Press Releases

February 01, 2019

Hassan, Portman Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Bolster “Cyber Hunt and Incident Response Teams” to Strengthen Cybersecurity, Protect the Homeland

WASHINGTON - Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH), both members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC), reintroduced their bipartisan Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cyber Hunt and Incident Response Teams Act today to help 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. Cyber response teams play a vital role in helping federal agencies, critical infrastructure, and key private sector partners address cyber challenges and disrupt threats from cyber criminals, cyber terrorists, and hostile countries.

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January 31, 2019

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Families Relocate to Greater Opportunity Areas

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) today introduced legislation to incentivize greater choice and mobility in the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Housing Choice Voucher Program.

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January 31, 2019

Senator Hassan Joins in Reintroducing Legislation to Increase Employment Opportunities for Granite Staters and All Americans who Experience Disabilities

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) this week joined Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Patty Murray (D-WA), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) in reintroducing legislation to help increase employment opportunities for Granite Staters and Americans who experience disabilities.

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January 31, 2019

Senator Hassan to Host Donna Beckman, Who Faced a Surprise Medical Bill, as Her State of the Union Guest

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan announced today that she will host Donna Beckman of Seabrook as her guest of honor for President Trump’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday, February 5th. Donna received a surprise medical bill for $1,648 following a visit to an emergency room that was in her insurance network. She was only later told that a doctor she saw — for about 5 minutes — was actually out-of-network. Senator Hassan is leading efforts in Congress to address surprise medical bills, which pose a financial burden on Granite Staters like Donna and people across the country who receive massive, unexpected medical bills, often for receiving care that they didn’t realize was considered out-of-network.

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January 30, 2019

Toomey, Warner, Hassan, and Sasse Renew Fight to Restore Congressional Authority over ‘National Security’ Tariffs

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) are working to restore Congress’s constitutional trade responsibilities and relieve American consumers of the burdens caused by the Trump administration’s unilateral imposition of sweeping taxes on imported steel and aluminum.

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January 30, 2019

CORTEZ MASTO, CORNYN, HASSAN INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO HELP LAW ENFORCEMENT IDENTIFY CHILD TRAFFICKING VICTIMS

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Margaret Wood Hassan (D-N.H.) introduced the Interdiction for the Protection of Child Victims of Exploitation and Human Trafficking Act. This legislation would require the U.S. Attorney General to establish a pilot program to train federal, state, tribal and local law enforcement officers to recognize and rescue at-risk and exploited children. Congressmen Michael McCaul (R-TX-10) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) introduced its companion bill in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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January 30, 2019

NH Delegation Reintroduces Paycheck Fairness Act to Close Gender Wage Gap

Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) today reintroduced the Paycheck Fairness Act, bicameral legislation that would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and guarantee that women can challenge pay discrimination and hold employers accountable.

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January 30, 2019

Senator Hassan Recognizes Evelyn Ellis-Haines of Belmont as January 2019 Granite Stater of the Month

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today recognized Evelyn Ellis-Haines of Belmont as the first Granite Stater of the Month for 2019 for her dedication to helping those in need.

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January 29, 2019

In First Senate Finance Committee Hearing, Senator Hassan Continues Her Leadership in Fight to Lower Prescription Drug Prices

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today participated in her first Senate Finance Committee hearing, where she continued her leadership in the fight to lower prescription drug prices.

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January 29, 2019

Senator Hassan Statement on Reports that EPA Will Not Set Drinking Water Limits for PFOA & PFOS

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement today following reports that President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will not set drinking water limits for the toxic chemicals perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), which have been found in drinking water and are linked to negative health impacts:

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January 29, 2019

On Senate Floor, Senator Hassan Highlights Harmful Impacts of Climate Change on New Hampshire’s Seacoast

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan took to the Senate floor today to highlight the very real and harmful impacts of climate change on New Hampshire’s economy and Seacoast, reiterating the importance of strengthening coastal resiliency in order to support vulnerable communities.

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January 28, 2019

NH Delegation Introduces Bicameral Bills to Honor Christa McAuliffe & Reaffirm Commitment to STEM Education

(Washington, DC) – The New Hampshire Congressional delegation introduced bicameral bills that would create a commemorative coin to honor Christa McAuliffe and reaffirm Congress’ commitment to invest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. The Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act of 2019 would create a $1 coin honoring the Concord educator who died aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986, with proceeds going toward the FIRST Robotics program which was founded by Manchester-based inventor Dean Kamen. Shaheen introduced the Senate bill, which Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) cosponsored, and Representatives Kuster (NH-02) and Pappas (NH-01) cosponsored the legislation introduced in the House of Representatives.

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January 28, 2019

Senator Hassan Honors New Hampshire Residents Recognized as ‘Granite Staters of the Month’

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan released a video yesterday honoring New Hampshire residents who have been recognized as a “Granite Stater of the Month.” Recently, Senator Hassan had dinner with past “Granite Staters of the Month” recipients, where she commended them for all that they have done to help their fellow citizens, improve their communities, and build a stronger New Hampshire and United States of America.

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January 25, 2019

Shaheen, Hassan Welcome Temporary Agreement to Reopen Government Based on Bipartisan Framework

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) issued the following statements after President Trump announced that he has agreed to reopen the government. The Senate will soon vote on a bill that opens the government for three weeks and allows for negotiations on border security legislation – a framework proposed by Senators Shaheen and Hassan yesterday.

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January 25, 2019

Shaheen & Hassan Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Eliminate Penalties for Federal Workers When Accessing Money From Retirement Savings During Shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) to introduce the Emergency Relief for Federal Workers Act of 2019 to ensure that federal employees can access money from their Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) without penalty. The bill would waive penalties and contribution prohibitions as a result of financial hardship during the government shutdown. Shaheen and Hassan previously cosponsored legislation that was signed into law to ensure that federal workers affected by the shutdown receive retroactive pay.

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January 24, 2019

Senator Hassan Joins Colleagues in Re-Introducing Bill to Increase Financial Literacy Among School-Age Children

Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) have re-introduced legislation that would establish a competitive grant program at the U.S. Department of Education to help states build in-school financial literacy programs, and to encourage community partnerships to promote financial literacy among school-age youth. Alabama is among the few states that requires personal finance education as a graduation requirement.

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January 23, 2019

Senator Hassan Announces New Leadership Position on Subcommittee Focused on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan announced today that she will serve as the Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management. In her new leadership position, Senator Hassan will play a key role in ensuring that taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely and working to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse in the federal government. Senator Rand Paul serves as the Chair of the Subcommittee.

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January 22, 2019

Senator Hassan Meets With TSA Officers at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport On Day 32 of President Trump’s Senseless Government Shutdown

MANCHESTER – Senator Maggie Hassan today met with TSA officers after their shift at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, where she heard from them about how the President’s senseless government shutdown is impacting them and reaffirmed her commitment to fighting to reopen the government.

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January 18, 2019

Hassan, Shaheen Join Colleagues in Introducing Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Service Members and Veterans, Examine Health Effects of Toxic Burn Pits

WASHINGTON – Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen this week joined colleagues in reintroducing the bipartisan Burn Pits Accountability Act to examine the health effects of exposure to open burn pits and toxic airborne chemicals on service members and veterans. The legislation would require the Department of Defense to evaluate members of the Armed Forces for exposure to toxic airborne chemicals during periodic health assessments, upon a service member’s return from a deployment (Post-Deployment Health Assessment), and at separation (Separation History and Physical Examination). The bill also enhances information sharing between the Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Veterans Affairs about service members’ based or stationed near an open burn pit or exposed to airborne toxins and provides members determined to have been exposed to toxic airborne chemicals or stationed near an open burn pit additional opportunities to enroll in the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry.

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January 18, 2019

Senator Hassan Highlights Impact of Government Shutdown at Groundbreaking Ceremony for Affordable Housing Complex in Claremont

CLAREMONT – Senator Maggie Hassan today highlighted the impact of President Trump’s government shutdown during a groundbreaking ceremony for Goddard Block Revitalization Project, which will provide affordable housing to low- and moderate- income Granite Staters in Claremont. Senator Hassan also emphasized the importance of expanding affordable, safe, and stable housing for hard-working Granite Staters and how that can help New Hampshire businesses attract and retain employees.

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