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Sen. Chris Murphy Endorses Hillary Clinton For President

June 04 2015

Murphy: “I am supporting Hillary Clinton for President because I know that she will the most effective fighter for struggling families in Connecticut. ”


HARTFORD -- Sen. Chris Murphy today released the following statement endorsing Sec. Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president of the United States.


"Hillary Clinton has started this campaign the right way - by listening to everyday Americans all across this country about their concerns, hopes, and fears.  She has spent time in the highest echelons of government, but she understands that families in America today are struggling to pay all their bills and save for college and retirement while wages seem stuck in neutral.  I am supporting Hillary Clinton for President because I know that she will be the most effective fighter for struggling families in Connecticut.  And I'm also confident that she understands, better than any other candidate, how a balanced approach between hard and soft power is the best way to protect America from developing threats overseas.  Hillary is a fighter - and that's what our country and families in Connecticut need right now.  I'm proud to support her.  I'm all in."


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A family’s struggle to bring a Pearl Harbor sailor home

May 17 2015

He then enlisted the help of politicians, including eventually a coalition of US senators, spearheaded by Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire.

Last month they succeeded in their campaign to get the Department of Defense to exhume the remains of nearly 400 Oklahoma servicemen, over the next five years, with the aim of identifying them and giving them individual burials.

"Without their help this historic decision would not have been made," says Gray.

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Senators Call for Amtrak Improvements In Wake of Fatal Crash

May 15 2015

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy is calling for a capital fund of $550 million for rail safety improvements in the Northeast corridor from Boston to Washington, D.C. Murphy serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee's subcommitee on transportation, and he met this week with the subcommittee's chairman, Senator Susan Collins of Maine.

"Congress and Washington has become complicit in these tragic accidents,'' Murphy said at the news conference as Blumenthal and others stood nearby. "Washington has become complicit because year after year, Congress refuses to allocate the funding to make the rail line safe. ... Here in Connecticut, our trains are driving over 100-year-old bridges and tracks that don't get nearly enough maintenance and inspection because of this vast underfunding.''

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NBC: Murphy Wants More Oversight for College Spending

May 15 2015

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy says the College Affordability and Innovation Act of 2015 will provide more accountability for all colleges across the United States.

The proposal would monitor spending and federal aid in relation to the success of students once they graduate from an institution.

"If you have students that can’t pay back their loans at 30 to 40 percent of their graduates, then you should have some penalties applied," said Murphy.

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Family Rallies For Army Veteran Facing Deportation

May 14 2015

Salcedo's wife said she has asked U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy to help her husband avoid deportation.

She said the senators were initially reluctant to provide assistance in Salcedo's case, apparently because of his record of convictions. A check of court records shows Salcedo has numerous arrests for drunken driving as well as arrests for harassment and disorderly conduct.

Efforts to contact the staffs of both senators Thursday evening were unsuccessful.

Immigration officials did not respond to a request Thursday for comment. But Daniel Modricker, a spokesman for the regional office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in an email "ICE respects the rights of all people to voice their opinion and is focused on priority removal of convicted criminals and recent border entrants." Read More »

Sen. Murphy unveils college affordability bill

May 12 2015

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Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy announced proposed federal legislation aimed at making college more affordable for students and families.

The Democratic Senator appeared Friday at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford to unveil his College Affordability and Innovation Act. He will co-sponsor bill along with Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Hines.

Murphy is a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education and Pensions Committee.

The bill aims to encourage colleges to shorten the time it takes students to earn a degree, thus reducing money spent on tuition. Read More »

Murphy, Blumenthal: No fast track for trade deal

May 12 2015

Connecticut's once-proud industrial cities have been "economically gutted by manufacturing jobs being shipped overseas,'' Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy said. "The factory jobs in Connecticut held by my great grandfather, my grandfather, and thousands of other workers evaporated in part because of trade deals that made a lot of sense for big multinational companies, but little sense for American workers.''

Murphy added that he won't support the fast-track measure Tuesday "because it doesn't make sense to take away from Congress the ability to fully debate and amend trade agreements.''

To win fast track -- which would give the president a free hand to negotiate a trade deal and then limit Congress to an up-or-down vote with no amendments -- Obama is in an alliance with Senate Republicans against a majority of Democratic senators, including Blumenthal and Murphy. The White House and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., need 60 votes to give Obama the power to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation trade agreement that includes the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Japan, Vietnam, Chile and others. Read More »

Paid leave not a priority for GOP, Dem says

May 11 2015

Senate Democrats are renewing their push for paid sick leave, but Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said they are not “wildly optimistic” that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will schedule a vote on the Healthy Families Act anytime soon.

“We have not seen yet that it’s a priority for Republican leadership,” he said.

The bill first introduced by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) in February would allow workers in businesses with 15 or more employees to earn up to seven paid sick days each year to recover from an illness, care for family member, or attend school meetings related to a child’s health condition or disability. Workers in businesses with less than 15 employees would earn up to seven job-protected unpaid sick days a year.

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WTNH: Veterans on Honor Flights to receive special treatment

January 02 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– There’s a new honor Friday night for World War II veterans. The President has made it official; veterans from that war traveling on Honor Flights to see the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. will get special treatment from start to finish on their trip.

More than 120,000 World War II veterans have taken the special Honor Flights provided by veterans service organizations to see the World War II Memorial.

Lou and Lucille Layman of East Windsor took the Honor Flight trip in 2013. He’s a highly decorated Navy veteran of the war in the South Pacific. She was in the Women’s Army Corps and served at the Pentagon.

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CT Mirror: Murphy wins seat on Senate Appropriations Committee

December 12 2014

Washington – Sen. Chris Murphy, who is still in his freshman term in the Senate, has been given a seat on the Senate Appropriations Committee in the next Congress, a powerful panel that decides all spending issues and is responsible for the budget that funds all federal departments and programs.

“Joining the Appropriations Committee has been a priority for me since I joined the Senate, and I'm honored to have won a slot in just my third year here,” Murphy said. “The Appropriations Committee is so vital to Connecticut— it makes decisions on how much money is spent on submarines, helicopters and jet engines for our military, and it funds work on Connecticut's interstates and rail lines.”

Murphy also tweeted he's the first Connecticut senator to sit on an appropriations panel in nearly 30 years.

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Huffington Post: Chris Murphy Dedicates Day To Acts Of Kindness To Honor Newtown Victims

December 12 2014

WASHINGTON -- As the anniversary of the Newtown shootings approaches, one of Connecticut's senators decided to do something different to honor the memory of those who lost their lives: spend his day on small acts of kindness. Inspired by a Newtown student who performed 26 acts of kindness, each one representing a child or teacher killed by gunman Adam Lanza, Sen. Chris Murphy (D) spent an entire day driving around the state performing the same number of acts. He documented his activities on Twitter, with photos and thoughts about each of the small gestures taken to make someone's day a little better. Read More »

Hartford Courant:  Sen. Murphy Says Senate Intelligence Committee Report Detailing CIA Torture Shows

December 09 2014

Sen. Chris Murphy released a statement Tuesday after the release of a new report detailing the brutal and stomach-churning interrogation methods used by the Central Intelligence Agency against terrorism suspects in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.

"This report makes clear what we’ve known for years,'' Murphy said in a statement. "The ‘enhanced interrogation’ techniques used by the Central Intelligence Agency in the years after 9/11 clearly constitute torture, and should never have been authorized by an agency of the U.S. government."

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New Haven Register: U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy secures FEMA funding for Milford beach

December 05 2014

MILFORD >> U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy has secured more than $339,000 in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the city to restore Woodmont Beach after it was damaged during Hurricane Irene in August 2011, according to a press release from Murphy’s office.

“Natural disasters, as we saw with Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, can damage local communities beyond their ability to recover on their own — which is precisely why the federal government provides emergency disaster assistance,” said Murphy, D-Conn. “I am proud to have helped the City of Milford/Borough of Woodmont receive the federal assistance it needed to fully rebuild following this disaster. This money is critical to Connecticut’s recovery, and I will continue to work hard every day to ensure that Connecticut residents see every last dollar to which they are entitled.”

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National Journal: Sen. Chris Murphy Wants to Confirm Loretta Lynch Before Januar

November 09 2014

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Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., wants to confirm Loretta Lynch, President Obama's nominee for attorney general, before January, when Republicans will retake control of the Senate.

"I've not spoken to Senator [Harry] Reid about his intentions, but I would like to see us move forward," Murphy said Sunday on CNN's State of the Union. "I think this is an important post and I think we should have somebody on the ground sooner than later."

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From Senator Murphy: When guns were on the ballot, we won

November 07 2014

The afternoon that the background checks bill failed to overcome a Republican filibuster in the Senate, I knew exactly what we needed to do. The gun lobby spent decades building up their political power, and they put it to good use in defeating our bipartisan bill. Now, we needed to put in the same time and effort to build our own political infrastructure around anti-gun violence measures.

This past Tuesday, we took a giant leap forward, and amidst a very bad day for Democrats across the country, I wanted you to know about this good news.

Let’s start here at home in Connecticut. Governor Dan Malloy fought hard to pass universal background checks, a high capacity magazine ban, and an expansion of the assault weapons ban -- some of the strongest set of measures in the country to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. His opponent, on the other hand, planned to repeal those policies. And in the end, voters sided with commonsense solutions to keep us safer and re-elected Governor Malloy. His hard work made a difference for voters in a close race, and it brought him over the finish line, victorious.

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Bloomberg: Q&A With Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Climate Change Issues, Moving His HFCs Bill

November 04 2014

BBNA: First, what sparked your interest in HFCs and other short-lived pollutants, and is your focus a reflection of the fact that we are not making as much progress on the most prevalent source of emissions, carbon dioxide?

Murphy: I see super pollutants as a political and policy opportunity to make some progress in the absence of other climate change legislation; there just isn't as much politics attached to issues like HFCs and black carbon than there is to carbon dioxide. So clearly there is a policy imperative to take on super pollutants such as HFCs which, if unchecked, could be 40 percent of [future] global warming. But really, I am looking for some ways to get bipartisan support for some climate change legislation and the issue of super pollutants is one of the few where progress can be made.

BBNA: You have Sen. Collins co-sponsoring this bill, are you any closer to getting other Republicans to join? Do you plan to reintroduce the bill in 2015 with any changes?

Murphy: I will introduce the bill next year and am putting outreach on hold for now. After the election, in the lameduck session, Susan and I will put our heads together to build more support for the bill. We are hoping to get a hearing in EPW [Senate Environment and Public Works Committee] in the lame duck [session] and eventually work on building additional Republican support for the bill. But we are under no illusions that we'll be able to move anything to the floor this year.

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Blog Post: Behind the scenes: The Balkans

October 23 2014

It's Not Just Soccer (Football)
I could tell something was up.

The levity of one end of the dinner table had broken, and our Ambassador to Serbia, Michael Kirby, was clearly hearing some bad news from one of his embassy staffers.

News quickly traveled down the table, and my conversation with the Serbian Minister for Emergency Preparedness came to an end as the dinner guest to my left revealed to me, "Did you hear? The Albanians flew a drone over the football match. It has attached to it a flag of Greater Albania, and the place went wild! They called off the game!"



And so began my weeklong trip to the Balkans.

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Middletown Press: Senators speak at rape survivors quilt unveiling at Wesleyan University

September 08 2014

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MIDDLETOWN >> Wesleyan University students were joined by U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, for a massive demonstration of support for sexual assault survivors.

More than 300 students and community members witnessed 250 stories from survivors of rape and visited a quilt which covered Wesleyan’s Foss Hill on Sept. 2. The Monument Quilt aims to change U.S. culture from a culture that publicly shames survivors to a culture that publicly supports them.

“Everyday, I see rape culture on campus, but I don’t see support for survivors. When I see this, I see support. I see survivors not being alone,” says Wesleyan student Tess Altman.

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Connecticut Mirror: CT Senators clash again with feds over Danbury prisoners

September 03 2014

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Washington – U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy are again at loggerheads with the federal Bureau of Prisons over the fates of about 200 female prisoners who were transferred out of state while serving sentences at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury.

The Connecticut senators, joined by some of their Senate colleagues from the Northeast, have written Charles Samuels, the head of the bureau, about delays in building a new facility on the prison grounds. That delay has forced the female prisoners to sit out the construction in Philadelphia and Brooklyn, N.Y,. jails.

The senators also object to the interruption of a drug rehabilitation program some of the female prisoners were involved in when they were in the Danbury prison. Completion of the program would cut some of their sentences.

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Yahoo: Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy expresses ‘extreme degree of skepticism’ about expanding str

August 29 2014

Sen. Chris Murphy says he would be "very unlikely" to support expanding America's military campaign against the brutal ISIL militia from Iraq into neighboring Syria. But the Connecticut Democrat says President Obama must seek explicit authorization from Congress if he decides to widen the conflict.

While a vote on launching a new U.S. intervention in the Middle East might put vulnerable Democrats further at risk come November, that's not an excuse for Congress not to act, Murphy told Yahoo News by telephone on Thursday.

"This decision is too important to allow politics or elections to play a role," he said. "It may be inconvenient that ISIS [another name for ISIL] has become a threat on the precipice of an election, but we have a responsibility as a coequal branch to do our constitutional job, regardless of the timing."

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