Press Releases

March 06, 2019

Senator Hassan Sounds Alarm on GAO Report Warning of EPA Mismanagement of Efforts to Address PFAS Contamination

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today participated in a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on reducing waste, fraud, and mismanagement in the federal government, where she sounded the alarm on a new Government Accountability Office report that found that during the last two years the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has made little progress – and has even taken steps backward – in assessing the public health threat of toxic chemicals, including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Senator Hassan serves as ranking member of the Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management.

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March 06, 2019

As Boost in Funding Runs Out This Year, Shaheen Leads NH Congressional Delegation Letter to President Trump Urging Him to Prioritize Opioid Treatment Resources in Annual Budget Proposal

Washington, D.C.— U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) led Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) in a New Hampshire Congressional Delegation letter to the President, urging him to prioritize funding for State Opioid Response (SOR) grants in his annual budget proposal to Congress. SOR grants were established in the 21st Century Cures Act, which President Obama signed into law in 2016.

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March 05, 2019

Senator Hassan Statement on President Trump’s Executive Order Aimed at Lowering Rate of Veteran Suicide

WASHINGTON - Senator Hassan released the following statement in response to President Trump’s executive order aimed at lowering the rate of suicide among veterans:

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March 05, 2019

Senator Hassan Highlights Importance of Vaccines During HELP Hearing

WASHINGTON –  Senator Maggie Hassan today joined Senators from both parties in highlighting the important role that vaccinations and immunization play in public health during a Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee hearing.

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March 01, 2019

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Join Colleagues in Cosponsoring Resolution Stating Climate Change is Real, Caused by Humans, and Immediate Action is Necessary

WASHINGTON – Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen this week joined in cosponsoring a resolution with the entire Democratic caucus stating that climate change is real, caused by humans, and that the United States and Congress need to take immediate action to address it. The Senators are calling on their Republican colleagues to affirm these basic facts and commit to taking real and immediate action to address climate change.

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March 01, 2019

Shaheen, Hassan & Bipartisan Group of Senators Introduce PFAS Action Plan of 2019

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), and a bipartisan group of Senators to introduce the PFAS Action Act, legislation that would mandate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) within one year of enactment declare per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances eligible for cleanup funds under the EPA Superfund law, also known as CERCLA.

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February 28, 2019

Senator Hassan Votes Against Andrew Wheeler’s Nomination for EPA Administrator

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today issued the following statement after voting against the nomination of former coal lobbyist and current Acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Andrew Wheeler, to serve as EPA Administrator:

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February 27, 2019

Senators Lankford, Hassan Introduce the Prevent Government Shutdowns Act

WASHINGTON, DC – Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today introduced the Prevent Government Shutdowns Act, a bipartisan Senate proposal to address the threat of government shutdowns. The bill is fairly simple. If all appropriations bills are not passed by both houses and signed by the President by October 1, no official travel will be allowed for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) leadership or staff, Cabinet members, or Senators and Representatives along with their committee and personal staffs (except for official travel within the DC metro area).

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February 27, 2019

Senator Hassan Responds to FDA Statement on Efforts to Address the Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan responded today to a statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. on the agency’s efforts to address the opioid crisis. The FDA’s statement followed a new report from 60 Minutes, “Did the FDA ignite the opioid epidemic?

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February 27, 2019

Senator Hassan Joins Senator Ernst in Introducing Bipartisan Bill to Cut Wasteful Spending, Cap Presidential Perks

WASHINGTON – Building on her efforts to cut wasteful spending, protect taxpayer dollars, and hold Washington accountable, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) is reintroducing legislation with Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) that puts limits on taxpayer-funded benefits for former U.S. presidents, including expenses for their travel, personal staff, office space, and communications after they leave office.

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February 26, 2019

Senator Hassan Confronts Top Janssen Pharmaceuticals Executive on Company’s Role in Helping Fuel Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today confronted top Janssen Pharmaceuticals executive Jennifer Taubert for her company’s role in helping fuel the opioid crisis during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on prescription drug costs. Janssen is the pharmaceuticals division of Johnson & Johnson.

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February 22, 2019

Senator Hassan Statement on Trump Administration’s Shameless Attack on Women’s Reproductive Health Care Through Domestic Gag Rule

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement today after the Trump Administration released its domestic gag rule on the Title X family planning program. The domestic gag rule on the Title X program will undermine women’s access to critical health services at providers such as Planned Parenthood. 

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February 22, 2019

President Signs Bipartisan Bill Introduced by Senator Hassan to Offer Greater Choice and Mobility in Housing Assistance

WASHINGTON – President Trump has signed bipartisan legislation introduced by Senator Maggie Hassan and others to incentivize greater choice and mobility in the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Housing Choice Voucher Program. The legislation was included as part of the larger government funding bill that the President recently signed. 

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February 22, 2019

Senator Hassan Meets with Advocates, Grandfamilies Impacted by the Opioid Crisis

CONCORD – Senator Maggie Hassan today participated in a roundtable discussion hosted by New Futures and NH Children’s Trust focused on how to better support grandfamilies impacted by the opioid crisis, as well as the need to invest in child abuse prevention. Senator Hassan was joined by representatives from New Futures, NH Children’s Trust, Spark NH, as well as families, grandparent caregivers, and advocates.

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February 21, 2019

Senator Hassan Discusses Impact of President Trump’s Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum at Extreme Networks in Salem

SALEM – Senator Maggie Hassan visited Extreme Networks today, where she toured the facility, met with employees, and heard about the impact President Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum are having on the company, including causing their costs to increase. Senator Hassan also discussed her efforts as a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to strengthen cybersecurity, including improving security for Internet of Things (IoT) devices.  

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February 19, 2019

Senator Hassan and Bipartisan Colleagues Send Letter to FCC on Broadband Coverage Maps

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and colleagues from both parties last week sent a letter to Chairman Pai of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) advocating for an additional public feedback mechanism that would utilize crowdsourced data to empower consumers and states to help inform broadband coverage maps and report any lack of broadband access to the FCC. The letter was also signed by U.S Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), James Lankford (R-OK), Angus King (I-ME), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), John Kennedy (R-LA), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Doug Jones (D-AL), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI).

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February 15, 2019

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Join in Reintroducing Landmark Bipartisan Legislation to Support Women Veterans

WASHINGTON – Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today joined Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and John Boozman (R-AK) in reintroducing the bipartisan Deborah Sampson Act to support women veterans. Women are the fastest-growing group of veterans, but many VA facilities don’t have the ability to provide equitable care or services to women veterans. The Deborah Sampson Act would eliminate barriers to care and services that many women veterans face and would help ensure that the VA can address the needs of women veterans. Senator Hassan previously wrote an op-ed with the Executive Director of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) in support of the legislation. 

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February 15, 2019

Senator Hassan Recognizes Heather McGlauflin of New Boston as February 2019 Granite Stater of the Month

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today recognized Heather McGlauflin of New Boston as the February 2019 Granite Stater of the Month for her dedicated efforts to help prevent substance misuse among young people in New Hampshire and across the country.

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February 15, 2019

Senator Hassan Statement on Reports that President Trump Will Take Funding from Drug Interdiction Efforts, Military Construction Projects to Build Wall

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement today on President Trump’s reported plans to take $2.5 billion from the Pentagon’s drug interdiction program and $3.6 billion from the Pentagon’s military construction budget as part of his national emergency declaration to build a wall at the southern border:

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February 14, 2019

Senator Hassan Statement on Border Security and Government Funding Agreement

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement today after voting in support of the bipartisan package that invests in border security and fully funds the government through the end of this fiscal year, including significant increases in programs for hard-working Granite Staters and Americans. The Senator also responded to the President’s announcement that he will declare a state of emergency to build the wall.

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