Press Releases

February 05, 2021

Shaheen, Hassan and Pappas Announce $4 Million Grant to Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester Secured in COVID-19 Relief

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) that the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester will receive $4 million in federal funding allocated under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act that was passed by Congress and signed into law in December. Specifically, the funding was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and will support the facility’s crucial mental health care services during the COVID-19 pandemic. During negotiations for the emergency COVID-19 relief legislation that passed Congress and was signed into law in December, Shaheen successfully fought for the inclusion of language providing $4.25 billion in funding for substance use disorder treatment and mental health care.

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February 05, 2021

Senator Hassan Applauds Delivery of Final KC-46 Refueling Tanker at Pease Air National Guard Base

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan today applauded the delivery of the final KC-46 air refueling tanker to Pease Air National Guard Base. As Governor, Hassan advocated for the U.S. Air Force to base the KC-46 air refueling tanker at Pease Air National Guard Base, and in 2019 Senator Hassan attended the ceremony for the arrival of the first KC-46 refueling tanker at Pease.

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February 04, 2021

Senators Markey, Cantwell, Van Hollen, Bennet, Hassan, and Schatz Lead Colleagues in Urging New FCC to Use its Emergency Authority to Connect Students to Online Learning

Washington (February 4, 2021) – Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Commerce Committee Chairwoman Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), and Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) today led 31 of their colleagues in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), urging the agency’s new leadership to take long overdue action and utilize the E-Rate Program to help close the “homework gap” during the coronavirus pandemic.

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February 04, 2021

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Call for Restaurant, Hospitality Industry Relief in Upcoming COVID-19 Package

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen are calling on Congressional leadership to provide specific relief to the restaurant and hospitality industries in the upcoming COVID-19 package.

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February 04, 2021

Shaheen and Hassan Call For Additional Relief for State And Local Governments

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sent a letter with a group of Senators calling for additional relief for state, localities, and tribal governments in the next COVID relief package, including a strong all-state minimum to ensure every state can meet the economic and public health challenges the nation still faces. U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) led the letter.

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February 04, 2021

Senator Hassan Questions Labor Secretary Nominee on Workforce Training and Expanding Job Opportunities for Workers in Recovery from Substance Misuse

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today participated in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee nomination hearing for Marty Walsh, President Joe Biden’s nominee to be the Secretary for the Department of Labor.

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February 04, 2021

Peters, Sullivan, Hassan & Tillis Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect Firefighters from Hazardous PFAS Chemicals

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) reintroduced a bipartisan bill to help protect the health and safety of firefighters, emergency responders and the communities they serve. The Protecting Firefighters from Adverse Substances (PFAS) Act, which passed the Senate last Congress, directs federal agencies to develop best practices, training, and educational programs to reduce, limit and prevent exposure to PFAS, also known as ‘forever chemicals’ because they do not naturally break down. The bill would also require guidance to be issued on alternative foams and personal protective equipment that do not contain PFAS. U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Tom Carper (D-DE) and Susan Collins (R-ME) are also original cosponsors of the bill.

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February 03, 2021

Shaheen, Hassan & Kuster Announce More than $12.6 Million in CARES Act Funding to Nashua’s St. Joseph Hospital

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representative Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced that St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua will receive $12,628,962 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Provider Relief Fund. The funding was allocated as an add-on payment to the previous round of disbursements from the Provider Relief Fund, from which New Hampshire health care providers received nearly $77 million. Add-on payments are awarded to account for revenue losses and expenses attributable to COVID-19, and will allow St. Joseph Hospital to continue to serve New Hampshire’s Southern Tier communities as a frontline health care provider during this pandemic.

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February 03, 2021

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Join in Reintroducing Bill to Provide $130 Billion to Improve School Infrastructure in NH and Across the Country

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined their colleagues in reintroducing legislation to provide $130 billion in federal funds to help schools in New Hampshire and across the country improve their aging infrastructure and modernize classrooms to increase student and teacher safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The reintroduction of the Reopen and Rebuild America’s Schools Act comes as Manchester faces millions of dollars in deferred maintenance and infrastructure costs for its schools.  

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February 03, 2021

Senators Hassan, Cassidy Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen COVID-19 Response by Improving Electronic Health Record Systems

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) reintroduced bipartisan legislation to improve patient record matching among health care providers and strengthen the country’s COVID-19 response efforts. The bipartisan Patient Matching Improvement Act works to address inadequate patient matching – the ability to link records for an individual patient across multiple health care providers – which can pose dangers to patients and complicates COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration efforts.

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February 03, 2021

Senator Hassan Questions Education Secretary Nominee on Reopening Schools and Expanding Career Pathways Programs

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today participated in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee nomination hearing for Dr. Miguel Cardona, President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to be the Secretary for the Department of Education.

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February 02, 2021

Senator Hassan Joins Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs

WASHINGTON – Providing a new opportunity to build on her bipartisan work supporting veterans, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan will join the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, which conducts oversight of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and advances legislation on matters pertaining to veterans, including education, health care, VA benefits, and job training.

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February 02, 2021

Senator Hassan Votes to Confirm Alejandro Mayorkas as DHS Secretary

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statement after the Senate voted on a bipartisan basis today to confirm Alejandro Mayorkas as Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security:  

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February 01, 2021

Shaheen & Hassan Call for Inclusion of Lifesaving LIHEAP Utility Assistance in COVID-19 Relief Package

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sent a letter with a group of 44 Senators calling for the inclusion of robust supplemental funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in the next COVID-19 relief package. U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) led the letter.

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February 01, 2021

NH Delegation Announces More than $8.4 Million in HUD Funding to Support Emergency Housing for Vulnerable Populations in NH

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) $8,427,680 for New Hampshire organizations to provide emergency housing and other housing assistance to vulnerable homeless individuals and families throughout New Hampshire. Specifically, the funding was provided through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Continuum of Care Program, which provides funding for efforts by nonprofits, states and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals, families and youth, as well as persons fleeing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

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February 01, 2021

Senator Hassan Continues Her Efforts to Help Address Delays in Veterans’ Records & Benefits

WASHINGTON – Building on her previous efforts to help ensure that veterans receive their Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits in a timely fashion, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) is urging the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), which maintains the personnel, health, and medical records of millions of veterans, to immediately use the $50 million included in the December COVID-19 relief and government funding package to address its backlog of veterans’ record requests. Many veterans and their families need documentation through the NPRC in order to get the benefits that they are entitled to.

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February 01, 2021

Senator Hassan Leads Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort to Strengthen VA Solid Start Program that Helps New Veterans During Transition to Civilian Life

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) is leading a bipartisan, bicameral effort to strengthen the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Solid Start program, which aims to contact every veteran multiple times by phone in the first year after they leave active duty to check in and help connect them to VA programs and benefits. Senator Hassan, along with Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Representatives Elissa Slotkin (D-MI), Jack Bergman (R-MI), and David Joyce (R-OH), are requesting a non-partisan Government Accountability Office assessment of the Solid Start program and how it could be strengthened.

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February 01, 2021

Senator Hassan, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Prevent Goods Made with Forced Uyghur Labor From Entering United States

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined a bipartisan group of her Senate colleagues in reintroducing the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act. This bipartisan bill will help ensure that goods made with Uyghur forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) do not enter the United States. Earlier this year, the State Department issued a determination that the Chinese Communist Party is committing crimes against humanity and genocide against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang.

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February 01, 2021

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Re-introduce Paycheck Fairness Act

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen joined their colleagues in reintroducing the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would help eliminate the gender wage gap and guarantee that women can challenge pay discrimination and hold employers accountable. The bill would end the practice of pay secrecy and strengthen the available remedies for wronged employees.

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February 01, 2021

Senator Hassan Continues Her Efforts to Help Address Delays in Veterans’ Records & Benefits

WASHINGTON – Building on her previous efforts to help ensure that veterans receive their Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits in a timely fashion, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) is urging the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), which maintains the personnel, health, and medical records of millions of veterans, to immediately use the $50 million included in the December COVID-19 relief and government funding package to address its backlog of veterans’ record requests. Many veterans and their families need documentation through the NPRC in order to get the benefits that they are entitled to.

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