Jobs and the Economy
Since taking office, Annie has made creating jobs and opportunity for Granite State families her number one priority, and she’s fighting hard in Congress to ensure that all Granite Staters have the opportunity to work hard and pursue the American Dream. She is focused on passing her Jobs and Opportunity Agenda, which outlines common sense steps Congress should take to help grow New Hampshire’s economy and create good, middle class jobs for our workers.
Annie knows the best way to grow our economy and support job creation is to invest in education, job training programs, infrastructure, and scientific research. A member of the Small Business Committee, she routinely visits Granite State small businesses to hear from their owners and employees about how Congress can best help them succeed, and on their behalf she’s sponsored bills to support American exports, cut taxes for businesses that partner with schools to improve job training for students, and support construction jobs by reinvesting in our roads and highways. Annie also hosts a series of Jobs Fairs which have helped connect hundreds of job seekers with New Hampshire employers looking to hire.
Supporting Our Military and Veterans
Having grown up in a military family, Annie knows firsthand the sacrifices made by our service members and their families. Annie’s father and father-in-law both served in the Invasion of Normandy 70 years ago. Today, Annie serves on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, where she works to ensure our government serves veterans as well as they served us. That’s why she helped introduce a package of bills to eliminate the backlog in claims for VA benefits, including her own bill, which passed the House with bipartisan support. She also supports legislation to assist veterans with the transition back to the civilian workforce, and she successfully passed her amendment to improve contracting opportunities for veteran-owned small businesses. Annie also helped secure new VA facilities for Granite State veterans in Colebrook and Berlin, so many veterans in these communities will no longer be forced to travel long distances for care.
Annie knows there is no greater investment than in our children’s education, and that we cannot compete in the global economy without investing in a highly-skilled workforce. That is why the very first bill Annie introduced would facilitate public-private partnerships between businesses and educators to help prepare students for the 21st century workforce. In addition, she has cosponsored legislation to expand the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs our students need to secure good, 21st century jobs. As a parent, Annie knows the impact that the cost of higher education has on Granite State families. That is why Annie fought to keep interest rates for student loans affordable, and why she supports a new proposal to allow graduates to refinance their student loans at lower rates.
Standing Up for Seniors
Annie believes we must keep our obligation to older generations of Granite Staters who cared for us and built the world we have today. That is why she will never vote to cut the Medicare and Social Security benefits our seniors rely on and have earned. Annie fought the President’s proposal to use “chained-CPI” to reduce benefits for retirees and veterans, and is working to strengthen penalties against criminals who defraud seniors. Annie cared for her mother, the late Susan McLane, during her battle with Alzheimer’s, and today, Annie is working to expand investments in Alzheimer’s research and improve support for the families and caregivers of patients with this devastating disease.
Frugal Yankee Values & Working across the Aisle
Annie strongly believes we must responsibly reduce the federal budget deficit and pay down the national debt to ensure the long-term health of our economy. That’s why she is working across the aisle with Republicans and Democrats to cut wasteful spending and make our government more efficient. In Congress, she sponsored legislation to stop spending taxpayer money on maintaining long-empty federal bank accounts, and cosponsored legislation to save hundreds of billions of dollars by eliminating and streamlining duplicative programs. Annie cofounded the United Solutions caucus, a group that brings together Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who are committed to ending the gridlock in Washington and working together to get things done. She’s also a member of the Problem Solvers, a bipartisan group working to pass the Make Government Work agenda to save tax dollars and make Washington more efficient.
Advocating for Women
As part of the third class of women to ever graduate from Dartmouth, Annie has been breaking ground for women her entire career. As an adoption attorney for 25 years, Annie worked with women of every age and background facing unplanned pregnancies, and is a staunch defender of a woman’s right to choose and to make her own health care decisions. Shortly after beginning her service in our nation’s first all-female congressional delegation, Annie went to work addressing sexual assault in the military, and helped lead the successful effort to increase whistleblower protections for those who report these crimes. Annie also recently unveiled an Economic Agenda for Women and Families, which advocates support for critical reforms that will help level the playing field for Granite State women and their families - like the Paycheck Fairness Act to ensure women can access equal pay, protections for pregnant workers, and expanded sick and family leave.
In Congress, Annie is a member of the Equality Caucus, where she works to end discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. Annie is an original cosponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), and signed the Amicus brief to the Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. In addition, Annie has championed legislation to achieve equal veterans, Social Security, and immigration benefits for same-sex couples.
Annie is focused on reforming our health care system to improve access to affordable, quality health care. She knows the Affordable Care Act is not perfect, which is why she is working to improve the law. Annie sponsored the bill to fix the “family glitch” and make family health coverage more affordable, and cosponsored legislation to expand tax credits so small businesses can more easily afford to provide health care for their employees. She also successfully pushed the Obama administration to ensure that drugs that help combat breast cancer will be covered by health insurance providers. Annie opposes efforts to completely throw out the health care reform law, which would increase pharmaceutical costs for seniors and reinstate discrimination against women and patients with preexisting conditions, and she is committed to fixing remaining problems with the law and increasing competition in the New Hampshire health insurance marketplace.