by Peter Urban | Sep 27, 2018 11:53pm
Posted to: Civil Liberties | Congress | DC News Junkie | Military Spending | Public Health | Poverty | Public Safety | Veterans Affairs | White House
Representative Elizabeth Esty was thrilled to see President Donald Trump recently sign into law an appropriations bill that included a measure she has been seeking to help veterans suffering from medical complications due to exposure to toxic burn pits while in the military.
Continue reading "Esty’s Burn Pit Bill Becomes Law" »
by Peter Urban | Sep 14, 2018 12:30pm
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Congress | DC News Junkie | Education | Environment | Federal Budget | Taxes | Veterans Affairs | White House
How Connecticut’s congressional delegates voted on key legislation for the week ending Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.
Continue reading "Keeping Score" »
by Peter Urban | Aug 23, 2018 9:57pm
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Congress | DC News Junkie | Veterans Affairs | White House | Windsor Locks
WASHINGTON — At a White House ceremony this week, the widow of U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant John A. Chapman accepted from President Trump the Medal of Honor awarded to her late husband, a 1983 graduate of Windsor Locks High School who was killed in battle in Afghanistan in 2002.
Continue reading "U.S. Airman John Chapman Posthumously Awarded Medal of Honor" »
by Peter Urban | Aug 16, 2018 8:19pm
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Education | Veterans Affairs
WASHINGTON — Congressman Joe Courtney this week voiced his opposition to the Pentagon’s recently announced change in policy that would prevent soldiers with more than 16 years of service from transferring their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to eligible family members.
Continue reading "Courtney Opposes Pentagon Change to GI Bill" »
by Peter Urban | Jul 19, 2018 10:27pm
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Veterans Affairs
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, D-5th, this week made clear to acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Peter O’Rourke that she won’t abide any partisan monkey business ahead of Robert Wilkie’s likely confirmation to lead the department.
Continue reading "Esty Raises Concerns of VA ‘Loyalty’ Purge" »
by Peter Urban | Jun 29, 2018 3:20am
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Congress | DC News Junkie | Ethics | Federal Budget | Health Care | Military Spending | Public Health | Veterans Affairs
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.
Continue reading "Blue Water Bill Passes" »
by Peter Urban | Jun 22, 2018 3:00am
Posted to: Congress | 5th CD | DC News Junkie | Equality | Veterans Affairs
Representative Elizabeth Esty urged the Department of Veterans Affairs to address the “pervasive culture of sexual harassment” within the VA, which was exposed in a recent survey conducted by the government’s independent Merit Systems Protection Board.
Continue reading "Esty Calls on VA to Address ‘Pervasive Culture of Sexual Harassment’" »
by Peter Urban | May 24, 2018 9:59pm
Posted to: Business | US Foreign Policy | Congress | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Jobs | Military Spending | National Security | Veterans Affairs | White House | Manufacturing Sector
The House this week easily approved, by a vote of 360-59, the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act that spells out how the Pentagon can spend its funds in the next fiscal year as well as establishes other policy changes for the Armed Forces.
Continue reading "$716 Billion Military Spending Blueprint Clears House" »