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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

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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.
August 16, 2018 Press Release
“It is critical that the federal government demonstrate its unwavering support for the safety and operations of our first responders who have dedicated their lives to protecting our communities,” said the delegation members. “This grant funding is excellent news for the New London Fire Department, which oversees one of the most densely populated municipalities in eastern Connecticut."
August 9, 2018 Press Release
“Day in and day out, firefighters put their lives on the line to save others,” said Blumenthal, Murphy, DeLauro, Courtney, and Esty. “It’s critical that fire departments have best, most up-to-date equipment and resources available to get the job done safely and effectively. We are thankful for the courageous work the firefighters in Middlefield, Plymouth, and Stafford do on behalf of our communities, and we’ll continue to fight for these federal programs that support Connecticut’s first responders.”
August 9, 2018 Press Release
“This award comes at a crucial time for the Cross Sound Ferry which has been rapidly picking up in popularity and the funding will be used to further improve the passenger experience,” said Courtney. “The grant shows that the Department of Transportation has recognized that the Cross Sound Ferry has become an integral part of our regional transportation network. I will continue to work with Cross Sound Ferry as well as regional leaders to further build upon this vital economic link between Eastern Connecticut and Long Island.”
July 27, 2018 Press Release

(Washington, DC) - Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) sent a letter signed by 83 of his colleagues in the House of Representatives from both sides of the political aisle to Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis strongly opposing a July 12 policy change from the Department of Defense (DOD) that would prevent service members with greater than 16 years of service f

July 26, 2018 Press Release
“Over the last year, my committee has heard the relentless drumbeat of anxiety and concern about the looming shortfall in our attack submarine fleet. Without timely action by Congress, the Trump administration, and the Navy, the fleet will fall to just 42 submarines within the next decade,” said Courtney.

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In The News

January 9, 2016 In The News
Groton — Last year, 33 firefighters with the Naval Submarine Base's fire department spent more time at work than they did at home — a result of vacancies that went unfilled almost all year.
January 5, 2016 In The News
GROTON — Close to 600 Electric Boat employees are now working at the company's new facility at 9 Kings Highway, purchased from Pfizer for $5.3 million last year to accommodate growth at the company.
December 27, 2015 In The News
The Association of Defense Communities recently honored U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, with a Congressional Leadership Award for his support of the military in Connecticut and his efforts to secure federal funding in support of the Navy's submarine fleet.
December 27, 2015 In The News
Passage of the $1.15 trillion omnibus spending bill last week was celebrated by many as a rare bit of bipartisan cooperation in Congress, even though that cooperation involved both sides giving into some of the others’ worst instincts. Spending will continue to increase, unaffordable tax breaks for special interest groups will survive, Medicare and Social Security spending will go unreformed.
December 17, 2015 In The News
U.S. Representatives John B. Larson and Joe Courtney are hailing the passage of a major tax bill that helps companies in Connecticut, as well as the poor.
December 10, 2015 In The News
The U.S. House late Thursday afternoon passed by voice vote the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015, which includes a provision worked on by two of Connecticut's congressional delegates that would allow federal funding to support displays and exhibits, for example, inside the National Coast Guard Museum planned for downtown New London. That support, however, would not extend to the bricks and mortar aspects of the estimated $100 million project.
December 2, 2015 In The News
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A fund established last year to break out the Ohio-class Replacement nuclear ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) from the Navy’s traditional shipbuilding budget could cut the $100 billion price tag for the 12 boomers by up to 10 percent, according to estimates from the Congressional Budget Office.
November 27, 2015 In The News
ENFIELD — Seven veterans were recognized for their service in the Korean War during a ceremony at the Enfield Senior Center Wednesday morning.
October 19, 2015 In The News
​STORRS — U.S. Rep. Joseph Courtney, D-2nd District, said the University of Connecticut was the obvious choice to host a panel discussion on strengthening cybersecurity in the 21st century because of the school’s current and future role in what he termed not only a field of study, but a developing industry.
August 7, 2015 In The News
WINDHAM — At a time when many businesses across the nation are struggling, Micro Precision LLC, a South Windham company, has managed to grow.
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