Press Releases

August 14, 2020

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Urge USPS to Fix Delays and Avoid Cost Increases for Election Mail

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen joined Senate Democrats in urging U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to answer questions about recent changes to long-standing practices at the United States Postal Service (USPS) that would result in increased delivery times and costs for election mail, and calling on him not to take any further action that makes it harder and more expensive for states and election jurisdictions to mail ballots.  

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August 12, 2020

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Provide Financial Relief to States Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic and Other Disasters

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) cosponsored bipartisan legislation to provide financial relief to state and local governments that are responding to both an unprecedented public health crisis and other disasters, all the while grappling with dramatic losses to their revenue. The bipartisan Local Community Emergency Relief Act was introduced by Senators Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Robert Menendez (R-NJ), Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), and Gary Peters (D-MI).

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August 12, 2020

Senator Hassan Leads NH Congressional Delegation in Calling for Answers on Postal Service Problems

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen and Representatives Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas are calling for answers on mail delivery concerns that they have heard from Granite Staters.

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August 12, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan & Bipartisan Group of Senators Call for Extension of Census Deadlines to Give Census Bureau Enough Time for Full and Accurate Count Amid Delays Due to Pandemic

(Washington, DC) – Yesterday, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined a bipartisan group of 48 Senators, led by Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), calling for the extension of the statutory deadlines for the delivery of apportionment data and redistricting files following the 2020 Census. The Senators urged House and Senate leaders to include the extension in the upcoming COVID-19 relief package.

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August 12, 2020

NH Delegation Announces More Than $1.3 Million for Student Support Services at UNH, Keene State and Plymouth State

(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 the award of $1,364,423 in federal funding to the University of New Hampshire (UNH), Keene State College (KSC) and Plymouth State University (PSU) to bolster and expand vital student support services. UNH, KSC and PSU will receive $379,979, $364,948 and $357,608 for the TRIO Student Support Services program, which serves low-income and potential first-generation college students in higher education. In addition, KSC will receive a $261,888 award to fund a new pilot program that will serve 120 first-generation, low-income students and students with disabilities who have a need for academic support and are pursuing a STEM degree.

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August 11, 2020

NH Delegation Announces More Than $644K in Federal Grant Funding to Support NH Firefighters

(Manchester, NH) – Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $644,296.35 in federal funding to support Granite State firefighters around the state. Through the agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program, the following cities and towns received grants:

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August 11, 2020

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Modernize America's Retirement Saving System

WASHINGTON –  U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan cosponsored the bipartisan Retirement Savings Lost and Found Act to return billions of dollars to Americans through a national, online “lost and found” website to track retirement accounts as people move between jobs. The bipartisan, bicameral legislation was re-introduced by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Steve Daines (R-MT) and Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) and Jim Banks (R-IN).

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August 10, 2020

With Domestic Violence Surging Amid Pandemic, Shaheen & Hassan Help Introduce Bicameral Legislation to Close Dangerous Loophole to Protect Domestic Abuse Survivors

(Washington, DC) – As reports of domestic violence increase across the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and U.S. Representative Jim Himes (D-CT) in introducing strongly-supported bicameral legislation to protect domestic violence survivors from gun violence. The Lori Jackson Domestic Violence Survivor Protection Act is narrowly crafted to close loopholes that allow domestic abusers to legally obtain weapons. The bill is named in memory of Lori Jackson, an Oxford, Connecticut mother of two who was tragically shot and killed by her estranged husband, who had legally obtained a handgun even though he was subject to a temporary restraining order.

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August 07, 2020

Senators Hassan & Grassley Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Extend Deadlines for States to Spend Federal Dollars Provided in CARES Act

WASHINGTON – Given that the public health and economic challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic will last well past the end of this year, U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced bipartisan legislation to extend the current year-end deadline for states to use federal CARES Act assistance – as well as any future funding to state and local governments – through 2021.  

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August 07, 2020

Toomey and Hassan Working to Make it Easier to Obtain PPE

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) are teaming up to make it easier for Americans to obtain personal protective equipment (PPE) that is critical in the fight against COVID-19.

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August 07, 2020

Senators Hassan, Collins, Sinema Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Ensure Americans Receive Stimulus Payments

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced the bipartisan Automatic Cash Assistance Act, which would ensure that Social Security, Veterans Affairs (VA), and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries receive the COVID-19 relief stimulus payments that they are entitled to. The bill is supported by DAV (Disabled American Veterans) and Paralyzed Veterans of America.

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August 06, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan Fight to Secure Child Care Relief in Next Senate COVID-19 Stimulus Package

(Washington, DC) –  This week, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined U.S. Senators Tina Smith (D-MN) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and a group of Senators in calling on Senate leadership to prioritize the inclusion of their plan for a $50 billion child care stabilization fund in the next coronavirus (COVID-19) relief package. The Child Care is Essential Act would stabilize the child care system, keep providers in business and ensure parents are able to go back to work when it is safe to return. It was recently passed in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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August 06, 2020

Senate Clears Shaheen & Hassan-Cosponsored Veterans Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Legislation

(Washington, DC) –The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act – bipartisan legislation cosponsored by U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) – to improve veterans’ access to mental health care. This landmark legislation is a comprehensive and aggressive approach to connect more veterans with mental health care. This bill will bolster the VA’s mental health workforce and increase rural or hard-to-reach veterans’ access to VA care, while making sure veterans have access to alternative and local treatment options. The legislation was introduced by U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Jon Tester (D-MT).

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August 06, 2020

Senator Hassan Questions Acting DHS Secretary on the Response to Protests in Portland

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan today questioned Chad Wolf, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), during an oversight hearing on the federal government’s response to protests in Portland, Oregon.

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August 06, 2020

Senators Hassan, Cassidy Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Electronic Health Record Systems, Strengthen COVID-19 Response

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA) introduced bipartisan legislation to improve patient record matching among health care providers and strengthen the country’s COVID-19 response efforts. The bipartisan Patient Matching Improvement Act works to address inadequate patient matching – the ability to link records for an individual patient across multiple health care providers – which can pose dangers to patients and complicates contact tracing efforts.

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August 05, 2020

NH Delegation Statement on President’s Approval of Guard Activation Extension at Only 75% Federal Reimbursement

(Washington, DC)— U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) issued the following joint statement after President Trump authorized an extension of the New Hampshire National Guard’s activation through December 31st to help respond to COVID-19 but with reduced federal funding support. Starting August 21st, New Hampshire will be reimbursed 75 percent for the Guard’s activation rather than the current reimbursement of 100 percent. Only Texas and Florida’s Guard activation will be supported entirely by federal funding. The New Hampshire Congressional Delegation has repeatedly called for the Guard’s activation to be fully funded federally.

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August 05, 2020

Senator Hassan On the Senate Floor Pushes for Significant Additional Support for Schools in Next COVID-19 Relief Package

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan took to the Senate floor today to push for significant additional funding for schools in the next COVID-19 relief package as teachers, parents, and students prepare for the upcoming school year. The Senator also discussed the importance of additional funding to expand broadband access in order to support the remote learning needs of students and teachers.

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August 05, 2020

Young, Hassan Introduce AT HOME Act to Help Offset Remote Work Expenses

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) introduced the Advancing Teachers and Home Office Modernization for Employees (AT HOME) Act to help alleviate some of the costs Americans have incurred as they work from home due to the coronavirus. The bill would establish a tax credit for small businesses and an above-the-line deduction for individuals to help offset the cost of investments in remote work equipment, software, and network services necessary for Americans to work safely from home for the remainder of 2020. Teachers can utilize this new above-the-line deduction for the additional costs incurred setting up a remote classroom, on top of the $250 deduction already provided in the tax code.

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August 04, 2020

President Signs Into Law Bill Cosponsored By Shaheen & Hassan to Permanently Fund LWCF, Address Maintenance Backlog on NH Public Lands

(Washington, DC)— Today, President Trump signed into law the Great American Outdoors Act, bipartisan legislation cosponsored by U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and provide mandatory funding for deferred maintenance on public lands. The LWCF helps preserve and maintain critical lands for national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and recreational areas in New Hampshire and across the country. 

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August 04, 2020

Senator Hassan Takes to Senate Floor to Call for More Funding to Support State & Local Governments’ Efforts to Save Lives, Protect Economy

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan took to the Senate floor today to underscore the importance of providing significant and flexible funding to support state and local governments’ efforts to save lives and protect the economy in the next COVID-19 relief package. In her speech, the Senator outlined how this additional funding will be crucial in order to preserve jobs and ensure that communities can continue to meet the public health and economic needs of their residents.

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