Press Releases

June 16, 2017

At NH Mental Health Counselors’ Association Conference, Senator Hassan Stresses How Trumpcare Would Hurt Access to Mental Health Care Services in New Hampshire

MANCHESTER – Today, Senator Maggie Hassan spoke at the New Hampshire Mental Health Counselors’ Association Conference, where she highlighted her efforts to strengthen the mental health care system in New Hampshire and spoke out against the dangerous Trumpcare proposal that would hurt access to mental health care services for thousands of people in the Granite State.

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June 15, 2017

Senators Hassan, Daines Cosponsor Bipartisan Bill to Keep Government Research Data Publicly Available

WASHINGTON –Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Steve Daines (R-MT) this week cosponsored bipartisan legislation to help federal agencies maintain open access to machine-readable databases and datasets created by taxpayer-funded research. The Preserving Data in Government Act, introduced by Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), would require federal agencies to preserve public access to existing open datasets, and prevent the removal of existing datasets without sufficient public notice. Small businesses rely on a range of publicly available machine-readable datasets to launch or grow their companies, and researchers and scientists use data to conduct studies for a variety of fields and industries.

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June 15, 2017

Shaheen, Hassan Introduce Legislation to Address Heroin and Fentanyl Backlog at Police Forensic Labs

WASHINGTON– U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduced legislation to help the state police forensic lab in New Hampshire and other labs across the country that are dealing with a dramatic increase in the number of drug seizures requiring lab identification. The surge in the use of heroin, fentanyl and other synthetic drugs has increased both the volume and complexity of identifying narcotics, which has dramatically increased demands on police crime labs, including in New Hampshire. As a result, police crime labs have been overwhelmed by requests for testing, often exceeding lab capacity and creating backlogs of untested samples. Police departments in New Hampshire report that test results can take several months, which can complicate investigation and prosecution efforts. This legislation would establish a grant program to help forensic labs around the country keep pace with their caseloads.

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June 15, 2017

Senator Hassan Statement on Voting to Expand Sanctions Against Russia and Iran

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement after voting in favor of bipartisan legislation that enhances and expands sanctions against Russia and Iran. The bipartisan measure passed the Senate by a vote of 98-2:

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June 15, 2017

Senator Hassan Joins Colleagues to Highlight Trumpcare’s Devastating Impact on Efforts to Combat Substance Misuse Crisis

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), to highlight the devastating impact that Trumpcare, which includes massive cuts to Medicaid, would have on efforts to combat substance misuse in New Hampshire and across America.

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June 15, 2017

Shaheen, Hassan Introduce Bill to Improve New Hampshire’s Health Care Marketplace & Lower Premiums

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senators Tom Carper (D-DE), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Bill Nelson (D-FL) to introduce the Individual Health Insurance Marketplace Improvement Act to help stabilize the individual health care marketplace and lower premiums. The legislation would provide certainty in the marketplace by creating a permanent reinsurance program for the individual health insurance market, similar to the successful programs used to lower premiums and spur competition in the Medicare Part D program.

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June 14, 2017

At Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Hearing, Senator Hassan Highlights Critical Importance of Preventing Homegrown Terrorism

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Maggie Hassan participated in a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing, where she highlighted the important role the Department of Homeland Security must play in combating homegrown terrorism.

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June 14, 2017

Senator Hassan Statement on Shooting at Congressional Baseball Practice

 WASHINGTON – Senator Hassan released the following statement on the shooting that took place this morning at the Republican Congressional Baseball practice:

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June 13, 2017

At HELP Committee Hearing, Senator Hassan Stresses Critical Importance of Holding Public Hearing on Senate Trumpcare Bill

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today called on Senate Republicans to hold hearings and share details with the public about the Trumpcare bill that they have been working on behind closed doors. Senator Hassan made her comments at a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing,

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June 12, 2017

Shaheen, Hassan Urge Secretary DeVos to Protect Students, Reverse Student Loan Decisions

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined over 150 Members of Congress in a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos highlighting concerns regarding the U.S. Department of Education’s decision to make changes to the student loan servicing contract procurement process and remove key requirements that were intended to support and protect student loan borrowers and help them repay their loans. The Members of Congress also cited concerns with Secretary DeVos’ decision to give all $880 million in annual federal student loan servicing contract funding to a single company, a move that could create an unresponsive and “too big to fail” student loan system that would produce poorer results for both borrowers and taxpayers.

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June 12, 2017

Senator Hassan Joins Colleagues in Introducing Bipartisan Bill to Address Chronic VA Workforce Shortages

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) in introducing a bipartisan bill to address the crippling workforce shortages at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in order to improve health care delivery for America’s veterans.

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June 09, 2017

At Business and Industry Association Luncheon, Senator Hassan Highlights Importance of Workforce Development Efforts to Support Innovative Businesses

CONCORD – Senator Maggie Hassan today spoke at a Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire luncheon, where she highlighted her bipartisan efforts in the Senate to help ensure that Granite State businesses have the support they need to grow and thrive, including working to build a stronger workforce and expand opportunity for hard-working Granite Staters.

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June 09, 2017

Senator Hassan Joins Colleagues in Introducing Legislation to Protect Rights of Airplane Passengers who Experience Disabilities

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Ed Markey (D-MA) yesterday in introducing the Air Carrier Access Amendments Act. The legislation would protect the rights of airplane passengers who experience disabilities and close service gaps that passengers with disabilities frequently encounter in air travel. Last year over 30,000 airplane passengers, including many veterans, filed disability-related complaints with airlines.

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June 08, 2017

Senator Hassan Participates in Hearing Focused on Economic Impacts of Substance Misuse Crisis

WASHINGTON – Highlighting the devastating impact of the substance misuse crisis on New Hampshire and America’s economy, and the importance of Medicaid in providing treatment and recovery services to help those struggling with substance misuse, Senator Maggie Hassan today acted as the ranking member at a Joint Economic Committee hearing on the “Economic Aspects of the Opioid Epidemic.”

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June 08, 2017

Senator Hassan Statement on Comey Testimony

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement on former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee:

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June 07, 2017

Senator Hassan Joins in Introducing Legislation to Help Make Health Care Coverage More Affordable for Hard-Working Granite Staters

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) in introducing a bill to help make health care coverage more affordable for hard-working, middle class Granite Staters.

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June 07, 2017

Senator Hassan Participates in Confirmation Hearing for FEMA Director Nominee Brock Long

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Maggie Hassan participated in the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee confirmation hearing for President Trump’s nominee to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Brock Long. Senator Hassan met with Mr. Long yesterday and discussed the needs of New Hampshire communities in preparing for and responding to natural disasters.

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June 06, 2017

Senators Hassan and Casey Join Advocates to Highlight Devastating Impact of Reckless Trump Proposals to Gut Medicaid

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), members of the disability community, and advocates for a press conference to highlight the devastating impact Trumpcare and the President’s reckless budget proposal would have on individuals who experience disabilities. Trumpcare includes more than $830 billion in cuts to Medicaid over the next decade, in addition to $610 billion in cuts included in the Trump budget proposal, threatening critical services for millions of people with disabilities across New Hampshire and America.

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June 06, 2017

Senator Hassan, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Ease College Transition for Students with Disabilities

WASHINGTON - Today, Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) in introducing the bipartisan RISE Act in an effort to ease the burden of transitioning to college life for students who experience disabilities. The act amends the Higher Education Act (HEA) to clarify that documentation used in K-12 education and other settings to receive special education or accommodations would be acceptable as proof of a disability for students in higher education.

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June 06, 2017

VIDEO: Secretary Kelly Commits to Exploring DHS Bug Bounty Program Proposed by Senators Hassan and Portman

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) participated in a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing, where she urged Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly, to commit to exploring the implementation of a bug bounty program at the Department of Homeland Security through the bipartisan Hack DHS Act, which Senators Hassan, Rob Portman (R-OH), and others introduced last week to strengthen cyber defenses at the Department of Homeland Security.

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