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In CT, 1,500 Homeland Security employees spared shutdown, for now

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WASHINGTON – With a last-minute vote, Congress averted a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, extending its funding by seven days and at least temporarily sparing 1,500 agency employees in Connecticut their paychecks. Continue Reading →

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Food stamp program under GOP microscope

WASHINGTON – Congressional Republicans this week began a comprehensive review of the food stamp program to determine what is working – and to eliminate what in their view is not – a move that could impact thousands of recipients in Connecticut. Even without changes in the program, thousands of unemployed food stamp recipients in Connecticut may find they are no longer eligible after the end of the year. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers wary of Obama’s war powers request

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WASHINGTON – Connecticut lawmakers were skeptical and cautious in their response to President Obama’s request for authorization to expand the U.S. military campaign against the Islamic state, especially when it came to the president’s request to allow troops to operate on the ground for limited periods. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers will attend Netanyahu’s speech — with misgivings

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Washington – At least four of Connecticut’s Democratic lawmakers say they’ll attend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu's controversial address to Congress next month, even as some criticize the way House Speaker John Boehner made the invitation. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers in Philly to help reshape party, press agendas

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PHILADELPHIA- President Obama met a generally friendly crowd when he spoke to House Democrats at their retreat in Philadelphia Thursday evening, but not every lawmaker is completely on board with the agenda he's promoting, including Reps. Rosa DeLauro and Jim Himes. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers big joiners of special-interest caucuses

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WASHINGTON – Interested in wine, soccer, bicycles or corrosion prevention? In Congress there’s a caucus for that. In fact there are more than 700 member organizations, most of them informal, and Connecticut’s lawmakers are some of the biggest joiners. Continue Reading →

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DeLauro tells Obama to end program enticing Cuban doctors to defect

WASHINGTON – Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District, doesn’t think President Obama has gone far enough with opening relations with Cuba --and she has told him so. She and 14 other liberal Democrats sent Obama a letter Wednesday urging the end of a Bush-era program that makesit easier for Cuban doctors to defect.
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DeLauro ‘guest’ at State of the Union turns activist

Washington – Most guests invited by members of Congress or the White House to attend the State of the Union speech are there to be quietly symbolic, but not John W. Barto Jr., the former president of Ansonia Metals. Barto, the guest of Rep. Rosa DeLauro , D-3rd District, spent the day lobbying against the Tran-Pacific Partnership, a proposed trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim countries.
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DeLauro breaks with Obama, big CT firms on Pacific trade deal

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-3rd District

WASHINGTON – Rep. Rosa DeLauro is on a collision course with President Obama and some of Connecticut’s largest companies over a proposed trade deal with 12 countries on the Pacific Rim that span from Chile to Japan. DeLauro, D-3rd District, has become a leading opponent of the president’s plans for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP.
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Himes has tough win on Wall Street provision in spending bill

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WASHINGTON – For Rep. Jim Himes, House approval late Thursday of legislation that would allow banks to trade derivatives -- a measure he’s been promoting for years -- is a bittersweet victory. “I’m not happy that it became a super-hot button issue when it always received bipartisan support,” Himes said. Continue Reading →

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Defense bill has billions for new sub class, other CT-made weapons

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WASHINGTON – The defense authorization bill making its way through Congress containins billions for submarines, helicopters and other weaponry made by companies in the state. It includes a special $3.5 billion fund for a new class of submarines that could be built by Electric Boat in Groton. Continue Reading →

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