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Conservationists discuss funding with Kuster

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BRETTON WOODS — Five members of New Hampshire’s conservation-environmental community held a distanced round-table discussion on the full and permanent funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund with Congresswomen Annie Kuster (D-Hopkinton) on Wednesday, Aug. 26, at the AMC Highland Center during her first stop on a three-day stay in northern N.H. Susan Arnold, vice president of the Appalachi...

Rep. Annie Kuster: What's the plan to fairly distribute COVID-19 vaccine?

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ON FEBRUARY 28, 2020, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar came before the House Energy & Commerce Committee to discuss a rapidly developing public health crisis. Though New Hampshire had not yet identified its first case of COVID-19 — that would come less than a week later — it was apparent that the Trump administration did not have a plan to address a widespread pandemic. That da...

Child care advocates say more funds needed from feds

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Child care providers and advocates say they need help from the federal government, with the COVID-19 crisis threatening some two-thirds of day care businesses in the state. The crisis in the day care industry could outlast the pandemic, said Jackie Cowell of child care advocacy group Early Learning NH during a roundtable discussion among child-care advocates convened by U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster. Co...

Kuster highlights pandemic’s impact on sexual violence

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated both sexual violence and racial disparities in how survivors access help, advocates told U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster on Wednesday. Kuster, D-N.H., leads the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence, which hosted an online discussion for leaders from within the domestic and sexual violence fields. “Sexual violence thrives in secrecy,” sai...

Officials seek tax break for private water companies

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In an effort to help southern Granite Staters save money for affordable clean water, federal, state and local officials are working to reinstate a tax break for private water companies. Ratepayers "shouldn't be significantly burdened because of the federal tax bill," said U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., when talking recently with representatives from Hampstead Area Water Company (HAWC) and Pennich...

Kuster Backs New Effort To Add PFAS Package To Defense Spending Bill

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Congresswoman Annie Kuster is co-sponsoring a new plan to add toxic PFAS chemical standards to the next federal defense spending bill. The amendment mirrors a bill that passed the House earlier this year. Speaking on a press call Tuesday, Kuster said that bill has stalled in the Senate. “We need to get this done,” Kuster said. “The health of countless Americans all across this country, in every di...

Kuster Legislation to Expand Passenger Rail Passes House

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The House passed H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, to improve America’s infrastructure. The final legislation included critical provisions from Rep. Annie Kuster’s (NH-02) bipartisan Invest in American Railroads Act, which will make it easier for New Hampshire to fund the Capitol Corridor Project to bring commuter rail to New Hampshire. “In New Hampshire, commuter rail would be a gamechanger, helpi...

Rep. Kuster introduces bill to close new tax liability for water infrastructure companies

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U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster last month introduced a bill that would reverse a tax on private water companies that kicked in after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was signed into law, resulting in over a million dollars in unexpected federal taxes on infrastructure projects in the state. Kuster’s bill, which was co-sponsored by Republican Congressman Greg Walden of Oregon, would provide relief to com...

Kuster reacts to Supreme Court striking down abortion clinic law

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Congressional members and congressional hopefuls are responding to the Supreme Court decision to strike down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics. New Hampshire Rep. Annie Kuster said Monday’s ruling “is an important victory for women and their doctors.” Chief Justice John Roberts and his four more liberal colleagues ruled Monday that the law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have ...