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June 24, 2021

Senate Passes Bipartisan Growing Climate Solutions Act Cosponsored by Senator Hassan

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan joined Republican and Democratic Senators today in passing the Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2021. The bipartisan bill, which Senator Hassan cosponsored, will make it easier for New Hampshire farmers and private forest landowners to participate in carbon markets and get rewarded for climate-smart practices. The bill has broad, bipartisan support from more than 60 agricultural and environmental organizations and passed the Senate 92-8.

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June 24, 2021

Senator Hassan Statement on Bipartisan Infrastructure Agreement

WASHINGTON – Today, President Joe Biden announced his support for the bipartisan infrastructure framework that the Senate has been negotiating. Last week, Senator Hassan was part of the group of 20 senators who announced their support for the bipartisan infrastructure package. 

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June 24, 2021

Senator Hassan Discusses Importance of Her Bipartisan Bills to Support Veterans’ Mental Wellbeing During Committee Hearing

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) participated in a Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing today, where she discussed the importance of passing her bipartisan bills to support veterans’ mental health and improve their overall wellbeing.

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June 23, 2021

Senate Passes Hassan-Led, Bipartisan Resolution to Honor the 100th Anniversary of the Government Accountability Office

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate yesterday passed Senator Maggie Hassan’s (D-NH) bipartisan resolution recognizing July 1, 2021 as the 100th anniversary of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and commending the service of GAO to Congress and the United States. GAO provides nonpartisan, critical, and timely reports to Congress to improve government efficiency and save taxpayers billions of dollars.

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June 23, 2021

Senators Hassan, Tillis Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Veterans by Addressing VA Backlog

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Thom Tillis (R-NC), both members of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, introduced a bipartisan bill to improve oversight of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and reduce the backlog of requests from veterans for medical and other VA military records. A companion bill passed the House of Representatives earlier this month.

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June 23, 2021

Senators Hassan, Hickenlooper Introduce Legislation Guaranteeing Collective Bargaining for Fire Fighters and EMS Personnel

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and John Hickenlooper (D-CO) introduced legislation to guarantee collective bargaining rights for fire fighters and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel. The Fire Fighters and EMS Employer-Employee Cooperation Act recognizes the right of emergency services providers to join a union as well as bargain for fair working conditions, hours, and wages.

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June 22, 2021

CAPITO, HASSAN INTRODUCE BILL TO IMPROVE MENTAL HEALTH CARE IN EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) today introduced the Improving Mental Health Access from the Emergency Department Act, legislation to improve the way patients receive care for mental illness in emergency departments. The bipartisan bill would establish a competitive grant program for emergency departments to adopt more collaborative and connected mental health care models and deploy new technology to better connect patients with appropriate resources in their communities. Companion legislation, H.R. 1205, introduced by Representatives Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) passed the House of Representatives in May.

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June 22, 2021

NH Delegation Announces Nearly $560K to Expand Telehealth Services at Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced today that the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester (MHCGM) will receive $559,634 to expand access to telehealth services for Granite State veterans and low-income patients.

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June 22, 2021

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Introduce Bill to Double Pell Grant, Make College More Affordable

WASHINGTON —U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and Senator Jeanne Shaheen joined their colleagues in introducing a bipartisan, bicameral bill that would double the Pell Grant award, index the award to inflation, and make additional changes to expand the award for working students and families. Pell grants are typically awarded to college students from low-income households who otherwise may not be able to afford the cost of higher education.

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June 22, 2021

Senator Hassan’s Bill to Help High School Students Earn College Credits Receives Support from NH Educators

WASHINGTON – Following U.S. Senate passage this month of the bipartisan United States Innovation and Competition Act, New Hampshire education leaders shared their support for a key bipartisan provision based on a bill authored by Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Todd Young (R-IN) which would help high school students earn college credits. ­

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June 22, 2021

Senator Hassan Statement Following Her Vote on the For the People Act

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement after voting in favor of the For the People Act:

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June 21, 2021

Shaheen, Hassan Join Bipartisan Push for SBA to Speed Up Relief to Struggling Live Event Venues

(Washington, DC) – Last week, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined a bipartisan push led by U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) to Small Business Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman urging her to disburse Shuttered Venue Operator Grant funding to struggling live entertainment venues as soon as possible.

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June 21, 2021

Senators Hassan, Braun Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Reduce Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in the Federal Government

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, Chair of the HSGAC Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight, and Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) introduced a bipartisan bill to create a system for identifying and eliminating wasteful federal programs.

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June 21, 2021

NH Delegation Announces More than $7.3 Million to Support Small Businesses & Promote Economic Recovery from COVID-19

(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 New Hampshire’s four community development financial institutions (CDFIs) will receive $7,305,060 in federal grants allocated through government funding legislation that was passed by Congress and signed into law in December. Specifically, the federal grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and will allow CDFIs to provide urgently needed capital to Granite State small businesses and entrepreneurs, particularly in communities that are financially underserved, which will support New Hampshire’s economic recovery from COVID-19. Each organization – the Rockingham Economic Development Corporation, Strafford Economic Development Corporation, the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund and Resident Ownership Capitol USA, LLC – will receive $1,826,265 from this funding.

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June 18, 2021

Senator Hassan Statement on Juneteenth

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement ahead of Juneteenth:

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June 17, 2021

Senate Committee Advances Bipartisan Hassan Bill to Support Passenger Rail in New Hampshire and Across the Country

WASHINGTON – The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation voted to pass the Surface Transportation Investment Act, which includes a bipartisan bill that U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and John Thune (R-SD) introduced to improve a loan program used to help develop passenger and short line railroads in New Hampshire and across the country. The bipartisan legislation would streamline the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing Loan program application process, making it easier for businesses and communities to apply, while also making the program more flexible to better support a wider range of local transportation projects. The loan could be used to help finance projects like the Capitol Corridor Project that would connect Manchester and Nashua to Boston via passenger rail.

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June 17, 2021

Senator Hassan Applauds Supreme Court ACA Decision

WASHINGTON - Following the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss a challenge to the Affordable Care Act, keeping it in place, Senator Maggie Hassan issued this statement:

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June 17, 2021

Senator Hassan Calls for Increased Investment in Cybersecurity for State and Local Governments during Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight Subcommittee Hearing

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan today led an Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight Subcommittee hearing about cyber threats to state and local entities and the consequences of cyberattacks on national security, the economy, and citizens’ lives. Joining the hearing was Sunapee School District Superintendent Russ Holden, who Senator Hassan invited to testify to share with the public how the District navigated a 2019 cyberattack.

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June 17, 2021

Hassan, 20 Senators Release Statement on Infrastructure

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and a group of 20 senators released the following joint statement on the bipartisan infrastructure package:

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June 16, 2021

Senator Hassan Presses VA Secretary on Critical Priorities for NH Veterans, Calls for Expanding Burial Benefits at NH State Veterans Cemetery to All Service Members

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan today during a Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing pressed Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Secretary Denis McDonough on a number of critical priorities for New Hampshire veterans, including expanding eligibility for burials in state veteran cemeteries to all service members, building a full-service VA hospital in New Hampshire, and addressing the veteran suicide rate. 

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