Press Releases

October 10, 2018

Bipartisan Bill Cosponsored by Senator Hassan to Prohibit “Pharmacy Gag Clauses” That Cause Consumers to Pay Higher Prices for Prescription Drugs Signed into Law

WASHINGTON – President Trump signed into law today bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Senator Maggie Hassan to prohibit “pharmacy gag clauses” that cause consumers to pay higher prices for prescription drugs.

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October 10, 2018

Senator Hassan Presses Counter Terrorism Official on Report That a Resurgent ISIS Has 30,000 Fighters in Syria and Iraq

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today pressed Acting Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) Russell “Russ” Travers on recent reports that a resurgent ISIS has 30,000 fighters engaged in its attempts to reassert control over Iraq and Syria, seemingly contradicting President’s Trump’s assertion that ISIS has been “obliterated”.

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October 10, 2018

Senator Hassan Votes to Overturn Trump Administration’s Expansion of Junk Insurance Plans

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today voted to overturn the Trump Administration’s final “junk insurance” plans rule, which would further destabilize health insurance markets, drive up health care costs for hard-working Granite Staters and Americans, and undermine important consumer protections, including for people with pre-existing conditions. Senate Republicans defeated the effort to overturn the rule.

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October 10, 2018

Shaheen & Hassan Provisions to Address Mitigation Efforts at Hampton-Seabrook & Portsmouth Harbors Head to President’s Desk as Part of Water Infrastructure Bill

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) issued the following statements after the bipartisan America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 passed the Senate 99-1. The biennial legislation authorizes water infrastructure projects around the country, and Shaheen and Hassan helped secure approval of mitigation efforts at Hampton-Seabrook and Portsmouth Harbors. The legislation will now head to the President’s desk to be signed into law, having passed both chambers.

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October 10, 2018

Senator Hassan Joins in Introducing Legislation to Expand Workforce, Boost Economic Growth in the Granite State

WASHINGTON  – Senator Maggie Hassan joined colleagues yesterday in introducing the Invest in America Act, legislation that will create competitive grant programs to expand the workforce, modernize training tools, and promote job creation. Senator Hassan introduced the bill with Senators Angus King (I-ME), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Martin Heinrich (D-NM).

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October 09, 2018

NH Delegation Announces $1.35M in Federal Funding for Urban Community Development & Affordable Housing in New Hampshire

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced $1,346,482 in grants for urban community development and affordable housing in New Hampshire from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These grants include $658,301 to Nashua and $290,005 to Dover in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), and a $398,176 HOME Grant to Nashua. These grants are an increase of $198,404 from the previous year, and will support efforts to expand affordable housing throughout New Hampshire, particularly for people experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness, and expand economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate income individuals.

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October 06, 2018

Senator Hassan Statement Following Confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement after voting against Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to serve as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Last night, Senator Hassan delivered a speech on the Senate floor regarding her opposition to Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination, which is available here

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October 06, 2018

Senator Hassan on Senate Floor: The American People Deserve Better than Judge Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON – In the lead-up to the final vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination, Senator Maggie Hassan last night delivered a speech on the Senate floor regarding her opposition to Judge Kavanaugh. 

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October 04, 2018

NH Delegation Urges EPA to Level the Playing Field for Biomass Industry

(Washington, DC) – Yesterday, U.S Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sent a letter with Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), urging the administration to move forward with a proposed rule that would allow renewable electricity made from biomass to qualify for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program if it is used to power electric vehicles. This would level the playing field among competing fuel sources, and enable biomass power plants to generate and sell credits under the RFS program to refiners that must meet national renewable fuel targets. If enacted, the proposed rule would spur the deployment of electric vehicles and provide another source of revenue for New Hampshire’s seven wood-fire power plants.

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October 04, 2018

NH Delegation Announces $1.25M to Bolster School Safety Efforts in NH

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced $1,249,762 in federal grants to bolster school safety efforts in New Hampshire from the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).  These grants include $500,000 to the New Hampshire Department of Education and $249,762 to Merrimack County to fund violence prevention and mental health training programs in schools, and $500,000 to the New Hampshire Department of Education to develop threat assessment and crisis intervention programs. This funding will improve school security and prepare students and teachers to recognize, respond to, and prevent acts of violence.

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October 03, 2018

Shaheen & Hassan To Each Introduce Legislation to Combat Escalating Out-of-Pocket Health Care Costs, Stabilize Health Care Marketplace & End Surprise Medical Bills

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced legislation today to combat escalating out-of-pocket health care costs for uninsured patients and for patients in the individual health insurance market who receive out-of-network care. U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) also announced that she will introduce companion legislation to help eliminate a related problem: surprise medical bills, where patients receive massive, unexpected medical bills, often for receiving care that they didn’t realize was considered out-of-network. Shaheen’s legislation protects patients who are uninsured or in the individual health insurance market, while Hassan’s legislation protects patients with employer-sponsored health plans.  

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October 03, 2018

Bipartisan Opioid Bill with Key New Hampshire Priorities Heads to President’s Desk for Signature

WASHINGTON – The Senate today passed major bipartisan legislation to combat the deadly opioid epidemic in New Hampshire and across the country. The legislation, the Substance Use Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act), includes key New Hampshire priorities that Senator Hassan fought to include in order to strengthen prevention, treatment, recovery, and law enforcement efforts. This bipartisan legislation has passed the U.S. House and now heads to the President’s desk for signature.

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October 03, 2018

NH Delegation Announces $650K to Support Victims of Sexual Assault

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced $650,261 in grants to support victims of sexual assault from the National Institute of Justice at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). These grants include $316,703 to the New Hampshire Department of Safety to help reduce sexual assault and rape kit backlogs and $333,558 to the New Hampshire Department of Justice to develop and initiate a tracking program for sexual assault kits.

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October 03, 2018

Senate Passes Bipartisan FAA Reauthorization Bill With Critical New Hampshire Priorities

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate today passed bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which includes critical New Hampshire priorities championed by Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. The bill passed out of the House of Representatives last week and now heads to the President’s desk for a signature.

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October 02, 2018

Shaheen, Hassan & Shea-Porter Announce $1.6M to Prepare Manchester Students for Postsecondary Education

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) announced a Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant for $1,572,534 per year over the next seven years to the New Hampshire College & University Council to provide services to increase the number of low income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. This grant will fund GEAR UP programming for Manchester students beginning in the sixth and seventh grades for seven years, serving 1,967 students per year.

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October 02, 2018

Senator Hassan Statement on Department of Education Approval of New Hampshire’s Plan to Expand Innovative Competency-Based Model

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement today following the U.S. Department of Education’s announcement that New Hampshire has been chosen to test innovative assessment strategies for students as part of a pilot program authorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This announcement allows New Hampshire to continue to implement and expand New Hampshire’s Performance Assessment for Competency Education (PACE), which is a competency-based educational model that Senator Hassan helped to develop as Governor:

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October 01, 2018

NH Delegation Announces $1.2M to Support NH Youth Victimized by Opioid Crisis

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced $1,186,005 in grants from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to support children and youth who are affected by the opioid epidemic. These grants include $749,886 to the New Hampshire Department of Justice and $436,119 to Dartmouth College, and will bolster crime victim services by expanding existing programs and creating new services for children and youth that have been impacted by the opioid crisis.

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September 28, 2018

Bipartisan Legislation Co-Sponsored by Senator Hassan to Address Violent Crime Cases Passes Senate Unanimously

WASHINGTON – Bipartisan, bicameral legislation co-sponsored by Senator Maggie Hassan that would help prosecutors address violent crime cases, including sexual assault, passed the Senate unanimously this week. The bipartisan Justice Served Act would provide funds for the prosecution of crimes where the suspect was identified by DNA evidence, including in cold cases.

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September 28, 2018

NH Delegation Applauds $3 Million Award to Help Expand the Wood Production Industry in New England

(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), applauded the announcement that the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Inc. and the Northern Forest Center in Concord, will receive $3 million through an award provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce to bolster wood product markets in New England. This federal funding will be allocated through the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) in coordination with the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC). This announcement follows efforts from Senator Shaheen who, as lead Democrat on the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee, included language to appropriate federal resources that provide support for communities impacted by forest product closures.

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September 28, 2018

Senate Passes Shaheen, Hassan Bipartisan Resolution Designating Sept. 30th – Oct. 6th National Community Policing Week

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) announced the passage of their Senate Resolution designating September 30th through October 6th as “National Community Policing Week.” Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) also sponsored the legislation. The bipartisan resolution recognizes the service and sacrifice of the law enforcement community, and underscores the importance of community policing, which forges bonds between police officers and community members. The resolution encourages civilians, law enforcement agencies and public servants to work together to find solutions for communities to improve public safety, strengthen relationships and build trust.

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