WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator-elect Maggie Hassan today announced two initial Senate committee assignments for the 115th Congress, with additional committee assignments expected in the coming weeks. She will serve on the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP).
These committee appointments are subject to ratification by the Democratic Caucus and the full Senate.
“I’m honored to be appointed to these important Senate committees that will allow me to continue to focus on critical New Hampshire priorities,” said Governor and Senator-elect Maggie Hassan. “I look forward to hitting the ground running in January and bringing my bipartisan approach and commitment to problem solving to the U.S. Senate to expand economic opportunity, support innovative small businesses, and keep New Hampshire and America safe, secure, and strong.”
Senator-elect Hassan’s initial committee assignments will enable her to continue her efforts to combat the heroin, fentanyl and opioid crisis; ensure access to quality and affordable health care; make higher education and job training more affordable and accessible; and keep our communities safe.
The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs is the principal oversight committee of the United States Senate, overseeing homeland security policies and reviewing government efficiency and effectiveness more broadly. As Governor, Senator-elect Hassan worked with state homeland security and emergency management officials, local police departments, fire fighters and public safety officials, and federal partners to keep Granite Staters safe. In addition to overseeing the Department of Homeland Security and other critical homeland security priorities to keep America safe and secure – including cybersecurity efforts – Senator-elect Hassan’s appointment to the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will also allow her to continue efforts to improve government efficiency and protect taxpayer dollars.
The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) has broad jurisdiction over America’s health care, education, employment and retirement policies. Senator-elect Hassan’s appointment to the HELP Committee will allow her to build on her work as Governor to combat the heroin, fentanyl and opioid crisis, to ensure that every Granite Stater has access to quality, affordable health care and to hold down the cost of college tuition and reduce the burden of student loan debt. She will fight to protect New Hampshire’s bipartisan Medicaid expansion program and preserve benefits for seniors, including standing up to those trying to turn Medicare into a voucher system, which would undermine retirement security and is expected to be debated in the upcoming Congress.