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Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Representing the 2nd District of New Hampshire

Solving problems together

Aug 31, 2018
Catching up with Annie

Dear Friend,

On Monday, I led a bipartisan call demanding a hearing and action to resolve the Department of Veterans Affairs’ apparent inability to properly review the cases of veterans who sought help for Military Sexual Trauma. In an environment where survivors often refuse to report sexual assaults for fear of retaliation, the VA’s failure to fairly treat these claims risks revictimizing survivors. I implore the VA to instill confidence for survivors by immediately working to resolve these issues.

The proposed changes to Title IX reported in the New York Times this week are deeply concerning. The ability to feel safe from sexual violence and sexual harassment on campus is an integral part of the pursuit of an education. Sadly, these changes reportedly being considered by the Trump Administration take us in the wrong direction and will undermine protections for students. These reported proposals would not only make it harder for survivors to pursue justice and accountability but also undermine efforts to stop sexual violence and harassment at colleges across the country. Our students deserve better and I will continue to stand against efforts by Secretary DeVos and the Trump Administration to weaken protections for students.

Meeting with hospital leadership at Monadnock Community Hospital

Expanding Access to Healthcare and Substance Misuse Treatment  

On Wednesday, I met with hospital leadership at Monadnock Community Hospital to hear about their efforts to increase access to healthcare and substance misuse treatment in New Hampshire’s rural communities. We had a candid conversation about the challenges facing the Monadnock region including the opioid epidemic, behavioral health issues, and efforts to bolster our healthcare workforce. If we can foster partnerships with healthcare providers and education centers to help train the healthcare workforce of the future, it will support the local economy and strengthen our efforts to combat the opioid crisis.

Pursuing Smart Trade Policies 

I’m encouraged by the unanimous decision of the International Trade Commission 5-0 to overturn tariffs on Canadian groundwood paper, which has strained industries that rely on paper products such as newspapers and publishing. We need to support industries that are central to our democracy, including the free press and publishers. On Wednesday in Dublin, I heard about the burden these tariffs have placed on Yankee Publishing and I urge President Trump to consider the impact on small businesses and workers before charging into trade disputes.

New Hampshire’s New U.S. Marshal 

I want to congratulate former Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard on his confirmation as U.S. Marshal for our great state. Chief Willard’s experience as the Police Chief in Manchester and his dedicated work to tackle the opioid epidemic make him the right person for this job. I look forward to supporting his work to protect Granite State families and communities.

Serving You 

As your Representative, my most important job is supporting Granite Staters when they need help with federal agencies. I was recently contacted by Raymond Castonguay of Antrim, who had an issue of concern with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). My staff worked with the DOT and helped resolve Raymond’s concern. If my office may be of assistance with a problem you are experiencing, please don’t hesitate to 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 our state such a wonderful place to live. I hope you have a great long weekend!