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December 19, 2019

Government Funding Legislation with Key New Hampshire Priorities Heading to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statements after the Senate passed bipartisan government funding legislation. The package, which also includes key bills and tax fixes that the Senator has worked on, already passed the U.S. House of Representatives and will now head to the President’s desk for a signature. 

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December 19, 2019

Shaheen, Hassan Applaud Senate Passage of Bipartisan Anti-Robocall Bill As it Heads to President’s Desk

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) issued the following statements after the Senate passed bipartisan legislation to crack down on robocalls. The legislation improves the federal government’s ability to find scammers, increases penalties on those caught and requires call authentication and blocking technology to be made available free of charge to consumers. The bill also brings relevant federal agencies and state attorneys general together to evaluate policies and resources needed to better prosecute and deter illegal robocalls, among other provisions.

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December 19, 2019

Senator Hassan Statement on Affordable Care Act Court Decision

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement on a federal appeals court ruling in the Texas v. United States case:

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December 18, 2019

NH Delegation Announce $750K in Federal Funding to Improve Treatment for Mothers Struggling with Substance Use and Their Infants

(Washington, DC) – 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) today announced the award of $750,000 in federal funding to the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services to improve quality of care and reduce costs for pregnant and postpartum women struggling with substance use and their infants. This funding is distributed from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) through its Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) Model program. Across the country, substance use is now a leading cause of maternal death and poor maternal outcomes.

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December 18, 2019

Key Grant Funding to Protect Non-Profits and Houses of Worship Quadrupled in Government Funding Bill

WASHINGTON – Key grant funding to protect non-profit institutions, including houses of worship, a major priority for Senator Maggie Hassan, will be quadrupled as part of the final bipartisan budget agreement to fund the government for the next fiscal year.

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December 18, 2019

Senator Hassan Statement on House Vote to Impeach President Trump

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement following House passage of the articles of impeachment:

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December 17, 2019

Collins, Hassan Legislation to Help Americans Save for Retirement Included in Year-End Appropriations Package

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) announced today that several provisions from the Retirement Security Act of 2019 they introduced earlier this year were included in the final Appropriations agreement.  The agreement was passed by the House today.  Once passed by the Senate, the bill will proceed to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

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December 17, 2019

Bipartisan Hassan-Portman Legislation to Strengthen Public and Private Sector Cybersecurity Efforts Included in Government Funding Agreement

WASHINGTON – Bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) to bolster cybersecurity in the public and private sector is expected to be signed into law as part of the final bipartisan budget agreement to fund the government for the next fiscal year.

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December 17, 2019

Bipartisan Bill Cosponsored by Senator Hassan to Combat Lyme and Other Tick-Borne Diseases Included in Government Funding Agreement

WASHINGTON – The bipartisan Kay Hagan TICK Act, cosponsored by Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), to improve research, prevention, diagnostics, and treatment for tick-borne diseases, such as Lyme disease, was included in the year-end agreement to fund the government for the next fiscal year. The bipartisan Kay Hagan TICK Act was authored by Senators Susan Collin (R-ME) and Tina Smith (D-MN), and is named for the former North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan, who recently succumbed to the tick-borne disease encephalitis.

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December 17, 2019

Bipartisan Hassan Measures to Reverse Tax Increases on Gold Star Families and Students Included in Government Funding Legislation

WASHINGTON – Bipartisan measures backed by Senator Maggie Hassan to reverse tax increases from the 2017 Republican tax law that hurt Gold Star families and students are expected to be signed into law as part of year-end government funding legislation. Additionally, a bipartisan measure supported by Senator Hassan to repeal the so-called “Widow’s Tax” that prevents as many as 65,000 surviving military spouses nationwide from receiving their full survivor benefits was also included in the National Defense Authorization Act, which is on its way to the President’s desk.

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December 17, 2019

Senator Hassan, Colleagues Call on Purdue Pharma to Cancel $1.3 Million Bonus for CEO

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and a number of their colleagues in sending a letter to Purdue Pharma’s Board of Directors, calling on them to cancel the reported $1.3 million bonus they plan to give to Purdue Pharma CEO Craig Landau. Attorneys General from 24 states, including New Hampshire, have argued that Landau should not collect a bonus, and on Thursday, a bankruptcy judge is expected to issue a decision on whether the CEO can collect it.

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December 17, 2019

Senator Hassan Votes to Approve Final National Defense Bill with Critical Priorities for New Hampshire

WASHINGTON – Senator Hassan released the following statement after the U.S. Senate today approved the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020. The bipartisan bill now heads to the President’s desk for a signature.

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December 16, 2019

Senator Hassan Participates in Bipartisan Delegation to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined a bipartisan Senate delegation to Belgium and Luxembourg to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, which Senator Hassan’s father, Robert Wood, fought in as a member of the 76th Infantry Division. Wood served as an infantry sergeant in the 385th Regiment, Company C. In addition, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution that Senator Hassan cosponsored commemorating the 75th anniversary.

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December 13, 2019

Senator Hassan Recognizes Melissa Matthews and Belle Rae Zachesky/Copp of Raymond as December 2019 Granite Staters of the Month

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today recognized Melissa Matthews and Belle Rae Zachesky/Copp of Raymond as December 2019 Granite Staters of the Month for seeking to turn their own grief into positive change and mental wellness for their community.

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December 12, 2019

Senators Hassan, Ernst, Sinema Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Ensure VA Is Sufficiently Vetting Health Providers

WASHINGTON – Following a Government Accountability Office report that Veterans Health Administration facilities are hiring providers with a history of misconduct, U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) today introduced a bipartisan bill to address the problems raised in the report. In October, the Senators sent an oversight letter to the VA requesting detailed information about the steps it will take to implement the report’s recommendations, but the Senators have yet to receive a response.

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December 12, 2019

Senator Hassan Votes Against Confirming the Nominee for FDA Commissioner

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today voted against confirming Dr. Stephen Hahn as the next Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner.

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December 12, 2019

Key Committee Advances Hassan’s Efforts to Support Grandfamilies and Relative Caregivers, Prevent Child Abuse

WASHINGTON – The Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee today reauthorized the bipartisan Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), which includes measures that Senator Maggie Hassan fought to include to ensure that family members caring for children who have been exposed to substance misuse or other trauma are eligible for necessary child support services. The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act also includes provisions from a bipartisan bill that Senator Hassan joined in introducing to help educate professionals who work with children who have experienced sexual abuse.

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December 11, 2019

NH Delegation Announces More Than $575K in Federal Funding for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects in Rural NH

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, announced today with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that rural communities throughout the state will receive $577,276 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Office of Rural Development in support of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. The funding will be awarded through the Rural Energy for American Program (REAP) to the small businesses and farms listed below:

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December 11, 2019

Hassan-Backed Bill to Address Veteran Suicide Passes Senate, Heads to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate today voted to send to the President’s desk the Support for Suicide Prevention Coordinators Act, bipartisan legislation Senator Hassan cosponsored that is aimed at reducing the high suicide rate among veterans. The bill directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to evaluate the Suicide Prevention Coordinators program, looking at staffing shortages and the workload of the coordinators. These coordinators are responsible for an array of suicide prevention activities at the VA, including counseling, identifying high-risk veterans, conducting outreach, and promoting awareness of veteran suicide.

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December 11, 2019

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Join Bipartisan Colleagues in Urging FCC to Prioritize Rural Broadband

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen this week joined 46 of their Senate colleagues on both sides of the aisle in urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to prioritize sustainable rural broadband networks as the FCC considers new rules in the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) proceeding.

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