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Federal auditors say 22 million additional uninsured under Senate health bill

WASHINGTON — Federal auditors determined the Senate plan to replace and repeal the Affordable Care Act would result in 22 million additional uninsured people by the year 2026. Opponents like Sen. Chris Murphy, who called the bill a “humanitarian catastrophe,” seized on the Congressional Budget Office analysis as new ammunition in their fight to kill the legislation. Continue Reading →

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CT Dems slam Senate health bill that endangers state’s Medicaid expansion

WASHINGTON — Connecticut’s senators blasted the GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but will sit on the sidelines as their divided Republican colleagues try to hash out final details of a “discussion draft” released Thursday. The bill would continue some Obamacare subsidies to help people buy insurance, but could eventually force Connecticut to cut Medicaid coverage for many. Continue Reading →

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Dems — including CT’s senators — plan to disrupt Senate over health care plan

WASHINGTON — Democrats, with the help of Connecticut’s senators, plan to jam up the Senate this week to bring attention to Republican attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care act. Meanwhile Connecticut Republicans are crying foul over Democrats attempts to save Obamacare. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal, Murphy, ask for more money for submarine construction

WASHINGTON — Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy on Thursday asked Senate appropriators for $150 million in additional advance procurement money for the new Columbia-class submarine that will be largely built by Electric Boat. The money would help suppliers, many of them in Connecticut, get ready for the massive new nuclear sub program. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers react in horror to shootings at GOP baseball practice

Updated at 3 p.m.
Washington – Connecticut lawmakers, for whom gun violence has a personal edge because of the Newtown shootings, reacted with shock and horror at a gunman’s attack on a Republican congressional baseball practice early Wednesday. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., the House majority whip, was among those shot. The gunman, who was identified as James Hodgkinson of Illinois, also was shot and later died. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal: Let Judiciary panel take crack at close-mouthed Sessions

Washington – Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee had plenty of questions for Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, but few were answered. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who was not on the panel, said he wants a chance to to try to wrest information from the close-mouthed attorney general. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal calls Comey’s tale ‘chilling;’ Murphy says Trump should testify

WASHINGTON – This city was transfixed Thursday by former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony to Senate Intelligence Committee and Sen. Richard Blumenthal was among those had a front-row seat during the riveting three hours of questioning. He said Comey painted a “chilling picture” of his contacts with President Donald Trump. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal: Comey testimony shows Trump ‘disdain’ for rule of law

WASHINGTON — During Senate debate Wednesday on legislation that would tighten U.S. sanctions on Iran, Sen. Richard Blumenthal said former FBI Director James Comey’s accounts of meetings with Donald Trump may explain why the president is not pressing for tougher sanctions against Russia. Continue Reading →

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Blumenthal says EpiPen maker gouged CT, wants the money back

Washington – A year after it was embroiled in scandal for jacking up the price of EpiPen injectors of a life saving anti-allergy medicine, the company that makes them is accused of overcharging state and federal governments, too, by $1.27 billion. Sen. Richard Blumenthal wants some of that money returned to Connecticut Continue Reading →

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CT environmentalists vow to go it alone after Trump’s Paris exit

WASHINGTON — Connecticut environmental groups and the state’s Democrats decried President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris agreement on climate change and vow to keep up their efforts in the state to cut greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. Continue Reading →

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CBO: GOP health bill’s impact on CT, other states would vary widely

WASHINGTON — An analysis of the likely impact of the final House GOP bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act says it would leave an additional 23 million uninsured by 2026 and reduce the federal deficit by $119 billion over the next decade. Continue Reading →

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Trump budget: CT health, education, research hit — defense a mixed bag

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s budget would require Connecticut to drop residents from key social and health programs in the state, and make tough decisions on how to handle other proposed federal cuts to education, housing and the environment. Connecticut’s congressional delegation vowed to fight it. Continue Reading →

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CT senators blame Trump for ‘sabotaging’ Obamacare

WASHINGTON — Connecticut’s Democratic senators, joined by a colleague from Maryland, on Thursday slammed the Trump administration for trying to “sabotage” the Affordable Care Act and demolish a health care system that has extended insurance coverage to millions of Americans. Republicans say the ACA is collapsing on its own. Continue Reading →

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