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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

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February 8, 2019 Press Release
“The state of Connecticut lost a great patriot today with the passing of Frank ‘Mick’ O’Beirne,” said Congressman Courtney. “He was a decorated Captain in the U.S. Navy and tireless volunteer for Team Connecticut in 1995 and 2005 in the successful efforts to block Navy BRAC closings at Naval Submarine Base New London. His legacy to the region will live on for generations.”
February 8, 2019 Press Release
“America lost a true giant with the passing of John Dingell,” said Congressman Courtney. “His legacy of leadership from passage of Medicare in 1965 to the wisdom he shared with members like myself during the battles to reform health care is something I will never forget.”
February 7, 2019 Press Release
“Nine years ago, there was a devastating explosion at the Kleen Energy Plant, which was under construction in Middletown, Connecticut,” said Congressman Courtney. “The explosion took the lives of 6 workers – including that of my friend, Ronald Crabb of Colchester, Connecticut – and injured dozens more. Today, on the ninth anniversary of the accident, it’s appropriate that my colleagues and I reintroduce this legislation to make critical, decades-overdue updates to OSHA."
February 4, 2019 Press Release
“It is unacceptable that talented and compassionate individuals like Kimberly are subjected to toxic and hostile work environments while serving their country,” Congressman Courtney said. “Moreover, our military service members and civilian employees must have the confidence that when they report workplace bullying and other forms of harassment or discrimination, they will not be subjected to retaliation. I thank Kimberly for her moral courage, integrity, and devotion to duty as a Coast Guardsman.”
February 4, 2019 Press Release
“The presence of Navy leadership, Vice Admiral Richard and Deputy Assistant Secretary Allison Stiller, is a powerful statement today of the importance to the Navy of this milestone event. And to the Virginia-class team – America’s most successful Navy shipbuilding program represented by Jeff Geiger, EB’s amazing leader, and Huntington Ingalls CEO Jennifer Boykin – bravo on
January 30, 2019 Press Release
"The President’s decision to cancel non-Department of Defense pay raises for 2019 in the middle of a government shutdown was injury on top of insult to some the same public servants whose paychecks were being delayed,” said Congressman Courtney. “Some of the very same people whose lives were turned upside down over the past 35 days were also set to lose their scheduled pay increase due to the Trump Administration’s pay freeze. Restoring a scheduled, modest pay raise to hardworking Americans is among the least that Congress can do to begin to heal the harm that was dealt throughout the partial government shutdown.”
January 29, 2019 Press Release

Washington – This evening, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, applauded a U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that presumptive service connections under the Agent Orange Act of 1991 also apply to Blue Water Navy Vietnam veterans.

January 29, 2019 Press Release
“Increasing access to quality, affordable housing is crucial when so many folks are facing uncertain financial futures,” said Congressman Courtney. “This new federal funding will help these organizations to keep programs up and running, and to improve the quality of life for many residents in eastern Connecticut.”
January 28, 2019 Press Release
“Last Thursday, hours before the settlement finally was reached and the announcement was made from the White House, I held a telephone town hall meeting,” said Congressman Courtney. “We had 8,000 listeners from all across the district – a very vigorous debate. There was definitely disagreement about whether there should be a wall on the southern border or no wall, but what there was universal agreement on was that shutdowns are wrong; that shutdowns should never be used as a tool, or as leverage to force a policy.
January 25, 2019 Press Release

Washington – Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, released the following statement on President Trump and Republicans’ decision to accept a deal to temporarily reopen the federal government following 35 days of a partial government shutdown:

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In The News

January 12, 2016 In The News
Among the guests sitting in the House chamber balcony for President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address will be a Connecticut Muslim doctor whose mosque was shot at the night of the Nov. 13 Paris terror attacks.
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.

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