Press Releases

September 05, 2018

NH Delegation Announces $2.1M in Grants for Fire Safety

(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) announced $2.1 million in Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. These grants include $700,566 to Londonderry, $735,612 to Windham and $642,964 to Hudson. SAFER grants strengthen communities’ ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards, and this funding will allow Londonderry, Windham and Hudson to hire additional firefighters and maintain 24-hour fire department staffing to ensure adequate fire safety protection.

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September 05, 2018

Senator Hassan Questions TSA Administrator About Proposed Cuts to Critical Airport Security Programs

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today participated in a Senate Commerce Committee hearing where she pressed Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator David Pekoske about the Trump Administration and TSA’s continued efforts to eliminate critical airport security programs, such as Visible Intermodal Protection and Response (VIPER) teams and Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Reimbursements grants. Senator Hassan also confronted the witness regarding reports that the TSA was considering eliminating screenings for 150 smaller airports, leaving those airports and flights vulnerable to threats.

 

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September 05, 2018

Senator Hassan Joins in Introducing Comprehensive Bill To Address Skyrocketing Cost of Prescription Drugs

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today joined Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) and a number of her colleagues in introducing comprehensive legislation to address the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs that are weighing down far too many hard-working Granite Staters and Americans. The Affordable Medications Act will help hold large pharmaceutical companies accountable for high prices and bring down costs for both consumers and taxpayers by allowing Medicare to negotiate the price of prescription drugs, permitting the safe importation of affordable prescription drugs from places like Canada, ending the senseless tax breaks for drug companies that allow them to take tax deductions on the billions of dollars they spend on advertising, and more.

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September 04, 2018

Shaheen, Hassan & Shea-Porter Announce $450,000 in VAWA Funding for Strafford County to Support Domestic Violence Survivors

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) announced today that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded $449,139 in federal funding through the Office on Violence Against Women to the Strafford County Family Justice Center (SCFJC) for programming that helps survivors of domestic violence. Shaheen, the lead Democrat of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, has led efforts in Congress to support survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and has secured historic federal funding through the yearly appropriations process to fund the Office on Violence Against Women.

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August 31, 2018

Senator Hassan Statement on President Trump’s Decision to Freeze Pay For Federal Workers at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and Pease Air National Guard Base

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement in response to a letter President Trump sent to Congress yesterday stating that he will freeze pay for civilian federal employees, which would include civilian workers at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and Pease Air National Guard Base in New Hampshire.

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August 31, 2018

NH Delegation Announces $14.3M in Grants for Urban Community Development in New Hampshire

(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) announced $14,333,057 in grants for urban community development and affordable housing in New Hampshire from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These grants include an $8,849,833 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), a $3,879,488 HOME Grant, an $870,215 Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and a $733,521 Housing Opportunities for Persons with Aids (HOPWA) Grant. These grants are an increase of nearly $1.7 million from the previous year. The grants will support efforts to expand affordable housing throughout New Hampshire, particularly for people experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness, and expand economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate income individuals.

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August 30, 2018

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Join Colleagues to Condemn Secretary DeVos for Proposed Rule that Supports Predatory For-Profit Colleges

WASHINGTON - Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen today joined 44 of their colleagues in submitting a comment letter to Secretary Betsy DeVos urging the Department of Education to abandon her plan to weaken the “borrower defense” rule, a proposal that will effectively deny students who were cheated or defrauded by predatory for-profit colleges the relief they are entitled to under law. 

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August 30, 2018

Senator Hassan Statement on Removal of Tariffs that Harmed Local Newspapers

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement today regarding the International Trade Commission’s (ITC) decision to remove tariffs on Canadian groundwood paper imports, a measure that will bring relief to local newspapers in New Hampshire and across the country:

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August 29, 2018

Shaheen, Hassan Announce $1.8M to Prevent Youth Substance Use in New Hampshire

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) announced $1.875 million in Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grants from the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to 12 local drug prevention coalitions in New Hampshire. The grants will provide local community coalitions funding to prevent youth substance use, including prescription drugs and opioids, in Nashua, Souhegan Valley, Merrimack, Raymond, Kingston, Somersworth, Franklin, Keene, Lebanon, Winchester, Littleton, and Jaffrey.

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August 29, 2018

Senators Hassan, Shaheen Join in Introducing Legislation to Overturn the Expansion of Junk Insurance Plans

WASHINGTON – Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen today joined a number of their colleagues in introducing new legislation to overturn the Trump Administration’s final “junk insurance” plan rule, which would further destabilize health insurance markets and undermine important consumer protections, including for people with pre-existing conditions.

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August 29, 2018

Shaheen & Hassan Praise Confirmation of Chief Willard to Serve as U.S. Marshal for New Hampshire

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) issued the following statements after the Senate unanimously confirmed former Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard to serve as United States Marshal for the state of New Hampshire late Tuesday.

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August 27, 2018

Senator Hassan Leads Colleagues in Urging FCC to Maintain Focus on Maternal Health in Telehealth Pilot Program

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, today led a group of her colleagues from the Committee in urging Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Ajit Pai to maintain focus on maternal health as the Commission moves forward with its proposed Connected Care pilot program. This pilot would support access to care using telehealth. The letter comes after the FCC released a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) on supporting access to health care through telehealth in the Connected Care pilot program.

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August 27, 2018

Shaheen, Hassan Introduce Legislation with Bipartisan Group of Senators to Hold Federal Agencies Accountable for Addressing PFAS Contamination at Military Bases Across the Country

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and a bipartisan group of Senators to introduce legislation to hold federal agencies accountable for addressing contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at military bases across the country. The PFAS Accountability Act sets clear deadlines and reporting requirements for cleaning up PFAS contamination at all federal facilities across the country, including active and decommissioned military bases, and mandates greater transparency.

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August 25, 2018

Senator Hassan Statement on the Passing of Senator John McCain

WASHINGTON -- Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement on the passing of Senator John McCain: 

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August 24, 2018

Senator Hassan Recognizes Nashua’s Positive Street Art as August “Granite Staters of the Month”

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today recognized the team behind Nashua’s Positive Street Art as the Granite Staters of the Month for August for their work remembering those lost to substance use disorders and supporting those undergoing treatment.

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August 24, 2018

Senators Hassan and Whitehouse Seek Information Regarding Rudy Giuliani’s Potential Conflicts of Interest in Representing Purdue Pharma

WASHINGTON – Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) yesterday sent letters to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), requesting information about potential conflicts of interest caused by Rudy Giuliani’s work representing Purdue Pharma while it was under criminal investigation for the fraudulent marketing of OxyContin, a powerful prescription opioid. The letters seek to determine whether Giuliani’s simultaneous work on behalf of both the Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Administration while he was representing Purdue Pharma may have led to unduly lenient treatment for Purdue Pharma.

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August 24, 2018

Senator Hassan Pushes Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on Steps Agency is Taking to Better Understand Health Impacts of PFAS

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan yesterday pushed Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about the steps the agency is taking to understand how per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination in drinking water is impacting the health of Granite Staters and Americans during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing.

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August 24, 2018

New Hampshire Congressional Delegation Urges ATSDR to Take Additional Steps to Asses PFAS Contamination in Southern New Hampshire Following Concerning Reports that Found High Levels of the Contaminant in Merrimack

WASHINGTON- Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster sent a letter to Patrick Breysse, Director of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) yesterday, urging him to take additional steps to assess per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination in the Merrimack area.

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August 23, 2018

Senator Hassan Votes to Approve Bipartisan FY19 Funding Bill to Bolster National Security, Combat the Opioid Crisis, and Invest in Critical New Hampshire Priorities

WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan today voted to approve a bipartisan appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2019 that bolsters national security and provides funding for critical New Hampshire priorities, including combating the devastating opioid epidemic, strengthening workforce training, protecting women’s health care, and more. The bill is one of several expected appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2019, which begins on October 1. Senator Hassan voted for two other bipartisan appropriations bills earlier this summer.

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August 23, 2018

Shaheen, Hassan Help Pass Second Year Increase in Opioid Response Funding

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) issued the following statements after voting for appropriations legislation for fiscal year (FY) 2019 that funds the Departments of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and other agencies.

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