Press Releases

December 22, 2017

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Address Gun Violence, Fix Federal Background Check Legislation

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today announced that she is cosponsoring the Fix NICS Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), John Cornyn (R-TX) and others to ensure that federal and state authorities comply with existing law and accurately report relevant criminal history records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The bill penalizes federal agencies that fail to properly report relevant records and incentivizes states to improve their overall reporting. The bill also directs more federal funding to the accurate reporting of domestic violence records.

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December 22, 2017

Bipartisan Hassan-Gardner Connected Government Act Heading to the President’s Desk

WASHINGTON – Today, the bipartisan Connected Government Act, which was introduced by Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), passed the Senate and is heading to President Trump’s desk for signature. The bipartisan measure will expand access to government services and information by requiring all new federal websites to be mobile-friendly. The Connected Government Act will support low-income Americans who rely on mobile broadband at higher rates, as well as the 80 percent of Americans who experience disabilities who use wireless technology every day.

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December 21, 2017

Senator Hassan Statement on Vote to Avert Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement after voting to avert a government shutdown:  

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December 21, 2017

Senator Hassan Statement on CDC Drug Overdose Report

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report showing that New Hampshire had the third-highest age-adjusted drug overdose death rate in 2016 and that more Americans died of drug overdoses last year than in any previous year on record. The data also found – for the first time – that fentanyl, not heroin, is now the deadliest opioid. 

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December 20, 2017

Following Reports Health Officials Are Prohibiting Words, Senator Hassan & Others Urge Health Secretary Nominee Azar to Put Science Over Ideology

Trump Administration reportedly restricting use of a number of words and phrases in budget documents, including "diversity," "science-based," "fetus," and "transgender" - LINK Senators: "The censorship has the potential to freeze scientific advancement at the agency and across the Department, and it sends a clear message that the Trump Administration is yet again prioritizing ideology over science." WASHINGTON - Yesterday, Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA)… Continue Reading


December 20, 2017

Senator Hassan Statement After Voting No on Republican Tax Bill

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement after voting against the Republican tax bill, which will hurt middle class families just to benefit corporate special interests and the wealthiest few:

 

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December 18, 2017

Senator Hassan Nominates New Hampshire Students for United States Service Academies

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan nominated 43 New Hampshire to students to attend United States Services Academies, including the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

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December 18, 2017

Senator Hassan Congratulates Global Relief Technologies in Portsmouth on Receiving Supplier Excellence EPIC Award

WASHINGTON  - Senator Maggie Hassan visited Global Relief Technologies (GRT) today where she congratulated the innovative small business on receiving the Supplier Excellence EPIC Award from Raytheon.

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December 15, 2017

Shaheen, Hassan Join Bipartisan Group of Senators Urging Congressional Leadership to Include Opioid Epidemic Response Resources in Government Funding Legislation

Washington, D.C. – As the nation’s opioid epidemic continues to ravage communities across the country, Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Susan Collins (R-ME), Angus King (I-ME), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) to call on Senate leadership to provide states with the resources they need to tackle this ongoing public health emergency. 

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December 15, 2017

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Support State and Local Veterans Treatment Courts

WASHINGTON  - Senator Maggie Hassan cosponsored the bipartisan Veterans Treatment Court Improvement Act, a bill that would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to hire additional Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) specialists in order to ensure veterans have greater access to effective and tailored treatment. The veterans treatment court model removes veterans from the regular criminal justice process and helps to address symptoms that are unique to veterans, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and substance misuse.

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December 15, 2017

Shaheen and Hassan Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Combat Sexual Harassment in Congress, Bring Transparency and Accountability to Sexual Harassment Reporting Process

**Congressional Harassment Reform Act would overhaul current reporting process for victims of harassment in Congress, end required secrecy and require Members of Congress found liable for harassment to pay settlements out of their own pocket** (Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) helped introduce bipartisan legislation that would overhaul the current process that victims of harassment in Congress must go through when reporting a claim. The current p… Continue Reading


December 14, 2017

Senators Shaheen, Hassan Lead Press Conference Calling for Significant Increase in Funding to Combat Opioid Crisis in Year-End Funding Bill

WASHINGTON – Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) led a press conference today with Senators Ed Markey (D-MA), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and individuals on the front lines of the substance misuse crisis to call for a significant increase in federal funding to combat the opioid crisis in a year-end funding bill. 

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December 14, 2017

Senator Hassan Statement on FCC Vote to Repeal Net Neutrality Protections

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement after the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal net neutrality protections:

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December 13, 2017

Senator Hassan Speaks Out Ahead of FCC’s Planned Vote Tomorrow to Repeal Net Neutrality Rules

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan spoke today on the Senate floor against the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission’s planned vote tomorrow to dismantle net neutrality rules. This reckless decision would hurt consumers, entrepreneurs, and innovative small businesses by ending equal access to online content.

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December 13, 2017

Senator Hassan Presses Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use on Lack of Leadership from White House on Opioid Funding

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today pressed Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, on the Trump Administration’s failure to take leadership in calling for more federal funding to combat the fentanyl, heroin and opioid crisis. During the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing, Senator Hassan also highlighted the flawed formula used to allocate opioid funding under the 21st Century Cures Act, which leaves hardest-hit states like New Hampshire without adequate federal resources.

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December 12, 2017

Senator Hassan Highlights Importance of Taking Action to Address Skyrocketing Cost of Prescription Drugs

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan focused on the need to address the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs in a Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing today. 

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December 12, 2017

Senator Hassan Statement on President Signing Defense Authorization Creating Nationwide PFC Water Contamination Study

WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement after President Trump signed the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law, including provisions authored by Senator Jeanne Shaheen creating the first-ever nationwide health study on the effects of perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) in drinking water.

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December 12, 2017

Get Help with Substance Use Disorder

The fentanyl, heroin, and opioid epidemic is the most pressing public health and safety challenge facing our state. With people from all walks of life in every corner of our state struggling with substance use disorder, it is important to know where to turn to for help. 

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December 07, 2017

Senator Hassan Delivers Senate Floor Speech Announcing Max Mendez of Merrimack as Granite Stater of the Month for December

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan spoke today on the Senate floor, where she announced that Max Mendez, an eight-year-old boy from Merrimack who started “Mighty Max’s Mega Toy Drive” while battling leukemia, is her “Granite Stater of the Month” for December.

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December 07, 2017

Senator Hassan Highlights Impact GOP Tax Bill Would Have on Medical Research and the Next Generation of Scientists

WASHINGTON  - During a Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing today, Senator Maggie Hassan questioned Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, about the harmful impact that the Republican tax plan would have on biomedical research and the next generation of researchers who would see their higher education costs rise dramatically under the Republican proposal. 

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