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August 3, 2018

Senate Sends $716 billion Defense Bill to Trump

by Peter Urban | Aug 3, 2018 9:00am
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Jobs | Manufacturing | Military Spending | National Security | White House | Manufacturing Sector

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WASHINGTON — The Senate this week overwhelmingly approved a final version of a $716 billion military authorization bill for the coming fiscal year, which is expected to be signed into law by President Trump.

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July 20, 2018

Connecticut Delegation Hails Tentative Deal on F-35s

by Peter Urban | Jul 20, 2018 3:55am
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Military Spending | National Security

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A “handshake agreement” reached between the Pentagon and Lockheed Martin to purchase 141 F-35 fighter jets over the next few years was hailed this week by members of the state’s Congressional delegation as great news for Connecticut subcontractors including engine-maker Pratt & Whitney.

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July 19, 2018

Himes Joins Call to Protect Mueller Investigation

by Peter Urban | Jul 19, 2018 11:48pm
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | National Security | White House

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U.S. Rep. Jim Himes this week joined other Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee in calling for full protection of Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections.

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June 29, 2018

Keeping Score

by Peter Urban | Jun 29, 2018 2:20pm
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SCOTUS Term Ends Big

by Peter Urban | Jun 29, 2018 4:15am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Civil Liberties | Congress | Consumer Protection | DC News Junkie | Health Care | Immigration | Labor | National Security | Public Health | Public Safety | White House

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The U.S. Supreme Court ended its term this week with a bang as Justice Anthony Kennedy — known as a swing vote between the four conservative and four liberal justices — announced his retirement.

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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

Courtney Helps Pull Plug on Air Force One Fridges

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

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A $24 million contract for new refrigeration units aboard Air Force One were canceled after Congressman Joe Courtney raised questions about the no-bid award.

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