Press Releases

October 17, 2018

Shaheen, Hassan & Shea-Porter Announce More Than $700,000 for UNH Aquaculture Training Program

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) announced that the University of New Hampshire (UNH) received $747,673 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through the NOAA Sea Grant 2018 Aquaculture Initiative. The funding will support a UNH project that seeks to boost U.S. seafood production through a specialized aquaculture training program that will recruit fishermen and farmers from across the northeast, including New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine. The training will specifically include workshops on farming steelhead trout and blue mussels.

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October 15, 2018

NH Delegation Honors Recipients of 2018 Congressional Law Enforcement Awards

(Concord, NH) – On Friday, members of New Hampshire’s law enforcement community were honored for exemplary service at the New Hampshire Congressional Law Enforcement Awards (NH-CLEA) ceremony in Concord.

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October 15, 2018

Senator Hassan Joins Bipartisan Group of Senators to Introduce Bill to Promote Innovation in Higher Education

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), along with Senators Todd Young (R-IN), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Tim Kaine (D-VA), announced last week that they have introduced the Innovation Zone Act (S.3596). The bipartisan legislation gives higher education institutions additional flexibility to pursue innovative, evidence-based pilot programs to better serve students and prepare them for the workforce. The legislation also renames these pilot programs, which were previously called “experimental sites,” to be “innovation zones” to better reflect the mission of the initiative.

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October 15, 2018

Senator Hassan Presents Hampton Fire/Rescue with Federal Grant to Support Fire Fighters

HAMPTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today visited Hampton Fire/Rescue, where she presented the Department with a Federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant of approximately $80,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and commended the brave public safety officials for all that they do to protect their fellow Granite Staters, particularly through their efforts on the front lines of the fentanyl, heroin, and opioid epidemic. The federal grant will allow Hampton Fire/Rescue to purchase mobile radios, base radios, and pagers for Hampton’s fire fighters.

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October 14, 2018

NH Delegation Announces $5.8M to Respond to Severe Weather Events in NH

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced $5,786,070 in federal Public Assistance grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). These grants include $1,687,439 to Belknap and Carroll counties, $1,417,542 to Coos and Grafton counties, $1,942,460 to Belknap, Carroll, Coos, Grafton, Merrimack, and Sullivan counties, and $738,628 to Carroll, Rockingham, and Strafford counties to assist response efforts after severe flooding and winter storms last year.

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October 12, 2018

Senator Hassan Statement on Confirmation of Harold B. Parker to be Federal Chairperson of the Northern Border Regional Commission

WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan released a statement after the Senate unanimously confirmed Harold B. Parker last night to be Federal Chairperson of the Northern Border Regional Commission:

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October 10, 2018

NH Delegation Announces $500,000 in Federal Funds for Granite State Wildlife Programs to Boost Conservation Efforts

(Washington, DC) –  Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02), announced that the U.S. Department of Interior has awarded New Hampshire more than $500,000 through the State Wildlife Grant (SWG) Program to boost Granite State conservation efforts. The SWG Program is a major funding source for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Nongame Wildlife Program. Together with state matching funds, SWG dollars are used to restore habitat, conduct research and implement monitoring programs that enhance the state’s ability to manage and keep imperiled species from being listed as an endangered species.

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October 10, 2018

Bipartisan Bill Cosponsored by Senator Hassan to Prohibit “Pharmacy Gag Clauses” That Cause Consumers to Pay Higher Prices for Prescription Drugs Signed into Law

WASHINGTON – President Trump signed into law today bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Senator Maggie Hassan to prohibit “pharmacy gag clauses” that cause consumers to pay higher prices for prescription drugs.

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October 10, 2018

Senator Hassan Presses Counter Terrorism Official on Report That a Resurgent ISIS Has 30,000 Fighters in Syria and Iraq

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today pressed Acting Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) Russell “Russ” Travers on recent reports that a resurgent ISIS has 30,000 fighters engaged in its attempts to reassert control over Iraq and Syria, seemingly contradicting President’s Trump’s assertion that ISIS has been “obliterated”.

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October 10, 2018

Senator Hassan Votes to Overturn Trump Administration’s Expansion of Junk Insurance Plans

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today voted to overturn the Trump Administration’s final “junk insurance” plans rule, which would further destabilize health insurance markets, drive up health care costs for hard-working Granite Staters and Americans, and undermine important consumer protections, including for people with pre-existing conditions. Senate Republicans defeated the effort to overturn the rule.

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October 10, 2018

Shaheen & Hassan Provisions to Address Mitigation Efforts at Hampton-Seabrook & Portsmouth Harbors Head to President’s Desk as Part of Water Infrastructure Bill

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) issued the following statements after the bipartisan America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 passed the Senate 99-1. The biennial legislation authorizes water infrastructure projects around the country, and Shaheen and Hassan helped secure approval of mitigation efforts at Hampton-Seabrook and Portsmouth Harbors. The legislation will now head to the President’s desk to be signed into law, having passed both chambers.

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October 10, 2018

Senator Hassan Joins in Introducing Legislation to Expand Workforce, Boost Economic Growth in the Granite State

WASHINGTON  – Senator Maggie Hassan joined colleagues yesterday in introducing the Invest in America Act, legislation that will create competitive grant programs to expand the workforce, modernize training tools, and promote job creation. Senator Hassan introduced the bill with Senators Angus King (I-ME), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Martin Heinrich (D-NM).

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October 09, 2018

NH Delegation Announces $1.35M in Federal Funding for Urban Community Development & Affordable Housing in New Hampshire

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced $1,346,482 in grants for urban community development and affordable housing in New Hampshire from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These grants include $658,301 to Nashua and $290,005 to Dover in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), and a $398,176 HOME Grant to Nashua. These grants are an increase of $198,404 from the previous year, and will support efforts to expand affordable housing throughout New Hampshire, particularly for people experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness, and expand economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate income individuals.

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October 06, 2018

Senator Hassan Statement Following Confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement after voting against Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to serve as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Last night, Senator Hassan delivered a speech on the Senate floor regarding her opposition to Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination, which is available here

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October 06, 2018

Senator Hassan on Senate Floor: The American People Deserve Better than Judge Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON – In the lead-up to the final vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination, Senator Maggie Hassan last night delivered a speech on the Senate floor regarding her opposition to Judge Kavanaugh. 

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October 04, 2018

NH Delegation Urges EPA to Level the Playing Field for Biomass Industry

(Washington, DC) – Yesterday, U.S Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sent a letter with Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), urging the administration to move forward with a proposed rule that would allow renewable electricity made from biomass to qualify for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program if it is used to power electric vehicles. This would level the playing field among competing fuel sources, and enable biomass power plants to generate and sell credits under the RFS program to refiners that must meet national renewable fuel targets. If enacted, the proposed rule would spur the deployment of electric vehicles and provide another source of revenue for New Hampshire’s seven wood-fire power plants.

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October 04, 2018

NH Delegation Announces $1.25M to Bolster School Safety Efforts in NH

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced $1,249,762 in federal grants to bolster school safety efforts in New Hampshire from the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).  These grants include $500,000 to the New Hampshire Department of Education and $249,762 to Merrimack County to fund violence prevention and mental health training programs in schools, and $500,000 to the New Hampshire Department of Education to develop threat assessment and crisis intervention programs. This funding will improve school security and prepare students and teachers to recognize, respond to, and prevent acts of violence.

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October 03, 2018

Shaheen & Hassan To Each Introduce Legislation to Combat Escalating Out-of-Pocket Health Care Costs, Stabilize Health Care Marketplace & End Surprise Medical Bills

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced legislation today to combat escalating out-of-pocket health care costs for uninsured patients and for patients in the individual health insurance market who receive out-of-network care. U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) also announced that she will introduce companion legislation to help eliminate a related problem: surprise medical bills, where patients receive massive, unexpected medical bills, often for receiving care that they didn’t realize was considered out-of-network. Shaheen’s legislation protects patients who are uninsured or in the individual health insurance market, while Hassan’s legislation protects patients with employer-sponsored health plans.  

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October 03, 2018

Bipartisan Opioid Bill with Key New Hampshire Priorities Heads to President’s Desk for Signature

WASHINGTON – The Senate today passed major bipartisan legislation to combat the deadly opioid epidemic in New Hampshire and across the country. The legislation, the Substance Use Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act), includes key New Hampshire priorities that Senator Hassan fought to include in order to strengthen prevention, treatment, recovery, and law enforcement efforts. This bipartisan legislation has passed the U.S. House and now heads to the President’s desk for signature.

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October 03, 2018

NH Delegation Announces $650K to Support Victims of Sexual Assault

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced $650,261 in grants to support victims of sexual assault from the National Institute of Justice at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). These grants include $316,703 to the New Hampshire Department of Safety to help reduce sexual assault and rape kit backlogs and $333,558 to the New Hampshire Department of Justice to develop and initiate a tracking program for sexual assault kits.

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