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Obama administration moving new tribal recognition rules

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WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is on the brink of making new federal tribal recognition rules – a move that could be a boon to several Connecticut tribes. Opponents, however, fearful of the ramifications of the new rules on casino operations and land claims, are making 11th-hour attempts to stop or slow the process. Continue Reading →

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CT spending cap is unique and, some critics say, among the toughest

Like about half of the states in the nation, Connecticut has imposed a cap on the amount of money the state government can spend. But each state has approached the problem of controlling the spending habits of its governors and legislature differently, and Connecticut’s spending cap is unique in a number of ways. Continue Reading →

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Murphy bill would create tax break for ‘angel’ investors

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WASHINGTON – Sen. Chris Murphy would give “angel” investors a new federal tax break and is also co-sponsoring another bill introduced Thursday that would erase a barrier between those investors and start-up companies that need their money. Continue Reading →

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Despite reservations, CT senators join in approving ‘doc fix’ bill

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WASHINGTON — While they had reservations about some provisions of the bill, Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy joined an overwhelming majority in the U.S. Senate to approve a bill preventing a 21 percent cut in Medicare fees for doctors. Continue Reading →

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Murphy helps give Congress a say on Iran nuclear deal

Connecticut U.S. Sens. Christopher Murphy, right, and Richard Blumenthal

WASHINGTON — After the White House reluctantly withdrew its objections, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy voted for a bill Tuesday that would give Congress a say in any agreement with Iran over its nuclear power program. The bill also bridges a disagreement between Murphy and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal over the role Congress should play on an Iran deal. Continue Reading →

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Bank that boosts Connecticut exports under fire

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WASHINGTON – For years Connecticut companies, large and small, have benefitted from a federally backed bank that helps them sell their goods overseas — but a bitter fight over whether the Export Import Bank is taxpayer-funded corporate welfare has put its future in question. Continue Reading →

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F-35 program facing new challenges

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WASHINGTON – Lockheed Martin, maker of the F-35, whose engines are produced by Pratt & Whitney, recently held a glitzy reception in the atrium of the Rayburn House Office Building, complete with a buffet and the chance to “fly” the F-35 in a cockpit simulator, to press home a point — don’t cut funding for the program. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter faces a host of challenges. Continue Reading →

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CT official: VA’s failure to share data hurts vets at risk of prescription abuse

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WASHINGTON -- Connecticut veterans are escaping the notice of a state program aimed at combating prescription painkiller abuse, an epidemic among those veterans; and the federal government's Department of Veterans Affairs is to blame, a state official says. Continue Reading →

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Medicare fees to drop sharply as Senate falters on ‘doc fix’ bill opposed by CT senators

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WASHINGTON – The Senate's failure to act on a bill, opposed by Connecticut's senators, means fees paid to doctors who treat Medicare patients will drop sharply at the end of the month. If Congress, which left on a two-week Easter recess, acts as soon as it returns, the government says it may be able to avoid the fee cuts. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal: Effort to block recognition of CT tribes faces challenges

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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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