Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Representing the 2nd District of New Hampshire
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Fostering Job Creation and Economic Opportunity

From day one, my top priority in Congress has been helping create jobs and opportunity for middle class New Hampshire families.  Since taking office, I have traveled to every corner of the second district to hear from educators, entrepreneurs, workers, and families about how Congress can help create jobs and grow the economy. Their thoughts and ideas form the foundation of the Jobs and Opportunity Agenda, which outlines a series of common sense, bipartisan steps – ranging from doubling down on investments in innovation and job training, to streamlining government programs – that Congress can take to help small business owners and middle class families achieve their goals. 

This plan takes ideas from all across New Hampshire’s second district and shapes them into a cohesive vision that can help to create jobs and grow the economy, both here in the Granite State and all across the country. From supporting small business to reducing the deficit in a balanced way, the Jobs and Opportunity Agenda touches on a wide range of issues. It includes proposals to increase investments in workforce development; protect access to affordable higher education; and provide tax credits to companies relocating to the United States, among many others.  Please take a moment to read the full text of my Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Agenda, which is available here.

Listening to my constituents is a fundamental part of my job as it helps me to best represent you and New Hampshire's priorities in Congress.  Your ideas are critical as I continue working to help create jobs and boost the economy.  Please share your thoughts about the Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Agenda with me here.

Some highlights from my Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Agenda are listed below:

My top priority in Congress is to help create jobs and opportunity for hard-working middle class New Hampshire families.  While our nation’s small businesses drive job creation and economic growth, our government plays a critical role in fostering the conditions businesses need to grow, thrive, and create jobs.  As a member of the Small Business Committee, I am actively working to support innovation and the expansion of economic opportunity in our country.

To help workers, entrepreneurs, and employers compete and succeed, I am taking the following actions:

  • Promoting ExportsI introduced the Small Business Growth through Exports Act (H.R. 3115), legislation to extend and expand the State Trade and Export Promotion Program, which has helped dozens of Granite State companies expand their exports, create jobs, and grow New Hampshire’s economy.  This program helps businesses attend international trade shows, supports export training programs, and assists with the development of international marketing materials, among other efforts to boost American exports.  I also hosted an Exporter Forum to discuss strategies for boosting international sales.
     
  • Encouraging Public-Private Partnerships:  To bring people together to improve workforce readiness, I introduced the Workforce Development Investment Act (H.R. 1747), a bill that would provide tax incentives to businesses that partner with community colleges and other educational institutions to improve job training for students. Through this legislation tax credits would be made available to employers who collaborate with educational institutions to equip students with the skills they need to compete for well-paying jobs.
     
  • Hearing from New Hampshire Leaders:  I know the best ideas don’t come from Washington—they come from employers, educators, and other stakeholders hard at work in New Hampshire and communities across our country.  That is why I launched my “Congress At Your Company” series to hear directly from businesses leaders about how the federal government can better support economic growth and job creation in the Granite State.  I have also brought together employers, students, teachers, and others through a series of roundtables to discuss how to best prepare students and workers for the 21st Century economy.
     
  • Bringing Together Employers and Job Seekers:  To connect Granite Staters with businesses looking to grow and hire new workers, I hosted a Career and Opportunities Fair.  This successful event attracted more than two dozen employers and professional groups, as well as nearly 300 job seekers.
  • Improving Access to Capital:  Along with colleagues on the Small Business Committee, I helped introduce the Small Business Investment Company Modernization Act (H.R. 1106).  This bipartisan legislation would expand the SBIC program, an important tool that leverages private funding to increase investments in small businesses.  This program has operated successfully since 1958 and operates at zero cost to taxpayers. 
     
  • Encouraging Research and Development:  I know the future of New Hampshire’s economy depends on continued investments in cutting-edge research.  That is why I am fighting to expand and make permanent the research and development tax credit, an essential tool that helps maintain our nation’s leadership in the global innovation economy.
  • Investing in Infrastructure:  Our roads, bridges, airports, electrical grid, and other components of our national infrastructure are the foundation on which our economy is built.  For American businesses to expand and hire, we must repair and strengthen the shared infrastructure needed to transport goods, people, and power.  That is why I am a cosponsor of the Partnership to Build America Act (H.R. 2084), bipartisan legislation to leverage private investments to fund an Infrastructure Bank for financing public works projects.
  • Protecting the New Hampshire Advantage:  Some in Washington are pushing legislation that would require Granite State businesses to collect and remit taxes on online sales on behalf of over 9,600 tax jurisdictions across the country.  This mandate would burden our economy and harm job creation, which is why I am fighting against the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act, which would burden New Hampshire’s small businesses.

More on Fostering Job Creation and Economic Opportunity

Feb 16, 2018 Press Release

(Washington, DC) - Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) has re-introduced The Coding Technology Improvement Act, legislation to allow coding technology programs to receive funding through the Department of Education. Currently, only accredited universities may receive such funding, but a number of innovative institutions are offering high-quality programs that propel students into high-paying jobs in the coding arena. This bill would provide these programs with the federal support they need to expand and continue to offer skills-training to interested students.

Feb 2, 2018 Catching up with Annie

Dear Friend,

This week, I had the honor of the hosting Chessy Prout as my guest at the State of the Union. I’ve been inspired by the courage of Chessy in coming forward with her experiences with sexual assault and her powerful advocacy on behalf of survivors everywhere. 

Feb 1, 2018 Event

(Keene, NH)- Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) met with community, business and education leaders at the Cheshire Career Center to discuss efforts to support skills training and workforce development programs in the Monadnock Region. Kuster has introduced the Workforce Development Investment Act, which would create tax incentives to encourage companies to partner with education providers to develop workforce training programs for skills that are in demand within their c

Feb 1, 2018 Press Release

(Keene, NH)- Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) met with community, business and education leaders at the Cheshire Career Center to discuss efforts to support skills training and workforce development programs in the Monadnock Region. Kuster has introduced the Workforce Development Investment Act, which would create tax incentives to encourage companies to partner with education providers to develop workforce training programs for skills that are in demand within their c

Dec 21, 2017 Catching up with Annie

Dec 19, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) voted against the Republican tax plan, which a recent study by the Tax Policy Center found would overwhelmingly benefit the very top income earners. The Tax Policy Center found that by 2027, 83 percent of the tax benefits in the Republican tax plan would go to the top 1 percent.

Dec 15, 2017 Catching up with Annie

Dear Friend,

Dec 15, 2017 Press Release

Today, Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), and Congresswomen Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01), are urging New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald and Governor Chris Sununu to take action to protect Granite State consumers and small businesses from the negative impacts of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to rollback net neutrality regulations. Yesterday the FCC voted 3-2 to dismantle Obama-era regulations that maintain a level playing field for internet users.

Dec 14, 2017 Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on today’s vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to dismantle rules protecting net neutrality:

Dec 13, 2017 Press Release

**Kuster’s Promoting Travel, Commerce, and National Security Act was signed into law in the United States last year** 

**Legislation would promote trade and tourism, improve national security between the U.S. and Canada**