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.
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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.
GOP lawyer caught in crossfire on Kavanaugh, Russia probe
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bill Burck is a Republican insider being pushed into the limelight by two of the biggest political dramas in Washington: the Russia investigation of Robert Mueller and the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.
Blumenthal co-sponsors bill on 1966 Spain H-bomb accident
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is co-sponsoring a bill that would ensure health care and other benefits for military veterans who became ill from radiation exposure after responding to a 1966 accident involving U.S. hydrogen bombs in Spain.
The Connecticut Democrat announced the legislation this week. His co-sponsors are fellow Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Dianne Feinstein of California.
Father of son with rare disease granted stay of deportation
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says a man living in Connecticut has been granted a stay of deportation for one year while his son is treated for a rare genetic condition.
Blumenthal and U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney appealed to federal immigration authorities on Julian Rodriguez's behalf. The Connecticut Democrats argued it's in the national interest to allow him to remain.
Democratic senators push to limit airline baggage fees
BOSTON (AP) — Two U.S. senators are calling on Congress to crack down on what they describe as exorbitant airline fees.
Democrats Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut have filed legislation they say would address the problem.
They say the higher fees could come as a shock to passengers visiting family and friends over the Labor Day weekend.
Sen. Blumenthal to address rising price, scarcity of EpiPens
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is planning to unveil a proposal to address the rising price of EpiPens.
Blumenthal said the cost of the epinephrine injectors — used to control allergic reactions — has skyrocketed, putting an extra burden on parents who need to have the EpiPens on hand, especially as children head back to school.
On Monday, Blumenthal says he'll announce new legislation to combat prescription drug price gouging.
Connecticut flags ordered lowered in honor of Sen. McCain
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy is ordering U.S. and state flags in Connecticut be lowered to half-staff in remembrance of Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain.
Malloy called McCain a hero who put his life on the line to defend the nation during a time of war, experiencing torture and suffering.
The Latest: Manafort found guilty of 8 financial crimes
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the Paul Manafort trial (all times local):
Paul Manafort, the political operative who once led Donald Trump's successful presidential campaign, has been found guilty of eight financial crimes in the first trial victory of the special counsel investigation into the president's associates.
A judge declared a mistrial on 10 other counts the jury could not agree on.
Trump drug czar nominee visits Connecticut after overdoses
New Haven, Connecticut, became what officials called "ground zero" Monday for efforts to shine a light on the dangers of drugs, as President Donald Trump's nominee for drug czar visited a city reeling from more than 100 recent overdoses on synthetic marijuana.
Jim Carroll met with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Mayor Toni Harp and first responders to discuss the overdoses, as well as the country's opioid crisis.
Senators: White House workers shielded by whistleblower laws
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Two New England senators are urging White House lawyer Don McGahn to remind executive branch employees of their rights under federal whistleblower laws.
Democratic U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Edward Markey of Massachusetts wrote to McGahn on Friday.
The two said White House employees, like all federal employees, are protected if they disclose information about waste, fraud, and abuse.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Democratic candidate for state Attorney General is seeking permission to become involved in a court case involving eastern Connecticut homeowners whose foundations are crumbling.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut says he plans to introduce a resolution that calls for declassifying all remaining documents related to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The Democrat is scheduled to appear Monday at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford with survivors and families of the 9/11 victims. Blumenthal contends the documents may reveal unknown connections between the terrorists and foreign nations.
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The Connecticut Post
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, is not to everyone's taste.
His critics call him boorish and grandstanding. A watchdog who barks too often, too loudly.
Imagine how it feels to be barked at.
It was this way long before he became a U.S. senator in 2013, pretty early in his 20-year tenure as Connecticut's attorney general.
Senators questioned the sincerity of reforms at the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University in the wake of sex-abuse scandals — using legal papers, emails and accounts of conversations to portray organizations that still don't fully grasp the pain they inflicted.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is turning up the pressure on Senate Democrats to meet with President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, though with little success.
Judge Brett Kavanaugh has met with 23 senators, all of them Republicans, since his nomination two weeks ago. Democratic lawmakers have been pushing for more information before holding any one-on-one meetings with the 53-year-old nominee.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is turning up the pressure on Senate Democrats to meet with President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, though with little success.
Brett Kavanaugh has met with 23 senators, all of them Republicans, since his nomination two weeks ago. Democratic lawmakers have been pushing for more information before holding any one-on-one meetings with the 53-year-old nominee.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Some of Connecticut's top Democratic politicians are sharply criticizing Republican President Donald Trump's remarks following his historic meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy issued some of the sharpest remarks Monday, calling the president's comments and actions "Shameful. Treasonous. Terrifying." He says the Trump is "either in way over his head or does not have our nation's best interests at heart."
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge in Connecticut declared the forced separation of two immigrant children from their parents to be unconstitutional.
In a ruling issued Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Victor A. Bolden ordered the government to produce the parents of a 9-year-old identified as J.S.R and a 14-year-old, V.F.B., in court on July 18.
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Sen. Edward Markey and Rep. Joe Kennedy are pushing a bill that would end the use of so-called "gay panic" and "trans panic" defenses in federal court.
The defenses refer to the argument in court that the revelation of a victim's sexual orientation or gender identity provoked a violent reaction from a defendant that resulted in assault or murder.
The two Democrats said Friday the defense blames the victim for the violence committed against them.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal is calling on President Donald Trump to cancel his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, now that charges have been filed against 12 Russian intelligence officers for alleged hacking offenses during the 2016 presidential election.
The Connecticut Democrat said Friday that Trump "unquestionably" should cancel Monday's meeting in Helsinki.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's two Democratic U.S. senators say they're hopeful there's a chance to block President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal told a crowd of about 100 people who gathered for a rally at the state Capitol Friday that the minority Democrats can use the power of public opinion to stop his confirmation. Blumenthal says public outcry helped scuttle Republican proposals to scrap the Affordable Care Act.