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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

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June 20, 2019 Press Release
“As China and Russia continue to push the boundaries of their maritime claims, it is of utmost importance that the U.S. Senate take up and ratify the UNCLOS treaty,” said Congressman Courtney.
June 19, 2019 Press Release
“In Connecticut and Massachusetts, homeowners, businesses, and local municipalities are struggling to address a widespread problem of crumbling concrete foundations due to the presence of the mineral pyrrhotite,” said Congressman Courtney.
June 14, 2019 Press Release
“In 2017, if a tree fell on your home, you would have been able to claim a ‘casualty loss’ from the IRS to recoup some of the lost value of the roof,” said Congressman Courtney.
June 13, 2019 Press Release
“We passed the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill back during my first term as a representative, and the intent was to honor the service and sacrifice of our veterans by providing them and their loved ones with educational opportunities,” said Congressman Courtney.
June 13, 2019 Press Release
It's been an honor to lead the Seapower Subcommittee this year and assemble my first mark as leader of this bipartisan and productive panel,” Courtney said.
June 12, 2019 Press Release
“Blue Water Navy Vietnam veterans have been denied benefits that they deserve for 17 years,” said Congressman Courtney.
June 12, 2019 Press Release
This year’s mark by the Seapower panel is a continuation of many years of bipartisan work and I want to recognize and thank Ranking Member Wittman for his unwavering commitment to strengthening the Navy and Air Force’s ability to respond to the challenges and threats of today.
June 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT), Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA), Rep. Josh Harder (D-CA), and Rep.

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June 11, 2019 Press Release
“The number of violent attacks against health care and social service workers, some of the very people we depend on most when we’re in need, is unconscionable,” said Congressman Courtney.
June 11, 2019 Press Release
“Plum Island is an ecological treasure, and I appreciate that the House Appropriations Committee has acknowledged this by including the repeal of the requirement for the island’s sale in this year’s Homeland Security spending bill,” said 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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