Press Releases

July 15, 2020

In Effort to Strengthen Contact Tracing, Senator Hassan Calls for Improvements to Electronic Health Record Systems

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan is urging the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the United States Postal Service (USPS) to collaborate in modernizing health care records to improve patient outcomes and contact tracing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Senator’s push comes as inadequate patient matching, which is the ability to link records for an individual from multiple health care providers, puts an unnecessary strain on the health care system and presents<

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July 14, 2020

Following Call from Senator Hassan, Department of Labor Announces Campaign to Ensure Workers Know Their Rights to Paid Leave Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced that it will launch a public service awareness campaign to alert workers to their rights to paid leave under a law Congress passed earlier this year, which included paid leave options if an individual or a family member has COVID-19, or if an individual does not have access to child care for COVID-19-related reasons.

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July 14, 2020

Senator Hassan Visits White Mountain National Forest, Addresses Importance of Passing Great American Outdoors Act Into Law

CONWAY – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan today toured the Jigger Johnson campground and hiked to Rocky Gorge in the White Mountain National Forest, where she discussed the recent Senate passage of the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act, which will help address the maintenance backlog at public lands. Senator Hassan co-sponsored the bill.

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July 13, 2020

Senator Hassan, NH Mayors Raise Need for Additional State, Local Funding to Address Revenue Shortfalls

NEW HAMPSHIRE – During a virtual roundtable today, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and New Hampshire mayors and municipal leaders discussed COVID-19 relief efforts and the need for additional funding to address revenue shortfalls that state and local governments are experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to Senator Hassan, participants included Claremont Mayor Charlene Lovett, Concord Mayor Jim Bouley, Dover Mayor Bob Carrier, Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig, Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess, Rochester Mayor Caroline McCarley, and Derry Town Administrator David Caron.

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July 10, 2020

NH Delegation Announces More than $6.1 Million in Relief to NH Healthcare Providers Impacted by COVID-19

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced that $6.1 million will be awarded to New Hampshire health care providers impacted by the economic fallout of COVID-19. The funding was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Provider Relief Fund as part of $100 billion in health care provider grant appropriations provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and $75 billion from the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, both of which were passed by Congress and signed into law.

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July 10, 2020

Bipartisan Bill Introduced by Senator Hassan, Colleagues to Support Non-Profits Amid COVID-19 Pandemic Passes House, Heads to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Protecting Nonprofits from Catastrophic Cash Flow Strain Act, bipartisan legislation that Senator Hassan helped introduce to assist non-profits in staying afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill – which now heads to the President’s desk to become law – helps support non-profits’ access to cash by ensuring that the federal government pays its share of unemployment benefits upfront instead of non-profits having to front the costs and wait for reimbursement.

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July 10, 2020

NH Delegation Announce $360K in AmeriCorps Funding to Expand Community Service in NH, Support Granite State Programs

(Manchester, NH) – Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced that New Hampshire has received $360,109 in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering and service programs. The funds were awarded through CNCS’ Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) to Volunteer NH, the organization that administers AmeriCorps programs in the state, and will be used to conduct a campaign to expand the number of volunteers and volunteer opportunities available, as well as support the important work organizations are performing in communities throughout New Hampshire.

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July 10, 2020

Collins, Hassan Introduce Legislation to Help Military Families Save for Retirement

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduced the Military Spouse Retirement Security Act (S. 4173), a bipartisan bill that would help spouses of active duty service members save for retirement by expanding access to employer-sponsored retirement plans.

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July 10, 2020

Senator Hassan, Laura Landerman-Garber of Hollis Visit NH Veterans Home to Drop off Cards Written by Granite Staters

For high-quality photos and video of the Senator's visit to the NH Veterans Home, click here. TILTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan and Laura Landerman-Garber of Hollis visited the New Hampshire State Veterans Home today to drop off cards to veterans that were written by Granite Staters as part of the Cards 2 Connect program. Senator Hassan and Landerman-Garber announced the Cards 2 Connect program last month to help spread some joy to New Hampshire veterans who have been unable to see their l… Continue Reading


July 08, 2020

Senator Hassan Provides Update on COVID-19 Response to Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce

EXETER – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan today spoke to members of the Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce about the federal government’s COVID-19 response efforts and how she is working to support Granite State families and small businesses through this pandemic.

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July 07, 2020

NH Delegation Expresses Concern About DHS Detention Facilities Amid COVID-19 Crisis

(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) called on Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolfe to answer questions about the spread of COVID-19 at immigration detention facilities, including one in New Hampshire.

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July 07, 2020

Senator Hassan, New Hampshire Fire Chiefs Discuss Budget Shortfalls for Community Fire Departments Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

NEW HAMPSHIRE – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan held a virtual discussion yesterday with New Hampshire fire safety professionals about the challenges that fire departments are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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July 05, 2020

NH Delegation Applauds $3.45 Million Grant to the Community College System of New Hampshire for High School Apprenticeship Programs

(Washington, DC)—U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today announced with Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that the Community College System of New Hampshire will receive $3.45 million through the U.S. Department of Labor to support high school apprenticeship programs. This new grant will help enhance apprenticeship programs that span 30 different occupations and serve up to 315 high school students a year in industries such as automotive, advanced manufacturing, business and finance, construction, health care and hospitality sectors.

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July 03, 2020

Senator Hassan Statement on Reports FEMA is Ending Defective Gown Delivery to New Hampshire

WASHINGTON – Following reports that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is stopping the sending of defective gowns to New Hampshire nursing homes and instead sending a different type of gown, Senator Hassan issued the following statement:

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July 02, 2020

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Veteran Caregiver Program

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) cosponsored legislation introduced by Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) to improve the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) caregiver program. According to reports, caregivers and veterans have been arbitrarily discharged or downgraded from the program, with benefits subsequently revoked or reduced. The Senators’ bipartisan legislation would take a number of steps to give caregivers and veterans an opportunity to appeal any downgrade or termination of benefits and ensure that all caregivers are recognized as part of the clinical team attending to veterans.

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July 02, 2020

Senator Hassan’s Bipartisan Amendment to Address Drone Threat to be Included in Annual Defense Bill

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate today added to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) a bipartisan amendment from Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI). The amendment helps to combat the threat that small, unmanned aircraft systems (drones) pose to U.S. service members worldwide.

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July 02, 2020

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Introduce Resolution Defending Postal Service, Urging More Funding to Offset COVID-19 Losses

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen joined colleagues in introducing a resolution about the importance of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and urging increased funding in the next COVID-19 relief package to help it offset losses incurred due to the pandemic. The resolution also makes clear that the USPS should not be forced to reduce its services, close post office facilities, or excessively raise rates. The resolution was led by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) as well as Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Gary Peters (D-MI).

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July 02, 2020

Portman, Hassan Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Modernize Federal Government’s Use of Latest Technology

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduced the bipartisan Modernization Centers of Excellence Program Act to accelerate the adoption of the latest technologies by government agencies. This legislation expands upon Senator Portman’s bipartisan Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Government Act which codifies an AI Center of Excellence (CoE) within the General Services Administration to provide technical expertise to relevant government agencies; advises agencies on the procurement of AI technology; and promote U.S. competitiveness through agency and industry cooperation. Inspired by Senator Portman’s legislation, GSA created the AI CoE last year. The Modernization Centers of Excellence Program Act lays out the responsibilities that all of GSA’s CoEs should have and harmonizes their roles to strengthen the government’s technology expertise beyond just AI.

 

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July 01, 2020

VAN HOLLEN, MURPHY, HASSAN INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) introduced legislation to increase funding for children with disabilities in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The Supporting Children with Disabilities During COVID-19 Act appropriates $11 billion for state grants under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), $1.2 billion for early childhood education programs, $55 million under the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, and requires recipients of funds to report to Congress how this money is spent. Senator Van Hollen has also introduced the bipartisan, bicameral IDEA Full Funding Act to ensure Congress’s full investment in IDEA and the bicameral Keep our PACT Act to maximize Congressional funding for both IDEA and Title I.

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July 01, 2020

Shaheen, Hassan & Colleagues to Trump Administration: Don’t Rip Away Health Care for Millions During Public Health Crisis

(Washington, DC) – As the Trump Administration continues its efforts to dismantle the health care law that provides coverage for millions of Americans, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduced a resolution with U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and their colleagues putting in the official Senate record their condemnation of that “reckless” effort and demanding the Department of Justice (DOJ) to defend existing law in court and halt its efforts to repeal the health care protections for millions – including 133 million Americans with pre-existing conditions— in the middle of a public health emergency.

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