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December 13, 2017

Blumenthal Calls For Passage of Dream Act, But Won’t Shut Down Gov’t To Get It

by Christine Stuart | December 13, 2017 5:30am

Christine Stuart / ctnewsjunkie HARTFORD, CT — Sen. Richard Blumenthal wouldn’t say Monday whether he would vote to shut down the government if the Republican Party fails to find a path for Dreamers before Congress adjourns later this month.

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December 11, 2017

DC NEWS JUNKIE | GOP Seeks Tax Cut Deal; Himes Presses for Trump Jr. Subpoena; Senators Split

by Peter Urban | December 11, 2017 12:30pm

Orhan Cam via Shutterstock House and Senate Republican leaders are looking to quickly reach consensus on an overhaul of tax policy this week in hopes of sending a final bill to President Donald Trump before year’s end.

Both chambers have approved separate tax measures and must now negotiate a final bill that would be brought before the House and Senate — without amendment — for a final up-or-down vote.

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December 8, 2017

Sex Harassment Rocks Congress; Gov’t Shutdown Averted For Now; Gun Safety Fight to Continue

by Peter Urban | December 8, 2017 12:38pm

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In a week that saw the #MeToo “Silence Breakers” recognized as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, three members of Congress announced their resignations after each had been accused of inappropriate sexual behavior in the past.

Most notably was Minnesota Senator Al Franken, who announced his decision to resign Thursday on the Senate floor.

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December 6, 2017

DC NEWS JUNKIE |  Concealed Carry Bill Approved by House over Connecticut Objections

by Peter Urban | December 6, 2017 5:59pm

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Nearly five years after 20 children and six educators were killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, the House approved legislation that opponents say would undermine Connecticut’s gun safety laws.

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which was approved 231 to 198 largely along party lines, would allow gun owners with a concealed carry permit to travel across state lines with their weapons even if a state has stricter permit requirements. Current law allows states to determine which non-state concealed carry permits it will honor.

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December 5, 2017

Connecticut Senators Seek Transparency In Sexual Harassment Settlements

by Jack Kramer | December 5, 2017 2:47pm

Orhan Cam via shutterstock HARTFORD, CT — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said that any sexual harassment complaints involving senators and House members in which taxpayer money was secretly paid out should be disclosed as long as the “victim wants them to be made public.”

Blumenthal addressed the issue Monday at a press conference at the Legislative Office Building.

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Blumenthal Cites Loss of Deduction for Crumbling Foundations: ‘This Hits Connecticut Harder’

by Jack Kramer | December 5, 2017 11:30am

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HARTFORD — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Monday said Connecticut has more to lose than some other states if the Republican-backed federal tax plan is signed into law, because a tax write-off is about to be eliminated for thousands of Connecticut homeowners with crumbling foundations.

“This hits Connecticut harder,” Blumenthal said Monday at a press conference at the Legislative Office Building, where he discussed how the Senate and House Republican proposals to overhaul federal tax policy would eliminate the tax deduction for property casualty losses except those stemming from federally declared disasters.

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December 4, 2017

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Tax Overhaul Heading to Conference; Trump Tweet Raises Obstruction Questions

by Peter Urban | December 4, 2017 1:11pm

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WASHINGTON — Congress this week will start the process for negotiating a final bicameral tax overhaul bill that they hope to send to President Donald Trump before year’s end.

The House will get the ball rolling on Monday when they vote to send H.R. 1 — the vehicle for the tax overhaul — to conference. House Speaker Paul Ryan will name conferees who will work with their Senate colleagues to hammer out a final bill that can be brought to the House and Senate for an up-or-down vote.

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December 1, 2017

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Tax Relief for Crumbling Foundations May Be Fleeting

by Peter Urban | December 1, 2017 2:30pm

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A tax write-off for Connecticut homeowners with crumbling foundations that was recently approved by the Internal Revenue Service may be in jeopardy under legislation now being debated by the U.S. Senate.

A Senate Republican proposal to overhaul federal tax policy would eliminate the tax deduction for property casualty losses except those stemming from federal declared disasters.

Connecticut Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy have raised concerns about eliminating the deduction but as Democrats who oppose the overall bill, they have little chance to amend it. The bill remains under debate and Republican leaders are focused on making changes to insure that the Senate Republican majority can approve it without the need for any Democrat support.

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OP-ED | On Crumbling Foundations, Connecticut Shows a Bipartisan Streak

by Terry Cowgill | December 1, 2017 5:30am

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If there’s any better proof that safety in numbers can bring people together, then I don’t know where it is. Last year we learned that anywhere from hundreds to perhaps tens of thousands of homeowners — most of them in northern and eastern Connecticut — have the misfortune of owning homes whose foundations are crumbling.

As of almost a year ago, more than 500 homeowners had complained to the state Department of Consumer Protection, though the General Assembly’s nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis thinks the number of homes at risk could be anywhere between 20,000 and 30,000. And the cost of replacing a foundation — involving as it does the lifting of the house and the demolition of the old foundation — can run $200,000 or more.

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November 30, 2017

Tax Debate In Washington Could Impact Relief for Homeowners With Crumbling Foundations

by Christine Stuart | November 30, 2017 2:46pm

ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut homeowners with crumbling foundations will be watching the U.S. Senate’s debate on tax policy very closely because it could impact their ability to seek relief.

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