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US House NH District 2

Position on Issues

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, 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, 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, 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."

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, 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, 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)."

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."

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, 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, 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, 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 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, 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."

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, 2017

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

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Voting Record, 2019

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

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, 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, 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, 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, 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.'"

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