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Blumenthal: Lame duck need not be lame

U.S. Capitol

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 →

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Blumenthal, Murphy split over boost in defense spending

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

WASHINGTON — Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy split this week on whether to boost military spending by $18 billion – allowing the Pentagon to increase its purchase of Connecticut-made weaponry – without raising the amount of money spent on domestic programs as well. Continue Reading →

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Obama budget would cut Black Hawks, F-35s, boost Pell grants, Head Start

A Black Hawk helicopter

WASHINGTON — President Obama’s 2017 proposed budget, released Tuesday, would sharply cut funding for Connecticut -made Sikorsky Black Hawk helicopters and trim the number of F-35s the Pentagon would buy, while boosting spending on certain domestic priorities. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal, McCain press ‘paid patriotism’ ban at sports games

A halftime tribute

WASHINGTON — Tributes to U.S. troops at New England Patriot games and other professional sporting events are wasteful “paid patriotism” costing taxpayers millions of dollars, say several U.S. senators, including Richard Blumenthal, who have pressure the Pentagon to stop the practice. Continue Reading →

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Pentagon, McCain weigh cuts to number of F-35’s

The F-35A stealth fighter, the Air Force version of the plane.

WASHINGTON — The high price tag of the F-35, a Lockheed Martin aircraft whose engine is made by Pratt & Whitney, has made some Pentagon officials and the chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee consider whether the Defense Department can afford as many of the Joint Strike Fighters as they had once planned. Continue Reading →

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F-35 program facing new challenges

The F-35A stealth fighter, the Air Force version of the plane.

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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On the way to Germany, Murphy meets with Lieberman in Tunisia

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he was going to go with other lawmakers to Germany this weekend to attend a global conference on security. On the way, they stopped over in Tunisia, where he ran into former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman. Continue Reading →

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