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In First 100 Days of the 116th Congress, Kuster Fights for New Hampshire Families

**Kuster bills to Redesignate Saint Gaudens & bolster environmental protections signed into law**

**Energy and Commerce Committee clears Kuster legislation to protect individuals with pre-existing conditions**

Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, highlighted the success of Democrats in the House of Representatives in the first 100 days of the 116th Congress. Kuster successfully advocated for legislation to redesignate the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site as a “National Historical Park.” She also pushed for the Nashua River Wild and Scenic River Act to designate portions of the Nashua, Squannacook, and Nissitissit Rivers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire as scenic rivers under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, as well as a long-term priority for Kuster, permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Both of these measures have been signed into law by President Trump.

Kuster successfully included a provision in the Veterans Access to Child Care Act that improves veterans’ ability to access childcare in their community and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act that will help the federal government more accurately record and report the types of sexually violent acts committed in the United States. Both of these pieces of legislation are pending in the Senate, and Rep. Kuster continues to urge leaders in the upper chamber to pass both bills.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

As a member of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, Kuster has advanced her legislation, the Protecting Americans with Pre-existing Conditions Act (HR 986). This bill would revoke Section 1332 guidance released by the Trump Administration’s U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on October 22, 2018, which weakened protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions. The Committee also advanced 11 additional bills aimed to help lower the costs of prescription drugs and  healthcare.

The Congresswoman has also introduced legislation to combat the opioid epidemic, protect vulnerable Americans from carbon monoxide poisoning, improve care for Alzheimer’s patients, support veterans exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, and improve care for veterans, servicemembers and their families exposed to PFAS chemicals.

“Today marks 100 days since the new Democratic majority was sworn in to the House of Representatives, and I’ve been proud of our work to deliver on our promises to the American people,” said Kuster. “I’ve heard from people across New Hampshire that they want a government that works for them and focuses on delivering real results. I’m proud to say that’s what I’ve done. As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, I’ve had the opportunity to advance legislation that will improve access to affordable healthcare and lower the costs of prescription drugs. We have taken important steps to fight climate change, get dark money out of politics and increase accountability for elected officials. I look forward to continuing to work every day for the people of the Granite State.”

In the first 100 Days the House of Representatives has passed key legislation, including:

  • H.R. 1 – For The People Act
  • H.R. 7 – Paycheck Fairness Act
  • H.R. 8–  Bipartisan Background Checks Act
  • H.R. 1112 – Enhanced Background Checks Act
  • H.R. 268 – Disaster supplemental funding
  • H.R. 676 – NATO Support Act
  • H.R. 840 – Veterans Access to Child Care Act
  • H.R. 1585 – Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act
  • H.R. 1644 – Save The Internet Act