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March 15, 2019

Lawmakers Propose Resolution Against Arming Teachers

by Peter Urban | Mar 15, 2019 5:00am
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Education | Federal Budget | Public Health | Public Safety | Newtown

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Chris Murphy and U.S. Representative Jahana Hayes on Thursday introduced resolutions to block federal funding from being used to arm school teachers.

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March 13, 2019

Seniors Call For Action on Rising Prescription Drug Costs

by Peter Urban | Mar 13, 2019 5:29am
Posted to: Aging | Business | Congress | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | DC News Junkie | Health Care | Insurance | Public Health | Elderly Care

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WASHINGTON — The AARP has launched a broad-ranging campaign urging state and federal policymakers to act to drive down the cost of prescription drugs.

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March 12, 2019

Larson Holds Opening Hearing on Protecting Social Security

by Peter Urban | Mar 12, 2019 2:42pm
Posted to: Aging | Congress | 1st CD | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Social Security

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WASHINGTON — For Lottie Prushinski of Southington, Connecticut her monthly Social Security check has allowed her to live with “dignity and financial independence,” said AARP Board Chair Joan Ruff, who testified Tuesday at a hearing of the House Ways and Means Social Security subcommittee.

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March 11, 2019

Trump Seeks Major Cuts to Medicare, Medicaid in 2020 Budget

by Peter Urban | Mar 11, 2019 4:01pm
Posted to: Congress | 1st CD | 2nd CD | 3rd CD | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Manufacturing | Military Spending | White House

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s 2020 budget proposal landed Monday in Congress with a thud as Democrats declared “dead on arrival” his call for significant cuts to entitlement programs while seeking $8.6 billion to build a wall along the border with Mexico.

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March 8, 2019

House Democrats in Washington Approve Campaign and Election Reforms

by Peter Urban | Mar 8, 2019 1:39pm
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie

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WASHINGTON — (Updated 5 p.m.) On a party line vote, House Democrats on Friday approved sweeping changes to campaign, ethics, and election laws that among other things would establish a public-funding mechanism for federal campaigns, restore voting rights to felons released from prison, and make it easier to register to vote.

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Larson Seeks to Protect F-35 Fighters in FY20 Budget

by Peter Urban | Mar 8, 2019 12:30pm
Posted to: Congress | 1st CD | DC News Junkie

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WASHINGTON – As the Trump administration prepares to release its Fiscal 2020 budget this month, U.S. Rep. John Larson is pushing against rumored plans by the Pentagon to cut back on procurement of F-35 fighters powered by Pratt & Whitney engines.

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March 6, 2019

Murphy: Affordable Care Act Will Be on 2020 Ballot

by Peter Urban | Mar 6, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Health Care | Insurance

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy made clear Tuesday that the Affordable Care Act will remain front-and-center as a campaign issue for Senate Republicans facing re-election in 2020.

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February 28, 2019

Connecticut Advocate Backs ‘Green Energy’ Job Training Bill in Congress

by Peter Urban | Feb 28, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Economic Development | The Economy | Energy Sector | Energy | Environment | Federal Budget | Windsor

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WASHINGTON — Leticia Colon de Mejias, the founder of a weatherization and home-energy efficiency business in Windsor, Conn., threw her support behind legislation to increase “green energy” job training opportunities during testimony Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

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February 27, 2019

House Democrats Flex Muscle on Border Wall, Guns

by Peter Urban | Feb 27, 2019 6:00am
Posted to: Congress | 1st CD | 2nd CD | 3rd CD | 4th CD | 5th CD | DC News Junkie | White House

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WASHINGTON — House Democrats on Tuesday exercised their new found muscle as the majority party passing a resolution to terminate the national emergency declaration President Donald Trump made earlier this month to finance his border wall.

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February 25, 2019

Connecticut Delegation Anticipates Vote on Universal Background Checks

by Christine Stuart | Feb 25, 2019 5:00pm
Posted to: Congress | 5th CD | DC News Junkie

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HARTFORD, CT — It’s been six years since the U.S. Senate declined to vote to expand background checks on all gun sales, but Connecticut’s delegation is hopeful that increasing public pressure, and the results of the past election will convince lawmakers it’s time to act. 

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