Jennifer Kelly has a powerful story to tell about the dangers of the growing opioid epidemic. She recently traveled to Washington to tell her family’s story and to plead for emergency action to address rising drug abuse nationwide.
News that Electric Boat has been selected by the Navy as the prime contractor for the Ohio-class replacement program is not only great news for our region, but for the entire state.
Congressman Courtney joined veterans and colleagues in front of the U.S. Capitol building to show support for the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act. He has requested that the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs take action on the legislation to provide Navy sailors with care for ‘Agent Orange’ exposure.
Congressman Courtney is pushing the FDA to take action against products that are misbranded as containing maple sugar in order to protect consumers and farmers in Connecticut.
“These savings are providing critical relief to local seniors who previously had to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars out-of-pocket to obtain their prescription drugs,” said Courtney. “For many eastern Connecticut seniors on fixed annual incomes, the average savings of more than $1,808 per year can often mean the difference between purchasing medication or food, and being able to live with dignity in retirement. This data shows how the Affordable Care Act is working for eastern Connecticut’s seniors, and what is at risk as the debate over repealing law continues in the weeks ahead.”
Eastern Connecticut’s economy has always been closely linked with open access to the sea. A vast array of economic activities in our region, ranging from recreational boating to commercial maritime transportation, shipbuilding, the Coast Guard Academy, and the Naval Submarine Base in Groton all rely on transit to and from Long Island Sound. This vital access to the sea requires regular dredging of shipping channels and navigable waterways to sustain passable access to our ports.
“One of the top priorities for my staff and I is to work one-on-one with constituents who struggle with federal agencies,” said Courtney. “Almost every day we hear from a local resident who faces a crisis in their life because government red tape prevents them from receiving their hard-earned benefits. Whether we are helping to secure retroactive benefits for a retired veteran, or helping a young family obtain a mortgage modification, each of these cases is about more than a dollar figure – they are real people trying to make ends meet, and I am proud that we are able to help make that happen. I urge any eastern Connecticut resident facing difficulty when working with the federal government to contact my office to see if we can be of assistance.”