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May 28, 2015 Press Release
GROTON, CT--Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) welcomed U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez to Electric Boat (EB) in Groton to discuss the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act’s critical role in expanding job training and opening doors to employment for eastern Connecticut workers.
May 18, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) joined U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker in presenting the President’s “E” Award for achievements in exports to the Dymotek Corporation of Ellington, Connecticut.  Courtney attended the award ceremony at the Commerce Department in Washington, where six Connecticut companies received the President’s “E” Award, which recognizes the contribution companies have made to increasing American exports, creating jobs, and building export markets.

April 14, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Seapower Subcommittee, welcomed representatives from Connecticut defense manufacturers to the 2015 Sea Air Space Expo in National Harbor, Maryland. The annual expo provides a platform for companies to pursue business opportunities with the U.S. military and prime contractors, as well as highlight the important role of the sea services in our nation’s defense.

April 13, 2015 Press Release
NORWICH, CT—Friday, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2)  joined Rachael Johnston, a real estate broker, and Evan Preston, State Director of ConnPIRG, to call for action on Courtney’s bill, H.R. 1434, the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act.
February 6, 2015 Press Release
NORWICH, CT—Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) and Bryan Hurlburt, State Executive Director of the Farm Service Agency, visited Bahler Farms in Ellington to highlight the high enrollment rate in the new Dairy Margin Protection Program among dairy farms in Connecticut. 
“The new Dairy Margin Protection Program—which I supported during the crafting of the 2014 Farm Bill—provides flexible insurance coverage for our region’s dairy farms when prices dip,” Courtney said.
January 16, 2015 Press Release
Norwich, CT—Today, Congressman Joe Courtney released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Labor announced a $1.2 million grant to Connecticut’s “Shared Work Program” to help keep employees on the job during downturns in their company’s business.
“Helping employers retain valuable workers during a downturn in business is the best way to keep those employees connected to a job, rather than face the total loss of a layoff,” Congressman Courtney said. “I applaud Secretary Perez for awarding these funds, which will bolster our fragile recovery.
January 15, 2015 Press Release
Groton, CT—Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) released the following statement after Electric Boat President Jeff Geiger presented a strong and positive outlook for the yard at its annual legislative breakfast, including plans that EB expects to hire approximately 600 workers at their Groton shipyard in 2015.
“EB’s strong hiring outlook will provide a powerful boost to our eastern Connecticut economy, and I am proud to play a direct role on the House Seapower Subcommittee in ensuring continued support for the submarine construction, design and support programs th
December 17, 2014 Press Release
WASHINGTON—Last night, the Senate approved a House-passed legislative package of “tax extenders” for 2014, sending the bill to President Obama for his signature. Today, Congressman Joe Courtney highlighted the inclusion of a provision that protects struggling homeowners from severe tax penalties after a short sale, mortgage restructuring or foreclosure. Without renewal of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act, distressed homeowners would have incurred income taxes on mortgage debt forgiven in such a transaction—an expensive proposition for families already facing financial distress.
December 4, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today Congressman Joe Courtney released the following statement after voting in favor of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The bill, negotiated between the House and Senate after passage of the House version of the NDAA in May, will now go to the Senate floor for approval.

October 15, 2014 Press Release
U.S. Representative Joe Courtney (CT-2) announced a $5.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor that will help return 567 unemployed Connecticut workers back to high-skilled growth industries.