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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

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March 12, 2018 Press Release
“As the ranking member of the Seapower subcommittee, it is great to see the shipbuilding plan we passed fueling positive trends and growth. This visit was proof that the work we are doing with the Navy is generating sustained growth across the entire state, not just at the shipyard itself.”
March 8, 2018 Press Release
“The Sea Grant program is dedicated to the sustainable use of our coastal resources while advancing conservation efforts to protect our oceans and waterways. In southeastern Connecticut, Sea Grant is a vital part of our maritime economy and I am glad that we have had a thriving program serving our region for thirty years. I will continue to work alongside leaders, such as Dr. De Guise, to further the reach and effectiveness of this incredible program.”
March 7, 2018 Press Release
“I am very pleased that the military was able to provide a resolution for our service members, who clearly deserve Imminent Danger Pay when operating in hostile environments in the Sahel region of Africa,” said Courtney.
March 6, 2018 Press Release
As the 30 year shipbuilding plan clearly shows, this budget does not achieve the minimum Navy force size the Navy says it needs until the 2050s. Looking closely at the budget and the shipbuilding plan, it is clear that there is still substantial “meat on the bone” where industrial base capacity may exist to add further ships and capabilities to the fleet.
March 6, 2018 Press Release
“Since 2015, the Connecticut Department of Administrative Services has attempted to identify a location for a new training range. And for these last three years, I have been deeply concerned about the ongoing efforts to place this facility in towns across eastern Connecticut – in every instance over the strong objection of local citizens and municipal leaders,” wrote Courtney in his testimony.
February 27, 2018 Press Release
“The decision to repeal net neutrality was a deeply misguided undertaking with no conceivable justification other than fulfilling a political promise that this administration made to special interests. Today we are launching an effort in Congress that will attempt to repair that damage by once again making net neutrality the law of the land,” said Courtney.
February 16, 2018 Press Release
“We need to recognize that there is nothing normal about American’s gun violence crisis,” said Courtney. “When it comes to global statistics, no other developed country even comes close to equaling the United States in terms of raw gun deaths and shooting rampages – the U.S. stands alone."
February 14, 2018 Press Release
“Connecticut Sea Grant has been assisting local shellfish farmers, fishermen, and maritime conservation efforts across the Long Island Sound for fifty-years,” said Courtney. “They handle everything from connecting aquaculture producers to communities to jumpstarting fisheries. Sea Grant is a vital part of our region’s maritime economy and I am very glad that we were able to help Connecticut Sea Grant obtain this critical funding"
February 12, 2018 Press Release
The members wrote: “You have stated that the objective of this regulation is to ‘expand employer and employee access to more affordable, high-quality coverage,’ a goal we share. However, we are concerned that the impact analysis fails to explain sufficiently how the Department expects this proposed rule to achieve the desired outcome. For that reason, we respectfully request specific additional information on how the Department has determined this proposed rule’s potential impacts on coverage quality and cost – from the perspective of employers and employees.”
February 12, 2018 Press Release
“Windham Hospital is a critical source of high-quality care for the Windham region,” said Courtney. “At a time when hospital financing has been in turmoil across Connecticut, this five-year recurring commitment will provide a sizable boost in stable revenue for Windham Hospital. Windham is in a unique position as the only MDH hospital in Connecticut, and that fact underscores the critical work their clinical staff provides in eastern Connecticut."

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In The News

October 3, 2014 In The News
WILLIMANTIC — In 2010, the unemployment rate in Connecticut was 9.4 percent.
September 5, 2014 In The News
Phone systems at the Connecticut VA Healthcare System's community clinics have been upgraded to address a problem with voicemail messages being lost, officials announced on Friday.
August 28, 2014 In The News
New London — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney appeared Wednesday at Cross Sound Ferry to highlight the impact shipbuilding has on the region and to call for continued support of a law they say has a major impact on retaining jobs in the industry.
August 7, 2014 In The News
STAFFORD — A first glimpse into the American Woolen Warren Mill was offered late Wednesday morning as U.S. Rep. Joseph D. Courtney toured the grounds with the new owners.
August 6, 2014 In The News
​STAFFORD SPRINGS — On the day that Warren Corp. closed in December, Guy Birkhead remembered, "There were a lot of hugs, a lot of tears."
August 5, 2014 In The News
​ENFIELD — The federal law that governs about $6.2 billion in job training funds, job programs for disadvantaged youth, and support for job seekers was revised last month. It's not entirely clear how those revisions will be implemented, but Tuesday, Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, visited Enfield's CTWorks center to talk about the new law and hear from job seekers.
August 4, 2014 In The News
Noank — Wearing an enormous smile on his face Monday and balancing on a cane, 91-year-old Marty Schames accepted eight long-awaited medals for serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.
July 28, 2014 In The News
​Hartford - From the port of New London on Long Island Sound north through Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and into Canada, a 390-mile freight rail system linking New England to the rest of the Northeast lacks a key element: a 21st-century rail line in Connecticut.
June 21, 2014 In The News
​This week’s seemingly sudden reprieve that kept the 161-year-old Warren Corp. textile mill from closing wasn’t really last-minute at all—and it certainly wasn’t a slam dunk, according to U.S. Rep Joseph D. Courtney, who was in the thick of the effort to keep the mill’s doors open.
March 18, 2014 In The News
​When Howard Lunt arrived home from the Korean War in 1953, there wasn’t much fanfare. There were no parades or triumphant bands waiting to cheer him on. Nor did he receive any medals for his service for fighting along the 38th parallel — his military record likely lost amid the winding down of the war that claimed the lives of more than 30,000 Americans. That changed Monday when Lunt, 82, was presented with five medals honoring him for his service during the conflict that many, including Lunt, describe as the “forgotten war.”

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