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Ann 'Annie' McLane Kuster

Ann Kuster's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Ann 'Annie' McLane Kuster
Office: U.S. House (NH) - District 2, Democratic
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 2
Primary Sept. 9, 2014
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Brad; 2 Children: Zach, Travis
Birth Date: 09/05/1956
Birth Place: Concord, NH
Home City: Hopkinton, NH
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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ann McLane Kuster. Equality and Fairness. 14 September 2012. "For the past 25 years as an adoption attorney, I have witnessed the extraordinary courage and compassion of women “ from age 14 to 40 “ facing unplanned pregnancy. Not once did I believe that the government should interfere with their personal and private decision. In fact, I believe in less government interference in people's personal lives, including whom to marry, when and whether to bear a child and how to raise kind and compassionate children." (kusterforcongress.com)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. NARAL Pro-Choice America endorsed Ann Kuster in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Planned Parenthood endorsed Ann Kuster in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Ann Kuster in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ann McLane Kuster. Video: WMUR Close Up Interview. 1 May 2012. "I want to bring the troops home quickly from Afghanistan. [¦] We've got to cut these deficits and we cannot afford to keep the troops in Afghanistan." (youtu.be)
  • Ann McLane Kuster. NHPR: Candidate Forum on Business and the Economy. 18 September 2012. "Personally I don't want us to go to war, I want to bring the troops home from Afghanistan and be nation building right here at home." (9m 45s) (www.nhpr.org)
  • Ann McLane Kuster. Security. 14 September 2012. "My view is that we must look for the quickest way to decrease our military involvement in Afghanistan, consistent with protecting our national security. Withdrawing 33,000 troops in this coming year is a welcome start, and the President's commitment to end our overall combat operations on a clear timeline is equally important “ just as it was in Iraq. And frankly, like so many other Americans, I am impatient to accelerate this withdrawal. As any of you know, I have been a consistent voice against escalating our combat involvement in Afghanistan." (kusterforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Women's Action for New Directions (WAND) and-WILL. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Women's Action for New Directions (WAND) and-WILL endorsed Ann Kuster in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Ann McLane Kuster. Concord Patch: Bass, Kuster Cordially Debate. 18 September 2012. "The two candidates also debated upcoming defense cuts due to the sequestration deal that raised the debt ceiling last year but could hurt defense contractor BAE, one of the largest employers in the district. Kuster criticized the sequestration deal and, instead, she would reduce "redundant weapons systems" and eye base closures around the world." (concord-nh.patch.com)
  • Ann McLane Kuster. Jobs and Our Economy. 14 September 2012. "Congress should encourage entrepreneurs “ make small business lending easier and more available and fix the broken tax code so that we are rewarding R&D investment and startup growth, not subsidizing rich and powerful industries like oil and gas, agribusiness, and redundant defense contracts that we simply can no longer afford." (kusterforcongress.com)
  • Ann McLane Kuster. NHPR: Candidate Forum on Business and the Economy. 18 September 2012. "If we need cuts in the defense budget, which I think we do in order to tackle these deficits, I would cut redundant weapons systems, I would look at the 800 sites that we have all around the world and see if we can afford that many locations at this point." (9m 12s) (www.nhpr.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ann McLane Kuster. Issue Position: Equality and Fairness. 1 January 2012, Access 14 September 2012. "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)
  • Ann McLane Kuster. Issue Position: Taxes and the Deficit. 1 January 2012. "In New Hampshire, more than 36% of the benefits of the Bush tax cuts went to the wealthiest 1% income-earners in the state. Now that the Bush tax cuts are expiring, we have a chance to correct the mistakes that did so much damage to our economy. Annie Kuster supports President Obama's move to stop US companies from hiding money offshore to skip out on U.S. taxes, and she is eager to create a truly level playing field -- one where everyone can succeed." (votesmart.org)
  • Ann McLane Kuster. Jobs and our Economy. 14 September 2012. "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." (kusterforcongress.com)
  • Ann McLane Kuster. NHPR: Candidate Forum on Business and the Economy. 18 September 2012. "We have to get serious about the deficit, and that it's not serious to give millionaires and billionaires additional tax break [¦] everyone will continue to get the tax break up to $250,000 in income." (5m 3s) (www.nhpr.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ann McLane Kuster. Video: 10 Questions with Ann McLane Kuster: #3 Stimulus Bill. 20 August 2010. "I think if we hadn't had any economic stimulus we truly were on the brink of disaster and it's hard to imagine what that deep, deep depression could have been. I don't think the stimulus was perfect and I think we should have had much more accountability for the way that the money was spent, but I do think that there are examples right here in New Hampshire that have helped to create jobs. Projects like weatherization of buildings by investing in our infrastructure we brought roads and bridges." (www.youtube.com)
  • Ann McLane Kuster. Jobs and our Economy. 14 September 2012. "Rejuvenation “ of our bridges and roads, cities & towns, and economic networks (highways and broadband communications) “ that's the key to a country that is built to win the future. Hurricane Irene reminded us of just how fragile our region's backbone really is. Meanwhile, huge opportunities lay waiting for us to exploit: universal access to broadband communication to allow every resident of the state to compete at the global level, biomass and new energy technologies to bring down the cost of energy and make us less dependent upon foreign oil and high speed rail that would expand our economic markets and the range of opportunity for jobseekers. And of course, these projects themselves create good jobs as they are built. In the mid-nineteenth century we built the railroads, and prospered. In the 1950s, we built the interstate highway system, and grew. In the 1980s and 1990s, we grew American technology, and reaped the rewards." (kusterforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ann McLane Kuster. Jobs and our Economy. 14 September 2012. "Congress should encourage entrepreneurs “ make small business lending easier and more available and fix the broken tax code so that we are rewarding R&D investment and startup growth, not subsidizing rich and powerful industries like oil and gas, agribusiness, and redundant defense contracts that we simply can no longer afford." (kusterforcongress.com)
  • Ann McLane Kuster. Jobs and our Economy. 14 September 2012. "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." (kusterforcongress.com)
  • Associated Press: AP: NH's Bass, Kuster discuss economic issues at forum. 18 September 2012. "Bass said the federal government has too many regulations, while Kuster said tax credits and other programs can help businesses grow. Both agreed the federal deficit must be addressed for the economy to improve." (kusterforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Ann Kuster in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. League of Conservation Voters endorsed Ann Kuster in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Amy Quinton. NHPR: Candidates Quiet on Climate Change. 26 October 2010. "When asked during a debate, 2nd Congressional District Democrat Ann McLane Kuster said she'd support putting a price on carbon emissions, but immediately switched gears to discuss renewable energy." (info.nhpr.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ann McLane Kuster. Facebook: Wall. 28 June 2012. "The Supreme Court just ruled the core of the Affordable Care Act to be constitutional, and I could not be more relieved for my own family and for the millions of Americans who cannot afford health insurance. Brad and I have two sons - Zach and Travis - who are covered by our health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. When Travis broke his leg, Brad and I could focus on his healing, knowing that he had access to affordable care. I will work hard in Congress to ensure that every American family - including the millions who cannot afford health insurance - can focus on health and healing, too." (www.facebook.com)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Anne McLane Kuster. Latest News. 14 September 2012. "Today's announcement from President Obama represents a very positive step forward. The fact that we will no longer be punishing young immigrants who are here in our country through no fault of their own and are eligible students is a move that we should all be proud of," Kuster said. "That these children will no longer have to hide in plain sight in the only country they have known as home, represents a very positive change in our immigration policy." (kusterforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ann McLane Kuster. Facebook: Wall. 5 March 2012. "I'm proud to say 'I do' to Freedom to Marry's pledge “ I support equality and justice for all American families." (www.facebook.com)
  • Ann McLane Kuster. Equality and Fairness. Access 05 March 2012. "In fact, I believe in less government interference in people's personal lives, including whom to marry, when and whether to bear a child and how to raise kind and compassionate children." (kusterforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Ann McLane Kuster. AARP: New Hampshire House District 2 Voter Guide. Responded: "Fifteen years ago, the Social Security Trust Fund was track to continue paying out full benefits through 2029¦Annie believes the single most important thing we can do to strengthen social security and Medicare is to continue doing everything we can to get people working again and strengthen the economy. The second most important thing we can do is stop those¦who want to privatize social security and replace our social safety net with risky private accounts that would cost us more than $2 trillion in transition costs" to the question: "How would you protect Social Security for today's seniors and strengthen it for future generations?" (vote.aarp.org)

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