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.
“As representatives from the region, we understand firsthand the importance of preserving and protecting the environment in and around the Sound for future generations to enjoy,” wrote the members. “The environmental soundness of Long Island Sound dredging is a clear focus of the ELDS. The proposed rule is consistent with the federally-approved Coastal Zone Management Plans for New York, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. Furthermore, it should be noted that without access to the ELDS, it is expected that transporting dredged materials to other sites, like the Rhode Island Disposal Site, will increase carbon emissions from ships and risk of dredged material spills as transport distance is extended. Our states have been responsibly dredging using open-water placement for 35 years and we believe that swift adoption of the ELDS, along with an increased effort to find sustainable on-land solutions for suitable dredged materials, will provide the Long Island Sound region with a balanced approach for future waterway maintenance projects."
WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) joined a House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on ‘Recalcitrant Countries Denying Visas to Countries that Refuse to Take Back their Deported Nationals’.
"I appreciate the work the Navy is doing to harness the capacity in the submarine industrial base to build additional attacks submarines. Thanks to the in-depth look that the Navy has taken at the industrial base as it prepares to meet the challenge of building attack submarines in addition to the new Ohio Replacement Submarine, we know that there is capacity to add a second submarine in 2021. The addition of this boat alone reduces the attack submarine shortfall by nearly 30 percent, as measured against current requirements. Our subcommittee made clear its firm support of this plan in our mark of the 2017 defense authorization, and we are eager to see this plan put into action."