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Ann Kuster's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)



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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." (
  • "Glad to see Alabama's oppressive and unconstitutional abortion ban struck down. We must continue working to defend reproductive rights." (
  • "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 woman's right to make her own health care decisions." (
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America (
  • "The growing federal deficit is bad for our economy & national security & puts at risk programs that seniors depend upon, like Medicare & Social Security. We must end tax giveaways to large corporations & wealthy individuals that are ballooning the deficit." (
  • Rated 15% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (
  • "This bill is little more than a giveaway to big corporate interests and wealthy individuals while creating losers among many middle class families who will see their taxes increase in the coming years." (
  • "By cutting wasteful spending, streamlining duplicative programs, and finding inefficiencies throughout government, we can reduce the deficit in a balanced way that protects priorities such as education, research, and health care. I am committed to working with Republicans and Democrats in Congress to curtail excessive spending, close tax loopholes, and end wasteful subsidies." (
  • "Wonderful to join so many people at the Huntington in Nashua to discuss the issues important to Granite State seniors. I will always stand up and fight to protect Medicare and Social Security!" (
  • Endorsed by National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. (
  • Rated 100% by the Alliance for Retired Americans. (
  • "Annie believes we must keep our obligation to older generations of Granite Staters who cared for us and built the world we have today. That is why she will never vote to cut the Medicare and Social Security benefits our seniors rely on and have earned. Annie fought the President's proposal to use "chained-CPI" to reduce benefits for retirees and veterans, and is working to strengthen penalties against criminals who defraud seniors." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1 - For the People Act of 2019. (
  • Endorsed by End Citizens United. (
  • "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." (
  • "Ten years after the misguided #CitizensUnited SCOTUS decision, I’m proud to receive an A rating from End Citizens United Action Fund. Our campaign finance system is broken & we must rein in the influence of special interests & give power back to individuals, not large donors." (
  • "Over recent weeks, I have had conversations with local law enforcement and civil rights leaders about solutions to increase transparency and ensure justice in policing. Today's legislation is a long-overdue step towards ensuring equal justice for all Americans. I am proud to stand on the right side of history with my colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus in supporting this legislation. This bill will provide law enforcement with enhanced training to manage demanding situations, improve transparency, enact structural change, hold perpetrators of police brutality accountable for their actions, and keep all Americans safe." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 7120 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (
  • "Glad to see the #NDAA move forward to authorize our nation’s defense priorities in FY2020. From providing the largest pay raise to our service members in a decade to seeing a number of my own provisions included in this legislation – great to see this vital legislation advance." (
  • "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." (
  • Rated 16% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "@realDonaldTrump's emergency declaration threatens to take important resources from the NH National Guard and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard to build an unnecessary border wall. This is nonsensical and jeopardizes military readiness & important projects in NH." (
  • "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." (
  • "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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 22 - Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. (
  • "By cutting wasteful spending, streamlining duplicative programs, and finding inefficiencies throughout government, we can reduce the deficit in a balanced way that protects priorities such as education, research, and health care. I am committed to working with Republicans and Democrats in Congress to curtail excessive spending, close tax loopholes, and end wasteful subsidies." (
  • Rated 15% by National Tax Limitation Committee. (
  • "Cuts to #Medicare & student loans, but not tax breaks for the wealthy, isn't the fair way to reduce spending." (
  • "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." (
  • "The growing federal deficit is bad for our economy & national security & puts at risk programs that seniors depend upon, like Medicare & Social Security. We must end tax giveaways to large corporations & wealthy individuals that are ballooning the deficit." (
  • "I traveled to Washington on Friday to vote in favor of historic, bipartisan legislation to provide much-needed support for our health care system, workers, small businesses & economy as we deal w/ the unprecedented public health & economic crisis w/ the spread of COVID-19." (
  • "We must always adapt to meet the circumstances of the day, and in the age of #covid that means telemedicine. The CARES Act provided important funding to support telemedicine and to expand services to make sure that every NH citizen has the access they need." (
  • Endorsed and rated 100% by National Education Association. (
  • "During today's forum, she outlined current steps she is taking in Congress to help parents save for their children's education, and measures she is supporting to ensure students are prepared for college, including her support for the recent reauthorization of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which rectifies many of the flawed provisions implemented under the No Child Left Behind Act." (
  • "Investments in clean energy are investments in a healthier environment and a stronger economy." (
  • "Using Sustainable Energy: I am a cosponsor to a Climate Resolution that supports 50% renewable energy by 2030. This bill expresses the need to establish a national goal of more than 50% clean and carbon-free energy by 2030 for the purpose of avoiding the devastating impacts of climate change." (
  • Rated 94% by League of Conservation Voters. (
  • "One of my top priorities in Congress is helping to support job creation in the Granite State, and here we have a growing industry ripe with opportunity for our workers, said Congresswoman Annie Kuster. "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." (
  • "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 [...]." (
  • "I'm disappointed that President Trump and Administrator Pruitt are putting a small group of special interests ahead of Granite Staters who want healthy, clean air and to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change. The Administration is pandering to a segment of the energy sector that is in decline, not because of the Clean Power Plan but because of the market forces moving toward cleaner and renewable energy alternatives." (
  • Rated 94% by League of Conservation Voters. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 - Climate Action Now Act. (
  • Voted in favor of HR 1112 - Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019. (
  • Rated 0% by National Rifle Association. (
  • "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." (
  • "I’m proud to stand with my colleagues today as we vote to expand background checks to all gun sales, which is supported by 97 percent of Americans. We must take meaningful action to end the scourge of gun violence in our nation. #ForThePeople #EndGunViolence." (
  • "Thank you to everyone who stayed engaged and told Congress they want us to work together to improve NOT repeal #ACA. Time to get to work!" (
  • "I'm committed working across the aisle to improve the Affordable Care Act to lower costs & increase access to care. Efforts to undo the progress made by the ACA are shortsighted & its time Congress focus on how we can make the law work better for everyone." (
  • "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 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." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act. (
  • Rated 1% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "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." (
  • "@realDonaldTrump's fake national emergency is the true threat to our national security. He is proposing taking money from our military and critical drug apprehension efforts to construct an unnecessary, medieval wall to fulfill a campaign promise." (
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 - American Dream and Promise Act of 2019. (
  • "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." (
  • Rated 1% by NumbersUSA. (
  • "#Dreamers are contributing members of our nation. They pay taxes, go to school & serve in our military. Pleased by District Court decision to temporarily block @realDonaldTrump effort to end #DACA. Now Congress must act to act to protect these young people." (
  • "Our immediate goal must be to pursue a peaceful resolution through our diplomatic channels, including working with our allies, to lower the very real threat of a nuclear incident. There is broad support for North Korea to curtail its nuclear program as evidenced by the Security Council's unanimous vote to increase sanctions in response to North Korea's recent missile tests. I urge the President to follow the advice and counsel of diplomatic and military leaders to peacefully resolve this crisis." (
  • "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." (
  • "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." (
  • Rated 16% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • Signed a letter stating: "We do not believe that intervention could be either quick or easy. And, we doubt it would be effective in meeting either humanitarian or strategic goals, and that it could very well be counter-productive." (
  • "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." (
  • Rated 16% by Center for Security Policy. (
  • "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." (
  • Rated 100% by Public Citizen. (
  • "According to the @USChamber, $34 million in New Hampshire exports are threatened by a trade war. Who stands to benefit from tariff policies, again? Certainly not Granite State families or small businesses." (
  • "Any trade deal needs to protect workers, our economy & environment. I’ll carefully consider any deal on those merits. I will oppose #TPP." (
  • "The Administration should immediately pursue a coherent trade policy that doesn't devolve into a bitter trade war." (

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