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Voting Record, 2019

Rep. Kuster co-sponsored the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019.

Candidate's Website, 2018

"'I support real tax reform that starts with middle class families and small businesses,' said Congresswoman Kuster. 'Unfortunately, the plan forced through Congress by Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell is a missed opportunity that overwhelmingly benefits corporate special interests at the expense of the majority of Americans. The fact that provisions for the middle class expire while those for corporate special interests are permanent makes clear Congressional Republicans' priorities.'"

Candidate's Website, 2020

"Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s Medicaid block grant guidance that threatens coverage and access to care for vulnerable Americans:

"'The Trump Administration’s sabotage of health care for millions of Americans continues with this attack on some of our most vulnerable individuals. The Administration’s new block grant guidance is a reckless attempt to cut Medicaid and it will be devastating to Granite Staters in the midst of an opioid epidemic.'"

Candidate's Website, 2016

"I am a cosponsor of legislation (H.R. 1869) to adopt a two-year budget cycle for the federal government. Following the example set by New Hampshire and other states, this bill would free up more time for congress to conduct oversight and ensure tax dollars are spent wisely or not at all."

Candidate's Facebook Page, 2017

"I'm deeply disappointed by President Trump's decision to end DACA, which allows people brought to the United States as children the opportunity to work legally and live without fear of deportation. The young people protected by DACA are contributing to our nation in countless ways: they are serving in our military, paying taxes, and helping to create jobs and grow our economy. Diversity strengthens our fabric as a nation and this ill-advised decision is nothing more than political pandering that will hurt real people and families. Congress must act as soon as possible to reform our broken immigration system and extend protections to Dreamers across the country, including the hundreds in New Hampshire."

Candidate's Website, 2015

"Where investments are needed, we can strip away decades of corporate subsidies, tax breaks, and sweetheart deals. Where taxes come into play, I believe our economy will grow again if we invest in our future by letting the tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans expire and use those funds to cut payroll taxes for every working American and every business that employs a worker."

Candidate's Website, 2017

"The Affordable Care Act gave Granite Staters access to healthcare, and it guaranteed that essential benefits would be covered in their plans. The importance of having access to mental health services and substance use treatment cannot be overstated. Sadly, the Republican healthcare bills would strip the requirement that these services be included in coverage. We know there are improvements that can be made to our current system, but we can't do this at the expense of those who need this care the most."

Candidate's Website, 2019

"Requiring a simple background check for all gun sales has widespread support and is an important part of keeping deadly weapons out of the hands of dangerous criminals. Right now, a MS13 gang member or an individual with a history of violent domestic abuse can go online or to a gun-show and easily buy a gun without a background check. That just doesn't make sense. The bipartisan legislation we passed in the House today would expand background checks while respecting the Second Amendment rights of lawful, responsible gun owners. I urge the Senate to keep our communities safe and act on this legislation on behalf of the American people."

Candidate's Website, 2018

"'As an adoption attorney for 25 years, I understand that the decision to end a pregnancy is deeply personal and difficult and should be made in consultation with one's family and doctor, not the government,' said Congresswoman Kuster. 'The fact of the matter is that abortions occurring after 20 weeks are exceedingly rare and this legislation would endanger women who are seeking such services for serious medical reasons. This bill is nothing more than an attempt to rollback women's access to comprehensive reproductive services.'"

Candidate's Website, 2017

"This evening, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), who served as an adoption attorney for 25 years, voted against legislation that would have limited women’s access to safe and legal abortion.

"As an adoption attorney for 25 years, I understand that the decision to end a pregnancy is deeply personal and difficult and should be made in consultation with one's family and doctor, not the government,' said Congresswoman Kuster. 'The fact of the matter is that abortions occurring after 20 weeks are exceedingly rare and this legislation would endanger women who are seeking such services for serious medical reasons. This bill is nothing more than an attempt to rollback women's access to comprehensive reproductive services.'"

Candidate's Website, 2015

"The federal funding that Planned Parenthood receives does not pay for abortions, and I am astonished that my Republican colleagues have decided to halt funding, which in reality supports a myriad of crucial services that women across the country rely on from Planned Parenthood, from cancer screenings and flu vaccinations to birth control prescriptions and general health care services."

Other, 2014

I tend to lean toward this being a state issue."

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Candidate's Twitter Feed, 2019

"This is the longest period in U.S. history w/out an increase to the minimum wage.

"Today I voted YES for the #RaiseTheWageAct to give families across America a raise and:

"Lift 1.3M Americans out of poverty

"Increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2025

"Give up 33M people a raise"

Candidate's Website, 2020

"Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 in the case of June Medical Services v. Russo to overturn an unconstitutional Louisiana law restricting access to reproductive health care:

"'Today’s Supreme Court ruling is an important victory for women and their doctors. The fact is that Louisiana's admitting privileges law, and similar efforts in other states, have nothing to do with protecting patients' health. Instead, they are solely designed to gut access to abortion and reproductive health care even as Roe v. Wade has been the law of the land for nearly a half-century. I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to once again affirm a woman's constitutional right to make her own personal and private reproductive health care decisions. However, despite today’s ruling, this right is still far from secure and remains under attack from the Trump Administration, Congressional Republicans, and some state governments. It is more important than ever for Congress to enact legislation ensuring women have equal access to care and retain their right to make their own health care choices.'"

Candidate's Website, 2018

"At a time when America needs to move towards a clean energy economy that is less dependent on fossil fuels, your department's proposal to rapidly expand oil and gas exploration is a move in the wrong direction and fails to consider the rising ocean levels and marine life migrations that have been attributed to climate change."

Candidate's Website, 2018

"Kuster's support for the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act is part of her larger effort to encourage smart energy practices that save money for consumers and help businesses create jobs for the middle class. She is a member of the High Performance Buildings Caucus and a cosponsor of H.R. 1616, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, companion legislation to an innovative, bipartisan energy efficiency initiative developed by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (NH) and Rob Portman (OH)."

Candidate's Website, 2018

"At a time when America needs to move towards a clean energy economy that is less dependent on fossil fuels, your department's proposal to rapidly expand oil and gas exploration is a move in the wrong direction and fails to consider the rising ocean levels and marine life migrations that have been attributed to climate change."

Candidate's Website, 2019

"I am a cosponsor of the Prioritizing Energy-Efficient Renewables Act of 2015 (H.R. 3733). Sponsored by Rep. Jan Schakowsky, this bill would make permanent the production tax credit (PTC) for wind, solar, hydro, geothermal and marine renewable energy production, while repealing the tax deductions for oil and gas development. I also helped introduce the New Energy of America Act (H.R. 2412), which would extend through 2021 two important tax credits for residential and commercial solar energy development: the section 25D tax credit for residential energy efficiency and the section 48 commercial investment tax credit (ITC). Additionally, I signed a letter led by Rep. Tsongas (D-MA) and Rep. David Price (D-NC) to the Secretary of the Interior in opposition to opening portions of the Atlantic coast for offshore oil and gas drilling."

Candidate's Website, 2017

"'I support real tax reform that starts with middle class families and small businesses,' said Congresswoman Kuster. 'Unfortunately, the plan forced through Congress by Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell is a missed opportunity that overwhelmingly benefits corporate special interests at the expense of the majority of Americans. The fact that provisions for the middle class expire while those for corporate special interests are permanent makes clear Congressional Republicans' priorities.'"

Candidate's Website, 2018

"'This aggressive approach is not working,' Kuster said. 'It’s not like these countries are going to just sit back and take the tariffs. They’re going to have retaliatory tariffs back on us. And then, when you go to try to sell the finished product abroad, it will jack the price up and you won’t have any sales.'"

Candidate's Website, 2015

"We must continue working with our allies to defeat ISIS without endangering American lives in another civil war, and I will continue listening closely to the advice of military advisors and intelligence officials. Additionally, I continue to support expanded targeted airstrikes against ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria, so that, along with our allies, we may disrupt ISIS' ability to coordinate global terror attacks."

Candidate's Facebook Page, 2019

"The facts are clear and uncontested. President Trump has abused the power of the presidency for his own personal gain at the expense of our national security and the integrity of our 2020 election.

"President Trump continues to solicit foreign interference in our upcoming eleciton, which is a direct threat to our democracy and the sanctity of every American's vote.

"I believe that the president has violated his oath of office and his actions represent a clear and present danger that he will continue to abuse his power for his own political gain.

"If there is information that clears President Trump of wrongdoing, he should provide it to Congress and to the American people. Instead, he continues to block witnesses from testifying and to stonewall the investigation in order to cover up his misconduct.

"Unfortunately, President Trump has left us no choice. As members of Congress, we took an oath to protect our Constitution, and we must ensure that no one is above the law, not even the President of the United States."

Candidate's Website, 2018

"I know the future of New Hampshire's economy depends on continued investments in cutting-edge research. That is why I am fighting to expand and make permanent the research and development tax credit, an essential tool that helps maintain our nation's leadership in the global innovation economy."

Candidate's Website, 2016

"Our roads, bridges, airports, electrical grid, and other components of our national infrastructure are the foundation on which our economy is built. For American businesses to expand and hire, we must repair and strengthen the shared infrastructure needed to transport goods, people, and power. That is why I am a cosponsor of the Partnership to Build America Act (H.R. 2084), bipartisan legislation to leverage private investments to fund an Infrastructure Bank for financing public works projects."

Candidate's Website, 2015

Supports expanding the Veterans Choice Card program to allow veterans in New Hampshire to get care at private health care facilities.

Candidate's Website, 2015

"Where investments are needed, we can strip away decades of corporate subsidies, tax breaks, and sweetheart deals. Where taxes come into play, I believe our economy will grow again if we invest in our future by letting the tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans expire and use those funds to cut payroll taxes for every working American and every business that employs a worker."

WMUR, 2018

"One of the strange anomalies right now is that all of the funding that we put into NIH, the Institute of Health and the CDC Centers for Disease Control, we do not allow the the interests who study the impact of marijuana for pain medication, nausea, cancer. I want to see those types of studies done before we make a decision liek federal declassification of marijuana."

Other, 2017

"Rep. Annie Kuster 'supports the goal of universal health coverage,' but is also not backing Sanders's proposals, a spokesman said Wednesday, who added that the congresswoman has instead proposed a 'buy-in' option to allow those 55 and older to purchase Medicare."

Candidate's Website, 2019

"Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, announced her support of the Medicare Buy-In and Health Care Stabilization Act. This legislation would expand access to Medicare to allow people aged 50 to 64 to buy into the program and authorize the Department of Health and Human Services to negotiate volume discounts on prescription drugs.

"'I've spoken with Granite Staters throughout my district about the need to improve access to healthcare and lower the costs of care and prescription drugs,' said Kuster. 'We know that the vast majority of people who use the Medicare program are happy with its service and I believe opening up enrollment to a larger segment of the population will offer an affordable, quality care option for people nearing retirement age in New Hampshire and across the country. I'm committed to working with my colleagues to push back against President Trump’s efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act and will continue to focus on ways to improve access to health care for all Americans.'"

Candidate's Website, 2017

President Trump's border wall ... is a boondoggle that will do nothing to address our broken immigration system."

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Candidate's Website, 2018

"'To date federal funding to combat the opioid epidemic has not reflected the scope of the crisis in the Granite State,' said Congresswoman Kuster, the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Heroin and Opioid Task Force. 'This increased funding that our delegation has fought for will enable those on the front lines of the crisis to strengthen their critical work that continues to save lives every day. But our job is not done and I will continue to advocate strongly for the funding and policy changes that will help us end this crisis.'"

Candidate's Website, 2018

"Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) this evening voted in favor of legislation to strengthen sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea.

'Today we sent a strong message to President Putin and his authoritarian regime that interference in our elections and intimidation of Russia's neighbors will not be tolerated,' said Congresswoman Kuster. 'The United States intelligence community has confirmed that Russia interfered in the 2016 Presidential election and we need to take proactive steps to safeguard our election systems. That's why I continue to support passage of the Protecting our Democracy Act, legislation that would form a commission to examine Russia's interference in our elections and provide recommendations for how to protect future elections.'

"'I'm also pleased that this legislation will target Iran for its support of terrorist groups and North Korea for its reckless nuclear program,' Kuster continued. 'We are strongest as a nation when we speak in one clear voice as we have today.'"

Candidate's Website, 2015

"The NSA is clearly in need of significant reform that will better safeguard our constitutionally-protected right to privacy. Unlike previous efforts that would have only temporarily defunded specific NSA activities, the USA FREEDOM Act would make comprehensive reforms that will bring greater transparency and accountability to intelligence programs. That's the right way to begin restoring a more responsible balance between preserving our national security and protecting our privacy."

Candidate's Website, 2019

"Kuster is an original cosponsor of the Social Security 2100 Act, which would provide an across-the-board benefit increase for current and future beneficiaries, ensure the annual cost of living adjustment reflects the needs of seniors, and prevent any senior who works their whole life from retiring into poverty. To help ensure solvency, the Social Security 2100 Act requires millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share in payroll taxes."

Candidate's Website, 2014

"Kuster said she supports raising the payroll tax cap so that wealthy Americans will pay their fair share rather than leaving the burden on middle class families."

Candidate's Website, 2013

"Together with Medicare and Medicaid, Social Security has lifted millions of Americans out of poverty. Rather than raising the retirement age, we must reinforce these essential programs through practical reforms."

Candidate's Website, 2018

"Kuster was one of the first Members of Congress to propose a comprehensive plan to fix and improve the Affordable Care Act. She knows the ACA is not perfect, which is why she is working to improve the law. And she's willing to work with members of both parties to propose common sense solutions to bring down healthcare costs. She sponsored the bill to fix the 'family glitch' and make family health coverage more affordable, and cosponsored legislation to expand tax credits so small businesses can more easily afford to provide health care for their employees. ... Annie opposes efforts to completely throw out the health care reform law, which would increase pharmaceutical costs for seniors and reinstate discrimination against women and patients with preexisting conditions, and she is committed to fixing remaining problems with the law and increasing competition."

Candidate's Website, 2013

"The Affordable Care Act is not a perfect law and I am committed to improving it, but make no mistake: we cannot go back to the days when insurance companies were free to deny coverage to those with preexisting conditions or drop people from their plans just because they get sick. I will continue to work with anybody who is serious about making this law work and ensuring that Granite Staters have access to the quality, affordable care they deserve."

Other, 2015

"Early on, she voted for several measures that would weaken the Dodd-Frank act; only recently has she taken a firm stance against efforts to ease provisions of Dodd-Frank."

Candidate's Website, 2018

"Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) this evening voted in favor of legislation to strengthen sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea.

'Today we sent a strong message to President Putin and his authoritarian regime that interference in our elections and intimidation of Russia's neighbors will not be tolerated,' said Congresswoman Kuster. 'The United States intelligence community has confirmed that Russia interfered in the 2016 Presidential election and we need to take proactive steps to safeguard our election systems. That's why I continue to support passage of the Protecting our Democracy Act, legislation that would form a commission to examine Russia's interference in our elections and provide recommendations for how to protect future elections.'

"'I'm also pleased that this legislation will target Iran for its support of terrorist groups and North Korea for its reckless nuclear program,' Kuster continued. 'We are strongest as a nation when we speak in one clear voice as we have today.'"

Candidate's Website, 2019

"I am committed to protecting our students and middle class families from the rising cost of college and student loan interest rates. To keep quality education within reach for middle class families, I cosponsored the Student Loan Repayment Assistance Act (H.R. 1713), which would incentivize employer development of student loan repayment assistance plans. In addition, I cosponsored the Creating Higher Education Affordability to Compete Economically (CHANCE) Act (H.R. 5310), legislation that would expand Pell Grant eligibility and increase the maximum Pell award, among other changes. As a proud member of the Congressional TRIO Caucus, I have also advocated for robust funding for TRIO, which serves low-income, first-generation, and disabled students. I have also supported the Perkins Loan program, which provides low-interest loans to students, and Pell Grants. In addition, I was pleased that the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which provides a tax credit toward the cost of a student's tuition in exchange for 100 hours of community service, was recently made permanent. By making this credit permanent, as I had advocated, we have taken an important step in improving college access and affordability."

WMUR, 2018

"What I think we should do is use the New England example, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, that's been so successful. My opponent doesn't think it's urgent. I think it's very urgent."

Candidate's Website, 2018

"Ensuring that Iran never obtains a nuclear weapon, and defending the national security of the United States and our allies, must be the ultimate goal of U.S. foreign policy toward the Iran. Unfortunately, I do not believe that President Trump's decision today furthers that goal and instead raises the risk of an Iranian regime with nuclear capabilities that threatens the safety and wellbeing of all Americans. The Iran nuclear deal created strict oversight that allows for inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency and has near universal support from our allies. Rather than walk away, we should continue to work with our allies to ensure Iran's compliance with the deal. Iran's threatening behavior toward Israel, support for Syria's Bashar al-Assad and backing of terrorist organizations in Lebanon and elsewhere is completely unacceptable but abandoning our commitments will only strengthen Iran's destabilizing role in the region and undermine our ability to address these serious challenges."

Candidate's Website, 2018

"Withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement will cede American leadership on this issue and end our commitment to fighting to avert the worst consequences of climate change. We're already seeing the impact of climate change in New Hampshire and failure to act will threaten our environment and our economy. I call on President Trump to reverse course on this terrible decision. Americans want action and the world agrees the time to act is now."

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