Press Releases

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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February 14, 2019

On Anniversary of Parkland Shooting, Senator Hassan Reaffirms Urgent Need for Congress to Pass Common-Sense Reforms to Prevent Future Massacres

WASHINGTON – On the anniversary of the shooting last year at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Senator Maggie Hassan today reaffirmed the urgent need for Congress to pass common-sense reforms to prevent future massacres. 

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February 14, 2019

Senator Hassan Criticizes EPA’s PFAS Action Plan For Failing to Set an Enforceable Drinking Water Standard

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today criticized the EPA for releasing a PFAS Action Plan that fails to set an enforceable drinking water standard, also known as a Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL), for PFOA and PFOS contaminants. At the EPA’s summit on PFAS in May 2018, then-EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that the EPA would initiate steps to evaluate the need for an MCL. In this Action Plan released almost a year later, the EPA still won’t commit to setting a maximum contaminant level and says that it will be nearly another year before it determines whether an MCL necessary. 

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February 14, 2019

Senator Hassan Joins Colleagues in Urging President Trump to Hold China Accountable as the End of Negotiations Approach

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan joined colleagues yesterday in urging President Trump to ensure that any trade agreement with China adequately addresses China’s predatory intellectual property practices and establishes a monitoring and enforcement mechanism to hold China accountable. The United States Trade Representative found that despite at least eight previous commitments to stop requiring U.S. companies to transfer technology in exchange for access to the Chinese market, China continues to coerce American firms. Senator Hassan is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which sets trade policy.

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February 13, 2019

Senator Hassan Statement on Resignation of FEMA Administrator Brock Long

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan, Ranking Member of the Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management Subcommittee, issued the following statement on the resignation of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long:

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February 13, 2019

Senator Hassan Joins in Introducing Bipartisan Legislation to Address Student Debt Crisis, Help Employers Attract and Retain Employees

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee today joined her colleagues in introducing bipartisan legislation to help address the growing burden of student loan debt. The bipartisan Employer Participation in Repayment Act would allow employers to annually contribute up to $5,250 tax-free to paying off their employees’ student loans – providing employees with much-needed relief and employers with another tool to attract and retain talented employees. 

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February 13, 2019

Bipartisan Hassan-Portman Bill Bolstering “Cyber Hunt and Incident Response Teams” Passes Homeland Security Committee

WASHINGTON – The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee today passed the bipartisan Hassan-Portman Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cyber Hunt and Incident Response Teams Act. The bill, introduced by Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) would bolster cybersecurity by requiring DHS to make permanent the “cyber hunt” and “cyber incident response” teams that work to help prevent cyberattacks on federal agencies and the private sector, and help mitigate the impact of such attacks when they occur.

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