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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

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August 2, 2019 Press Release
“Essex is a beautiful and important part of our region’s maritime heritage and economy, and I am proud to have worked with local officials to win support for this important investment in the safety of the town’s waters,” Congressman Courtney said.
August 1, 2019 Press Release
“This bipartisan measure eliminates the possibility of a default and reduces the risk of another shutdown,” said Congressman Courtney.
July 26, 2019 Press Release
“It’s great to have Eagle back home where she belongs,” Courtney said. “The profile of this historic vessel has been a staple of the New London waterfront for decades."
July 25, 2019 Press Release
“The full faith and credit of the United States should never come into question,” said Congressman Courtney. “With passage of our bipartisan budget deal today, the House did its job to ensure that the U.S. will remain the leader in the global economy, and in national security."
July 25, 2019 Press Release
“I’ve heard an outpouring of concern expressed from people across eastern Connecticut about the treatment of children and families at CBP facilities along the U.S.-Mexico border,” said Congressman Courtney.
July 25, 2019 Press Release
“The full faith and credit of the United States should never come into question,” said Congressman Courtney.
July 24, 2019 Press Release
“Everyone with a phone in eastern Connecticut knows that there’s been an uptick in robocalls in recent months and years,” said Congressman Courtney.
July 22, 2019 Press Release
“Giving our students opportunities to learn more about farming, gardening, and sustainable agriculture at an early age is a wise investment,” said Congressman Courtney.
July 22, 2019 Press Release
“The Department […] has done basically everything they can to confuse people, to mislead people, and at the end of the day to deny people the opportunity get this benefit,” said Congressman Courtney. “We know the universe of people who are eligible for this is much larger.”
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July 18, 2019 Press Release
“American workers have gone for more than a decade without a raise in the federal minimum wage,” said Congressman Courtney.
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In The News

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.
January 4, 2014 In The News
U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney says his office helped to return more than $1.5 million last year to eastern Connecticut constituents who were owed everything from Social Security checks to overdue veterans' benefits.
December 2, 2013 In The News
U.S. Rep. Joseph D. Courtney, D- 2nd District, has joined a colleague from California in calling for a federal investigation of alleged misconduct by doctors and lawyers said to be working on behalf of the coal industry. The request to the U.S. Labor Department by Courtney and Rep. George Miller, a California Democrat, follows a yearlong probe of a benefits program for coal miners with pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease, by ABC News and the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit watchdog group in Washington, D.C. The investigation alleged that doctors and lawyers used medically and ethically questionable tactics to defeat the claims of minors with the disease, according to the congressmen.
November 7, 2013 In The News
Electric Boat has won a $25.7 million contract to perform maintenance work on the USS Providence. The work on the Los Angeles-class attack submarine was originally expected to be done at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine. But it was moved to Groton's Electric Boat following the cancellation of repair work planned for the fire-damaged USS Miami.
November 4, 2013 In The News
The Coventry High School band, at the request of U.S Rep Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, has been invited to participate in the 2014 National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C. The catch? The band needs help raising almost $100,000 to go on the trip. Fundraising efforts have already begun, with an added boost from the town council late last month. The council unanimously approved $4,800 to ensure all of the band members have the opportunity to go. The funds will come from the town council’s 1.5percent fund, a pool of cash budgeted at the disposal of the council for small, one-shot expenditures. It is equal to 1.5-percent of the town’s taxable levy.
October 31, 2013 In The News
Monthly premiums for Medicare Part B will remain stable in 2014 at $104.90 for most beneficiaries, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced this week. The premiums paid Medicare recipients with higher incomes -- less than 5 percent of the beneficiaries -- will also remain level in 2014. The deductible for that portion of the program will also stay at its current level, $147. Medicare Part B covers physician and outpatient hospital services, as well as some home health care and durable medical equipment.
October 20, 2013 In The News
At a time when bipartisan has somehow become a four-letter word in Washington, Democratic Congressman Joe Courtney of eastern Connecticut's Second District and Congressman Tom Latham, an Iowa Republican, deserve credit for doggedly reaching across party lines to try to correct a senseless and unfair Medicare rule.
October 16, 2013 In The News
With the help of votes from Connecticut's lawmakers, Congress approved an 11th hour deal that raised the debt limit and reopened the federal government. The agreement was approved by the Senate on a 81-18 vote Wednesday evening and by the House, 285-144. President Obama said he would sign it immediately, and the government would reopen Thursday morning and stay open until Jan. 15. The deal also extends the nation's borrowing authority until Feb. 7, pushing aside for now any danger of default. Every single Democrat in the House and Senate voted for the agreement, including all members of Connecticut's congressional delegation. It was one of the few times Connecticut's Democratic House members were on the winning side of a vote in the GOP-controlled House.

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