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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

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September 21, 2018 Press Release
“The number one thing I hear around the district from both medical professionals and first responders is that they need more funding if we are ever going to stem the rise in drug addiction,” said Courtney. “For years, we have been saying that we need to start treating this crisis like a medical emergency as well as a law enforcement issue. This funding does just that by providing funding for hospitals and clinics on the frontlines.”
September 12, 2018 Press Release
“The opioid epidemic is an issue that deserves the attention of every level of our government,” said Congressman Courtney. “This funding will provide direct aid to people living the reality of this crisis. A focused program like We CARE has the potential to make a tremendous impact on lives in our community and I applaud the dedicated efforts of Claire Silva to secure this critical funding.
September 12, 2018 Press Release
“This grant funding is great news for the New London Fire Department and the entire community,” said Courtney. “Not only does the New London Fire Department oversee one of the most densely populated municipalities in eastern Connecticut, it also supports the operations of departments in other local communities across our region through mutual-aid. I commend Mayor Michael Passero and retiring Fire Chief Henry Kydd, Jr. for working closely with my office during the grant application process. Their efforts were critical in helping to secure this award.”
September 12, 2018 Press Release
"Over the last several years, I have consistently raised concerns about the lack of submarine repair work being assigned to private sector shipyards,” said Courtney. “We have seen increasing delays and shortfalls in capacity in the public shipyards that have kept submarines from their most important function, being at sea to support the needs of our nation. Unfortunately, the Navy has often pushed back on assigning more availabilities to private shipyards claiming that the cost of conducting maintenance in the private yards comes at an unaffordable ‘premium’. This analysis makes clear that these arguments do not hold up under objective scrutiny."
September 12, 2018 Press Release
“This clarification of the tax revenue procedure announced last year will have a major impact for homeowners whose repair costs exceed their annual income,” said Courtney and Larson. “We are grateful to have the support of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants and their Executive Director, Bonnie Stewart, in this critical matter for homeowners in northcentral and northeastern Connecticut."
September 11, 2018 Press Release
“The federal government’s demonstrated support for the safety and operations of our first responders who dedicate their lives to protect our neighborhoods represents an important allegiance that betters all of our communities,” said Congressman Courtney. “This grant funding is excellent news for the South Windham Fire Department. I applaud Ted Colwell for his steadfast efforts to secure this funding.
August 29, 2018 Press Release
“Today’s unanimous decision to reject tariffs on Canadian newsprint is welcome news for newsrooms across Connecticut and around the country,” Courtney said. “Connecticut print media companies import 100% of their newsprint from Canada, and the Trump Administration’s proposed tariffs would have increased their average costs by nearly 20% -- which would have resulted in cuts to content and employees. Adding tariffs to newsprint ad hoc creates enormous financial handicaps for businesses throughout the country, and this was the right call today by the U.S. International Trade Commission.”
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August 25, 2018 Press Release
“John McCain will be remembered as a giant of American history. His was a life of selfless service that should be an example for all. He leaves a legacy of distinguished duty during the Vietnam war, enduring excruciating suffering as a POW, and fiery, independent tenure in the US Congress in both the House and Senate.
August 16, 2018 Press Release
“It is critical that the federal government demonstrate its unwavering support for the safety and operations of our first responders who have dedicated their lives to protecting our communities,” said the delegation members. “This grant funding is excellent news for the New London Fire Department, which oversees one of the most densely populated municipalities in eastern Connecticut."
August 9, 2018 Press Release
“Day in and day out, firefighters put their lives on the line to save others,” said Blumenthal, Murphy, DeLauro, Courtney, and Esty. “It’s critical that fire departments have best, most up-to-date equipment and resources available to get the job done safely and effectively. We are thankful for the courageous work the firefighters in Middlefield, Plymouth, and Stafford do on behalf of our communities, and we’ll continue to fight for these federal programs that support Connecticut’s first responders.”

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In The News

September 15, 2018 In The News
The Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants is supporting the efforts of U.S. Rep. John B. Larson, D-1st District, and U.S. Rep. Joseph D. Courtney, D-2nd District, to clarify how homeowners with crumbling foundations can receive federal tax relief through the casualty loss deduction. In August, Courtney and Larson asked acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter for clarification on whether a taxpayer can take and “carry forward” a net operating loss if their casualty loss exceeds their income.
September 4, 2018 In The News

College students and their ability to pay their tuition seem unlikely targets for a presidential administration or a political party, especially in an election year. Students represent the near-term future of a skilled workforce and a stronger economy; they are the very premise of progress in research and development in decades to come.

August 28, 2018 In The News

*The image displayed above is of Congressman Courtney at the job center opening in July, 2018.

MONTVILLE, Conn. (WTNH) - If you're looking for a job and live in the eastern side of the state, a career fair is being offered in Montville next week. 

August 22, 2018 In The News

VERNON — For over an hour Tuesday night, residents of three of the communities hit hardest by the crumbling concrete epidemic — Ellington, Stafford, and Vernon — registered their unanimous support for an application that could result in federal money for foundation testing.

August 16, 2018 In The News

New London — Federal money is aiding the city fire department in taking preventative measures against cancer rates, as well as training for technical rescues in anticipation of upcoming work under the Gold Star Memorial Bridge.

August 14, 2018 In The News

Santiago “Santi” Rodriguez, a 14-year-old New London boy who loves soccer and basketball, is a healthy high school sophomore thanks to research and treatment by the National Institutes of Health.

August 8, 2018 In The News
Despite the federal government lowering a tariff affecting U.S. newspapers, local stakeholders and public officials would like to see the border tax eliminated altogether. Last week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced final determinations in the antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations of imports of uncoated groundwood paper, also known as newsprint, from Canada resulting in a reduction on the tariff, previously capped at 22.16 percent to a rate capped at 16.88 percent.
August 8, 2018 In The News

New London — The Women's Business Development Council has held events and programs in a lot of Connecticut communities, but CEO Fran Pastore said she has never had the kind of reception she's had in New London.

August 6, 2018 In The News
Courtney hosted veterans representing several area organizations for a monthly veterans advisory board meeting at his district office in Norwich. In attendance at the meeting was the commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs Thomas J. Saadi, who addressed the group with updates from his department and responded to questions. Specifically, Courtney spoke about current issues that he said are important for Norwich area veterans, including declaring his strong opposition to a July 12 policy change from the Department of Defense that will prevent service members with greater than 16 years of service from transferring their Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits to eligible family members. “To scale back this benefit, it’s really blindsiding to people,” Courtney said.
August 4, 2018 In The News

After a six-week cross-country motorcycle ride, Andover resident Gerry Wright has more than mileage to show for his effort.

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