Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Representing the 2nd District of New Hampshire
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Supporting Veterans, Military Families, and National Security

As a member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee and daughter and daughter-in-law of WWII veterans, I am proud to advocate for the courageous veterans, service members, and military families who have sacrificed so much for our country. We have a fundamental responsibility to strengthen health care benefits, cut bureaucratic red tape, expand job opportunities, and properly honor the dedicated men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States. 

As a nation, we have the duty to serve our nation’s veterans as well as they have served us, which is why I am taking the following actions:

  • Helping Veterans Secure Employment: I helped introduce the Troop Talent Act (H.R. 1796), legislation that would improve the alignment of specialty skills acquired in the military with civilian certifications or licenses required for post-service employment, expands existing efforts to meet current workforce demands, and implements quality assurance measures to ensure credentials translate into the private sector. In addition, I helped introduce the Boosting Rates of American Veteran Employment (BRAVE) Act (H.R. 1382), which would encourage the hiring of veterans to support businesses that employ them.
     
  • Ending Military Sexual Trauma and Assault.  In May of 2013, the Department of Defense (DoD) issued a report which found that the number of service members anonymously reporting sexual assaults increased by more than 30% over the past two years.  To combat this threat to our service members, I was proud to lead a bipartisan group of lawmakers in calling for a hearing on the VA’s efforts to meet the needs of veteran survivors of military sexual trauma, and in July of 2013 this request was granted.  I also cosponsored the SUPPORT Act (H.R. 2026), bipartisan legislation that would improve support for survivors of military sexual assault and confront issues surrounding it head-on, like retaliation and the stigma surrounding male victimization. I am also a cosponsor of the Stopping Exploitation of Power Act (H.R. 4864), which would address situations where someone uses their position, rank, or authority to coerce another person in a sexual assault.
     
  • Eliminating the Veterans Benefits Backlog.  As part of my commitment to serving our nation’s veterans, I joined a group of lawmakers on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee in proposing a coordinated legislative package to help the VA address the shameful backlog of benefit claims.  In 2015, I helped introduce the Veterans Benefits Claims Filing Act of 2015; legislation that would provide veterans accurate information about faster filing options and encourage them to submit Fully Developed Claims (FDCs) to help the VA process quicker. The bill would also require the VA to measure and compare the average turnaround times for five types of filing options each quarter.  

To better serve our nation’s veterans, service members, and military families, I am a member of the Military Families Caucus, the Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus, the Veterans Jobs Caucus, the USO Congressional Caucus, and the United Service Organization Caucus.

More on Supporting Veterans, Military Families, and National Security

Jun 23, 2017 Press Release

**Congresswoman Kuster’s provision will improve protections for whistleblowers within the VA**

**You can view Kuster’s remarks in support of her amendment from earlier this year HERE**

Jun 13, 2017 Press Release

**Congresswoman Kuster’s provision would improve protections for whistleblowers within the VA**

**You can view Kuster’s remarks in support of her amendment from earlier this year HERE**

 

Jun 8, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee:

Jun 5, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC)  - Today Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, issued the following statement about the announcement by Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin that the Department is moving forward with the modernization and full interoperability of its electronic health records (EHR) system with the Department of Defense. 

May 30, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) - This past week, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Ranking Member Annie Kuster (D-NH) and Chairman Jack Bergman (R-MI) introduced the Protecting Business Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2017 to protect Service Disabled Veteran Owned and Veteran Owned Small Businesses.

May 26, 2017 Press Release

**Senators Markey, Collins and King introduced in the Senate**

**Bipartisan bill would honor top-secret unit that saved thousands of lives**

May 24, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) - Today, the co-chairs of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence applauded the passage of H.R. 2052, the PRIVATE Act. The Task Force co-chairs, Representatives Annie Kuster (D-NH), Patrick Meehan (R-PA), Jackie Speier (D-CA), and David Joyce (R-OH), were proud to support the legislation which amends the Uniform Code of Military Justice to prohibit non-consensual sharing of intimate images. The PRIVATE Act, introduced by Reps. McSally & Speier and cosponsored by Reps.

May 23, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today the bipartisan VA Prescription Data Accountability Act introduced by Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) was unanimously approved by the House of Representatives. Kuster’s legislation would clarify current law to stipulate that the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is required to disclose information to state controlled substance monitoring programs for anyone – veteran or non-veteran – who is prescribed these medications through VA.

May 19, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) attended a classified briefing with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on the circumstances of former FBI Director James Comey’s firing.

May 17, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller III as special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election: