Senate Committee Advances Bipartisan Hassan Bills to Strengthen Counterterrorism Efforts, Cut Wasteful Spending

WASHINGTON – The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) today advanced key bipartisan bills introduced and cosponsored by U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH). Senator Hassan serves as the Chair of the HSGAC Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight.

REPORT Act to Strengthen Counterterrorism Efforts

The Committee advanced the bipartisan REPORT Act that Senator Hassan introduced to help strengthen counterterrorism efforts. “The first responsibility of government is to keep Americans safe, secure, and free, and the REPORT Act is one step in making sure that federal agencies are doing everything that they can to do this,” said Senator Hassan. “Every time that a foreign or domestic terrorist attack occurs, government agencies must coordinate on what happened and what can be done in the future to address any vulnerabilities that contributed to the attack.”

Read more about the REPORT Act here.

Protecting Firefighters from Adverse Substances (PFAS) Act

The Committee also passed the bipartisan Protecting Firefighters from Adverse Substances (PFAS) Act that Senator Hassan cosponsored to help address fire fighters’ exposure to dangerous PFAS chemicals.

“Fire fighters in New Hampshire and across the country work hard every day to keep our communities safe, and we must do more to protect them from toxic chemicals while on the job,” Senator Hassan said. “I am glad to be a part of bipartisan efforts to better support the health and wellbeing of our brave fire fighters, and I will continue working with my colleagues to address hazardous PFAS chemicals.”

Read more about the PFAS Act here.

Government Efficiency Legislation

The Committee also passed three bills to help strengthen government efficiency:

  • The bipartisan Duplication Scoring Act that Senator Hassan joined in introducing to prevent duplicative government spending before it happens
  • The bipartisan Federal Agency Customer Experience Act that Senator Hassan introduced to better assess and improve the customer service experience for Americans dealing with federal agencies
  • The bipartisan Billion Dollar Boondoggle Act that Senator Hassan cosponsored to identify federal projects that are more than five years behind schedule or more than $1 billion above budget

“These commonsense bills can help to identify and reduce wasteful government spending and improve the federal government’s customer service,” said Senator Hassan. “Granite Staters expect us to put their hard-earned taxpayer dollars to good use, and I will keep working across the aisle on bipartisan efforts like these to strengthen government efficiency.”