Representative Ann 'Annie' McLane Kuster's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (NH) - District 2, Democratic
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Ann Kuster has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • 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)
  • 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)

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  • 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. 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)
  • 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. 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)

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  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)

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  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Sierra Club. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Sierra Club endorsed Ann Kuster in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)

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  • 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)
  • 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)

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  • 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)
  • 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)

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  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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  • 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)
  • 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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