Sen. Richard Blumenthal

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

Metro-North train at the Noroton Heights station on Feb. 14, 2014. (credit: Paul Murnane/WCBS 880)

Metro-North Riders Air Complaints In Conn.

Riders complained about service delays caused by electrical problems, crowded trains and heating and cooling problems.

02/19/2014

A Metro-North train derails near the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx on Dec. 1, 2013. (credit: Roger Stern/1010 WINS)

Feds Make Recommendations To Metro-North In Wake Of Fatal Derailment

Regulators investigating the fatal Metro-North Railroad train derailment recommended Tuesday that the railroad install recorders on its vehicles and new speed-limit signs along its tracks.

02/18/2014

A customer uses the credit card scanner at a Target store (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Target, Neiman Marcus Executives Testify On Data Breaches

John Mulligan, executive vice president and chief financial officer at Target, said the retailer has taken actions to shore up security following the massive breach of millions of consumers’ data.

02/04/2014

Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) discuss a plan for video monitoring of train operators. (Credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

Senators: Rule Planned To Monitor Train Operators On Video

The Federal Railroad Administration is planning to propose a rule that might require the installation of video cameras aboard trains to monitor drivers and record accidents or unsafe behavior, U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said Sunday.

01/12/2014

Passengers wait to board a Metro-North train (file/credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Conn. Lawmakers Work To Restore Expired Commuter Tax Benefit

When the benefit ended Dec. 31, the amount commuters can set aside to pay for their public transit costs before taxes decreased from $245 a month to $130.

01/06/2014

A United Parcel Service (UPS) worker unloads a truck in New York on January 8, 2010. (credit: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Sen. Blumenthal Calls On UPS To Refund Customers For Delayed Christmas Packages

UPS and FedEx blamed shipping problems on overloaded systems and bad weather in some parts of the country.

12/26/2013

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