Category Archives: U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro

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

Rosa Signs Up For Obamacare

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… and documents it on her Facebook page. Lawmakers and their staff must sign up by this week.  The process has been uneven, with some lawmakers reporting a far more difficult time than U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro. U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann reported that the website \”crashed three times\” when he was trying to sign up.

Meanwhile, here is Rep. DeLauro signing up:

Logging on …

\"rosaSearching the plans …

\"RosaCan it really be this easy?


Wisdom From ex-Gov. Rowland

by Categorized: 2014 Election, 2016 Presidential election, Chris Murphy, Economy, Elizabeth Esty, Joe Courtney, John Rowland, President Obama, Republicans, Richard Blumenthal, Rosa DeLauro, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, Washington Date:

The radio host has a worth-reading blog post about what his party is doing in Washington:

This will end as a lose-lose for the Republicans in Congress, at some point they will vote to reopen government, the conservatives across the country will be mad they gave in, Obamacare will be untouched, there will be some  permanent scars and hard feelings within the Republicans in the Congress and they will get blamed for government disruption. A lot of us may be glad this all happened , but I never understood the long term strategy for Republicans, bottom line… I don’t think we can change the minds of these folks in Congress time for all of them to go….we need term limits now more than ever!!


State\’s \”Family-Friendly\” Policies a Model for the Nation

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Connecticut played a pioneering role in advancing several key pieces of legislation related to families, including family and medical leave and paid sick time.

On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro and other officials will gather in Hamden to highlight what they say is Connecticut\’s role as a model for the nation.

\”Connecticut has always been a leader on family-friendly workplace policies, from the passage of a state Family and Medical Leave Act, which led to a federal FMLA policy, to the first state paid sick days legislation in 2011, and now the creation of a legislative taskforce to study family medical leave insurance during the 2013 legislative session,\’\’ the Working Families party said in a press release announcing Tuesday\’s press conference. The event is also being sponsored by the Connecticut Association for Human Services.

In addition to DeLauro, state Comptroller Kevin Lembo, Teresa Younger, executive director of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women and Connecticut AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Lori Pelletier are expected to attend.


DeLauro Talks As Syria Vote Looms

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U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro will hold a \”TeleTownHall\’\’ tonight at 7:15 to hear from constituents about President Obama\’s request to authorize a military strike against Syria. Congress is expected to take up the Obama proposal after the president speaks to the nation Tuesday night.

To sign up for DeLauro\’s phone session, go here.

Among the seven members of the delegation, only U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy has on record opposing the Obama plan.

Over the weekend, a forum organized by Rep. Himes in Darien drew more than 400 constituents, according to the Darien News. Sen. Richard Blumenthal also attended. A spokesman said Monday that about 30 people spoke with Rep. Esty at a more informal session in Cornwall.

Himes tweeted the picture below from Darien:

\"himesHere is the video from rebels in the Syrian village of Kafranbel that has been sent to members of Congress in recent days, as reported in today\’s New York Times. The Times is also counting the votes, for and opposed to a Syria strike.

DeLauro: Dangerous GOP Path To \’Food Insecurity\’

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\"roseFrom our new politics desk intern, Rose Lichtenfels, (on the right) who is a senior majoring in political science at Trinity College and a captain on the crew team.

Lichtenfels reports:

A new report from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) finds that the number of Americans struggling with hunger remains high. If Congress fails to act, the current farm bill is set to expire at the end of September, removing millions from the food stamp program and other food subsidies available for American families in crisis.

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro called the report \”further proof that Republican leadership needs to stop the dangerous path it is currently on and ensure our critical anti-hunger programs are adequately funded. Behind the numbers in this report are parents who cannot put dinner on their kitchen table and children who go to school on empty stomachs. This is no way for the wealthiest country in the world to behave. I hope my colleagues come to their senses, do what is right for the American people, and restore the bipartisan resolve we used to have to eradicate hunger in America.”

Before August recess, the House passed a Farm Bill separating funding for anti-hunger and food stamp programs from agriculture programs.

In the new report, the agriculture department defines \”food insecurity\” as \”access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources.\” Food insecurity is down, according to the chart below.