Press Releases

December 20, 2018

Bipartisan Farm Bill with Hassan-Supported Provision to Reauthorize Northern Border Regional Commission and Other Critical New Hampshire Priorities Signed Into Law

WASHINGTON – President Trump signed into law today the bipartisan Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 – also known as the “Farm Bill” – that includes a provision Senator Maggie Hassan cosponsored to reauthorize the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) for five years and expand the program to Cheshire and Belknap counties. The bipartisan legislation also includes additional resources and support for critical New Hampshire priorities, including boosting New Hampshire’s agricultural industry, helping to prevent Granite Staters from going hungry, expanding access to broadband, and supporting efforts to combat the opioid crisis.

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December 20, 2018

President Signs Into Law Bipartisan Legislation Cosponsored by Senator Hassan to Improve Access to Maternal Care in Rural and Underserved Areas

WASHINGTON – President Trump this week signed into law bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Senator Maggie Hassan to improve access to maternal care in rural and underserved areas in New Hampshire and throughout the United States. The bipartisan Improving Access to Maternity Care Act will help reduce shortages in maternity care by identifying areas lacking maternal health professionals and incentivizing providers to practice in these underserved communities. This bill would create a designation for maternity care for use under the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), which would help the NHSC to boost the maternity care workforce in underserved areas through its loan repayment and scholarship programs. The legislation was introduced by Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).

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December 20, 2018

Bipartisan Hassan-Portman Hack DHS Act to Strengthen Cyber Defenses at DHS Heads to President’s Desk for Signature

WASHINGTON – Two bipartisan bills introduced by Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) to help strengthen cyber defenses at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are headed to the President’s desk for signature.

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December 19, 2018

Senator Hassan on New Congressional Report on the Diversion of Prescription Opioids

WASHINGTON – Senator Hassan released the following statement on a new report from the House Energy and Commerce Committee that found that drug distributors and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) failed in their responsibility to prevent the diversion of prescription opioids for illicit uses:

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December 19, 2018

NH Delegation Urges Administration to Work with NH Fish & Game to Support NH Public Lands

(Washington, DC) — U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) sent a letter to Acting Chief of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Vicki Christiansen, and Acting Director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS), Margaret Everson, today, urging them to meet with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department to discuss potential funding options to cover federal land management costs that have fallen to states and local entities.

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December 19, 2018

Senator Hassan Statement on New Report that Trump Administration Has Left Millions for Veteran Suicide Prevention Unspent

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement today after a report from the Government Accountability Office revealed that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has left millions of dollars budgeted for veteran suicide prevention unspent. The report shows that as of September, the VA had spent less than 1 percent of its $6.2 million budget for suicide prevention outreach. The VA has estimated that an average of 20 veterans die by suicide every day.

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December 19, 2018

Senate Approves Bipartisan Legislation Cosponsored by Senator Hassan to Ensure Veterans Receive Full Housing Benefits

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate yesterday unanimously approved the Forever GI Bill Housing Payment Fulfillment Act, bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Senator Maggie Hassan, to ensure that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reimburses veterans for missed or underpaid Forever GI Bill housing benefits. The bill now moves to the U.S. House of Representatives for a vote. The bill was introduced by U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Brian Schatz (D-HI), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies.

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December 19, 2018

Senator Hassan Recognizes Schilling Beer Co. as December 2018 Granite Staters of the Month

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today recognized Dr. Bruce Cozzens, his sons Jeff, Stuart, and Matt; long-time friend John Lenzini, as well as Head Brewer Chris Deapo of Schilling Beer Co. as December 2018’s Granite Staters of the Month for their work to help those impacted by the Northern California wildfires.  

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December 18, 2018

Senator Hassan Votes to Approve Bipartisan “First Step Act” to Reform Criminal Justice System

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today voted on the Senate floor to approve the bipartisan First Step Act, which would make much-needed reforms to the nation’s criminal justice system, including expanding treatment options for prisoners struggling with substance use disorders and increasing protections for pregnant prisoners.

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December 15, 2018

Senator Hassan on ACA Court Ruling: “We Will Fight This Awful Decision with Everything We’ve Got”

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement on a Texas court decision that would strike down the entire Affordable Care Act. The ruling will not be in effect as it is appealed.

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December 14, 2018

Shaheen, Hassan & Shea-Porter Announce $3.7 Million for Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction in Manchester

(Washington, DC) — U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) today announced $3,694,854 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for lead based paint hazard reduction in Manchester. This funding will allow the City of Manchester to perform healthy home assessments and address lead hazards in 180 housing units to ensure the safety and security of low and very low-income families with children.

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December 14, 2018

Senate Passes Bipartisan Legislation Cosponsored by Senator Hassan to Help Combat Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Types of Dementia

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate this week passed bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Senator Maggie Hassan that will create a public health infrastructure to help combat Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. The bill now heads to the U.S. House of Representatives for a vote.

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December 13, 2018

Senator Hassan Statement on Senate Vote on Yemen

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement after voting for a measure that would prohibit the United States from supporting Saudi efforts in the Yemeni civil and only allow U.S. forces to engage in anti-Al Qaeda operations. After the measure passed, the Senate also passed a resolution supporting a diplomatic solution in Yemen and condemning the murder of Jamal Khashoggi by voice vote.

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December 13, 2018

Senator Hassan Announces Committee Assignments for 116th Congress

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan today announced that she will join the Senate Finance Committee in January, positioning her to continue leading on efforts to expand economic opportunity and support job-creating businesses. The Senator will also continue to serve on the Homeland Security and Governmental Relations Committee, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and the Joint Economic Committee.

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December 13, 2018

Senator Hassan Joins Colleagues in Introducing Legislation to Increase Financial Literacy Among Young People

Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) today introduced legislation that would establish a competitive grant program at the U.S. Department of Education to help states build in-school financial literacy programs, and to encourage community partnerships to promote financial literacy among school-age youth.

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December 12, 2018

Senator Hassan Votes to Reverse IRS Rule Allowing “Dark Money” Groups to Further Hide Identities of Major Donors

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today voted to reverse an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rule that allows “dark money” groups to hide the identities of their major donors from law enforcement. The measure was introduced as a Congressional Review Act resolution, which Senator Hassan cosponsored, and passed the Senate by a vote of 50-49. The resolution will now move to the House for a vote.

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December 12, 2018

Senator Hassan Joins Group of 15 Senators In Introducing New Bill To Help Protect People’s Personal Data Online

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), the top Democrat on the Senate Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet Subcommittee, led a group of 15 senators in introducing new legislation to protect people’s personal data online. The Data Care Act would require websites, apps, and other online providers to take responsible steps to safeguard personal information and stop the misuse of users’ data.

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December 12, 2018

Bipartisan Bill Cosponsored by Senator Hassan to Protect Victims of Child Abuse Passes the Senate

WASHINGTON – The Senate yesterday passed a bipartisan bill cosponsored by Senator Maggie Hassan to protect victims of child abuse. The legislation reauthorizes the Victims of Child Abuse Act (VOCAA), which provides funding for Children’s Advocacy Centers that support victims of child abuse and help law enforcement hold perpetrators accountable. The bill will now move to the U.S. House of Representatives for a vote.

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December 11, 2018

Bipartisan Farm Bill Includes Hassan-Supported Provision to Reauthorize Northern Border Regional Commission

WASHINGTON – The Senate voted to approve the bipartisan Farm Bill this afternoon, which include a provision cosponsored by Senator Hassan to reauthorize the Northern Border Regional Commission for five years and make other reforms to expand the reach of the program to Cheshire and Belknap counties.

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December 11, 2018

Senator Hassan Statement on Bipartisan Farm Bill Agreement that Includes Critical Priorities for New Hampshire

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement after the final bill text for the bipartisan Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 was released -  also known as the “Farm Bill.” The legislation includes critical support for New Hampshire’s agricultural industry and helps prevent Granite Staters from going hungry. The legislation also makes vital investments in the State’s rural communities and water infrastructure, and helps support efforts to combat the devastating fentanyl, heroin, and opioid epidemic.

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