Press Releases

June 25, 2018

Shaheen & Hassan Legislation to Ensure Changes to VA Facilities Do Not Disrupt Services for New Hampshire Veterans Passes the Senate

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) released the following statements after appropriations legislation, which included their amendment to the VA MISSION Act, passed the Senate. The bipartisan VA MISSION Act that was signed into law earlier this month included language that would authorize an Asset and Infrastructure Review for all VA facilities, which could result in the reduction or realignment of facilities for states if the review commission determines them necessary. Shaheen and Hassan’s legislation would prohibit the use of funds for the realignment of facilities in states like New Hampshire that do not have a full-service VA facility until the Secretary of Veterans Affairs certifies that changes would not result in the disruption or reduction of services for veterans in those states.

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June 25, 2018

Senator Hassan Votes to Approve Funding for Critical New Hampshire Priorities

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today voted to approve an appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2019 that provides funding for Veterans Affairs, military construction, energy and water infrastructure, and more. This bill is one of several expected appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2019, which begins on October 1.

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June 25, 2018

Senator Hassan Visits Great Bay Estuary, Highlights Importance of Combating Climate Change

NEWINGTON- Senator Maggie Hassan today took a boat tour of the Great Bay Estuary, highlighting the importance of protecting the Great Bay’s ecosystem and combating climate change. The Senator met with Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper, Melissa Paly; Coastal Training Program Coordinator at the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Steve Miller; and Ocean Campaign Director at the Conservation Law Foundation, Jenn Felt.

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June 21, 2018

Senator Hassan Statement on SCOTUS Decision Mandating Internet Sales Tax Collection

WASHINGON – Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement today on the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair, which overturns a previous ruling that had protected New Hampshire and means that New Hampshire small businesses selling products over the internet will now be forced to collect sales tax for other states:

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June 21, 2018

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Respond to FDA Decision to Reevaluate “Added Sugar” Labels to Pure Maple Syrup

WASHINGTON – Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen issued the following statements today after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it will reevaluate a policy that would require putting an “added sugar” label on pure maple syrup and pure honey:

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June 20, 2018

Senator Hassan: “These Past Few Weeks Have Truly Been an Affront to our American Values”

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan spoke on the Senate floor this evening about the lasting damage inflicted by President Trump’s policy of separating children from their families at the border. 

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June 20, 2018

Senator Hassan Hosts Panel on State of the Media and Future of the Free Press

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, today hosted a panel discussion on the current state of the media and the future of the free press. You can view a video of the discussion HERE.

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June 20, 2018

Senator Hassan Statement on HHS Release of PFAS Toxicology Study

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement today after the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a federal study on water contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The Trump Administration had previously concealed the study from the public in order to avoid, as one White House official put it, a “public relations nightmare.”

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June 20, 2018

At Senate Commerce Committee Hearing on Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, Senator Hassan Highlights Tension Between Facebook’s Business Model and Consumer Protections

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan yesterday highlighted the inherent conflict between privacy and profitability at companies such as Facebook that sell user data as part of their business model during a Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee hearing today.

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June 19, 2018

Senator Hassan Statement on Trump Administration’s Most Recent Attempt to Sabotage Health Care for Granite Staters

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement today on the finalization of a Trump Administration rule that will further drive up costs and undermine health care for millions of Americans.  

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June 18, 2018

Senator Hassan Votes to Approve Bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today voted to approve the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019, which included critical priorities championed by Senator Hassan to help keep New Hampshire and the United States safe and strong.

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June 18, 2018

Senator Hassan Discusses Need to Lower Prescription Drug Prices and Preserve Protections for Pre-existing Conditions

MANCHESTER – Today, Senator Maggie Hassan hosted a roundtable discussion at the Cashin Senior Center about the need to preserve protections for people with pre-existing conditions and to take action to lower the cost of prescription drugs. She was joined by Dr. Jeffrey A. Cohen of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, Todd Fahey of AARP, and Granite Staters who shared their stories about the need to tackle these important health care priorities.

 

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June 18, 2018

Bipartisan Bill Cosponsored by Senator Hassan to Strengthen Protections for Whistleblowers Sent to President for Signature

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan bill, cosponsored by Senator Maggie Hassan to strengthen protections for whistleblowers, passed the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate and is now on its way to President Trump’s desk. The bipartisan Whistleblower Protection Coordination Act will permanently extend the program requiring a dedicated official in each inspector general office to focus on whistleblower protection issues. The bill changes the title of these officials from ombudsman to “Whistleblower Protection Coordinator” so that potential whistleblowers better understand the role of this position and authorizes Whistleblower Protection Coordinators to more actively promote and protect whistleblowing to employees in their agency. 

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June 15, 2018

Senator Hassan Asks Granite Staters to Share Concerns about Elimination of Protections for People with Pre-Existing Conditions

WASHINGTON – As the Trump Administration seeks yet again to allow insurance companies to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions, Senator Hassan is asking Granite Staters to share their personal stories about what eliminating these critical protections would mean for them and their families.

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June 14, 2018

Shaheen & Hassan Announce a Significant Increase in Opioid Treatment Funding for New Hampshire Following Their Efforts in Budget Negotiations & Work With the Trump Administration

(Washington, DC)—Following a multi-pronged effort by U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) to deliver resources to help New Hampshire battle the opioid epidemic, today the Senators announced a significant increase in treatment funding for the state. New Hampshire will receive $22.9 million for the remainder of fiscal year 2018 through the state-based opioid response grants provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a significant increase over the previous year’s total of $3.1 million.

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June 14, 2018

Senator Hassan's Bipartisan Bill to Support Law Enforcement in Combating the Opioid Epidemic Passes Senate Judiciary Committee

WASHINGTON – The Senate Committee on the Judiciary today passed bipartisan legislation introduced by Senator Maggie Hassan as part of her efforts to combat the deadly fentanyl, heroin, and opioid epidemic in New Hampshire and across the country.

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June 14, 2018

Senator Hassan Statement on Manchester VA Task Force Report

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement today on the VA New Hampshire Vision 2025 Task Force’s final report. The Task Force was formed last summer after whistleblowers raised allegations of poor conditions and quality of care at the Manchester VA Medical Center.

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June 13, 2018

Hassan Bill to Help Department of Homeland Security Better Identify Potential Terrorist Threats Passes Out of Homeland Security Committee

WASHINGTON – The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs today voted to approve the DHS Data Framework Act, which was introduced by Senator Maggie Hassan to help the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) better identify potential terrorist threats. The Committee also voted to approve a bill cosponsored by Senator Hassan to help strengthen drug interdiction efforts at the border.

 

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June 13, 2018

U.S. House Passes Version of Bipartisan Hassan-Capito Legislation to Establish Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Centers

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House last night passed a version of bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Senator Shelley Capito (R-WV), to establish comprehensive opioid recovery centers that would provide coordinated care to Americans struggling with addiction.

 

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June 12, 2018

Senator Hassan Highlights Importance of Protecting Drinking Water from PFAS at Green Science Policy Institute Briefing

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan participated in a briefing hosted by the Green Science Policy Institute today, where she highlighted the importance of protecting drinking water from contaminants such as PFAS in New Hampshire and across the country and the critical role that clean drinking water plays in helping people lead healthy, productive lives.

 

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