Press Releases

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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May 18, 2020

NH Delegation Calls on Treasury to Strengthen Paycheck Protection Program to Support Granite State Businesses

Manchester, N.H. – Today Representatives Chris Pappas (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) along with their Senate colleagues Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sent a letter to the Secretary Steven Mnuchin calling on the Treasury to make adjustments to the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) so that it can more effectively serve the needs of Granite State small businesses. 

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May 18, 2020

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Address Veterans’ Burn Pits Exposure

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) has cosponsored the Veterans Burn Pits Exposure Recognition Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK), to formally recognize that certain veterans were exposed to burn pits during their service, making it easier for them to access U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care and benefits for illnesses and diseases related to exposure to burn pits.

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May 18, 2020

As NH Hospitals & Health Care Providers Face Financial Strain, Senator Hassan & Bipartisan Colleagues Call for Expedited Claims Processing and Reimbursements

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Rob Portman (R-OH), Tom Carper (D-DE), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) are urging health insurers to expedite claims processing to reimburse hospitals and other health care providers for services rendered as quickly as possible. Due to the influx of COVID-19 patients, combined with a reduction in routine services and procedures, a number of hospitals are struggling with limited cash flow. And while hospitals may be able to manage delays on claims and reimbursements on an average day, hospitals are feeling financial strain more acutely during this crisis, and it will have long-lasting impacts.

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May 17, 2020

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Call for More Funding to Support Small Businesses Through Community Development Financial Institutions

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) sent a bipartisan letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) calling for $1 billion for the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) Fund as part of the next COVID-19 funding package.

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May 15, 2020

Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill Backed by Senators Hassan, Shaheen to Help Families of First Responders Lost to COVID-19

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate unanimously passed bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen ensuring that if a law enforcement officer or first responder loses their life or is permanently disabled due to COVID-19, it is treated as a line-of-duty incident so that their families receive the full benefits that they deserve.

 

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May 15, 2020

Senators Hassan, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Aid Victims of Identity Theft

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and a bipartisan group of their colleagues to introduce the Improving Social Security’s Service to Victims of Identity Theft Act to provide more efficient help to Americans whose social security numbers have been misused following an identity theft.

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May 15, 2020

Senators Hassan, Kaine Call for Release of Full CDC Reopening Guidelines

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) - both members of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee - are calling on the White House Coronavirus Task Force to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to release full reopening guidelines. The Senators' letter to Vice President Mike Pence comes after reports that the White House shelved detailed reopening guidelines. The White House instead released an abbreviated document th… Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Senator Hassan Discusses COVID-19 Response Efforts with New Hampshire Mayors

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today heard from mayors across New Hampshire about their priorities for future COVID-19 relief efforts and shared updates on what she is working on in Congress to get local governments the resources that they need to address public health and economic challenges.

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May 14, 2020

Hassan, Ernst Lead Bipartisan Effort to Support Disability Service Providers Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON-U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) are working to provide financial relief to Medicaid providers who support and care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In a bipartisan letter to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the senators are requesting relief for Medicaid Home and Community Based Services and Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabi… Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Urge HHS to Protect Consumers and Prevent Hospitals from Going After Patients’ Wages to Collect Medical Debts

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined colleagues in urging the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to prevent hospitals from collecting medical debt by taking part of a patient's paycheck-known as wage garnishment-during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to deny emergency relief funds to hospitals engaging in this practice. "We write to express serious concerns with ongoing instances of wage garnishment by hospitals in aggressive pursuit of med… Continue Reading


May 14, 2020

Senate Clears Bipartisan Bill Cosponsored by Shaheen & Hassan to Establish Three-Digit National Suicide Hotline

(Washington, D.C.) – Yesterday, the Senate unanimously passed legislation cosponsored by U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) that would establish a three-digit national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline.

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May 13, 2020

Shaheen & Hassan File Supreme Court Amicus Brief Defending ACA from Trump Admin’s Efforts to Strike Down Law Amid COVID-19

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined the entire Senate Democratic caucus in filing an amicus brief defending the Affordable Care Act in the case of California v. Texas (formerly Texas v. Azar). The case, brought by several Republican attorneys general and supported by the Trump administration, is currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court and could result in as many as 133 million Americans losing pre-existing condition protections, soaring prescription drug costs for seniors, and as many as 118,000 Granite Staters losing health care coverage, as New Hampshire and the United States continue to confront the COVID-19 pandemic If the Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act in its entirety, the law’s Medicaid expansion would be invalidated and New Hampshire would lose one of its best tools in combatting the substance use disorder epidemic.

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May 13, 2020

Capito, Hassan Co-Sponsor Legislation to Help Families of First Responders Lost to COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) yesterday co-sponsored the Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act (SAFR), legislation that clarifies the certification requirements for survivor benefits under the Public Safety Officers Benefits Program to account for the unique challenges presented by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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May 13, 2020

Following Calls from Senator Hassan and Colleagues, New National Housing Assistance Website Now Available to Help Renters, Homeowners Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON – Following calls from Senator Hassan and her colleagues, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) partnered together to launch a new website to help renters and homeowners learn more about all the resources and assistance available to them during the COVID-19 pandemic. The website details new housing-related policies, benefits, and protections established under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. On April 1, Senator Hassan joined a group of her colleagues, led by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), in calling on the relevant government agencies to collaborate and create this new website.

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May 13, 2020

Senator Hassan Addresses Cybersecurity Threats Amid COVID-19 Pandemic in Homeland Security Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON – During a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing today, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) discussed the cybersecurity threats to COVID-19 response efforts and the role that the National Guard plays in supporting critical cybersecurity efforts. The hearing included leaders of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC), which recently released its comprehensive report on cyber deterrence.

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May 13, 2020

NH Delegation Announces More Than $4 Million in AmeriCorps Funding for NH Programs

(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) announced today that New Hampshire has received $4,055,624 in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that administers AmeriCorps and other national service programs. The funding from CNCS will support 195 AmeriCorps members in New Hampshire serving through City Year New Hampshire, the Student Conservation Association, the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England and the Squam Lakes Association.

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May 13, 2020

Senator Hassan Urges Trump Administration to Provide Guidance to NH’s Small Businesses and Non-Profits Regarding Forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program Loans

WASHINGTON – Following conversations with businesses and non-profits in New Hampshire, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan urged the Trump administration today to quickly provide guidance to New Hampshire’s small businesses and non-profits regarding forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program loans. Nearly 22,000 employers in New Hampshire have received assistance through the Paycheck Protection Program, totaling more than $2.6 billion in low-interest, forgivable loans.

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May 12, 2020

Senator Hassan Questions Dr. Fauci on COVID-19 Testing, Protecting Nursing Home Residents, Vaccine Production

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today questioned Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, about what testing capacity is necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19 in communities across the country and in nursing homes in particular. Senator Hassan also addressed the importance of the administration preparing now to mass produce and distribute a potential COVID-19 vaccine. Today’s hearing was the first time since March that Dr. Fauci and other members of the administration’s COVID-19 task force appeared before Congress.

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