Supporting Veterans, Military Families, and National Security

Kuster Legislation to Protect Veteran-Owned Small Businesses Signed into Law

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Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) issued the following statement after President Trump signed her legislation, the Protecting Business Opportunities for Veterans Act of 2019, into law. This law requires businesses participating in the Vets First Program to verify that they are doing the required percentage of work and directs the VA to refer suspected violators to the Office of the Inspector Gener...

Kuster Leads Efforts to Streamline and Improve Supply Chain to VA Hospitals

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Last week, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report outlining recommendations to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to fix problems with its program intended to provide VA medical centers with medical and surgical supplies. In 2018, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) led the effort to have GAO provide specific recommendations on how VA Medical Centers can better obtain the medical ...

Kuster-Backed Legislation to Improve Veteran Health Care Passes House

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This week, multiple pieces of legislation backed by Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) to improve access to health care for Granite State veterans passed the House of Representatives. Kuster was a co-sponsor of the VA Mission Telehealth Clarification Act, which would improve and expand access to telehealth services for veterans. She also backed the Equal Access to Contraception for Veterans Act to...

Looking Forward

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Dear Friend, Last week, our nation lost the Conscience of the Congress, a fearless civil rights icon, and a great man: Congressman John Lewis. America is a better place because of John Lewis and his fearless dedication to freedom and justice, no matter the cost. Even in his final weeks, John Lewis joined peaceful protesters to stand up against injustice – always teaching us and showing us what goo...

Kuster Joins House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs for Hearing on Ending Sexual Harassment at the VA

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**Kuster joins hearing after GAO report requested by Kuster finds alarming rates of sexual harassment at the Department of Veterans Affairs** **Last week, following the GAO report’s release, Rep. Kuster joined a bipartisan group of Members in calling on VA Sec. Wilkie to enact the recommendations made by GAO to address sexual harassment within the VA** Watch Kuster’s lines of questioning here and ...

House Passes Defense Authorization Including Kuster Amendment to Reopen Hanover, NH Child Care Facility Scheduled to Close

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Today, the House of Representatives passed the William (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which contains multiple provisions that Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) helped advance, including reopening the child care facility at the Cold Regions Research & Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, investigating the causes of high unemployment rates for post-9/11 women veterans, and improvi...

ICYMI: Kuster and Colleagues to VA: “Take Necessary Action to Prevent Sexual Harassment within the Department”

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On Wednesday, following the release of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report entitled “Sexual Harassment: Inconsistent and Incomplete Policies and Information Hinder VA’s Efforts to Protect Employees,” Rep. Annie Kuster (D-N.H.) joined House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) in sending a bipartisan, bicameral letter to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secr...

NH Delegation Calls on Trump Administration to Extend NH National Guard Support for COVID-19 Response

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U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) have sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper asking that he extend the New Hampshire National Guard’s authorization to assist the State’s COVID-19 response efforts. This letter supports Governor Chri...

NH Delegation Raises Concerns Over Potential Changes to Veterans’ Disability Claims Process

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U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen and Representatives Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas raised concerns over potential changes to how the Department of Veterans Affairs considers disability claims. The VA announced that it is ending its current 48-hour review period for a claim determination that historically has helped make sure that veterans don’t lose out on benefits because of technic...

Putting Forth Solutions to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

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Dear Friend, Putting Forth Solutions to Combat the Opioid Epidemic Yesterday, I joined Representative Brian Fitzpatrick, my Republican co-chair of the Bipartisan Opioid Task Force, and additional Task Force members to unveil our 2020 legislative agenda as part of our work to fight an epidemic that has impacted so many families in New Hampshire and nationwide. The agenda outlines commonsense, bipar...