BLUMENTHAL: The senator released a statement on Thursday in response to the Senate's approval of the FDA Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA).
“This measure renews the FDA’s ability to safeguard patients and drug safety, and also takes major steps to advance a dramatic expansion of FDA’s authority to prevent drug shortages and fight antibiotic resistant germs," he said. "I championed these proposals because of the threats to health posed by drastic drug shortages of workhorse medicines and anesthetics at hospitals and doctors’ offices, and the nightmarish threat posed by so-called ‘superbugs.’ Senate passage today exemplifies the progress we can make on key issues when working in a bipartisan fashion,”
LIEBERMAN: When the senator was asked during a CNN interview who he plans to vote for in the 2012 election, he said he didn't know yet but is planning to watch and listen to the candidates' positions "carefully."
HIMES: The congressman discussed the recently enacted Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act during a meeting with StartUp Connecticut at the Stamford Innovation Center.
“The future of the American economy—whether or not our kids have great jobs or face the risk of unemployment—depends on the success of the companies in this room,” he said. “As we look for ways to improve and invest in our nation’s future, we need to start with helping growing companies expand and create jobs.”
DELAURO: The congressman, along with Senator Blumenthal, announced a total of $600,000 in grants from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for brownfield cleanup and assessment in central Connecticut. Middletown will receive $200,000 for brownfield cleanup at the former Midstate Autobody site and the Valley Council of Governments will receive $400,000 to assess contamination levels and plan for the remediation of brownfields.
“These funds will bring new life to areas that have suffered from past industrial use," she said. "Brownfields have serious environmental and economic consequences and these funds are essential to improving our communities, bettering our citizens’ quality of life and fostering economic growth. The cleanup and redevelopment plans these grants will be used for will revitalize our neighborhoods and provide a pathway for new economic development.”