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Murphy tries, but fails, to block ACA repeal

Sen. Chris Murphy argues against repeal of the Affordable Care Act on the Senate floor Thursday.

WASHINGTON — Congress has taken the first step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act, and Sen. Chris Murphy on Thursday was on the front lines of Democratic efforts to stop, or at least slow, the process. “There is a cruelty to this enthusiasm for immediate repeal that is a little bit hard to understand,” Murphy said. Continue Reading →

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CT joins lobbying fray over new federal education rule

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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 →

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State official says federal policy changes cut 6,100 from subsidized day care

Connecticut Early Childhood Commissioner Myra Jones-Taylor testifies before Congress Wednesday.

WASHINGTON — The move to improve a child care subsidy program that helps low-and-moderate income families has also made it more expensive and forced Connecticut to cut 6,100 children from the rolls, a state official told a Senate panel Wednesday. Continue Reading →

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Murphy presses for action on mental health bill despite obstacles

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WASHINGTON – Sen. Chris Murphy and Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana have bipartisan support for a bill that would reform the nation’s mental health system and are pressing for Senate action on the legislation. But they are facing hurdles common to those who push for change on Capitol Hill. Continue Reading →

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Congress’ approval of education bill allows CT to overhaul K-12 system

The state formula for aid to municipal school districts would be changed under the budget proposal.

Washington — The Senate voted overwhelmingly to repeal the controversial No Child Left Behind and sent President Obama a bill that will eliminate most federal mandates and give states like Connecticut broad authority to change their K-12 education systems. Continue Reading →

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Congress shuts loan program that helps thousands of CT students

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WASHINGTON – Congress may have averted a government shutdown, but failed to prevent the demise of the nation’s oldest student aid program, known as the Perkins loan. Thousands of Connecticut students use this program to help finance their education. Continue Reading →

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Murphy hopes to amend education bill to address civil rights concerns

Sen. Chris Murphy speaking on the floor of the U.S. Senate about ISIL.

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chris Murphy hopes to amend a new federal education bill so that problem schools and under-performing students could be more clearly identified — and given the help they need. The new bill before the Senate would replace the controversial No Child Left Behind Act. Continue Reading →

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Murphy wins seat on Senate Appropriations Committee

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WASHINGTON – Sen. Chris Murphy, who is still in his freshman term in the Senate, has been given a seat on the Senate Appropriations Committee in the next Congress, a powerful panel that decides all spending issues and is responsible for the budget that funds all federal departments and programs. Continue Reading →

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