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Congressional Tipoffs Involving New Hampshire Newsletter for Sunday July 28, 2019 ( 39 items )  

Bipartisan Hassan-Backed Bills to Strengthen Government Accountability, Save Taxpayer Dollars Pass Committee
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: * * * - Committee Also Votes to Approve Hassan-Backed Bipartisan Legislation Requiring Regular Reports on Deepfake Technology * * * Today, the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC), on which Senator Maggie Hassan serves, approved several bipartisan bills that Senator Hassan co-sponsored to save taxpayer dollars and improve government accountability and transparenc  more

Bipartisan Opioid Task Force Holds Roundtable on Threat Posed by Fentanyl, Synthetic Opioids
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Rep. Ann Kuster, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), founding co-chair of the Bipartisan Opioid Task Force, led Members in hosting a roundtable to discuss the threat posed by synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and the efforts being taken to counter that threat. Since 2013, the United States has been in the "third wave" of the opioid epidemic, with fentanyl leading to a record level of overdose deaths. In New Hamps  more

Gardner, Hassan, Colleagues Reintroduce Bipartisan AIRWAVES Legislation to Support Wireless Innovation and Close the Urban-Rural Divide
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) today reintroduced the Advancing Innovation and Reinvigorating Widespread Access to Viable Electromagnetic Spectrum (AIRWAVES) Act, which will encourage the federal government to continue to free up spectrum for commercial licensed and unlicensed   more

House Passes Kuster Amendments to Demand Transparency, Protect Migrants in U.S. Custody
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Ann Kuster, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: * * * - Kuster Amendments Included in House Passed Legislation to Improve Living Conditions for Migrants in Custody on the Southern Border * * * Last evening, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) voted in favor of H.R. 3239, Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Protection Custody Act, which passed the House. This legislation, which Rep. Kuster cosponsored, reforms the way migrant  more

In Two Days of Hearings, Congressman Pappas Presses VA on Efforts to Change the Culture of Whistleblower Retaliation
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Rep. Chris Pappas, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: * * * - 2 years after the whistle was blown on the Manchester VA, Pappas exposes continued work needed to end retaliatory culture undermining veterans' care * * * Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01), Chair of Oversight and Investigations for the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, held a hearing examining the VA's failure to protect whistleblowers from undue retaliation. This preceded a full Committ  more

NH, ME Patients, Health Care Providers Endorse Shaheen-Collins Bipartisan Bill to Roll Back Over Decade of Insulin Price Hikes
PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire, July 26 -- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: * * * - Shaheen and Collins - Co-Chairs of the Senate Diabetes Caucus - Were Joined by Health Care Providers and Americans Living with Diabetes to Urge Action on the Senators' Bipartisan Bill to Hold Health Care Middlemen & Insulin Manufacturers Accountable for Reducing Insulin Prices* * * * U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME), co-chairs of the Senate Diabet  more

Pappas-Backed Coast Guard Reauthorization Passes House
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Rep. Chris Pappas, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: Congressman Chris Pappas, who serves as the Vice-Chair of the Coast Guard Subcommittee, took to the House floor to advocate for the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2019. The Coast Guard Authorization Act fully funds the Coast Guard for the next two years with more than $11 billion in discretionary funding for each fiscal year, which will address a backlog created by previous budget cuts. This authoriz  more

Patients, Health Care Providers Endorse Bill Introduced by Collins, Shaheen to Roll Back Over Decade of Insulin Price Hikes
PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire, July 26 -- Sen. Susan M. Collins, R-Maine, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), co-chairs of the Senate Diabetes Caucus, held a press conference this afternoon at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital's Portsmouth Outpatient Center with patients and health care providers to highlight the Senators' new bipartisan bill that would roll back over a decade of insulin price hikes. Their legislation - the Insulin Price Reduct  more

Rep. Kuster Issues Statement in Support of Impeachment Inquiry
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Rep. Ann Kuster, D-New Hampshire, issued the following statement announcing support for impeachment inquiry: "This week, the American people had an important opportunity to hear directly from Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller reinforced the troubling details outlined in his report: Russia attacked our democracy and interfered in our election to help Donald Trump, and the Trump Campaign welcomed that help. The Mueller report outlines evidence that President Trump and  more

Rep. Kuster Issues Statement on Budget Deal
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Rep. Ann Kuster, D-New Hampshire, issued the following statement on the budget cap and debt ceiling deal secured by congressional leadership and the White House: "I am pleased that a two-year budget agreement was reached between Congress and the Administration that rejected the President's harmful budget proposal and ensures that we can responsibly fund our government. "This agreement protects the full faith and credit of the United States and provides a path for increa  more

Rep. Kuster: N.H. Delegation Announces New Federal Grant Funding to Support Franklin First Responders on Front Lines of Opioid Epidemic
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Rep. Ann Kuster, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representative Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development agency has awarded $48,600 in federal funding to the city of Franklin. The funding will be used to purchase a new ambulance, allowing the city to more adequately respond to medical emergencies, including substance misuse  more

Rep. Kuster:NH Delegation Announces More Than $3 Million for NH Projects Through NBRC
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Rep. Ann Kuster, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: * * * - Shaheen, Through her Work on the Appropriations Committee, has Consistently Increased Funding for the Northern Border Regional Commission over the Last 3 Years - Shaheen & Kuster Successfully Included Provisions in Farm Bill that were Signed into Law that Reauthorized the NBRC for 5 years and Expanded its Reach to Additional New Hampshire Counties, including Cheshire and communities in Belknap   more

Rep. Pappas Announces 2019 Congressional App Challenge
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire, July 22 -- Rep. Chris Pappas, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Chris Pappas announced that his office will be hosting the 2019 Congressional App Challenge for students across the First District. The Congressional App Challenge is a competition aimed at encouraging middle and high school students to learn how to code by creating their own applications. The challenge is intended to highlight the value of computer science and STEM ed  more

Rep. Pappas Issues Statement on Impeachment Inquiry
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire, July 26 -- Rep. Chris Pappas, D-New Hampshire, issued the following statement regarding an impeachment inquiry "Today marks 204 days since I was sworn in as a member of Congress representing the people of New Hampshire's 1st District. "Since I took office, I've been working hard with members of both parties to bring down the cost of prescription drugs, improve care for our veterans, rebuild our infrastructure, and ensure that everyone in our state has access to clean  more

Sen. Haheen Issues Statement on Legislation to Lower Prescription Drug Costs
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, issued the following statement after the Senate Finance Committee cleared bipartisan legislation to lower costs of prescription drugs: "Granite Staters want to see Democrats and Republicans working together to address the skyrocketing costs of prescription medication -- I'm relieved that this bipartisan effort is moving forward. "This bill addresses a number of critical areas in our broader effort to lower costs, which includes capp  more

Sen. Hassan Blasts Rule Allowing Dark Money to Finance Opioid Misinformation Campaigns in Committee Hearing
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: Senator Maggie Hassan, during a Senate Finance Committee hearing yesterday, blasted a ruling by the Treasury Department and the IRS that allows "dark money" groups to hide the identities of their major donors from law enforcement. That Treasury/IRS ruling could make it more difficult for law enforcement to hold opioid manufacturers accountable for funding the spread of fraudulent misinformation on opi  more

Sen. Hassan Helps Advance Major Bipartisan Bill to Lower Prescription Drug Prices
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation Would Cap Out-of-Pocket Prescription Drug Costs for Medicare Part D Beneficiaries * * * Senator Maggie Hassan today helped advance major bipartisan legislation through the Senate Finance Committee on one of her top priorities: lowering the cost of prescription drugs. The Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act would enact a cap on out-of-pocket prescription drug costs for Medica  more

Sen. Hassan Issues Statement on Death of Manchester VAMC Physician Kois
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, issued the following statement on the death of William "Ed" Kois, who led the Manchester VA Medical Center's Spinal Cord Clinic and served as one of the lead whistleblowers regarding conditions at the Manchester VAMC in 2017: "I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Kois, who was dedicated to serving the brave men and women who put their lives on the line to keep us safe, secure, and free. "Dr. Kois was relentless in wor  more

Sen. Hassan Meets With Acting FDA Commissioner, Presses for Answers on FDA's Actions Regarding Opioid Crisis
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: Senator Maggie Hassan yesterday met with Acting Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Ned Sharpless calling for a fuller accounting of the FDA's decision-making processes for the approval and labeling of opioid drugs. The meeting follows a March 2019 letter from Senators Hassan and Ed Markey (D-MA) to former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb outlining a number of specific questions abo  more

Sen. Hassan Recognizes Caroline Dillon of Rochester as July 2019 Granite Stater of Month
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: Senator Maggie Hassan today recognized Caroline Dillon of Rochester for her work ensuring that every public high school and middle school in New Hampshire provides free feminine hygiene products to students who cannot afford them. When Caroline first learned about 'period poverty,' which occurs when someone does not have the means to afford basic feminine hygiene products, she was shocked by the magn  more

Sen. Hassan: House Passes Legislation to Help Save Newborn Babies' Lives
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: The U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation that Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) introduced in the U.S. Senate to help save lives and improve the health of newborn babies. The bipartisan Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act will provide federal funding for comprehensive and standardized newborn screening tests for conditions such as critical conge  more

Sen. Hassan: NH Delegation Announces Grant Funding to Support Franklin First Responders on Front Lines of Opioid Epidemic
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representative Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development agency has awarded $48,600 in federal funding to the city of Franklin. The funding will be used to purchase a new ambulance, allowing the city to more adequately respond to medical emergencies, including substance mis  more

Sen. Hassan: NH Delegation Announces More Than $3 Million for NH Projects Through NBRC
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced today with Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that New Hampshire agencies and organizations have been awarded $3,768,293 from the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) for various projects that invest in the Granite State's economic and   more

Sen. Shaheen Issues Statement on Death of Physician Kois
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, issued the following statement on the death of Manchester Medical Center physician Ed Kois: Dr. Kois worked as a physician in the Spinal Cord and Pain Clinics at the Manchester VA Medical Center and was a whistleblower to substantial issues regarding the delivery of care. "I was greatly saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Ed Kois. "Ed devoted his career to caring for veterans and was passionate about improving their health a  more

Sen. Shaheen Issues Statement on DOD Announcement of PFAS Task Force
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement in response to the Department of Defense's announcement that it will establish a per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances task force to combat the pervasive problem of PFAS contamination in water supplies throughout the nation, which has impacted communities in New Hampshire: During his Senate confirmation hearing, then-Department of Defense Secretary no  more

Sen. Shaheen Issues Statement on Senate Approval of Esper as Defense Secretary
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement after voting to approve Mark Esper to serve as Defense Secretary: Esper is currently Secretary of the Army. "I am greatly concerned about the lack of stable leadership at the Department of Defense and the message it sends to our adversaries. "I believe it is imperative that there be a steady hand at the Department to lead our men and women in uni  more

Sen. Shaheen Issues Statement on Senate Passage of 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Reauthorization Bill
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, issued the following statement after voting in favor of legislation to extend authorization of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund through 2090: The bill overwhelmingly passed the Senate, and having previously passed the House of Representatives, will now be sent to the President's desk to be signed into law. Shaheen is an original cosponsor of the Senate companion legislation. "I'm relieved this bill will soon become law so we can en  more

Sen. Shaheen: Bipartisan Budget Agreement is Opportunity to Continue Prioritizing Resources to Battle Substance Use Disorder Epidemic
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: * * * - Shaheen's call follows her recently introduced legislation to invest $63 billion over ten years to deliver flexible treatment funding, establish prevention programs and address workforce challenges in the treatment field * * * Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, called for additional funding that would be provided through the two-year  more

Sen. Shaheen: N.H. Delegation Announces New Federal Grant Funding to Support Franklin First Responders on Front Lines of Opioid Epidemic
WASHINGTON, July 24 -- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representative Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development agency has awarded $48,600 in federal funding to the city of Franklin. The funding will be used to purchase a new ambulance, allowing the city to more adequately respond to medical emergencies, including substance mi  more

Sen. Shaheen: NH Delegation Announces Federal Grant to Support Franklin First Responders on Front Lines of Opioid Epidemic
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representative Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development agency has awarded $48,600 in federal funding to the city of Franklin. The funding will be used to purchase a new ambulance, allowing the city to more adequately respond to medical emergencies, including substance mi  more

Sen. Shaheen: NH Delegation Announces More Than $3 Million for NH Projects Through NBRC
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: * * * - Shaheen, Through her Work on the Appropriations Committee, has Consistently Increased Funding for the Northern Border Regional Commission over the Last 3 Years - Shaheen & Kuster Successfully Included Provisions in Farm Bill that were Signed into Law that Reauthorized the NBRC for 5 years and Expanded its Reach to Additional New Hampshire Counties, including Cheshire and communities in Belk  more

Sen. Votes Issues Statement on Esper's Confirmation as Defense Secretary
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, issued the following statement after voting to confirm Mark Esper as the next Secretary of Defense: "Protecting our national security is my most important responsibility as a Senator--and having a qualified and experienced Secretary of Defense is vital to that mission. "Secretary Esper has served our country honorably in uniform and at the Department of Defense, and I look forward to working with him."  more

Senate Passes Hassan-Backed Bipartisan Legislation to Cover Care for 9/11 First Responders
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: Senator Maggie Hassan today voted to approve the bipartisan Never Forget the Heroes Act - which she cosponsored - to permanently reauthorize funding for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. The bipartisan legislation ensures that 9/11 first responders receive health care coverage for illnesses contracted during their heroic actions on and around the day of the attack. The bipartisan legislation passed  more

Senators Hassan, Tillis Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Expand R&D Tax Credit for New and Small Businesses
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) today introduced bipartisan legislation to double the refundable research and development (R&D) tax credit for startups and extend it to more small businesses. The R&D tax credit supports the efforts of businesses to invest in the development of new, innovative products that lead to job creation and   more

Sens. Hassan, Collins Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Expand Innovative Clean Energy Storage Technology
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the bipartisan Battery Storage Innovation Act to expand access to innovative clean energy storage technology. Renewable energy sources like wind and solar power can only generate energy when there's sufficient wind or sun exposure, so battery storage technology is critical to the ability to scale up the use of renewable energy sources  more

Sens. Hassan, Paul Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Cut Government Waste and Save Taxpayer Dollars
WASHINGTON, July 26 -- Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation Includes Common-Sense Reforms to Student Loans, Tax Returns * * * Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced legislation that would require government agencies to implement changes recommended by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to save taxpayer dollars and improve government efficiency. "I'm glad to work across the aisle to implement common-sense r  more

Sens. Lankford, Hassan Discuss Bipartisan Bill to End Government Shutdowns With 'Fix the Debt' Members
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: Yesterday, U.S. Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) discussed their bipartisan legislation to end government shutdowns on a conference call with members of Fix the Debt, an organization that brings together Americans on both sides of the aisle to promote fiscal responsibility. Senators Lankford and Hassan discussed their bipartisan Prevent Government Shutdowns Act, which would pre  more

Shaheen Leads Senate Bipartisan Push to Rollback Over a Decade of Insulin Price Hikes
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: * * * - As Insulin Prices Surge, Shaheen--Co-Chair of the Senate Diabetes Caucus-- Unveils Bipartisan Effort with Collins, Carper and Cramer to Hold Health Care Middlemen and Insulin Manufacturers Accountable for Reducing Insulin Prices * * * As insulin prices continue to climb and Americans throughout the nation risk their lives by rationing their insulin supplies, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-  more

Shaheen, Women Senators Introduce Bill Requiring Equal Pay, Resources for U.S. National Teams
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: Yesterday, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) joined U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in introducing the Even Playing Field Act to ensure equal pay, investment and working conditions for U.S. national team athletes, coaches and other personnel. Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA) yesterday introduced companion legislation in the House of Repres  more