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Ann Kuster's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NH) - District 2, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 2
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Ann Kuster has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Ann Kuster is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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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 2016, 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 strongly supports a woman's right to choose. She believes that a woman's health decisions should be kept between her and her doctor and that we must be vigilant against any efforts to roll back reproductive rights.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/554426/issue-position-protecting-a-womans-right-to-choose#.VYSB53UViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720 (votesmart.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

  • “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.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/726670/issue-position-equality-and-fairness#.VYSKDHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • “Instead of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, Annie supported tax relief for middle class families, keeping the deficit under control and investing in the job-creation that was missing over much of the past decade.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/554428/issue-position-taxes-the-deficit/?search=tax#.VYga4HUViko (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.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/726670/issue-position-equality-and-fairness#.VYSKDHUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “This week, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced that Hillsborough County will receive a $324,960 federal grant to support an alternative drug court for felony-level offenders. The grant, administered through the U.S. Department of Justice's Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant program, will help finance the diversion court, which enters non-violent, high-risk drug offenders into a court-supervised treatment program rather than traditional prison time.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/930527/kuster-announces-324960-federal-grant-to-support-hillsborough-county-drug-court#.VYsX9nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “The goal is to help more drug offenders treat their addiction, and this funding will help keep more people out of prison and in their homes. This model has worked well in drug courts around the country, and it's wonderful that this great program will be able to continue in Nashua.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/930527/kuster-announces-324960-federal-grant-to-support-hillsborough-county-drug-court#.VYsX9nUVhHw (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “But when it takes government spending [...], Kuster believes we need to tap into the $330 billion that is sitting unused in the TARP bank bailout account […].” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/528832/issue-position-jobs-the-economy#.VYSK93UViko (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of H.R.1106 “Small Business Investment Company Modernization Act of 2013” https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/1106/cosponsors (www.congress.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Ann McLane Kuster supports tax relief for the middle class and never supported George W. Bush's tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. As a frugal Yankee, she believes cutting the long-term deficit should be a top priority for the country.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/554428/issue-position-taxes-the-deficit#.VYsZHHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “Instead of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, Annie supported tax relief for middle class families, keeping the deficit under control and investing in the job-creation that was missing over much of the past decade.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/554428/issue-position-taxes-the-deficit/?search=tax#.VYga4HUViko (votesmart.org)
  • “Today, we have some wealthy individuals paying an effective tax rate much lower than the janitors and secretaries who work for them, simply because they have been given special tax breaks and ways to hide their money.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/528832/issue-position-jobs-the-economy/?search=tax#.VYgbO3UViko (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “Annie knows there is no greater investment than in our children's education, and that we cannot compete in the global economy without investing in a highly skilled workforce. That is why the very first bill Annie introduced would facilitate public-private partnerships between businesses and educators to help prepare students for the 21st century workforce.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/926717/issue-position-education#.VYsZXHUVhHw (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “I have serious concerns with the impact the Keystone XL pipeline could have on our wildlife, water quality, and climate.” http://kuster.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/kuster-statement-on-keystone-xl-pipeline (kuster.house.gov)
  • Voted against S.1 “A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline” http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51299 (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “We must preserve the jobs we have while also creating new ones by encouraging investment in alternative energy development and production.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/528832/issue-position-jobs-the-economy#.VYSK93UViko (votesmart.org)
  • “Investments in clean energy are investments in a healthier environment and a stronger economy.” http://kuster.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/kuster-leads-push-for-national-renewable-electricity-standard (kuster.house.gov)
  • “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.” http://kuster.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/kuster-holds-roundtable-on-expanding-renewable-energy-economy-in-nh (kuster.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “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 […].” http://kuster.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/kuster-we-must-act-to-address-threat-of-climate-change (kuster.house.gov)
  • “I am committed to supporting renewable energy and working to end climate change.” http://kuster.house.gov/media-center/e-newsletters/wrapping-up-2014-and-looking-forward-to-2015 (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.” http://kuster.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/kuster-tsongas-to-epa-northeast-greenhouse-gas-initiative-is-a-model-for (kuster.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “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.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/888676/letter-to-john-boehner-speaker-of-the-house-163-members-of-congress-demand-a-vote-not-silence-to-prevent-gun-violence#.VYSUeHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 7% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/122256/ann-kuster/37#.VYSVcHUViko (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “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.” http://kuster.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/kuster-statement-on-the-affordable-care-act (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 […].” http://kuster.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/kuster-statement-on-the-affordable-care-act (kuster.house.gov)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “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.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/846556/immigration-reform#.VYSWx3UVikp (votesmart.org)
  • “Annie supports a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants […].” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/554433/issue-position-immigration#.VYSZT3UViko (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In America, every citizen has an inalienable right to equal protection under the law, and no one should be discriminated against simply because of whom they love.” http://kuster.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/kuster-urges-supreme-court-to-rule-in-favor-of-marriage-equality (kuster.house.gov)
  • “The government shouldn’t be in the business of telling people who they can or can’t love or marry.” http://kuster.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/kuster-reaffirms-strong-support-for-marriage-equality (kuster.house.gov)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “We are at war with Al Qaeda because they attacked us – and we need to make sure they cannot do it again. I am committed to finding the best ways to keep Americans safe.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/528834/issue-position-afghanistan#.VYscAnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • “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.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/824813/kuster-signs-onto-comprehensive-bipartisan-nsa-reform-bill#.VYscYnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
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

  • “Kuster is running for reelection in the Second Congressional District of New Hampshire against an extreme, Tea Party candidate who wants to privatize Social Security and slash other programs […].” http://kusterforcongress.com/media/press-releases/kuster-holds-third-seniors-forum-in-nashua-with-jon-bowzer-bauman-from-sha-na-na (kusterforcongress.com)
  • Poli Facts “Just minutes after filing her election papers, Kuster, a Concord Democrat, accused her Republican opponent, U.S. Rep. Charles Bass, of supporting the privatization of Social Security. 'Unfortunately for New Hampshire, my opponent is part of the problem,' Kuster told supporters during a June 7 rally outside the Statehouse.” http://www.politifact.com/new-hampshire/statements/2012/jun/29/ann-mclane-kuster/ann-kuster-distorts-bass-record-social-security/ (www.politifact.com)

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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