Press Releases

September 19, 2019

Hassan-Backed Legislation Honoring Christa McAuliffe Passes House, Heads to President’s Desk

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) issued the following statements after the House of Representatives passed the Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act this afternoon, bipartisan legislation that would create a commemorative coin to honor Christa McAuliffe, the Concord teacher who died aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986. The bill further reaffirms American commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and supports it with proceeds from the coin. After today’s final vote in the House, the bill will now head to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

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September 19, 2019

Senators Hassan, Whitehouse Press Justice Department for 2006 Purdue Pharma Prosecution Memo

WASHINGTON – Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) pressed the U.S. Department of Justice to turn over a 2006 memo laying out federal prosecutors’ strong criminal case against Purdue Pharma—and related documents that could show why the Department of Justice failed to act on the memo’s recommendations and instead let Purdue Pharma off with a slap on the wrist.

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September 18, 2019

Following Report on High Cost of Government Shutdowns, Senators Hassan and Lankford Continue Push for Their Bipartisan Prevent Government Shutdowns Act

WASHINGTON – Following the release of a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) subcommittee report on how the last three government shutdowns have negatively impacted everything from the economy to national security, Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and James Lankford (R-OK) highlighted the need for Congress to pass their bipartisan legislation to end government shutdowns.

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September 18, 2019

Senator Hassan, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Prevent Youth Suicide

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan joined her colleagues in introducing the bipartisan Suicide Training and Awareness Nationally Delivered for Universal Prevention (STANDUP) Act to address rising youth suicide rates.

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September 17, 2019

Shaheen, Hassan Introduce Legislation to Stop Use of Taxpayer Dollars at Trump Properties

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) introduced the Heightened Oversight of Travel, Eating, and Lodging (HOTEL) Act with Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) – the Ranking Member of HSGAC – and a group of 32 Senators, which would immediately stop the federal government from spending taxpayer dollars at properties owned by the President, Vice President and Cabinet officials. The legislation aims to prevent potential conflicts of interest and abuse of taxpayer dollars by making clear that all three branches of government may not approve any spending, including travel expenditures, at businesses owned or controlled by the President and other high-ranking government officials.

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September 17, 2019

Senator Hassan Introduces Legislation to Address Eviction Crisis

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today introduced legislation to address the eviction crisis. The Prevent Evictions Act – which is backed by Matthew Desmond, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning book Evicted – would support cost-effective solutions to keep families in their homes, including through landlord-tenant mediation programs and rent insurance programs.

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September 11, 2019

Senator Hassan Takes to Senate Floor to Urge Congress to Provide More Resources to Combat Devastating Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON – As the Senate Appropriations Committee considers funding bills for the next fiscal year, Senator Maggie Hassan took to the Senate floor today to urge Congress to provide more resources to combat the devastating opioid epidemic. The Senator specifically called on the Appropriations Committee to fully fund the State Opioid Response grant program, which has provided more than $50 million to New Hampshire over the past two years.

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September 11, 2019

Shaheen, Hassan and Pappas Announce More Than 200K in Federal Grant Funding for Strawbery Banke Museum

(Washington, DC) –Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, along with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced that the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded $218,220 in federal funding to the Strawbery Banke Museum. IMLS is an independent federal agency that provides federal support for American libraries and museums. The grant will be used by the museum to develop and implement new interpretive strategies and programs for visitors in the historic Captain Walsh House located on its campus.

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September 11, 2019

Hassan Joins Senate Dems to Call on Majority Leader McConnell to Act after House Judiciary Passes Gun Safety Bill to Ban High-Capacity Magazines

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Hassan joined U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and the Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), along with 23 other of their colleagues in calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to act on their Keep Americans Safe Act (S.447), which would prohibit the transfer, importation, or possession of magazines able to hold more than ten rounds of ammunition. Companion legislation passed the House Judiciary Committee last night.

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September 10, 2019

Senator Hassan Statement on Anniversary of the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement ahead of the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001:

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September 09, 2019

At 9/11 Hearing in New York City, Senator Hassan Discusses Threats to Homeland Security with Former Department of Homeland Security Secretaries

NEW YORK CITY – Ahead of the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan joined bipartisan members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for a field hearing at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City. The hearing focused on the current state of homeland security and what needs to be done to keep Granite Staters and all Americans safe. Hearing witnesses were three former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretaries from the Bush and Obama Administrations.

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September 04, 2019

NH Delegation Announces Over $300K in Federal Grant Funding for New Training and Safety Equipment for NH Fire Training Academy

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced with Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the New Hampshire Fire Training Academy $341,086 in federal funding through the agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program. The AFG program provides direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments in order to enhance the safety of firefighters and the public. The funding will be used to purchase new firefighter training equipment and breathing apparatus cylinders.

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September 04, 2019

NH Delegation Announces More Than $26.6 Million in Funding to Combat Substance Use Disorder Epidemic

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced the award of over $26.6 million in federal funding to help combat the substance use disorder epidemic. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the award of $22,982,608 in grants for the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, under the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant program. This is the second allotment of $22.9 million to be made available to the state due to the New Hampshire congressional delegation’s successful negotiations of the bipartisan budget agreement in 2018. Thanks to the delegation’s efforts, New Hampshire will receive a total of nearly $35 million in SOR grants in FY 2019, more than a ten-fold increase compared to FY 2017. New Hampshire will use the SOR grant dollars to increase access to substance use disorder treatment and recovery supports, and enhance efforts to prevent substance misuse.

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September 03, 2019

Reps. Ratcliffe, Khanna to introduce bill with Sens. Cornyn and Hassan to advance and modernize CDM program at DHS

WASHINGTON – Reps. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) and Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) will introduce legislation this week to advance and modernize the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Continuous Diagnostics Mitigation (CDM) program.

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August 30, 2019

NH Delegation Announces Over $1 Million to Support Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) today announced over $1 million to support survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Turning Points Network in Claremont will receive a $450,000 award through the Transitional House Grant Assistance Program, which is administered by the Department of Justice (DOJ), to support transitional housing for survivors or domestic violence. The amount awarded by the DOJ is an increase of $100,000 over last year’s grant award. Additionally, the Northern Border Regional Commission has awarded Turning Points Network $250,000 to support infrastructure efforts to move locations within Claremont. The delegation also announced that the New Hampshire Department of Justice would separately receive $383,741 through the Office on Violence Against Women to support rape crisis centers and other non-profit organizations that provide assistance to survivors of sexual assault. Senator Shaheen is the lead Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Department of Justice. Congresswoman Kuster advocated on behalf of Turning Points for the NBRC grant. Shaheen and Kuster supported the organization’s Transitional House Grant Assistance Program grant application.

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August 28, 2019

Hassan Highlights Impact of Wayfair Decision During U.S. Senate Hearing in Concord on Impact of Online Sales Tax Collection Requirement on NH Small Businesses

(Washington, DC) – Today, Senator Maggie Hassan highlighted the impact of the backwards Supreme Court Wayfair decision on small businesses during a field hearing on the internet sales tax collection requirement in Concord. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, hosted the event. The recent Supreme Court ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. determined that states with a sales tax are now allowed to collect sales tax from out-of-state businesses, including those in states without a sales tax, such as New Hampshire. Shaheen heard from representatives from Littleton Coin, TradePort, Alpenglow Benefit Auctions and Lupine Pet about the impact of this burdensome requirement on New Hampshire businesses, which are now forced to navigate additional red tape and incur new costs to meet this obligation.

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August 27, 2019

Senator Hassan Speaks with Providers, Moms in Recovery About Opioid Addiction Treatment at Dartmouth-Hitchcock

LEBANON – Senator Maggie Hassan yesterday spoke with providers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock about efforts to expand access to medication-assisted treatment, and also met with participants in Moms in Recovery, a program for pregnant or parenting women who are grappling with substance use disorders. Senator Hassan recently introduced bipartisan legislation that would eliminate barriers that currently restrict health care providers from prescribing buprenorphine – a proven medication-assisted treatment – to patients struggling with addiction.

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August 26, 2019

Senator Hassan Statement on Johnson & Johnson Fueling Opioid Epidemic

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement after an Oklahoma judge ruled against Johnson & Johnson for its role in the opioid epidemic:

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August 22, 2019

Senator Hassan Encouraged by Administration’s Fentanyl Trafficking Actions, Calls for Continued Efforts

WASHINGTON – In an effort to curb international fentanyl and synthetic opioid trafficking, the Office of National Drug Control Policy this week announced private-sector advisories to help banks and other businesses identify and alert law enforcement to possible drug trafficking. In addition, the Department of Treasury announced sanctions on three Chinese nationals it identified as foreign narcotics traffickers.

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August 21, 2019

Senator Hassan Recognizes Erik Becker of Lancaster as August’s Granite Stater of the Month

WASHINGTON – Senator Hassan recognized Erik Becker of Lancaster as August’s Granite Stater of the Month for his dedication to improving his community and for lending support to those in need.

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