Category Archives: John B. Larson

House Candidates Could Seek Public Financing Under New Bill Sponsored By Larson

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\"larsongov\"Congressman John Larson is a co-sponsor of legislation introduced Wednesday that would allow candidates seeking a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives to obtain public funding if they agree to forgo contributions from wealthy donors.

The Government By the People Act, introduced Wednesday by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, is bipartisan legislation that aims to reduce the influence of special interest money in House races. The proposed program is similar to Connecticut\’s Citizens\’ Election Program, which offers grants to candidates who qualify by raising a certain amount in contributions from small donors. Continue reading

CT Delegation Reacts: Give Snowden Clemency?

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A majority of the members of Connecticut\’s congressional delegation say that Edward Snowden should not be given clemency.

This week, a New York Times editorial called for clemency and whistleblower status for Snowden, a former government contractor who has leaked detailed information about the National Security Agency\’s extensive domestic and international spying.

Sen. Chris Murphy and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, along with Rep. Elizabeth Esty, Rep. Joe Courtney, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Rep. Jim Himes and Rep. John Larson all say Snowden must face felony charges. (I am still waiting for a response from Rep. John Larson.)

“Edward Snowden should come back to the United States and be held accountable for his actions,\’\’ Murphy said in a statement released by his office Friday. \”If Snowden truly cared about exposing illegal activity, he should have gone through proper channels using statutory whistleblower protections.  Instead, he stole untold amounts of sensitive, classified information, fled to China and Russia, and made these secrets available to countries with adversarial interests toward the United States.  Snowden\’s revelations have touched off an important debate, but this fact does not absolve him from responsibility for his crimes, especially when he had other avenues through which to raise these issues.”

But U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney suggested that a plea bargain might be a good idea. His spokesperson, Liz Donovan, said:

Congressman Courtney has consistently voted against giving sweeping powers to the NSA—including changes that  weakened FISA warrant standards in 2007 and extension of the Patriot Act without reform—for precisely the reasons that the Snowden revelations have highlighted. Congressman Courtney believes in the integrity America’s courts, and given that Mr. Snowden has been charged by federal prosecutors,  he should return to the U.S., where he can present an argument for his innocence or mitigating circumstances. Given the unique nature of this case, the Justice Department should make a bona fide attempt to negotiate a balanced path forward, which may include a plea bargain process that could reduce the severity of any punishment.

Congressman Courtney continues to support bipartisan efforts to reform our intelligence programs to increase oversight and accountability, strengthen protections for whistleblowers, and rebalance our security activities with the rights afforded to American citizens under the constitution. Continue reading

A Call for a National Day of Remembrance in Honor of JFK

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U.S. Rep. John Larson is calling for a national \”day of remembrance\” in honor of John F. Kennedy.

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Larson, a Democrat who represents Connecticut\’s 1st District, introduced a resolution Thursday designating May 29, Kennedy\’s birthday, as a day to honor the slain president. Larson\’s colleagues from Connecticut as well as the entire New England delegation have signed on in support of the measure.

The full text of the resolution is after the jump:

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Spotted in Hartford: Nancy Pelosi

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Yes that was House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi swooping into downtown Hartford Friday for a quick lunch at a John Larson fundraiser at On 20.

Pelosi was in town for Larson\’s annual \”leadership luncheon\” that raises money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

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Delegation Reacts to Obama Speech

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U.S. Rep. John Larson says he is more hopeful now than he was a week ago that there will be a diplomatic solution to the situation in Syria.

\”Ultimately if military action is necessary — and I hope that it is not –\” it will only come after \”all the other steps have been exhausted,\’\’ Larson, D-1st District, said Tuesday night, shortly after President Obama addressed the nation.

Larson applauded Obama for taking his case for military action directly to the American people.

Rep. Elizabeth Esty, a freshman Democrat who represents the 5th District, said she remains undecided about whether to support a punitive military strike against Syria. She said Obama made a \”compelling case.\” Esty was among a group of members who met with Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday to discuss Syria.

\”I have a tremendous amount of respect for the president,\’\’ Esty said. \”That being said, I have a number of concerns and questions about\” military involvement.

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Exclusive: Gun Lobby Withdraws Support For Coltsville National Park, Saying CT Delegation Is Hypocritical

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Saying that anti-gun legislators are hypocrites, a prominent gun lobby has withdrawn support for a federal bill that would establish the Coltsville National Historical Park in Hartford.

\"coltsville2\"The National Shooting Sports Foundation, which represents gun manufacturers that include Colt\’s Manufacturing Company, issued a letter to members of the all-Democratic Connecticut Congressional delegation and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy that says it is hypocritical to support the national park and gun-control laws at the same time.

\”Our industry is offended by the hypocrisy of our elected officials in Congress and the state government that simultaneously advocate for legislation that pays homage to our industry\’s heritage and legacy in Connecticut by establishing a national park on the site of the legendary, iconic Colt factory, while at the same time pursue gun control legislation,\’\’ said a two-page letter signed by Larry Keane, the foundation\’s general counsel.

\”As major contributors to the state\’s economy, we find it unacceptable for lawmakers to propose banning our products and hindering the ability of Connecticut companies to grow their businesses, create more good-paying manufacturing jobs, and contribute hundreds of millions in taxes,\’\’ the letter states. \”Our Connecticut members are unwilling to trade valuable manufacturing jobs for ticket-taker jobs at a national park.\’\’

Read the letter about Colt Park here. And here\’s another letter to Rep. John B. Larson, the proposed park\’s chief champion, when the gun manufacturers were in a better mood in 2010. Continue reading