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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

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April 14, 2018 Press Release
“Bashar al-Assad's criminal chemical weapons attacks against the Syrian people requires both an effective response and a comprehensive strategy," said Courtney. "Clearly, our naval forces executed a precise, laser-focused strike with great competence and skill, and which Secretary of Defense Mattis described as limited. From this point on, the Trump administration needs to consult with Congress on what the overall strategy in Syria will be, a question that is far from clear and one I raised with the Secretary this past Wednesday during a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee.”
April 13, 2018 Press Release
“The sudden and stunning decision by Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute to close its campuses last week left Connecticut students with nowhere to turn. That is why I called on the Department to act quickly to provide information and resources for students,” said Courtney.
April 12, 2018 Constituent Corner
Ernie first contacted my office in the summer of 2015 to request assistance with obtaining Korean Ambassador for Peace Medals for local Korean War veterans. I was happy to work with him on this effort, and since that time, we have presented nearly 200 of these medals to veterans across the Second Congressional District.
April 12, 2018 Press Release
In 2016, the Department of the Navy produced a new Force Structure Assessment which determined that the Navy our nation needs is a 355-ship navy. This is not a number that the Navy came to simply because it believed it needed a larger force. It reviewed and validated the stated requirements – and the real-world demands – faced by our combatant commanders. It looks to present challenges and those expected in the decades ahead.
April 11, 2018 Press Release
“Today is a special day in southeastern Connecticut as we mark the 150th anniversary of the creation of the Navy installation that would become Naval Submarine Base New London,” said Courtney. “On this date in 1868, the state of Connecticut and the city of New London conveyed a deed of gift to the U.S. Navy that was only 5,200 feet long and 700 feet wide. Over time, that small tract of land along the Thames River has grown in size and stature as it became the home to the ‘first and finest’ submarine base."
April 5, 2018 Press Release
“It would be difficult to overstate how important dredging and dredging disposal is to the maritime economy of southeastern Connecticut,” said Courtney. “Without the regular dredging of ports and waterways, a vast array of economic activities in our region ranging from recreational boating to commercial maritime transportation, shipbuilding, the Coast Guard Academy, and the submarine base would simply cease."
April 5, 2018 Press Release
“The sudden and stunning decision by Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute to cease operations with no notice to students or staff screams out for action by the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs,” said Courtney. “Many of the students used federal student loans and grant programs to pay tuition, and it is imperative that the Dept. of Ed exercises its statutory authority to protect both taxpayers and the students who put their faith in this school’s promise of a certificate that would provide gainful employment."
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April 3, 2018 Press Release

(Norwich, CT) —Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) announced that the USDA will be reopening enrollment for the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP) that will allow dairy farmers across the country and in eastern Connecticut to reassess their safety net coverage under the MPP. These changes were authorized under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 passed in February.

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March 28, 2018 Press Release
“We are trying to get out the word that the IRS is holding thousands of checks for Connecticut residents that will disappear if they go unclaimed on Tax Day,” the members said. “The IRS believes it is holding about $12.7 million in 2014 refunds for taxpayers in Connecticut who did not file their returns that year. We want these residents to know that it is not too late to file for 2014 and collect that money, but the final deadline is approaching.”
March 23, 2018 Press Release
“Following the release of grim statistics from the office of the Chief Medical Examiner on drug overdoses state-wide in 2017, I met with the police chiefs from across the region to determine what the most critical needs are to combat drug addiction. Time and again I hear the same refrain, they need more funding to hire police officers and fund drug treatment facilities,” said Courtney. “I was very pleased yesterday that after months of debate in House, we were able to pass a bill with robust federal funding targeted to help local communities hire police officers and educate youth about the acute dangers of prescription opioid and heroin abuse. Our local police officers are out working the front lines of the crisis each day and they deserve our full support for leading this fight.”

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In The News

April 13, 2018 In The News

Washington – The U.S. Department of Education has come to the aid of hundreds of Ridley-Lowell Business & Technical Institute students whose education came to an abrupt end last week when the school shut down without warning.

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March 5, 2018 In The News

GRISWOLD – Residents hell-bent on keeping their town quiet are making quite the noise.

They’re an eclectic bunch – about 80 of whom are a part of the crusading Keep Griswold Quiet/Save Pachaug Forest. 

February 20, 2018 In The News

As we enter the second year of the Trump administration, the president’s inability to advance a firm, coherent U.S. position toward Russia persists despite a torrent of belligerent behavior by the Kremlin toward the West.

February 8, 2018 In The News

By: Eric Bedner

The IRS has determined that homeowners who make repairs to their crumbling foundations within the next three years can amend their 2017 federal tax filings to deduct the cost.

January 4, 2018 In The News

U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, is pushing the House to act on legislation that would restore access to VA benefits for Blue Water Navy veterans exposed to Agent Orange and other toxins during the Vietnam War.

December 19, 2017 In The News
“This afternoon, Congress made a historic mistake in passing a seriously lopsided tax overhaul the will almost entirely benefit wealthy Americans and corporations at the expense of middle-class and working families,” said Courtney. “This bill will exacerbate our national deficit and sets up the rationale that Republicans will use to launch their long-anticipated attacks against Social Security and Medicare, which Speaker Paul Ryan has already brazenly promised to do. It is also a sneak-attack on the Affordable Care Act that will result in 13 million Americans losing insurance, and will cause health care costs to rise for millions more through the repeal of the individual mandate."
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December 18, 2017 In The News

GOP-sponsored bill to revise federal student loan programs would shatter the hopes thousands of Connecticut college students, U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2, and a group of students warned Friday.

December 4, 2017 In The News
Norwich — At a meeting of his Veterans Advisory Board on Monday, U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, told the head of the VA Connecticut healthcare system that there might be an uptick in people accessing VA services. Courtney authored language included in a massive defense policy bill passed recently by Congress to expand sexual trauma counseling and treatment to members of the National Guard and Reserves. The bill still has to be signed by President Donald Trump, and Congress must still find a way to pay for the $700 billion measure.
November 3, 2017 In The News
"The review does not sugar coat the fact that glaring deficiencies in training and leadership subjected ships and sailors to unacceptable risks in the 'can do' culture that predominated in the western Pacific," U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, said in a written statement.
November 3, 2017 In The News
Along with four other members, U.S. Rep. Joseph D. Courtney, D-2nd District, is leading the charge, writing a letter last week to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi that was signed by 150 House members expressing their deep concern over the lapsed funds.
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