Thursday, January 31, 2013
Blumenthal questions Hagel
Here is a C-SPAN video of that event (entitled 'Senator Blumenthal's Questions for Hagel
Clipped from:Secretary of Defense Nomination Hearing, Part 2 Jan 31, 2013):
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Murphy: NRA political spending 'ineffective'
"The report, which was developed using fundraising data from 16 contested 2012 U.S. Senate campaigns and the 2012 Presidential campaign, reveals that the NRA actually loses more races than it wins, and disproportionately spends money against Democrats," the statement said.
Further, "This report is the first in a series of reports that Murphy will release on the ineffectiveness of the national gun lobby," the statement said.
“The NRA’s response to the tragic Sandy Hook shooting last month has been absolutely revolting and tone-deaf. It’s also been out of step with its own members, many of whom support common-sense anti-gun violence measures like universal background checks,” Murphy said, also in the prepared statement. “This report starts to debunk the myth that if you cross the NRA, you have a political price to pay. We have to help Members of Congress understand that the NRA just isn’t what it used to be.”
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Office of State Ethics: 'Audit Report for Public Official Financial Disclosure Statements'
Blumenthal introduces ammunition 'Background Check Bill'
The bill would require "an instant background check for the sale of gun ammunition," the statement said.
"In conjunction with introducing the bill, Blumenthal held a conference call with Brian Malte, legislative director for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and Robyn Thomas, executive director of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Both organizations support the bill," the statements said.
Read documents Blumenthal released here (all information in this post was contributed):
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Blumenthal on 'Mental Health First Aid Act of 2013'
In a press release issued Thursday, the office of U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., announced that a "bipartisan coalition" of senators led by Sens. Mark Begich, D-AK, Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, and Blumenthal introduced legislation "to expand mental health first aid training and increase the effectiveness of mental health care across America."
Sens. Begich, Ayotte, Blumenthal, Jack Reed, D-RI, Debbie Stabenow, D-MI, Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, Michael Bennet, D-CO, Roy Blunt, R-MO, and Marco Rubio, R-FL, are original co-sponsors of the Mental Health First Aid Act of 2013, the release said.
“Gunmen responsible for mass shootings highlight how mental illness can cause carnage and killing,” Blumenthal said, also in the statement. “We need to identify and treat people suffering from mental illness before they damage or destroy other lives. By providing resources to train our school officials, law enforcement professionals, and emergency personnel how to recognize and refer people with mental health issues, the Mental Health First Aid Act will increase the health and safety of our communities.”
"The bill will provide grants for mental health first aid training programs for groups of individuals such as teachers, first responders, police officers, school and college administrators, veterans, and nurses. The bill also outlines a particular focus on training in rural areas," the statement said..
Specifically, the bill would (all of the following as contained in the statement and is unedited here:
- Highlight available mental health resources in local communities, including Community Mental Health Centers, emergency psychiatric facilities, hospital emergency rooms and other programs offering psychiatric crisis beds;
- Teach the warning signs and risk factors for schizophrenia, major clinical depression, panic attacks, anxiety disorders, trauma, and other common mental disorders;
- Teach crisis de-escalation techniques; and
- Provide trainees with a five-step action plan to help individuals in psychiatric crisis connect to professional mental health care.
The statement also noted that The bill was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Ron Barber (D-AZ), who was former Rep. Gabby Giffords’s former district director and was wounded two years ago.
Esty on ''Assault Weapons Ban of 2013'
"The Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 would reauthorize and strengthen the 1994 assault weapons ban which expired in 2004," the statement said.
See Esty speak here:
Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.
President Obama: What he had to say about opening combat units to women
This is a press release from the White House on women in combat. It is presented unedited here:
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
ConnCAN calls on state leaders to 'protect progress on education reform'
In a release Wednesday, the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now, also known as ConnCAN, an education advocacy organization, urged Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the General Assembly "to protect the progress made for students" in Connecticut "with last year’s groundbreaking education reform law."
The release cited Public-Act 12-116.
"Less than one-year later, several key measures of the education reform law may be under attack in the midst of lawmakers’ efforts" address state budget issues, the release said.