Representative Ann 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 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads. Ann Kuster is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Project Vote Smart.

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.

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 Planned Parenthood http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/122256/ann-kuster/2 (votesmart.org)

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)
  • "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)
  • "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)

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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470 (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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1064461/kuster-statement-on-vote-in-favor-of-highway-and-transit-reauthorization (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.636 "America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51297 (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)
  • "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)

Vote Smart's Research

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted against S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/51299 (votesmart.org)
  • "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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "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)
  • "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)

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)
  • Voted in favor of H.Amdt.507 "Specifies the Authority of the Secretary of Interior on the Regulation of Methane Emissions" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/46345 (votesmart.org)
  • 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)

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 National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/122256/ann-kuster/37 (votesmart.org)

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)

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)

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)
  • Rated 100% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/122256/ann-kuster/76 (votesmart.org)
  • "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)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We must continue working with our allies to defeat ISIS without endangering American lives in another civil war, and I will continue listening closely to the advice of military advisors and intelligence officials. Additionally, I continue to support expanded targeted airstrikes against ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria, so that, along with our allies, we may disrupt ISIS' ability to coordinate global terror attacks." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1064470/kuster-statement-on-isis-attacks-in-paris (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. I believe this action is necessary to bring ISIL to justice, and that we must work with our international allies to bring this terrorist group's barbaric actions to an end." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/930531/kuster-statement-on-vote-to-combat-isil-terrorists (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Politi 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)
  • "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)

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