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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

Press Releases

January 29, 2019 Press Release

Washington – This evening, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, applauded a U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that presumptive service connections under the Agent Orange Act of 1991 also apply to Blue Water Navy Vietnam veterans.

January 29, 2019 Press Release
“Increasing access to quality, affordable housing is crucial when so many folks are facing uncertain financial futures,” said Congressman Courtney. “This new federal funding will help these organizations to keep programs up and running, and to improve the quality of life for many residents in eastern Connecticut.”
January 28, 2019 Press Release
“Last Thursday, hours before the settlement finally was reached and the announcement was made from the White House, I held a telephone town hall meeting,” said Congressman Courtney. “We had 8,000 listeners from all across the district – a very vigorous debate. There was definitely disagreement about whether there should be a wall on the southern border or no wall, but what there was universal agreement on was that shutdowns are wrong; that shutdowns should never be used as a tool, or as leverage to force a policy.
January 25, 2019 Press Release

Washington – Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, released the following statement on President Trump and Republicans’ decision to accept a deal to temporarily reopen the federal government following 35 days of a partial government shutdown:

January 25, 2019 Press Release
“Thank you to Governor Lamont for fulling his commitment to revisit the decision to locate a new state police gun range in Griswold,” Courtney said. “For over three years, the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services has attempted to identify a location for a new training range. And in every instance, they have both faced strong objection of local citizens and municipal leaders and resisted alternatives to this misguided plan. Every step of the way, I have opposed those efforts and spoken up on behalf of communities across eastern Connecticut who felt that they were not being heard in the process.
January 24, 2019 Press Release

Washington – Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) and Congressman Mike Kelly (PA-16) introduced legislation (H.R. 748) to repeal a 40% excise tax on certain employer sponsored health insurance plans known as the “Cadillac Tax”.

January 23, 2019 Press Release
“I voted today for the tenth time since the 116th Congress began to end this shutdown,” said Congressman Courtney. “The ten bills that the House has passed aren’t just symbolic proposals to reopen the government – they’re bills that are in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s inbox. He can take them up whenever he decides to do so and allow for the Senate to take a vote to end this shutdown. There is nothing in the Constitution that requires the President of the United States to pre-approve bills before they’re voted on, in either chamber, and there is nothing that should be preventing Senator McConnell from simply allowing a vote.
January 23, 2019 Press Release
“I am honored to be named chairman of what I consider to be one of the most bipartisan and effective panels in Congress,” Congressman Courtney said. “This subcommittee oversees some of the most critical capabilities on, below, and above the seas at a time when our nation needs them most. Ensuring that our Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and maritime sector has the support they need has been a bipartisan priority for this panel since I joined in 2007 – and will continue to be as we start our work in the 116th Congress. I am particularly excited by the influx of new members with a breadth of experience joining our panel, and look forward to their insight and involvement in our work ahead.”
January 19, 2019 Press Release

Vernon, CT –Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) issued the following statement after President Donald Trump’s speech today:

January 18, 2019 Press Release
“I want to thank the Norwich NAACP for conferring the Youth Council award on Ayanti, who is a splendid role model for young people because of her inclusive record of success.”

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