Bass For Congress - Kuster's Actions Supporting Higher Taxes Speak Louder than Her Words

Kuster Pushed for NH Income Tax; Now Fighting to Raise Taxes on NH Businesses



Concord, NH – In attempting to defend her long record as a big-government tax-and-spend liberal, 2nd District Congressional candidate Annie Kuster stated Thursday that she would support a, “resolution to prevent N.H. businesses from having to collect other states' sales taxes…”

While it’s heartening to hear Kuster promise to support a position on which Congressman Charlie Bass has already demonstrated great leadership, the Bass campaign today urged voters to take a long look at Kuster’s actions over the years supporting tax hikes on New Hampshire families and businesses.

“Annie Kuster pushed for a New Hampshire income tax for many years, even fighting against her own Democrat Party leaders to pass an income tax,” said Bass for Congress spokesperson, Scott Tranchemontagne.  “Today, she is pushing to raise taxes on New Hampshire small businesses by the end of this year; a plan that will cost New Hampshire 3,400 jobs.   And as part of her unyielding support for the President’s health care takeover, she is supporting a tax on medical devices that will directly impact 3,700 New Hampshire jobs.   Promises are nice, but Kuster’s past performance fighting for higher taxes is a better indicator of what she will do in the future.”

Charlie Bass has opposed legislation that would allow other states to collect sales taxes from New Hampshire businesses for sales made over the Internet.  Bass has been a long outspoken advocate against legislation that would harm the New Hampshire Advantage.  He is also recognized for his bipartisanship and willingness to work across the aisle.  Charlie Bass is a leader in the House of Representatives when it comes to "working together." 

"As one of most bipartisan members in the House, Charlie Bass has a bona fide record of working together regardless of party affiliation and was named part of the "Brave 38" for his willingness to support a bipartisan budget based on the Simpson-Bowles plan.  If Annie Kuster is honestly interested in working in a bipartisan way, we’d welcome her support of even more of Charlie's initiatives," said Tranchemontagne. 

Bass’ Current Bipartisan Legislative Efforts:

H.R. 4017 - The Smart Energy Act

Introduced legislation with Representative Jim Matheson (D-UT) to promote the use of energy efficiency technologies within the federal government to save the taxpayer's money and to promote energy efficiency throughout other industries.  Legislation is supported by a diverse group such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Alliance to Save Energy.

 H.R. 3067 - The Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act

Introduced with Representative Karen Bass (D-CA) to establish a commission that would focus on the general prevention of breast cancer by helping to coordinate research to avoid duplication of efforts and efficient use of funding among entities trying to find a cure.  Bass was presented the National Breast Cancer Coalition Congressional Award by members from New Hampshire for his efforts.

 H.R. 3293 - Establishing a Veterans ID

Introduced legislation based on the recommendations of the Veterans Advisory Board established by Bass to advise him on issues important to our veterans community in New Hampshire.  Bill would establish an identification card at no cost to the federal government that veterans could get to prove their service to our nation in order partake in benefits available to those that served.

 Bipartisan Legislative Efforts that were Enacted Into Law:

H.R. 1591 - The Sanctity of Eternal Rest for Veterans Act

Introduced bipartisan legislation that would provide the men and women who have fought and died for our country the greatest dignity and respect by allowing their families to commemorate and grieve for their loved ones without the threat of protesters and disruptions. The bill was enacted into law as part of the Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act (Public Law No: 112-154).

 H.R. 3211 - The Humanitarian Device Reform Act 

Introduced legislation to help encourage the research and development of life saving medical devices that would help those with rare diseases and supported by the National Organization of Rare Diseases. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) was the lead sponsor of the legislation in the Senate.  The bill was enacted into law as part of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (Public Law No: 112-144).

“Charlie Bass understands that actions always speak louder than words.  When it comes to fighting for lower taxes, and working in a bipartisan way, Charlie has walked the walk.   Unfortunately, Annie Kuster is just talking the talk," concluded Tranchemontagne.