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  • September 22, 2023 — by Molly Nagle, Liz Landers, and MaryAlice Parks
    President Joe Biden announced on Friday the establishment of the first-ever White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention to help reduce the nation's epidemic of gun violence. Speaking from the Rose Garden, the president said he took this action "to send a clear message about how important this issue is to me and to the country.""After every mass... Read More
  • September 19, 2023 — by Michayla Savitt
    Top federal lawmakers in the Northeast have penned a letter to Congress asking them to provide more direct help to local growers impacted by July’s historic flooding. Lawmakers are asking the federal government to approve more aid for New England farmers as part of a spending package needed to avert a government shutdown on Oct. 1. The letter was... Read More
  • September 19, 2023 — by Katherine Lutge
    NORWALK — The city is preparing to undergo an affordable housing study required by state law this fall amid a housing crisis in Fairfield County. "AKRF, the City’s affordable housing consultant, spent the summer reviewing the policy documents and draft zoning for Norwalk’s Affordable Housing Study," the city said in a statement. "They are in the... Read More
  • September 19, 2023 — by Laura Grainger and Niall Deeney
    Irish American politicians have spoken out against the controversial Legacy Bill, with the latest progress through the UK Parliament described as "shameful". The Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Bill passed last week after an attempt by the House of Lords to amend it was defeated. It is expected to go before the House of Lords... Read More
  • September 19, 2023 — by Andrea Mitchell
    President Joe Biden arrived in India for the G20 Summit, where Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping are notably absent. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) joins Ryan Nobles to discuss Biden’s foreign policy and what might come out of the G20 summit. “There's no doubt that China is growing in military prominence and prowess, but their primary... Read More
  • September 19, 2023 — by Nolan D. McCaskill
    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer suggested Tuesday that the onus is on House Republicans to pass a short-term spending agreement before the Senate acts. “Our first job is to get the House to pass something,” Schumer, D-N.Y., told reporters at his weekly news conference. “We’ll see if they can. But we need a bipartisan bill in each body.” While... Read More
  • September 19, 2023 — by Svetlana Shkolnikova
    WASHINGTON — The names and faces of hundreds of senior military nominees blocked from promotion by Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama dotted a lawn outside the Senate on Tuesday as Democrats stepped up their pressure campaign for him to end his hold. The visual installation by the progressive veterans group Vote Vets served as a backdrop... Read More
  • September 18, 2023 — by Jayne Chacko
    WESTON, Conn. (WTNH) — A Weston resident is one of the five Americans released Monday after serving years behind bars in Iran.   According to the White House, Morad Tahbaz from Weston and four other Americans boarded a Qatari plane en route to Doha early Monday. They will then travel to Washington to reunite with their families. With them, two... Read More
  • September 18, 2023 — by Jon Gambrell
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) —  Five Americans, one of whom was from Connecticut, detained for years in Iran walked off a plane and into freedom Monday, many arm-in-arm, as part of a politically risky deal that saw President Joe Biden agree to the release of nearly $6 billion in frozen Iranian assets owed by a third country, South Korea. The... Read More
  • September 18, 2023 — by Katie Pellico and Catherine Shen
    Approximately half of U.S. adults reported experiencing loneliness, even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The issue recently moved U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy to issue an advisory around the "loneliness epidemic" in America. Soon after, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy introduced a bill that would launch an Office of Social Connection Policy,... Read More
  • September 14, 2023 — by Karen DeYoung
    The Biden administration this week told Congress that it intends to withhold $85 million designated for U.S. security assistance to Egypt this year, and instead provide the bulk of the money to Taiwan. Sign up for Fact Checker, our weekly review of what's true, false or in-between in politics.The decision brought immediate criticism from lawmakers... Read More
  • September 13, 2023 — by Vivian Salama
    WASHINGTON—The U.S. plans to redirect some of its foreign military financing allocated for Egypt to Taiwan over what it says is Egypt’s failure to make progress on human rights and other issues, according to U.S. officials. The Biden administration has notified Congress that it would withhold $85 million in aid conditioned on the release of... Read More
  • September 13, 2023 — by Marc Rod and Haley Cohen
    A bipartisan group of legislators affirmed their commitment to increase funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) Tuesday afternoon at a High Holiday Security Briefing held on Capitol Hill, despite intensified funding pressures on Capitol Hill this year.  In rare public comments on the NSGP, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), who chairs the... Read More
  • September 08, 2023 — by Tricia Ennis
    Families of more than 200,000 children in the state of Connecticut will receive additional Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits starting on Monday, according to the governor’s office. The Department of Social Services and the Department of Education are distributing benefits of $25.1 million. This amounts to about $120 per... Read More
  • September 08, 2023 — by Arthur Delaney
    WASHINGTON - A proposed regulation announced Thursday by the Biden administration would require thousands of gun sellers to register with the federal government and conduct background checks of their customers. A small part of the bipartisan gun law Congress passed last year broadened the definition of a “gun dealer” as a way of reducing the number... Read More
  • September 08, 2023 — by Nick Robertson
    Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) criticized former Vice President Mike Pence’s proposal to give arrested mass shooters the death penalty, saying the remarks show his ignorance on the topic. The proposal “shows how little Mike Pence understands about the gun violence epidemic in this country,” Murphy said in a CBS interview on Tuesday. “Fact is, most... Read More
  • September 08, 2023 — by Kim Sengupta
    A senior member of the US Congress has predicted that American companies coming to Northern Ireland next month as part of a trade delegation will set up here because of the NI Protocol. But Senator Chris Coons and Senator Chris Murphy also expressed deep concern that the DUP’s refusal to take part in power-sharing, which has paralysed the executive... Read More
  • September 08, 2023 — by Michael Powell
    The future of progressive politics in America just might revolve around whether someone like Chris Murphy, a U.S. senator from a prosperous New England state, can find common ground culturally and politically with a man like Oliver Anthony. Earlier this month, Anthony, a young country singer, dropped his song “Rich Men North of Richmond” into the... Read More
  • September 08, 2023 — by John Moritz
    For a Connecticut Democrat not actively seeking higher office, Boone, North Carolina would seem like an odd location for a summertime visit.  Earlier this month, however, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy met with a group of scholars, writers and activists in the Appalachian college town to prompt a discussion about social and economic decline in rural... Read More
  • September 08, 2023 — by Al Weaver
    Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Tuesday accused Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) of being “prepared to burn the military down” with his hold on hundreds of military promotions over the Pentagon’s abortion policy.  Murphy told reporters at the Capitol that he is hoping Senate Republicans will work with Democrats after the August recess to come up with... Read More