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Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Representing the 2nd District of New Hampshire

Conserving Our Environment

In New Hampshire, we are blessed with incredible mountains, lakes, and forests. I come from a family that has a long history of supporting conservation and wildlife in New Hampshire, and I cherished growing up spending time on Newfound Lake and enjoying all four beautiful seasons in the North Country. My family continues to appreciate the natural beauty of our state and I am passionately committed to preserving the pristine environment of the Granite State.

The Granite State is home to two National Parks, one National Heritage Area, eleven National Natural Landmarks, and 22 National Historic Landmarks.  This rich natural and historical heritage plays a leading role in the tourism industry that is a main driver of the New Hampshire economy.

Conservation is also a hallmark of New Hampshire history and an important part of managing our forests and farmlands.  I believe that we have a generational responsibility to protect our environment and ensure that our children and grandchildren are left with clean air and clean water.  But I also believe that this important goal will help us strengthen our economy and create jobs right here in America. 

That is why I am working with Republicans and Democrats to find commonsense solutions like these that will continue to grow our economy while preserving the health and beauty of our environment

  • Defending Wildlife Habitat Grants: I introduced an amendment to the Farm Bill to increase funding for grants to protect wildlife habitat in forests and farmlands.  Although my amendment did not initially pass in the Agriculture Committee, I continued to work with Republicans and Democrats, and my amendment was passed by the full House of Representatives to ensure that farmers and foresters can still count on the support provided by the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP). 

 

  • Protecting Conservation Easements: I am a cosponsor of the Conservation Easement Incentive Act (H.R. 2807) which would make tax deductions and incentives permanent for landowners who permanently retire development rights on their lands.  This will help protect forests, fields, and farms in New Hampshire and ensure that we maintain the natural landscape that defines the Granite State.

 

  • Strengthening the Land and Water Conservation Fund: The Land and Water Conservation Fund is an important tool in protecting sensitive lands, wetlands, and water bodies—and at no cost to the taxpayers.  I support robust funding for the LWCF and was proud to join many of my colleagues in urging the House Appropriations Committee to support this important program.

 

  • Ensuring the Quality of Our Drinking Water: Clean drinking water is essential to good health. In July 2016, I cosponsored the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act (H.R. 2430), which would invest $20 billion over five years in wastewater infrastructure through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. 

 

  • Using Sustainable Energy: I am a cosponsor to a Climate Resolution that supports 50% renewable energy by 2030. This bill expresses the need to establish a national goal of more than 50% clean and carbon-free energy by 2030 for the purpose of avoiding the devastating impacts of climate change.

To further my commitment to conserving our environment, I am also a member of the Congressional Bike Caucus, the High Performance Building Caucus, and the National Parks Caucus.

 

 

More on Conserving Our Environment

Feb 21, 2020 Catching up with Annie

Dear Friend,    

Building a Clean, Energy Efficient Economy

Feb 13, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (D-NH) along with Representatives Lori Trahan (D-MA), Seth Moulton (D-MA), and Chris Pappas (D-NH) sent a letter to the Chairwoman and Ranking Member of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee of Appropriations requesting additional funding be allocated for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Sewer Overflow and Stormwater Reuse Municipal Grant Program (section 221) for fiscal year 2021.

Feb 7, 2020 Catching up with Annie

Dear Friend,

My Special Guest at the State of the Union 

Jan 27, 2020 Press Release

Kuster’s Clean Energy Agenda focuses on policy proposals to promote investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean transportation, and more.

High resolution photos from today’s event are available here.

Jan 27, 2020 Event

Kuster’s Clean Energy Agenda focuses on policy proposals to promote investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean transportation, and more.

High resolution photos from today’s event are available here.

Jan 26, 2020 Catching up with Annie

Dear Jennifer,

Happy 2020! As the new year gets underway, I take time to reflect on everything that’s happened in the previous year and what we’ve accomplished - and what a year 2019 was! 

Honored to Represent You 

Jan 10, 2020 Catching up with Annie

Dear Friend, 

Lowering Prescription Drug Costs

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Jan 10, 2020 In The News

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House has passed legislation aimed at protecting Americans from PFAS contamination.

The PFAS Action Act of 2019 would require the EPA to publish a maximum contaminant level goal for the toxic family of chemicals and establish national drinking water safeguards.

Jan 10, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) voted in favor of the PFAS Action Act of 2019. The legislation, of which Kuster is a cosponsor, would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to publish a maximum contaminant level goal for PFAS and establish national drinking water safeguards for PFAS chemicals.

Dec 10, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – This week, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) applauded the advancement of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included several key provisions led and advocated for by Kuster. The legislation also includes a 3.1% pay increase for our nation’s servicemembers, the largest in a decade.