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October 06, 2017

Senate Passes Shaheen, Hassan Bipartisan Resolution to Designate National Community Policing Week

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) announced the passage of their Senate Resolution designating the first week of October as “National Community Policing Week.” The bipartisan resolution recognizes the sacrifices of police officers and expresses support for building trust and mutual respect in communities through sustained and meaningful engagement between law enforcement and civilians. It encourages the people of the United States, law enforcement agencies, and elected officials to identify ways in which communities may improve public safety, strengthen relationships and build trust. Yesterday, during an event at the Derry Police Department, Shaheen and Hassan presented the resolution text to New Hampshire law enforcement leaders.

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October 05, 2017

Senator Hassan Participates in HELP Committee Hearing on Federal Response to the Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan participated today in a Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on the federal response to the heroin, fentanyl, and opioid crisis. Senator Hassan questioned Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on what steps the FDA is taking to implement the bipartisan Opioid Addiction Risk Transparency Act, legislation that Senator Hassan introduced with Senator Todd Young (R-IN) to help ensure that health care providers understand the addiction risks of “abuse-deterrent” opioids so that they can properly communicate those risks to their patients. The bill was signed into law as part of the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017. 

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October 04, 2017

Senator Hassan, Colleagues Introduce Bill to Close Automatic Weapon Loophole

WASHINGTON —Senator Maggie Hassan today helped introduce the Automatic Gun Fire Prevention Act, a bill to close a loophole that allows semi-automatic weapons to be easily modified to fire at the rate of automatic weapons, which have been illegal for more than 30 years. 

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October 04, 2017

On Equifax: Senator Hassan, Colleagues Urge FTC to Prevent Second Round of Identity Theft and Fraud

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today joined a number of her colleagues in calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to outline specific actions being taken to ensure that consumers do not fall victim to a second round of attacks on their personal information following the massive Equifax breach.  

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October 04, 2017

Senate Homeland Security Committee Passes Bipartisan Hassan-Gardner Connected Government Act

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passed the bipartisan Connected Government Act, which was introduced by Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Cory Gardner (R-CO). The bill would expand access to government services and information by requiring all new and redesigned federal websites to be mobile-friendly. 

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October 04, 2017

Senate Committee Passes McCain-McCaskill-Hassan Bill to Improve Border Security Operations

Washington, D.C. ­– The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs today passed the Border Security Technology Accountability Act, legislation cosponsored by Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) that would improve the management and accountability of Department of Homeland Security border technology acquisition programs, which numerous reports have concluded are at “high-risk” for waste, fraud and abuse. Congresswoman Martha McSally (R-AZ) also introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives.

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October 04, 2017

Senate Homeland Security Committee Passes Bipartisan Hassan-Portman Hack DHS Act

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passed the bipartisan Hack Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Act, which was introduced by Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH). The bill, which is also cosponsored by Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Kamala Harris (D-CA), would establish a bug bounty pilot program – modeled off of similar programs at the Department of Defense and major tech companies – in order to strengthen cyber defenses at DHS by utilizing “white-hat” or ethical hackers to help identify unique and undiscovered vulnerabilities in the DHS networks and information technology.

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October 03, 2017

Senator Hassan Highlights Importance of Fully Including Students who Experience Disabilities in Order to Improve Outcomes for All Students

WASHINGTON – In a Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing today, Senator Hassan highlighted the more than 30 years of educational research showing that all students perform better when students who experience disabilities are fully included in the classroom, and asked how states should apply these insights in their plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). 

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October 03, 2017

Senators Shaheen, Hassan Call on President Trump to Step Up Disaster Relief Efforts for Puerto Rican Islands of Vieques and Culebra

WASHINGTON –Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan today  joined their colleagues in calling on President Trump to step up disaster recovery efforts on the Puerto Rican islands of Vieques and Culebra after the islands were devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. 

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October 03, 2017

Senator Hassan Announces Opening of Berlin Senate Office

BERLIN – Today, Senator Maggie Hassan announced the opening of her Senate office in Berlin, where members of her staff will be available to meet with constituents about their issues and concerns and provide help with federal agencies. In addition to the new permanent office in Berlin, Senator Hassan also has New Hampshire offices in Manchester, Portsmouth, and Nashua. Senator Hassan also has an office in Concord, which is available by appointment only.

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September 29, 2017

Senator Maggie Hassan: Next HHS Secretary Must Commit to Immediately Dropping Attempts to Sabotage Health Care Markets

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement on Tom Price’s resignation as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Last night, Senator Hassan called for Secretary Price to resign.

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September 29, 2017

Senator Hassan Applauds Senate Passage of Bipartisan MAIN STREET Cybersecurity Act

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today applauded the Senate’s unanimous passage of the bipartisan Making Available Information Now to Strengthen Trust and Resilience and Enhance Enterprise Technology (MAIN STREET) Cybersecurity Act. The legislation, which Senator Hassan cosponsored, will help to provide a consistent set of resources for small businesses to best protect their digital assets from cybersecurity threats.

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September 29, 2017

Senator Hassan Participates in Health Care Forum on the Future, Discusses Bipartisan Work on HELP Committee

BEDFORD – Senator Maggie Hassan today called for the return to the bipartisan healthcare negotiations that were disrupted by the failed effort to pass the Graham-Cassidy Trumpcare bill during remarks this morning at a New Hampshire Forum on the Future Breakfast series focused on health care.  As a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Hassan participated this month in bipartisan health care hearings focused on stabilizing the individual health insurance market and lowering costs for hard-working Granite Staters.

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September 28, 2017

Shaheen, Hassan Introduce Legislation that Would Ensure Transparency and Accountability in DEA Quotas for Prescription Opioid Painkillers

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined four of their democratic colleagues to introduce legislation to shed light on Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) quotas on OxyContin and opioid pain medication, and the secretive process by which the pharmaceutical companies gain approval to produce the deadly opioid painkillers that are taken in New Hampshire and across the country. 

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September 28, 2017

Senator Hassan Speaks Out Against Confirmation of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan spoke today on the Senate floor in opposition to the confirmation of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai, who President Trump re-nominated to serve another five-year term. The Senator highlighted Chairman Pai’s opposition to net neutrality, a position that stands at odds with tens of millions of Americans who have urged the FCC to protect strong net neutrality rules.

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September 28, 2017

Senator Hassan and Colleagues to HHS Sec. Tom Price: “Public Deserves Answers” on Taxpayer-Funded Private Jet Travel

WASHINGTON  – Today, Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and a group of her Senate colleagues called on Health and Human Services Secretary (HHS) Tom Price to provide detailed information on the purpose of each private jet trip he has taken – including a trip to New Hampshire - and any communications between his office and the White House regarding his travel plans. The letter follows investigations being launched by the Office of Inspector General and House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, as well as a new report by Politico that Secretary Price used private jets “to travel to places where he owns property, and paired official visits with meetings with longtime colleagues and family members.” 

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September 28, 2017

Senators Shaheen, Hassan Announce More than $4 Million in Grants to Support Granite Staters Who Experience Disabilities

WASHINGTON – Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan today announced three grants that will help build a more inclusive New Hampshire by improving job opportunities and increasing and strengthening the quality of home and community-based services for Granite Staters who experience disabilities. 

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September 28, 2017

Senator Hassan Highlights Dangers of Proposed Budget Cuts to Airport Security During Senate Aviation Subcommittee Hearing

WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan today highlighted how President Trump’s proposed budget cuts to Transportation Security Administration programs would undermine security at small and medium airports, including Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. 

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September 27, 2017

Shaheen, Hassan Call for Immediate Action to Support Relief Efforts for Puerto Rico

Today, in a letter to President Trump, Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined their Senate colleagues in calling for swift action to support recovery and relief efforts for Puerto Rico in the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

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September 27, 2017

Senator Hassan Leads Colleagues in Calling for Investigation into Allergan’s Anti-Competitive Attempt to Maintain Market Monopoly, Keep Prescription Drug Prices High

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today led Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) in calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee to immediately launch an investigation into drugmaker Allergan’s anti-competitive attempt to shield its patents from review and keep drug prices high, which represents the latest tactic by bad actors in the pharmaceutical industry to protect their profits at the expense of patients.

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