Press Releases

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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May 26, 2020

Senators Hassan, Heinrich, Whitehouse Lead Colleagues in Calling on FERC to Reject Petition Aimed at Upending States’ Net Metering Programs

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today led 21 of their Senate and House colleagues in calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to reject a petition by the New England Ratepayers Association (NERA) that aims to upend states’ net metering programs. Net metering allows consumers and businesses who generate some or all of their own electricity, particularly through wind and solar energy technology, to be compensated for the excess energy that they provide to the electric grid and other customers.

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May 22, 2020

NH Delegation Announces $19.78M in Funding Through CARES Act to Support Nursing Facilities Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced that New Hampshire nursing facilities will receive $19.78 million in federal assistance through the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was passed by Congress and signed into law.

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May 22, 2020

Senators Warren, Markey and Colleagues Urge Trump Administration to Prepare for Simultaneous Peaks of 2020 Flu Season, COVID-19 Outbreak

Washington, DC - United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) led a letter to Vice President Mike Pence, head of the White House  Coronavirus Task Force, regarding the Trump Administration's efforts to prepare for a resurgence of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) during this year's seasonal influenza, which Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert Redfield warned could create unprecedented strain on our health care system. The letter urged the administration to activate the resources of the federal government now to increase capacity, supplies, and vaccinations to prevent public health and medical systems from being overwhelmed by simultaneous peaks of both of these deadly infectious diseases in the fall. Joining Senators Warren and Markey are Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.).

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May 22, 2020

Senator Hassan: How We Can Honor the Fallen This Memorial Day

WASHINGTON – In recognition of Memorial Day, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan wrote a tribute to America’s fallen service members, recognizing our nation’s heroes.

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May 22, 2020

As Economy Begins to Reopen Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Senator Hassan Urges Defense Department to Release More Information on Its Plan to Safely Resume Normal Operations at Home and Abroad

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan urged the Department of Defense to release additional information on its plan to resume normal operations at home and abroad as more parts of the economy begin to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the Senator calls for the Department to implement health screening measures, such as fever screenings, to better protect workers’ health, and also calls on the Department to pay particular attention to workers with high-risk family members who face greater danger from exposure to the virus.

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May 22, 2020

Senators Hassan, Shaheen, Lankford Call for Oversight Over KC-46 Aircraft Delays

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) led Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and James Lankford (R-OK) in calling on the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office to investigate ongoing delays to the KC-46 aircraft program that are preventing the aircraft from being used in operational missions, including at Pease Air National Guard Base in New Hampshire. Senators Hassan and Lankford serve on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee – the top Senate oversight committee – and the Government Accountability Office prioritizes requests from this committee.

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May 21, 2020

Senator Hassan Recognizes Kearsarge Regional High School Community Outreach Group as May’s Granite Staters of the Month

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan recognized Kearsarge Regional High School’s student group, Students Working on Community Outreach (SWOCO), as May’s Granite Staters of the Month for continuing to lift up their fellow classmates and support community members - even from a distance - amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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May 21, 2020

NH Congressional Delegation Urges Increased Support for Those Experiencing Homelessness in Next COVID-19 Relief Package

WASHINGTON –U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) today called for additional funding in the next COVID-19 relief package to support those who are experiencing – or at risk of experiencing – homelessness. New Hampshire has received significant funding from the CARES Act that Congress passed into law to support New Hampshire’s homeless population and affordable housing for Granite Staters, but additional support is necessary as New Hampshire grapples with changing homelessness and housing needs.

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May 21, 2020

Thune, Hassan Introduce Bill to Improve Railroad Infrastructure

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) today introduced the Railroad Rehabilitation and Financing Innovation Act, legislation to improve the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) loan program by providing dedicated funding for RRIF financing costs, streamlining the application process, and extending loan terms for certain assets.

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May 21, 2020

Senator Hassan Statement on Trump Administration’s Decision to End National Guard Deployment One Day Before Many Would Qualify for Benefits During COVID-19

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement about the Trump administration’s decision to end the deployment of the National Guard to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic one day before members would qualify for additional federal education and retirement benefits.

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May 20, 2020

Senators Hassan and Shaheen Introduce Legislation to Reinstate Critical 48-Hour Review Period for Veterans’ Disability Claims Process

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined Senators Jon Tester (D-MT), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) in introducing legislation to ensure that veterans and their representatives have 48 hours to review and dispute disability claims before they are finalized to make sure that veterans don’t lose out on the benefits that they have earned and deserve.

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May 19, 2020

NH Congressional Delegation Calls for Action on Incorrect or Missing Stimulus Payments Following Concerns Raised by Constituents

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) called on the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to help individuals who did not receive their COVID-19 stimulus payments or received inaccurate payments as soon as possible. The letter follows concerns raised by Granite Staters who have not received their full stimulus payments.

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May 19, 2020

Senator Hassan Statement on New Hampshire’s Unemployment Rate Reaching a Record 16.3%

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released the below statement following the announcement that New Hampshire’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April hit a record 16.3 percent.

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May 18, 2020

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Expedite Staffing for Pandemic Recovery Watchdog

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of senators led by Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today introduced legislation to boost oversight of trillions in taxpayer funded pandemic relief by helping the special watchdog quickly onboard critical oversight staff. The Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery Expedited Hiring Authority Act allows the office to bypass the lengthy government hiring process to so it can quickly ramp up oversight operations. The bill is cosponsored by Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and senators Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.).

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