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"Congress would work far more effectively if every congressman took the approach of U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney" New London Day, 10/31/2012
"Courtney has shown himself to be a dedicated public servant and tireless worker committed to serving the needs of Eastern Connecticut" Norwich Bulletin, 10/28/2012
"Courtney is a bright, energetic and hard-working member of Congress who has earned another term." Hartford Courant, 10/25/2012


Groton — The Navy has awarded Electric Boat a $5.1 billion contract to finish the design of the first Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine, and prepare for construction. News of the contract came after 5 p.m. Thursday via a daily contract announcement put out by the Department of Defense. EB put out a statement shortly thereafter, […]

After passing the eight-year mark since passing the Affordable Care Act, nonpartisan data from sources such as the U.S. Census Bureau have confirmed the real-life benefits the ACA has brought to the state of Connecticut. As the Bureau reported, the uninsured rate in our state has fallen from 9.2 to 3.8 percent, patients can no […]

Most Americans want Congress to set aside politics and search for common-sense solutions that build upon the efforts of the Affordable Care Act rather than tear it down with no viable alternative. The “Medicare Buy-In and Health Care Stabilization Act,” to be introduced by U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney and two other congressmen, is such a common-sense proposal. Courtney, […]

At Manchester Memorial Hospital Monday, Reps. John Larson and Joe Courtney proposed what they see as a common sense solution to the health care debate that has ensnarled Congress: a Medicare buy-in beginning at age 50. Under the proposal, customers ages 50-64 in the individual insurance market would have the option to pay premiums and […]

Courtney was one of 10 congressmen to send a scathing letter to the president.

House Democrats are poised to advance a flood of proposals designed to address the problems dogging President Obama’s signature healthcare law — a move that puts pressure on Republican and Democratic leaders alike. The strategy marks a pivot for the Democrats, as party leaders have throughout the year discouraged members from offering improvements to the […]

Washington – The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill that would block the sale of Plum Island — a strip of land in Long Island Sound — to the highest bidder. The voice vote on the bill was a substantial win for environmentalists, conservationists and Connecticut lawmakers who want to preserve the island […]

A House Republican plan to eliminate a $95-million-a-year federal apprenticeship program could be bad news for Connecticut. With a growing demand for skilled defense and aerospace workers, business and political leaders have been anticipating the funding to boost worker training ahead of an expected ramp-up in military contracting. “It just flies in the face of […]

Members of the National Guard and Reserves will be able to seek help for military sexual trauma through the Department of Veterans Affairs, if a proposal from U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, goes through. A technicality in an existing law prevents most members of the guard and reserves from using the military sexual trauma, […]

KABUL, Afghanistan — Six female students from war-torn Afghanistan who had hoped to participate in an international robotics competition in the United States this month will have to watch via video link after their visas were denied  not once, but twice. The girls wanted to show the world that Afghans can also construct a hand-made […]

Washington — Bowing to local pressure, the Federal Railroad Administration has dropped plans for a controversial new rail line along the eastern Connecticut shore from its ambitious project to overhaul the railroad system in the Northeast corridor. The FRA’s NEC Future plan had proposed construction of new tracks to bypass existing ones along the coast […]

The National Defense Authorization Act approved by the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday is good news for this region, with its funding for expedited attack submarine construction over the next several years and its commitment to a new generation of ballistic missile submarines. The legislation also lays the groundwork for more submarine repair work […]

A generation removed from war, the children of William Gamache and Gerard Gonyea shared their fathers’ stories as they accepted their posthumous medals Wednesday afternoon at town hall. Gamache, who served in Europe during World War II, received more than a dozen medals, including a Bronze Star. Raven Reid, Gamache’s daughter, said she could always […]

The congressmen, a big defense player, voted on the allocations Thursday.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Joe Courtney announced Tuesday that Connecticut Sea Grant has been awarded nearly $470,500 in federal funding. The funding is from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Connecticut Sea Grant is based at the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point Campus located in Groton. “Connecticut Sea Grant has aided local fishermen, shellfish […]

The House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee mark directs the Navy to purchase 13 ships in fiscal year 2018, which disregards the service’s initial request of eight vessels. Ranking Member Joe Courtney (D-CT) told Inside Defense June 20 the FY-18 budget sent from the White House is being “tossed to the side.” The […]

Washington – The House Armed Services Committee has moved to boost submarine construction, which would allow Electric Boat to build an additional Virginia-class sub in each of the years 2020, 2022 and 2023. The planned increase in submarine production is part of the proposed sea power section of the 2018 House Defense Authorization bill that […]

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Congressman Joe Courtney spoke against the contribution President Trump’s budget plan would have on the student loan debt crisis. President Trump’s budget plans were the topic of discussion at Monday’s press conference in Hartford, where Congressman Joe Courtney, who serves on the House Education and Workforce Committee, joined students and the community […]

I wanted to express my profound gratitude to Congressman Joe Courtney for his consistent and passionate stand against the recent attempt to destroy the Medicaid system that was part and parcel of the recently failed American Health Care Act. I am the president of the Arc of Connecticut board of directors. We are a statewide […]

COURTNEY ENDORSES SECRETARY THOMAS PEREZ FOR DNC CHAIR December 15, 2016 WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Joe Courtney issued the following statement in support of Secretary Thomas Perez for chair of the Democratic National Committee: “Today, I am enthusiastically endorsing Labor Secretary Tom Perez’s candidacy for chair of the Democratic National Committee. I have worked closely with […]


For a decade, Courtney has proven himself as an effective advocate for Eastern Connecticut in the House of Representatives, and his ability has only grown over the years. Courtney’s tireless work ethic, intellectual vigor and sound legislative judgment have enabled him to represent the vast 2nd District ably and comprehensively.


Even in a deeply partisan Congress that has set records for inactivity, and despite being a member of the minority party in the House of Representatives, U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney has proved to be an effective congressman for the 2nd Congressional District that covers the eastern half of Connecticut.


Connnecticut’s 2nd Congressional District, which takes up half the state, is a diverse place. From the southeastern shore to the Massachusetts border, the district includes rich and poor towns, universities and military bases, and a range of social issues. U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, 63, of Vernon, has done a good job meeting the needs of his many constituencies. Most of all, this Democrat has brought home defense jobs.


Our region got great news earlier this year, when Electric Boat leaders projected 1,500 new hires in 2016 and 4,000 new workers over the next decade to meet the growing demand for new submarine construction. This did not happen overnight – Joe Courtney has been fighting since his first day in Congress to make sure that our nation invested in our critical submarine force, and the industrial base that builds it. Learn more about Joe’s work.

Of the remarkable things we have learned this election year, the most significant is that the current Republican Party is unfit to lead the country. It has failed the greatest test a political leader or party can face, and failed spectacularly.


A college education is one of the most valuable investments a family can make, but rising costs have made it difficult to afford. Joe knows how important it is to combat growing student loan debt to help students and middle-class families.

“I think Joe is laser-focused on Connecticut and the district,” said Cathy Osten, a Democratic state senator and first selectman of Sprague, the tiny town north of Norwich. “His non-political way of doing things … people listen to that.”

As many as 9.6 million Americans could gain health insurance under Hillary Clinton’s proposal to provide families a tax credit to help them pay for premiums, deductibles and coinsurance, according to a new analysis.

“I am committed to investigating every possible source of federal assistance that could be available to homeowners in northeastern Connecticut with crumbling foundations,” Courtney said. “As more and more residents are discovering that their homes may be impacted by this problem, we are going to need an all-hands-on-deck response in order to make these homeowners whole again.”

Driving the development in large part is the growing number of engineers and other well-paid professionals working at the Electric Boat offices in the city, thanks to the accelerated submarine building and design schedule U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, has fought for in the defense budget.

There were many people who assisted UCFS in achieving this designation but I would like to indicate the extraordinary work done by Congressman Joe Courtney and his staff. Congressman Courtney worked with the Department of Health and Human Services. He placed calls, made visits and wrote letters and emails.

Gold Star mother’s powerful rebuke to Donald Trump in Washington Post: As Senator Lindsay Graham said yesterday Trumps disparaging comments against Mrs Khan fall outside bounds of acceptable political discourse.

81 years ago, Social Security was born out of a commitment to make sure that older americans were not relegated to a live of poverty. In the years since we have built on that commitment, ensuring that hard-working Americans that pay in to Social Security have financial security they deserve when they retire.

City leaders and U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, on Tuesday celebrated the city’s successful application for a $384,000 brownfields assessment grant that will be used in three targeted former industrial areas: downtown, the Shipping Street district and the Ponemah Mills in Taftville.

Courtney was sitting in a Lockheed Martin demonstrator cockpit at Whitcraft LLC, a company that makes hundreds of parts for the f135 engine on the F-35. He and other visitors and employees had a chance Thursday to see a sampling of the whizbang technology that makes the Joint Strike Fighter the most advanced jet fighter ever made, amid controversy over its cost and development.

he U.S. Navy League bestowed their annual ‘Sea Service Award’ to Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) for his efforts to promote shipbuilding and support our maritime services as the ranking member of the Seapower and Projection Force Subcommittee, May 13. This award is presented to one member of the House or Senate each year on an alternating basis – with the previous recipient being Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

“We think the trend of out-of-state fishermen moving north [to fish off New England’s coast]… has just been accelerating,” said U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District. He said North Carolina boats are seen fishing off the eastern end of Long Island Sound “all the time now.”

Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee’s Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee, said in an interview with The National Interest that the ORP will be built, but it has be built without wrecking the rest of the Navy’s shipbuilding budget. “The Ohio Replacement Program—given where it stands in the food chain—I think it’s going to be built no matter what,” Courtney said. “It’s pretty much chiseled in stone. The question is how can we do it in an affordable way and how can we do it without suffocating the rest of the shipbuilding account.”

“This grant funding is good news for our local fire departments that can use these federal funds to purchase life-saving equipment for their firefighters,” Courtney said in a statement. “Our [first responders] put their lives on the line each and every day to protect our homes and our communities, and we need to make sure we are doing everything we can to provide them with the appropriate equipment to keep them safe.”

The conference committee to which Courtney and Esty were appointed will be charged with combining the House and Senate bills into a single piece of legislation that can be sent to the president and signed into law, according to the news release.

The Day – Published May 17. 2016 9:28PM | Updated May 18. 2016 5:48PM Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, was appointed Tuesday by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to serve on the conference committee charged with crafting legislation to address the nation’s opioid addiction epidemic, Courtney’s office announced. Also appointed to the committee was Rep. Elizabeth Esty, […]

“We need to do everything we can to support our small farmers and local agriculture,” Courtney said. “It’s unfair that dairy farmers across the Northeast, including in Connecticut, are forced to calculate their feed costs based on averages that are heavily weighted toward Midwest farming operations.”

EB hosted the event in response to an increased workforce demand not seen in years at the Groton shipbuilding company. The company is hiring thousands of workers to fill positions as engineers, machinists, carpenters, painters, welders and administrative roles as the U.S. military strategy turns back to submarines. As many as 850 high-skilled manufacturing and other jobs are being filled this year and an estimated 4,000 in the next 15 years, creating a workforce of 18,000 at the Groton and Quonset Point, R.I., sites. Between 275 and 300 employees retire each year at EB.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded the city fire department a $151,644 grant for rescue training to be conducted in New London by the Connecticut Fire Academy

A subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee authorized two Virginia class submarines for next year at a cost of about $3.35 billion and $1.4 billion to develop and design the Ohio replacement program. The Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces also restored $85 million that will help prevent production delays and ensure the on-time availability of new submarines.

“So far, we’ve done extremely well,” said Rep. Courtney, whose Connecticut district is home to growing sub-builder Electric Boat. In the administration’s budget request, he told me yesterday, “there was a little bit of a shortfall in AP (advanced procurement) funding for one of the submarines for next year, 2017…. $85 million… That’s going to be restored” in the HASC bill.

Hiring at Electric Boat is expected to spur more work among suppliers, and manufacturers in Eastern Connecticut are organized to capitalize on job growth. The Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance is working with Three Rivers and Quinebaug Valley community colleges and area technical high schools to “make sure what is taught at colleges is what industry wants,” Vallieres said.

The upswing at Electric Boat will be felt in Groton and New London and it will ripple across our state, in hundreds of small businesses and skilled manufacturing firms that support the work at the shipyard. This is welcome news for our state, which has had its confidence shaken in the past year, and left many doubting our competitive posture in the global economy.