Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Representing the 2nd District of New Hampshire
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Respect

Feb 21, 2017
Catching up with Annie

Dear Friends,

It's been a busy few weeks both in the Granite State and down in Washington, and I wanted to update you on some of what I have been doing to represent New Hampshire's Second District! 

Last week, I visited Milford High School to thank students for their participation in RESPECT week, which aims to raise awareness of teen dating violence. Teen dating violence is a serious problem in our country, but it's people like the students at Milford High who can make a positive difference and bring hope to the lives of teens who are suffering from abuse. I am so proud of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence for their work to raise awareness of this issue and the students for pledging their commitment to fostering and upholding a culture of respect in their school and community.

Great visit with Milford High School Students to applaud their work during RESPECT week!

On Wednesday, I held my first teletown hall of the 115th Congress. I enjoy doing these events because it's such a great way to connect with my constituents and hear your concerns directly. It’s important that we are able to have open and respectful dialogue between one another even when we may disagree. More than 9,000 Granite Staters joined the call, and the comments and suggestions I heard are vital to guiding my work in Washington. On the call, I was able to share some of my priorities for the 115th Congress, such as addressing the opioid epidemic, creating more jobs in the Granite State, increasing job training and making college more affordable, supporting our nation's veterans, and protecting Social Security and Medicare, among other issues. It's critical for me to hear from my constituents about your ideas, concerns, and the issues that are most important to you.

Earlier last week, I voted against a misguided Republican proposal that would weaken the Title X national family planning program. I’m disappointed that the House failed to respect the rights of women and families to make their own health care decisions. The House's vote to eliminate the rule is an attack on the ability of low income women and their families to access comprehensive family planning services. In New Hampshire, we have seen firsthand how partisan politics can get in the way of ensuring care for thousands of Granite State women, men, and children. We should be working to expand access to family planning services, not jeopardizing care for the most vulnerable among us.

As I met with students in Milford on Friday, I was inspired by their commitment to respecting one another. We should all learn from their example. While it may be difficult sometimes, we can all work to treat others the way we would want to be treated, no matter our differences.

As always, thank you for everything you do to make New Hampshire such a great place to live. I hope you have a great long weekend!