"I am pleased to join you to offer the subcommittee mark for the Seapower and Projection Forces portion of the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. Once again, the proposal before us reflects thoughtful bipartisan work and cooperation that our subcommittee has year in, and year out, produced and has truly made a difference in seapower policy."
May 8, 2018 Press Release
“Despite repeated confirmation that Iran is following the nuclear deal from UN weapons inspectors on the ground, to the President’s own Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, and our closest allies, President Trump has recklessly decided to pull the U.S. out of the agreement,” said Courtney. “This isolates our nation at the very moment we should be rallying international support to denuclearize North Korea. I will support every option possible in Congress to reconstruct and strengthen the progress we have already made toward keeping nuclear weapons out of Iran’s hands. Unfortunately, the President has seriously undermined that effort today.”
May 7, 2018 Constituent Corner
Katherine Kennedy, M.Ed., LMFT, is a licensed marriage and family therapist who maintains an independent practice in Mystic, CT. Her work as a therapist has impacted countless families facing personal struggle and hardship. She has also made it her mission to assist veterans and military personnel who are suffering from mental health challenges. Working from her office in Mystic, her proximity to the submarine base offers service members a convenient location to seek treatment. The veterans who see Katherine utilize their Department of Defense health insurance plan known as TRICARE.
“We had so many great works of art entered into the competition this year, it was clearly a very difficult decision for our judges to choose just one winner. I am very impressed by the level of artistic ability and creativity shown by the young people who took part. It seems like year after year, the works get better and better. After the judges made their evaluation of the entries, I am pleased to announce that Yuefeng Xie of the Norwich Free Academy is the winner for the Second Congressional District. His entry was the standout piece of the night, and we are proud that it will represent eastern Connecticut in the Capitol building for the next year.”
This project has been a long time coming, and when it’s completed, it will greatly expand our freight capacity throughout eastern Connecticut and at the Port of New London. The federal TIGER funding I helped secure proved critical in the effort to leverage matching funds from private industry to get this project underway. These upgrades will allow the Port of New London to expand the amount of freight cargo that can be shipped in and sent out by rail across the region. This development is bound to expand industry and create new jobs across eastern Connecticut as shipping continues to grow.
May 1, 2018 Press Release
It is hard to overstate how important this legislation is for the Navy veterans who are suffering from Agent Orange exposure without any medical coverage from the VA,” said Courtney.
“We respectfully write regarding your decision to remove the House chaplain without cause from his office prior to his term’s expiration,” wrote the members of Congress in their letter to Ryan. “Since the election of Reverend William Linn in 1789, the Chaplain of the House of Representatives has provided pastoral counseling to individuals who serve in and support our institution. The House chaplain is vested with a special mission, including the free exercise of religion, the integrity of which must be safeguarded."
April 26, 2018 Press Release
“As states continue to face mounting deaths caused by drug addiction and overdoses, we need spend our resources wisely by targeting the areas with the highest number of deaths,” said Courtney. “While this is a crisis that affects every part of our country, whether it’s rural, suburban or urban, some areas of our country such New England have been particularly hard hit by addiction and overdose deaths. I am urging the administration to target the limited resources we currently have available at the federal level to assist those communities that have been most heavily impacted by the costs of the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic.”
April 26, 2018 Press Release
“Each day, millions of Americans head to work to earn a living and support their family and none of them expect to be injured or killed while doing their job. Our resolution demonstrating support for Workers Memorial Day honors those that have been hurt or killed, and bring attention to workplace safety, calling Congress to action to help prevent these tragedies from occurring in the future,” said Courtney.
Over the years, our subcommittee has earned a stellar record of constructively influencing the debate about our nation’s priorities on, above and below the seas. For example, the 2018 appropriations process that concluded on March 23rd with passage of the final omnibus in many ways reflected the bipartisan input and priorities for ships, aircraft, and capabilities that were set here in our subcommittee last year.
In The News
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.
January 2, 2015 In The News
President Barack Obama’s signature on the new defense policy bill was a big milestone for the Navy’s high priority new ballistic missile submarine program, but much difficult work still lies ahead.
November 13, 2014 In The News
If the Obama administration proposes an authorization to use military force against the Islamic State that limits the use of American ground troops, it would be dead on arrival on Capitol Hill, t he House Armed Services chairman predicted at a hearing Thursday.
October 3, 2014 In The News
WILLIMANTIC — In 2010, the unemployment rate in Connecticut was 9.4 percent.
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.