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September 27, 2018

Esty’s Burn Pit Bill Becomes Law

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

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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.

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September 14, 2018

Keeping Score

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.

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August 23, 2018

U.S. Airman John Chapman Posthumously Awarded Medal of Honor

by Peter Urban | Aug 23, 2018 9:57pm
Posted to: US Foreign Policy | Congress | DC News Junkie | Veterans Affairs | White House | Windsor Locks

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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.

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August 16, 2018

Courtney Opposes Pentagon Change to GI Bill

by Peter Urban | Aug 16, 2018 8:19pm
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Education | Veterans Affairs

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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.

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July 19, 2018

Esty Raises Concerns of VA ‘Loyalty’ Purge

by Peter Urban | Jul 19, 2018 10:27pm
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Veterans Affairs

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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.

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June 29, 2018

Keeping Score

by Peter Urban | Jun 29, 2018 1:20pm
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 3:20am
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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June 22, 2018

Esty Calls on VA to Address ‘Pervasive Culture of Sexual Harassment’

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.

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May 25, 2018

Keeping Score

by Peter Urban | May 25, 2018 5:33pm
Posted to: Congress | Consumer Protection | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Military Spending | National Security | Veterans Affairs | White House | Financial Sector

Key votes for the week ending Friday, May 25, 2018.

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May 24, 2018

$716 Billion Military Spending Blueprint Clears House

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

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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.

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