Press Releases

February 10, 2020

Senator Hassan Joins Colleagues in Urging Food and Drug Administration to Immediately Ban the Use of Electrical Shock Devices on Children and Adults with Disabilities

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined her colleagues in urging Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn to immediately ban the use of electrical stimulation devices (ESDs) on children and adults with disabilities.

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February 07, 2020

Hassan-Cassidy Statement on Proposals to Address Surprise Medical Bills from Two House Committees

WASHINGTON – Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement on the surprise medical billing proposals from the House Education and Labor Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee. In December, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee – on which both Senators serve – and the House Energy and Commerce Committee released a bipartisan, bicameral compromise that incorporated considerable feedback and work from the two Senators.

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February 06, 2020

Houses Passes Bipartisan Hassan-Lankford Legislation to Increase Transparency and Curb Wasteful Spending

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives this week unanimously passed the bipartisan Taxpayers Right-to-Know Act, introduced by Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and James Lankford (R-OK), that would require the federal government to publicize the details, costs, and performance metrics of government programs. This bipartisan legislation, which would increase transparency and curb wasteful spending, was voted out of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee last year.

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February 06, 2020

Senator Hassan Continues Oversight of Department of Justice’s Handling of the Opioid Crisis in Meeting with the Agency’s Inspector General

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) met yesterday with Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael Horowitz as part of her continued oversight of the Department’s handling of the opioid epidemic. The Department’s Office of the Inspector General serves as an independent entity to detect and deter waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct at the agency.

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February 05, 2020

Shaheen Leads NH Delegation in Urging President Trump to Fund Coronavirus Prevention Efforts in His Budget

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) led a letter with Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) calling on President Trump to increase federal funding to respond to the coronavirus in his budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2021. President Trump’s previous budget request, for FY 2020, called for significant funding cuts for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) – federal agencies that lead the United States’ response to pandemic viruses, as well as efforts to prevent virus transmission and expedite vaccine development.

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February 05, 2020

Senator Hassan Announces She Will Vote in Favor of Both Articles of Impeachment

WASHINGTON – Ahead of the Senate’s vote today on the articles of impeachment, Senator Maggie Hassan took to the Senate floor to address Granite Staters and her fellow Senators, discussing why she will vote in favor of both articles of impeachment.

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February 04, 2020

Senator Hassan Responds to President Trump’s State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON –Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement tonight in response to President Trump’s State of the Union address. The Senator brought as her guest Laconia Police Officer Eric Adams, who has gained national recognition for his work as Laconia’s Prevention, Enforcement, and Treatment Coordinator. In this role – the first of its kind in New England – Officer Adams has helped revolutionize the way that law enforcement across the country approach combating substance misuse.

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January 31, 2020

Senator Hassan Slams Trump Administration Policy to Gut Medicaid

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan spoke out against the Trump Administration's announcement today of new guidance that would allow states to implement Medicaid block grants, which could dramatically reduce the amount of Medicaid funding. "Make no mistake about this - 'block grants' are just code for massive cuts that will directly harm children and families, individuals who experience disabilities, seniors, and Americans across the country who depend on Medicaid for their health care cove… Continue Reading


January 30, 2020

Hassan-Backed Bipartisan Bill Targeting Fentanyl Analogues Heads to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives last night passed bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Senator Maggie Hassan to help ensure that law enforcement has the tools it needs to curb the opioid epidemic and better target fentanyl analogues, which contribute to the devastating substance misuse epidemic in New Hampshire and across the country. The bill now heads to the President’s desk for his signature.

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January 29, 2020

Senator Hassan Statement on Death of Air Force Captain Ryan S. Phaneuf of Hudson

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released this statement following news of the death of Air Force Captain Ryan S. Phaneuf of Hudson, who was killed during a plane crash in Afghanistan earlier this week:

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January 29, 2020

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Join Colleagues in Calling on President Trump to Publicly Commit to Protecting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined their colleagues in calling on President Trump to retract statements that he made last week saying that he would be open to cutting earned benefits like Medicare or Social Security following the 2017 Republican tax law, which provided massive tax giveaways to multi-national corporations and the ultra-wealthy. The letter was led by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH).

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January 29, 2020

Senator Hassan Statement on President Trump Signing U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Finance Committee who voted to advance the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), released the following statement after President Trump signed into law the bipartisan bill implementing the trade agreement:

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January 29, 2020

Senator Hassan to Host Laconia Police Officer Eric Adams, Who Has Led Efforts to Combat Substance Misuse in New Hampshire, as Her State of the Union Guest

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan announced today that she will host Laconia Police Officer Eric Adams as her guest of honor for President Trump’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday, February 4. Eric has gained national recognition for his work as Laconia’s Prevention, Enforcement, and Treatment Coordinator. In this role – the first of its kind in New England – Eric has helped revolutionize the way that law enforcement across the country approach drug addiction and recovery, prioritizing meeting people where they are at to help them get the treatment and support that they need to overcome substance use disorder.

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January 28, 2020

Hassan-Backed Bipartisan Legislation to Increase Security Resources for Faith-Based Institutions & Nonprofit Organizations Signed into Law

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement today applauding President Trump’s signing of bipartisan legislation, which she cosponsored, to codify in law that grant funding for houses of worship and nonprofit organizations must be available for small states like New Hampshire, not just major metropolitan areas. Senator Hassan is a member of the Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

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January 28, 2020

Amid Reports of Potential Coronavirus Cases in New Hampshire, Senator Hassan Urges Granite Staters to Take Precautionary Measures Similar to Flu Prevention

WASHINGTON – Amid reports of potential coronavirus cases in New Hampshire, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan is urging all Granite Staters to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) precautionary measures – akin to those recommended for flu prevention such as frequent handwashing, staying home when sick, and covering your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing. Anyone who feels sick and who has visited Wuhan City, China, should seek care immediately. Additional information from New Hampshire’s Department of Health and Human Services is here.  

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January 24, 2020

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Legislation to Prevent Opioid Misuse Among Students and Student Athletes

(Washington, DC) – This week, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) reintroduced legislation that would help prevent opioid misuse among students and student athletes. The Student and Student Athlete Opioid Misuse Prevention Act would allow schools, communities and youth athletic associations in New Hampshire and around the country to provide prevention programs to reduce the risk of opioid misuse among students and student athletes. Research shows that students, and student athletes in particular, are at risk of developing a dependency due to opioid pain treatment following injuries. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) are cosponsors of the legislation.

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January 23, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan Introduce Legislation to Protect Community Television

(Washington, DC) – This week, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduced the Protecting Community Television Act with Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), legislation to ensure that community television operations continue to receive the resources they need to educate and inform viewers in the cities and towns where they operate.

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January 22, 2020

Senator Hassan Statement on 47th Anniversary of Supreme Court’s Decision in Roe v. Wade

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement on the 47th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Roe v. Wade:

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January 21, 2020

Senator Hassan Recognizes Rahul and Karthik Chalumuri of Keene as January’s Granite Staters of the Month

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan recognized Rahul and Karthik Chalumuri of Keene as January’s Granite Staters of the Month for their efforts to organize donation drives at their school to support patients at a local cancer center.  

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January 21, 2020

NH Delegation Calls on Trump to Continue Opioid Response Grant Funding, Ensure Set-Aside for Hardest-Hit States

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, led Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) in a letter to President Donald Trump, calling on him to continue funding for the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant program in his budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2021. The SOR grant program has been a critical tool for New Hampshire and other states on the frontlines of the substance use disorder crisis. The delegation also urged the President to continue the 15 percent set-aside for hardest hit states, which has helped states deeply impacted like New Hampshire. In government funding legislation signed into law last month, Senator Shaheen successfully included a new provision based on a key component of her legislation that provides flexibility for treatment providers to use SOR grant dollars to help patients suffering from methamphetamine and cocaine dependency, in addition to opioid use disorders.

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