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Sen. Richard Blumenthal

Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders, left, and House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller hold a news conference to announce that the two committees have struck a deal to reform the Veterans Affairs Department. (Credit: Getty Images)

Deal To Improve Veterans’ Health Care Costs $17B

A bipartisan deal to improve veterans’ health care would authorize at least $17 billion to fix the health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays, the bill’s chief supporters said Monday.

07/28/2014

Sens. Charles Schumer, second from left, and Richard Blumenthal, second from right, call for a law requiring vets to provide prescriptions for pet medications July 20, 2014. (Credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

Schumer, Blumenthal Launch Dogged Pursuit Of Cheaper Pet Meds

Schumer said pet owners are paying a 240 percent markup when you buy pet medications from the vet

07/20/2014

FILE -- Sen. Charles Schumer holds a news conference in Midtown on June 8, 2014. (Credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

Schumer, Blumenthal Hopeful Senate Will OK Transportation Funding

Two U.S. senators are calling for their fellow lawmakers to keep the federal transportation fund from running out of money next month.

07/20/2014

FILE - Parking Lot (credit: Clip Art)

Sen. Blumenthal Wants To Increase Awareness About Dangers Of Leaving Kids In Hot Cars

In May, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched an ad campaign calling on parents and those tending to children to ask themselves as they exit the car, “Where’s Baby? Look Before You Lock.” But Sen. Richard Blumenthal said the ads are not getting the necessary exposure.

07/11/2014

Aftermath of the fatal Metro-North Railroad derailment, as seen from Chopper 880 on Dec. 2, 2013. (credit: Tom Kaminski/WCBS 880)

Sen. Blumenthal Introducing Rail Safety Bill

Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Tuesday he is introducing federal legislation that would require the nation’s passenger and freight rail systems, including Metro-North, to adopt what he calls “life-saving technology.”

07/01/2014

Crews examine the separation on the Metro North "Walk Bridge" over the Norwalk River (Tom Kaminski/Chopper 880)

Norwalk Bridge Fails For Second Time; Causes Delays On Metro-North, Amtrak Trains

Metro-North and Amtrak train service in Connecticut has been disrupted for the second time in two weeks by a bridge failure in Norwalk.

06/06/2014

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki addresses the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans May 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Shinseki Resigns Amid Veterans’ Health Care Issues

President Barack Obama says he accepted the resignation with “considerable regret” amid widespread troubles in the VA health care system.

05/30/2014

An M-8 rail car on the Metro-North Railroad's  New Haven line (file/credit: Patrick Cashin/MTA)

Federal Agencies To Testify On Rail Safety At Committee Hearing Chaired By Sen. Blumenthal

Sen. Richard Blumenthal said if federal agencies are not empowered to raise the penalties for safety violations, legislation will be enacted to achieve a higher safety standard.

05/27/2014

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (credit: blumenthal.senate.gov)

Blumenthal Calls For Public Access To Cruise Ship Safety Records

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) joined colleagues from Massachusetts and West Virginia Saturday, in a call to make it easier for consumers to assess the safety record of the cruise ship they are about to board.

05/10/2014

U.S. President Barack Obama (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Sen. Blumenthal Reacts To White House Plan To Combat College Sexual Assaults

The White House on Tuesday announced the Not Alone initiative as part of a slate of recommendations outlined in a report.

04/29/2014

Heroin (file/credit: Hassan Ammar/AFP/Getty Images)

Conn. Lawmakers Look To Combat ‘Exploding’ Heroin Crisis

Connecticut’s U.S. senators have outlined steps to combat the growing number of fatalities from heroin in the state and nationwide.

03/18/2014

Aftermath of the fatal Metro-North Railroad derailment, as seen from Chopper 880 on Dec. 2, 2013. (credit: Tom Kaminski/WCBS 880)

Federal Review: Metro-North ‘Routinely’ Put On-Time Performance Ahead Of Safety

“Metro-North must never compromise safety in the interests of the reliability of its train schedule or the efficiency in its railroad operations,” said the report released Friday.

03/14/2014

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (credit: blumenthal.senate.gov)

Sen. Blumenthal To Push For Better Rail Safety As Chairman Of Transportation Subcommittee

Blumenthal has stressed the importance of renewed investment in rail infrastructure and strong federal oversight. The senator said higher standards are needed and is looking to raise the bar in his new leadership role.

03/07/2014

Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti speaking to reporters at MTA headquarters, Feb. 24, 2014. (credit: Paul Murnane/WCBS 880)

MTA Announces New Safety Committee, Metro-North Safety Officer

The move comes after Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy and Sen. Richard Blumenthal met separately last week with Prendergast and the new Metro-North chief, Joseph Giulietti.

02/24/2014

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (credit: blumenthal.senate.gov)

Blumenthal Hopeful For Better Safety, Reliability Under New Metro-North President

The Democrat sat down Thursday afternoon in New Haven with Metro-North chief Joseph Giulietti and Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Tom Prendergast.

02/20/2014

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