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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

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February 14, 2019 Press Release
“Today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Labor certifying laid-off Garbo Lobster employees for Trade Adjustment Assistance is a great victory for the men and women who were impacted the mass layoff on January 17,” said Congressman Courtney. “It is particularly impressive because it was the workers, not the employer, who initiated this certification from the Department of Labor, which is extremely unusual."
February 14, 2019 Press Release
“Congress took another important step today to help folks affected by crumbling foundations and to acknowledge this crisis on the federal,” said Congressman Courtney. “Two provisions that Congressman John Larson and I authored on this issue were included in today’s Consolidated Appropriations Act, the final conference agreement to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year."
February 13, 2019 Press Release
The American people have made it extremely clear that health care affordability is the number one issue facing their families, and they expect Congress to put forward real solutions,” said Congressman Courtney. “In crafting this proposal, we have listened to our constituents, many of whom are over age 50 and facing premiums that easily reach over a thousand dollars per month."
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February 12, 2019 Press Release
“The passing of Congressman Walter Jones of North Carolina is a sad day for our nation, and for the U.S. Congress,” said Congressman Courtney. “I worked with Walter across the aisle as Members of the House Armed Services Committee for twelve years. He was a devoted public servant, and a gentleman who set a great example for how all Members of Congress should conduct themselves in Washington. His memory will be long-lasting for all of us who observed his service, and it is my hope that his legislative priorities will continue to have an influence on this year’s defense authorization bill.”
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.”

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In The News

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.”
February 24, 2014 In The News
Ukrainian- born Volodymyr Serhiyenko has been living in the United States for the past five years and has been enjoying his personal freedoms with a democratic government. But he’s been haunted by all the recent turmoil and unrest, with peaceful protestors shot dead by snipers at the Maidan (Independence Square), fires outside parliament, stun grenades and gunfire — the worst bloodshed the country as seen in 22 years of independence. Serhiyenko was one of many locals attending a meeting at the Ukrainian National Home in North Windham Sunday with other members of the University of Connecticut’s Ukrainian Student Association, Ukrainian Americans from around Connecticut and state dignitaries.
February 12, 2014 In The News
Connecticut was among 16 states that saw record levels of exports last year, with the sale of aerospace and related equipment accounting for nearly half of the $16.5 billion in exports, a report released Tuesday shows. Exporting for the nation as a whole in 2013 also rose to a record, $2.3 trillion. In Connecticut, the level of exports rose by 3 percent, from $16 billion in 2012, and was 7 percent higher than $15.4 billion in 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. "I'm not surprised," said Peter Gioia, vice president and economist at the Connecticut Business & Industry Association. "Companies involved in exporting are getting more and more aggressive."
February 12, 2014 In The News
Problems caused by a Medicare rule that forces hospitals to label certain patients under "observation" status rather than as inpatients have only worsened in the four years since U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney first introduced legislation to fix it. That's the assessment of case managers at the region's two hospitals, who both applaud the third bill Courtney and other lawmakers have introduced since 2010 to change Medicare rules so that patients could be covered for skilled nursing care after a hospitalization, regardless of whether they were "observation" patients or inpatients. Under the current rules, Medicare patients discharged to skilled nursing care facilities must pay out of pocket for those services, unless they were labeled as hospital "inpatients" for three consecutive days. Increasingly strict limits on who can be classified as an inpatient - with penalties for hospitals that mislabel patients - have meant hospitals are categorizing more patients as "observation."
February 11, 2014 In The News
As Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., sees it, more of his colleagues are becoming aware of the ill effects that can occur when hospitals tell Medicare that a person who spent days being treated within their walls was not an “inpatient.” Courtney and many advocacy groups say that when hospitals instead slot patients as receiving “observation” services, that can deprive them of needed follow-up skilled nursing care. Or, it can cost them dearly if they use these services as after a hospital stay.
January 24, 2014 In The News
In the project science laboratory at the Charles H. Barrows STEM Academy Thursday, a group of goggles-clad second-grade students were about to begin an experiment. By combining two states of matter — vinegar, a liquid, and baking soda, a solid — could they create a third state of matter? Second-grade teacher Kim Lewis, having passed out written instructions and given the students a couple of minutes, asked if there were any questions. Juliana Vik, a particularly enthusiastic student, shook her head.
January 23, 2014 In The News
U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, was in Windham Center Tuesday to quell concerns the Affordable Care Act would apply to volunteer fire departments. “The cost of providing health care would be catastrophic (for volunteer fire departments),” Courtney said. The Affordable Care Act mandates employers with more than 50 employees offer health care or pay a penalty.
January 7, 2014 In The News
U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney and state Attorney General George Jepsen called on Congress Tuesday to extend a recently-expired tax break for underwater homeowners to help ensure the continued recovery of the housing market.Courtney and Jepsen urged Congressional action on the expired tax provision during a Tuesday morning press conference in Hartford.

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