Press Releases

June 04, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan Urge DeVos to Rescind Harmful Title IX Rule and Focus on Student Safety

(Washington, D.C.) –  U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) – a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee – sent a letter with a group of Democratic Senators to Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos slamming her final Title IX rule, which will weaken protections for student survivors of sexual harassment and assault. In their letter, the Senators stressed that it was inappropriate to ask schools to implement this new rule within 100 days amid the COVID-19 crisis and urged her to rescind the rule and focus on school safety—whether the threat is sexual assault and harassment or COVID-19.

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June 04, 2020

Senator Hassan Statement on Senate Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Loan Program for Small Businesses and Nonprofits

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement after the Senate passed bipartisan legislation to give small employers in New Hampshire and across the country more flexibility in using the federal funds provided to them through the Paycheck Protection Program.

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June 03, 2020

Senator Hassan Highlights Importance of Postal Service to Rural NH Communities at Hearing to Consider Postal Board of Governors Nominees

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan highlighted the critical role that the United States Postal Service (USPS) plays in delivering vital supplies to households in New Hampshire and across the country, especially for those in rural communities and who experience mobility issues, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. USPS is expected to lose $13 billion this year as a result of the pandemic and will likely run out of funding by September unless Congress intervenes.   

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June 02, 2020

Senator Hassan Calls for Additional Senate Finance Hearings Focused on COVID-19 and its Impact on Nursing Homes

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan today called on the Senate Finance Committee to hold hearings on COVID-19 and its impact on older Americans living in long-term care facilities.

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June 02, 2020

Senator Hassan Presses Top Budget Official Nominee to Justify Proposing Massive Budget Cuts to Critical Public Health Agencies Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, ranking member of the subcommittee tasked with overseeing federal spending, pressed Russell Vought, nominee to be Director for the Office of Management and Budget, to justify the administration proposing a budget for the next fiscal year that includes severe cuts to public health spending amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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June 02, 2020

Senator Hassan Statement on President Trump’s Press Conference and Photo-Op Yesterday

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) released the following statement after President Trump’s press conference and photo op yesterday:

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June 01, 2020

NH Delegation Announces More Than $1.4 Million to Boost NH Hospitals’ Readiness & Response Capabilities to COVID-19

(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 that $1,451,902 will be awarded to the Foundation for Healthy Communities in support of its efforts to bolster and expand New Hampshire health care providers’ readiness and response capabilities to the COVID-19 pandemic and other health care challenges. The funding was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Hospital Preparedness Program, as a part of more than $350 million in hospital preparedness appropriations provided under the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that were passed by Congress and signed into law.

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May 31, 2020

Senator Hassan, Colleagues Call for Robust Support for Children’s Mental Health Care in Upcoming COVID-19 Response Legislation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and 19 additional colleagues in calling for robust funding for children’s behavioral health care in upcoming COVID-19 response legislation.

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May 29, 2020

Senator Hassan Statement on President Trump’s Veto of Bipartisan Measure to Protect Defrauded Student Borrowers

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, released the following statement after President Trump vetoed a bipartisan measure that would overturn the Department of Education’s “borrower defense” rule, a proposal that will effectively deny students who were cheated or defrauded by predatory for-profit colleges of the debt relief that they are entitled to under law.

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May 29, 2020

Senator Hassan Leads Colleagues in Raising Concerns Over Declining Child Immunization Rates, Calling for CDC Action

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) led 16 of her colleagues in calling on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address the declining rate of routine child immunizations for measles and other dangerous viruses amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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May 28, 2020

Senator Hassan Leads Colleagues in Calling for CDC Guidance on Reopening Long-Term Care Facilities to Visitors

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) led her colleagues in calling on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to issue specific guidelines for when long-term care facilities can safely reopen their doors to visitors, and what steps long-term care facilities should take to ensure the safety of residents and family members when they do so. In addition to Senator Hassan, the letter was signed by Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Jack Reed (D-RI), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).

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May 28, 2020

Senator Hassan, FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel Discuss Broadband Access with NH Business, Health Care, and Education Leaders

U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan led a virtual roundtable discussion today, along with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, and health, education, and business leaders from across New Hampshire about expanding broadband in the state’s rural and underserved communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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May 28, 2020

Senator Hassan, Colleagues Press FDA for Transparency When Delayed Tobacco Application Deadline Finally Takes Effect

(Washington, D.C.) –  U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate HELP Committee, and eight of her Democratic Senate colleagues in writing a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn, urging transparency when a long-delayed application deadline for e-cigarettes and certain other unauthorized tobacco products currently on the market goes into effect later this year. Pursuant to a federal court order, manufacturers of e-cigarettes and other deemed tobacco products have until September 9, 2020 to file marketing applications for such products that have been marketed without the required authorization since at least August 8, 2016, or face FDA enforcement action. The Senators pressed FDA to provide a list of marketed products that are the subject of an application for approval submitted to FDA by the deadline.

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May 28, 2020

Senator Hassan Statement on Retirement of State Senator Martha Fuller Clark

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released the below statement following the announcement that New Hampshire State Senator Martha Fuller Clark (D-Portsmouth) will be retiring at the end of her current term in the New Hampshire State Senate. 

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May 28, 2020

NH Delegation Announces More than $356K for New Efficient Vehicles for Nashua Public Transit

(Washington, DC) – 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 a $356,046 Low or No Emission Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to replace the three oldest vehicles in the Nashua Transit System’s fleet – two 2009 diesel vans and one 1999 gasoline-powered supervisor vehicle – with two new hybrid electric gasoline vans and one fully electric car and electric charging station. These new vehicles will reduce emissions from the city’s fixed route fleet while also increasing fuel efficiency.

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May 28, 2020

President Trump Extends National Guard COVID-19 Deployment Following Bipartisan Calls from Lawmakers, Including Senator Hassan

WASHINGTON – Following bipartisan calls from Senator Hassan and others, President Donald Trump today announced that the administration would extend federal funding for National Guard deployments during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Trump administration previously said that it planned to end federal funding of the deployments to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic one day before many National Guard members would qualify for additional federal education and retirement benefits.

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May 27, 2020

Senators Hassan, Scott, Booker, Loeffler Call on Education Department to Support Students Whose Financial Aid Eligibility is Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON – Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Tim Scott (R-SC), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) are urging the Department of Education to make important changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form and website to account for disruptions in a student’s financial situation, such as lost job or income, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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May 27, 2020

Senator Hassan Statement on U.S. Death Toll from COVID-19 Topping 100,000

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement as the death toll in the United States hits 100,000 as a result of the COVID-19 virus:

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May 26, 2020

Shaheen Leads NH Delegation Call to Trump Admin to Expeditiously Award More Grant Funding for Hospitals Secured through the CARES Act

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sent a letter with Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, urging the administration to expeditiously award more grant dollars from the Provider Relief Fund established under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The delegation argued that New Hampshire hospitals on the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak need additional support to confront increased expenses and reduced revenues associated with the nation’s response to the virus. Shaheen, Hassan, Kuster and Pappas also pointed out that while some relief has been provided, New Hampshire hospitals in non-rural areas have been left out of recent disbursements because of nationwide-focused eligibility provisions that the administration is using to dole out so-called “hot spot” funding.

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May 26, 2020

Senators Hassan, Thune Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Passenger Rail in New Hampshire and Across the Country

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and John Thune (R-SD) introduced the Railroad Rehabilitation and Financing Innovation Act, bipartisan legislation to improve the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) loan program, which is designed to provide direct loans to help develop passenger and short line railroads in New Hampshire and across the country. The bipartisan legislation would make it easier for businesses and communities to apply for this loan program and increase the flexibility of it. The loan could be used to help finance projects like the Capitol Corridor Project that would connect Manchester and Nashua to Boston via commuter rail.

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