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    Hassan Emerges as Fierce Critic of Trump's Education, Health Nominees
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    WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 17: Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee member Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) questions Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to be the next Secretary of Education, during her confirmation hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill January 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. DeVos is known for her advocacy of school choice and education voucher programs and is a long-time leader of the Republican Party in Michigan. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    In her first weeks in Washington, Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire is emerging as a fierce critic of Republican President-elect Donald Trump's nominees to lead the federal education and health departments.

    Hassan is using her experiences as a mother of a son with cerebral palsy and as a former governor to inform her questioning of Betsy DeVos, the Education Department nominee, and Georgia Rep. Tom Price, the nominee to lead the federal Health Department.

    Hassan is questioning DeVos' familiarity with the federal law ensuring students with disabilities have access to equal education. She says some private schools that take vouchers skirt those requirements. And she's pressing Price on whether a replacement for the Affordable Care Act would continue to require insurance coverage of substance abuse treatment.

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