Congress http://wnpr.org en Blumenthal Pushes Veterans Affairs Reform Bill http://wnpr.org/post/blumenthal-pushes-veterans-affairs-reform-bill <p>Senator Richard Blumenthal spoke in Hartford about a bipartisan compromise to reform the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs health program, which has been impacted by long patient wait times.</p><p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:34:34 +0000 Patrick Skahill 26063 at http://wnpr.org Blumenthal Pushes Veterans Affairs Reform Bill Where We Vote 2014: Elizabeth Esty http://wnpr.org/post/where-we-vote-2014-elizabeth-esty <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 2012 race for Connecticut’s </span>5th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Congressional&nbsp;District seat was filled with campaign-related shenanigans. The person who came out on top was Elizabeth </span>Esty<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>She’s running for re-election this year in the “Fightin’ Fifth” and she joins us for our Where We Vote series to talk politics, foreign relations, immigration, and more.</p><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 25904 at http://wnpr.org Where We Vote 2014: Elizabeth Esty Sen. Murphy Urges Support for Bring Jobs Home Act http://wnpr.org/post/sen-murphy-urges-support-bring-jobs-home-act <p>U.S. Senator Chris Murphy hopes for a strong vote in the Senate <a href="https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s2569" target="_blank">this week on the Bring Jobs Home Act</a>. The bill would take away the ability for businesses to get a tax break for sending jobs overseas, and instead incentivizes companies to bring jobs back to the United States.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:33:06 +0000 Diane Orson 25903 at http://wnpr.org Sen. Murphy Urges Support for Bring Jobs Home Act Murphy: Europe Should Impose a "Crippling Round of Sanctions" Against Russia http://wnpr.org/post/murphy-europe-should-impose-crippling-round-sanctions-against-russia <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Monday at the White House, President Obama urged Russian President </span>Vladmir<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Putin to order Russian separatists in Ukraine to allow international investigators unfettered access to the crash site of Malaysian Airlines Flight </span>MH17<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:18:31 +0000 Ray Hardman 25643 at http://wnpr.org Murphy: Europe Should Impose a "Crippling Round of Sanctions" Against Russia Democratic Effort To Override Hobby Lobby Ruling Fails http://wnpr.org/post/democratic-effort-overturn-hobby-lobby-ruling-fails A Democratic effort to override the Supreme Court's recent ruling on contraceptive coverage failed in the Senate on Wednesday.<p>Bill sponsors fell four votes short of the 60 votes needed to cut off debate on the measure.<p>But the purpose of the vote may have been less about trying to move legislation than to put Republicans on record, NPR's Laura Sullivan <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/07/16/331899899/senate-democrats-aim-to-overturn-high-court-s-hobby-lobby-ruling" target="_blank">reports</a>. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:39:00 +0000 editor 25400 at http://wnpr.org Democratic Effort To Override Hobby Lobby Ruling Fails House Votes to Extend Moratorium on State, Local Taxes for Internet Access http://wnpr.org/post/house-votes-extend-moratorium-state-local-taxes-internet-access <p>The House has voted to make permanent a moratorium that prevents state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:41:18 +0000 Associated Press 25340 at http://wnpr.org House Votes to Extend Moratorium on State, Local Taxes for Internet Access Blumenthal Calls on Hobby Lobby to Adhere to Connecticut Law http://wnpr.org/post/blumenthal-calls-hobby-lobby-adhere-connecticut-law <p><font size="2">U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal&nbsp;<a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wnpr/files/201407/Hobby_Lobby_July_14_letter_re_health_insurance_coverage_-_Copy.pdf" target="_blank">released a letter on Monday to the CEO of Hobby Lobby</a> calling on the company to follow Connecticut law and offer its employees in East Haven and Manchester full contraceptive coverage. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:20:41 +0000 Diane Orson 25244 at http://wnpr.org Blumenthal Calls on Hobby Lobby to Adhere to Connecticut Law Obama Seeks $3.7B To Handle Immigration Crisis http://wnpr.org/post/obama-seeks-37b-handle-immigration-crisis <em><strong>Update at 3:33 p.m. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:27:00 +0000 editor 24921 at http://wnpr.org Obama Seeks $3.7B To Handle Immigration Crisis Obama To Ask Congress For $2B To Ease Immigration Crisis http://wnpr.org/post/obama-ask-congress-2b-ease-immigration-crisis The Obama administration will ask Congress for more than $2 billion Tuesday to address the urgent humanitarian crisis along the U.S. border with Mexico.<p>In the past nine months, more than 50,000 children and teenagers have crossed that border illegally on their own, most from Central America. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 07:37:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 24887 at http://wnpr.org Obama To Ask Congress For $2B To Ease Immigration Crisis Wait Times for VA Health Care Growing in Connecticut http://wnpr.org/post/wait-times-va-health-care-growing-connecticut <div><div>U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal wants the VA to explain why veterans are waiting longer than 30 days to be seen in Connecticut and nationwide.</div> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:48:00 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 24865 at http://wnpr.org Wait Times for VA Health Care Growing in Connecticut Another Day, Another Reason For Voters To Loathe Congress http://wnpr.org/post/another-day-another-reason-voters-loathe-congress Congressional approval ratings are at rock bottom. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 23:02:00 +0000 Frank James 24610 at http://wnpr.org Another Day, Another Reason For Voters To Loathe Congress Immigration Reform Fails in Congress While Thousands of Migrants Flood The Border http://wnpr.org/post/immigration-reform-fails-congress-while-thousands-migrants-flood-border <p>A surge in migrants to the U.S. southwest border has prompted President Obama to ask Congress for $2 billion in emergency funding to combat the problem. His request comes one year after a Senate immigration reform bill was passed, and then stalled, in the U.S. House.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:05:05 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 24585 at http://wnpr.org Immigration Reform Fails in Congress While Thousands of Migrants Flood The Border White House Task Force To Save Bees Stirs Hornet's Nest http://wnpr.org/post/white-house-task-force-save-bees-stirs-hornets-nest When President Obama announced last week that he was creating a <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/20/presidential-memorandum-creating-federal-strategy-promote-health-honey-b">federal task force</a> to investigate the nation's vanishing bee colonies, the moment provided newly minted Press Secretary Josh Earnest an opportunity to crack one of his first jokes on the job.<p>"When I walked out here today, I knew I was going to be handling a range of sensitive issues," he told reporters. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:37:00 +0000 Gregory Barber 24400 at http://wnpr.org White House Task Force To Save Bees Stirs Hornet's Nest Obama Asks For $500 Million To Train, Equip Syrian Rebels http://wnpr.org/post/obama-asks-500-million-train-equip-syrian-rebels President Obama has asked Congress for $500 million to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels who are seeking the ouster of Bashar Assad.<p>If Congress approves the plan, it would supplement a covert training and assistance program already being run by U.S. intelligence agencies, The Associated Press says.<p>The White House says in a statement that the rebels would be vetted before providing assistance, to ensure that U.S. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:08:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 24360 at http://wnpr.org Obama Asks For $500 Million To Train, Equip Syrian Rebels Blumenthal Proposal Aims to Fix Loophole in Restraining Order Law http://wnpr.org/post/blumenthal-proposal-aims-fix-loophole-restraining-order-law <p>U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal has introduced legislation aimed at protecting victims of domestic violence who obtain a temporary restraining order against their abuser.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:12:49 +0000 Ray Hardman 23983 at http://wnpr.org Blumenthal Proposal Aims to Fix Loophole in Restraining Order Law Cantor's Loss In Va. Is Immigration Issue's Death Knell. Or Not. http://wnpr.org/post/cantors-loss-va-immigration-issues-death-knell-or-not As the smoke clears from the wreckage of the Republican establishment's monumental loss in the Virginia congressional primary, it appears that hopes of immigration overhaul have been snuffed out.<p>Economic professor <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2014/06/11/320841955/meet-david-brat-the-giant-killer-who-knocked-off-eric-cantor">Dave Brat</a>, who beat House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Tuesday, made immigration policy a major part of his argument against Cantor.<p>In a <em>Richmond Times-Dispatch</em> <a href="http://www.timesdispatch.com/opinion/their-opinion/columnists-b Thu, 12 Jun 2014 01:55:02 +0000 Frank James 23479 at http://wnpr.org Cantor's Loss In Va. Is Immigration Issue's Death Knell. Or Not. The Present and Future of Gun Control In America http://wnpr.org/post/present-and-future-gun-control-america <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The latest mass shooting in California has left many questioning America’s gun control policies, and left a grieving father pleading for action from lawmakers -- not sympathy.</span></p><p>This hour, we look at the present and future of gun control in America. We also consider how to celebrate the 200th birthday of Samuel Colt, the man who revolutionized and popularized the gun.</p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 22770 at http://wnpr.org The Present and Future of Gun Control In America Blumenthal Wants Justice Department to Investigate Veterans Affairs http://wnpr.org/post/blumenthal-wants-justice-department-investigate-veterans-affairs <p>Connecticut's congressional delegation has yet to hear from VA officials on how long veterans are waiting for appointments at the agency's hospitals and outpatient clinics in the state.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 19:11:04 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 22742 at http://wnpr.org Blumenthal Wants Justice Department to Investigate Veterans Affairs Connecticut Delegation Seeks VA Facilities Audits http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-delegation-seeks-va-facilities-audits <p>Connecticut's congressional delegation wants full details of audits conducted at Veterans Administration medical facilities, including six in the state.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 23 May 2014 20:05:53 +0000 Associated Press 22420 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Delegation Seeks VA Facilities Audits Blumenthal, Murphy Urge NFL to Change Team's Name http://wnpr.org/post/blumenthal-murphy-urge-nfl-change-teams-name <p>Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy joined 48 other senators calling for the name of the NFL's Washington franchise to be changed. The letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell referenced the NBA's response to the Donald Sterling controversy regarding comments Sterling made about African-Americans.</p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 16:27:31 +0000 Tucker Ives 22312 at http://wnpr.org Blumenthal, Murphy Urge NFL to Change Team's Name GOP Strategy To Run Against Health Law Hits Snags http://wnpr.org/post/gop-strategy-run-against-health-law-hits-snags Last year, the Republican playbook for keeping control of the House of Representatives in 2014 and winning the Senate consisted of a fairly simple strategy: Run against Obamacare.<p>But now that the 2014 races are starting to take shape, that strategy isn't looking quite so simple. Democrats are fighting back. Thu, 22 May 2014 14:01:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 22309 at http://wnpr.org GOP Strategy To Run Against Health Law Hits Snags Connecticut Bell Factory Owner Trails McConnell In Kentucky Primary http://wnpr.org/post/connecticut-bell-factory-owner-trails-mcconnell-kentucky-primary <p>A Kentucky Tea Party candidate with Connecticut-ties has a tough primary facing him tomorrow.</p><p>Matt Bevin&nbsp;trails Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell <a href="http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/elections/kentucky/2014/05/16/bluegrass-poll-mcconnell-pounding-bevin-tied-grimes/2210602/" target="_blank">by 20 points in a new poll</a>. Connecticut residents might remember Bevin as the owner of the <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/05/31/154039301/fire-in-belltown-usa-destroys-last-bell-factory" target="_blank">bell factory in East Hampton that burned down in 2012.</a></p><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 18:22:41 +0000 Tucker Ives 22110 at http://wnpr.org Connecticut Bell Factory Owner Trails McConnell In Kentucky Primary Veteran Congressman Makes A Career-Threatening Mistake http://wnpr.org/post/veteran-congressman-makes-career-threatening-mistake It's basically Politics 101. To get on the ballot in many states, candidates for office must first collect a designated number of valid signatures from voters, and present those petitions to election administrators.<p>It's just as basic for their opponents to question the validity of those signatures — with the hopes of denying a foe a spot on the ballot. That's how, for instance, President Obama managed to win his first political office, an Illinois state Senate seat. Mon, 12 May 2014 17:48:00 +0000 Frank James 21704 at http://wnpr.org Veteran Congressman Makes A Career-Threatening Mistake Legislative Session Ends at Midnight; Lawmakers Push for Adoption Bill http://wnpr.org/post/legislative-session-ends-midnight-lawmakers-push-adoption-bill <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/Z3JHUEZe1Jo?list=UUdeV_lmPe3Ne21BmkhTb1xw" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Connecticut legislators are putting the finishing touches on their work—as this year's regular legislative session is scheduled to end at midnight tonight. While numerous bills still need approval from one chamber or another, many major pieces of legislation from this year's session have already been approved. The list includes a revised $19 billion dollar state budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 21:07:23 +0000 Teri McCready 21447 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse: Budgets, Bills, and Freedom of Information http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-budgets-bills-and-freedom-information <p>There are just hours left in the 2014 legislative session, which means it’s time for lawmakers to start cramming in bills.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">This hour, we discuss the messy state budget with </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Connecticut Mirror</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">’s budget guru Keith </span>Phaneuf<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>We also talk about Freedom of Information, something that was changed in the closing minutes of the last session.</p><p> Wed, 07 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 21436 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse: Budgets, Bills, and Freedom of Information 5 Things To Watch In Tuesday's Primaries http://wnpr.org/post/5-things-watch-tuesdays-primaries Get ready for election season.<p>Tuesday's primaries in Indiana, North Carolina and Ohio serve as the kickoff for an intense two-month stretch that will go a long way toward outlining the shape of the midterm election landscape.<p>By the end of June, more than half the states will have conducted their primary elections. And the answers to some of the most important questions about the November elections will be clearer.<p>In North Carolina, Republicans will vote for a nominee to take on Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan, one of the nation's most vulnerable incumbents. Tue, 06 May 2014 12:04:00 +0000 editor 21370 at http://wnpr.org 5 Things To Watch In Tuesday's Primaries Effort To Force Treatment On Severely Mentally Ill Meets Resistance http://wnpr.org/post/effort-force-treatment-severely-mentally-ill-meets-resistance Ed Kelley and his wife have three children. They live in a comfortable suburb of Baltimore. And for a long time their life seemed perfect.<p>"We were churchgoing; we were involved in the community. We had a very close-knit family all around us."<p>And he adored his 14-year-old son.<p>"He was funny, he was getting good grades, he loved playing sports; he was so humorous. Actually for the longest time he was sort of the center of the family."<p>And then one day, that happy 14-year-old boy disappeared. And in his place emerged a paranoid, delusional child who heard voices, believed he was a U.S. Thu, 01 May 2014 20:04:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 21139 at http://wnpr.org Effort To Force Treatment On Severely Mentally Ill Meets Resistance Sen. Reid: NFL Should Follow NBA's Lead Regarding Redskins Owner http://wnpr.org/post/sen-reid-nfl-should-follow-nbas-lead-regarding-redskins-owner Nevada Sen. Harry Reid says the NFL should consider ousting Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder.<p>Snyder has been criticized — <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/10/07/230221006/an-uphill-battle-to-push-an-nfl-team-to-change-its-name">even by President Obama</a> — over the name of his football team, which is considered a racial epithet against Native Americans.<p><em>Time</em> reports that on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday, Reid said the NFL should look to how the NBA handled the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:23:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 21081 at http://wnpr.org Sen. Reid: NFL Should Follow NBA's Lead Regarding Redskins Owner Rep. Michael Grimm To Face Criminal Charges, Lawyer Says http://wnpr.org/post/rep-michael-grimm-face-criminal-charges-lawyer-says Rep. Michael Grimm's lawyer says he expects the New York Republican will be indicted on criminal charges. The exact charges haven't been announced. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 13:38:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 20846 at http://wnpr.org Rep. Michael Grimm To Face Criminal Charges, Lawyer Says Out Of Clout: Some States Brace For Washington Power Outage http://wnpr.org/post/out-clout-some-states-brace-washington-power-outage When the next Congress is sworn in, Iowa's congressional delegation will be unusually green. Precisely half of its lawmakers on Capitol Hill are retiring at the end of this session, meaning the state will be losing decades of clout and seniority in Washington, D.C.<p>And Iowa isn't even the biggest loser this year. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:31:00 +0000 editor 20593 at http://wnpr.org Out Of Clout: Some States Brace For Washington Power Outage