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  • July 16, 2021 — by ANNA ELIZABETH
    Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal both said they would support new rail corridors through Connecticut, at a press conference with Connecticut Transportation Commissioner Joseph Giulietti at the Windsor train station on Friday. The public appearance was in support of a $117 billion plan released on Thursday, called Connect NEC 2035, that... Read More
  • July 15, 2021 — by Marc Rod
    A day after some Senate leaders emerged from a classified briefing with Secretary of State Tony Blinken offering a pessimistic outlook on the chances of re-entering the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) told Jewish Insider that the deal remains the U.S.’s only viable option for dealing with Iran.Murphy, who did not attend... Read More
  • July 15, 2021 — by ELIZA FAWCETT
    For families across the state struggling to raise children amid the adversity of the COVID-19 pandemic, new relief will begin appearing in their bank accounts this week. Monthly payments for the federal child tax credit — significantly expanded for a year through President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package — start officially... Read More
  • July 14, 2021 — by GREGORY STROUD
    On Wednesday, the NEC Commission announced the launch of Phase 1 of the NEC Future vision for improving rail service along the Northeast Corridor between Washington, D.C. and Boston. Dubbed Connect 2035, the plan calls for the completion of 150 significant projects over 15 years at an additional cost of $100 billion dollars.These plans include a... Read More
  • July 14, 2021 — by GRACE MCFADDEN
    The first of three nominees for judge for Connecticut’s federal District Court was introduced at a Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.Sarah Merriam is a former campaign manager for U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, who praised her at the hearing.“From a very personal standpoint, I am very humbled to be able to stand here today and be able to... Read More
  • July 14, 2021 — by Mikayla Rumph
    BOSTON — On June 25, 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will provide $50 million dollars for Environmental Justice (EJ) initiatives through funds allocated to EPA under the American Rescue Plan (ARP). The City of Hartford's Department of Health and Human Services will be receiving $200,000 under this initiative... Read More
    Treating firearm-related injuries in the U.S. costs more than $1 billion annually, with public health programs like Medicaid picking up most of the tab, according to new Government Accountability Office estimates shared with POLITICO.The assessment was requested by House and Senate Democrats last year and comes as the Biden administration is... Read More
  • June 14, 2021 — by Angelo Bavaro
    HARTFORD, Conn. — U.S. Democratic Senator Chris Murphy met with Connecticut’s Ukrainian community Monday morning at the Ukrainian National Home in Hartford following his trip to Eastern Europe two weeks ago.Senator Murphy is a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and said the goal of the trip was to reaffirm U.S. commitment to... Read More
  • June 14, 2021 — by Jonathan Weisman
    WASHINGTON — Senator Christopher S. Murphy concedes that political rhetoric in the nation’s capital can sometimes stray into hysteria, but when it comes to the precarious state of American democracy, he insisted he was not exaggerating the nation’s tilt toward authoritarianism.“Democrats are always at risk of being hyperbolic,” said Mr. Murphy,... Read More
  • June 14, 2021
    WASHINGTON - After years of failed attempts to pass a firearms background check bill, two senators think they may be on the verge of a deal - or at least, that hope isn't lost yet.Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, have been quietly negotiating a way to bolster background check rules by making a small but consequential tweak to... Read More
  • June 14, 2021
    The first bipartisan call for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas has been issued by Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy and Republican Sen. Todd Young."Israel has the right to defend itself from Hamas's rocket attacks, in a manner proportionate with the threat its citizens are facing. As a result of Hamas's rocket attacks and Israel’s response, both sides... Read More
  • June 11, 2021
    Sen. Chris Murphy said Thursday that talks aimed at closing loopholes in the gun buyer background check system failed because Texas Sen. John Cornyn wouldn't budge enough on sharpening the definition of commercial gun seller.Cornyn and Murphy, D-Conn., declared Wednesday they had hit an impasse and had abandoned talks that began about two months... Read More
  • June 10, 2021
    Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), along with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), introduced a new bill Thursday that would define scholarship college athletes as employees of their universities, thereby granting them the right to collectively bargain.For Murphy, the bill is the latest in a series of initiatives to improve conditions for college athletes — an... Read More
  • June 01, 2021
    Connecticut U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy made it in the airport in time Tuesday - not to catch a plane, but to push for action against tyranny abroad.The airport in question is in Vilnius, Lithuania.There, Murphy and two other senators joined an exiled Belarussian opposition leader, Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya, for a press conference to call attention to... Read More
  • May 14, 2021
    What does the pandemic have to do with broadband? When workers and students were forced to work from home, many people ran into internet connectivity issues.But the issues are beyond that according to experts who met with lawmakers Friday to highlight the issue. Leaders say the pandemic has opened everyone's eyes to the issue of access to... Read More
  • May 14, 2021
    HARTFORD, Conn. - Getting ghost guns off the streets is among efforts under federal legislation that is making its way around capitol hill.U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy say the Untraceable Firearms Act is a key to strengthening gun laws.The legislation would permanently include the core building blocks of ghost guns in the... Read More
  • May 11, 2021
    WASHINGTON - After a recent swing through Oman, Jordan and Qatar, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy said he sees the "grassroots of de-escalation" emerging in the civil war in Yemen, a deadly crisis for which the Connecticut Democrat has long advocated for a peaceful solution.On a call with reporters after his return, Murphy, who leads the Senate Foreign... Read More
  • May 10, 2021
    Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), called on Israel and the Palestinians to de-escalate ongoing violence, days after returning from a trip to the Middle East."Israeli and Palestinian leaders need to commit to a path of de-escalation," Murphy told reporters Monday, addressing the rising violence in Jerusalem, which has included scuffles between Palestinians... Read More
  • May 10, 2021
    Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Monday called for Yemen's Iranian-backed Houthis to answer a ceasefire proposal to end the fighting against government forces in the country.The call is part of efforts to end the six-year civil war in Yemen and relieve the catastrophic human suffering by the civilian population. Murphy made his remarks in a briefing... Read More
  • May 06, 2021
    AMMAN — US Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia and Counterterrorism, departed Jordan on Wednesday after a trip to the region, according to a statement from the senator’s office. The trip included meetings with foreign leaders and senior officials... Read More