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Connecticut Public Radio looked at the federal spending bill signed into law by President Donald Trump on March 23, 2018. How is Connecticut impacted by the legislation?

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United States Senator Chris Murphy told employees of the Mazak Corporation in Windsor Locks Monday that a re-industrialization of America is afoot. He’s excited about Connecticut’s manufacturing jobs outlook, but he said that even more jobs can be had if the Pentagon makes a deeper commitment to “buy American.”

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Lawmakers in Washington are attempting to overhaul the criminal justice system. Their aim is to find a solution to mass incarceration and reduce recidivism rates. But one expert doesn’t think the measure goes far enough. 

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Last fall, President Donald Trump announced that he wanted the federal government to stop funding the National Endowment for the Arts. Reaction to that proposal was swift and bipartisan -- and in fact, in the budget that passed last month, there’s not a cut, but a tiny increase in arts funding. 

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

When the massive omnibus spending bill was passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump last month, Community Development Block Grants actually received an eight percent funding increase through September 2020.

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A federal budget cycle akin to a wild roller coaster ride ended up boosting funding for some environmental work. With his signature last week, President Donald Trump signed into law a $1.3 trillion spending package that shores up funding for two conservation and research programs in Long Island Sound.

Garry Monk, executive director of the National Veterans Council for Legal Redress speaks in Hartford with Sen. Chris Murphy looking on.
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Inside the omnibus appropriations bill recently signed into law is legislation that, for the first time, provides mental health care for tens of thousands of combat veterans and sexual assault victims who’ve received other-than-honorable discharges.

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Connecticut will benefit from new federal money to safeguard its elections process. The cash is part of the $1.3 trillion spending bill passed by Congress last week.

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Connecticut’s entire congressional delegation voted for the omnibus spending bill which was signed, rather grudgingly, last week by President Donald Trump.