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House overwhelmingly approves VA overhaul

WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a $17 billion bill aimed at coming to the aid of the scandal-plagued Department of Veterans Affairs.

All five Connecticut House members joined the majority as the bill was approved on a vote of 420 to 5. Continue Reading →

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CT politicians, Indian tribes escalate fight over recognition rule

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WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Indian Affairs has done Gov. Dannel Malloy and the rest of Connecticut’s public officials a huge favor by postponing the implementation of a regulation that could bring more tribal gaming to the state. But the forces opposing federal recognition of three Connecticut tribes are far from winning their campaign. Continue Reading →

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Washington Watch — Week of July 27

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In the last week of work before Congress's August recess, there will be a lot of finger-pointing concerning who is responsible for failing to get must-pass legislation approved, including a final highway bill, and legislation that would deal with the surge of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Continue Reading →

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Himes presses for greater oversight of work visa programs

WASHINGTON – Saying foreign workers are often abused, and even trafficked for sex, Rep. Jim Himes on Thursday introduced a bill that would require greater disclosures by those who hire temporary immigrant labor and a more centralized system of federal oversight of dozens of worker visa programs. Continue Reading →

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