Press Releases

April 28, 2020

Senators Hassan, Lankford Press Administration on Counterterrorism Efforts Amid COVID-19

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and James Lankford (R-OK), both members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, called for answers on what the Department of Homeland Security, FBI, and Intelligence Community are doing to address ongoing and emerging terrorist threats amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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April 27, 2020

Shaheen & Hassan Call for Relief for Local News Media During COVID-19 Pandemic

(Madbury, NH) - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) called on Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Acting Director Russell Vought to support radio and television broadcasters and local newspapers as they confront the economic fallout from the COVID-19 crisis. In a letter to Acting Director Vought, the Senators wrote, "Our radio and television broadcasters and rural newspapers provide local and national news, emergency alerts, educational programs, and more to all cor… Continue Reading


April 27, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan Call on Senate Leadership to Provide Housing Support for Domestic Violence Survivors During Coronavirus Pandemic

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)- the lead Democrat of the Appropriations Subcommittee that funds Violence Against Women Act programs - and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sent a letter to Senate leaders last week with a group of 20 Senators, asking that future legislation to address the coronavirus pandemic also include resources to meet domestic and sexual violence survivors' urgent housing needs, which have been exacerbated by stay-at-home orders, social distancing and … Continue Reading


April 27, 2020

Shaheen & Hassan Urge Administration to Remove Restrictions Limiting Relief Funds for State & Local Governments

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) called on the Trump administration to remove bureaucratic restrictions preventing state and local governments from using COVID-19 emergency relief funds distributed through the CARES Act. In a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the Senators called on the administration to revise initial guidelines so that states and local governments can provide essential public services amidst the COVID-19 global pandemic, as the law intends.

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April 25, 2020

NH Delegation Urges Courts & State Officials to Issue Guidance Prohibiting Release of Violent Offenders Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) – the lead Democrat of the Appropriations Subcommittee that funds Violence Against Women Act programs – and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) issued the following statement regarding the release of offenders convicted of domestic violence and sex offenses amid the coronavirus pandemic, and urged courts and officials in New Hampshire to issue guidance prohibiting their release. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, New Hampshire correctional facilities have released inmates in an effort to stop the spread of the disease. The delegation’s statement comes as concerns were raised with the release of an inmate in Carroll Country who was a violent offender.

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April 24, 2020

Bipartisan Senators Push for Social Security & Railroad Retirement Beneficiaries Who Missed Deadline to Still Receive Additional $500 Stimulus Payment Per Eligible Child This Year

Washington, D.C. – A bipartisan group of Senators urged the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to explore options for allowing non-filing Social Security and Railroad Retirement beneficiaries with dependents who missed the April 22 deadline to still receive the additional $500 per qualified dependent this year.  The letter also asked that consideration be given to other federal beneficiaries who may be affected by a future deadline, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients and veterans receiving disability compensation and other benefits from Veterans Affairs (VA). The letter was signed by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Bill Cassidy (D-LA), and Michael Bennet (D-CO).

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April 24, 2020

Shaheen & Hassan Call for $3.6 Billion to Expand Vote-By-Mail, Early Voting in CARES 2 Relief Package

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) sent a letter with U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and a group of Senators to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, urging them to include $3.6 billion to help states expand vote-by-mail and early voting in the CARES 2 COVID-19 relief package.

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April 24, 2020

NH Delegation Raises Concerns Over Potential Changes to Veterans’ Disability Claims Process

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen and Representatives Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas raised concerns over potential changes to how the Department of Veterans Affairs considers disability claims.

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April 24, 2020

Senator Hassan Statement on President Signing Into Law Additional Funding for Small Businesses, Hospitals, and COVID-19 Testing

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement after President Donald Trump signed into law bipartisan legislation to significantly bolster funding for programs that support small businesses, hospitals, and COVID-19 testing.

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April 24, 2020

Senators Hassan, Carper, Wyden Warn of Scammers Targeting Americans’ Stimulus Payments, Call for IRS to Strengthen Fraud Prevention Efforts

WASHINGTON – Following reports of scammers seeking to steal Americans’ identities and COVID-19 stimulus payments, U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Tom Carper (D-DE), and Ron Wyden (D-OR), are calling for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to continue strengthening its fraud prevention efforts and further educate Americans about these scams.

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April 24, 2020

Shaheen & Hassan Call on Administration to Fully Utilize Defense Production Act & Protect Veterans from COVID-19

(Washington, D.C.) – To better protect veterans, health care professionals, and all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Jon Tester (D-MT) and 13 colleagues called on the Administration and its Coronavirus Task Force to make full use of the Defense Production Act (DPA).

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April 23, 2020

Delegation Announces NH Will Receive At Least $17 Million for COVID-19 Testing From Emergency Bill That Will Soon Be Voted on in the House

(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) announced that New Hampshire is set to receive approximately $17 million for COVID-19 testing in legislation that will soon be voted on in the House. President Trump is expected to sign the legislation into law.   

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April 23, 2020

Senators Hassan, Brown, Bennet, and Booker Lead Push to Ensure Families Receive Promised COVID-19 Stimulus Payments for Their Children as Quickly as Possible

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) today led a group of 40 Senators in calling on the U.S. Treasury Department to ensure that families who are not required to file taxes and will automatically receive their COVID-19 stimulus payment do not need to wait until next year to receive the additional $500 payment per dependent child that they were promised.

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April 22, 2020

Senators Hassan & Shaheen Push for Critical Investments in Workforce Development in Next COVID-19 Package

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today joined their colleagues in pushing for critical workforce development and career and technical education funding in the next COVID-19 relief bill. As unemployment in New Hampshire and across the country continues to hit record levels, the Senators’ letter highlights the concern that workers will need additional training to meet current workforce needs, such as in health care or for manufacturers producing personal protective equipment. The letter was led by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).

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April 22, 2020

Senator Hassan Marks 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement in recognition of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day:

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April 22, 2020

Senator Hassan Recognizes Salem High School Cheerleading Team as April’s Granite Staters of the Month

SALEM – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan recognized the Salem High School cheerleading team as April’s Granite Staters of the Month for coming together, even while social distancing, to help raise the spirits of residents at a local nursing home.

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April 22, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan Call on Trump Admin to Address Shortfalls in Domestic Supply Chain for Syringes & Needles Necessary to Deliver Eventual COVID-19 Vaccine

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) called on the Trump administration to immediately address concerns regarding the domestic supply chain for hypodermic needles and syringes needed to administer a COVID-19 vaccine to the nation once one has been developed. New Hampshire industry partners, including Smiths Medical which manufactures syringes and hypodermic needles in Keene, have raised these concerns with New Hampshire’s congressional delegation.

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April 21, 2020

Senators Markey, Van Hollen, Bennet, and Hassan Statement on New E-Rate Legislation Introduced in House of Representatives

Washington (April 21, 2020) – Senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) today applauded the introduction by Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-06) of E-rate legislation that would create a special $2 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to disburse funds to schools and libraries, as well as Tribal schools and libraries, to purchase Wi-Fi hotspots, modems, routers, and internet-connected devices for students and patrons. 

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April 21, 2020

Senator Hassan Statement on Senate Passage of Additional Funding for Small Businesses, Hospitals, and COVID-19 Testing

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate approved legislation that significantly bolsters funding for programs that support small businesses, hospitals, and COVID-19 testing.

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April 20, 2020

During Calls Hosted By New Hampshire’s Emergency Operations Center, Senator Hassan Thanks State, Local Leaders for their Work to Confront COVID-19 Pandemic

During the regular calls with communities hosted by New Hampshire’s Emergency Operations Center, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan thanked state and local leaders for their work to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, and emphasized the need for leadership from the Trump administration to increase testing capacity and address supply chain issues. The New Hampshire Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management opened the State Emergency Operations Center in mid-March to bring together emergency management directors, first responders, municipal leaders, health officials, and other agency personnel to coordinate efforts to combat COVID-19.

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