“If this effort by the House Republican majority is successful, millions of American families across the country who are preparing to send their children off to college will face higher costs and fewer options for federal aid,” said Courtney. “What the PROSPER Act would do is actually close avenues of affordability for millions of Americans and radically change programs that have been a part of the fabric of our society going back to the 1960s. The Republican’s intended to quietly push this bill through a markup this week, but I joined my colleagues on the committee in sounding the alarm and attempting to undo some of the worst aspects of the bill. Unfortunately, even my bipartisan amendment to restore the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, which supports firefighters, police officers, teachers, and other public workers, was defeated."
December 14, 2017 Press Release
“The reckless and outrageous decision by the FCC today overturns a 2015 rule that painstakingly balanced open access to the internet and low costs for consumers with the goal of supporting investment and economic growth,” said Courtney. “There is absolutely no evidence that the rule was not working, and the only conceivable justification for the decision was fulfilling a political promise that this administration made to special interests. I look forward to working with my colleagues to reinstate the Obama-era policy of net neutrality that was working for the American people and small businesses who are the real drivers of the internet economy.”
December 14, 2017 Press Release
“I want to thank Secretary Spencer for conducting this Strategic Review to complement the work of Admiral Richardson’s Comprehensive Review of Recent Surface Force Incidents that was released last month,” said Courtney. “The Secretary’s review is critical to examining the high-level, structural issues that have contributed to a degradation of our surface force readiness, and the tragedies that have occurred in the Pacific over the past 18 months.
“This is another hyper-partisan effort led by the Republican majority that will incredibly make college more expensive and close pathways for young Americans to pursue critical careers that will support our economy,” said Courtney. “If this bill were ever signed into law, it would dismantle programs designed to make college more affordable for middle-class families. One prime example of this is a provision in the bill to close-down the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program that has supported students entering critical professions since its inception 10 years ago. The program allows public service workers such as teachers, police officers, rural doctors, and others to have their student loan debt forgiven after 10 years of work in their occupation. I offered a bipartisan amendment during the committee proceedings to save the PSLF program and expand it to include farmers and veteran service organizations. That effort was backed by nearly 200 organizations such as the National Fraternal Order of Police, National Young Farmers Collation, and the American Legion. Unfortunately, even with the votes of several Republican members of the committee, the amendment ultimately failed by a vote of 19-20."
December 8, 2017 Press Release
“Millions of working-class families across our country rely on CHIP to provide quality health insurance for their children that they would otherwise not be able to afford,” said Courtney. “Since the CHIP program was first created it has been regularly reauthorized with strong bipartisan support from across the political spectrum. Today, I am joining nearly 100 of my colleagues in pleading with our leadership in the House and Senate to make this a priority this coverage lapses and parents are left with nowhere to turn.”
December 6, 2017 Press Release
“I am pleased to announce that the winners of the 2017 Congressional App Challenge for Connecticut’s Second Congressional District are Gianna Guzzo, Marissa Guzzo, and Alexandra Smith from Suffield,” said Courtney. “We had a number of exceptional submissions to the Second Congressional District App Challenge this year, but our team hailing from Suffield stood out. Our panel of judges from the University of Connecticut were convinced that the winning app showed both an advanced understanding of computer programming and a determination to improve the lives of people suffering with various mental health conditions."
November 30, 2017 Press Release
In a video posted on his Facebook and Twitter pages today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) thanked constituents for the hundreds of calls, emails, and online comments into his office about the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) plan to repeal current net neutrality rules.
Joe Courtney (CT-2), Congressmen John Larson (CT-1) and U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) issued the following statement in support of the joint lawsuit filed by the Connecticut Attorney General, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, and the Mohegan Tribe in U.S. District Court today.
November 29, 2017 Press Release
Rule supports milk in schools, provides more flexibility with school lunches
Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the School Meal Flexibility Rule, which provides regulatory changes for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.
November 28, 2017 Press Release
Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT-2) and Congressman Mike Kelly (R-PA-3) released a letter signed by 140 bipartisan members of the House of Representatives urging repeal of the 40% excise tax on high cost health plans, also known as the “Cadillac Tax.”