Congressional Roundup: Hassan calls Supreme Court “short-sighted” on Mass tax case

Here is a recap of the latest news from the New Hampshire Congressional Delegation.

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Upon hearing news that the Supreme Court refused to hear New Hampshire’s lawsuit against Massachusetts for unjustified taxation of Granite Staters under the original jurisdiction, Senator Hassan made the following statement:

“People working full-time in New Hampshire shouldn’t have to pay any other state income tax. It is disappointing and shortsighted not to hear even a case involving so many paperbacks from the Granite Stater and Americans. What happens to New Hampshire residents extends beyond New England and has far-reaching implications for citizens across the country forced to pay taxes for a state they don’t even work or live in. I will continue to drive legislation that will impose strict and clear restrictions on any state that tries to interfere with the economic freedoms of Granite Staters. “

Last month, Hassan co-sponsored the latest version of the Multistate Worker Tax Fairness Act to establish a simple, uniform federal standard based on the physical presence of a worker. The bill prohibits a state from levying income tax on the compensation a non-resident earns when that person is not physically in the state, and ensures that individuals with foreign employers who telework or whose job they occasionally work in a Do not have to pay income tax outside of that state in any other state.

In February, Hassan called for the COVID-19 bailout package to include a bipartisan measure that would limit states’ power to tax the income of employees who work remotely in other states.

Shaheen and Murkowski reintroduce bipartisan, bicameral law to improve girls’ access to education around the world

US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the only woman and a senior member of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, recently reintroduced legislation with US Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) to remove the unique barriers that young girls in developing countries face in accessing a full education. MPs Lois Frankel (FL-21) and Mike Waltz (FL-06) introduced an accompanying law in the House of Representatives.

Today around 130 million girls around the world are out of school. The Keeping Girls in School Act would direct the U.S. government to use its resources and partnerships with private institutions, NGOs, and federal agencies to find solutions that remove the barriers facing adolescent girls. The bill would also require the development of a global US strategy for empowering young girls to ensure that the United States continues to be committed to adolescent girls as a critical population group for the growth of any nation, especially in developing countries.

“Giving girls access to quality education puts their societies on the fast lane for success and economic development. Because of this, bridging the global gender education gap must be a critical US policy priority, ”said Senator Shaheen. “I am proud to reintroduce bipartisan legislation that requires a global strategy to remove educational barriers while exposing the root causes of these inequalities. I am pleased to be working with Senator Murkowski on this important piece of legislation to make it clear that the US has a moral obligation to act now to protect and educate girls around the world. “

You can find the legal text here.

Senators Hassan and Cornyn are introducing bipartisan law to strengthen the federal cyber workforce

US Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Chair of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight, and John Cornyn (R-TX) have tabled bipartisan bill to create two new cyber training programs within the federal government to address the Strengthen American cyber defenses and strengthen the federal government’s cyber workforce. One of these programs will be hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs to specifically recruit veterans into cybersecurity training programs.

“Our national cybersecurity infrastructure is woefully lacking, as demonstrated by the SolarWinds breach,” said Hassan. “In order to strengthen our cyber defense and protect our critical infrastructure, we have to increase the number of cyber security experts in the federal government. This bipartisan bill will also help address the workforce challenges in the veteran community by establishing a cyber training program at the VA to help veterans find well-paying, stable jobs, and I urge my colleagues to to join me in supporting this legislation. “

The federal act on the expansion of cybersecurity personnel establishes two new programs:

  1. A cybersecurity registered training program with the Agency for Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security (CISA)
  2. A pilot program within the Veterans Affairs Department to train veterans in cybersecurity

To view the invoice text, click here.