Richard Blumenthal

Federal Highway trust fund could soon be insolvent
6:13 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

US Transportation Secretary warns states about federal highway fund running out of money

Credit AP Photo/Skip Peterson

US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is warning states of the danger of letting a federal fund for road and bridge repairs run out of money.  Unless Congress acts, the Highway Trust Fund, used to reimburse states for highway and transit projects, is set to become insolvent later this summer. Foxx met with Governor Dannel Malloy and members of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation in Hartford today on Thursday. 

   

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Funding for rail infrastructure uncertain
6:01 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Blumenthal to introduce rail safety bill; renews call for infrastructure bank

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal at the Metro-North station in West Haven, Conn. on Tuesday.
Credit Craig LeMoult

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut says he's introducing a bill that would increase federal oversight of the U.S. rail system and require railroads to make safety improvements.  It’s not yet clear how some of that would be funded.

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Lawmakers send a letter to retail industry
5:48 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Conn lawmakers want the retail industry to back gun control

Members of Connecticut's congressional delegation are urging national retailers to voluntarily take steps to reduce gun violence by barring guns from their establishments. The lawmakers made the call on Friday at the state Capitol in Hartford. 

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Government
10:45 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Blumenthal, McCain urge FCC to end sports blackout rule

File photo- Empty rows of seats are seen at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
Credit (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and John McCain of Arizona are calling on the Federal Communications Commission to follow through on its proposal to end its blackout rule.

The blackout rule was implemented in 1975. It can prevent local TV broadcasts of sporting events if not enough fans show up to the game in person.

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Government
10:38 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Conn. delegation using Ukraine situation to push for Sikorsky helicopters

Members of Connecticut's Congressional delegation are using the unrest in Ukraine to push for the sale of more Connecticut-made Sikorsky helicopters. But they have competition from lawmakers using for helicopters manufactured in other states.

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