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NDC Leaders Call Out GOP for Rejecting Funding for Bipartisan Affordable Connectivity Program

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Washington, D.C. — Today, New Democrat Coalition Chair Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Freshman Leadership Representative Nikki Budzinski (IL-13) issued a statement after the Republican-led House Rules Committee rejected Rep. Budzinski’s bipartisan amendment to the 2025 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which would have funded the Affordable…

Kuster Discusses Future of Hydropower and Dam Safety at Uncommon Dialogue on Northeastern Rivers and Dams

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Hanover, N.H. — Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) joined the Uncommon Dialogue on Northeastern Rivers and Dams discussion at Dartmouth College. The dialogue centered around the $2.3 billion from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law awarded to the National Uncommon Dialogue on Hydropower and River Conservation, led by Stanford University, American Rivers, and the National Hydropower…

The New Republic: Vibe check: The future of the Affordable Connectivity Plan

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The New Republic: Vibe check: The future of the Affordable Connectivity Program By Grace Segers I’ve previously written in this newsletter about the Affordable Connectivity Program, which helps connect millions of low-income Americans to the internet—and which will end in May if Congress does not approve additional funding. The program grew from a pandemic-era…

New Hampshire and Vermont Congressional Delegations Urge USDA to Address Staffing Shortages in Rural Development Office as States Continue Flood Recovery Efforts

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Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Chair of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Rural Development and Energy, led U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.); Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and U.S. Representatives Becca Balint (VT-AL), Ann Kuster (D-N.H.), and Chris Pappas (D-N.H.) in sending a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack urging…

Kuster Applauds Expansion of NBRC J-1 Visa Program She Helped Establish

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Concord, N.H. – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) applauded the expansion of the Northern Border Regional Commission’s (NBRC) J-1 Visa Waiver Program to include physicians practicing specialty medicine. Kuster led a bipartisan letter urging the NBRC to use its authority to begin this program, which the NBRC initially launched in December 2023 as part of a larger effort to address…

New Hampshire Congressional Delegation Applauds Nearly $500,000 to Help Rural Businesses Expand Energy Efficiency Efforts

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Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), alongside U.S. Representatives Chris Pappas (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02), applauded $499,120 from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development headed to Clean Energy NH and Plymouth Area Energy Initiative to help rural New Hampshire small businesses and agricultural producers apply for…

New Hampshire Delegation Applauds Nearly $3 Million Recently Awarded to the Northern Border Regional Commission

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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) alongside U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) applauded $3 million in federal funds recently awarded to support the Northern Border Regional Commission’s (NBRC) efforts to foster economic development across the states of New Hampshire, Maine, New York and Vermont. These funds,…

Reps. Kuster and Tiffany Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Promote Domestic Hardwood Products

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Washington, D.C. — Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Tom Tiffany (WI-07) introduced bipartisan legislation to support domestic hardwood products. H.R. 6880, the Hardwood Products Access and Development Program Act, permits the Secretary of Agriculture to authorize grants that bolster domestic industry efforts and research that directly supports end-user…

Kuster, Shaheen, Hassan Join Energy Secretary Granholm in Nashua to Highlight Energy Efficiency Initiatives

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(Nashua, NH) – Today, U.S. Representative Annie Kuster (NH-02), as well as U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), joined U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm at Turn Cycle Solutions in Nashua, New Hampshire, to discuss the work being done to enhance energy efficiency initiatives across the state, as well as highlight the impact of federal investments…

Kuster Bill to Expand 5G Connectivity Heads to President’s Desk

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**Kuster spoke in support of this legislation in the Energy and Commerce Committee**   Washington, D.C. — This week, the House passed the 5G Spectrum Authority Licensing Enforcement (SALE) Act, sending it to the president’s desk. This legislation, which Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) cosponsored in the House, would temporarily grant the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)…