Maggie Hassan's Priorities

Getting Results for New Hampshire

Senator Hassan has a long record of getting results on the priorities that matter to Granite Staters. 

Working with a Republican, Senator Hassan took on the entire health care industry to help ban the absurd practice of surprise medical billing. She successfully negotiated the bipartisan infrastructure law — repairing roads and bridges, expanding high speed internet access, and investing in clean energy. 

Now, she is fighting to lower costs for Granite Staters by taking on corporate special interests.  Senator Hassan is standing up to Big Pharma to lower prescription drug prices, going after Big Oil’s billions in tax breaks, and pushing to suspend the gas tax for the rest of the year. Senator Hassan will keep bringing the fight to corporate special interests like the health care industry, Big Pharma, and Big Oil in order to deliver for New Hampshire.

An Independent Leader for New Hampshire

Senator Hassan is an independent leader who gets results for New Hampshire. She was a key negotiator of the bipartisan infrastructure law — delivering investments to repair New Hampshire’s roads and 215 Red-listed bridges, expanding high-speed internet to every community, and securing more funding per capita for New Hampshire than states such as Massachusetts, California, and New York. She has stood up to the Chinese government, passing into law vital legislation targeting the importation of illicit fentanyl from China and pushing to make sure that American manufacturing can outcompete China — and the world. She has worked to hold the FDA accountable for its failure to address the substance misuse crisis that has devastated far too many New Hampshire families. And she stands up for New Hampshire’s veterans and military families, working across the aisle to increase benefits, expand access to care, and lower taxes for Gold Star families.


Laser Focused on Lowering Costs

Senator Hassan is working to lower costs for Granite Staters, move our supply chains back to the United States, and invest in American manufacturing. She is standing up to Big Pharma to lower prescription drug prices and pushing to allow Medicare to negotiate the cost of prescription drugs and to get more generics onto the market. She is going after Big Oil and working to lower energy costs for Granite State families. She is determined to end tax giveaways for Big Oil and to suspend the federal gas tax until 2023 to give drivers a break at the pump. And she successfully pushed the Biden administration multiple times to release oil from the strategic petroleum reserve to help address high gas prices. She has also heard directly from New Hampshire manufacturers about the supply chain challenges that are contributing to higher prices, which is why she is working on bipartisan legislation that will ensure that we make things in America again. Senator Hassan is also leading efforts to lower child care costs to ensure that every family has the opportunity to thrive.

Getting Results For Granite State Veterans

As a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Senator Hassan passed into law critical legislation to cut taxes and improve benefits for service members and veterans, improve the VA, and expand veterans’ access to mental health care. Senator Hassan consistently supported pay raises for US troops every year in the Senate and fought for passage of the “Forever GI Bill” to expand educational opportunities for veterans. She also successfully pushed the Biden administration to ensure that more service members can use the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

Senator Hassan is also fighting for veterans who were exposed to toxic burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan, working to ensure that they receive the care and benefits they deserve and helped lead successful bipartisan efforts to secure benefits for Vietnam War veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange. Additionally, she led the successful bipartisan push to return the POW/MIA Flag to the top of the White House – a priority that Granite State veterans raised with her. She continues to work with both parties on legislation to help veterans transition into the civilian workforce and to support rapid search-and-rescue efforts to help locate at-risk veterans when they go missing or are experiencing a mental health crisis.

Modernizing America’s Infrastructure

Senator Hassan played a critical role in negotiating the bipartisan infrastructure law — securing more funding per capita for New Hampshire than states such as Massachusetts, New York, and California. Even when skeptics said passing an infrastructure law would be impossible, she worked across party lines and got it done. The law will repair roads and bridges, ensure that Granite Staters have safe drinking water, expand high-speed internet, build clean energy infrastructure, help protect our coastal communities from climate change, and strengthen cybersecurity. Senator Hassan directly negotiated a number of provisions — including strengthening funding opportunities for passenger rail projects that could connect Nashua, Manchester, Concord and other communities to Boston.

Supporting New Hampshire Small Businesses and Fostering Innovation

Senator Hassan has a long record of fighting for New Hampshire small businesses. As Governor, she signed legislation doubling New Hampshire’s research and development tax credit and extending it permanently — helping New Hampshire small businesses grow and encouraging entrepreneurship. Now, Senator Hassan is working across party lines to double the federal research and development tax credit and extend it to more startups and small businesses. She helped pass COVID-19 relief to assist small businesses in rehiring and reopening and expanded it to support new businesses. Senator Hassan is standing up for American manufacturing by working across party lines to pass legislation that would secure our supply chains and build an economy that can outcompete countries like China.

Bringing Down the Cost of Prescription Drugs and Lowering Health Care Costs for Granite Staters

Senator Hassan has a long record of working to lower health care costs and protect coverage for Granite Staters. She was a deciding vote to save the Affordable Care Act, preserving protections for pre-existing conditions and securing affordable, quality health care for thousands of Granite Staters. In the Senate, she is taking on Big Pharma to bring down costs for Granite Staters by working across the aisle to pass into law legislation to increase access to cheaper generic versions of expensive drugs used to treat conditions like cancer, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis. She is pushing to allow Medicare to directly negotiate drug prices and passed bipartisan legislation to stop Big Pharma from exploiting loopholes to deny patients access to affordable generic prescriptions. She also led the push to stop insurance companies from using “Gag Clauses” that kept pharmacists from informing patients about cheaper payment options. And she stood up to health care companies and worked with a Republican senator to pass landmark legislation to ban the absurd practice of surprise billing.

Standing Up for Women’s Health and Freedom

Senator Hassan is committed to protecting a woman’s right to control her own destiny. After the New Hampshire Executive Council defunded Planned Parenthood, Senator Hassan led efforts to provide federal grants to Planned Parenthood — ensuring that many Granite Staters could continue to access affordable and quality reproductive care. She is a sponsor of the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would protect a woman’s freedom to decide how and when she wants to start a family, without fear that this constitutional right would be undermined in the courts or by state lawmakers. Senator Hassan also worked to lift the domestic Gag Rule put in place by the Trump administration, which prevented women from accessing important health services at family planning centers. And she helped pass bipartisan legislation to reduce maternal deaths in rural communities.

Standing Up to Big Oil, Combating Climate Change, and Building a Clean Energy Economy

Senator Hassan is going after Big Oil and working to build a clean energy economy. She is taking on Big Oil by pushing to end the billions of dollars in tax breaks for oil companies. She helped negotiate key provisions of the bipartisan infrastructure law that invest in clean energy and support domestic battery energy storage development and deployment — technology that is critical to expand clean energy. She introduced the NET METER Act — which was signed into law — to help states expand their net metering programs and lower costs for consumers. She supported the Clean Energy for America Act to invest in America’s clean energy infrastructure and create thousands of clean energy jobs. Senator Hassan also worked across party lines to pass into law legislation to conserve New Hampshire’s lands for future generations and is leading the fight to ban drilling off the New England coast.

Keeping Our Country Safe, Secure, And Free

Senator Hassan chairs the Homeland Security Emerging Threats Subcommittee, where she is working with Republicans and Democrats to strengthen our national security and keep Americans safe. She has stood up to China by passing into law vital legislation that targets the importation of illicit fentanyl from China, protects the U.S. military from buying compromised equipment from the Chinese government, and invests in cutting-edge quantum research to ensure that American military technology stays ahead of China. She worked across the aisle to secure funding to help houses of worship in New Hampshire and across the country protect themselves from terrorism and strengthen counterterrorism coordination at the Department of Homeland Security. She led a successful push to provide a Cybersecurity Coordinator in New Hampshire and every state and worked with a Republican to ensure that the National Guard could help protect schools, local communities, and businesses from cyberthreats. In the bipartisan infrastructure law, Senator Hassan secured a $1 billion cybersecurity grant program for states and local governments.

As part of her commitment to keeping Granite Staters safe, Senator Hassan is focused on ensuring secure, orderly, and humane borders. Senator Hassan helped pass the INTERDICT Act and the STOP Act to crack down on illicit fentanyl and drug trafficking over the border. She has taken multiple trips to the Southern border and heard from border agents and other law enforcement about the tools and resources that they need – which is why she worked across party lines to secure billions of dollars for law enforcement to support increased border security personnel, technology, and physical barriers where needed. She was proud to help secure $3 billion for more border patrol agent stations as part of the bipartisan infrastructure law which she helped negotiate. Senator Hassan will continue to push for additional action to secure the border, support law enforcement, and break the power of drug cartels.

Combating the Substance Misuse Crisis

Senator Hassan is committed to tackling the mental health and substance misuse crisis that has hit New Hampshire hard — and she has gone directly after drug companies for their role in the crisis. Senator Hassan proposed bipartisan legislation that was signed into law to help ensure that law enforcement has the tools it needs to better target and detect fentanyl and similar synthetic drugs. Senator Hassan has repeatedly secured significant increases in funding for New Hampshire to help combat and treat substance use disorder. Senator Hassan has long championed the need to ensure access to medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorder, and as a result of her efforts, the Biden administration last year lessened restrictions to this treatment.

Standing with Law Enforcement and Supporting Public Safety

For years, Senator Hassan has been proud to stand with law enforcement in New Hampshire and across the country. As Governor, she secured increased funding for law enforcement in each of her budgets and signed into law tougher penalties for trafficking fentanyl. As Senator, she has strongly opposed efforts to defund police departments and voted to hire 100,000 new police officers nationwide. She also led efforts to deliver more funds to police to help combat the opioid crisis. Senator Hassan led bipartisan efforts to expand suicide prevention and mental health services for law enforcement officers and worked across party lines to declare a National Police Week. During the pandemic, Senator Hassan led a successful bipartisan push to provide compensation to the families of officers who died from COVID. Senator Hassan is committed to always supporting law enforcement — even when it means taking on members of both parties — in order to help keep New Hampshire communities and our country safe.

Making College More Affordable and Standing Up for Public Education

Senator Hassan serves on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, where she has worked to make education more affordable and accessible. She has successfully increased Pell Grants and proposed legislation that would reduce the burdens of student debt. During the pandemic, she worked across party lines to secure aid to help keep New Hampshire schools open — and led efforts to ensure that schools across the country would reopen and stay open. She has also taken on predatory lending that targets students and joined with Republicans to successfully stop the previous administration’s cuts to rural and low-income schools. She is pushing for bipartisan legislation that helps more students earn college credits while still in high school and has pushed to lower costs for early education by strengthening Head Start. She has stood up against efforts to undermine public education — including taking on Betsy DeVos for pushing policies that would have harmed public schools. And she has worked with a Republican to increase mental health resources for young Granite Staters and help prevent youth suicide. Senator Hassan will continue to work to ensure that every child has access to quality K-12 public education and has the support that they need to live to their fullest potential.

Lowering Taxes for Granite Staters and Cutting Government Waste

Senator Hassan works to eliminate wasteful spending and save taxpayers’ hard-earned money. As Governor, she signed legislation doubling New Hampshire’s research and development tax credit and extending it permanently — helping New Hampshire small businesses grow and encouraging entrepreneurship. When the pandemic hit, Senator Hassan worked across the aisle to lower taxes for New Hampshire small businesses by extending the Employee Retention Tax Credit — and expanding it to support startups. She successfully passed bipartisan legislation to cut taxes for small businesses and for new businesses that opened during the pandemic. She voted to expand the Child Tax Credit, cutting taxes for New Hampshire parents. Senator Hassan successfully worked to repeal taxes on the spouses of fallen service members, including the “Widow’s Tax” and the “Kiddie Tax,” saving those military families tens of thousands of dollars per year. She also pushed for legislation to protect Granite Staters who telework from paying unconstitutional out of state taxes. She is standing up for New Hampshire innovators and entrepreneurs by working across the aisle to double the federal research and development tax credit, which will help their businesses grow and create good-paying jobs for Granite Staters.

Senator Hassan is committed to protecting taxpayer dollars and is pushing to make the federal government more fiscally responsible. She championed legislation to require government agencies to adopt cost-saving recommendations to save billions of dollars in taxpayer money and closed a Medicaid loophole that cost taxpayers billions of dollars. In 2019, she successfully passed government accounting reform into law — helping target more than $87 billion in savings across the federal government. She led a successful push to stop government payments from going to the accounts of the deceased, and she continues to work across the aisle to find more ways to save taxpayers money, including by pushing for capping post-presidential allowances.

Supporting Individuals who Experience Disabilities

Senator Hassan is dedicated to ensuring that individuals who experience disabilities are included in our communities and counted in our country’s success. Senator Hassan first entered public service in order to ensure that people like her son, Ben — who experiences severe cerebral palsy — would have the same opportunities all parents want for their children. As Governor, she signed legislation banning paying workers with disabilities subminimum wages — becoming the first governor in the country to do so. In the Senate, she introduced bipartisan legislation to support students experiencing disabilities as they transition to college and secured more funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in the American Rescue Plan. She is pushing for legislation to strengthen protections for students experiencing disabilities from sexual assault on college campuses. Senator Hassan is also fighting to expand in-home care and support services for seniors and individuals who experience disabilities and to make transportation, housing, and voting more accessible. She is leading efforts to enact tax incentives that would encourage employers to hire more individuals who experience disabilities in order to help build a stronger and more inclusive economy.

Protecting LGBTQ Rights

Senator Hassan believes every American — regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation — deserves to be a full and equal citizen in our democracy. Senator Hassan has a long record of standing up for the fundamental rights of LGBTQ Americans. As a state senator, she led efforts that helped New Hampshire become one of the first states to pass marriage equality. As Governor, she signed an executive order banning discrimination against transgender state employees. In the Senate, she stood up against the Trump Administration’s efforts to ban transgender service members from the military. Senator Hassan is pushing for the Equality Act in order to make anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans the law of the land. She is also pushing for legislation that would ban conversion therapy nationwide and introduced a bill to protect LGBTQ students from bullying on college campuses.

Supporting Our Seniors

Senator Hassan has worked to support our seniors so that they can retire with the dignity that they have earned. She is strongly opposed to efforts to privatize or cut Medicare and Social Security — and has a long record of fighting to strengthen both programs so that every senior can have the quality of life they deserve. Senator Hassan spearheaded successful bipartisan efforts to reauthorize the Older Americans Act to fund critical support services for seniors, like Meals on Wheels. She was one of the deciding votes to save the Affordable Care Act — protecting older Americans from paying an “age tax” that could have dramatically increased their premiums. Senator Hassan was a part of the successful effort to pass bipartisan legislation to allow for hearing aids to be purchased over the counter. Senator Hassan has repeatedly led efforts to crack down on scammers who target seniors, and helped lead bipartisan efforts to help detect and treat Alzheimer’s and dementia. During the pandemic, Senator Hassan worked to ensure that seniors struggling to stay afloat automatically received their stimulus checks. Senator Hassan was proud to be recognized by AARP for her leadership on behalf of America’s seniors, and will continue to lead on efforts to support seniors, including efforts to provide quality, affordable in-home care for the millions of Americans who want to age at home.

Strengthening New Hampshire’s Workforce

Senator Hassan has been a leader in strengthening New Hampshire’s workforce and ensuring that Granite State workers and small businesses have the tools they need to succeed and thrive. She introduced the bipartisan Gateway to Careers Act, which would expand job training programs and remove barriers to entering the workforce by connecting workers with support for housing, transportation, and child care. When the pandemic hit, Senator Hassan introduced bipartisan legislation to increase the amount of tax-free educational assistance employees can receive so they have the skills and education needed in a rapidly changing economy. She also successfully pushed for critical investments to help New Hampshire health providers and small businesses address staffing shortages through partnering with local colleges and bolstering job training programs. Now, Senator Hassan is working across party lines to pass legislation that would invest in technology and manufacturing jobs so we can build an innovative economy that can outcompete China. Senator Hassan is also working to ensure that workers will be able to retire with dignity by working across party lines to pass legislation to help workers save for retirement and modernize retirement savings systems.

Standing up for the North Country

Too often, communities in the North Country and other rural areas do not receive the support and resources that they need and deserve. As Governor and now as Senator, Senator Hassan is proud to be a tireless champion for the North Country and to have delivered for the region in the Senate.

Senator Hassan helped save the Northern Border Regional Commission — and voted to triple its funding — providing millions in investments to strengthen the North Country economy. When Senator Hassan helped negotiate the bipartisan infrastructure law, she stood up for rural Granite Staters every step of the way, securing funds to repair rural roads and bridges and provide high-speed internet access to every corner of the state. Senator Hassan also worked across party lines to protect funding for rural New Hampshire schools, and has successfully passed bipartisan legislation to increase the number of maternity health centers in rural areas.

Protecting Our Democracy

Inspired by her father’s service at the Battle of the Bulge, Senator Hassan believes that every generation has a responsibility to protect our democracy. In the Senate, she is going after corporate special interests by pushing for legislation that will get dark money out of our politics, stop billionaires from buying our elections, and ensure free, fair and impartially-administered elections. Senator Hassan has stood up to partisan politicians trying to overturn election results by pushing for legislation like the Freedom To Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which will protect every eligible voters’ right to participate in our democracy. Senator Hassan has been a leader in fixing our broken campaign finance system to get money from corporate special interests out of our elections. She is pushing for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, supported legislation to end partisan gerrymandering, and pushed to ensure greater transparency for groups that engage in political spending but try to hide their donors.

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