Press Releases

August 29, 2018

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Join in Introducing Legislation to Overturn the Expansion of Junk Insurance Plans

WASHINGTON – Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen today joined a number of their colleagues in introducing new legislation to overturn the Trump Administration’s final “junk insurance” plan rule, which would further destabilize health insurance markets and undermine important consumer protections, including for people with pre-existing conditions.

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August 29, 2018

Shaheen & Hassan Praise Confirmation of Chief Willard to Serve as U.S. Marshal for New Hampshire

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) issued the following statements after the Senate unanimously confirmed former Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard to serve as United States Marshal for the state of New Hampshire late Tuesday.

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August 27, 2018

Senator Hassan Leads Colleagues in Urging FCC to Maintain Focus on Maternal Health in Telehealth Pilot Program

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, today led a group of her colleagues from the Committee in urging Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Ajit Pai to maintain focus on maternal health as the Commission moves forward with its proposed Connected Care pilot program. This pilot would support access to care using telehealth. The letter comes after the FCC released a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) on supporting access to health care through telehealth in the Connected Care pilot program.

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August 27, 2018

Shaheen, Hassan Introduce Legislation with Bipartisan Group of Senators to Hold Federal Agencies Accountable for Addressing PFAS Contamination at Military Bases Across the Country

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and a bipartisan group of Senators to introduce legislation to hold federal agencies accountable for addressing contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at military bases across the country. The PFAS Accountability Act sets clear deadlines and reporting requirements for cleaning up PFAS contamination at all federal facilities across the country, including active and decommissioned military bases, and mandates greater transparency.

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August 25, 2018

Senator Hassan Statement on the Passing of Senator John McCain

WASHINGTON -- Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement on the passing of Senator John McCain: 

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August 24, 2018

Senator Hassan Recognizes Nashua’s Positive Street Art as August “Granite Staters of the Month”

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today recognized the team behind Nashua’s Positive Street Art as the Granite Staters of the Month for August for their work remembering those lost to substance use disorders and supporting those undergoing treatment.

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August 24, 2018

Senators Hassan and Whitehouse Seek Information Regarding Rudy Giuliani’s Potential Conflicts of Interest in Representing Purdue Pharma

WASHINGTON – Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) yesterday sent letters to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), requesting information about potential conflicts of interest caused by Rudy Giuliani’s work representing Purdue Pharma while it was under criminal investigation for the fraudulent marketing of OxyContin, a powerful prescription opioid. The letters seek to determine whether Giuliani’s simultaneous work on behalf of both the Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Administration while he was representing Purdue Pharma may have led to unduly lenient treatment for Purdue Pharma.

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August 24, 2018

Senator Hassan Pushes Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on Steps Agency is Taking to Better Understand Health Impacts of PFAS

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan yesterday pushed Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about the steps the agency is taking to understand how per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination in drinking water is impacting the health of Granite Staters and Americans during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing.

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August 24, 2018

New Hampshire Congressional Delegation Urges ATSDR to Take Additional Steps to Asses PFAS Contamination in Southern New Hampshire Following Concerning Reports that Found High Levels of the Contaminant in Merrimack

WASHINGTON- Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster sent a letter to Patrick Breysse, Director of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) yesterday, urging him to take additional steps to assess per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination in the Merrimack area.

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August 23, 2018

Senator Hassan Votes to Approve Bipartisan FY19 Funding Bill to Bolster National Security, Combat the Opioid Crisis, and Invest in Critical New Hampshire Priorities

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today voted to approve a bipartisan appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2019 that bolsters national security and provides funding for critical New Hampshire priorities, including combating the devastating opioid epidemic, strengthening workforce training, protecting women’s health care, and more. The bill is one of several expected appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2019, which begins on October 1. Senator Hassan voted for two other bipartisan appropriations bills earlier this summer.

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August 23, 2018

Shaheen, Hassan Help Pass Second Year Increase in Opioid Response Funding

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) issued the following statements after voting for appropriations legislation for fiscal year (FY) 2019 that funds the Departments of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and other agencies.

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August 22, 2018

Senator Hassan Calls for Judge Kavanaugh’s Hearing to be Delayed Following Yesterday’s News of Criminal Acts Committed by Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort

WASHINGTON – Senator Hassan today called for Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination hearing to be delayed until the Senate and the American people have access to all of the nominee’s documents, particularly regarding checks on the president’s power. Given the convictions and guilty pleas of the President’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort and personal lawyer Michael Cohen, as well as Judge Kavanaugh’s troubling record on executive power, the Senator believes it’s particularly critical that these records be released.

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August 22, 2018

FCC Heeds Senator Hassan’s Call, Extends Deadline for Mobile Broadband Mapping Challenge Process

WASHINGTON – Heeding Senator Hassan’s call, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has extended for an additional 90 days the deadline to challenge its broadband coverage maps, maps which will be used to determine eligibility for funding to expand mobile broadband through the Mobility Fund Phase II (MF-II) program. This extension will provide 90 additional days for communities to petition the FCC to make more rural areas eligible for mobile broadband funding. Mobility Fund Phase II will provide up to $4.53 billion in support for rural wireless broadband expansion in New Hampshire and across the country over the next 10 years.

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August 22, 2018

Senators Hassan, Cassidy, Jones, and Young Introduce Bipartisan Synthetic Drug Awareness Act

WASHINGTON – Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Doug Jones (D-AL), and Todd Young (R-IN) yesterday introduced the bipartisan Synthetic Drug Awareness Act of 2018 to help address addiction and the drug abuse epidemic, including the growing use of synthetic drugs, that continues to ravage communities in New Hampshire and across the country. The bipartisan bill would require the Surgeon General to report to Congress on the health effects of new psychoactive substances, including synthetic drugs, on young adults ranging from 12-18 years of age.

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August 22, 2018

Shaheen, Hassan, & Kuster Announce $1.1M Grant for Hybrid Electric Diesel Buses in Nashua

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced a $1.1 million Low or No Emission Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to replace two 2010 diesel trolleys with two new hybrid electric diesel buses, significantly reducing emissions from the city’s fixed route fleet while also increasing fuel efficiency.

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August 22, 2018

Senator Hassan Questions CMS Administrator Verma on Pharma Scheme to Avoid Paying out Drug Discounts

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan yesterday questioned Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) at the Department of Health and Human Services, about how to prevent big pharmaceutical companies from misclassifying their drugs as ‘generic’ so that the companies can pay out less in the drug discounts mandated under the Medicaid rebate program. Administrator Verma agreed that this systemic problem needs to be addressed and that additional Congressional authority to impose civil monetary penalties on drugmakers who misclassify their products in the Medicaid rebate program would be beneficial.

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August 22, 2018

Senator Hassan Meets with Nominee for Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Senator Hassan meets with Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, nominee for Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan yesterday met with Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, President Trump's nominee to serve as the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The Office of Science and Technology Policy has been without a director since President Trump's inauguration, and it's the longest period without a director since i… Continue Reading


August 21, 2018

Senator Hassan Statement on Criminal Acts Committed By Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement today after President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty of eight felonies and the President’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight separate felonies:

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August 21, 2018

Senator Hassan Statement on Trump Administration’s Repeal of Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement today in response to the Trump Administration’s reckless proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan and severely undermine efforts to restrict greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change. The Clean Power Plan set the first-ever national limits for power plants that release harmful carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. In 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated that the Clean Power Plan would prevent 90,000 pediatric asthma attacks and 3,600 premature deaths each year once fully implemented:

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August 20, 2018

Senator Hassan Visits MITRE Corporation, Emphasizes Critical Importance of Innovation in Helping to Keep Granite Staters and Americans Safe

BEDFORD, MA – Senator Maggie Hassan today visited MITRE Corporation, where she highlighted the critical research and development work of the non-profit and the role it plays in helping to keep Granite Staters and Americans safe, secure, and free through the development of innovative technologies. Senator Hassan toured the facility and met with its scientists and researchers about their efforts to invent technologies to help better detect underground smuggling tunnels and to prevent the hacking of internet-connected technologies, and about MITRE’s efforts to use advanced analytics to combat the opioid crisis, as well as their research on bolstering cybersecurity.

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