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

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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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Obama puts CT accomplishments on national ‘to do’ list

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and first lady Michelle Obama at the State of the Union address.

WASHINGTON — In his State of the Union speech, President Obama’s “to do” list was much like Connecticut’s “already done” list. “I’ll keep pushing for progress on the work that still needs doing,” the president said. “Protecting kids from gun violence, equal pay for equal work, paid leave, raising the minimum wage.” Continue Reading →

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Federal budget bill good for CT defense, health insurance industries

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WASHINGTON — The federal government's proposed $1.1 trillion budget deal will please Connecticut health insurers, defense contractors and early childhood education advocates; but disappoint those seeking more federal heating aid and country-of-origin labeling on beef and pork. Continue Reading →

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Civil rights groups at odds with CT lawmakers over visa program

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WASHINGTON -– A coalition of civil rights groups have joined this week to condemn Congress’ response to the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino – including legislation supported by Connecticut’s Democratic lawmakers. Continue Reading →

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Himes, Courtney defy Obama, vote for bill pausing refugee program

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WASHINGTON — The debate over U.S. policy on Syrian refugees that has roiled the nation and Congress split the Connecticut delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday over a measure that would effectively suspend entry of refugees from Syria and Iraq until the screening process is strengthened. Continue Reading →

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In the news: Pacific trade pact, Sikorsky sale, billions for CT defense firms

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Congress approved billions for Connecticut defense projects; Sen. Richard Blumenthal stepped up his campaign fundraising with attacks on CNBC commentator Larry Kudlow; Lockheed Martin got the last approval it needed to finalize its purchase of Sikorsky; and the White House released the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Continue Reading →

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With China’s OK, Lockheed Martin to close on Sikorsky purchase

The Sikorsky HH-60 helicopter, a derivative of UH-60 Black Hawk

WASHINGTON – Lockheed Martin said on Tuesday that it has received a final regulatory approval from China, allowing it to close on its $9 billion acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft from United Technologies. Lockheed Martin said it anticipated closing on Friday. Continue Reading →

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‘Pope of the people,’ citing history, urges Congress to act

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WASHINGTON – Pope Francis sent a message of personal and social responsibility to a joint session of Congress and the nation Thursday, but also gently pressed lawmakers to end their partisan bickering and legislative dysfunction. Continue Reading →

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