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Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Representing the 2nd District of New Hampshire

Discussing the issues that matter

Aug 12, 2019
Catching up with Annie

Dear Friend,

Supporting Substance Misuse Treatment and Recovery

On Tuesday, I toured the Monadnock Region “Doorway” run by Cheshire Medical Center in Keene and met with leadership and clinicians to discuss the center’s efforts to support substance misuse treatment and recovery in the area. This visit is part of my hospital and healthcare listening tour, which I launched in February. As a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, I will highlight the views of Granite Staters as I work to remove barriers that prevent people from getting the healthcare they need.

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At Monadnock Region 'Doorway'

I went to the New Hampshire Department of Corrections (DOC) in Concord on Wednesday to sit down with DOC leaders and incarcerated individuals. If one thing from my visit is clear: reform is desperately needed to curb the opioid epidemic. Substance use disorder and crime are inextricably linked and we cannot neglect to support programs to break the vicious cycle between incarceration and addiction. I’m proud to introduce legislation to empower our criminal justice system to help ensure that incarcerated individuals can return home and reintegrate as productive members of our communities. Reducing recidivism is also an important way to save tax payer dollars. You can watch the WMUR segment about my visit to the NHDOC here.

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At the NH Department of Corrections

Expanding Access to Quality Healthcare

On Wednesday, I visited the Saving People’s Smiles Dental Center in Concord to tour the facility and meet with staff to hear more about the center’s work providing quality dental care to the underserved, including people affected by the opioid epidemic. The Center is dedicated to improving lives one smile at a time, and it was a joy to meet the people behind this critical operation. I’m grateful for everything they do for New Hampshire!

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At Saving People's Smiles

I met with local healthcare professionals and community leaders at Havenwood Heritage Heights retirement community on Thursday to discuss how we can work together to lower prescription drug costs and ensure protections for pre-existing conditions. I am proud to support comprehensive legislation in Congress to improve the Affordable Care Act and will bring these Granite State perspectives back to DC as I keep working to ensure every American has access to quality, affordable care.

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At Havenwood Heritage Heights

Fighting Climate Change

I also had the opportunity to tour Stonewall Farm in Keene on Tuesday and meet with Farm staff and local agriculture professionals to discuss the effects of climate change on farms and agriculture businesses and hear how they are doing. When we think about solutions to climate change, it only makes sense to turn to those who work closely with our environment and are dedicated stewards of our land. I’m looking forward to bringing the perspectives I heard during Tuesday's visit back to DC as I continue to support forward-thinking legislation to curb the climate change crisis. You can read more about my visit to Stonewall in the Keene Sentinel.

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At Stonewall Farm

Investing in Our Community 

On Wednesday, I toured the recently opened Bank of New Hampshire Stage and spoke with Capitol Center for the Arts staff about this beautiful new music venue on Main Street in Concord. The theater is a wonderful addition to the community, and I can’t wait to catch a show sometime!

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Outside the new Bank of New Hampshire Stage

I was overjoyed to visit the recently reopened Hopkinton Public Library – which sustained significant damage after being struck by lightning last August – and deliver books from the Library of Congress. The Hopkinton Library is a part of the fabric of the surrounding community and I’m excited to see its doors open again!

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Inside the newly renovated Hopkinton Library

Supporting our Servicemembers and Veterans

On Thursday, I had the pleasure of giving remarks at the arrival ceremony for the first two KC-46 refueling tankers for the 157th Air Refueling Wing at Pease Air National Guard Base in Portsmouth. From the Battle of Bennington to the global war on terror, Granite Staters have distinguished themselves in every major conflict to protect the United States. The KC-46 provides the NH Air Guard with the platform it needs to continue to ensure the success of our Armed Forces. It was wonderful to see this beautiful new aircraft arrive at Pease, and I will keep working to support our servicemembers and veterans and ensure they have the tools they need. More information about this event can be found here

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Giving Remarks at Pease

Keeping Granite Staters Updated

On Friday at the Tuscan Kitchen in Salem, I provided the Salem Chamber of Commerce – which consists of Salem business owners, non-profit groups and municipal officials – with an update on my legislative priorities in Washington, including workforce development, expanding access to affordable health care, and strengthening New Hampshire’s infrastructure. It was great to talk to the people in attendance and hear from them about how Congress can best support businesses and increase opportunity for Americans.

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Addressing the Salem Chamber of Commerce

Here For You

As your Congresswoman, one of my biggest responsibilities is supporting Granite Staters when they need help with federal agencies. I was contacted by James, a constituent from Hanover who had an issue of concern regarding his Global Entry Card through US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which my staff followed up on. If my office may be of assistance with a problem you are experiencing, please reach out to my staff at 603-226-1002 so we can learn how we may help.

Thank you, as always, for everything you do to make New Hampshire such a wonderful place to call home. I hope you have a great week!

Sincerely,