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Congressional Tipoffs Involving New Hampshire Newsletter for Sunday August 04, 2019 ( 37 items )  

Hassan Joins Senate Democrats In Introducing Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: * * * - Democracy for All Amendment, introduced by entire Senate Democratic Caucus, would help get big money out of politics and put power back in the hands of the American people * * * Today, Senator Hassan joined U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), along with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and the entire Senate Democratic Caucus in introducing the Democr  more

Hassan, Shaheen Reintroduces Bill to Protect Small Businesses From Burdensome Internet Sales Tax Collection Requirement
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation Bans Retroactive Taxation, Creates an Exemption for Small Businesses & Establishes Timeline for Businesses to Adjust to New Regulations * * * U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, reintroduced the Online Sales Simplicity and Small Business Relief Act with Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), the lead Democrat of the S  more

Hassan-Backed Bill to Support First Responders Heads to President's Desk
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: Today the United States Senate passed the Hawley-Hartzler National Urban Search and Rescue Parity Act to support first responders. The bill is a response to a misguided policy that currently bars federal employees from assisting with the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) efforts. Among the 28 US&R task forces nationwide is Missouri Task Force 1, which has off  more

Kuster Leads House Democrats in Effort to Save Pre-Existing Condition Protections From Harmful Trump Administration Rule Pushing Junk Plans
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- Rep. Ann Kuster, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: * * * - House and Senate Democrats Unveil Resolution to Undo Trump Administration 1332 Waiver Rule, Which Would Erode Pre-Existing Condition Protections for Millions of Americans and Would Allow Providers to Offer Junk Plans That Cost More and Cover Less * * * Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (D-NH) was joined by 25 House Democratic Colleagues in introducing a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that wou  more

Kuster, Pingree Lead Letter to Veterans Affairs Secretary Wilkie Calling for Sexual Assault Survivor Input in VA Training
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- Rep. Ann Kuster, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-01) led a letter, signed by 18 Members of Congress, to Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie calling on the VA to incorporate input from and instruction by MST survivors and survivor advocates within training for VA staff who process claims concerning Military Sexual Trauma (MST). The letter follows an August 2018 Ins  more

Pappas, Bergman, Rice Call for Stronger Oversight of VA Purchase Card Program
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire, Aug. 2 -- Rep. Chris Pappas, D- issued the following news release: * * * - Recent OIG report revealed there may be up to $920 million of potentially erroneous, improper, or illegal spending through VA purchase card program * * * Representative Chris Pappas (NH-01), who serves as the Chair of the Oversight and Investigations (O&I) Subcommittee for the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, alongside O&I Ranking member Jack Bergman (MI-01) and Committee member Kathleen R  more

Peters, Gardner, Sullivan, Hassan Introduce Legislation to Protect Firefighters From Hazardous PFAS Chemicals
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Cory Gardner (R-CO), Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) today introduced bipartisan legislation to help protect the health and safety of firefighters and emergency responders who are frequently exposed to harmful per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in firefighting foams   more

Rep. Kuster Issues Statement on Trump Administration Plan to Allow Importation of Prescription Drugs From Canada
CONCORD, New Hampshire, July 31 -- Rep. Ann Kuster, D-New Hampshire, issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration's announcement that it would take steps to allow for the importation of lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada to help with drug affordability: "The high cost of prescription drugs causes anxiety for Granite Staters and families across our country. No one should be forced to make impossible choices between paying their mortgage, putting food on the table  more

Rep. Kuster Issues Statement on Whistleblower Retaliation at White River Junction VA Medical Center
CONCORD, New Hampshire, July 30 -- Rep. Ann Kuster, D-New Hampshire, issued the following statement in response to the Boston Globe's story about an alleged whistleblower retaliation at the White River Junction VA Medical Center: "Whistleblowers play a critical role in bringing wrongdoing, abuse, and mismanagement to light and ensuring government organizations and those who are in power are held accountable for their actions. "The alarming news about reported incidents and whistleblower retali  more

Rep. Kuster, Sen. Booker Introduce Legislation to End Outdated Policy That Prevents Incarcerated Individuals From Accessing Medicaid
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- Rep. Ann Kuster, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) reintroduced the Humane Correctional Health Care Act alongside Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), who introduced companion legislation in the Senate. This bill would repeal the so-called Medicaid Inmate Exclusion, which strips health coverage from Medicaid enrollees who are involved in the criminal justice system, decreasing access to care and shifting that cost burden t  more

Rep. Kuster: Democrats Unveil Resolution to Save Pre-Existing Condition Protections From Harmful Rule Pushing Junk Plans
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Rep. Ann Kuster, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: * * * - House and Senate Democrats Unveil Resolution To Undo Trump Administration 1332 Waiver Rule, Which Would Erode Pre-Existing Condition Protections For Millions Of Americans And Would Allow Providers To Offer Junk Plans That Cost More And Cover Less - Under the Congressional Review Act, Senate Democrats Can Force A Majority-Threshold Vote On This New Resolution Within 60 Legislative Days * * *   more

Rep. Pappas Issues Statement on Whistleblower Retaliation at White River Junction VA Medical Center
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire, July 30 -- Rep. Chris Pappas, D-New Hampshire, chair of the House Veteran's Affairs subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, issued the following statement in response to the Boston Globe publishing a story about a whistleblower retaliation at White River Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center: "Whistleblowers help shine a spotlight on deficiencies, fraud, and abuse at the VA and allow us to better serve veterans. Unfortunately, too many whistleblowers have bee  more

Sen. Hassan Blasts Big Pharma on Senate Floor for Putting Profits Before People
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: * * * - New Data Shows Nearly 290 Million Prescription Pain Pills Sent to New Hampshire From 2006 -2012 * * * Senator Maggie Hassan today took to the Senate floor to blast pharmaceutical companies for putting profits before people. A recent report from the Drug Enforcement Administration found that nearly 290 million prescription pain pills were sent to New Hampshire from 2006-2012. "Recent data r  more

Sen. Hassan Cosponsors Bipartisan Bill to Improve Access to Broadband in New Hampshire
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: Senator Maggie Hassan cosponsored bipartisan legislation to expand access to broadband in rural and underserved communities in New Hampshire by improving the accuracy of broadband maps. The bipartisan Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability (DATA) Act would push the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to improve its broadband coverage maps by requiring the FCC to receive more   more

Sen. Hassan Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Local, State, National Cyber Defenses
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today introduced the bipartisan Advancing Cybersecurity Continuing Diagnostics and Mitigation Act, which would update and improve federal agencies' cybersecurity, and make additional cyber defense resources available to state and local governments. Senators Hassan and Cornyn first introduced the bill last Congressional session. Thi  more

Sen. Hassan Issues Statement on Canadian Drug Importation
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, issued the following statement in response to the announcement from the Health and Human Services Department and Food and Drug Administration of a proposal that would allow the importation of prescription drugs from Canada and other countries: "The stories I hear from constituents struggling to afford prescription drugs are totally outrageous - they shouldn't have to drive to Canada, or struggle to keep the lights on, because of how ex  more

Sen. Hassan Issues Statement on Vote to Pass Bipartisan Budget Agreement
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, issued the following statement after the Senate voted on a bipartisan basis to approve the budget agreement: "This bipartisan budget agreement paves the way to invest in critical priorities for Granite Staters--helping to expand economic opportunity for hard-working families, support innovative businesses, combat the opioid crisis, and keep our nation safe. "I am glad that the President and Congressional leadership were able to reach   more

Sen. Hassan, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Measure to Protect American Consumers, Small Businesses, Manufacturers From Costly Tariffs
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation Would Make Clear that Presidents Cannot Impose Tariffs Unilaterally * * * Senator Maggie Hassan joined her colleagues in introducing bipartisan legislation, the Trade Certainty Act, that would ensure that presidents - regardless of which party holds the White House - cannot use the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) to impose tariffs unilaterally. The IEEPA was   more

Sen. Shaheen Issues Statement on Bipartisan Budget Deal Passing Senate
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, issued the following statement after voting in favor of the bipartisan budget agreement: "This bipartisan budget agreement ensures that the United States won't default on our debt and finally ends the indiscriminate cuts caused by sequestration. Those automatic, unnecessary cuts would have harmed America's military readiness and undermined important programs that Granite Staters rely on to help access health care, invest in infrastruct  more

Sen. Shaheen Issues Statement on Legislation Blocking Saudi Weapons Sale
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, a member of both the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees, issued the following statement after the Senate failed to override President Trump's veto on bipartisan legislation to prohibit the administration from selling weapons to Saudi Arabia without Congressional approval: "While these resolutions previously passed both chambers of Congress with bipartisan support, it's incredibly concerning and disheartening that m  more

Sen. Shaheen Issues Statement on Plan to Allow Prescription Drugs to Be Imported From Canada
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, issued the following statement after the Trump administration announced a plan to allow certain prescription drugs to be imported from Canada to help address affordability in the U.S.: "Granite Staters desperately need relief from skyrocketing prescription drug costs. "There is no reason why they should be paying more than our neighbors to the north for the same medications. This plan is a good initial step to help drive down costs.  more

Sen. Shaheen Issues Statement on Signing of 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Reauthorization Bill Into Law
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, issued the following statement after President Trump signed legislation to extend authorization of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund through 2090 into law: The bill passed both chambers of Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support. Shaheen is an original cosponsor of the Senate companion legislation. "This day has been a long time coming for survivors of the 9/11 terror attacks, our courageous first responders and the brave men   more

Sen. Shaheen Recognizes 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, issued the following statement, which was published in the Congressional Record on July 25, recognizing the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11: Today I wish to recognize the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and New Hampshire's role in this important moment of history. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin completed their 13th orbit around the Moon and fired up the descent engine on the now- historic Eagle Apollo Lunar Modul  more

Senate Passes Bipartisan Hassan-Lankford Bill to Improve Federal Government's Customer Service
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: The U.S. Senate passed the Federal Agency Customer Experience (FACE) Act of 2019, a bipartisan bill, introduced by Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and James Lankford (R-OK), to better assess and improve the customer service experience for Americans dealing with federal agencies. "If there's one thing that we can all agree on, it's that dealing with customer service can be maddeningly difficult - so I'm  more

Senator Hassan Discusses Local Impact of US-Mexico-Canada Agreement at Senate Finance Committee Hearing
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: * * * - Senator's Questions Focused on How Farms, Small Businesses Could Be Impacted * * * At a Senate Finance Committee hearing today on the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), Senator Maggie Hassan discussed the impact the deal could have on New Hampshire farmers and small businesses. Senator Hassan questioned former Agriculture Secretary and current President & CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Coun  more

Senators Hassan, Collins Welcome Labor Department Rule to Support Retirement Security, Call for Additional Action
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: * * * - Senators' Bipartisan Bill Would Take Further Steps to Help Americans Save for Retirement * * * This week, the Department of Labor announced a rule to expand the ability of small businesses to offer retirement savings plans to their employees. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Susan Collins (R-ME) - who introduced legislation earlier this year that further helps Americans save for retirement   more

Sens. Shaheen, Cruz's Bipartisan Bill Imposing Sanctions for Involvement in Russia's Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Advances Out of Committee
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) bipartisan bill, S. 1441, the Protecting Europe's Energy Security Act of 2019, imposing sanctions on those involved in Russia's Nord Stream 2 project, overwhelmingly passed the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee by a vote of 20-2. Following the vote, Senators Shaheen and Cruz issued the following statements urging the Senate t  more

Shaheen and Bridenstine Announce UNH Selected for $107.9 Million Federal Contract Under Competitive NASA Program
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: * * * - UNH will lead important development of satellite imagery technology to aid coastal science including hazard identification and mitigation - Shaheen led efforts to fund this NASA program * * * U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Administrator Jim Bridenstine, announced that NASA   more

Shaheen Reintroduces Bill to Identify and Overcome Barriers to Use of Clean Energy Technologies
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) reintroduced the Clean Energy Grid Act. This bill would strengthen our nation's energy security, reduce pollution, increase electric reliability and spur job creation by improving the deployment of efficient and cost-effective energy resources, such as solar and wind power and energy storage. Often the cheapest and most reliable energy source, clean energy re  more

Shaheen Reintroduces Bill to Protect Small Businesses From Burdensome Internet Sales Tax Collection Requirement
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: * * * - Legislation Bans Retroactive Taxation, Creates an Exemption for Small Businesses & Establishes Timeline for Businesses to Adjust to New Regulations * * * U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, reintroduced the Online Sales Simplicity and Small Business Relief Act with Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), the lead Democrat of the   more

Shaheen, Bipartisan Senators Introduce Bill to Help Retired Government Laboratory Animals Find Loving Homes
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Susan Collins (R-ME), Gary Peters (D-MI) and Martha McSally (R-AZ) introduced the Animal Freedom from Testing, Experimentation and Research (AFTER) Act. The bipartisan bill would direct all federal agencies to develop and maintain a policy allowing for the adoption or retirement of dogs, cats, primates, rabbits, and other regulated animals no longer needed   more

Shaheen, Hassan Call for FIFA to Provide Pay Equity for Female Soccer Athletes
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: This week, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) in introducing a Senate Resolution calling on the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to immediately eliminate gender-based pay discrimination between male and female athletes. In July, the U.S. Women's National Team notched its second consecutive World Cup win and fourth   more

Shaheen, Hassan Call for FIFA to Provide Pay Equity for Female Soccer Athletes
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: This week, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) in introducing a Senate Resolution calling on the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to immediately eliminate gender-based pay discrimination between male and female athletes. In July, the U.S. Women's National Team notched its second consecutive World Cup win and fourth o  more

Shaheen, Hassan Join Colleagues in Renewed Call for FCC to Protect Community Television Channels
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and 12 of their colleagues in urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to protect public, educational and governmental (PEG) stations as it proposes changes to the rules governing agreements between Local Franchising Authorities and cable operators. Currently, towns and cities across the country a  more

Shaheen, Hassan Join Colleagues in Renewed Call for FCC to Protect Community Television Channels
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) joined Senator Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and 12 of their colleagues in urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to protect public, educational and governmental (PEG) stations as it proposes changes to the rules governing agreements between Local Franchising Authorities and cable operators. Currently, towns and cities across the country ar  more

Shaheen, Udall & All Senate Democrats Introduce Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: * * * - Democracy for All Amendment, introduced by entire Senate Democratic Caucus, would help get big money out of politics and put power back in the hands of the American people * * * Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Tom Udall (D-NM), along with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), led the entire Senate Democratic Caucus in introducing the Democracy for All Amendment, a c  more

Shaheen, Warner, Senate Democrats Unveil Resolution To Save Pre-Existing Condition Protections
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, issued the following news release: * * * - Senate Democrats Unveil Resolution To Undo Trump Administration 1332 Waiver Rule, Which Would Erode Pre-Existing Condition Protections For Millions Of Americans And Allow Premium Tax Credits to be Used for Junk Plans that Do Not Provide Comprehensive Coverage - Under The Congressional Review Act, Senate Democrats Can Force A Majority-Threshold Vote On This New Resolution Within 60 Legislativ  more