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Connecticut Leaders Believe Biden Presidency Will Be Good For The State

Conn. Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal
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Conn. Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal

Connecticut’s two U.S. senators, Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, say President-elect Joe Biden’s administration would be good for Connecticut. The Democrats say more federal aid would be directed to the state.

Murphy says there’s a long list of federal aid denied to Connecticut by the Trump administration because it’s a blue state that the Biden administration would champion.

“Joe Biden is going to focus on infrastructure, and we badly need infrastructure money here in Connecticut. Joe Biden is going to support rather than destroy the Affordable Care Act. And we have a quarter million people here in the state that get their insurance from the Affordable Care Act,” Murphy said.

Blumenthal said he believes Biden would be able to get his agenda through Congress even if Republicans retain control of the U.S. Senate.

“If you wanted someone who could work with a Republican there is nobody better in the whole country, elected or unelected, than Joe Biden. He has been there with Mitch McConnel and most of these Republicans for decades. And he has worked with them,” Blumenthal said.

Governor Ned Lamont said he’s also counting on more federal aid from the incoming Biden administration, beginning with another round of coronavirus stimulus funding.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.