Congress

Recent Posts

Insurers: Repeal of ACA should go slowly, keep subsidies awhile

WASHINGTON – As Republicans in Congress begin work on a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the nation’s health insurers are telling lawmakers to keep paying subsidies to the companies and to low-income Americans so they can afford coverage. Insurers are also asking that Congress create a long transition period before changes to the ACA take effect. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

Larson: Dems will defy fines, other sanctions, aimed at stopping protests

WASHINGTON — Rep. John Larson, an architect of a sit-in rebellion of House Democrats last summer, said he and his colleagues will not be deterred by new House rules that will levy fines on such future behavior. He calls the Republicans’ proposed new punishments “Putin-esque.” Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

Analyst: Trump’s idea for F-35 would be ‘a disaster for the U.S.’

WASHINGTON — While President-elect Donald Trump is unhappy about the cost of Lockheed Martin’s F-35, replacing it with a cheaper jet would face serious problems, defense analysts and Connecticut’s lawmakers say. Loren Thompson, a defense analyst with the Lexington Institute, called Trump’s idea “a disaster for the United States” that would hurt the nation’s military strength. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

Blumenthal: Lame duck need not be lame

WASHINGTON — Congress returns to work this week for a lame-duck session aimed at trying to set aside partisan differences long enough to keep the government from closing. Connecticut’s two Democratic senators also hope some of the state’s priorities will survive in the next six weeks. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

CT joins lobbying fray over new federal education rule

WASHINGTON – Connecticut has joined a lobbying effort to change how federal money for schools with large populations of poor or disadvantaged students is distributed. The new regulation would bar school districts from “supplanting” the money they give to schools with poor students with federal money aimed at “supplementing” local funding. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

Blumenthal, Murphy, DeLauro seek to override Obama veto of terrorism lawsuit bill

Updated at 8:20 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and Rep. Rosa DeLauro are at the forefront of an effort to override President Obama’s veto of a bill that would help the families of the victims of the September 11th attacks sue Saudi Arabia. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

Q&A: Outgoing Navy chief talks submarines, F-35s and his legacy

In a recent wide-ranging interview over lunch, The Connecticut Mirror pressed outgoing Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, the longest serving naval chief in 100 years, about the future of submarine warfare, delays in the F-35 joint strike fighter program and why the Pentagon wants another round of base closings. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

Outgoing Navy secretary still urging a base-closing round

WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said submarines have become more important to the national defense and the Navy has less excess capacity than the other services, but he also said all Navy facilities would be on the table, even sub bases, if there were a new base-closing round. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

Corey hopes third try is charm in ousting Larson

WASHINGTON — Since he was first elected to represent a Hartford-based congressional district in 1998, Rep. John Larson has not had a serious challenge from a GOP opponent and – if fundraising and history are any measures – it looks like his winning record will continue this year. Yet Matthew Corey, a business owner from Manchester, says Larson has failed in a key mission – stopping the bleeding of jobs in the 1st District. He hopes his third try at unseating Larson is a charm. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,

CT Zika-fighting efforts could feel pinch if Congress doesn’t act

WASHINGTON — Connecticut has received nearly $1 million this week from the federal government to combat the Zika virus – enough for now, state officials say, but not if the crisis worsens. Meanwhile, the blame game continues in Washington over who is responsible for holding up more than $1 billion that could bolster states’ efforts to fight the disease. Continue Reading →

Filed under: , , , , , , ,