Press Releases

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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June 16, 2021

Senator Hassan Raises New Hampshire Priorities with Treasury Secretary Yellen during Finance Hearing

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan today questioned Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget, including issues relating to research & development (R&D) tax incentives, terrorist financing, and unfair trade and supply chains.

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June 16, 2021

Senator Hassan Votes to Advance Top Cybersecurity Nominees

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, chair of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) subcommittee that oversees emerging threats, voted to advance top cybersecurity officials nominated by President Biden.

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June 15, 2021

Shaheen and Hassan Help Introduce Bill to Ban PFAS Chemicals in Cosmetics

(Washington, DC) –Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) helped introduce the?No PFAS in Cosmetics Act, which would ban the inclusion of PFAS chemicals in cosmetics products, such as makeup, moisturizer and perfume.?The bipartisan bill is led by U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Susan Collins (R-ME), and cosponsored by fellow Senators Angus King (I-ME), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). 

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June 15, 2021

Senator Hassan Discusses Barriers to Mental Health Services for Granite Staters with Substance Use Disorder

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan today discussed the challenges that people who experience substance use disorders often face in accessing critical mental health services during a Senate Finance Committee hearing.

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June 14, 2021

Following Request by Senator Hassan, GAO Releases Comprehensive Report Detailing How Postal Service Handles Complaints

WASHINGTON – Following a request from U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, a member of the committee that oversees the United States Postal Service (USPS), the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a comprehensive report detailing how USPS handles customer complaints. The report found that despite implementing a new online system to track customer complaints, the Postal Service is still not meeting its performance goals for customer service – which includes timeliness in responding to customer complaints. 

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June 14, 2021

Following Push by Senator Hassan, Coast Guard Lifts Mask Requirement for NH’s Commercial Fishermen

WASHINGTON – Following advocacy led by U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Coast Guard recently announced updated guidance stating that commercial fishermen who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear a mask while outside on a commercial fishing vessel. Prior to this updated guidance, commercial fishermen were required to wear a mask while they work. The updated guidance comes after Senator Hassan and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) pushed the agencies to loosen restrictions for fully vaccinated commercial fishermen after hearing from fishermen in their states that wearing a mask while they work is unsafe.

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June 12, 2021

Senator Hassan Delivers Remarks at Exeter High School Commencement Ceremony

EXETER – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan delivered remarks at Exeter High School’s Commencement ceremony today, where she congratulated students on reaching this important milestone and commended them on their incredible resilience over the past year.  

 

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