Kuster Discusses COVID-19 Relief with NH Librarians, Support for Future Needs
Concord, April 22, 2021
**The full conversation is available HERE**
Concord, N.H. — Yesterday, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) met virtually with librarians from the New Hampshire Library Association to discuss the impact of the American Rescue Plan, support for ongoing community efforts as New Hampshire recovers from the pandemic, expanding access to high-speed broadband, bolstering workforce development, and improving access to quality, affordable healthcare.
The Kuster-backed American Rescue Plan Act includes $7.2 billion in additional funding to help public and private schools and public libraries to purchase internet access and connected devices for those in need.
“Our Granite State libraries and librarians help to foster growth and innovation across New Hampshire, and they have been a key resource for many during this crisis,” said Rep. Kuster. “It was great to hear first-hand from NH librarians about the impact of the American Rescue Plan on their work in communities, ongoing efforts to expand broadband access and bolster workforce development resources, and plans to build back better as we emerge from the challenges of the pandemic. I look forward to bringing the voices and perspective of NH librarians to Congress to ensure every Granite Stater has the support they need to thrive.”
“Our public libraries in District 2 appreciated having time to speak to the Congresswoman on issues such as broadband, workforce development, and community infrastructure,” said Michael York, NH State Librarian. “We thank her for her unwavering support of the important work of our libraries in those communities through federal initiatives such as the Library Services & Technology Act funds, the CARES and ARPA funds, and the Build America’s Libraries Act. She is always there when we need her. We hope to schedule library visits for the Congresswoman when we are all able to get together safely.”
Kuster has been a leading advocate in Congress for increased relief for New Hampshire communities and families as the nation works to end this pandemic. Kuster helped to get the American Rescue Plan Act over the finish line in the House of Representatives, championed provisions for state and local funding, and successfully got funding for her legislation included — the Coronavirus Vaccine and Therapeutic Development Act — ensuring that the United States will be able to mass-produce and administer COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics quickly and efficiently.