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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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New Haven Register: Connecticut senators seek to stop postal closings; would leave 375 without jobs

August 27 2014

WALLINGFORD >> Connecticut Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy are urging Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to agree to a one-year moratorium on further consolidations of the U.S. Postal Service mail-processing facilities, scheduled to take place sometime early next year.

Blumenthal and Murphy, both Democrats, announced their request to Donahoe during a midday press conference outside the USPS Southern Connecticut Distribution and Processing Center on Research Drive. The two lawmakers were joined by about 50 postal workers who chanted “The U.S. mail is not for sale.”

“The United States Postal Service is betraying the public’s trust,” Blumenthal said.

Murphy said the moratorium would give Congress time to work out a plan to preserve the USPS at current service levels. The Wallingford facility has already been hit by a partial consolidation, with about half of its work relocated to a Hartford mail processing facility last September. Read More »

Register Citizen: Sen. Chris Murphy spends day as farmhand at Freund’s Farm in East Canaan

August 11 2014

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EAST CANAAN >> U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy got his hands dirty Monday morning. The nation’s youngest senator stopped by Freund’s Farm and took on the role of farmhand. He helped the Freunds out with their daily tasks while learning a little bit about what goes into the daily grind of a farmer in Northwest Connecticut.

“My intent was simple,” Murphy said. “You can only learn so much about farming in meetings around a conference table. This was an attempt to try to learn from a firsthand perspective some different things about farming and running a farm that can help me in my work on farm policy in Washington.”

The job of being a senator involves spending only about 20 minutes at a given time on any one particular issue, Murphy said. A day like Monday allowed him 10 to 12 hours focused solely on agricultural policy. Murphy said he got a real sense firsthand of how difficult a farmer’s life can be. Their mastery of so many types of work, including bovine genetics and agricultural subsidies impressed the senator.

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WTNH: Senators attempt to bring overseas jobs back home

July 23 2014

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Do you think it makes sense for the U.S. tax code to give a tax break to companies that send U.S. jobs overseas?

Most people would say that doesn’t make any sense and and this week there will be an effort in the U.S. senate to reverse that policy. Nearly 2.4 million U.S. manufacturing jobs have been sent overseas by big U.S. companies in the past decade. And although the trend has slowed down as costs in foreign countries have increased, the U.S. tax code still gives U.S. corporations big tax deductions and other incentives to send U.S. jobs to other countries.

“The question here is simple; would we rather provide an incentive to ship jobs out of the country or would we rather provide and incentive to bring jobs back to the country,” asked Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT).

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WNPR: Murphy: Europe Should Impose a “Crippling Round of Sanctions” Against Russia

July 21 2014

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On Monday at the White House, President Obama urged Russian President Vladmir Putin to order Russian separatists in Ukraine to allow international investigators unfettered access to the crash site of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17.

"Given its direct influence over the separatists," Obama said, "Russia, and President Putin in particular, has direct responsibility to compel them to cooperate with the investigation. That is the least they can do."

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New Haven Register: Connecticut Ukrainian-Americans meet with Sen. Murphy on plane downing

July 19 2014

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NEW HAVEN >> Two days after the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy met with leaders in the Ukrainian community to discuss ways to solve the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

Murphy said there is an enormous Ukrainian-American population in Connecticut, especially in New Haven, with lots of friends and family in the homeland whose lives are in jeopardy.

“The reality is, we now know that this poses risks to everyone, given the fact that we just lost about 300 people, none of them from Ukraine, in this plane crash,” Murphy said. “This is a conflict with global consequences, and that’s why the United States needs to be involved in ratcheting up sanctions on Russia and pressing our European friends to do the same.”

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down Thursday near the village of Rozsypne, Ukraine, in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people aboard from 13 nations. The area was close to the Russian border, which has seen months of clashes between government troops and pro-Russia separatists.

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Think Progress: Senator Offers Support For Extending Iran Nuclear Talks

July 18 2014

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DETROIT — Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) said on Friday that he will likely support an extension to the nuclear talks between the six world powers and Iran, and called on his colleagues to resist trying to impose additional sanctions on Iran during that time.

Negotiations in Vienna this week between the United States, the U.K., France, China, Russia and Germany — the so-called P5+1 — and Iran shifted from trying to reach a final agreement over Iran’s disputed nuclear program by the July 20 deadline to a possible extension of the talks. While no formal declaration has yet been made as to whether all sides have agreed on an extension, discussion of whether support such a move has made its way to Washington.

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Connecticut News 12: Sen. Chris Murphy to hold Iraq forum at Westport Town Hall

June 30 2014

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WESTPORT - Sen. Chris Murphy is hosting a town hall meeting in Westport tonight on the crisis in Iraq.

The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. in room 201 at Westport Town Hall. This comes as Iraqi troops are still battling to try to drive the Islamist militants out of major cities.

Air force strikes appear to mark a turn as Iraqi security forces claim they destroyed ISIS cells in Anbar.

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New Haven Register: Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy pushes for ‘angel’ tax credits

June 24 2014

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Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy has introduced legislation that would create a federal tax credit for “angel” investors in technology startup businesses.

Murphy modeled the federal legislation after a state tax credit that Connecticut established in 2010 and has proved successful in attracting investors for new companies. Connecticut’s junior senator was joined by Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in sponsoring the Angel Tax Credit Act in the Senate, while U.S. Reps. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, and Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., introduced it in the House.

“I’m convinced that startups are and will continue to be a big part of the economic future of Connecticut and New Haven,” Murphy said in a telephone interview Tuesday. “That why this legislation is so vital.”

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Behind-the-Scenes: Four Days, Five countries, and a Diplomatic Breakthrough

June 10 2014

Having received such great feedback on my prior "behind-the-scenes" accounts of my trips overseas, I'm back for another edition. What follows is a candid description of my highly eventful trip over the weekend to Poland, Ukraine, Romania, and Bulgaria.

A Simple Trip Gets Complicated

My initial plan was simple. With fifty percent Polish blood (my mother's maiden name is Lewczyk), I have long been eager to visit my family's homeland as an elected official. Now, as the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Europe Subcommittee, I had been invited to address a major conference in Wroclaw, Poland seeking to help coordinate Eastern Europe's response to the crisis in Ukraine. I accepted the invitation and started to set up meetings with Polish officials while I was in town.

Then John McCain got involved.

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CT Mirror: CT senators take new aim at gun control

May 01 2014

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Washington -- A year after a modest proposal to change gun laws failed in the Senate, Connecticut Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy have switched tactics.

They plan to introduce a bill that would forbid anyone under a temporary restraining order from owning a gun.

“It’s just common sense that someone who is the subject of a temporary restraining order shouldn’t be able to buy a gun,” Murphy said.

Under current federal law, those under permanent court orders are barred from owning firearms, but not those under temporary court orders.

Blumenthal said that those under temporary court orders, often imposed when there’s a threat of violence, can be the most dangerous.

“That period is the height of vulnerability,” Blumenthal said. “That’s the point when violence is the most likely.”

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Stamford Advocate: Murphy, Himes talk startups in Stamford

April 25 2014

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Connecticut's business strengths have traditionally been in the financial services, insurance and defense production sectors. U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., wants to add startup innovation to that list.

Murphy stopped by the Stamford Innovation Center on Friday to discuss his plans to introduce legislation for tax incentives that might encourage angel investors to fund startups. U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., joined the senator at a roundtable with entrepreneurs, investors, members of the Innovation Center team and those engaged in state funding programs for small businesses.

Although venture capital firms get most of the attention, angel investors do the heavy lifting of investment in new businesses, Murphy noted. The state currently offers a tax credit for angel investors pledging $25,000 or more in a qualified Connecticut business, worth 25 percent of the angel's cash investment, according Connecticut Dept. of Economic Development. Murphy spoke of offering a similar tax credit on the federal level, while fixing a "small flaw" in Congress' 2012 JOBS Act by giving angel investors more control over the financial data they disclose while investing. Currently, federal help for startups comes in the form of Small Business Innvoation Research grants, which the state has had a good deal of success in getting, Murphy said.

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WNPR: Senators Blumenthal and Murphy Discuss Heroin Addiction at New Haven Forum

April 18 2014

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U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy held a roundtable forum on Thursday about how to deal with the heroin problem in Connecticut. Senator Blumenthal described the situation as an "epidemic and [a] scourge."

"Heroin deaths have increased in Connecticut, alone, to 257 last year," Blumenthal said, "from 174 the years before. Between 2007 and 2012, heroin use increased 80 percent or more, according to federal figures."

Senator Chris Murphy said heroin is cheap and readily available in Connecticut. "The heroin that comes into New England," he said, "starts in Stamford, Bridgeport, and New Haven, and makes its way north from here. It means that users here in Connecticut can get the drug for a relatively small amount."

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