GREENWICH, Conn. -- On Wednesday, March 23, Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal will present "Current Issues Facing the Senate" to the Greenwich Retired Men's Association.
The U.S. Senate continues to be gridlocked between its obligation to govern and Republican opposition to the executive-branch programs. Blumenthal will discuss current issues, what can and cannot be expected to pass this year, his own vision of what Congress should do, and what this means to Connecticut citizens.
Blumenthal began his first term in January 2011. He's the ranking Democratic member on the Committee on Veterans Affairs and serves on three additional committees -- Judiciary, Armed Services, and Commerce, Science and Transportation.
He's co-sponsored dozens of bills. Here are some of the issues he's been involved with, in just the last two weeks of February:
- concerns of the state fishing industry
- legislation to fine automakers for violating emissions rules -- the VW scandal
- Takata airbag recalls
- the refusal of the Republican majority to consider a SCOTUS candidate
- Amtrak's completion of the Hartford line
- recognizing Agent Orange exposure of Navy veterans
- runaway fuel fees that impact passenger fares
- combatting tick-borne diseases
- managing prescription opioid excesses
- college debt impacts on students
- Pay TV Video boxes
- bringing Northeast rail network into the 21st century
- honoring the state's submarine century
- women's access to reproductive heath care, in light of the Zika virus
- customs enforcement
Blumenthal served an unprecedented five terms as the state's attorney general.
The Greenwich Retired Men's Association offers a free program every Wednesday that is open to the public -- both men and women. No reservations are required. The meeting's social break starts at 10:40 a.m., followed promptly by the speaker at 11 a.m. Programs are at the First Presbyterian Church, 1 W. Putnam Ave., Greenwich.
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