Press Releases

May 07, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan, Kuster & Sununu Applaud $1.9 Million USDA Investment in NH Broadband Infrastructure

(Manchester, NH) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Representative Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Governor Chris Sununu issued the following statements in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) announcement that a New Hampshire company will receive a $1.9 million loan through the department’s ReConnect Program, which provides funding to improve broadband service in rural communities. This is the first time the ReConnect Program has awarded New Hampshire federal support, which will be distributed to Granite State Communications to make investments in services benefiting Hillsborough, Deering and Washington, New Hampshire.

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May 06, 2020

In First Virtual Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Roundtable, Senator Hassan Stresses the Importance of Increasing National Testing Capacity in Order to Reopen the Economy Safely

WASHINGTON – In the first-ever virtual Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee roundtable, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) stressed the importance of massively increasing the nation’s daily testing capacity in order to safely reopen America’s economy.

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May 06, 2020

In Letter To President Trump, Shaheen & Hassan Call Administration’s Testing Blueprint Insufficient, Urge Federal Government to Release And Implement National Plan

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sent a letter with 40 Senate Democrats to President Trump, calling on his administration to develop a comprehensive national strategic plan of action by May 24th to ensure states have sufficient tests to begin safely re-opening.

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May 06, 2020

Senator Hassan Joins Bipartisan Colleagues in Urging the Trump Administration to Fund Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and a bipartisan group of her colleagues are urging the Trump Administration to allocate CARES Act funding to behavioral health centers that provide mental health and substance misuse treatment to Granite Staters and all Americans. Although need is increasing because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many behavioral health centers have had to reduce their operations.

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May 05, 2020

Senator Hassan Leads Colleagues in Call for Greater Support for Students With Disabilities

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) led 24 of her colleagues in calling for greater support for students who experience disabilities in upcoming COVID-19 response legislation. The funding would give school districts more resources to continue to provide students who experience disabilities with a free and appropriate public education as required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

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May 05, 2020

Senator Hassan Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Boost Federal Investment in Innovative Businesses Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined her colleagues in introducing bipartisan, bicameral legislation to expand support for American companies that invest in the research and development (R&D) of new products and technologies. Along with Senator Hassan, the bipartisan bill was introduced by Senators Chris Coons (D-DE), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Todd Young (R-IN), and Steve Daines (R-MT), along with U.S. Representatives Suzan DelBene (D-WA) and Jackie Walorski (R-IN).

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May 04, 2020

NH Delegation Announces $3.6 Million in Funding Through CARES Act to Support Affordable Housing for Granite Staters

(Manchester, NH) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced that housing authorities and agencies throughout New Hampshire will receive $3,594,661 through the CARES Act to support affordable housing for Granite Staters during the COVID-19 crisis. Specifically, funding was distributed through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Public Housing Operating Fund, which is used to support housing authorities in funding the operating and maintenance expenses of their buildings, and its Housing Choice Voucher Program, which is used to help low-income, disabled and elderly people afford safe and decent housing in the private market.

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May 02, 2020

NH Delegation Announces $115.4 Million in COVID-19 Relief Funds for Rural Hospitals and Health Care Providers through CARES Act

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) announced with Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that New Hampshire rural hospitals and health care providers will receive $115.4 million in a third installment of federal grants established under the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was passed by Congress and signed into law. In total, the law includes $100 billion for health care providers. The f… Continue Reading


May 01, 2020

Senators Hassan & Shaheen Push for Tax Credit Expansion for Hard-Working Families in Next COVID-19 Relief Package

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen today called for a temporary expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit in the next COVID-19 relief package. As the economic effects of COVID-19 are expected to last into next year, this would put money back in the pockets of hard-working Granite Staters and Americans to help weather the economic downturn. The letter, which was sent to Senate leadership, was led by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Ron Wyden (D-OR).

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May 01, 2020

NH Delegation Pushes for Expanded Housing Options for Domestic Violence Survivors in Next Covid-19 Package

WASHINGTON – Amid concerns of increasing domestic violence as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen and Representatives Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas are pushing for additional funding to expand housing options for domestic violence survivors in the next COVID-19 emergency package.

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April 30, 2020

Senators Markey, Van Hollen, Bennet, Hassan, and Colleagues Plan to Introduce Legislation to Direct $4 Billion in E-Rate Funds to Close Growing Learning Gap in Coronavirus Pandemic

Washington (April 30, 2020) – Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) today announced that they plan to increase their request in upcoming legislation aimed at ensuring all K-12 students have adequate home internet connectivity and devices during the coronavirus pandemic. The Senators previously announced their intention to introduce the Senate companion to legislation, the Emergency Educational Connections Act, recently introduced by Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-06) in the House of Representatives. The Senators plan to introduce companion legislation, but will make one important change: increasing the appropriation from $2 billion to $4 billion. Education groups had originally identified the $2 billion figure believing the crisis would last only through this academic year. As more educators have come to realize the crisis will last far longer, need has only increased.  

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April 30, 2020

Shaheen & Hassan Call for Childcare Support for Working Parents in Next Coronavirus Relief Package

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) called on Senate leadership to include strong financial support for the child care system in the next coronavirus relief package. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY), Shaheen and Hassan joined a group of 29 Senate colleagues requesting a $50 billion investment to stabilize the childcare industry, provide childcare for essential workers and invest in childcare to help support long-term economic recovery. The childcare system has been severely impacted by the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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April 30, 2020

Calling President Trump’s Demand That Postage Rates be Quadrupled “Outrageous,” NH Delegation Urges Congressional Leadership to Provide USPS Relief in Future COVID-19 Bills

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) called on Congressional leadership to include relief for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) in future COVID-19 relief legislation. The effort comes as the USPS faces mounting debts that have been compounded by the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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April 30, 2020

Shaheen & Hassan Announce Legislation to Federalize Medical Supply Chain, Increase National Production and Delivery of Necessary Supplies Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) announced legislation with U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) Chris Murphy (D-CT), Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Senate Democrats on Wednesday that lays out a framework for an effective COVID-19 response by federalizing and adding critical oversight and transparency to the supply chain for critical medical supplies and equipment. The Medical Supply Transparency and Delivery Act requires the president to utilize all available authorities under the Defense Production Act to mobilize a federal response to the pandemic through an equitable and transparent process. The AFL-CIO, SEIU, the National Nurses United, and United Steelworkers support this legislation.

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April 30, 2020

Senators Hassan, Colleagues Urge Greater Support for Pregnant Patients, Infants Amid COVID-19

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) led her colleagues in urging additional, robust funding for the Surveillance for Emerging Threats to Mothers and Babies program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the next COVID-19 stimulus package. The program helps to detect and respond to public health crises’ impact on pregnant and postpartum individuals, as well as infants and young children, in real-time.

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April 30, 2020

Senator Hassan Hears from NH Law Enforcement, First Responders About Protecting Public Health and Safety During COVID-19 Pandemic

U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan today held a virtual roundtable discussion with New Hampshire law enforcement officials and first responders about the impact of COVID-19 on their efforts to protect public health and safety.

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April 29, 2020

NH Delegation Announces Nearly $16 Million in Additional Funding Through CARES Act for NH Health Care Providers

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) announced today with Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that New Hampshire health care providers received $15.95 million from a second installment of federal grants established under the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was passed by Congress and signed into law. In total, the law includes $100 billion for health care providers. The first $30 billion was dispersed to providers throughout the country earlier this month and included $164.5 million for Granite State providers. An additional $10.8 billion will be soon be made available for providers in New Hampshire and across the country.

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April 29, 2020

Senator Hassan Briefs Members of the New England Council on COVID-19 Response Efforts, Takes Questions from Members

U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan briefed members of the New England Council today on the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and answered questions on efforts to combat this deadly virus.

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April 28, 2020

NH Delegation Urges Federal Communications Commission to Coordinate With Other Federal Agencies to Inform Low-Income Families That They Can Receive Broadband Services

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen and Representatives Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to work directly with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to ensure that the millions of Americans who are now eligible for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) or Medicaid because they lost their jobs or lost income know that they are also eligible for the FCC’s Lifeline program. The Lifeline program is the primary federal program charged with helping low-income families obtain broadband and telephone services. The letter was led by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Richard Durbin (D-IL).

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April 28, 2020

Senator Hassan Discusses COVID-19 Impact with New Hampshire Nonprofits

U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan spoke with a variety of New Hampshire nonprofit and community organizations about how they have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. On the call, organized by the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits, Senator Hassan thanked these organizations, as well as their workforces, for continuing to serve as a vital resource for Granite Staters, even as they experience their own challenges, including an increased demand for services and a reduction in staffing and financial resources.

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