Ann Kuster's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)
Office: U.S. House (NH) - District 2, Democratic
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- "The government should not be the one to make this most personal, most private, most profound decision, in a woman's life," she added, "and that's when and whether to have children." (votesmart.org)
- "As an adoption attorney for 25 years, Annie worked with women of every age and background facing unplanned pregnancies, and is a staunch defender of a womanâs right to make her own health care decisions." (www.kusterforcongress.com)
- "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." (votesmart.org)
- "The Buffett Rule represents a balanced approach to our tax system and would insure that people earning more than $1 million per year pay their fair share to reduce the deficit." (votesmart.org)
- "When Granite Staters pay their taxes this week, they should know that all citizens are sharing the burden and that the budget will not be balanced on the backs of middle class Americans." (votesmart.org)
- "Today, the House passed a bipartisan government funding measure that includes important priorities for New Hampshire including funding for our veterans, an increase in pay for active duty members of the military, and resources to combat the opioid epidemic." (www.facebook.com)
- "Today I voted to re-open the government. I will take Republican leadership at their word that they will work with us in good faith for long-term funding for our military and essential services." (www.facebook.com)
- "People in New Hampshire and across the country feel as if the system is rigged against them and they're right," said Kuster. "Undisclosed political funding is overwhelming our democracy, drowning out the voices of hardworking Americans, and nationwide the right to vote is under attack. The American people deserve campaign finance reform and to know that their right to access the ballot will not be interfered with. That's why I'm pushing for meaningful reforms that will protect everyone's right to access the ballot and to empower average Americans to stand up to dark money in politics. The time for action is now; our democracy depends on it." (votesmart.org)
- "Our current campaign finance system is stacked against middle class families, and I will work hard in Congress to restore fairness and transparency to our elections. I strongly support taking action to reverse Citizens United, including a Constitutional Amendment, and strengthen disclosure rules through legislation such as the DISCLOSE Act." (votesmart.org)
- Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" (votesmart.org)
- "For New Hampshire to continue to succeed in the 21st century, we need to have long-term security when it comes to federal transportation funding [...]I joined with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this bill, which will ensure that we protect public safety through the revitalization of our roads and bridges, as well as provide certainty that our valued construction workers are supported by these vital projects. However, I recognize that this bill is far from perfect. I believe that the legislation could do more to expand funding for highway and infrastructure projects. In particular, the bill dramatically cuts overall funding for the TIFIA loan program, which is critically important to improving our transportation network in the Granite State." (votesmart.org)
- "Annie knows the best way to grow our economy and support job creation is to invest in education, job training programs, infrastructure, and scientific research." (www.kusterforcongress.com)
- "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." (votesmart.org)
- "There is an ever growing demand for jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, yet data show we are not doing enough to train students in these skills," Congresswoman Kuster said. "This legislation will help provide teachers and schools the tools they need to prepare the workforce of tomorrow. When I return to Washington, I will get back to work urging my colleagues in the House of Representatives to immediately pass this legislation, so we can best ensure hands-on learning for our future workforce and economy." (votesmart.org)
- "In our 21st century economy, the demand for jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics is only increasing, and we need to ensure future generations are prepared to take on these jobs," said Congresswoman Kuster. "Plymouth State University's Center for Young Children and Families knows firsthand that simple, age-appropriate activities, like building a tower or bridge of blocks or playing at a water table, can help encourage interest in STEM at a young age. I appreciate hearing from leaders in early STEM education at Plymouth State today, and I will share their ideas and feedback with my colleagues as we continue working to ensure hands-on learning for our future workforce and economy." (votesmart.org)
- "In addition, she has cosponsored legislation to expand the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs our students need to secure good, 21st century jobs." (www.kusterforcongress.com)
- "What's more, we must work together to address rising energy costs, and investing in the renewable sector is a great place to start. I was proud to hear from local leaders about how we can best position the Granite State as a leader in this burgeoning field, and I look forward to continuing to work together to expand our growing role in the development of renewables." (kuster.house.gov)
- "Investments in clean energy are investments in a healthier environment and a stronger economy." (kuster.house.gov)
- "WhatÃ¢ÂÂs more, we must work together to address rising energy costs, and investing in the renewable sector is a great place to start. I was proud to hear from local leaders about how we can best position the Granite State as a leader in this burgeoning field, and I look forward to continuing to work together to expand our growing role in the development of renewables." (kuster.house.gov)
- Signed a letter stating "As the first market-based regulatory program in the United States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we believe that RGGI and our states offer a unique perspective that will be beneficial to your efforts." (kuster.house.gov)
- "We have a fundamental responsibility to confront the challenge of climate change head on - for the health of our environment, the strength of our economy, and the future of our children. I am eager to partner with members of both parties to take responsible, common sense steps that will reduce carbon emissions [...]." (kuster.house.gov)
- Voted in favor of H.Amdt.507 "Specifies the Authority of the Secretary of Interior on the Regulation of Methane Emissions" (votesmart.org)
- "We have a fundamental responsibility to confront the challenge of climate change head on Ã¢ÂÂ for the health of our environment, the strength of our economy, and the future of our children. I am eager to partner with members of both parties to take responsible, common sense steps that will reduce carbon emissions [Ã¢ÂÂ¦]." (kuster.house.gov)
- "That is why I strongly urge my colleagues to pass legislation to ban those on the terrorist watch list from purchasing guns. What is more, we must increase background checks to prevent tragedies like the one in my home State of New Hampshire in 1997, when an incredibly disturbed man fatally shot Judge Vickie Bunnell, two State troopers, and a newspaper editor. Individuals like this should not be given access to lethal weapons. Rather, we should give access to mental health treatment." (votesmart.org)
- "Dozens of legislative proposals that address these factors have been introduced and await consideration. But despite wake-up call after wake-up call, a shameful tradition of Congressional inaction continues." (votesmart.org)
- "In my district, 90 percent of my constituents support universal background checks, including 75 percent of those who are members of the National Rifle Association. Mr. Speaker, 6.5 million guns sold each year in the United States are sold by unlicensed private sellers, including online and gun show sales, and 40-50 percent of all gun sales have no criminal background check. In fact, a recent national survey of inmates revealed that 80 percent of those who used a handgun in a crime acquired it through a private transfer." (votesmart.org)
- "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." (kuster.house.gov)
- "Despite my significant frustration with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, I remain committed to increasing access to affordable health care [Ã¢ÂÂ¦]." (kuster.house.gov)
- "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." (www.kusterforcongress.com)
- "Despite my significant frustration with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, I remain committed to increasing access to affordable health care [...]." (kuster.house.gov)
- "I opposed the appropriations bill we voted on this evening because it's fiscally irresponsible and threatens sequestration on defense funding, which could have a devastating impact on national security and our economy in New Hampshire. It also includes funding for President Trump's border wall which is a boondoggle that will do nothing to address our broken immigration system." (votesmart.org)
- "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," said Congresswoman Kuster. "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." (votesmart.org)
- "Republicans and Democrats must work together to take this common step to better secure our country and to reward those who work hard and are strengthening our economy." (votesmart.org)
- "I havenât made a final decision on this," Kuster said. "I think where we are now, going state-by-state, is actually a good thing so that we can get the research to know the impact on the society, the impact on public health and just where we go from there." Kuster said she would support efforts to make sure that people are able to conduct research on marijuana, given that existing drug laws make that challenging. (www.nhpr.org)
- Signed a letter stating, "VA is uniquely situated to pursue research on the impact of medical marijuana on veterans suffering from chronic pain and PTSD given its access to world class researchers, the population it serves, and its history of overseeing and producing research resulting in cutting-edge medical treatments. [â¦] We ask VA to respond, in kind, with a commitment to the development of VHA-led research into this issue." (votesmart.org)
- "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." (votesmart.org)
- "We remain wary of the Iranian regime. But we believe that robust diplomacy remains our best possible strategic option, and we commend you and your designees for the developments in Geneva. Should negotiations fail or falter, nothing precludes a change in strategy. But we must not imperil the possibility of a diplomatic success before we even have a chance to pursue it." (votesmart.org)
- "The legislation passed today makes clear that it does not authorize sending U.S. Armed Forces into combat, and I continue to firmly oppose putting American boots on the ground." (votesmart.org)
- "Bashar al-Assad's disregard for human life and use of chemical weapons against his own people is a stain on the collective conscience of the world. The coordinated strikes with Britain and France against Assad's assets appear to be a proportional response to his violation of international law. It's now time for President Trump to come to Congress for an Authorization for the Use of Military Force so that the scope of the United States' role in Syria and the authority of the President can be clearly defined. The American people deserve an open debate about our role in the Syrian conflict. I've heard loud and clear from people in New Hampshire that another large scale ground war in the Middle East is not the answer. I urge President Trump to confer with his military and diplomatic advisors and our allies in the international community to develop a strong response to Assad and his supporters that will bring a close to this crisis without further bloodshed." (votesmart.org)
- "We must continue to work with international allies in the region to vanquish ISIL once and for all, and put an end to the brutal murders of innocent civilians." (votesmart.org)
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