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Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Representing the 2nd District of New Hampshire

Kuster Discusses Working Families Agenda during Roundtable Discussion with Local Stakeholders

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 10:00am

Plymouth, NH – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) hosted a roundtable discussion with local business leaders, health professionals, child care providers, and other stakeholders from the greater Plymouth area to discuss her Working Families Agenda and how it supports their work and needs. Last month, Congresswoman Kuster formally released her Agenda, a plan for Congress to prioritize legislative initiatives that help support working families in New Hampshire and across the country.

“Today’s roundtable was a wonderful opportunity to hear from local parents and stakeholders about how we can best work together to support New Hampshire’s working families,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “Throughout my conversations with Granite Staters as I crafted my Working Families Agenda and in the discussions since, folks have consistently highlighted their concerns around rising child care costs and a lack of family leave policies. Since taking office, I have fought to protect the wellbeing of the middle class by proposing and supporting family-friendly legislation, and I look forward bringing today’s conversation with me as I return to Congress, where I will continue to advocate for comprehensive policies that support working families across New Hampshire and the country.”

Kuster’s new Working Families Agenda includes initiatives to address pay equity, family leave time, and access to affordable child care and health care, among other issues. Participants in today’s roundtable discussion included leadership from the Center for Young Children and Families, Mid-State Health Center, Lakes Region Community Services, and Whole Village Community Resource Center, among others.

Kuster has long worked to increase accessibility to vital services like child care, health care, and affordable education that can otherwise impose a tremendous burden on working families in today’s climate. Kuster has cosponsored a number of bills to reduce the strain on working families, including the Healthy Families Act, which would require employers to provide one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked, and the CARE Act, which allows more families to benefit fully from a valuable child tax credit and afford child and dependent care. During today’s roundtable discussion, Kuster discussed new legislative initiatives she’ll be fighting for as part of her Working Families Agenda. Kuster has also held numerous roundtable discussions and other events throughout the district to hear from working New Hampshire families about what Congress can do to better support them, which has additionally helped shape her Agenda.