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House Democrats rebel against Obama-GOP tax deal

WASHINGTON–In a surprising bit of brinksmanship, House Democrats moved Thursday to block consideration of the sweeping tax cut agreement brokered earlier this week by the White House and top congressional Republicans. “There’s a strong desire among the members of the House of Representatives to put their own imprimatur on this very important piece of legislation,” […]

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Malloy vows to tackle fiscal mess ignored by Rell, legislators

In increasingly blunt talk about the state’s fiscal crisis, Governor-elect Dan Malloy says his Republican predecessor, M. Jodi Rell, and the Democrat-controlled legislature clung to futile hopes for a quick economic recovery instead of making long-needed structural changes to Connecticut’s operations and finances. “They should’ve been done earlier. They should have been done by the […]

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Home health care agencies brace for rate cuts

WASHINGTON–Home health care agencies in Connecticut are bracing for steep Medicare payment cuts that they say could seriously hamper their ability to serve the state’s neediest patients. Despite a last-minute plea from Connecticut’s congressional delegation, Medicare officials are preparing to impose a nearly 6 percent cut on state providers who deliver a gamut of in-home […]

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Malloy sides with Obama on tax deal

Gov.-elect Dan Malloy released a statement tonight supporting the “framework” of the tax deal President Obama struck with congressional Republicans over the objections many in the state’s congressional delegation. Malloy praised the extension of unemployment benefits and the tax increase that middle-class taxpayers will avoid, though he said nothing about the savings that also will […]

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House passes one-year doc fix

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to delay a scheduled 25 percent Medicare payment cut for one year. If President Obama signs the bill as expected, it will mark the sixth time this year that Medicare cuts have been staved off. The move drew praise from doctors and patient groups who worried that the […]

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Surprise vote is setback for DADT repeal

WASHINGTON–Efforts to repeal the Pentagon’s ban on homosexuals serving openly in the military hit a fresh Republican blockade in the Senate Thursday but proponents, including Sen. Joseph Lieberman, say they have a fall-back plan that could revive the bill before the end of the lame-duck session. In a surprising and dramatic Senate vote, supporters of repealing […]