Sep 1, 2015 6:12 PM

Landrigan: NH Rep. Annie Kuster offers working families agenda hoping to get bipartisan support


CONCORD - Donna Marceau of WorkReady New Hampshire spoke Tuesday about services to give the unemployed the job skills they need.

"It’s really a business program so Donald Trump would love this program.’’

That’s not the rhetoric you’d expect as Democratic Congresswoman Annie Kuster releases her Working Families Agenda but it speaks to her hope to get Republican to embrace her proposals.

"I do a lot of work with particularly my women colleagues on the Republican side but talking about family, talking about opportunity, hard work are all totally bipartisan values,’’ Kuster said.

Some of Kuster’s plans are non-starters like raising the minimum wage or the paycheck fairness act to guarantee women equal pay.

Making health care plans flexible for pregnant women is key to keep them in the work force, she says.

"The question is what are we saying to this next generation. That it’s too expensive, it’s too complicated to have a family,’’ Kuster said.

New Hampshire’s chances for competitive grants are hurt by a lack of state support.

"Unfortunately there are federal grants that could not be awarded to our state because our state is not showing a very good track record of investing in these early child care and education programs,’’ Kuster said.

The challenge for Congresswoman Kuster in getting her working families agenda supported is trying to get political families support when you’re a Democrat in a town, Capitol Hill, that is under Republican control.


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