Press Releases

January 12, 2018

Senators Shaheen, Hassan Join Colleagues in Urging President Trump to Renew the Opioid Public Health Emergency Declaration

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined their colleagues today in sending a letter to President Trump urging him to renew the opioid public health emergency declaration because of little action since its original declaration in October. 

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January 12, 2018

Senator Hassan Visits Laconia Elementary School, Discusses Critical Importance of Substance Misuse Prevention and Behavioral Health Programs with District Administrators

LACONIA – Senator Maggie Hassan met with Laconia School District Administrators today and visited Pleasant Street School where she discussed the importance of the District’s innovative efforts to prevent substance misuse and address students’ behavioral health and wellness.

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January 11, 2018

Senators Shaheen, Hassan Help Introduce Bipartisan New England Offshore Drilling Ban

WASHINGTON – Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) helped introduce bipartisan legislation with a group of their fellow New England Senators to bar offshore drilling along the New England coast. The New England Coastal Protection Act responds to a move by the Trump administration to open up Atlantic waters to offshore oil and natural gas exploration and extraction, putting vital coastline at risk and threatening a central economic engine for New England.  

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January 11, 2018

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bill to Strengthen Mental Health Parity Laws

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today helped introduce the Behavioral Health Coverage Transparency Act, a bill sponsored by Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA-4) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to hold health insurers accountable for providing adequate mental health benefits and increase transparency for consumers seeking coverage for mental illness and substance use disorders. According to a National Alliance on Mental Illness report, insurers denied authorization for mental … Continue Reading


January 11, 2018

Bipartisan Hassan-Gardner Connected Government Act Signed into Law

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the bipartisan Connected Government Act, which was introduced by Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Cory Gardner (R-CO), was signed into law by President Trump. The Connected Government Act will expand access to government services and information by requiring that all new federal websites are mobile-friendly. 

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January 10, 2018

Key Opioid Legislation Cosponsored by Shaheen and Hassan Signed Into Law

(Washington, DC) – Key opioid legislation cosponsored by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) to help ensure U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has tools to help detect and intercept fentanyl and other illegal synthetic opioids was signed into law this evening. The International Narcotics Trafficking Emergency Response by Detecting Incoming Contraband with Technology (INTERDICT) Act was introduced by a bipartisan group of Senators, including Ed Markey (D-MA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV).

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January 09, 2018

Senators Shaheen and Hassan Speak Out Against Trump Administration’s Offshore Drilling Reversal

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today joined more than three dozen of their colleagues in sharply criticizing the Trump administration’s decision to reopen offshore drilling leases three years ahead of schedule. This decision puts vast stretches of coastline along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts and in the Arctic at risk.

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January 09, 2018

Shaheen and Hassan Hold Press Conference to Call for $25 Billion Investment in Budget Agreement to Combat the Opioid Crisis

**The $25 billion proposal over two years would be invested in SAMHSA, CDC, FDA, NIH, HRSA, Medicare and Medicaid** **CDC recently confirmed that the opioid crisis has spread so fiercely that it has reversed the national trend towards longer life expectancy for two years in a row--the first time this has happened since the early 1960's** (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) held a press conference to announce a Democratic proposal for $25 bi… Continue Reading


January 09, 2018

During HELP Committee Hearing, Senator Hassan Questions Award-Winning Author and Reporter Sam Quinones on Pharmaceutical Industry’s Role Contributing to the Opioid Crisis

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan questioned Sam Quinones, author of “Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic,” about the role that the pharmaceutical industry has played in contributing to the fentanyl, heroin, and opioid crisis during a Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing today.

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January 09, 2018

Senator Hassan Statement on Passing of Former Director of New Hampshire State Police Colonel Paul O’Leary

 WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement on the passing of Colonel Paul O’Leary, former Director of New Hampshire State Police.

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January 05, 2018

Senator Hassan Statement on Passing of State Rep. Harold “Chip” Rice

WASHINGTON - Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement on the passing of New Hampshire State Representative Harold “Chip” Rice: 

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January 05, 2018

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Legislation To Help Prevent Sexual Harassment In The Workplace

WASHINGTON -- Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) cosponsored bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to help prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. The Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Act of 2017 would void forced arbitration agreements that prevent sexual harassment survivors from getting the justice they deserve.

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January 04, 2018

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill Directing VA to Study Veterans Crisis Line

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) cosponsored the bipartisan Veterans Crisis Line Study Act of 2017, introduced by Senators Todd Young (R-IN) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN), to help ensure that the Veterans Crisis Line is effectively serving veterans in distress. The bill requires the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to formally study and report on the effectiveness of the Veterans Crisis Line in preventing suicide and addressing mental health care.

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January 04, 2018

Bipartisan Legislation Cosponsored by Senators Shaheen and Hassan to Improve Health Care Access for Veterans with Disabilities and Those in Rural Areas Passes U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON – Bipartisan legislation cosponsored by U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) that would improve health care access – including mental health treatment – for veterans who experience disabilities or those who live in rural areas passed the Senate on Wednesday. The Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support Act of 2017 (VETS Act) expands telehealth services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), allowing veterans to use telehealth services from out-of-state providers and receive a wider range of VA health care services at home.

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January 03, 2018

Bipartisan Legislation Cosponsored by Senator Hassan to Help Reduce National Rape Kit Backlog Awaits President’s Signature

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan bill cosponsored by Senator Maggie Hassan to help reduce the national rape kit backlog awaits President Trump’s signature. The Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting (SAFER) Act will reauthorize, strengthen, and extend the Sexual Assault Forensic Reporting program.

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January 03, 2018

NH Delegation Applauds Administration’s Approval of Their Request for Disaster Declaration for NH Counties

(Washington, DC) — Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) applauded the decision by the Trump administration to grant a Major Disaster Declaration for the state of New Hampshire following damage and costs incurred by severe rain and flooding in October. In the wake of the October storm, the New Hampshire delegation wrote a letter of support for a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of New Hampshire. The cost associated with the storm damage is approximately $6 million statewide. The disaster declaration will grant assistance to Belknap, Carroll, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties. 

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January 02, 2018

Bipartisan Legislation Cosponsored by Senators Shaheen and Hassan to Ease Requirements on Military Members Seeking Commercial Driver’s Licenses Heads to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON – The bipartisan Jobs for our Heroes Act of 2017, which Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) cosponsored, went to the President’s desk for his signature after passing both the House of Representatives and Senate unanimously. The legislation, introduced by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), streamlines and eases the burden on the process whereby active-duty military, reservists, and veterans apply for their commercial driver’s license.

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January 02, 2018

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Help Stop Terrorist Financiers

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) cosponsored a bipartisan bill that would provide the President additional leverage in penalizing foreign governments that fail to shut down terrorist financiers and facilitators. 

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December 27, 2017

Senator Hassan Applauds Senate Passage of Anti-Fentanyl Legislation; Bill on Its Way to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today applauded Senate passage of the bipartisan? INTERDICT Act that she cosponsored to help stop the flow of illicit fentanyl across the U.S. border. The bill, which is on its way to the President’s desk, will help equip Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with scanning devices and other technologies to detect synthetic opioids like fentanyl.
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December 22, 2017

Senator Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Address Gun Violence, Fix Federal Background Check Legislation

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today announced that she is cosponsoring the Fix NICS Act, a bipartisan bill introduced by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), John Cornyn (R-TX) and others to ensure that federal and state authorities comply with existing law and accurately report relevant criminal history records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The bill penalizes federal agencies that fail to properly report relevant records and incentivizes states to improve their overall reporting. The bill also directs more federal funding to the accurate reporting of domestic violence records.

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