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
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 4:00am
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 10:59pm
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" »
by Christine Stuart and Jack Kramer | May 11, 2018 9:56am
Posted to: Analysis | Child Welfare | Civil Liberties | Consumer Protection | Corporate Watch | Election Policy | Equality | Gaming | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Immigration | Insurance | Law Enforcement | Labor | Public Health | Poverty | Public Safety | Sports | State Budget | Transportation | Tribes | Veterans Affairs
HARTFORD, CT—As another session of the General Assembly comes to a close with a mad scramble against the clock, let’s take a look at some of the bills that passed and others that came up short and will be left up to some future legislature and governor to tackle.
Continue reading "ANALYSIS | Legislative Triage: The Winners and Losers of the 2018 Session" »
by Christine Stuart | Apr 24, 2018 11:58am
Posted to: Veterans Affairs | Rocky Hill
HARTFORD, CT — Veterans Service Organizations from around the state gathered at the state Capitol Tuesday to continue their effort to restore $2 million to the Levitow Healthcare Center at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Veterans’ Home at Rocky Hill.
Continue reading "Veterans Call On Lawmakers To Restore Funding" »
by Christine Stuart and Peter Urban | Mar 30, 2018 1:00am
Posted to: Agriculture | Congress | 5th CD | DC News Junkie | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Iraq at Home | Public Health | Veterans Affairs | Newington | West Haven
U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty issued an apology Thursday for failing to act sooner in 2016 when Tony Baker, her former chief of staff, was accused of harassing, threatening, and punching a female former staffer, Hearst reported Thursday.
Continue reading "DC NEWS JUNKIE | Esty Issues Apology; Blumenthal Opposes VA Privatization" »
by Peggy McCarthy | Mar 27, 2018 11:46am
Posted to: Congress | Iraq at Home | Veterans Affairs
A new federal law will allow hundreds of Connecticut veterans with “bad paper” discharges to be eligible for long-term mental health care for the first time, and thus reduce their suicide risk.
Continue reading "Veterans With ‘Bad Paper’ Discharges Now Eligible For Mental Health Services" »
by Peter Urban | Mar 23, 2018 5:00am
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Federal Budget | Health Care | Iraq at Home | Law Enforcement | Manufacturing | Public Health | Public Safety | Veterans Affairs | White House | Portland
(UPDATED Friday, 6:45 p.m.) Looking to avoid a third government shutdown in three weeks, Congress sent President Donald Trump a $1.3 trillion spending bill early Friday morning that will keep federal doors open through September.
Continue reading "DC NEWS JUNKIE | Congress Approves Budget; Trump Threatens Veto Then Says He’ll Sign It" »