Press Releases

October 11, 2019

Senator Hassan, Colleagues Call on Juul to End Unfair Forced Arbitration Agreements That Restrict Americans’ Access to Justice

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and other Senators are calling on Juul to remove forced arbitration and other anti-consumer provisions from its terms and conditions for online sales. Forced arbitration clauses restrict Americans’ access to justice by stripping consumers and workers of their right to go to court.

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October 11, 2019

Senator Hassan Visits Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India

NEW DELHI, INDIA -- U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) this week discussed counterterrorism efforts, drug trafficking, and regional stability with government and military leaders in Afghanistan and Pakistan. She also met with the top U.S. general in Afghanistan as well as other American troops – including one service member from New Hampshire – and embassy personnel. Senator Hassan arrived today in India for additional meetings with government and business leaders.

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October 09, 2019

Hassan-Backed Legislation Honoring Christa McAuliffe Signed into Law

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) issued the following statements after the Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act, bipartisan legislation that would create a commemorative coin to honor Christa McAuliffe, the Concord teacher who died aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986, was signed into law. The bill further reaffirms American commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and supports it with proceeds from the coin. The bill passed the Senate and the House of Representatives with strong bipartisan support. The Space Shuttle Challenger crew included Christa McAuliffe, Dick Scobee, Gregory Jarvis, Judith Resnik, Ronald McNair, Mike Smith and Ellison Onizuka.

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October 08, 2019

NH Delegation Announces More Than $1.2 Million in Federal Grant Funding in Support of Granite State Firefighters

(Washington, DC) – Today, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced with Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $1,216,972.31 in federal funding in support of Granite State firefighters around the state. Through the agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) program and the Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) program, the following cities and towns received grants:

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October 08, 2019

Hassan, Colleagues Call for Immediate Action Following Secretary DeVos’ Mismanagement Of Loan Forgiveness Program that Hassan Advocated for to Support Teachers, First Responders, Service Members, and Other Public Servants

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined her colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos demanding that the Department of Education immediately rectify the serious flaws in its management of the Temporary Expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (TEPSLF), after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the program rejected 99 percent of TEPSLF applicants, only used four percent of funds appropriated by Congress to aid borrowers, and created a needlessly complicated application process that is a significant barrier to borrowers seeking loan forgiveness.

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October 04, 2019

Senators Hassan, Cassidy, Ernst, Sinema Raise Concerns Over VA Hiring Providers With History of Misconduct

WASHINGTON – Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) are calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to take action following a troubling report from the Government Accountability Office that found Veterans Health Administration facilities are hiring providers with a history of misconduct.

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October 04, 2019

NH Delegation Honors Recipients of 2019 Congressional Law Enforcement Awards

(Concord, NH) –  The New Hampshire congressional delegation honored members of New Hampshire’s law enforcement community this evening for their exemplary service at the annual New Hampshire Congressional Law Enforcement Awards (NH-CLEA) ceremony in Concord.

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October 04, 2019

Shaheen, NH Delegation Announce More than $600,000 for NH Law Enforcement Funding for Anti-Heroin Task Force & Officer Performance Development

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the lead Democrat of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Department of Justice, announced today with Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01), $664,673 in federal funds for New Hampshire through the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program. The first award is $489,674 to the New Hampshire Department of Safety for the state’s Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF), and the second award is $174,999 to Dartmouth College for a COPS Hiring Program (CHP) Performance Measurement Study. COPS AHTF grants are highly competitive, yet this is the second time that New Hampshire has received funding through this program. CHP grants support state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies’ ability to hire, preserve and/or rehire law enforcement officers and to increase community policing efforts. Shaheen is a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and the lead Democrat on the Subcommittee that funds these programs. Over the years, she has successfully secured federal resources for the COPS program and saved the AHTF program from elimination by the Trump administration. Shaheen boosted federal resources for the COPS grant program in the Appropriations Committee-approved funding legislation for fiscal year (FY) 2020.

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October 03, 2019

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Support Veterans Through Outdoor Medical Treatment and Recreational Therapy

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) has co-sponsored bipartisan legislation, led by Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Senator Steve Daines (R-MT), to create an intergovernmental task force to identify opportunities to expand veterans' access to and use of public lands for outdoor therapy and rehabilitation treatments. 

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October 03, 2019

Cassidy, Hassan, Kustoff and Spanberger Introduce Bill to Crack Down on Illegal Pill Presses

WASHINGTON–U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and U.S. Reps. David Kustoff (R-TN) and Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) introduced bicameral, bipartisan legislation to stiffen penalties for those who use pill press to make counterfeit drugs, including opioids.

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October 03, 2019

Senator Hassan Discusses the Importance of Competency-Based Education at Southern New Hampshire University

MANCHESTER – Senator Maggie Hassan led a roundtable discussion at Southern New Hampshire University yesterday on the importance of competency-based education. Competency-based education programs provide students with pathways to degrees through the mastery of relevant skills rather than through the traditional accumulation of credit hours. This allows students the flexibility to balance their studies with work and family obligations, as well as the opportunity for accelerated learning that can save students time and money.

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October 02, 2019

Shaheen, Hassan and Pappas Announce More Than $3.2 Million in Federal Funding to Laconia School District to Prevent Youth Violence and Boost Mental Health Services

(Washington, DC) - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the lead Democrat of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Department of Justice, announced today with Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) that the Laconia School District will receive $3,212,500 in federal funding from the United States Departments of Justice and Education in support of efforts to reduce and prevent youth violence in the school system, bolster student and family engagement, and to better support school and community-based mental health services. Senator Hassan brought McKenzie Harrington-Bacote, Laconia School District’s Office of School Wellness Administrator, as her guest to the 2018 State of the Union to emphasize the importance of focusing on preventing substance misuse and addressing students’ behavioral health and wellness.

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October 02, 2019

Cassidy, Whitehouse, Hassan Applaud DOJ Action Against $2.1B Medicare Fraud Scheme

WASHINGTON–  U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today released statements applauding the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) action against 35 individuals for their alleged participation in a Medicare genetic testing fraud scheme involving $2.1 billion in losses, and the departments’ new effort to target genetic testing fraud schemes nationwide. This action comes a month after the group of Senators contacted DOJ and DHS to highlight and request action on the issue.

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October 02, 2019

Senators Hassan, Collins and Representatives Gomez, Kelly Introduce Bipartisan Bills to Lower Energy Costs for Consumers, Increase Energy Efficiency

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) and U.S. Representatives Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) and Mike Kelly (R-PA) last week introduced the bipartisan Home Energy Savings Act to help lower energy costs for families and reduce carbon emissions by reinstating and strengthening a tax credit for energy efficient home upgrades.

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October 01, 2019

Shaheen, Hassan Announce Resources for Substance Use Disorder Youth Mentoring Program at Nashua Boys and Girls Club

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the lead Democrat of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Department of Justice (DOJ), announced with Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) that Eluna—a non-profit organization that assists children impacted by substance use disorder—received $500,000 in federal funding through the DOJ’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) for their Camp Mariposa program, which operates sites in Nashua and Dayton, Ohio. The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua partners with Eluna for the substance misuse prevention and mentoring program.

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September 30, 2019

New Hampshire Delegation Joins ONDCP Director Carroll for Youth Substance Use Prevention Discussion in Milford

(Milford, NH) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) today joined Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Jim Carroll, as well as local students, school administrators, community leaders and youth advocates in a roundtable discussion at the Boys and Girls Club of Souhegan Valley in Milford on the importance of the Drug Free Communities support program, which provides funding to prevent youth substance use. The participants received a briefing from Community Action for Safe Teens (CAST), a committee of the Boys and Girls Club and Drug Free Communities grant recipients from Raymond, Franklin, Lebanon, Jaffrey, Haverhill, Winchester, Nashua, and Kingston.

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September 30, 2019

NH Delegation Announce More Than $4.7 Million in Federal Grant Funding to Improve Treatment of Opioid Addiction

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) today announced the award of $4,718,681 in federal grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to improve the treatment of opioid addiction through its Helping to End Addition Long-term (HEAL) Initiative. This program provides resources to test new approaches aimed at improving treatment for chronic pain, curbing the rates of opioid use disorder (OUD) and overdoses and achieving long-term recovery from opioid addiction. Of these funds, $4,268,727 has been awarded to Dartmouth College to fund the translation of medical research on opioid addiction treatment to real-world practice, while $449,954 was awarded to Q2i, a health care technology company, to research new strategies to prevent and treat opioid addiction.

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September 30, 2019

Senator Hassan, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Give Patients Timely Access to Effective Treatment

WASHINGTON – Senator Hassan joined Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Doug Jones (D-AL), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and additional colleagues on both sides of the aisle to introduce bipartisan legislation to allow patients timely access to treatments that fit their medical needs.

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September 26, 2019

NH Delegation Announces $250K in Federal Funding for Littleton through NBRC

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen announced today with Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that the town of Littleton has been awarded $250,000 in funding from the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) in partnership with the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). The award will allow for the acquisition and development of a 5-acre site in downtown Littleton, which will benefit numerous local businesses and will support the development of a new outdoor recreation area to increase tourism to Littleton throughout the year. As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Shaheen has consistently secured federal funding for the NBRC and EDA through the annual appropriations process, and rejected the President’s budget proposal to Congress that eliminates funding for both programs. Representative Kuster advocated on behalf of Littleton and worked with the House Appropriations Committee to secure this grant from the NBRC.

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September 26, 2019

Senate Passes Bipartisan Hassan-Cassidy Legislation to Close Medicaid Rebate Loophole That Benefits Big Pharma At Expense of Taxpayers

WASHINGTON – The bipartisan Fair and Accurate Medicaid Pricing (AMP) Act, led by Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), to close a loophole in the Medicaid rebate program that results in big pharmaceutical companies overcharging taxpayers was included in the continuing resolution budget package passed by the Senate today. The legislation is now headed to the President’s desk.

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