Press Releases

May 23, 2018

Senator Hassan Statement on Passage of Bipartisan VA MISSION Act

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement on Senate passage of the bipartisan VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks “MISSION” Act. The bill, which passed the House of Representatives last week, now heads to the President’s desk for signature.  

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May 23, 2018

Senators Markey, Murkowski and Hassan Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Measure Progress in Ending Opioid Crisis

Washington (May 23, 2018) – Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) today introduced legislation to create a national roadmap for ending the opioid epidemic, which claimed more than 42,000 lives in 2016 alone. Their legislation, the National Milestones to Measure Progress in Ending the Opioid Epidemic Act, would require the federal government to set tangible benchmarks for how it is addressing the opioid crisis in and by measuring progress on key objectives each year. These objectives include reducing overdose deaths, expanding treatment availability, increasing the number of individuals in sustained recovery, and decreasing emergency room visits for overdoses.

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May 22, 2018

Shaheen, Hassan Priorities to Address Mitigation Efforts at Hampton & Portsmouth Harbors Clear Key Committee Hurdle

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) issued the following statements after the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) cleared the bipartisan America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, biennial legislation that authorizes water infrastructure projects around the country. Shaheen and Hassan helped secure critical New Hampshire objectives in the bill that urge the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to prioritize mitigation efforts at Hampton and Portsmouth Harbors.

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May 22, 2018

At Senate HELP Committee Hearing, Senator Hassan Highlights Importance of Supporting and Strengthening Health Care Workforce

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan participated in a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing on the health care workforce in America, where she highlighted the importance of supporting and strengthening the direct care workforce in New Hampshire and across the country, noting that the majority of hands-on care for older adults and individuals who experience disabilities is provided by direct care workers and that the demand for direct care workers is expected to increase by 49 percent between now and 2022. 

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May 22, 2018

Under Pressure from Senator Hassan, EPA to Consider Setting Maximum Contaminant Level for PFAS in Drinking Water

WASHINGTON – Under pressure from Senator Maggie Hassan and others, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that the EPA will consider setting a maximum contaminant level allowed in drinking water for the chemicals PFOA and PFOS. Senator Hassan has cosponsored legislation that would require the EPA to develop a maximum contaminant level for perfluorinated compounds (including PFOA and PFOS). Administrator Pruitt’s announcement also follows pressure from Senator Hassan to stop blocking the release of a study about the health impacts of PFOA and PFOS in drinking water. 

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May 22, 2018

Bipartisan Hassan-Capito Bill to Help Close the Urban-Rural Digital Divide Passes Senate Commerce Committee

WASHINGTON – The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee today approved the bipartisan Rural Reasonable and Comparable Wireless Act of 2018, which was introduced by Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) to help close the urban-rural digital divide and expand access to broadband in rural parts of New Hampshire and across the country.

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May 18, 2018

Senator Hassan Honors Fallen Law Enforcement Officers at Annual NH Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial Ceremony

CONCORD – Senator Maggie Hassan today participated in the annual New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial Ceremony, where she honored fallen law enforcement officers for their selfless sacrifice to protect their fellow Granite Staters and keep their communities safe. 

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May 18, 2018

Senator Hassan Statement on Trump Administration’s Latest Effort to Restrict Women’s Access to Health Care

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement on reports that the Trump Administration plans to announce its latest effort to restrict women’s access to health care. The Administration’s reported changes to the Title X program, the only federal grant program solely dedicated to family planning and related preventive services, would undermine women’s access to critical health services and block women from getting care at places like Planned Parenthood.   

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May 17, 2018

Senator Hassan Announces FCC Public Meeting in Concord on Mobile Broadband Mapping

WASHINGTON – As part of her efforts to expand access to broadband in New Hampshire and close the urban-rural digital divide, Senator Maggie Hassan today announced that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will host a public meeting on Tuesday, May 22 at 10 am at the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission in Concord regarding the FCC’s flawed maps suggesting that most of New Hampshire already has adequate mobile broadband coverage. For more information on the meeting, click here

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May 17, 2018

Senator Hassan Announces Opposition to Gina Haspel’s Nomination for CIA Director

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statement on her opposition to Gina Haspel’s nomination to serve as CIA Director: 

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May 16, 2018

Senator Hassan Joins Colleagues in Successfully Advancing Measure to Reinstate Net Neutrality Protections

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan joined her colleagues today in voting to approve a bipartisan resolution to reinstate net neutrality protections. 

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May 15, 2018

Senator Hassan Gets Commitment from DHS Secretary to Boost Support for Drug Interdiction Efforts at U.S.-Mexico Border

WASHINGTON – As member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Senator Maggie Hassan today questioned Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen at a hearing on the “authorities and resources needed to protect and secure the United States.” 

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May 15, 2018

Senator Hassan Introduces Legislation to Help Prevent Diversion of Opioids, Crack Down on Bad Actors in the Pharmaceutical Industry

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan introduced legislation yesterday to help prevent the diversion of opioids, which is exacerbating the devastating fentanyl, heroin, and opioid crisis in New Hampshire and across the country. The Preventing Drug Diversion Act would crack down on bad actors in the pharmaceutical industry by strengthening the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) system for addressing suspicious orders of opioid-based prescription drugs from drug distributors and increasing penalties for bad actors in the pharmaceutical industry that fail to report suspicious orders to the DEA.

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May 15, 2018

More than Two Hundred Members of Congress Oppose a Title X Domestic Gag Rule

Washington, DC - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Senator Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus Representative Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee Nita M. Lowey (N.Y.), and Co-Chairs of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus Representatives Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) led more than two hundred of their colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar expressing opposition to the implementation of a domestic gag rule on Title X, the only federal grant program solely dedicated to family planning and related preventive services. The Members of Congress on this letter outnumber the House and Senate Republicans who urged the Trump Administration to implement the rule in April.

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May 15, 2018

NH Delegation Calls on Trump Administration to Immediately Release Study About Health Impacts of PFOA and PFOS

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) yesterday led a letter with Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) calling on the Trump Administration to immediately release an important study about the health impacts of PFOA and PFOS.

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May 14, 2018

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Survivors of Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan announced this week that she is cosponsoring two bipartisan bills to support survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking.

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May 14, 2018

Senator Hassan Visits Stonyfield, Highlighting the Negative Impact of Repealing Net Neutrality on New Hampshire Businesses

LONDONDERRY – Senator Maggie Hassan today visited Stonyfield Farm, Inc., where she met with employees to discuss the negative impact that repealing net neutrality would have on businesses across New Hampshire. Stonyfield has been outspoken about the negative impact that repealing net neutrality protections would have on rural businesses, including the farms and cooperatives that supply products to Stonyfield. Roger Noonan, New England Farmer's Union President and a farmer from New Boston, also participated in the discussion. 

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May 14, 2018

Senator Hassan Calls on White House, EPA to Stop Blocking Release of Study About Health Impacts of PFOA and PFOS

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today called on the White House and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop blocking the release of an important study about the health impacts of PFOA and PFOS. Politico reported this morning on emails showing that Trump Administration officials actively blocked the release of a draft study that concludes that PFOA and PFOS pose a danger to public health at levels much lower than what the EPA had previously considered safe.

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May 11, 2018

Senator Hassan on President’s Prescription Drug Speech: “We Need to See Real Action to Lower Drug Prices”

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement following President Trump’s speech today on prescription drug prices. As a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Hassan has made taking comprehensive action to address the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs a top priority. The New Hampshire Insurance Department estimated that Granite State patients and families spent more than $1 billion on prescription drugs in 2015.

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May 11, 2018

Senator Hassan Leads Letter to OIRA Administrator Rao Seeking Answers on Review of Proposed EPA Rule on Regulatory Science

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Senator Maggie Hassan led her colleagues in sending a letter to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) Administrator Neomi Rao, seeking further information about the process by which the OIRA review of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule on regulatory science was completed. In the letter, the Senators question Administrator Rao on when the review was completed and why it was completed in such a short time frame. 

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