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Larson joins a stream of lawmakers visiting Cuba

Rep. John Larson

WASHINGTON — While millions of Americans visit the beach, mountains or relatives this Memorial Day weekend, Rep. John Larson has packed his bags to go to Cuba. Larson, D-1st District, will join the stream of lawmakers who have traveled to Havana since President Obama moved to normalize relations with Cuba late last year.
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Murphy, Blumenthal, other Dems seek boost in Amtrak funding

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WASHINGTON — Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy are among a group of nearly a dozen Democratic senators trying to derail a proposed cut in Amtrak funding and instead help the passenger rail company tackle billions of dollars worth of backlogged repairs and capital improvements. Continue Reading →

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3 CT lawmakers buck tide, vote ‘no’ on short-term federal highway bill

WASHINGTON – Reps. Rosa DeLauro, Joe Courtney and John Larson were among the minority of House members to vote against a bill Tuesday that would allow federal highway money to continue to flow to the states – but only for another two months. Continue Reading →

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Police violence cases spurring CT proposals for body cameras

Police wearing body cameras in the United Kingdom.

WASHINGTON — A rash of cases involving police violence against young black men — most recently including the death of a Baltimore man in police custody — has bolstered the case for body-worn police video cameras both in Connecticut and Washington. Several Connecticut departments are exploring the idea, and the U.S. Senate will hold a hearing on the issue this week. Continue Reading →

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CT says it has six months of transportation funds if Congress fails to act

Putnam bridge

Washington — The law that authorizes federal transportation spending in Connecticut and across the nation runs out at the end of the month, and the fund that pays for that spending is expected to go broke two months later, but Connecticut says it has funding in place for at least six months' worth of projects if Congress fails to act in time to avert the looming crisis. Continue Reading →

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Connecticut yet to implement train-crash preventive technology

A map of railroad lines in the state and their owners.

WASHINGTON – In the wake of the fatal Amtrak crash in Philadelphia, railroad experts and lawmakers like Sen. Richard Blumenthal are touting safety technology that’s been slow to come to Connecticut. The state hopes to install Positive Train Control technology by 2018. Continue Reading →

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House bill would charge for Coast Guard patrols at private events

Fireworks over the water

When the Belle Haven Club wanted to put on fireworks over Long Island Sound near Greenwich last June, the U.S. Coast Guard was required to establish a safety perimeter to keep boaters away from the event, an operation that was paid for by U.S. taxpayers. But Congress may soon require the club and others who tap the resources of the Coast Guard for private parties and events to pay for those services. Continue Reading →

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Murphy questions AG on failure to build Danbury prison facility

Danbury federal prison

WASHINGTON — Sen. Chris Murphy on Thursday questioned Attorney General Loretta Lynch on the failure to begin construction of a new facility on the grounds of the federal prison in Danbury that would allow about 200 female inmates to return to Connecticut, where they had been incarcerated until last year. Continue Reading →

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Malloy urged protection for pharmaceutical firms in trade pact

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Scott Jackson, chairman of the Sandy Hook commission.

WASHINGTON – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other elected officials lobbied the Obama administration for a provision in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact that would protect pharmaceutical companies making some of the most cutting-edge and expensive drugs against competitors who want to make cheaper, generic versions of those medicines. Continue Reading →

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