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  • August 18, 2021
    The 1.2 trillion federal Infrastructure bill before the United States House of Representatives could bring billions of dollars to Connecticut for roads, bridges, airports, transit, rail systems, ports and waterways. Local officials and federal officials will hold a news conference this morning on the impact it could have for the state.On Wednesday... Read More
  • August 18, 2021 — by CHRISTOPHER KEATING
    HARTFORD — Connecticut would receive billions of dollars over the years for highways, bridges, railroads, airports if Congress grants final approval to a $1 trillion federal infrastructure bill.The bipartisan infrastructure package was already approved by the U.S. Senate by 69-30, but still needs approval in the U.S. House of Representatives.U.S.... Read More
  • August 17, 2021 — by Davis Dunavin
    A New Haven-based refugee resettlement agency welcomed seven arrivals from Afghanistan late Monday night. They fled as the Taliban seized control of the country.Chris George is with IRIS — Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services. The organization took in a single man from Kandahar and a family of six who left from the Kabul airport just before it... Read More
  • August 17, 2021 — by CHRISTOPHER KEATING
    HARTFORD — U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy called Tuesday for increased protection for women in Afghanistan as the Taliban has swept into power in a chaotic country.The senators, along with a bipartisan group of more than 40 colleagues, are looking for increased efforts to ensure that women and children are removed safely from the... Read More
  • August 14, 2021 — by Ella Nilsen and Natasha Bertrand
    (CNN) In a summer of deadly and life-altering extreme weather, the Biden administration and Democrats are walking a tightrope, with a razor-thin majority in Congress, to enact policies that will reroute the US economy away from fossil fuels and show the world that the US will lead on climate change.Many of President Joe Biden's climate provisions... Read More
  • August 14, 2021 — by REBECCA KHEEL
    Democrats are coming to President Biden's defense as Afghanistan teeters on the brink of collapse weeks before the U.S. military mission there officially ends, arguing more time wouldn't make any difference.The Taliban have won control of half of Afghanistan’s 34 provincial capitals, including the country’s second- and third-largest cities, in just... Read More
  • August 14, 2021 — by Michael Isikoff
    Calling the Afghan government “rife with corruption,” Sen. Chris Murphy, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, applauded President Biden’s move to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11 as the only reasonable step after 20 years of frustration and failure.“The longer we stay, the stronger the Taliban gets,” Murphy, a... Read More
  • August 13, 2021
    US Senator Chris Murphy says Washington should deprioritize hostility toward Iran, cut down its military presence in the Middle East, and urge Saudi Arabia to "come to terms" with Hezbollah in Lebanon.In a podcast interview with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Murphy said decreasing the overall "militaristic footprint" includes... Read More
  • August 11, 2021
    From the Biden administration itself, Mira Resnick of the Department of State and Dana Stroul from the Department of Defense gave testimonies, with Egypt taking center stage. The two officials defended American assistance to Egypt despite the country’s heavy-handed crackdown on dissidents and the country’s detention of as many as 60,000 political... Read More
  • August 10, 2021 — by STEPHEN SINGER
    Federal infrastructure spending of nearly $1 trillion would bring billions of dollars to Connecticut for highway construction, bridge repairs, electric vehicle charging stations and more, Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Sen. Chris Murphy said Tuesday.The 69-30 bipartisan vote Tuesday sends the first phase of President Joe Biden's "Build Back... Read More
  • August 10, 2021
    This week on Babel, Jon talks with Sen. Chris Murphy, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism. They discuss the U.S. relationship with Gulf allies, regional proxy battles with Iran, investing in Lebanon and Tunisia, and how worried policymakers should be about China's... Read More
  • August 02, 2021 — by Ken Dixon
    Connecticut’s two U.S. senators anticipate major investment funding will be coming to Connecticut, including rail, highways, bridges, coastal resiliency and Veterans Affairs programming, in the pending trillion-dollar infrastructure compromise bill they expect to vote on by the end of the week.During a morning virtual news conference from... Read More
  • August 02, 2021 — by CLARE SECRIST
    The U.S. Senate is expected to advance a $1 trillion dollar bipartisan infrastructure bill this week.U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut said the plan is to increase funding for railroads, among other things."This is a meaningful and impactful downpayment that arguably will have more impact in Connecticut than in almost any other state in that... Read More
  • August 01, 2021 — by Alex Putterman
    As he watches the change rapidly reshaping American college sports, Chris Murphy can't help but wish progress always came so quickly.In the two and a half years since the Connecticut senator became Washington's most outspoken advocate for college athletes' economic rights, a decades-old movement has broken through in major ways. Coaches, athletic... Read More
  • July 29, 2021
    US Sen. Chris Murphy issued a blistering critique of the Egyptian government’s human rights abuses Wednesday, urging the Biden administration not to waive a congressionally mandated hold on a fraction of annual military aid to Cairo.“Only China and Iran execute more people every year than Egypt, and many of these executions are for political... Read More
  • July 29, 2021 — by Mark Leon Goldberg
    United States Senator Chris Murphy wants to radically reign in the President’s ability to use military force abroad. Chris Murphy is a Democrat from Connecticut and with Independent Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont Republican Senator Mike Lee from Utah is a co-sponsor of the new National Security Powers Act. If enacted, this legislation would... Read More
  • July 28, 2021 — by EDMUND H. MAHONY
    The final two nominees for open seats on the state’s federal court — assistant U.S. attorney Sarala Nagala and Superior Court Judge Omar Williams — appeared on track for appointment after receiving warm receptions Wednesday during questioning at the Senate Judiciary Committee, which opens the confirmation process.Both were nominated for the... Read More
  • July 21, 2021
    This hour, how much power should a president have to take military action?Coming up we speak with Connecticut Senator Christopher Murphy, who argues that presidents have accumulated too much leeway to take military action.He wants to shift some of that authority to Congress.And the latest on efforts to get an infrastructure bill through the senate. Read More
  • July 19, 2021 — by J.D. ALLEN
    U.S. Senate Democrats are expected to push forward on a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill this week. Connecticut’s two Senators want significant increases in railroad funding to be included.Senator Chris Murphy said upgrades to the Northeast Rail Corridor would create jobs. It would also offer a faster, more reliable system to improve commutes for... Read More
  • July 17, 2021 — by The Day Editorial Board
    Connecticut residents who commute to work by rail, along with those who wish they could do so, got plenty of good news in recent weeks.In June, Gov. Ned Lamont announced a rail improvement plan dubbed Time for CT. Following what appears to be an exhaustive study of rail conditions on Metro-North Railroad's New Haven line, state and rail officials... Read More