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Larson continues push Social Security reform — and says Trump would back him

WASHINGTON– For years, Rep. John Larson has been traveling the country to promote a plan to stabilize Social Security and boost benefits for the poorest Americans. While the plan has failed to move forward, Larson says he now has a powerful new ally — Donald Trump. Continue Reading →

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Congress faces choice of budget deal or federal shutdown

WASHINGTON — When Congress returns from its two-week recess next week it will have just days to approve a bill that would fund the federal budget and prevent a government shutdown that would affect a broad swath of Connecticut residents – from Head Start students to workers in the state’s defense industry. Continue Reading →

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Senate abolishes Obama gun rule prompted by Sandy Hook

Updated at 12:20 p.m. Wednesday
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate approved legislation Wednesday that will roll back an Obama administration rule requiring the Social Security Administration to submit information about mentally impaired recipients so they can be added to a list of people barred from purchasing a gun. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers say Boehner’s resignation cuts shutdown odds, but threat remains

WASHINGTON – House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to resign may have lessened the prospects of a government shutdown, but that won’t be known for sure until Congress considers a short-term spending bill next week. Meanwhile, Connecticut agencies have been told to draw up contingency plans. Continue Reading →

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CT lawmakers tackle Social Security solvency problem

WASHINGTON – Connecticut lawmakers are promoting a plan they say would shore up the solvency of the Social Security system for 75 years — and give about 11 million seniors a tax break. U.S. Rep. John Larson, D-1st District, and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., introduced bills in the House and Senate Tuesday they say would eliminate a projected shortfall in the Social Security program. Continue Reading →

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For Larson, Coltsville win caps acrimonious session

WASHINGTON – In a Congress marked by partisan acrimony, only two House Democrats voted more loyally with their party than U.S. Rep. John Larson in the 113th Congress, according to a ranking by the Sunlight Foundation. But an analysis of the bills he’s sponsored and his work shows he’s the rare Democrat who can work with Republicans. (This is the first in a series of stories on the roles the Connecticut congressional delegation played in the 113th Congress.) Continue Reading →

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Newly legalized CT immigrants eligible for Social Security, Medicare, but not other benefits

WASHINGTON – Immigrants in Connecticut who receive provisional legal status under President Obama’s new executive orders will be eligible for Social Security and Medicare, but not food stamps or health care benefits provided by AccessHealthCT. Continue Reading →

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Foley’s tax relief on retirement benefits would cost about $100 million

Much of Tom Foley’s last-minute proposal to cut taxes on Social Security benefits already is covered in existing state law. And the GOP gubernatorial nominee’s overall tax relief proposal on retirement benefits would expand Connecticut’s post-election deficit by roughly $100 million next fiscal year. Continue Reading →

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Another surprise in a 5th CD debate, this time on taxes

Republican Mark Greenberg surprised U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-5th District, at their final debate Tuesday by declaring himself open to a higher Social Security tax, despite attacking her in a new TV commercial for taking the same position. Continue Reading →

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