Press Releases

September 28, 2018

NH Delegation Applauds $3 Million Award to Help Expand the Wood Production Industry in New England

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02), applauded the announcement that the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Inc. and the Northern Forest Center in Concord, will receive $3 million through an award provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce to bolster wood product markets in New England. This federal funding will be allocated through the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) in coordination with the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC). This announcement follows efforts from Senator Shaheen who, as lead Democrat on the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee, included language to appropriate federal resources that provide support for communities impacted by forest product closures.

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September 28, 2018

Senate Passes Shaheen, Hassan Bipartisan Resolution Designating Sept. 30th – Oct. 6th National Community Policing Week

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) announced the passage of their Senate Resolution designating September 30th through October 6th as “National Community Policing Week.” Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) also sponsored the legislation. The bipartisan resolution recognizes the service and sacrifice of the law enforcement community, and underscores the importance of community policing, which forges bonds between police officers and community members. The resolution encourages civilians, law enforcement agencies and public servants to work together to find solutions for communities to improve public safety, strengthen relationships and build trust.

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September 26, 2018

Senator Hassan on Senate Floor: “We Will Not Stand for These Attempts to Silence Women and Shove Them Back Into the Dark”

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan delivered a speech today on the Senate floor, calling out the failure by some of her colleagues to take seriously the multiple credible allegations of sexual assault against Judge Kavanaugh.  

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September 26, 2018

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Emphasize Importance of Combating PFAS Contamination at First-Ever Senate Hearing on PFAS

WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan, as a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC), today participated in the first-ever Senate hearing on the contamination of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water. Senator Jeanne Shaheen also joined the committee today to question witnesses and highlight the importance of combating PFAS contamination.  

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September 26, 2018

Shaheen, Hassan & Kuster Announce $950K to Combat the Opioid Epidemic in Northern New Hampshire

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced $950,000 in federal grants to the North Country Health Consortium from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). These grants include $200,000 from the Rural Communities Opioid Response Planning Program and $250,000 per year for each of the next three years from the Rural Opioid Health Program, and will fund efforts to combat substance misuse and the opioid epidemic in Northern New Hampshire.

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September 26, 2018

Senator Hassan Statement on Bipartisan Opioid Legislation Agreement

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement today following an announced agreement between the House of Representatives and Senate on major bipartisan legislation to combat the deadly opioid epidemic in New Hampshire and across the country. The legislation, now known as the Substance Use Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act), includes key measures that Senator Hassan has championed to strengthen prevention, treatment, recovery, and law enforcement efforts. This bipartisan, bicameral agreement will now allow the final legislation to swiftly move through both chambers for a vote and then to the President’s desk for signature.

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September 26, 2018

Senate Homeland Security Committee Votes to Approve Bipartisan Hassan-Portman Bill to Bolster Cybersecurity

WASHINGTON – The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee today voted to approve the bipartisan DHS Cyber Incident Response Teams Act, introduced by Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) to bolster cybersecurity. The legislation requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to make permanent the “cyber hunt” and “cyber incident response” teams that help prevent cyberattacks on federal agencies, critical infrastructure, and the private sector, as well as help mitigate the impact of such attacks when they occur. Additionally, the Committee voted to approve the bipartisan Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Program Act of 2018 that Senator Hassan cosponsored, which establishes a federal rotational cyber workforce called the Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Program (FRCWP).

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September 26, 2018

Shea-Porter, Shaheen, Hassan, and Craig Applaud Nearly $1 million in DOT Funding for Manchester Transit Authority

MANCHESTER, NH— Today, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01), Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, and Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig applauded a grant of $934,000 from the US Department of Transportation to help finance the replacement of aging buses in Manchester. Since 2012, Manchester has been replacing buses that were purchased between 2004 and 2008 and are nearing the end of their lifespan. With the help of federal funds, the entire fleet is expected to be replaced by 2020.

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September 26, 2018

Senator Hassan Presses Google Representative on Reports the Company is Working on a Search Engine for China

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today pressed a representative from Google on recent reports that Google is working on a search engine for China that would provide compromised results, during a hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. The Senator emphasized concerns that doing so would not only enable the Chinese government to continue censorship, but also to continue carrying out human rights abuses against its citizens.

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September 25, 2018

House Votes to Approve Bipartisan Bill Cosponsored by Senator Hassan to Help Address Prescription Drug Costs

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve bipartisan legislation Senator Hassan cosponsored to prohibit so-called “pharmacy gag clauses” that conceal prescription drug prices from patients. This bill will now head to the President’s desk. See below for a statement from Senator Hassan on the legislation passing the House, followed by a press release with additional background from when it passed the Senate.

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September 25, 2018

Senator Hassan Recognizes Laura Landerman-Garber of Hollis as September’s “Granite Stater of the Month”

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today recognized Laura Landerman-Garber of Hollis as the Granite Stater of the Month for September for her dedication to ensuring that America’s service men and women are not forgotten during the holiday season.  

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September 25, 2018

Analysis of Water Contamination at Military Sites Finds Health Risks Due to Toxic Chemicals Worse than Thought

WASHINGTON (September 25, 2018)— A Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) analysis released today highlights the significant health risks posed to military families and communities by a class of synthetic chemicals found in firefighting foam, nonstick cookware and other products.

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September 24, 2018

Shaheen, Hassan Announce $2M Award to Brayton Energy to Advance Energy Technology

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) announced $1,994,005 in federal grants to Brayton Energy from the Department of Energy (DOE) to develop an innovative energy storage system to provide reliable, affordable power to the electric grid for up to 100 hours, enhancing grid resilience and performance.

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September 24, 2018

Senator Hassan Discusses Strategies to Combat Opioid Epidemic at Canada-U.S. Roundtable

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today discussed  strategies to combat the devastating opioid crisis and how the U.S. and Canada can work together to stem the tide of this deadly epidemic during a Canada-U.S. Roundtable in Washington, D.C. The event was organized by the Cross-Border Health Foundation, the World Health Innovation Network, and the Council of Great Lakes Region to promote an open discussion between the two countries about a crisis that has impacted families on both sides of the border.

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September 24, 2018

Shea-Porter, Shaheen, Hassan, and Kuster Announce Nearly $1 Million for Easterseals NH to Provide Critical Services to Individuals with Alzheimer’s

WASHINGTON, DC— Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01), Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) today announced that Easterseals NH will be receiving nearly $1 million from the US Department of Health and Human Services’s Administration for Community Living to help deliver supportive services to people with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. Easterseals NH offers an array of support for seniors, including services for those providing care for individuals with Alzheimer’s, and adult day health care programs. Easterseals NH also operates a homemakers and health nonprofit that serves individuals with Alzheimer’s, providing housekeeping, meal preparations, transportation, personal care, companionship, and medication reminders.

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September 21, 2018

President Trump Signs Bipartisan Funding Bill Supported by Senator Hassan with Critical New Hampshire Priorities

Senator Hassan issued the following statement today on President Trump signing the bipartisan funding bill below into law:

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September 20, 2018

Senator Hassan Discusses the Importance of Bolstering Cybersecurity with Students and Faculty at UNH

DURHAM – Senator Maggie Hassan today visited the University of New Hampshire, where she spoke with faculty and students about how they are developing skills to respond to cyberattacks. She also highlighted her efforts to bolster cybersecurity at the federal level, including the Hack DHS Act, a bipartisan bill that would establish a bug bounty pilot program to strengthen cyber defenses at the Department of Homeland Security by using “white-hat,” or ethical, hackers to identify vulnerabilities in the DHS networks and data systems.

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September 20, 2018

Senator Hassan Applauds Approval of New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Application for Federal Opioid Response Grants

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan applauded federal approval of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services’s application for $22.9 million in federal opioid response grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which the Senator and the Congressional Delegation helped secure.

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September 20, 2018

Senators Markey, Warren, Shaheen and Hassan Introduce Legislation to Protect Nashua River and its Tributaries

Washington (September 20, 2018) – Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) introduced a legislation (S.3468) to designate portions of the Nashua, Squannacook, and Nissitissit Rivers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire as scenic rivers under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. This legislation is a companion to a bill introduced by Rep. Niki Tsongas (MA-03) and Rep. Ann Kuster (NH-02) in the House of Representatives (H.R.6825). The Senate legislation would create a locally appointed advisory committee that works with state and federal agencies to protect values intrinsic to the river and directs the rivers to be managed in accordance with the Nashua, Squannacook, and Nissitissit Rivers Stewardship Plan, while preserving existing uses. It follows up on the recommendations of a study commissioned by Congress in 2014 that assessed the potential inclusion of these rivers in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

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September 19, 2018

NH Delegation Announces $119K in Grants for Crisis Intervention Training for NH’s First Responders

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced $119,297 in federal grants to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of New Hampshire from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The grant will fund crisis intervention training for New Hampshire’s first responders.

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