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January 18, 2019

Inspector General Says GSA Wrongly Ignored Constitutional Questions Over Trump Hotel Lease

by Peter Urban | Jan 18, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: International Trade | Congress | DC News Junkie | White House

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WASHINGTON — The Inspector General for the General Services Administration this week raised questions about the GSA’s management of its lease of the Old Post Office Building to the Trump International Hotel since President Donald Trump took office.

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January 17, 2019

Blumenthal Continues To Push For Unemployment Compensation for Federal Workers

by Jack Kramer | Jan 17, 2019 12:15pm
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Public Safety | Transportation | BDL

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HARTFORD, CT — Surrounded by federal workers who cannot collect unemployment because they have been called back to work, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal called Thursday for an end to the practice.

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January 15, 2019

House Resolution to Reopen Government Fails

by Peter Urban | Jan 15, 2019 4:01pm
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie

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WASHINGTON — The House on Tuesday failed to muster enough support to approve a short-term funding bill to reopen the federal government through Feb. 1.

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January 14, 2019

Q-Poll: Democrats Are Winning Messaging On Shutdown

by Christine Stuart | Jan 14, 2019 3:16pm
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Civil Liberties | Congress | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Immigration | Poll | Public Health | Public Safety | White House

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A Quinnipiac University poll of 1,209 American voters found 63 percent oppose shutting down the government to force Congress to fund a wall along the southern border.

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January 11, 2019

Tweed Workers Stay On The Job Despite Shutdown

by Jack Kramer | Jan 11, 2019 3:52pm
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | New Haven | Aviation

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NEW HAVEN, CT — Noting that Saturday will mark the longest partial government shutdown in the country’s history, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy came to Tweed-New Haven Regional Airport Friday to try and get President Donald Trump to back down.

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January 10, 2019

Blumenthal Backs Bills to Lower Drug Prices

by Peter Urban | Jan 10, 2019 5:02pm
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Health Care | Insurance

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WASHINGTON — In a prelude to the 2020 presidential campaign, U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders and Cory Booker — joined by Richard Blumenthal — challenged President Donald Trump on one of his key campaign issues of 2016, urging the president to support legislation they introduced this week to lower the cost of prescription medications across the nation.

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Federal Shutdown Continues With No End in Sight

by Peter Urban | Jan 10, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Business | US Foreign Policy | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Congress | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Immigration | White House | Norwalk

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WASHINGTON — Congress made no progress Wednesday in ending a partial government shutdown — now more than two weeks old — that has left some 800,000 federal workers without paychecks and raised concerns over the impact it is having on government programs from small business assistance to air traffic controllers.

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January 3, 2019

Jahana Hayes Sworn in to 116th Congress

by Peter Urban | Jan 3, 2019 6:21pm
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Waterbury

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WASHINGTON — New York Representative Hakeem Jeffries drew raucous applause Thursday from Democrats — none more so than from Jahana Hayes of Waterbury — as he nominated Nancy Pelosi of California to be Speaker of the House for the 116th Congress.

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December 19, 2018

School Safety Report Draws Criticism

by Peter Urban | Dec 19, 2018 5:30am
Posted to: Child Welfare | Congress | DC News Junkie | Education | Public Health | Public Safety | White House

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WASHINGTON — A commission established by President Donald Trump in the aftermath of the February school shooting in Parkland, Fla., issued its final recommendations to improve school safety Tuesday, including arming teachers as one of 93 “best practices and policy recommendations.”

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December 13, 2018

Murphy Wins Passage of Resolution Against Saudi-led War in Yemen

by Peter Urban | Dec 13, 2018 9:27pm
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | International Trade | Congress | DC News Junkie

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WASHINGTON – The Senate on Thursday voted to end U.S. participation in the Saudi-led war in Yemen, an outcome Senator Chris Murphy has sought for more than a year.  It also voted unanimously to blame the Saudi crown prince for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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