Press Releases

October 28, 2019

Senator Hassan Recognizes Lilie Murray of Rye as October’s Granite Stater of the Month

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today recognized Lilie Murray of Rye as October’s Granite Stater of the Month for mobilizing members of her community to help those in need, including organizing a clothing drive, raising money to buy washers and dryers for families after the neighborhood laundromat shut down, and building a reading nook for children at a community recreation center.

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October 27, 2019

Senator Hassan Statement on Killing of ISIS Leader al-Baghdadi

WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, released the following statement on President Trump's announcement that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed:

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October 25, 2019

Portman, Schatz, Ernst, Heinrich, Gardner, Peters, Rounds, Hassan Praise Senate Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Assess & Address Rising Threat of Deepfakes

Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Gary Peters (D-MI), Mike Rounds (R-SD), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) applauded the Senate passage of the Deepfake Report Act to direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to conduct an annual study of deepfakes and other types of similar content. Deepfakes are hyper-realistic, digital manipulations of real content that depict events that did not actually occur. The legislation requires DHS to assess the technology used to generate deepfakes, the uses of deepfakes by foreign and domestic entities, and available countermeasures to deepfakes, to help policymakers and the public better understand the threats deepfakes pose to our national security and election security. The bill will now head to the U.S. House of Representatives.  

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October 24, 2019

Senator Hassan Addresses Recovery Housing, Support for Women Struggling With Substance Misuse During Senate Finance Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON – On the one-year anniversary of the signing of the bipartisan SUPPORT Act that Senator Maggie Hassan helped develop, the Senator participated in a Finance Committee hearing today on combating the substance misuse crisis. In particular, the Senator focused on the need to break down barriers to recovery for women who struggle with substance misuse, as well as emphasized the importance of medication-assisted treatment for those suffering from opioid use disorder. The hearing also addressed a Government Accountability Office report that Senator Hassan requested discussing oversight of recovery housing. 

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October 24, 2019

Governor Chris Sununu, Senator Maggie Hassan Issue Bipartisan Letter to President Trump Regarding Supportive Housing

Concord, NH – Earlier this week, Governor Chris Sununu and United States Senator Maggie Hassan sent a letter to President Trump urging the Administration to expand access to supportive housing.

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October 23, 2019

Hassan-Supported POW/MIA Flag Act Passes House, Heads to President’s Desk for Signature

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House yesterday passed bipartisan legislation cosponsored by Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) to honor Prisoners of War and service members Missing in Action by requiring that the POW/MIA flag be displayed alongside the American flag at certain federal buildings and memorials. The bill, which was passed unanimously in the Senate in May, now heads to the President’s desk for signature. The House version of the bill is led by Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01).

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October 23, 2019

Senator Hassan Statement on President Trump Plan to Lift Turkey Sanctions

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement after President Trump announced today his intentions to lift sanctions on Turkey following its attack on Kurds in Syria:

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October 23, 2019

Senator Hassan Discusses State & Local Cybersecurity With Senior FEMA Official

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan sat down with Chad Gorman, the Acting Assistant Administrator for National Preparedness for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), yesterday to discuss how to best protect all levels of government from cyberattacks, including ransomware attacks. Right now, FEMA is preparing for their upcoming National Level Exercise, which will include a focus on helping all levels of government and private entities better prepare for potential cyberattacks.

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October 22, 2019

Senator Hassan Receives New Englander of the Year Award from New England Council, Granite Stater of the Year Award from the New Hampshire College and University Council

BOSTON, MA – Senator Maggie Hassan yesterday received the New Englander of the Year award during the New England Council’s reception at the World Trade Center in Boston. The award honors residents of New England for their contributions to their field of work, and their leadership in improving New England’s quality of life and economy. The award is presented by the New England Council, a nonpartisan alliance of businesses, academic, and health institutions, as well as public and private organizations throughout New England to promote economic growth in the region.

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October 22, 2019

With Funding for Community Health Centers About to Run Dry, Senators Hassan & Shaheen Cosponsor Bipartisan Legislation to Fund These Critical Centers

WASHINGTON – Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen joined a bipartisan group of their colleagues in cosponsoring legislation to extend critical funding for the Community Health Centers Fund, which will otherwise run out of money on November 21st. The Senators also joined 25 of their colleagues in sending a letter to Senate leadership urging them to pass this bipartisan legislation immediately before countless Granite Staters and Americans are left without access to vital health care services.

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October 22, 2019

Senators Lankford, Enzi, Peters, Hassan Applaud Senate Passage of GREAT Act

WASHINGTON, DC – Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management; Mike Enzi, (R-WY), Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee; Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee; and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management today applauded unanimous passage in the Senate of their Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency (GREAT) Act. The bipartisan, bicameral bill would require the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the leading administrator of grant programs to streamline data transparency requirements for grant recipients and ultimately make data collection and dissemination to Congress faster and easier.

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October 18, 2019

Shaheen & Hassan Call for Quick Distribution of LIHEAP Assistance

(Washington, DC) – As state agencies prepare their Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) plans for the upcoming winter months, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sent a letter this week with a bipartisan group of Senators led by Jack Reed (D-RI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), urging the Department to release funds for LIHEAP as quickly as possible under the current continuing resolution.

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October 18, 2019

With Growing Ransomware Threats in New Hampshire & Across the Country, Senator Hassan Calls for Analysis of Federal Efforts to Protect Local & State Governments from Cyberattacks

WASHINGTON – With increasingly frequent ransomware attacks on state and local governments, Senator Maggie Hassan is calling on the U.S. Government Accountability Office to review how the federal government is assisting state and local governments in bolstering their cybersecurity.  

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October 17, 2019

Senator Hassan Denounces Trump Administration’s Actions on Turkey & Syria, Helps Introduce Bipartisan Bill Sanctioning Turkey

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today joined Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and additional Senators on both sides of the aisle to introduce a bipartisan bill to levy immediate, serious sanctions against Turkey following its invasion of Syria and their slaughter of the Kurdish people. The bill comes as the Trump Administration announced a so-called “ceasefire” in Syria that is contingent upon Kurds retreating from the land that Turkey has been attacking since President Trump ordered the precipitous withdrawal of U.S. troops.

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October 16, 2019

Senator Hassan and Representative Neguse Introduce Legislation to Support Innovative Competency-Based Education Programs in Higher Education

WASHINGTON – As Congress works to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representative Joe Neguse (D-CO) today introduced bicameral legislation to support innovative competency-based education programs at colleges and universities.

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October 15, 2019

NH Delegation Applauds Federal Award to Bolster Legal Assistance for Granite Staters

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), joined by Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01), applauded the Legal Services Corporation’s (LSC) recent announcement that the Legal Advice & Referral Center in New Hampshire will receive a $62,290 Technology Initiative Grant to bolster legal assistance for Granite Staters. The grant will improve the center’s use of technology in assisting low-income individuals with civil legal needs. The LSC is a non-profit organization established by Congress to provide financial support for civil legal aid to low-income Americans. The LSC’s Technology Initiative Grants program supports legal aid organizations in developing and utilizing technologies that improve efficiency and increase access to high-quality legal assistance. Senator Shaheen, the lead Democrat of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, has repeatedly secured federal funding to continue the LSC program in the yearly appropriations process, despite the Trump administration’s efforts to defund the program.

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October 11, 2019

Senator Hassan, Colleagues Call on Juul to End Unfair Forced Arbitration Agreements That Restrict Americans’ Access to Justice

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and other Senators are calling on Juul to remove forced arbitration and other anti-consumer provisions from its terms and conditions for online sales. Forced arbitration clauses restrict Americans’ access to justice by stripping consumers and workers of their right to go to court.

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October 11, 2019

Senator Hassan Visits Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India

NEW DELHI, INDIA -- U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) this week discussed counterterrorism efforts, drug trafficking, and regional stability with government and military leaders in Afghanistan and Pakistan. She also met with the top U.S. general in Afghanistan as well as other American troops – including one service member from New Hampshire – and embassy personnel. Senator Hassan arrived today in India for additional meetings with government and business leaders.

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October 09, 2019

Hassan-Backed Legislation Honoring Christa McAuliffe Signed into Law

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) issued the following statements after the Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act, bipartisan legislation that would create a commemorative coin to honor Christa McAuliffe, the Concord teacher who died aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986, was signed into law. The bill further reaffirms American commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and supports it with proceeds from the coin. The bill passed the Senate and the House of Representatives with strong bipartisan support. The Space Shuttle Challenger crew included Christa McAuliffe, Dick Scobee, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnik, Ronald McNair, Mike Smith and Ellison Onizuka.

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October 08, 2019

NH Delegation Announces More Than $1.2 Million in Federal Grant Funding in Support of Granite State Firefighters

(Washington, DC) – Today, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced with Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $1,216,972.31 in federal funding in support of Granite State firefighters around the state. Through the agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program and the Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) program, the following cities and towns received grants:

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