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CT Dems to travel to border as Congress stumbles on immigration

WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Blumenthal is the latest Connecticut lawmaker to announce plans to travel to the U.S.-Mexico border this weekend to visit with immigrant children who have been forcibly separated from their undocumented parents. Meanwhile, a hardline immigration bill failed in the U.S. House Wednesday and GOP leaders postponed a vote on another immigration bill. Continue Reading →

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CT Dems pan Trump’s move to end separations, but keep immigrant kids in detention

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s reversal of his administration’s policy of separating immigrant families at the border was panned Wednesday by Connecticut Democrats and immigration advocates in the state. “Family separation cannot be replaced by family incarceration and imprisonment,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal. Continue Reading →

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Courtney, other Dems, probe claims of harassment, racial disparities at Coast Guard Academy

WASHINGTON – Concerned about complaints of sexual harassment and bullying at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Rep. Joe Courtney and two other Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday asked the new Coast Guard commander, Admiral Karl Shultz, for information and internal records that would aid them in an investigation of racial disparity and harassment. Continue Reading →

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Courtney slams DeVos for failing to respond to East Hartford high letters

WASHINGTON – Rep. Joe Courtney on Tuesday lashed out at Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for her failure to respond to letters from Connecticut officials and students who were offended by her disparaging remarks about East Hartford High School a year ago. Continue Reading →

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New defense bill increases sub production, other CT defense work

WASHINGTON — A new defense bill, a summary of which was released Friday, would authorize increased production of Virginia-class submarines built by Electric Boat and boost other Connecticut-made defense programs by even more than President Donald Trump requested. Continue Reading →

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Esty leads in fundraising, but will have to give most money away

WASHINGTON — Rep. Elizabeth Esty, who had to reach into her own pockets to help fund her first bid to represent the 5th District, will leave Congress with a hefty war chest. Since she is not running for re-election, Esty will have to return some of those donations, and give the rest of the money away. Continue Reading →

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U.S. Ed Dept. comes to aid of CT students of shuttered for-profit school

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Education has come to the aid of hundreds of Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute students whose education came to an abrupt end last week when the school shut down without warning. The help includes allowing students file claims to have their student loans discharged. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers help pass massive spending bill

Updated at 12:55 a.m. Friday
WASHINGTON — Connecticut’s entire congressional delegation voted for a massive, $1.3 trillion federal budget bill that will provide the state with millions of additional dollars for education, health care and transportation and boost production in the state’s defense industry. Continue Reading →

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Trump health plan gets mixed reviews in CT

WASHINGTON — Connecticut officials have joined a pushback against a Trump administration plan to allow unrelated employers to band together so they can provide their employees affordable — but perhaps limited — health care, while others in the state are celebrating the move. Continue Reading →

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School massacre provokes calls for ‘red flag’ laws like one CT pioneered

WASHINGTON — The school shooting in Parkland, Fla., has opened a debate on whether more states should do what Connecticut was first to do — pass laws that allow the confiscation of weapons from those who are believed to be a danger to others and themselves. Continue Reading →

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Trump budget calls for huge increases in CT-made subs, ‘copters

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s new budget would dramatically boost spending on the Virginia-class and Columbia-class submarines built by Electric Boat in Connecticut and sharply increase the Pentagon’s purchase of Sikorsky helicopters in the next federal fiscal year. While those increases may be approved by Congress, much of Trump’s budget was considered DOA. Continue Reading →

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CT Dems scorch memo charging FBI, DOJ abuses

WASHINGTON — House Intelligence Committee Republicans on Friday released a controversial, once-classified memo critical of the way top FBI and Justice Department officials sought court permission to wiretap Carter Page, an adviser to the Trump campaign. Connecticut Democrats scorched the memo as a partisan attempt to discredit a probe into possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. Continue Reading →

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Most CT lawmakers opposed bill that reopened government

WASHINGTON — Saying the deal was not good for Connecticut, most Connecticut lawmakers on Monday voted against a short-term spending bill that will reopen the government. The Connecticut Democrats who opposed the CR said it failed to fund programs important to the state and to protect young undocumented immigrants known as “dreamers.” But it did authorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as HUSKY B in Connecticut, for six years. Continue Reading →

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