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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

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September 26, 2018 Press Release
"The Impact Aid Program represents our commitment to making sure the children of military service members and Native families are provided with a quality public education, while not forcing local communities to pay the bill. I would like to thank NAFIS for honoring me with this award, and I promise to remain a strong advocate of Impact Aid in Congress.”
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September 26, 2018 Press Release
“I am pleased that members from both sides of the aisle came together to pass a fair and bipartisan spending bill to pass a fair and bipartisan spending bill that invests in key priorities and avoids a shutdown,” said Courtney. “The bill that passed today is good news for Connecticut’s defense industry and our economy as a whole. The agreement also includes large investments in public education and increased funding for SAMSHA to combat the opioid crisis. Finally, I am especially pleased that this bill rejected many of the ideological riders and harmful cuts proposed by the administration. I hope this bipartisan model will serve as a framework when the discussion begins on the FY 2020 budget during the new Congress next year."
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.

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In The News

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 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.

August 3, 2018 In The News
The Navy’s newest submarine will make Groton its home after its Sept. 29 commissioning, which U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, said is seven months earlier than originally planned. Electric Boat already won a contract to perform maintenance on the USS Indiana, a Virginia-class, fast-attack submarine, beginning in November. The work will correct any defects found during so-called "shakedown" testing before the submarine is deployed.
July 28, 2018 In The News
The full-service center is one of only five of its kind in the state and will include various services and specialists for jobseekers — even a self-service center with computers, Internet service, research material and phones. For the employers who are trying to fill the increasing number of manufacturing jobs being created in this region and throughout the state, American Job Center East is a way to grow the state’s workforce. John Beauregard, the president and CEO of the Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board (EWIB), points to the Eastern CT Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative (MPI) as an example of why the American Job Center East model works.
July 23, 2018 In The News

U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, is among a group of bipartisan lawmakers criticizing the Trump administration for a proposal to cut funding for the Coast Guard to pay for border security.

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.

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