Concerns raised about immigration cases moving out of state
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A plan to stop holding federal detention hearings in Connecticut's only immigration court is raising concerns among political leaders and immigrant rights advocates, who say...
Blumenthal says deal on bipartisan ‘red flag’ draft is near
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says a draft of proposed, bipartisan federal legislation he's working on with Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham that would encourage states to...
Blumenthal hopes to pressure vote on election cybersecurity
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says he's hoping to pressure the Republican-led Senate to pass election security legislation before the 2020 election.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite frequent mass shootings, Congress has proved to be unable to pass substantial gun violence legislation, largely because of resistance from Republicans.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite frequent mass shootings, Congress has proven unable to pass substantial gun violence legislation, in large part because of resistance from Republicans.
A bill spurred by Larry Nassar's sex crimes and other mishandled abuse cases would allow Congress to fire the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee's entire board and would quadruple the money the...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Senators from Rhode Island and Connecticut are part of a group of Democrats visiting border detention facilities in Texas.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says proposed health insurance rate increases in Connecticut are unaffordable.
The Connecticut Democrat says the rates released by the...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal introduced new legislation to prevent immigration officers from deporting people living in the country illegally as immigration arrests...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Representatives from various state agencies have been tasked with studying a group of potentially dangerous industrial compounds, dubbed "forever chemicals," and...
BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley is working with other Democratic members of Congress to push legislation aimed at making it easier and less expensive to obtain birth control...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is holding an emergency meeting of elected leaders, state officials, law enforcement, and addiction specialists to discuss the recent...
DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Olympic Committee says it is working on reforms to prevent athletes from losing health insurance coverage when they become pregnant.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A former Fulbright scholar who has been fighting deportation to his native Indonesia left the sanctuary of a Connecticut church Friday after 598 days.
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — The Latest on the end of deportation proceedings against a man who has been in sanctuary for almost 600 days (all times local):
DANIELSON, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta is making stops in Connecticut to learn more about a program that has matched nearly 1,300 workers with local manufacturers,...
Blumenthal meets with striking workers as talks continue
SIMSBURY, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says the spirit of striking supermarket workers is "amazingly strong," as contract talks continue.
- Connecticut PostCT leaders say Trump is fostering hate, violenceAugust 5, 2019
- Greenwich TimeGreenwich radio personality moving stationsJuly 26, 2019
- Connecticut PostLamont, lawmakers condemn ICE ‘mass deportations’July 12, 2019
- The Washington TimesRichard Blumenthal calls for Robert Mueller to testify: 'Part of his job'June 17, 2019
- The Washington TimesRichard Blumenthal calls for Robert Mueller to testify: 'Part of his job'June 17, 2019
Rosen defends qualifications at Senate Judiciary hearing
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee for deputy attorney general defended his qualifications for the post at his confirmation hearing on Wednesday, as lawmakers raised questions...
GLASTONBURY, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is proposing the creation of a federal program dedicated to helping keep youths from using e-cigarettes.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Democratic members of Connecticut's congressional delegation called for the special counsel's confidential report on the Russia investigation to be made...
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is planning to head to Thompson to call attention to potential cuts in President Donald Trump's budget.
Workers to protest planned closure of AT&T call centers
MERIDEN, Conn. (AP) — Employees are planning to protest the closure of AT&T call centers in Meriden.
The New Haven Register reports that U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is expected to join...
Sen. Blumenthal pushes for a bill to prevent animal cruelty
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal visited an animal control facility in Connecticut Monday to push for a bill to prevent animal cruelty.
The Connecticut Democrat went to the West Hartford Animal Control facility to talk about the Prevent Animal Torture and Cruelty, or PACT, Act.
Blumenthal said he and Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, of Pennsylvania, want to outlaw a form of animal abuse known as "crushing," where people maim and torture animals.
Blumenthal invites Agent Orange activist to Trump address
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal has invited a Vietnam veteran who advocates on behalf of military personnel who suffer from exposure to Agent Orange to the State of the Union address.
The Connecticut Democrat has scheduled a news conference for Monday with Gerry Wright, a U.S. Army veteran who himself suffers from permanent medical conditions caused by the herbicide.
Congress members press HUD on state of Hartford complexes
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Some of Connecticut's members of Congress are pressing the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to do more to address the state of decrepit housing complexes in Hartford.
Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal and Rep. John Larson say the federal agency has not done enough fix conditions at HUD-assisted complexes that jeopardize residents' health.
Senate bill would require public report from Mueller probe
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley and Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal are proposing that special counsel Robert Mueller be required to submit a report to Congress and the public when his Russia investigation is complete.
Senator appearing with airport workers affected by shutdown
WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal plans to highlight how air traffic controllers and other federal workers in Connecticut are being affected by the partial federal government shutdown.
The Democrat will appear Monday at Bradley International Airport with Federal Aviation Administration and Transportation Security Administration workers to discuss the ramifications of them working without pay during the furlough.
3 Senate Democrats press ahead with Whitaker lawsuit
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Three Senate Democrats who filed a lawsuit arguing that Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's appointment is unconstitutional say the Trump administration is using the partial government shutdown to delay the case.
U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii filed a legal brief Friday opposing a motion by the administration asking the court to stay the case because of the shutdown.
Murphy, Blumenthal to reintroduce background checks bill
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's two Democratic senators are reintroducing legislation expanding federal background checks for firearms sales.
U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal acknowledge it will be challenging to pass the bill in the Senate, but they're optimistic there will be political pressure on their colleagues if similar gun control legislation clears the now-Democratic controlled U.S. House of Representatives.
Connecticut’s newest congressional member to be sworn in
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A new member of Connecticut's congressional delegation will be sworn into office with the rest of the incoming 116th Congress.
Democrat Jahana Hayes, a 45-year-old former national teacher of the year, will be the first black woman to represent Connecticut in Congress. She's scheduled to appear at Thursday's swearing-in ceremony, to be held on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Democratic senators calling for ban on menthol cigarettes
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — More than a dozen Democratic U.S. senators are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to impose a ban on menthol cigarettes and cigars.
The senators — including Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island — said the agency needs to follow through after pledging last month to try to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars.
Blumenthal to push for bump stock ban despite regulation
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says he welcomes the Trump administration's move to officially ban gun bump stocks, but believes legislation is still needed.
The Democrat on Tuesday said he'll "continue to call for a vote" in Congress to prohibit the devices, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like automatic firearms. Blumenthal says the nation needs "clear and certain protection that can only come from legislation banning these devices for good."
Blumenthal pushes for legislation to curb medication prices
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is pushing for legislation that he says will end "predatory price gouging" on lifesaving medications.
The Connecticut Democrat plans to visit Hartford Hospital on Monday to discuss the Curbing Unreasonable Rises and Excessively High Drug Prices Act.
Blumenthal says the act would prohibit unjustified drug price increases and give the Department of Health and Human Services authority to block such increases and reimburse consumers.
Gov.-elect Ned Lamont creates chief operating officer post
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Former businessman and Connecticut Gov.-elect Ned Lamont has plans to reorganize the governor's office after his inauguration next month, creating a new chief operating officer position.
The Democrat announced Friday that Paul Mounds Jr., a former senior member of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration, will take on the job. Mounds will report to Lamont's chief of staff.
Mounds will oversee all state agency commissioners and work to drive more cross-agency collaboration.
Lawmakers meet Coast Guard over academy harassment concerns
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Members of Connecticut's congressional delegation have met with Coast Guard officials to express their concerns over alleged discrimination and harassment at the service's academy.
Democratic Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal and Democratic Rep. Joe Courtney requested the meeting, which took place with Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz and his senior staff in Murphy's office on Thursday.
Blumenthal seeks new alert system for missing adults
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is urging the House of Representatives to pass legislation that would create a new federal alert system for missing adults.
The Ashanti Alert Act, approved unanimously Sept. 6 by the Senate, is named for Ashanti Billie. She's the 19-year-old cousin of Stamford state Rep. Pat Billie Miller, a Democrat.
Democratic senators sue over Whitaker’s appointment as AG
WASHINGTON (AP) — Three Senate Democrats filed a lawsuit Monday arguing that Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker's appointment is unconstitutional and asking a federal judge to remove him.
The suit, filed by Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, argues that Whitaker's appointment violates the Constitution because he has not been confirmed by the Senate.
Sen. Blumenthal to discuss new airline passenger protections
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is planning to highlight new airline passenger protections as the holiday travel season kicks into high gear.
Blumenthal will talk about new passenger protections during a noon appearance Monday at the Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport.
Blumenthal calls for extension of Violence Against Women Act
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is urging Congress to reauthorize the federal Violence Against Women Act before it expires.
The Connecticut Democrat has planned an event in Hartford on Monday to urge bipartisan action to reauthorize the act.
The law, enacted in 1994, was set to expire in September but was extended. It now expires Dec. 7.
Connecticut has had its first flu death of the season.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut has had its first flu death of the season.
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal announced the death Monday just before he was scheduled to appear at a news conference with medical professionals at Hartford Hospital to urge people to get flu shots.
The only detail about the death released was that the victim was over the age of 65. So far this flu season, 22 people in Connecticut have been hospitalized with the flu.
Lawmakers want federal disaster funds for tree removal
HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) — Members of Connecticut's congressional delegation want federal disaster relief made available to help homeowners cover the cost of clearing fallen trees and debris.
U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, and U.S. Reps. Rosa DeLauro and Elizabeth Esty, all Democrats, announced Tuesday they've introduced federal legislation that would overturn an existing federal law that bars Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance for such expenses following storms.
Blumenthal pans FBI report on Kavanaugh, calls it a “sham”
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says he's "deeply disappointed" in a confidential FBI report about sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, calling it a "whitewash."
Senator suggests possible end of USOC’s tax-exempt status
A senator floated the idea of revoking the U.S. Olympic Committee's tax-exempt status if it fails to effectively combat the sex-abuse problem in Olympic sports.
At a hearing Wednesday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, said the USOC's tax-exempt status and antitrust exemption could be at risk when Congress revisits the law that governs the federation.
Blumenthal: Facebook breach shows need for data privacy law
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says Congress must pass data privacy legislation, after Facebook's revelation of a data breach that gave attackers access to 50 million accounts.
In a call with reporters on Friday, Facebook said it doesn't know who was behind the attacks or where they're based.
Blumenthal, a Democrat, has been working to get Congress to develop an enforceable, nationwide standard on consumer data privacy.
Blumenthal praises Ford, says he believes her accusations
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says he believes Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, saying she has provided the country with "an amazing teaching moment."
Senate Dems: Kavanaugh nomination ‘unraveling’
The Latest: Kavanaugh explains turning away from handshake
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (all times local):
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh says he would have shaken the hand of a man whose daughter was killed in a Florida high school shooting if he had known who the man was.
A photo of Kavanaugh appearing to refuse to shake Fred Guttenberg's outstretched hand last week went viral.
GOP insider draws criticism for role in Kavanaugh documents
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bill Burck is a Republican insider being pushed into the limelight by two of the biggest political dramas in Washington: Robert Mueller's Russia investigation and the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.