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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


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.

Today, I heartily endorse Hillary Clinton as the Democratic Nominee to become the next President of the United States. She is the most capable of, and most passionately committed towards, continuing to build a strong and prosperous America that is shared by all of its citizens.

Courtney’s efforts in this matter, behind the scenes and without headlines, will positively impact thousands of lives in our region. It was born of hard work, patience and persistence, something that has defined Courtney’s tenure in Congress and something that is often in short supply in this world of instant gratification.

Frontier Communications officially opened its 20,000-square-foot State Street call center on Wednesday in the same building where generations of operators helped connect customers to the outside world…U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, called the move a “brilliant decision” by Frontier. “The bones of this city are still good,” he said. “New London is just an outstanding city with great people.”

“The Affordable Care Act has already made great strides in controlling the growth in health care costs — the supposed aim of the excise tax provision — through smart reforms in payment models, and emphasizing prevention, cancer screenings, and wellness checkups,” he said. “The excise tax is not a smart reform — it is a flawed, one-size-fits-all penalty that will degrade workers’ benefits, lead employers to choose less comprehensive plans, and force families to pay more out-of-pocket health care costs.”

“Student debt has risen astronomically in recent years, burdening young adults with hefty monthly payments as soon as they begin their careers,” Courtney said in a release. “This massive debt — which exceeds $1.3 trillion nationwide — hampers our economic recovery by preventing young people from buying homes, starting businesses, and saving for retirement,” Courtney said.”


Congressman Joe Courtney today released the final TV and radio ads of the election cycle, focusing on the strong endorsements he received last week from the Hartford Courant, the New London Day, and the Norwich Bulletin.

UConn for Courtney

Following his successful efforts in 2012 to pass a one-year fix to keep student loan rates from doubling from 3.4 to 6.8%, Joe Courtney was again on the forefront of the fight in 2013 when he led the House charge to not only stop the increase, but also to find a longer term solution to avoid the annual fight over loan rates.

10 subs

Congressman Joe Courtney has released the first television ad of his re-election campaign. The ad highlights investment secured at Electric Boat through the largest naval shipbuilding contract in U.S. history.

On the same day as House Republicans prepare to waste more time by voting to sue President Obama, House Democrats have presented an action agenda to create jobs for the middle class, and provide student loan relief and infrastructure investment which we will be passed in the first 100 days of a new Democratic Majority.

In its application for $8.2 million in federal funding to upgrade a critical rail corridor, Connecticut has made a strong case that this strategic government investment could pay enormous dividends in economic growth. State officials and Connecticut’s representatives in Washington are pushing hard for the funding under the TIGER program – Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery – as they should be. The TIGER program was originally part of the $830 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which helped pulled the country out of the Great Recession. Congress has repeatedly refunded the TIGER grants because they have proved successful in spurring economic growth. Unlike earmarks of the past, these are competitive grants, with projects assessed by the U.S. Department of Transportation on their ability to improve safety, generate economic growth, improve quality of life in a region and help the environment.

May 6, 2014 Westerly Sun by Joe Courtney Last week, the U.S. Navy signed its biggest shipbuilding contract in U.S. history with Electric Boat to build the Virginia Class Block IV submarine. The $17.6 billion agreement will fund the construction of 10 subs over the next five years, with the work divided between Groton and […]

May 5, 2014Hospitalistby Congressman Joe Courtney In 2010, my office received a call from a Norwich, Conn., family whose 89-year-old father had fallen and broken his hip. After he was treated in the local hospital for four days, his doctor prescribed follow-on skilled nursing facility (SNF) care. Upon his arrival at the nursing home, his family […]

May 6, 2014 Hartford Courant By Jennifer McDermott Now that the Navy has signed the largest shipbuilding contract in its history with Electric Boat, the service will save $2 billion and get 10 attack submarines for roughly the price of nine. At the same time, the state’s congressional delegation is preparing to argue for placing […]

May 2, 2014 The Day Connecticut By Jennifer McDermott With five signatures and a handshake, the land that will be the site of the future National Coast Guard Museum passed from the city to the Coast Guard on Friday. Museum supporters gathered at City Pier with the barque Eagle and the lifeboat CG36500 as a […]

May 1, 2014 Norwich Bulletin Economic stability is certainly something worth celebrating, and the recently announced U.S. Navy five-year, $17.6 billion contract with Electric Boat will provide that stability to our region. Our region essentially relies upon four major employers, the two casinos – Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun – Pfizer and Electric Boat. The recession […]

April 29, 2014 The Day Connecticut By Jennifer McDermott Navy officials have signed a $17.6 billion contract with Electric Boat, committing the service to buy the next 10 Virginia-class submarines. For the Groton shipyard, which has faced a cycle of layoffs and recalls in recent years, the contract represents nearly a decade’s worth of work. […]

April 25, 2014 TMC News Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn. (2nd CD), has issued the following news release: Today Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2), a member of the House Agriculture Committee, announced more than $395,000 for Connecticut farmers through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Administered by USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service, the program […]

April 23, 2014 Norwich Bulletin By Francesca Kefalas Financing is in place for a $15.4 million water project that residents will notice every time they drink a glass from the tap. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program has awarded to Putnam a $4.8 million grant and $10.6 million loan, funded by the 2014 […]


March 18, 2014 Willimantic Chronicle By David Huck When Howard Lunt arrived home from the Korean War in 1953, there wasn’t much fanfare. There were no parades or triumphant bands waiting to cheer him on. Nor did he receive any medals for his service for fighting along the 38th parallel — his military record likely […]

Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn. (2nd CD), has issued the following news release: Today, after the House approved H.R. 3370, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2)–a cosponsor of the bill–released the following statement: “Over the last six months, I have spoken to eastern Connecticut realtors and homebuilders about the critical need for this law. The skyrocketing rate increases that have occurred in the last year will effectively lock up our state’s real estate market in flood zones, hampering our economic recovery. “This bill is an example of the positive solutions that are possible when bipartisan, good-faith negotiations succeed, and it would provide relief for homeowners in Connecticut and across the country. Preventing dramatic rate increases will help bolster our real estate market and ensure that sales can continue without the threat of prohibitively high flood insurance premiums.

February 17, 2014 The Day Connecticut The state received encouraging news last week when the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that Connecticut had a record level of exports in 2013, continuing a positive trend. The report should serve as a guidepost for economic policy in the state and region. Continuing to grow export industries should […]