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  • January 15, 2018
    U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy Connecticut joined their New England colleagues in backing a bill that would ban offshore drilling along the New England coast. The New England Coastal Protection Act, which was introduced by Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, came in response to an action... Read More
  • January 14, 2018
    Editor’s note: These are excerpts from U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy’s address to Congress Thursday. Colleagues, I wanted to come to the floor this afternoon to just talk very briefly about the real world impacts of the decisions we’re going to make in the next week or so regarding the future of the budget. And I really implore my... Read More
  • January 12, 2018
    Describing the recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as hurtful “in a big way,” U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy said that home values in Connecticut, if not the entire country, will likely drop, while vowing to continue fighting to amend or overturn the law. Murphy’s comments came during a Jan. 5 address at the offices of Berkshire... Read More
  • January 12, 2018
    Leaders in the state’s immigrant community said President Donald Trump was being ignorant and racist when he talked at a White House meeting this week about limiting immigration from “shithole” nations, including Haiti, El Salvador and African countries. “He’s never been to any of these countries... Read More
  • January 09, 2018
    With key Republican support, Sen. Chris Murphy on Tuesday unveiled pet legislation of his intended to boost the purchase of U.S.-made goods by federal agencies. Connecticut’s junior Democratic senator brought aboard Republican Sens. Rob Portmanof Ohio and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Murphy called the two... Read More
  • January 09, 2018
    WASHINGTON — Sen. Chris Murphy is rolling out his measure to thwart foreign competition for military contracts and thereby help U.S. subcontractors in Connecticut and elsewhere compete for Pentagon business. Murphy promised to introduce his Act last August, but hit a roadblock of practical politics on Capitol Hill: With... Read More
  • January 09, 2018
    Washington – In an unusual alliance with the Trump White House and GOP senate colleagues, Sen. Chris Murphy on Tuesday introduced a “Buy American” bill aimed at helping small American companies, including many in Connecticut, get their fair share of federal government business. Murphy has pressed his “Buy... Read More
  • January 05, 2018
    U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., launched his second annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Essay Contest this week. He encourages students from all grade levels in Connecticut to submit essays that reflect on King’s dream and what he would think about it today, as well as their own aspirations and how they relate to King’s work. Essays... Read More
  • January 04, 2018
    Returning from a visit to view the recovery effort in Puerto Rico, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy said Thursday that the “island is still in crisis” more than 100 days after Hurricane Maria made landfall.  Lingering power outages and a lack of drinking water are compounded by what Murphy, D-Connecticut, described as a lack of urgency from... Read More
  • January 03, 2018
    Connecticut U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy say the $81 billion in disaster relief funds being considered for Florida, Texas, California, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands is not enough. Blumenthal says Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands alone need double that amount.    Speaking on the phone from Puerto Rico... Read More
  • January 02, 2018
    Half a day after he arrived in Puerto Rico alongside Sen. Chris Murphy to survey the island’s recovery from Hurricane Maria, Sen. Richard Blumenthal said it was clear a lot of work remains to be done. “The simple blunt fact is that there is a continuing humanitarian and economic crisis here,” Blumenthal... Read More
  • January 01, 2018
    Frustrated by what they say is a woefully inadequate federal response, Sen. Chris Murphy and Sen. Richard Blumenthal plan to tour storm damage in Puerto Rico on Tuesday and Wednesday. They are scheduled to tour the hurricane-battered town of Las Piedras, meet with Gov. Ricardo Rossello and visit Hospital UPR to hear about the obstacles it faces as... Read More
  • December 29, 2017
    Sen. Chris Murphy is calling for congressional hearings to learn how the public health and education infrastructure in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands is faring more than three months after the region was slammed by Hurricane Maria. “Hearings could help ensure that the Senate has a detailed... Read More
  • December 19, 2017
    HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)–Senator Chris Murphy is urging Congress to take action on protections for ‘dreamers.’ Those are the approximately 700,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. when they were young, and are either in school or in the military. “Christmas and the holiday season, it’s not... Read More
  • December 19, 2017
    HARTFORD (AP) — The state has started notifying thousands of Connecticut families that it might have to close a popular health insurance program for children if the U.S. Congress doesn't reauthorize federal funding. The Department of Social Services began sending notices to parents and guardians last weekend, letting them know that funds for... Read More
  • December 15, 2017
    U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal visited Access Health CT on Main Street Friday to remind people that the deadline for securing health insurance through the exchange is on Dec. 22. “The more we can raise awareness about the deadline, the better,” Blumenthal said. “Make it your New Year’s resolution to enroll,... Read More
  • December 14, 2017
    Connecticut Democrats slammed the Federal Communications Commission’s decision Thursday to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules that require internet service providers to treat all websites and content equally. Some states have already said they plan to sue the federal government over the regulatory rollback — which... Read More
  • December 14, 2017
    I love Newtown. I love the people. I love the landscape. I love the annual Labor Day parade. I love it more now, having watched the town wrestle over the unanswerable question of what to be in the wake of unimaginable tragedy. Newtown is different than it was before the events of Dec. 14, 2012. Of course it is. No place could ever recover from... Read More
  • December 14, 2017
    When you walk into Sen. Chris Murphy's Senate office, one of the first things you might see is a large poster of children's TV host Mr. Rogers with a quote on it. "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping,' " Rogers wrote. The quote was... Read More
  • December 11, 2017
    WASHINGTON-The 21st Century Buy American Act introduced on Monday by U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., could create up to 100,000 jobs while prioritizing the purchase of American-made goods. “It’s pretty simple. Americans want their taxpayer money spent here and in support of U.S. manufacturers, not their foreign competitors,”... Read More