February 27, 2018 Press Release
“The decision to repeal net neutrality was a deeply misguided undertaking with no conceivable justification other than fulfilling a political promise that this administration made to special interests. Today we are launching an effort in Congress that will attempt to repair that damage by once again making net neutrality the law of the land,” said Courtney.
“We need to recognize that there is nothing normal about American’s gun violence crisis,” said Courtney. “When it comes to global statistics, no other developed country even comes close to equaling the United States in terms of raw gun deaths and shooting rampages – the U.S. stands alone."
February 14, 2018 Press Release
“Connecticut Sea Grant has been assisting local shellfish farmers, fishermen, and maritime conservation efforts across the Long Island Sound for fifty-years,” said Courtney. “They handle everything from connecting aquaculture producers to communities to jumpstarting fisheries. Sea Grant is a vital part of our region’s maritime economy and I am very glad that we were able to help Connecticut Sea Grant obtain this critical funding"
February 12, 2018 Press Release
The members wrote: “You have stated that the objective of this regulation is to ‘expand employer and employee access to more affordable, high-quality coverage,’ a goal we share. However, we are concerned that the impact analysis fails to explain sufficiently how the Department expects this proposed rule to achieve the desired outcome. For that reason, we respectfully request specific additional information on how the Department has determined this proposed rule’s potential impacts on coverage quality and cost – from the perspective of employers and employees.”
“Windham Hospital is a critical source of high-quality care for the Windham region,” said Courtney. “At a time when hospital financing has been in turmoil across Connecticut, this five-year recurring commitment will provide a sizable boost in stable revenue for Windham Hospital. Windham is in a unique position as the only MDH hospital in Connecticut, and that fact underscores the critical work their clinical staff provides in eastern Connecticut."
“In the case of Interior’s decision to take no action regarding the proposed amendments to the Tribal-State agreements between the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot Tribes and the State of Connecticut, ample evidence suggests that the Interior has failed to honor its legal trust responsibilities to the two Tribes,” the letter states.
February 9, 2018 Press Release
“For more than a year, the lack of a budget agreement has repeatedly brought Congress to the brink of shutdown and a near permanent stalemate over a range of important issues,” said Courtney. “When I voted for the continuing resolution in January to reopen the government, I did so with the expectation that House and Senate leaders would negotiate a bipartisan agreement to end the stalemate and allow us to finish the job of funding our defense and domestic priorities. The agreement I supported today, however imperfect, does just that.”
February 7, 2018 Press Release
“This is welcome news for homeowners in our districts,” the members said. “The additional three years afforded under this updated policy provides critical time for more homeowners impacted by crumbling foundations to make repairs and secure federal tax relief. Since enactment of the new tax law, we have been in regular contact with officials from the Treasury and IRS to explore ways to extend as much relief as possible to homeowners in spite of the changes made by the law. We are grateful for their attention to our concerns and the support they have provided today to homeowners struggling with the damage caused by crumbling foundations.”
February 2, 2018 Press Release
"There is no other way to explain President Trump’s action today other than as an attack on the Special Counsel, the FBI, Deputy AG Rosenstein, and ultimately, the rule of law,” said Courtney. “Whatever partisan innuendo the “memo” cherry-picked to attack the warrant application, at the end of the day an Article III Federal judge approved it based on facts presented by the FBI, not a political agenda."
February 1, 2018 Press Release
The unfounded attacks being leveled against the dedicated law enforcement professionals of the FBI are reprehensible and dangerous,” said Courtney. “I know firsthand that the men and women of the FBI are honorable public servants who have taken an oath to uphold the law and the Constitution of the United States.
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September 29, 2013 In The News
Today House Republicans passed a continuing resolution including a poison pill amendment to delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act for a year, a measure that all but guarantees a government shutdown, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) voted against the bill. "I am deeply disappointed in Speaker Boehner’s decision to cave to the extreme wing of the House Republican conference, and move forward a bill that has already been declared dead-on-arrival in the Senate. The clock is ticking, and it is abundantly clear that the only way to avert a government shutdown is for House Republicans to give up their single-minded obsession with undermining the Affordable Care Act, and agree to fulfill their duty to help run the government, Congressman Joe Courtney CT-2 stated.
September 29, 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.
September 27, 2013 In The News
The Norwich Police Department will add four officers to its community policing initiative over the next several months on the strength of a $500,000 federal grant awarded to the department on Friday. The money comes from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS. “This is a real coup, to be able to get this type of funding. It recognizes the good work we’re been doing, and this helps us continue it,” Police Chief Louis J. Fusaro Sr. said. “We’re seeing results, and obviously we want to build on that.” Norwich is one of four communities in the state to win COPS dollars, joining Bridgeport, Farmington and Hartford. Nationwide, COPS funds will create more than 930 law enforcement positions using $125 million in funding. Norwich Police Capt. Patrick Daley wrote the department’s successful grant proposal. Fusaro said it could take up to a year for the positions to be filled as administrators recruit and search for the best candidates. “We’re looking for the best of the best. We’re not just going to fill four slots,” he said.
September 25, 2013 In The News
Groton-based Electric Boat was awarded a $152.4 million contract modification Wednesday by the U.S. Navy to provide lead-yard services for Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines, Congressman Joe Courtney announced Wednesday in a news release. Under the contract, Electric Boat will maintain and update design drawings and data, including technology insertions, for each Virginia-class submarine throughout its construction and post-shakedown availability periods.
September 9, 2013 In The News
Just about every day in the emergency department at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London, Dr. L. Anthony Cirillo and other physicians see elderly patients who are obviously sick and need to stay in the hospital for a few days to sort out the cause of their chest pains, abdominal ailments or other symptoms. Problem is, without a definite diagnosis - the kind a subsequent series of tests and monitoring would provide - the patient must be classified under "observation status" instead of as an "inpatient" for purposes of Medicare coverage, or hospitals risk stiff penalties from Medicare auditors.
September 3, 2013 In The News
U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney told a couple dozen people at a public forum on Syria on Tuesday that he would not vote for an Obama-administration proposed resolution authorizing the use of force. “I find it unacceptable,” Courtney said. Courtney said the wording of the resolution did not provide a time limit for U.S. involvement or limit the use of U.S. ground forces. The 2nd District Democrat did not rule out supporting a different resolution authorizing U.S. intervention in Syria, but said the administration needed to answer more questions first. “I am willing to listen to more information, but at this point I’m approaching it with skepticism,” Courtney said.
August 29, 2013 In The News
This month, I joined President Barack Obama in the Oval Office for a rare event in Washington: a bill signing on a measure that provides real help for the American people. With the stroke of a pen, the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act reduced the interest rates for 11 million undergraduate students for the coming academic year. It would have been tempting for the president and the five members of Congress who joined him to revel in the moment — after all, this Congress has produced meager results for the American people on a whole range of critical issues.
August 9, 2013 In The News
Rep. Joe Courtney is looking to have the United States government mint a commemorative Coast Guard coin to help raise funds for the National Coast Guard Museum. The bill has been referred to the Committee on Financial Services. If passed, the bill would include a series of three Coast Guard coins - a five dollar gold coin, one-dollar silver coin, and half-dollar clad coin - in the U.S. Mint's 2017 release of commemorative coins. According to the Mint, commemorative coins are authorized by Congress and are legal tender, although they are not issued for general circulation. The program began in 1982 and surcharges on their purchase price go toward community projects and benefits.
July 29, 2013 In The News
It’s up to Rep. Joe Courtney to round up votes in the House this week for a bill that would limit future increases in student loan interest rates. The bill was approved last week in the Senate. Courtney, Connecticut's 2nd District Democrat, has tried for years to keep interest rates low on the popular Stafford loans that help thousands of students afford college. Democratic House leaders are now tapping that expertise.