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Monroe Eye on the Beltway: Himes, Murphy on Gay Marriage

And, Connecticut receives federal grant money for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

 

BLUMENTHAL: The senator — along with Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) — introduced legislation on Wednesday to end the practice of employers requiring prospective or current employees to provide access to password-protected accounts as a condition for employment.

“With few exceptions, employers do not have the need or the right to demand access to applicants’ private, password-protected information," Blumenthal said in a statement released by his office. "This legislation, which I am proud to introduce, ensures that employees and job seekers are free from these invasive and intrusive practices.”

LIEBERMAN: The senator joined Blumenthal, Himes and Murphy on Wednesday in announcing $1,126,550 in federal grants for Connecticut students from disadvantaged backgrounds preparing to enter college or pursue higher education opportunities.

Four grants were awarded to , , , and Stamford Public Schools in the amounts of $341,408, $252,000, $283,142, and $250,000, respectively. All four grants were awarded through the U.S. Department of Education’s Upward Bound program.

"Ensuring equal access for all students, regardless of race or socio-economic status, must be one of our top priorities as a nation," the senator said in a statement released by his office.

HIMES: The congressman released a statement on Wednesday in response to Obama's support of same sex marriage:

"I commend President Obama for announcing his support for marriage equality, which I have supported for years," he said in a statement released by his office. "Today’s historic announcement, made the day after North Carolinians voted to ban gay marriage in their state, serves to remind us that, as the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., said, ‘the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.’

DELAURO: The congresswoman released a statement in response to a new Institute of Medicine Report outlining the economic cost of the obesity epidemic and how the country should respond:

"Earlier this week the CDC estimated 42 percent of Americans will be considered obese by 2030," she said in the statement released by her office. "However, it is not an insurmountable problem. Without immediate action, obesity will continue to cost billions of dollars each year and damage our country’s public health. The IOM report lays out several strategies that we must consider. It is a call to action that we should heed."

MURPHY: The congressman used Twitter to respond to President Obama's stance on same sex marriage:

"If opponents of gay marriage want to check if the moral sky falls when it happens, come to CT. We're doing fine."

"Super proud of my President. If the arc of history bends toward justice, it just got a little more bendy today."

QWERTY May 10, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Love how our politicians mainly focus on legislation that affects the smallest minority of the population. A grant for FU and SHU?! What about the kids who took out $50K loans to attend those schools!? That's right, they're suppose to be grateful for receiving a stupid-low interest rate to pay over 20 years. The "disadvantaged background" kids get it for free.
Aimee J May 11, 2012 at 02:53 AM
These types of black check Murphy just wrote for FU and other school just serves to drive up the price. The Truly rich are OK, Murphy just ram roddenberry the middle class (where 50k is a TON) niiiiiiiiiice and hard. To make it better they're paying these grants via taxes, so they lay twice Thanks Chris!!!!

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