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Congressman Joe Courtney

Representing the 2nd District of Connecticut

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February 17, 2019 Press Release

NORWICH, CT – Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, released the following statement signaling support for upcoming legislation that would disapprove of President Trump’s recently announced national emergency declaration:

February 15, 2019 Press Release
“Today’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Labor certifying Trade Adjustment Assistance eligibility for laid-off employees from Crabtree & Evelyn is welcome news,” said Congressman Courtney. “This is an example of this federal law working exactly the way it was intended to, and of a company doing all it can to help its employees restore stability to their lives following an economic downturn."
February 15, 2019 Press Release

NORWICH, CT – Today, Representative Joe Courtney (CT-02), a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement on President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency and plans to divert critical military construction funding to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. 

February 15, 2019 Press Release
“Today’s passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act is a win for hardworking federal employees, for the Coast Guard, law enforcement officials, the environment, and more,” said Congressman Courtney. “I’m particularly pleased that today’s funding package restored the 1.9% pay increase to federal employees that President Trump tried to eliminate on December 28, and that it took another step towards helping folks in eastern Connecticut who are affected by the crumbling foundation's crisis."
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.”

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In The News

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.
June 21, 2013 In The News

June 21, 2013
New London Day
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