Richard Blumenthal

  • Blumenthal Wants Legislation Protecting Drivers From Auto Security, Privacy Risks

    WASHINGTON, DC — As both Congress and the federal government struggle to develop a strategy for the “Internet of Things,” and responding to the increasing use of connected devices, including automobiles, US Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Edward J.

  • Lewis, Blumenthal Celebrate US Senate Passage Of Education Bill

    HARTFORD (AP) — Proposed federal education legislation to fund social and emotional learning skills training for teachers would help prevent violence such as mass shootings, the mother of a 6-year-old boy killed on 12/14 said Friday.

    “Since almost the beginning I had an intuitive awareness that had the shooter in our case had access to social and emotional learning this tragedy would not have happened,” Jesse’s mother, Scarlett Lewis, said at a July 17 news conference with Senator Richard Blumenthal.

  • Politicians Introduce Jesse Lewis Empowering Educators Act

    HARTFORD US Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) on April 13 introduced The Jesse Lewis Empowering Educators Act to provide teachers powerful tools and training to support students’ social and emotional learning. The bill is named in honor of Jesse Lewis, who at six years old was among the children killed on 12/14. US Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) is a co-sponsor.

  • Draft Of Sandy Hook Commission Report Released Ahead Of Friday Meeting

    The February 12 release of a draft report of Governor Dannel Malloy’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission has come one day ahead of a meeting where the panel was scheduled to vote on its formal release.

  • Newtown Activists Introduce Bill Banning High-Capacity Magazines

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Newtown activists on Thursday helped introduce the first gun safety bill in this Congress, officially kicking off the gun control debate on Capitol Hill.

    The bill would ban large-capacity ammunition magazines for everyone but military members and law enforcement officers. It was introduced by State Representative Elizabeth Esty (D-5th District) in the House and Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) in the Senate.

  • Legislators Join NAA To Honor With Action

     This story has been updated to include comments from Senator Richard Blumenthal.

    NEW BRITAIN - Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn) joined members of Newtown Action Alliance (NAA) and others on Monday, December 8, at the YWCA in New Britain, to launch #HonorWithAction week. Rep Esty and Senator Blumenthal encouraged Connecticut residents to take part in service within their own communities this week, to honor the memory of the victims of 12/14, with acts of kindness.

  • The ‘Best’ VFW Post In The State Celebrates 75 Years

    “My respect and awe grows every year. This is the best post in Connecticut and serves the best town in Connecticut.”

    First Selectman Pat Llodra, remarking on VFW Post 308 and its members


    A lot of laughter and a few tears accompanied the VFW Post 308’s 75th anniversary celebration Sunday, March 2.

  • Blumenthal Signs On To McCain Cable Television Bill

    Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) introduced his “Television Consumer Freedom Act” back in May, but Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut became the bill’s  first Democratic co-sponsor Tuesday.

    The legislation would give Americans more control over what they watch on television by allowing them to buy individual television channels, instead of having to purchase the packages of channels offered by their cable providers.

  • Senators Want Newtown Donations Audit

    UPDATE (Monday, July 22, 2013): The Newtown Bee has been provided with a copy of the letter sent from Senators Blumenthal and Murphy to Dr Charles Herrick and The Newtown Sandy Hook Foundation. The body of that letter has been added at the end of this story.

    NEW HAVEN (AP) — Connecticut’s U.S. senators called Friday for an independent audit of more than $11 million in donations received in response to the Newtown school shooting to determine what donors wanted done with the money.

  • Murphy, Blumenthal, Esty Introduce Bill To Authorize Funds For New Sandy Hook School

    WASHINGTON, DC — Connecticut’s US Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal along with Newtown’s Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty have introduced new federal legislation that would authorize federal funds to assist with the construction of a new Sandy Hook Elementary School.