relief package to include the Coronavirus Economic Relief for Transportation Services (CERTS) Act, legislation they cosponsored that would authorize $10 billion in emergency economic relief funding for America’s bus, motorcoach and passenger ferry industries impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter was led by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI).

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September 22, 2020

Senator Hassan Receives Update from Smiths Medical on Efforts to Manufacture Vaccine Supplies

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan received a virtual tour of Smiths Medical and heard about its efforts to manufacture integrated hypodermic needle and syringe products to administer a potential COVID-19 vaccine.

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September 22, 2020

NH Delegation Announces More than $4.5 Million to Renovate & Modernize Northcoast Railroad

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) today announced the award of $4,562,905 in funding through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Program to invest in renovating and modernizing the New Hampshire Northcoast (NHN) railroad line. Shaheen, Hassan and Pappas sent a letter of support for this grant award.

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September 22, 2020

Senator Hassan, Colleagues Call for Answers on Americans Being Left on the Hook for COVID-19 Testing Costs

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) led eight of her colleagues, including Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), in raising concerns about individuals being charged for COVID-19 diagnostic tests. While the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the CARES Act, both signed into law earlier this year, require health insurance plans to cover costs associated with COVID-19 testing, there are troubling reports of insured individuals receiving unexpected bills for their COVID-19 diagnostic tests.

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September 22, 2020

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Provide Long-Term Financial Assistance for Small Businesses, Nonprofits Hardest Hit by the COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) cosponsored bipartisan legislation to provide additional financial assistance to small and mid-sized employers that have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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September 22, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan to DHS IG: Investigate Alleged Forced Hysterectomies at ICE Facility

(Washington, DC)— U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined a group of Senators last week in calling on the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general to expeditiously investigate a whistleblower complaint alleging forced hysterectomies at the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Ocilla, GA.

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September 21, 2020

NH Delegation Announces More than $7.9 Million to Support Granite State Law Enforcement & Services for Crime Victims

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that funds the Department of Justice (DOJ), announced with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that DOJ awarded $7,942,122 in federal funds for New Hampshire to support Granite State law enforcement agencies, strengthen the New Hampshire criminal justice system and bolster services for victims of crime in the state. Of these funds:

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September 21, 2020

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Help Law Enforcement Better Detect and Track Fentanyl & Other Synthetic Opioids

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, cosponsored bipartisan legislation to ensure that personnel at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have the tools that they need to more easily detect synthetic opioids like fentanyl, which are contributing to the devastating substance misuse crisis in New Hampshire and across the country.

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September 18, 2020

Senator Hassan Statement on the Passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement regarding the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:  

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September 18, 2020

Shaheen Leads NH Delegation in Announcing Additional Federal Funds for Seacoast Region Organizations to Combat Sexual Harassment and Assault

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that funds the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), announced with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Chris Pappas (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) that Soteria Solutions in Durham will receive $399,994 through the OVW’s Training and Technical Assistance (TA) Initiative. Soteria Solutions is a nonprofit organization that creates programs to prevent and combat sexual harassment and violence. The funding will be used to develop strategies that strengthen the development of campus needs and planning that prevent sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking. Soteria Solutions was co-founded by Jane Stapleton and Dr. Sharyn Potter, University of New Hampshire (UNH) researchers who established the Prevention Innovations Research Center (PIRC) at UNH.

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September 18, 2020

Senator Hassan Introduces Bipartisan Resolution Recognizing September 18 as National Concussion Awareness Day

WASHINGTON – Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced a bipartisan resolution in the Senate recognizing September 18, 2020 as National Concussion Awareness Day. The resolution was also introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressmen Bill Pascrell (D-NJ-9) and Don Bacon (R-NE-2). Last year, the same group of lawmakers introduced a similar measure recognizing September 20, 2019 as National Concussion Awareness Day.

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September 18, 2020

Senator Hassan Calls for Support for Students Financially Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic During Senate Hearing

WASHINGTON – During a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing yesterday, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan discussed the financial impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on students and called for additional steps to help them stay in school.

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September 18, 2020

NH Delegation Announces More than $2 Million in DOJ Grants to Combat Child Sex Trafficking

(Manchester, NH) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, the Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that funds the Department of Justice (DOJ), announced with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that the University of New Hampshire (UNH) will receive $2,012,577 to fund three studies to combat child sex trafficking. Specifically, these studies will focus on improving law enforcement’s response to domestic child sex trafficking, assess the effectiveness of support programs for child survivors of sex trafficking and help law enforcement and policymakers better understand and respond to cyber abuse, such as sextortion, and cyber-stalking. 

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September 18, 2020

Senate Passes Cornyn, Hassan’s Jenna Quinn Law to Prevent Child Abuse

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) released the following statements after the Senate passed the Jenna Quinn Law last night, 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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