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Murphy Q&A: Congress ‘is a place that’s fundamentally broken’

Sen. Murphy after the gun vote in the senate, April 2013

WASHINGTON — Freshmen senators, especially those belonging to the party out of power in the chamber, generally keep a low profile in deference to their elders. But Sen. Chris Murphy has clearly broken with tradition. The Connecticut Mirror interviewed the senator about his relatively short, but very busy, time in the Senate and his plans for the future. Continue Reading →

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Murphy raises gun control – and his profile – at convention

Sen. Chris Murphy addresses the convention on gun control. Read the story here.

PHILADELPHIA — Sen. Chris Murphy’s impassioned, prime time speech on gun control Wednesday helped the Democratic Party showcase its commitment on the issue and helped raise a profile that has been elevated since he led a filibuster on the Senate floor to press GOP leaders to hold votes on gun legislation. Continue Reading →

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Senate rejects Murphy background-check provision and ‘terror gap’ bill

Sen. Chris Murphy speaks last month on legislation to expand background checks for gun purchasers.

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WASHINGTON — For the second time since the slaughter at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the U.S. Senate has rejected an effort to expand FBI background checks of gun purchasers. Lawmakers also killed an effort to bar those on the terrorist watch list from purchasing weapons, as well as two competing GOP proposals. Continue Reading →

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Murphy ends filibuster saying two gun measures will get votes

Sen. Chris Murphy displays a poster of Newtown shooting victim Dylan Hockley as he comes to the end of his filibuster on the Senate floor early Thursday.

WASHINGTON — Nearly 15 hours after he launched a filibuster to pressure GOP colleagues to allow votes on gun safety measures, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy said there had been an agreement to vote on measures barring those on a terrorist watch list from purchasing firearms and expanding background checks. Continue Reading →

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Senate Dems threaten ‘nuclear option’ to pass budget, $2B tax hike

Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, center, confers with Benjamin Barnes, the Malloy administration's budget director.

Senate Democrats took the extraordinary step in the final hour of the 2015 session Wednesday of threatening to cut off debate to ensure passage on a 19-17 vote of a new state budget that raises tax revenues by $2 billion. Continue Reading →

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