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CT senators part of ‘doc fix’ hangup that could cut Medicare fees

WASHINGTON – Fees paid to doctors who treat Medicare patients could drop sharply at the end of the month, the result of an impasse in the U.S. Senate over a bill that would prevent the 21 percent decline in payments. Connecticut's five House members voted Thursday for the legislation; but its Democratic senators, Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, aren’t sold on the bill. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal: Effort to block recognition of CT tribes faces challenges

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal

WASHINGTON – Rules under consideration that would make it easier for Indian tribes to win federal recognition have a carve-out aimed at denying that status to several Connecticut tribes, but Sen. Richard Blumenthal has joined others in saying the provision may be unconstitutional. Continue Reading →

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Courtney leads Democratic push to cut student debt

Washington – Backed by key Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, returned to an old theme on Wednesday -- how to cut the college student debt -- by introducing a bill that would do just that. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers tackle Social Security solvency problem

U.S. Rep. John Larson, D-1st District

WASHINGTON – Connecticut lawmakers are promoting a plan they say would shore up the solvency of the Social Security system for 75 years — and give about 11 million seniors a tax break. U.S. Rep. John Larson, D-1st District, and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., introduced bills in the House and Senate Tuesday they say would eliminate a projected shortfall in the Social Security program. Continue Reading →

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Esty to join Obama, Bush and dozens of lawmakers in Selma

A sign marking the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail.

WASHINGTON – President Obama, former President George W. Bush and dozens of lawmakers, including Connecticut's Rep. Elizabeth Esty, plan to converge on Selma, Ala., this weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic march that led to approval of the Voting Rights Act. Continue Reading →

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CT senators vow to block high-speed rail that bypasses state

Amtrak Wilmington concept

Updated 5:48 p.m. March 6
WASHINGTON – Both of Connecticut’s U.S. senators on Friday vowed to stop a proposal approved in the House of Representatives this week that would require Amtrak to study the feasibility of a new high-speed train from Washington, D.C., to Boston — with no stops in Connecticut. Continue Reading →

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House approves Amtrak subsidy, study of high-speed service skipping CT

Amtrak Wilmington concept

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a bill that would authorize the spending of billions of dollars to shore up Amtrak and require the passenger rail company to study the feasibility of a high-speed service from Washington, D.C., to Boston that would make no stops in Connecticut. Continue Reading →

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