WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) released his year-end report on Friday outlining the work he’s done for Connecticut residents this year.
“I’m really proud of the work my office was able to do this year. My bills expanding mental health care for veterans, combatting the opioid crisis, and improving the background check system were signed into law. Working with our delegation, I brought back millions of dollars in federal funding for job training programs, health care services, and upgrades to our roads and rails. My office helped thousands of residents with their issues with the federal government, returning hundreds of thousands of dollars in owed Social Security and veterans benefits,” said Murphy. “I’ve spent this year fighting for Connecticut values. Unfortunately, too often, President Trump’s dangerous actions and divisive rhetoric threatened so many of those values. Sometimes I was successful in standing up to the Trump administration, other times I was not. But through it all, my work was driven by what I heard, loud and clear, from Connecticut residents – at town hall meetings, during my walk across the state, and through the calls and letters sent to my office. This feedback helps me be a better senator, and I couldn’t do this job without it.”
This year, three of Murphy’s bills were signed into law – the bipartisan Fix NICS Act to improve the background check system, the Recovery COACH Act to help people in recovery from substance abuse, and the Honor Our Commitment Act, which provides access to mental health care for more than 500,000 veterans who were previously ineligible. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, he secured millions of dollars in federal funding to grow jobs in Connecticut. Throughout the year, Murphy traveled across the state, holding 130 town halls, roundtables, and listening sessions with Connecticut residents. He also responded to over 210,000 calls, letter and emails, and helped over 5,300 Connecticut residents with federal casework issues, returning over $967,000 in savings from federal agencies, including owed veterans benefits and Social Security payments.