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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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Feds tell states to stop processing food stamp benefits

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WASHINGTON – The state's 423,000 food stamp recipients could soon be early victims of Washington's budget crisis. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has instructed the Connecticut Department of Social Services and similar agencies in all of the states to not dispense any October benefits to food stamp recipients "until further notice." Some $60 million in food aid could hang in the balance, one Connecticut official said. Continue Reading →

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Congress seeks to override Connecticut’s GMO-labeling law


WASHINGTON – In the spring of 2013, Tara Cook-Littman was on the front lines of the struggle to pass a Connecticut law requiring the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms. But Congress is moving to take back the ground food labeling advocates like Cook-Littman have won. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers push back on pharmaceutical issue in TPP


WASHINGTON – As negotiators for a massive Pacific Rim trade pact meet in Maui for a final round of talks, Connecticut lawmakers are pressing for changes they say will keep the price of key medicines affordable for patients who need them overseas and in the United States. Continue Reading →

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Bill to speed drug approvals sitting in Senate’s waiting room

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WASHINGTON –It was hailed as a rare bipartisan victory when it was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month, but legislation that would boost the fortunes of Connecticut’s pharmaceutical industry — and perhaps speed a cure for Lyme disease — faces an uncertain fate. Continue Reading →

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Analysts: Lockheed Martin purchase fortunate break for Sikorsky, Connecticut

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WASHINGTON — Some may lose jobs and a few Connecticut companies may lose contracts, but Lockheed Martin's purchase of Sikorsky Aircraft is likely to anchor the helicopter maker in Stratford and increase it's share of Pentagon contracts and the overseas market, analyst say. Continue Reading →

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Confederate flag debate roils Congress

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WASHINGTON – As South Carolina prepared to take the historic step of removing the Confederate battle flag from its capitol building, members of Congress on Thursday engaged in a bitter dispute over the controversial emblem. “It was bizarre,” said Rep. Jim Himes, D-4th District. Continue Reading →

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CT businesses pushing back on shutdown of Ex-Im Bank

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WASHINGTON — The Tea Party, aided by other conservative Republicans and the billionaire Koch brothers, celebrated a big victory last week when Congress failed to reauthorize the charter of a bank that helps U.S. businesses, including Connecticut-based General Electric and United Technologies, make sales overseas. Continue Reading →

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CT supporters of ACA laud Supreme Court decision

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WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the legality of federal subsidies that help millions of Americans purchase health insurance was lauded by the Connecticut lawmakers who supported the Affordable Care Act, but it doesn’t end the political fight over the health care law. Continue Reading →

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Himes splits with CT Dems to vote for trade bill again, and this time it counts


WASHINGTON – Rep. Jim Himes on Thursday was the only Connecticut lawmaker to vote for a bill that would give President Obama “fast track” authority to negotiate a trade pact with 11 other Pacific Rim nations. He had cast a similar vote last week, but this time it counted. Continue Reading →

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DeLauro continues to lead defiance against Obama on trade

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WASHINGTON — A defiant Rep. Rosa DeLauro vowed Tuesday to continue her battle against President Obama’s trade agenda, even as the president, usually a political ally, scrambled to find a way to rally support for legislation that would facilitate negotiations of a new trade pact with 11 Pacific Rim partners. Continue Reading →

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Disclosures show wealth for some, but not all, CT lawmakers

WASHINGTON– Rep. Rosa DeLauro is a member or a board member of 21 organizations, a Republican group helped pay for Rep. John Larson’s trip to Italy and Sen. Chris Murphy and his wife still owe up to $50,000 each on student loans, Congress’ latest personal financial reports show. Continue Reading →

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