Press Releases

June 30, 2020

Senator Hassan Pushes IRS Commissioner to Send Families Promised COVID-19 Stimulus Payments for Children as Quickly as Possible

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan today pushed Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Charles Rettig on the Agency’s efforts to ensure that families who automatically received their COVID-19 stimulus payments will not need to wait until next year to receive the additional $500 payment per dependent child that they were promised.

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June 30, 2020

Senator Hassan Questions Dr. Fauci on Factors Driving Increase of COVID-19 Cases in the U.S.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan today questioned Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, and Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about factors driving a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in the U.S., protections for nursing home residents and staff, and guidance on school reopening, during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing. This hearing is the first time in over a month that Dr. Fauci and other members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force have appeared before the Senate.

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June 30, 2020

Senator Hassan Calls For Immediate Action to Support Local Communities Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan called for immediate action to support local communities and states in a Senate floor speech this evening. Specifically, the Senator called on Senate Republicans to join Democratic efforts to provide significant and flexible economic relief for state and local governments across the country to help them save lives and preserve jobs.

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June 30, 2020

Senators Hassan, Durbin, Brown, and Warren File Series of NDAA Amendments to Protect Service Members and Veterans from Predatory Higher Education Practices

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) filed a series of amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to protect service members and veterans from predatory higher education practices.

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June 29, 2020

Senator Hassan Statement on Supreme Court’s Decision to Strike Down Restrictive Abortion Law in Louisiana

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling to strike down a law in Louisiana that would have drastically limited access to abortion services.

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June 29, 2020

Hassan, Cornyn, Peters, & Portman Introduce Bipartisan Amendment to NDAA to Bolster Cybersecurity at All Levels of Government

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), John Cornyn (R-TX), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Rob Portman (R-OH) filed a bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021 to require the Department of Homeland Security to establish a Cybersecurity State Coordinator position in every state. Each state would have its own federally funded Cybersecurity Coordinator, who would be responsible for helping to prevent and respond to cybersecurity threats by working with federal, state, and local governments as well as schools, hospitals, and other entities. This amendment mirrors the Cybersecurity State Coordinator Act that the Senators introduced earlier this year, and in March, the Homeland Security Committee voted on a bipartisan basis to approve this legislation.

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June 29, 2020

Senator Hassan, Colleagues Push Administration to Improve Paycheck Protection Program for NH’s Seasonal Businesses

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senator Angus King (I-ME) and a group of their colleagues in urging U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Jovita Carranza to readjust regulatory requirements so that seasonal employers in New Hampshire and across the country can access the full amount of the Paycheck Protection Program loans for which they qualify. The Senators asked the Treasury Department and the SBA to immediately issue a new rule so that seasonal small businesses can access full Paycheck Protection Program funding before the SBA’s guaranty authority expires on June 30.

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June 26, 2020

Senator Hassan Recognizes Emily Aho of Jaffrey as June’s Granite Stater of the Month

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan recognized Emily Aho of Jaffrey as June’s Granite Stater of the Month for her efforts to provide emotional support to health care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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June 26, 2020

Senators Hassan, Carper Call for Aggressive Action Against COVID-19 Scammers, Robocallers

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Tom Carper (D-DE) – who both serve on the Finance Committee and the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee – are calling on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to aggressively crack down on scammers seeking to take advantage of Americans amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In New Hampshire, the FTC has received more than 1,000 reports of fraud so far this year, resulting in approximately $1.5 million in losses, which is approximately three times higher than reported losses compared to this time last year.

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June 26, 2020

Senator Hassan Leads Homeland Security Committee Democrats in Calling for Answers on Strategic National Stockpile

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) led Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) Ranking Member Gary Peters (D-MI) and fellow HSGAC Senators Tom Carper (D-DE), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), and Jacky Rosen (D-NV) in calling for answers from the administration about the Strategic National Stockpile, which is maintained by the federal government to rapidly distribute personal protective equipment and other critical medical supplies during public health emergencies. Senator Hassan serves as the Ranking Member on the HSGAC Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management. 

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June 25, 2020

Senator Hassan Statement on Trump Administration Doubling Down on Efforts to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

WASHINGTON – With the Trump administration expected to formally file a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court today backing a Republican-led lawsuit to strike down the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement:

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June 24, 2020

Senators Hassan, Brown, Reed Lead Colleagues in Calling for Answers Over Difficulties With Stimulus Payments Issued as Debit Cards

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Jack Reed (D-RI) led a group of 15 senators in calling for answers from the Treasury Department about ongoing difficulties facing Americans who received their CARES Act stimulus payments as debit cards.

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June 24, 2020

Senator Hassan Emphasizes Need to Improve Procurement and Distribution of Strategic National Stockpile Supplies

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan emphasized the need to improve the procurement and distribution of supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile, which is maintained by the federal government to ensure access to medical supplies during public health emergencies, during a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing today. Senator Hassan, who serves as ranking member of the subcommittee that oversees the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), questioned the witnesses on what more needs to be done to ensure that the Strategic National Stockpile is well-managed and includes the necessary supplies to better respond to public health crises.

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June 24, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan Join Senate Democrats on Legislation to Rename Bases & Other Military Assets Named for the Confederacy Within One Year

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) – a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee – introduced legislation today with Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and 34 Senate Democrats, led by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), requiring the Pentagon to remove all names, symbols, displays, monuments and paraphernalia that honor or commemorate the Confederate States of America and anyone who voluntarily served it from all military bases and other assets of the Department of Defense. The Pentagon must rename the assets within one year. The legislation is a standalone bill, based on Warren’s amendment – which Senator Shaheen supported – that was added to the fiscal year (FY) 2021 National Defense Authorization Act that passed the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) earlier this month.

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June 24, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan & Senate Democrats Call on Trump & McConnell to Protect Dreamers Following Landmark Supreme Court Decision

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sent letters with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and a group of Senate Democrats to President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, urging immediate action to protect Dreamers following the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision last week. The Court ruled against President Trump’s effort to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protects young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. 

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June 23, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan Push to Ensure Survivors of Domestic Violence Can Access Their Economic Impact Payment

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sent a letter with a group of 35 Senators, led by Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Charles Rettig urging them to take action to ensure that survivors of domestic violence can access their Economic Impact Payment. Domestic violence survivors face unique barriers that can keep them from being able to access their economic recovery rebates they are legally entitled to under the law. 

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June 23, 2020

Senator Hassan Highlights Need to Strengthen Federal Response to COVID-19 Pandemic As Cases Continue to Rise Across the Country

WASHINGTON – U.S Senator Maggie Hassan discussed the need to strengthen the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic during a Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing today. The hearing, titled Lessons Learned to Prepare for the Next Pandemic, comes as COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the country.

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June 23, 2020

Senators Hassan, Warren, Casey, Schumer Call for Answers on Nursing Homes’ Access to Adequate Personal Protective Equipment

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) are calling for answers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) about nursing home and long-term care facility access to personal protective equipment following reports that FEMA is shipping insufficient and defective personal protective equipment to these facilities.

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June 23, 2020

Senator Hassan Calls for Answers on Wayfair Sales Tax Compliance Software, Impact on Small Businesses

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) led a letter with Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) to tax compliance software companies about the affordability and accuracy of their products, which many small businesses use to comply with the Supreme Court’s problematic Wayfair decision. Two years ago on June 21, 2018, the Supreme Court’s Wayfair decision required businesses – even if they are located in non-sales tax states – to collect sales tax for other states and jurisdictions, creating a burdensome new tax collection system that small businesses are struggling to comply with.

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June 22, 2020

Senator Hassan Joins In Introducing Bipartisan Legislation to Help Non-Profits During COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined her colleagues in introducing the Protecting Nonprofits from Catastrophic Cash Flow Strain Act, bipartisan legislation to help keep non-profits afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. This bipartisan legislation was led by Senators Tim Scott (R-SC), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Ron Wyden (D-OR). Instead of paying unemployment taxes, many non-profits reimburse states for 100 percent of the unemployment benefits collected … Continue Reading

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