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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

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October 5, 2018 Press Release

(Norwich, CT) - Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) announced that Groton Public Schools had been awarded a $750,000 grant as a Military-Connected Local Educational Agency by the Department of Defense (DOD). The grant funding will be used to increase Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) comprehension among GPS students.

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September 28, 2018 Constituent Corner
Justin Stanley, a marine veteran from Brooklyn, CT represents a shining success for Eastern Connecticut’s manufacturing pipeline. After 4 years of serving his country overseas in Asia, Justin found employment in a variety of jobs here in the states but wanted to find a stable career to support him and his family. Through his local veteran’s representatives, Justin heard about the advanced manufacturing program at Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) and it was there that he discovered what would become his life’s work.
September 26, 2018 Press Release
"The Impact Aid Program represents our commitment to making sure the children of military service members and Native families are provided with a quality public education, while not forcing local communities to pay the bill. I would like to thank NAFIS for honoring me with this award, and I promise to remain a strong advocate of Impact Aid in Congress.”
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September 26, 2018 Press Release
“I am pleased that members from both sides of the aisle came together to pass a fair and bipartisan spending bill to pass a fair and bipartisan spending bill that invests in key priorities and avoids a shutdown,” said Courtney. “The bill that passed today is good news for Connecticut’s defense industry and our economy as a whole. The agreement also includes large investments in public education and increased funding for SAMSHA to combat the opioid crisis. Finally, I am especially pleased that this bill rejected many of the ideological riders and harmful cuts proposed by the administration. I hope this bipartisan model will serve as a framework when the discussion begins on the FY 2020 budget during the new Congress next year."
September 21, 2018 Press Release
“The number one thing I hear around the district from both medical professionals and first responders is that they need more funding if we are ever going to stem the rise in drug addiction,” said Courtney. “For years, we have been saying that we need to start treating this crisis like a medical emergency as well as a law enforcement issue. This funding does just that by providing funding for hospitals and clinics on the frontlines.”
September 12, 2018 Press Release
“The opioid epidemic is an issue that deserves the attention of every level of our government,” said Congressman Courtney. “This funding will provide direct aid to people living the reality of this crisis. A focused program like We CARE has the potential to make a tremendous impact on lives in our community and I applaud the dedicated efforts of Claire Silva to secure this critical funding.
September 12, 2018 Press Release
“This grant funding is great news for the New London Fire Department and the entire community,” said Courtney. “Not only does the New London Fire Department oversee one of the most densely populated municipalities in eastern Connecticut, it also supports the operations of departments in other local communities across our region through mutual-aid. I commend Mayor Michael Passero and retiring Fire Chief Henry Kydd, Jr. for working closely with my office during the grant application process. Their efforts were critical in helping to secure this award.”
September 12, 2018 Press Release
"Over the last several years, I have consistently raised concerns about the lack of submarine repair work being assigned to private sector shipyards,” said Courtney. “We have seen increasing delays and shortfalls in capacity in the public shipyards that have kept submarines from their most important function, being at sea to support the needs of our nation. Unfortunately, the Navy has often pushed back on assigning more availabilities to private shipyards claiming that the cost of conducting maintenance in the private yards comes at an unaffordable ‘premium’. This analysis makes clear that these arguments do not hold up under objective scrutiny."
September 12, 2018 Press Release
“This clarification of the tax revenue procedure announced last year will have a major impact for homeowners whose repair costs exceed their annual income,” said Courtney and Larson. “We are grateful to have the support of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants and their Executive Director, Bonnie Stewart, in this critical matter for homeowners in northcentral and northeastern Connecticut."
September 11, 2018 Press Release
“The federal government’s demonstrated support for the safety and operations of our first responders who dedicate their lives to protect our neighborhoods represents an important allegiance that betters all of our communities,” said Congressman Courtney. “This grant funding is excellent news for the South Windham Fire Department. I applaud Ted Colwell for his steadfast efforts to secure this funding.

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In The News

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.
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.

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