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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

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March 7, 2019 Press Release

Good afternoon. The combined Seapower and Projections Forces subcommittee and Readiness subcommittee meet today to hear from the United States Transportation Command and the Maritime Administration on the state of the military’s ability to move our forces in peacetime and times of potential conflict.

March 7, 2019 Press Release
Today’s introduction of a comprehensive, bipartisan bill to secure Plum Island’s future viability and environmental protection status is an exciting development. Looking back over the last two Congresses, Representative Zeldin and I have been able to pass legislation seeking to protect Plum Island on a bipartisan basis, and at times with unanimous support"
March 6, 2019 Press Release
“Today’s announcement by the Navy is another endorsement of the value that private shipyards contribute to the readiness of our submarine force,” said Congressman Courtney.
March 6, 2019 Press Release
“Like many states, Connecticut’s General Assembly enacted legislation in 2015 (HB 5780) that defined industrial hemp as a distinct crop to take advantage of the industrial hemp research and pilot program established under the Agriculture Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill),” wrote the members.
February 28, 2019 Press Release
“Passage of this bill is another commonsense measure to strengthen our nation’s background check system – a measure supported by an overwhelming majority of Americans in order to reduce the risk of firearms falling into the wrong hands,” said Courtney.
February 27, 2019 Press Release
“The Connecticut delegation has stood united in support of action to address gun violence,” said Congressman Courtney. “When Congress refused to do its job – refused to even hold a single hearing on gun violence throughout the duration of previous Republican-controlled Congresses despite the cascade of mass shootings that seem to follow one after the other – the Connecticut delegation remained steadfast in demanding a legislative response to gun violence."
February 27, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON Today, U.S. Congressmen Jim Langevin (D-RI), Joe Courtney (D-CT), and David Cicilline (D-RI) announced their legislation to protect several local waterways passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 363-62 as part of a broader bipartisan public lands package.

February 26, 2019 Press Release
“I am very pleased that the Education and Labor Committee today reported out a school infrastructure bill which includes a section I authored to help local municipalities with the cost of repairing or reconstructing school buildings that have been impacted by crumbling foundations due to the presence of pyrrhotite,” said Congressman Courtney.
February 26, 2019 Press Release
“As I’ve stated since the President first issued his misguided declaration, I’m strongly opposed to misusing emergency powers to circumvent the will of a bipartisan majority in Congress and using military construction funds to pay for a border wall,” said Congressman Courtney.
February 25, 2019 Press Release
“I am strongly opposed to the President’s misguided and unlawful plan to misuse emergency powers to pilfer military construction funds to pay for a border wall,” said Congressman Courtney. “It’s a misuse of executive authority, and a dangerous precedent to set. Even the Ranking Republican of the House Armed Services Committee and other senior Armed Services Republicans have said they oppose the President using precious military construction funds this way.

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In The News

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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October 21, 2017 In The News
U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, hosted a Vietnam War 50th commemoration ceremony at Windham Technical High School Thursday to recognize, honor and draw attention to veterans who served during the Vietnam era. “Tonight is a way of saying thank you to make up for the omission of ‘thank you’ that took place during the Vietnam era,” Courtney said.
October 19, 2017 In The News
Energy costs were a huge factor in determining military value during the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC, process, said U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District. The base narrowly escaped closure then. Courtney noted that Congress was in the "final strokes" of a defense bill that doesn't include a BRAC round, which the Pentagon has repeatedly asked for in recent years. But that "doesn't necessarily mean that's a perpetual state of affairs," he said, noting a report released Wednesday by Defense Secretary James Mattis on excess infrastructure capacity in the military.
September 22, 2017 In The News
U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, whose Connecticut district includes Electric Boat, said the contract kicked off “the next critical phase of the Columbia-class program.”
September 12, 2017 In The News

U.S. Reps. Joseph D. Courtney and John B. Larson say they’re optimistic that homeowners with crumbling foundations will be provided tax relief for repairs following a meeting Monday with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

August 22, 2017 In The News
Congressmen Courtney and Larson discuss their proposal to let individuals aged 50-64 buy-in to Medicare.
August 21, 2017 In The News
Most Americans want Congress to set aside politics and search for common-sense solutions that build upon the efforts of the Affordable Care Act rather than tear it down with no viable alternative. The “Medicare Buy-In and Health Care Stabilization Act,” to be introduced by U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney and two other congressmen, is such a common-sense proposal.
May 2, 2017 In The News
At an event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the U.S. Naval Institute, Courtney discusses his concerns with submarine readiness and maintenance challenges. Read more from the US Naval Institute.

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