Press Releases

August 19, 2020

NH Delegation Announces More Than $4.4 Million for NH Projects through NBRC

(Manchester, NH) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today with Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that New Hampshire agencies and organizations have been awarded $4,443,428 from the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) for various projects that invest in the Granite State’s economic and community development. This is an increase of more than half a million dollars for New Hampshire compared to last year’s amount.

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August 19, 2020

Senators Hassan, Whitehouse Continue to Press for 2006 Purdue Pharma Prosecution Memo Following New Guardian Reporting

WASHINGTON – Today, The Guardian published additional details about a 2006 Department of Justice memo laying out federal prosecutors’ strong criminal case against Purdue Pharma. The Guardian’s reporting discusses crimes that Purdue Pharma allegedly committed, the evidence that the Department of Justice had against Purdue Pharma, and the Department of Justice’s decision to settle instead of prosecuting Purdue Pharma.

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August 18, 2020

Senator Hassan Statement on Postmaster General DeJoy Heeding Calls to Temporarily Stop Some Changes that are Slowing Mail Delivery to Granite Staters and Americans

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee which oversees the United States Postal Service (USPS), released the following statement after USPS Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced that he would “suspend” some of the harmful operational changes that he made to the agency, which have slowed mail delivery. Senator Hassan and a number of her Democratic colleagues have called for an immediate end to DeJoy’s policies, and Senator Hassan will be questioning DeJoy about the impact on Granite Staters at a hearing on Friday.

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August 18, 2020

Senators Hassan, Shaheen, Colleagues Urge Administration to Offer COVID-19 Guidance for Child Care Providers

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined a bicameral group of their colleagues in urging the Office of Child Care at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide more detailed public health guidance to support child care providers during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter was led by Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representatives Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Abby Finkenauer (D-IA).

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August 17, 2020

Senators Hassan, Shaheen, Colleagues Call on Postmaster General to Testify Before Congress

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee which oversees the United States Postal Service, and Senator Jeanne Shaheen joined their colleagues today in calling on Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to answer questions about his significant operational changes, which are leading to serious delays for postal customers in New Hampshire and across the country. The Senators called on Postmaster General DeJoy to testify before Congress and provide clear, transparent answers on service delays that have caused seniors and veterans to miss their prescription medications, small businesses to lose money, and other serious disruptions that affect communities across the country who count on the Postal Service for timely delivery.

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August 17, 2020

NH Delegation Announces Nearly $2 Million to Support STEM Education for Granite State Students

(Manchester, NH) - Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the lead Democrat on the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations subcommittee which funds the National Science Foundation (NSF), announced with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that the NSF has awarded the University of New Hampshire (UNH) $1,999,572 for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Specifically, this funding… Continue Reading


August 17, 2020

Shaheen & Hassan Demand Postal Service Cease Operational Changes That Are Delaying Delivery of Veterans’ Prescription Drugs

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) are demanding immediate action following reports of significant delays in veterans’ prescription medications through the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).

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August 17, 2020

Senator Hassan, Bipartisan Group of Senators Call on Federal Health Officials to Better Protect Seniors and People Who Experience Disabilities from COVID-19

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined a bipartisan group of her colleagues in requesting that federal health agencies bolster efforts to protect residents and workers in nursing homes. In New Hampshire, more than 80 percent of COVID-19 deaths are associated with nursing homes and long-term care facilities. The letter was led by Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Bob Casey (D-PA). 

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August 14, 2020

IRS Agrees to Get More Americans Their Stimulus Payments This Year Following Efforts from Senator Hassan

WASHINGTON – In response to efforts from Senator Hassan and her colleagues, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today announced that they will re-open registration to allow Americans who are not typically required to file taxes and who have not gotten their $500-per-child stimulus payment to enter their information on the IRS Non-Filer tool in order to receive their payment by mid-October of this year.

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August 14, 2020

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Urge USPS to Fix Delays and Avoid Cost Increases for Election Mail

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen joined Senate Democrats in urging U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to answer questions about recent changes to long-standing practices at the United States Postal Service (USPS) that would result in increased delivery times and costs for election mail, and calling on him not to take any further action that makes it harder and more expensive for states and election jurisdictions to mail ballots.  

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August 12, 2020

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Provide Financial Relief to States Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic and Other Disasters

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) cosponsored bipartisan legislation to provide financial relief to state and local governments that are responding to both an unprecedented public health crisis and other disasters, all the while grappling with dramatic losses to their revenue. The bipartisan Local Community Emergency Relief Act was introduced by Senators Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Robert Menendez (R-NJ), Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Gary Peters (D-MI).

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August 12, 2020

Senator Hassan Leads NH Congressional Delegation in Calling for Answers on Postal Service Problems

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen and Representatives Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas are calling for answers on mail delivery concerns that they have heard from Granite Staters.

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August 12, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan & Bipartisan Group of Senators Call for Extension of Census Deadlines to Give Census Bureau Enough Time for Full and Accurate Count Amid Delays Due to Pandemic

(Washington, DC) – Yesterday, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined a bipartisan group of 48 Senators, led by Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), calling for the extension of the statutory deadlines for the delivery of apportionment data and redistricting files following the 2020 Census. The Senators urged House and Senate leaders to include the extension in the upcoming COVID-19 relief package.

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August 12, 2020

NH Delegation Announces More Than $1.3 Million for Student Support Services at UNH, Keene State and Plymouth State

(Manchester, NH) – Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced the award of $1,364,423 in federal funding to the University of New Hampshire (UNH), Keene State College (KSC) and Plymouth State University (PSU) to bolster and expand vital student support services. UNH, KSC and PSU will receive $379,979, $364,948 and $357,608 for the TRIO Student Support Services program, which serves low-income and potential first-generation college students in higher education. In addition, KSC will receive a $261,888 award to fund a new pilot program that will serve 120 first-generation, low-income students and students with disabilities who have a need for academic support and are pursuing a STEM degree.

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August 11, 2020

NH Delegation Announces More Than $644K in Federal Grant Funding to Support NH Firefighters

(Manchester, NH) – Today, 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) that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $644,296.35 in federal funding to support Granite State firefighters around the state. Through the agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, the following cities and towns received grants:

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August 11, 2020

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Modernize America's Retirement Saving System

WASHINGTON –  U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan cosponsored the bipartisan Retirement Savings Lost and Found Act to return billions of dollars to Americans through a national, online “lost and found” website to track retirement accounts as people move between jobs. The bipartisan, bicameral legislation was re-introduced by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Steve Daines (R-MT) and Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Jim Banks (R-IN).

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August 10, 2020

With Domestic Violence Surging Amid Pandemic, Shaheen & Hassan Help Introduce Bicameral Legislation to Close Dangerous Loophole to Protect Domestic Abuse Survivors

(Washington, DC) – As reports of domestic violence increase across the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and U.S. Representative Jim Himes (D-CT) in introducing strongly-supported bicameral legislation to protect domestic violence survivors from gun violence. The Lori Jackson Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act is narrowly crafted to close loopholes that allow domestic abusers to legally obtain weapons. The bill is named in memory of Lori Jackson, an Oxford, Connecticut mother of two who was tragically shot and killed by her estranged husband, who had legally obtained a handgun even though he was subject to a temporary restraining order.

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August 07, 2020

Senators Hassan & Grassley Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Extend Deadlines for States to Spend Federal Dollars Provided in CARES Act

WASHINGTON – Given that the public health and economic challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic will last well past the end of this year, U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced bipartisan legislation to extend the current year-end deadline for states to use federal CARES Act assistance – as well as any future funding to state and local governments – through 2021.  

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August 07, 2020

Toomey and Hassan Working to Make it Easier to Obtain PPE

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) are teaming up to make it easier for Americans to obtain personal protective equipment (PPE) that is critical in the fight against COVID-19.

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August 07, 2020

Senators Hassan, Collins, Sinema Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Ensure Americans Receive Stimulus Payments

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced the bipartisan Automatic Cash Assistance Act, which would ensure that Social Security, Veterans Affairs (VA), and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries receive the COVID-19 relief stimulus payments that they are entitled to. The bill is supported by DAV (Disabled American Veterans) and Paralyzed Veterans of America.

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