Press Releases

December 10, 2020

Senator Hassan Statement on the Passing of NH House Speaker Dick Hinch

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement on the death of New Hampshire House Speaker Dick Hinch:

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December 10, 2020

Senate Passes Braun-Hassan Legislation to Enhance Whistleblower Protections for Subgrantees

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight, the United States Senate gave unanimous approval to legislation introduced by Senator Braun (R-IN) and Senator Hassan (D-NH) to enhance statutory protections for subgrantees that blow the whistle on waste, fraud, and abuse.

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December 09, 2020

NH Delegation Urges Congressional Appropriations Leadership to Avert Mass Layoffs at Portsmouth National Passport Center & Provide COVID-19 Financial Relief to Office of Passport Services

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Appropriations Committees, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) urged congressional appropriations leadership to avert mass layoffs that have already begun and may continue to occur as a result of decreased passport demand due to COVID-19 and the State Department’s decision to cut the jobs of hundreds of contract employees working within the Office of Passport Services nationwide. The letter urges congressional leaders to provide financial relief to the agency in any COVID-19 package. The letter follows Shaheen’s call to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to reevaluate these job cuts and help alleviate their impact, which resulted in a portion of these employees being asked to return to their jobs. The National Passport Center in Portsmouth is the nation’s largest passport processing facility. In their letter, the delegation called for the approval of funding that would prevent these job cuts and mitigate the effects on employees and their families.

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December 09, 2020

Senators Hassan, Hawley, Tillis Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Help Victims of So-Called “Revenge Porn” Sue Their Perpetrators

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Josh Hawley (R-MO), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced bipartisan legislation to allow individuals to seek compensation and relief in federal court for the non-consensual disclosure and transmission of intimate images of them, often referred to as “revenge porn.”

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December 09, 2020

Senate passes Enzi, Hassan bill to protect against counterfeit medical products

Washington, D.C. – The Senate unanimously passed a bill introduced by U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., to help protect patients from counterfeit medical products.

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December 09, 2020

Senators Hawley, Hassan, and Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Empower Victims of Porn Industry Exploitation to Sue Host Websites

WASHINGTON -- Today U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) introduced the Survivors of Human Trafficking Fight Back Act to create a private cause of action allowing victims of rape and sex trafficking, as well as individuals whose intimate images are distributed without their consent, to sue pornographic websites that profit off their exploitation. Senator Hawley's bill is cosponsored by Senators Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.). Senator Hawley said, "Sites like P… Continue Reading


December 09, 2020

Senate Passes Braun-Hassan Legislation to Enhance Whistleblower Protections for Subgrantees

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight, the United States Senate gave unanimous approval to legislation introduced by Senator Braun (R-IN) and Senator Hassan (D-NH) to enhance statutory protections for subgrantees that blow the whistle on waste, fraud, and abuse.

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December 08, 2020

Shaheen & Hassan Include NH Priorities in Bipartisan Infrastructure Water Bill that Clears House, Calls for Senate Vote

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) issued the following statements after the House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2020, biennial legislation that authorizes water infrastructure projects around the country.

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December 08, 2020

President Signs Into Law Bipartisan Legislation Cosponsored by Senator Hassan to Secure Internet-Connected Devices

WASHINGTON - The President signed into law bipartisan legislation, introduced by U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Mark Warner (D-VA), Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Steve Daines (R-MT), to require baseline security requirements for Internet of Things (IoT) devices purchased by the federal government. The bipartisan Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act leverages the purchasing power of the federal government to help move the wider market for IoT devices towards greater cybersecurit… Continue Reading


December 07, 2020

Senator Hassan Statement on President-Elect Biden’s Announcement to Nominate Xavier Becerra as Secretary of Health and Human Services

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and Senate Finance Committee, issued the following statement after President-elect Joe Biden announced today that he will nominate Xavier Becerra to be the next Secretary for the Department of Health and Human Services.

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December 07, 2020

As More Granite Staters Struggle with Food Insecurity, Senator Hassan Joins Colleagues in Urging Congress to Invest $6 Billion to Meet Growing Nutrition Needs

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan joined her colleagues in calling on Congress to invest $6 billion in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) in next year’s spending bill. The number of people in New Hampshire struggling with food insecurity has increased an estimated 69 percent because of the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning that one in seven Granite Staters is food insecure.

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December 07, 2020

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Applaud Senate Passage of New Monument to Honor Fallen Journalists

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan measure cosponsored by Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen that authorizes the development and construction of a national monument to fallen journalists. The measure now moves to the President’s desk for a signature.

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December 04, 2020

NH Delegation Announces Nearly $2.4 Million in CARES Act Funding for Dartmouth College to Support Research to Enhance Health Care Providers’ Response to COVID-19

(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) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded Dartmouth College $2,396,689 in federal funding appropriated under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support ongoing research aimed at enhancing American health care providers’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the funding was awarded though HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and will allow researchers at Dartmouth to investigate how COVID-19 has impacted primary and patient care in the nation, particularly the adoption of new health care delivery methods such as telehealth, as well as explain variations in the impact of COVID-19 on health care providers and the patients they serve. The information gathered in this study will be used to create guidance that will help lawmakers and health care providers strengthen the delivery of primary care during this and any future pandemic.

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December 04, 2020

House Passes Bipartisan Legislation Introduced by Senators Hassan, Enzi to Save Taxpayer Dollars by Modifying Composition of Currency

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) released the following statements after the House passed bipartisan legislation that they introduced in the Senate earlier this year to allow the U.S. Mint to adjust the metal content of circulating coins to save taxpayer dollars.

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December 04, 2020

Senator Hassan, Colleagues Encourage National Institute of Mental Health to Prioritize Study of Mental Health of Children and Young Adults During Pandemic

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and additional colleagues in urging the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to prioritize efforts to study and understand the impact of the pandemic on the mental health of children and young adults.

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December 04, 2020

NH Delegation Statement on President’s Approval of Guard Activation Extension at Only 75% Federal Reimbursement

(Washington, DC)— U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) issued the following joint statement after President Trump authorized an extension of the New Hampshire National Guard’s activation through March 31, 2021 to help respond to the COVID-19 crisis, but maintained reduced federal funding support. Since August 21st, New Hampshire has only been reimbursed 75 percent for the Guard’s activation rather than the previous reimbursement of 100 percent. The congressional delegation has repeatedly called on the President to restore full funding for New Hampshire in response to his decision earlier this year to reduce the federal reimbursement for New Hampshire and other states to 75 percent, with no explanation.

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December 03, 2020

Senator Hassan, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Help Protect Students from Dangerous Disciplinary Practices

WASHINGTON — U.S Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, joined her colleagues in introducing the Keeping All Students Safe Act to protect students from dangerous seclusion and restraint discipline practices in schools. According to the most current data from the Civil Rights Data Collection, 101,990 students were subjected to seclusion or restraint during the 2017-18 school year. Of the students restrained or secluded, 78 percent were students with disabilities, and a disproportionate number of these students are Black.

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December 03, 2020

Bipartisan Defense Bill Advances in Congress, Including Key Provisions Introduced by Senator Hassan to Protect National Security

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate and House today released the compromise agreement on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, which includes key priorities that Senator Hassan introduced and championed to protect the national security of Granite Staters and all Americans. Bipartisan amendments that Senator Hassan introduced to address drone threats to service members overseas and create a cybersecurity state coordinator in each state are included in the bill, which now awaits final passage in the Senate and House.

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December 02, 2020

Senator Hassan Co-Leads Hearing on State and Local Cybersecurity Threats Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan today organized and co-led a hearing on the importance of bolstering cybersecurity for state and local governments and other entities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Senator, the Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management, heard from a range of witnesses, including Brandon Wales, Acting Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and Denis Goulet, Commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Information Technology, on how Congress and the federal government can better assist state and local governments in preventing and responding to cyberattacks.

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December 02, 2020

Senators Hassan, Cornyn, Smith Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Group of Lawmakers in Calling for Final Passage of Child Welfare Bills This Year

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Tina Smith (D-MN) led a bipartisan, bicameral group of their colleagues in calling for the House to pass two pieces of legislation, which unanimously passed the Senate earlier this year, to help prevent child abuse and improve mental health support for at-risk children.

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