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DeLauro tells Obama to end program enticing Cuban doctors to defect

WASHINGTON – Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District, doesn’t think President Obama has gone far enough with opening relations with Cuba --and she has told him so. She and 14 other liberal Democrats sent Obama a letter Wednesday urging the end of a Bush-era program that makesit easier for Cuban doctors to defect.
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DeLauro ‘guest’ at State of the Union turns activist

Washington – Most guests invited by members of Congress or the White House to attend the State of the Union speech are there to be quietly symbolic, but not John W. Barto Jr., the former president of Ansonia Metals. Barto, the guest of Rep. Rosa DeLauro , D-3rd District, spent the day lobbying against the Tran-Pacific Partnership, a proposed trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim countries.
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Michelle Obama invites University of Hartford student to State of the Union

WASHINGTON – Not long ago he Anthony Mendez lived with his family in an homeless shelter, now he will sit with First Lady Michelle Obama her husband’s State of the Union speech to the nation Tuesday night, Mendez, a University of Hartford freshman, was invited by the First Lady because he overcame serious challenges to become the first high school graduate in his family.
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CT lawmakers to back Obama, their own agendas, at State of the Union

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WASHINGTON – President Obama is expected to roll out an ambitious agenda in his State of the Union speech that could increase the distance between the White House and Republicans in Congress. Connecticut’s lawmakers, however, will use the occasion to show support for that agenda – and promote their own. Continue Reading →

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Murphy presses again for gasoline tax hike to shore up highway fund

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WASHINGTON – Sen. Chris Murphy, in partnership with Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, has renewed a push for their proposal to raise the gasoline tax to shore up a transportation fund that will soon run out of money, threatening road and bridge projects in Connecticut and elsewhere across the nation. Continue Reading →

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State, local governments hire lobbyists for influence in D.C.

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WASHINGTON – Despite tight budgets and Congressional gridlock, Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport, other Connecticut municipalities and the state continue to hire Washington lobbyists to seek federal dollars, keep them informed about national issues and help the state's congressional delegation address their needs. Continue Reading →

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Himes splits with delegation on Wall Street bill; Esty reverses

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WASHINGTON – Rep. Jim Himes split with the rest of Connecticut’s House delegation on Wednesday by voting for a bill opponents say would weaken the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill. Most Democrats opposed the bill, even some like Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, who voted for similar legislation as recently as last week. Continue Reading →

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