Richard Blumenthal

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U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Thursday he is urging the Federal Aviation Administration to take steps to address a surge in drones, saying they've become a serious risk to air travel.

Appearing at Bradley International Airport with two commercial pilots, the Connecticut Democrat announced his support for legislation that would clarify the FAA's authority to oversee drones used or manufactured for recreation. Blumenthal is a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, which oversees the FAA.

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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut is promoting legislation he’s proposed that would allow U.S. Department of Education funding to go to training teachers about how to teach social and emotional skills. Those skills involve caring for others, making good decisions, and settling conflicts.

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U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut demanded that Metro-North Railroad finish installing positive train control immediately.

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Proposed federal education legislation to fund social and emotional learning skills training for teachers would help prevent violence such as mass shootings, the mother of a 6-year-old boy killed in the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School said Friday.

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U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Chuck Schumer of New York have introduced legislation to let Puerto Rico’s municipalities and public corporations declare bankruptcy, and settle more than $70 billion in debt. The legislation would allow those public entities to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, just like U.S. cities can.

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