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January 19, 2018

Connecticut Watches As U.S. Senate Decides Spending Measure

by Christine Stuart | January 19, 2018 5:30am

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HARTFORD, CT —The U.S. House voted Thursday to keep the government open, but it’s unclear if the U.S. Senate will follow their lead.

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Federal Government Shutdown Looms; FEMA to End Aid to Displaced Puerto Rican Families in Connecticut

by Peter Urban | January 19, 2018 5:30am

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WASHINGTON — Congress struggled this week to reach agreement on a short-term spending bill needed to avoid a partial shutdown of government services at midnight Friday.

The House voted 230-197 Thursday evening in favor of a “continuing resolution” that would fund the government for another month. The issue is now in the Senate where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated he is prepared to keep members working through the weekend to avoid a shutdown.

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January 15, 2018

Rough First 2 Weeks For State’s New, $140M Medicaid Transportation Vendor

by Christine Stuart | January 15, 2018 5:29am

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(UPDATED Monday, 1:15 p.m.) HARTFORD, CT — Michelle Chase uses the state’s non-emergency medical transportation service to get her developmentally disabled 3-year-old to her doctor appointments. But since Jan. 1, she’s had to wait two or three hours for the state’s new transportation contractor, Veyo, to arrange her rides.

She’s not the only one.

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December 23, 2017

DC NEWS JUNKIE | Keeping Score

by Peter Urban | December 23, 2017 12:10am

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December 20, 2017

DC NEWS JUNKIE | White House Cheers Passage of Tax Bill; Connecticut Delegation United in Opposition

by Peter Urban | December 20, 2017 4:46pm

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President Donald Trump celebrated passage of a $1.5 trillion tax bill that cleared Congress on Wednesday afternoon without a single Democrat in support.

“I promised the American people a big, beautiful tax cut for Christmas. With final passage of this legislation, that is exactly what they are getting,” Trump said in a statement after the House voted 224-201 to pass the bill that would overhaul federal tax policy for the first time in decades. The Senate voted, 51-48, early Wednesday morning for it.

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Connecticut Officials Propose Steps To Maintain Net Neutrality

by Christine Stuart | December 20, 2017 5:30am

Ctnewsjunkie file photo HARTFORD, CT — The Federal Communications Commission may have voted to eliminate rules about net neutrality, but Connecticut lawmakers and Attorney General George Jepsen said they will do what they can to preserve the Internet.

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December 18, 2017

DC NEWS JUNKIE | GOP Plans Tax Cut Vote; Senate to Confirm ‘Badass’ Greenwich Banker

by Peter Urban | December 18, 2017 4:34pm

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Congressional Republicans plan this week to approve an overhaul of federal tax policy that would provide substantial savings to corporations and make filing taxes simpler for many Americans.

The bill, negotiated last week between the House and Senate Republicans, is not expected to draw any support from Democrats who voted against earlier versions that cleared the two chambers. The new bill, which is subject to an up-or-down vote, more closely follows the Senate-approved version.

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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 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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