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July 17, 2018

Connecticut Joins Lawsuit Challenging Federal Tax Law

by Christine Stuart | Jul 17, 2018 11:39am
Posted to: Congress | Courts | Equality | Federal Budget | Taxes

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HARTFORD, CT — Connecticut joined three other states Tuesday and filed a federal lawsuit against U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service over the new new $10,000 cap on the federal tax deduction for state and local taxes.

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July 12, 2018

Larson Concerned by Trump Executive Order on Social Security Judges

by Peter Urban | Jul 12, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Congress | 1st CD | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | White House

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WASHINGTON — Representative John B. Larson raised concerns Tuesday that disabled individuals seeking Social Security benefits could be jeopardized by partisan politics under a newly signed executive order by President Donald Trump.

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July 5, 2018

Yale Law Sues Federal Government On Behalf of Immigrant Children

by Christine Stuart & Allan Appel | Jul 5, 2018 6:26pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Congress | Courts | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Immigration | White House | Groton

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NEW HAVEN, CT —(Updated 3:30 p.m. July 6) A 9-year-old boy from Honduras and a 14-year-old girl from El Salvador are suing the federal government after being separated from their parents at the U.S. border and then transported Connecticut.

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June 29, 2018

Keeping Score

by Peter Urban | Jun 29, 2018 2:20pm
Posted to: Agriculture | Congress | DC News Junkie | The Economy | Manufacturing Sector | Energy | Environment | Federal Budget | Immigration | Jobs | Manufacturing | Military Spending | National Security | Veterans Affairs

Blue Water Bill Passes

by Peter Urban | Jun 29, 2018 4:20am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Congress | DC News Junkie | Ethics | Federal Budget | Health Care | Military Spending | Public Health | Veterans Affairs

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The House easily approved legislation that will broaden the list of veterans and family eligible for V.A. benefits who suffer from diseases associated with exposure to herbicides like Agent Orange during the Vietnam War as well as those who served in the Korean DMZ.

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House Sinks Courtney’s Bid for Three-Sub Buy in 2022

by Peter Urban | Jun 29, 2018 4:05am
Posted to: Business | US Foreign Policy | Congress | DC News Junkie | The Economy | Manufacturing Sector | Federal Budget | Jobs | Manufacturing | Military Spending | National Security

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The House this week overwhelmingly rejected an amendment proposed by Representative Joe Courtney that would have allocated an additional $1 billion within the Defense appropriations bill to the Navy to allow for the service to begin ordering three Virginia-class submarines a year starting in 2022.

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June 26, 2018

Keeping Score

by Peter Urban | Jun 26, 2018 12:25am
Posted to: Agriculture | Congress | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Military Spending | National Security | White House

June 22, 2018

Senate Approves Military Spending Blueprint

by Peter Urban | Jun 22, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | International Trade | Congress | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Jobs | Military Spending | National Security | White House | Manufacturing Sector

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The Senate passed a $716 billion defense policy bill for the next fiscal year that would continue to support Connecticut defense contractors including Electric Boat, Pratt & Whitney, and Sikorsky.

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June 17, 2018

Keeping Score

by Peter Urban | Jun 17, 2018 11:36pm
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Civil Liberties | Congress | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Military Spending | National Security | Public Health | Poverty | Public Safety | White House

Key votes for the week ending Friday, June 15, 2018.

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June 8, 2018

Social Security Fix Divides Congress

by Peter Urban | Jun 8, 2018 4:00am
Posted to: Congress | Consumer Protection | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Social Security | White House

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The Board of Trustees for the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds released their annual reports this week once again reminding Congress that time is running out on maintaining Social Security as we know it. Without action, the trust funds will deplete forcing a 21 percent across the board cut to beneficiaries in 2034.

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