Richard Blumenthal

Cassandra Basler

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut met today in West Haven with Veterans Affairs workers to learn more about Veteran Peer Specialists.

Veteran Peer Specialists are trained to talk with their fellow veterans who need help getting services at the VA, especially mental health treatment.

Dan Marcai served in Afghanistan and now works as veteran peer specialist for a supportive housing program in Newington. He told Blumenthal today that he’s helped fellow veterans with PTSD who sometimes hesitate to trust counselors at the VA.

Blumenthal: Max Fine For VW

Oct 13, 2015

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) wants Volkswagen to face a fine of $18 billion for installing deceptive software in its diesel vehicles. That’s the maximum fine allowed by the federal government

The German automaker admitted it designed the software to cheat emissions tests and hide how much pollution the vehicles were emitting.

Blumenthal said VW needs to make amends with their customers.

Cassandra Basler

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut is urging the Department of Homeland Security to adopt his plan that would speed up the process for Syrian refugees to enter the U.S.

(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health Compensation Act, a law that provides medical monitoring and treatment for Sept. 11 first responders, expired midnight Thursday because Congress didn't act.

(AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut announced that he’s supporting President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. He’ll be voting against a resolution in Congress that would have blocked the deal.