Press Releases

December 12, 2019

Senators Hassan, Ernst, Sinema Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Ensure VA Is Sufficiently Vetting Health Providers

WASHINGTON – Following a Government Accountability Office report that Veterans Health Administration facilities are hiring providers with a history of misconduct, U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) today introduced a bipartisan bill to address the problems raised in the report. In October, the Senators sent an oversight letter to the VA requesting detailed information about the steps it will take to implement the report’s recommendations, but the Senators have yet to receive a response.

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December 12, 2019

Senator Hassan Votes Against Confirming the Nominee for FDA Commissioner

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today voted against confirming Dr. Stephen Hahn as the next Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner.

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December 12, 2019

Sens. Johnson, Hassan Introduce CISA ISP Subpoena Legislation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and committee member Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) introduced legislation Thursday to allow the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to issue subpoenas compelling Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to offer information when vulnerabilities are detected on critical infrastructure systems.

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December 12, 2019

Key Committee Advances Hassan’s Efforts to Support Grandfamilies and Relative Caregivers, Prevent Child Abuse

WASHINGTON – The Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee today reauthorized the bipartisan Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), which includes measures that Senator Maggie Hassan fought to include to ensure that family members caring for children who have been exposed to substance misuse or other trauma are eligible for necessary child support services. The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act also includes provisions from a bipartisan bill that Senator Hassan joined in introducing to help educate professionals who work with children who have experienced sexual abuse.

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December 11, 2019

NH Delegation Announces More Than $575K in Federal Funding for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects in Rural NH

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, announced today with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that rural communities throughout the state will receive $577,276 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Rural Development in support of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. The funding will be awarded through the Rural Energy for American Program (REAP) to the small businesses and farms listed below:

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December 11, 2019

Hassan-Backed Bill to Address Veteran Suicide Passes Senate, Heads to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate today voted to send to the President’s desk the Support for Suicide Prevention Coordinators Act, bipartisan legislation Senator Hassan cosponsored that is aimed at reducing the high suicide rate among veterans. The bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to evaluate the Suicide Prevention Coordinators program, looking at staffing shortages and the workload of the coordinators. These coordinators are responsible for an array of suicide prevention activities at the VA, including counseling, identifying high-risk veterans, conducting outreach, and promoting awareness of veteran suicide.

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December 11, 2019

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Join Bipartisan Colleagues in Urging FCC to Prioritize Rural Broadband

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen this week joined 46 of their Senate colleagues on both sides of the aisle in urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to prioritize sustainable rural broadband networks as the FCC considers new rules in the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) proceeding.

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December 10, 2019

Lankford, Hassan Lead Bipartisan Plan to End Government Shutdowns

WASHINGTON, DC – Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today introduced an updated version of their bipartisan Prevent Government Shutdowns Act. As Congress approaches the threat of a second government shutdown this year, Lankford and Hassan are joined by four of their Senate colleagues to push for this commonsense reform that protects federal employees and forces Congress to stay in DC to fund the government. If signed into law, the bill would set up an automatic Continuing Resolution (CR) at the current spending level until an agreement on funding is enacted. This will prevent a government-wide shutdown, continue critical services and operations for Americans, and hold federal workers harmless while Congress negotiates.  

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December 10, 2019

Senator Hassan Shares Story of Cassandra Van Kuren of Manchester on Senate Floor to Highlight Stakes of Attacks on Families’ Health Care

WASHINGTON – On the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan shared the story of Cassandra Van Kuren of Manchester, who has struggled with the costs of treating her Type 1 diabetes,  to highlight the stakes in the fight against Washington Republicans’ attacks on affordable, accessible health care. To this day, the Administration is supporting a partisan lawsuit that would raise health care costs and take health care and protections away from tens of millions of people, and is continuing to promote “junk” insurance plans which increase costs and don’t protect patients with pre-existing conditions.

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December 10, 2019

Senator Hassan Statement on Bipartisan Defense Spending Legislation, Includes Key Priorities Championed by Senator Hassan to Support New Hampshire and National Security

WASHINGTON - Following the bipartisan agreement announced to pass the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, Senator Hassan released the following statement: "Keeping Granite Staters and all Americans safe, secure, and free is my most important responsibility - and I am glad to have joined Republicans and Democrats on both sides of the aisle in moving forward this year's national defense bill. New Hampshire plays a critical role in protecting our country's national security, a… Continue Reading


December 10, 2019

Senator Maggie Hassan Statement on USMCA Trade Agreement

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over trade policy, released the following statement on the agreement between Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Trump to advance consideration of the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA):

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December 09, 2019

Following Ransomware Attack, Senator Hassan Meets with Sunapee School District Administrators

SUNAPEE, NH – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, who has led efforts to strengthen state and local cybersecurity as a member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, met Friday with officials at Sunapee Middle/High School following a ransomware attack that hit the district earlier this year. Each week, the district’s IT administrators take backup data offline, and they were able to get the school back online and restore data – without paying the ransom.

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December 09, 2019

Cassidy , Hassan Introduce Bill to Lower Costs for Medicare Patients

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today introduced legislation to lower health care costs and strengthen patient choice in their treatment plans.

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December 06, 2019

Senator Hassan Statement on Updated Bipartisan Bill to Lower Prescription Drug Prices

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement after Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) today released an updated version of the bipartisan Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act of 2019, which Senator Hassan helped advance through the Finance Committee in July.

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December 06, 2019

Senate Clears Bill Cosponsored by Shaheen & Hassan to Award Congressional Gold Medal to WWII U.S. Army Special Operators

(Washington, DC) – Bipartisan legislation backed by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the U.S. Army’s 5307th Composite Unit, more commonly known as “Merrill’s Marauder’s,” unanimously passed the Senate last night. The Unit became known as “Merrill’s Marauder’s” in reference to its leader, Brigadier General Frank Merrill, who later served as New Hampshire’s Highway Commissioner. The Merrill’s Marauder’s Congressional Gold Medal Act recognizes the extraordinary service of nearly 3,000 U.S. Army Special Forces volunteers whose successful efforts to drive a much larger Japanese force out of Myanmar, then called Burma, in World War II proved critical to Allied success in the theater.

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December 05, 2019

Senate Passes Hassan-Backed Bipartisan Measure to Simplify Process for Applying for Federal Financial Aid

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate today unanimously approved an education package that included measures from a bipartisan bill cosponsored by Senator Hassan that will make it easier for Granite Staters and Americans to apply for federal financial aid. The underlying package reauthorizes critical funding for Historically Black Colleges/Universities and other Minority-Serving Institutions. 

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December 05, 2019

New Hampshire and Massachusetts Senators Request Update on Justice Department’s Use of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Incarcerated Individuals

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Ed Markey (D-MA) sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr requesting an update on what the Bureau of Prisons is doing to expand access to medication-assisted treatment for incarcerated individuals, which can play a key role both in combating the opioid epidemic and reducing crime.

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December 04, 2019

Senator Hassan Continues to Lead Charge to Eliminate Discriminatory Pay for Workers Who Experience Disabilities

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan sent a letter to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights urging it to support repealing a discriminatory federal policy that allows employers to pay subminimum wages to employees who experience disabilities. Then-Governor Hassan led efforts to eliminate the payment of subminimum wages to individuals who experience disabilities in New Hampshire, which became the first state in the nation to outlaw this practice.

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December 04, 2019

Shaheen, Hassan Praise House-Approval of Bipartisan Anti-Robocall Bill & Call for a Final Vote in the Senate

(Washington, DC) — U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) issued the following statements after the House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation to crack down on robocalls. The legislation improves the federal government’s ability to find scammers, increases penalties on those caught, and requires call authentication and blocking technology to be made available free of charge to consumers. The bill also brings relevant federal agencies and state attorneys general together to evaluate policies and resources needed to better prosecute and deter illegal robocalls, among other provisions.

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December 04, 2019

Senator Hassan Joins Bipartisan Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, Participates in Classified Caucus Briefing on Ransomware

WASHINGTON – As a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) has been a leader on advancing cybersecurity. She recently joined the bipartisan Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, led by Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), which held a classified briefing today with the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Chris Krebs on ransomware threats.

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