Press Releases

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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September 27, 2017

NH Congressional Delegation Reiterates Call for Full-Service VA Hospital

WASHINGTON – In a letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, and Representatives Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster reiterated their call for a full-service VA hospital in New Hampshire and expressed concern that official guidance given to the VA New Hampshire VISION 2025 Task Force did not include direct reference to “full services.” 

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September 27, 2017

Senator Hassan Highlights Importance of Visa Security Teams in the Long-Term Fight Against ISIS

WASHINGTON – Today, at the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing on threats to the homeland, Senator Maggie Hassan highlighted the importance of Visa Security teams in the fight against ISIS, and emphasized her commitment to ensuring that the FBI has the resources it needs to combat domestic terrorism and keep Granite Staters and Americans safe, secure, and free.

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September 27, 2017

Senator Hassan Calls for Urgent Action to Address Crisis in Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today pushed acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke on the Trump Administration’s response to the crisis in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria and called for urgent federal action to get resources to Puerto Rico. Senator Hassan questioned Acting Secretary Duke at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing. 

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September 26, 2017

Senator Hassan Calls for Return to Bipartisan Health Care Negotiations

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today joined her Senate Democratic colleagues at a press conference following the defeat of the latest Trumpcare bill to underscore the importance of returning to bipartisan negotiations on lowering health care costs and stabilizing the individual insurance market.

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September 26, 2017

Senator Hassan on Court Order Temporarily Protecting Members of the Indonesian Community from Deportation

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement after Chief Judge Patti Saris of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts issued an order temporarily preventing the deportation of members of New Hampshire’s Indonesian community, including some individuals who had been ordered to leave as early as this week: 

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September 26, 2017

Senators Shaheen, Hassan Join Colleagues Calling for Extension of DACA Renewal Deadline in Wake of Storms

WASHINGTON - In the wake of three massive storms that have disrupted the day-to-day lives of millions of people in the U.S., Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined a group of their colleagues in calling on the Trump administration to extend the crucial Oct. 5 deadline for Dreamers to renew their DACA status. The group made the request in a letter to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke. 

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September 26, 2017

Senator Hassan Joins Democratic Colleagues, Disability Rights Advocates to Highlight Harmful Impact Graham-Cassidy Trumpcare Proposal Would Have on Individuals Who Experience Disabilities

WASHINGTON –Senator Maggie Hassan joined her Democratic colleagues and disability rights advocates at a press conference today to highlight how the Graham-Cassidy Trumpcare bill would harm individuals who experience disabilities. Senator Hassan shared the story of Bodhi Bhattari, a Concord boy who experiences spinal muscular atrophy and needs hundreds of thousands of dollars in life-saving drugs every year. Bodhi’s mother, Deodonne Bhattarai, told WMUR that under the Graham-Cassidy Trumpcare proposal, "If we sold our house, we could probably keep him alive for another year."

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September 26, 2017

Senator Hassan on CNN Health Care Debate: “Saying that Medicaid Expansion Did Not Help Save Ashley’s Life Demeans her Journey and Shows a Fundamental Lack of Understanding of this Crisis”

WASHINGTON – During last night’s health care debate, CNN took a question from Ashley Hurteau, a New Hampshire substance misuse treatment advocate who got treatment because of her coverage through New Hampshire’s bipartisan Medicaid expansion. Ashley was Senator Hassan’s guest of honor for President Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress. 

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September 25, 2017

Shaheen, Hassan Join NH Healthcare Providers and Patients To Condemn Disastrous Graham-Cassidy Repeal Bill

(Washington, DC)— At a press conference this morning at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined New Hampshire healthcare providers and patients who would be impacted by the catastrophic effects of the Graham-Cassidy healthcare repeal bill.

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September 22, 2017

Shaheen, Hassan Announce $1.7 Million to Upgrade Water System at Ossipee Mountains Estates

WASHINGTON – Today, Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan announced $1.7 million in federal funding from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development to finance water system upgrades at the Ossipee Mountains Estates, a cooperative of manufactured homes in rural Carroll County.

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September 22, 2017

Senator Hassan Presents Purple Heart to Korean War Veteran from Manchester

MANCHESTER – Today, Senator Maggie Hassan presented the Purple Heart and several other service medals to CPL Sylvio J. Chouinard of Manchester for his service in the Korean War. 

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September 21, 2017

Senator Hassan Joins Colleagues Urging Office of Management and Budget to Investigate Taxpayer-Funded Travel for Executive Branch Officials

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan joined 15 of her colleagues in a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) following reports that a number of high-ranking officials in the Trump Administration are incurring excessive travel costs. According to a September 19th POLITICO report, at least three members of the Cabinet have used taxpayer funds to charter expensive private airplanes or incurred excessive travel costs that signal a culture of wasteful spending. 

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