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February 26, 2015

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Partisanship Condemned as Homeland Security Shutdown Nears

by Jordan Fenster | February 26, 2015 9:01pm

As the minutes ticked by and a Friday deadline to fund the Department of Homeland Security grew closer, members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation condemned the party politics they said could result in a departmental shutdown.

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February 24, 2015

DC NEWS JUNKIE | GOP Separates Homeland Security Funding from Immigration

by Jordan Fenster | February 24, 2015 7:00am

After a fourth failed vote on an already House-approved measure to fund the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, majority Republicans in the Senate will split the bill, bringing an immigration-free measure up for a vote days before a lack of funding causes the department to shut down.

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February 20, 2015

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Bill Would Grow Community-School Partnerships

by Jordan Fenster | February 20, 2015 5:30am

Connecticut’s senators, Christopher Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, have introduced legislation that would create five-year grant programs to fund partnerships between schools and community-based organizations, intended to bolster everything from prenatal care and early education to college and career readiness programs.

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February 17, 2015

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Homeland Security Funding Hangs in the Balance

by Jordan Fenster | February 17, 2015 5:30am

Congress is in recess this week, but the big news last week was the approval in the House of a measure that authorizes construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, and a bill intended to provide funding to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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February 13, 2015

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Congress Debates Use of Military Force

by Jordan Fenster | February 13, 2015 11:29am

President Barack Obama presented Congress with an authorization for the use of force against ISIS, intentionally limiting some of his own power while leaving the door open for his successors.

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February 10, 2015

DC NEWS JUNKIE | House to Honor Selma ‘Foot Soldiers’

by Jordan Fenster | February 10, 2015 11:30am

In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the first attempted Civil Rights march from Selma to Montgomery, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote this week to approve H.R. 431, which would award Congressional Gold Medals to participants in that march or the two that followed.

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February 6, 2015

Blumenthal, Families Celebrate Passage of Suicide Prevention Bill

by Sarah Paduano | February 6, 2015 2:34pm

Joanna Eldridge, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, and Cindy Dubuque Following the unanimous passage of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act by the U.S. Senate earlier this week, Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal joined local families of veterans whose loved ones committed suicide.

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February 5, 2015

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Bill on Evolution Introduced

by Jordan Fenster | February 5, 2015 10:00pm

U.S. Rep Jim Himes, D-4th District, introduced a measure this week that would designate Feb. 12, 2015, as “Darwin Day.”

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February 3, 2015

Veteran Suicide Prevention Bill Headed To President’s Desk

by Hugh McQuaid | February 3, 2015 1:48pm

Christine Stuart photo The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a veteran suicide prevention bill Tuesday co-sponsored by Connecticut Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain.

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DC NEWS JUNKIE | Senate to Debate Homeland Security Funding and Immigration

by Jordan Fenster | February 3, 2015 5:30am

Among the heavy discussion items up for debate on the Senate floor this week is H.R. 240, which would fund the Department of Homeland Security and, in its present form, severely curtail presidential control of national immigration policy.

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