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CT senators split over Jerusalem policy

WASHINGTON — Connecticut’s Democratic senators differed on Wednesday over President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, reversing decades of U.S. foreign policy. Sen. Richard Blumenthal supported the move, but Sen. Chris Murphy said he’s concerned it might lead to new violence in the Middle East. Continue Reading →

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CT Guard joins Pentagon ramp up in Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon beefed up its presence in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico Thursday and shifted its mission from search and rescue to relief – providing vital supplies of food and water. But a Connecticut lawmaker says that’s not enough and wants as many as 50,000 troops sent to the island. Continue Reading →

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GOP revises health care bill, but it still falters

WASHINGTON — The latest GOP attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would continue to ban insurers from rejecting people with pre-existing conditions, but make it easier for insurers to jack up the rates for those customers and for states to roll back other consumer safeguards. It would boost Medicaid money to a handful of states home to key GOP senators. But In what may be the biggest blow to the bill, Maine Sen. Susan Collins said late Monday she would oppose it. Continue Reading →

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CT says it would lose $7 billion under teetering ACA overhaul plan

Federal healthcare funding to Connecticut would be reduced by about $7 billion,  and “dramatic numbers” of individuals would lose coverage or have it reduced between 2020 and 2026 under the latest Republican proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, state officials said Friday. But the legislation suffered a potentially fatal blow Friday when Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona announced his opposition. Continue Reading →

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CT ‘dreamers’ march in D.C. as Trump punts DACA to Congress

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday ended a program that protected thousands of immigrant youth in Connecticut from deportation, placing the fate of those undocumented immigrants, brought to the United States as children, in the hands of a fractious Congress. Immigrant youths from Connecticut joined those from other states in converging on Washington in protest. Continue Reading →

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Senate clears first test on Obamacare repeal, but final victory not assured

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans and the White House had a win Tuesday on a procedural vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but a final victory is not guaranteed. It was just a first step in a series of dozens of votes that will determine whether Senate Republicans can pass a health care bill. Continue Reading →

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McCain ‘disappointed’ by reports Lieberman no longer in running for FBI

WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain of Arizona said Wednesday he is “disappointed” by reports former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman is no longer under consideration to head the FBI. He said Democrats’ rejection of Lieberman, a former Democrat who was Al Gore’s vice presidential running mate, would make anyone “cynical” about Washington. Continue Reading →

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Trump attempt to rein in drug prices may have limited success

WASHINGTON – The president’s spokesman says Trump still favors a plan to negotiate Medicare prices, but he did not mention it after a recent meeting with pharmaceutical executives, and his plans to speed FDA approval of new drugs may be hampered by his restrictions on new regulations and cuts to the federal workforce. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal: Lame duck need not be lame

WASHINGTON — Congress returns to work this week for a lame-duck session aimed at trying to set aside partisan differences long enough to keep the government from closing. Connecticut’s two Democratic senators also hope some of the state’s priorities will survive in the next six weeks. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal, Murphy split over boost in defense spending

WASHINGTON — Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy split this week on whether to boost military spending by $18 billion – allowing the Pentagon to increase its purchase of Connecticut-made weaponry – without raising the amount of money spent on domestic programs as well. Continue Reading →

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